>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello there, i'm barbara sarah. thank you for joining us. coming up in the next 60 minutes, syrian factions arrive in switzerland ahead of talks scheduled for friday, but there are serious divisions over who should take part. after fatal shootout the fbi sends reinforcements to confront members of an armed militia in oregon. struggling to survive in one of the world's richest countries, we have a special report on the roma people
begging for a living in sweden. win or lose. it's not about me or any of the four, it is about the restoring the image of fifa. >> we hear from one of the consolidates on what it will take to make football's governing body credible again. talks to find a political solution to end the war in syria are in trouble before they have even begun. they are supposed to start on friday, but rival factions have tle threatened a boycott. the syrian government will be represented at the discussions. the syrian national coalition, one of the main opposition groups says it is unlikely to attend. most of the rebel factions fighting in syria have formed
what is being called the higher negotiating committee. it has written to the u.n. with a list of conditions for taking part. the pyd has not been invited. russia wants them there, but turkey calls them terrorists. the islamic state of iraq and the levant and al-nusra front are not involved in the talks. james bayes has more. >> reporter: some opposition politicians have already arrived here in switzerland. political groups who are not on the list of opposition delegates drawn up in saudi arabia are staying in this hotel. some have received invites others have not. this is the co-chairman of one of the largest kurdish groups, the pyd, the group turkey says it is a terrorist entity. turkey's objections have clearly been heard by the u.n., he has not received an invitation. >> if really they want a peaceful syria, if they want a
political solution for syria, they don't like maybe the same outcome of geneva 2. all of the syrians should be included on the table, and they should negotiate with the others, not by the influence of some other forces which outside they are looking -- they are interested in syria or they have their plans for syria. >> reporter: others who have now got an invitation say they are nower canning whether to accept, because their allies have been excluded. are you going to go to these talks that are supposed to start on friday? >> translator: we hope to be present in the geneva talks with a strong and balanced delegation as we consider these talks very important to us and the syrian people. >> reporter: if the talks finally go ahead on friday, the controversy over invitations will have given them a difficult
start, but that is almost nothing compared with the tasks they have ahead, trying to end the war that has claimed more than 300,000 lives. this all comes as the united nations security council hears that siege and starvation are still being used as weapons of war in syria. the u.n. under secretary for humanitarian affairs says about 4.6 million people are in hard to reach areas, and 486,000 are trapped in besieged areas. stephen o'brien is urging those attending the talks this week to put people before politics. >> you have taken action on chemical weapons, you have taken action recently to launch a political process. but for the millions of people trapped under siege, malnourished and lacking basic supplies, this council has simply not done enough. we have left those people with no hope. they believe the world has
forgotten them. as this conflict approaches its sixth year, now is the time for those council members with influence on the parties to put their differences aside, and come together at the most senior political levels to find ways to improve access to the millions of syrians that remain trapped in besieged and hard to reach areas. the syrian people cannot wait any longer. from more on the talks on syria, let's bring in a scholar at the middle east institute and joins us live from washington. thank you for joining us on al jazeera. we were just hearing steven o'brien saying that the syrian people don't have time. talking about the many thousands living under siege, and of course that is one of the demands for the syrian opposition to at tend these talks that many of the sieges be lifted. a valid request. do you think it's a realistic one? >> i see no indication that the regime is prepared to lift the
sieges. it has continued with these through thick and thin. it has declared that it is going to geneva, but has also declared that it is not going to negotiate, only to listen, and that doesn't sound very promising to me at all. >> let's also look at kurds. the pyd, turkey not wanting them there, russia insisting that they do go there. we know the kurds are key in the fight against isil in syria. how key are they to these negotiations? can you have talks without the pyd. >> they don't fit easily either on the opposition side which says they are not opposition, because they are not fighting regime, and they don't fit on the regime side, because they don't want to be on that side. it's very difficult to invite them separately, because that establishes a precedent that might go forward in separate
representation that both the regime and the opposition might not want to see. so i think it's very difficult to fit the kurds into this puzzle at this stage. but you have got to remember, they are not major protagonists of the fight against the regime, which is what these talks are really about. they are major protagonists of the fight against the islamic state. >> when it comes to the regime, i mean, we're seeing so many opposition groups saying effectively -- almost putting strumabling blocks in place, but there is a huge pressure from the united states. ultimately do you think this is the right time to hold these talks, or as we heard from the u.n., the syrian people no longer have time and it's now or never. >> i don't have much confidence that these talks are going to produce a positive result, and they may end up freezing the
situation for another couple of years. each failure of the talks takes time to recover from. john kerry has pressed hard for this. the u.n. has pressed hard. if there's any possibility at all of reducing the intensity of fighting, or de-escalating this war, it may prove worthwhile to pursue it at these talks, but there is absolutely no guarantee of success, and good deal of reason to believe there will be a failure. >> as we have seen advances on behalf of the regime, helped by russian air strikes and russian supports, do you think it's perhaps in the regimes interest right now to have frozen talks, because ultimately things on the ground are going their way. >> i think there's no question about that, that the regime is feeling strong at the moment and when it is feeling strong, it
has no interest in talking. >> sir, thank you very much. the french justice minister has resigned. she had expressed concerns over controversial government proposals to strip french citizenship from people convicted of terrorism. the plan would apply to those with dual nationality. it was proposed after the attacks in november which left 130 people dead. >> translator: i'm leaving the government because of major policy disagreement. i chose to be loyal to myself, to my commitments, to my struggles, to my relationship with others. the terrorist threat is serious and we have learned to fight it and given ourselves the mean to do so. staying in france, the iranian president has arrived there the country on the second leg of his tour of europe. it is being seen as an important
step in tehran's return to the international stage as it could result in big business deal between the two countries. jacky rowland reports from paris. >> reporter: in one of the most chic neighborhoods of paris a shop is eyeing new markets far away, in iran. the company produces beauty products made from natural ingredients experts already account for half of its business. it sees big potential for selling to iran once international sanctions are lifted. >> translator: it is surprisingly the seventh largest market in the world for cosmetics. iranian women are very sophisticated, even more so than french women. >> reporter: her company was part of a french business delegation that visited iran in september. more than 100 firms took part in a wide range of industries.
sanctions were formally lifted earlier this month after international monitoring confirmed that tehran had complied with the terms of the nuclear deal. so after a long period of isolation, iran is once again open for business. the return of iran to the international stage was made possible by a nuclear deal announced in july. the deal limits iran's enrichment capability, and imposes strict monitoring. france took a particularly hard line during the negotiationses. >> the only hostile [ inaudible ] that iran needed somehow to passfy and to [ inaudible ] the ways thereof was france. the u.s. did whatever it could to bring back iran. france was playing the bad cop role. so it was important for iran to mend its relation with france. >> reporter: and takt -- important for france too. iran needs to upgrade its fleet
of passenger plains. it says it will buy more than 100 from airbus. the french may be unhappy that president rouhani chose rome, not paris as his first stop on the european tour. france will want to reassert itself as a strategic partner for iran, both politically and economically. jacky rowland, al jazeera, paris. u.s. presidential hopeful donald trump has pulled out of thursday's republican tv debate with only one week to go before the iowa caucus. trump says it will not take part because it is being moderated by fox news anchor, megyn kelly. he made disparaging personal remarks about her after a debate last august. >> megan kelley shouldn't be in the debate. when megyn kelly didn't ask me a
question, she made a statement last time. i thought it was inappropriate. everybody said i won all of the debates. we have had six debates now, why should the networks continue getting rich on these debates. let's see how much money fox is going to make on the debate without me? okay. all right? let's see. let's go live to chicago now and speak to john hendren. trump had threatened to pull out of these debates before. why is he going through with it now? >> reporter: some are calling this a masser stroke. he says this is about megan kell kelleyly. she asked him a question about statements he had made in a previous debate -- asked him about misogynistic statements he made. he responds in typical donald trump style calling her a light wait.
he says i won't call her bimbo, because that is politically incorrect. and shouf -- somehow it is all working for him. he is slightly ahead in iowa. and he is ahead of ted cruz. cruz really wants a shot at trump. trump is not giving it to him, and instead he has been on trump tv all the time, because everybody is talking about how he has stepped out of the debate, so he is getting the same amount of publicity he would get on the debate stage and yet he doesn't have to answer anybody else's questions. >> you said earlier he is doing what politicians should don't and that is take on the media, but he is not just taking on the media, he is taking on fox news, which is very popular with the republican base he is presumably
trying to appeal to. so could this backfire on trump? >> reporter: absolutely, fox is known as the right-wing television station here in the u.s. trump is a little off of the main stream because his views have changed over time. if there were hillary clinton she would be criticized for being a coward for not facing her opponent who happens to be bernie sanders. in trump's case, though, these things don't seem to matter, because he attracts all of this media attention with these bombastic statements, so that gets him all kinds of free air time that other people don't get. so it is possible that this could work against him, and we'll see that if ted cruz wins in iowa. but so far trump thinks this is working for him. >> john, thank you. still to come in this news hour, the latest from chile on
the spread of the zika virus. plus working to survive, afghanistan's 1.9 million child laborers. and britain's biggest name in tennis is forced to share the limelight with a history maker. the latest from the australian open coming up. ♪ the first confirmed case of the zika virus has been reported in argentina, it comes as brazil launched an awareness campaign on the dangers of the virus thought to be linked to a rise in babies being born with birth defects. the government will deploy 200,000 troops to distribute pamphlets across the country. the virus has spread to 21 countries in the americas. chile is one of the countries effected.
joining us live from the capitol is our latin america editor, lucia newman. tell us a little bit about how prepared chile, but really the rest of south and central america when it comes to dealing with this virus that not a lot of people seem to know a lot about. >> reporter: hello, barbara. well, you are absolutely right. chile is an interesting case, because the world health organization predicts that only chile and canada will not actually mainland chile i should add, will have breeding grounds for the zika virus because of its climb. but it began in pal -- poll knee sha. but the region is not well prepared to to deal with this. where mosquitos breed the most are hot tropical and subtropical
countries. countries that are to a great extent suffering economic crises and who's public health services are just unable to deal with this. in the case of brazil, they have sent out a quarter of a million soldiers over the last 48 hours to help reduce the breeding grounds. i was in brazil a little more than a week ago and saw the soldiers patrolled, going house to house. throwing out small amounts of standing water where mosquitos breed, but then it rains and comes back. people are being asked not to get pregnant until 2018. and that puts the onus on women. >> one of the heart breaking effect is that babies are born with undeveloped skulls and brains, and the advice has been
to women to try to not get pregnant. how realistic is that especially in that part of the world? >> reporter: you are absolutely right, latin america has a sadly high incidence of sexual abuse and teenage pregnancies, unwanted teenage pregnancies due to rape. and although there is sex education in some countries and there is a campaign going on everywhere to try to make people aware of the presence of the zika virus, i don't know that we can say that this is going to really trickle down to the extent of preventing the sexual abuses that could lead to unwanted pregnancies and women having babies that might be born with microcephaly and other birth defects such as scarring of the retina as the result of contracting zika, barbara. >> lucia thank you. let's go to sweden now, one
of the richest countries in the world, and it's seeing an increase in the number of beggar froms eastern europe. the rival of roma beggars has prompted fierce public debate. in the first of two reports looking at begging around the world, barnaby phillips sent this report. >> reporter: it's not what you would expect to see in wealthy sweden. beggars on many street corners in the capitol, and in the south. they are roma, lured to sweden by the strong economy. roma beggars are often accused of belonging to criminal gangs. but gina says she is begging to send money back to her children in romania where she couldn't find work. >> my work is begging, because i can do nothing else. i just stay down, i don't look in the eyes of the people. i feel very, very shame.
very, very shame. >> reporter: the swedish government already struggling with an influx of refugees from syria and elsewhere, has created a task force to look at the problem of roma beggars. >> they are allowed to stay, and we won't ban begging, but if you come to sweden, you must find yourself a legal way of living. you cannot suddenly make a settlement in parks and private property. swedish law must be upheld. >> reporter: in an illegal camp on the outskirts of town, gina and her friends, they have been told it will be cleared by the police. protesters gather. some support the roma. others want them to leave. the eviction takes place in the middle of the night, and the political forces opposed to the roma beggars are gathering strength.
these are sweden's parliament buildings, i have come peer to meet a remember of parliament who's party is trying to make begging illegal. they are the sweden democrats. anti-immigrant, growing in popularity. >> we have already seen how illegal settlements are spreading all over the country, and that create situations which swedish authorities have no control over. so it's when we reach that scale of begging, and we have this kind of begging where other citizens come to sweden that is creating a lot of problems. >> reporter: the roma stage a sit-in outside of the townhall. but this is also broken up. the buses take up the people to return them to their countries. ginas decides to stay.
barnaby phillips, al jazeera, sweden. we are joined by a research officer at the international center for migration. madam thank you so much for joining us here on al jazeera. there has historically been enormous -- i guess, feeling, anti-roma sentiment right across europe. first of all make it very clear to us, what link if any is there between roma begging and belonging to criminal gangs? in >> thank you very much for having me on the program. i think it's very important to clarify some facts because very often when it comes to topics such as roma people in europe and begging, there is a lot of misinformation that goes around, so if you look at the roma population of europe, you are looking between 8 and 10 million people, a very, very tiny minority of that population are actually involved in begging. of course because the roma
populations in europe have traditionally been marginalized, have suffered discrimination throughout european history, you will find them involved in begging, small numbers involved in begging, but you have to look at each case in order to understand whether there's actually a criminal gang behind it. what we found in the research that we conducted was that every case was different. yes, in come cases children and adults are being exploited both among roma people begging and non-roma people begging, but what you are seeing a manifestation of the improve richment of certain groups of roma people, and that is also something that will motivate roma people to immigrate to other parts of the european union. >> so they can work in other european countries, because in barnaby phillips's report, we heard from the coordinator for vulnerable e.u. citizens saying
if these people if they come to sweden should find a legal way of making a living. what do you think the obstacle or obstacles often are with that? >> there are two major issues that roma people will be facing when they are looking for employment. one is discrimination on the labor market, so if any research that has been conducted in european countries on roma people accessing employment shows that there is severe discrimination. once the potential employer knows the applicant is roma, they may be rejected immediately for the job. the second is because of intergenerational improve richment and lack of education. >> and madam on a final point, it's very different in different
parts of europe. some parts of southern europe you see a lot of roma, mainly, people, begging, less so in northern europe. why is that? and what are the best ways for countries to tackle the phenomenon? >> i think there are two approaches that with have an impact. one is to raise awareness among the general population, so to try to understand for example that it's not generally a good idea to give money to children. children should never be on the streets. campaigns that encourage people to be more aware of people when they give money to people begging -- >> so should begging be banned? >> no, there's no real indication from our research that that is a good idea, because when you have situations of improve richment, many people will fall back on begging as a
desperate measure. so i think that's an approach that does not make sense. but you need social workers and police on the streets, and that's what in some of the nordic countries have been the practice, have social workers, and officers to identify situations where the social services can respond and make sure that children, for example, are not involved. >> forgive me, we're going to have to leave it there. thank you. >> thank you. well lots more still to come here on al jazeera, including failing to take a big bite of the market. sales of apple's iphone slow for the first time ever. plus in sport oklahoma city's kevin durant rebounds from a slump with a huge final quarter against the new york
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stories on al jazeera. as opposition politicians arrive in switzerland, there is serious doubt as to whether the syrian peace talks will get underway. the u.s. presidential hopeful donald trump has pulled out of thursday's republican tv debate over a rift with fox news and its moderator. and brazil is to deploy more than 200,000 troops in its fight against mosquitos spreading this zika virus. al jazeera has formally launched arbitration proceedings against egypt. the claim is over what the network says is a breach of international law and a breach of the qatar egypt bilateral agreement. the network says it follows a long campaign by the egyptian government against al jazeera. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: this was the image that egypt's government didn't want the world to see.
despite restrictions on media and freedom of speech, al jazeera managed to broadcast to millions of homes around the world the historic moment when hundreds of thousands of egyptians took to the streets calling for freedom in early 2011. is as a result, ever since the revolution, al jazeera has been systematically and deliberately targeted by egyptian authorities. in the early days, gangs supporting the regime drove around with banners threatening to cut people's tongues off if they spoke to al jazeera. the network's offices were closed. and its staff were arand detained by the military. in august, 2012, during the rule of the supreme council of armed forces, an al jazeera crew were attacked by police as they reported from outside of the hospital where the deposed president was receiving treatment. then during the presidency of
mohammed morsi, one of the studios was fair bombed as security forces looked on. then in july of the same year, just hours after egypt's military carried out a coup ousting the country's first democratically elected president, security forces stormed al jazeera's studio during a live broadcast. by the end of that year, five al jazeera journalists were languishing behind bars. they were all in jail for no other crime than working as journalists for the network. prior to their 'em prisonment, several other colleagues had been detained. added to that, since the revolution, the network satellite signals have constantly been jammed. an investigation by an
independent specialist tracked the source to military installations across cairo. all of this lead to al jazeera filing a case at the international center for settlement of investment disputes in 2014. the body tasked with set ling international business disputes. the network then gave the egyptian government a 12-month grace period on top of the six required to engage in settlement discussions. 18 months have gone buy, yet the egyptian government has refused to communicate positively with al jazeera. the network claim is based on the 1999 investment treaty. the agreement requires that investors be offered fair and equitable treatment by the governments of both countries. the treaty also obliged egypt to treat al jazeera in a manner consistent with nation treaties, to respect al jazeera and its
employees rights to freedom of expression. al jazeera has a conservative loss of $150 million. the network is hoping by pursuing this case not only will it be reimbursed but more importantly it will help projournalists and their freedoms. an international lawyer says this lawsuit is important for the rights of journalists around the world. >> most parts of the al jazeera claim focused on the breach of the journalists rights, freedom of expression, and the protection of journalists, where the egyptian authorities have broken and breached every international agreement to which they are a party in addition to the violation of customary international law and other conventions. the highest number of conventions [ inaudible ] the egyptian authorities have broken
is in this instance. any leaders of the militia group occupying a wildlife reserve in the u.s. state of oregon have been arrested during a shootout at a police roadblock. one person was killed during the incident on tuesday. the police made their move on the mri sha leader and his supporters, while they reportedly travelled to a community meeting. let's go lye to our washington bureau, where tom akerman has been following the story. what more details have emerged, tom? >> we expect to get the official version within the next half hour at a news conference. but from what we have been learning from people on the ground, the accounts that we're getting are -- and that includes people who were members of the occupation group, was that two cars, proceeding down a road to
a town about 100 kilometers away, were stopped by law enforcement authorities, the fbi and the state police. one -- one group surrendered peacefully, and the other one, apparently, he just drove -- he just got out -- he jumped out and charged at -- at law enforcement authorities after they had given chase to him. the man who was killed is the de facto leader or spokesman rather of the group. he is an arizona rancher, and throughout the 26 days of the occupation of the wildlife refuge, the authorities had made no effort to actually go in and make arrests within the compound itself. but right now they have set up roadblocks for all perimeters surrounding the wildlife refuge, and have told -- apparently in an attempt to prevent any
further search -- sympathizers from entering the premise. we have not confirmed the count of how many have actually left. there are reports that at least as of the last couple of days there were women and children among the group that may be about 30 or 40 people. the question here now is whether these people will surrender peacefully without any kind of resort to a confrontation of the premise. one man who was killed had said in an interview just yesterday, they do not intend losing here, and we do not intend giving it back to them. so there is an element of defiance here, and ak coring to the account by one of the members of the group who left, who said that this man did charge the law enforcement authorities when he got out of
his vehicle rather than surrender, an indication is that at least some of them are not prepared to surrender without a fight. >> tom, thank you. and we are expecting more details from the police at a news conference due to start any time now. we'll bring you that news conference as get it here on al jazeera. first, though, the united nations estimates that as many as 40% of children in afghanistan are out of school because of poverty. in order to survive some poor families are forced to make their children carry out hard labor. >> reporter: these children are forced into hard labor, working to make bricks, to help their family pay off debt. everyone has to work. the young and old. this boy is only eight.
>> translator: i collect the broken bits of the bricks and put them together. my hands and feet hurt. >> reporter: this girl is 11. she says she wants to be at school. >> translator: if we have an education, it would be better than this. my heard hurts a lot. >> reporter: their father tells me he borrowed money from the brick factory owner to cover the daily expenses of his family of 15. the entire income is less than $20 a day, which leaves them always needing to borrow more. it says it hurts him to see his children suffer, but he has no other choice. you can find entire families working here making bricks, but the main working force are children, those under the age of ten get to work eight hours a day, those over ten years old, they will have to work 13 hours a day. child labor in afghanistan is
endemic. it has been illegal since 2003, but families are desperate to send their children to work in order to survive. the government says it is aware of the problem and is trying to promote education and create jobs. in the capitol the situation is not any better. children are found working in many sectors as cheap labor force. government figures show around 1.9 million children work across the country. >> translator: the issue of child labor is a serious once. the responsibility lies with the government and families. the go has a program with the help of the international community to support the children. >> reporter: child labor is a long-established custom that is difficult to overcome. it is related to the country's lack of development and poverty. lack in jalalabad these children work silently. they have to make 4,000 bricks a
day. it's nine years since apple launched the iphone. since then it has become a truly global phenomenon. the product is expected to suffer its first-ever yearly sales drop. the iphone accounts for two-thirds of apple's revenues. so has the gloss finally gone off of its most popular product? here to discuss that is technology writer kate bevin. thank you for coming. it is still an incredibly successful product. but is it the beginning of the end? >> i think there is a feeling that apple has lost its way as far as pulling amazing rabbit out of the hat devices. the cell phone market is really saturated, and i think people are starting to go is it that special?
china is softening, and the growth was very flat in what should be its best quarter. >> they have got other products. they revolutionized i-things. with the ipad, they weren't the first, but they perfected it. and the iwatch. is the iwatch a bit of a flop. >> i think it is disappointing. they are not really talking about how many watches they have sold. and ipad sales are also tanking. they are trying to come back with the ipad pro, but they haven't quite gotten into the market. >> it is china, or is there a problem at the heart of apple itself. >> i think steve jobs was i think a difficult personality, but he was very much a leader and innovator, and they were an
amazing combination for product design and marketing. and i think they have lost that ability. >> what could they do? >> that's a good question. there is a lot of talk around them maybe getting into the car market. i think that's humorous actually. i can't see that apple has got -- is going to necessarily disrupt that market particularly. they are not doing much in the smart homes space. that's an interesting space that i think will be growing. one of the things they could do would be to improve battery life. there is a lot of problems around batteries with iphones. >> yep. obviously there is a lot of competition, but they have a lot of fans. do they need to keep growing at
the same rate? can they not just stay on an even keel and go on from there? >> you would have thought so. they have $200 billion in cash sitting offshore, and by anybody's standards that's pretty amazing. but wall street wants you to grow. and from an investor's point of view it is not doing well, and they want it to. >> thank you. coming up in just a few minutes, seeing red, is there something sinister about the color of these doors where asylum seekers are living in the u.k.? and coming up in sport, tennis authorities launch an internal review after allegations of match fixing. ♪
♪ an influential committee of uk uk politicians examining claims that refugees and asylum seekers have been targeted for intimidation because their front doors were painted a particular shade of red. the company says it wasn't aware of any problem, and insists the link between the door color and the refugees living there is unintentional, but local campaigners say they first raised concerns four years ago and nothing was done. paul brennan reports now. >> reporter: it's a dreary rather faded kind of red, but here the shade of these doors
has vivid significance, because the houses are used to accommodate asylum seekers. >> they feel like they have been locked out, and we all know about the history of marking doors. >> reporter: the global security firm has them find housing for refugees. >> as soon as i seen it on the news. i said well, all of these doors are red. it's not just pointing to asylum seekers. >> reporter: this red door refugees from afghanistan has no complaints. >> all of the people has the same. the white door, the red door. i know [ inaudible ] here it is no different between me and you and white door, red door, green door, any color of door.
it doesn't matter for me. >> reporter: but there have been incidents. >> we haven't seen anywhere here. but where i did live there has been people setting the front doors and stuff on fire. >> reporter: called to give evidence before a committee this week, they insisted the red-door policy was inadvertent. >> i think we need a more productive approach, you know, as you say, in hindsight, it has been very silly. >> reporter: he insists there have been no reported incidents ever that he is aware of. but campaigners in this area say that is simply not the reality. they say that individual refugees are too scared to make complaints, and that group concerns when raised are not being properly passed on. suzanne fletcher has several examples, including the case of a refugee mother.
>> she told me she was standing at the window, and she was very worried about it, and the person she has spoken to had said, you don't tell us about it, it's up to you to go to the police about it. and so how can they say they reported the incident, how many more times has there been sort of thing? there hasn't been. >> reporter: that question is now being examined. meanwhile they have begun repabing the doors in a variety of colors. okay. it's time to get all of the sports now. >> barbara thank you very much. good to have you along everybody, one of the five men standing in next month's fifa presidential elections says it is time for the job to go to a candidate from asia or africa. he says he is open to the idea of forming an alliance with one of his rivals. >> win or lose, it's not about
me or any of the other four. it is about restoring the image of fifa. it's about making sure that the credibility, the intremendousingrity, and that they win back confidence. >> reporter: the front runners appear to be the head of asia football, and the secretary general of uefa. do you envision -- alliances being involved. >> in many elections people do form alliances, and i'll be open with you. i have been approached by people who want to talk with me about taking up positions. it's quite healthy. it's quite natural. it is democratic. it is my wish that the next president of fifa, next month
should come from one of the two continents of asia or africa, with the help of europe. europe has had more than 100 years of presidency. >> reporter: the confederation of africa football is the largest in football, do you believe it is underrepresented? >> africa is seriously under represented. it's a travesty that africa with 54 countries and has hosted the world cup once and under severe pressure. >> reporter: regardless of who wins, is this president going to be capable of fixing fifa? >> we should not believe that by think mere act of pronouncing 100-so many votes -- in fact problem starts for that individual. because you have got to make
sure you work with everybody towards enhancing and rebuilding fifa to make it great again. so it's a long, long road. tennis authorities have announced a major review into corruption as a result of match-fixing claims. >> reporter: allegations of match fixing in tennis have dogged this sport since the beginning of the year's first grand slam before quarter final matches authorities were forced on to the front foot. >> we had to act quickly. we are in a toxic environment for sport at the moment in terms of it's an easy target for people to have a go with recent allegations of other governing bodies. we want to be as open and transparent as possible. >> reporter: the tennis
integrity unit has been accused of failing to follow up on suspicious results. >> it is vital that we repair the damage quickly. which is why we're announcing an independent review. >> reporter: it distracted a game in the on-court action. the second seed who was never [ inaudible ] the australian open was a winner. >> the last few days have been tough and maybe i haven't played my best tennis, but managed to get through, but today i felt like then of the match i was -- i was playing some -- some good stuff. >> reporter: britain will also
have a woman in a grand slam semifinal for the first time since 1983. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: this unseeded player was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over our chinese opponent. >> i felt i did quite a good job at removing any -- any sort of occasion from the match. i really just took it as a tennis match, and i was competing against a really good opponent, and i just wanted to make sure i was executing to the best of my ability. >> reporter: her next opponent with be number 7 seed. she beat the two-time champion in straight sets. that's where we are. there is a huge showdown in the cards in the men's draw. the defending champion, novak
djokovic up against roger federer. andy murray is taking on his canadian opponent. every time williams has reached the semifinal in melbourne she has gone on to win the trophy. her opponent has beaten venus williams in the first round. police have seized the assets belonging to footballers and agents and club executives in italy, as they investigate tax evasion. police in naples raided clubs on tuesday, seizing property worth more than $58 million. amongst those named in the
investigation, a former argentina champion, and ac milans chief executive. to the nba, the division-leading oklahoma city thunder, beat the new york knicks in their third straight win. and that is thanks in part due to this man. his basket tied the game in regulation time and the thunder went on to win 128-122 in overtime. it's the second time this season that durrand has crossed the 40-point mark. in that is your sport. >> robin thank you very much for that. that is it for this news hour. remember, you can get more on all of the stories we have been covering on our website, the address, aljazeera.com. that's it for me, lauren taylor will be here in just a few minutes with more of the day's
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