tv Weekend News Al Jazeera January 31, 2016 5:00am-6:01am EST
this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes, government bombs keep falling in syria leaving a big question mark over talks to help end the war. far right protesters threaten to attack refugees in the center of sweden's capital. how muslim women are trying to convince their country it has nothing to fear from the hijab.
>> reporter: i'm with all the day's sport at the world top two tennis players are battling it out. andy murray is hoping to overcome his nemesis and six time champion novak djokovic just hours after arriving for talks aimed at ending syria's war, the main opposition group is threatening to walk away. delegates from the high negotiation committee wants prisoner released and an end to the bombing of civilians before they will sit down at the table. we're live in geneva in a moment. the united nations wants the negotiations to last for about six months and the first priority would be a ceasefire. they would later work towards a political assessment to a war
that has killed more than 250,000 people. ultimately they want a transitional government which would lead the country to free elections. the opposition also wants aid convoys to be given all rebel-held besieged areas where tens of thousands of civilians are suffering in dire conditions. we have full coverage with our diplomatic james bays in geneva and another is in the city talking to syrians to finds out if they think talks will make april difference. how are those talks progressing right now and where does the delegation of the opposition stand on the bombings, are they planning to walk out if the demands are not done?
>> reporter: talks have been taken part but not negotiation. what the opposition is two important meetings in the coming hours. one of those meetings about to start as we speak and that is members of the high negotiating commission which came here from saudi arabia, the main opposition group, meeting with western envoys, envoys from european countries, also the special envoy for syria for the united states. i think they will be speaking to them trying to work out the exact position now and trying to give them some advice on their position, particularly before the second and most important meeting of the day, a few hours from now, and that's when some of the opposition delegation will be sitting down with staffan de mistura, the u.n. special envoy. what is the opposition's position now? i've spent some considerable time when they arrived here late last nitrogen eve atime speaking-- night geneva time and
it is clear there are two messages. one of the messages is we are very keen on peace, we want there to be a transitional government. there is a resolution council in place that say the bombardment and sieges should ends. we want to see that resolution fully implemented. they're the two messages. what i'm beginning to detect is, perhaps, now, now they're here in geneva, that one of those messages is not in quite the same way a condition for the other one thanks for that. for the moment live for us. going to our correspondent on the turkey-syria border. what are people there been saying about these talks? what are they expecting? >> reporter: when you talk to syrians living inside territories understand rebel
control they really have little faith in this process. they believe that the government will not compromise. they say that the government hasn't compromised over the years and the position has been strengthened and is unlikely to make concessions. there is no doubt bashar al-assad is in a better position. his government has been strengthened. there has been a shift on the ground. you can call them tactical and strategic gains, especially in the western province of latakia. they pushed the opposition from the strong holds. on the southern front the government captured a very strategic town that links the capital with the southern province of deraa. we have seen negotiated deals between the government and rebels around the capital of damascus because of the sieges and the blockades, they either have to abandon their positions or simply withdraw. the government is in a better position but definitely the war is not over and the opposition
may be on the defensive, but it hasn't been defeated. undoubtedly people do not trust the government's intentions. the reality in syria. the government backed by russian air power is on the offensive. their focus is on the suburbs south-west of the capital damascus. they're tightening the siege on another area after opposition rebels rejected a decision to leave the area. >> translation: when the regime can enter the area, their strategy is to blockade and have the people fought into submission. they're tightening sieges in areas while the talks are happening. the air strikes are increasing. >> reporter: many people are supporting the high commission's
decision not to engage in talks with the government. the economy wants goodwill gesture-- committee wants goodwill gesture before it agrees to negotiations. >> translation: we are against the meeting. the regime is not serious about the talks. whilst it is present in geneva it is also bombarding us. >> reporter: people are concerned about what they see is a shift in u.s. policy. they believe washington is cooperating with the government's main backer, russia. the two powers are behind the u.n. peace plan that could see syrian president bashar al-assad stay in office at least during the transition period. >> translation: at the beginning the u.s. publicly stood against bashar al-assad but they kept making false promises to the opposition and now their true position is out in the open. the u.s. is not against bashar al-assad. they accept him on the negotiating table. they no longer hide of fact that they consider him the leader >> reporter: bashar al-assad has always been an obstacle on the
road to peace. recent battle field gains has made the regime stronger and that is why the opposition believes it has little to gain by negotiating. it is one of the reasons why it is pushing for concessions before agreeing to talks. >> reporter: diplomacy has so far seen only failures in this conflict which has become an international and regional war by proxy and many people feel their voices have become irrelevant. >> translation: syrians should be the ones to decide their fate, but unfortunately big powers intervened and are imposing their decisions. >> reporter: for now there is a road map, but the warring sides are nowhere close to even discussing a solution. many in the opposition believe that the western u.s. have changed their stance. we're no longer hearing calls
for bashar al-assad to leave power, to step aside immediately. the u.s. has backed a peace plan which will play a role into the process. many in the opposition are worried about the fact that there is talk about a national unity government which means sharing power with the government. they want a transitional body with powers. handing over the power and what is becoming clear is that is not going to happen. syrians do not have high hopes and do not expect much from the talks in geneva. at least they don't expect an outcome which will be favorable to them thank you for that. in neighboring iraq 17 soldiers have been killed during a suicide attack in anbar province. i.s.i.l. fighters drove a bug dozer into their base detonating a bomb. it happened in the area east of ramadi where heavy fighting is
continuing between the army and i.s.i.l. fighters. there has been a fatal shooting at an israeli check point. it happened in the occupied pest bank near the illegal settlement of beit el. what happened here? >> reporter: it is significant two-fold as to where it happened and how it happened. this is the d krochlt check point which is used by vips, pa officials, foreigners, diplomats, press going in and out of the occupied west bank. we're told a man approached in a car from the occupied west bank. he got out of his car close to the check point and opened fire injuring three israeli soldiers, two in critical condition. one has been shot in the neck. before the shooter was shot and killed. it is significant because of where this was and also the fact that he used a gun, this is
something that doesn't happen very often here. we have seen a few occasions of shootings, particularly around the hebron area in the occupied west bank over the past few months, but certainly significant as to how this happened, where it happened. so two soldiers in critical condition there in hospital, one lightly wounded and the palestinian shooter has been shot dead. we're also being told from palestinian sources that palestinian medics are not allowed to recover his body. this is something that they often do after following incidents like this thank you for that. at least 37 refugees, mostly syrians, drowned on saturday when their boat hit rocks and capsized. they were attempting to reach the greek island of lesbos from turkey. that follows another incident two days ago when 25 refugees, including ten children, drowned off the greek island. the capsized boat can be seen
around 50 metres from the shore. it is estimated nearly 4,000 people died last year trying to reach europe by sea. russia has rejected accusations from turkey that its jets violated its airspace. the rift began when turkey shut down aing jet in december. >> translation: if russia continues to violate turkey's sovereignty, they will bear the consequences. such irresponsible behaviour will not contribute to improving the relationship between n.a.t.o. and russia or to peace in the region. on the contrary, it will do harm an officer complains why they did not shoot down the
plane. i they did not want to be blamed for stopping peace talks if in syria. also the u.s. restrained turkey to avoid any direct confrontation between an n.a.t.o. partner and russia. i think that also russia's very robust reaction to the previous downing of the russian jet played a part in containing turkey's reaction. they did not get much sympathy beyond rhetoric with n.a.t.o. and the u.s. and u.k., et cetera, expressed support for the protection of its airspace, but really in terms of action, we did not see much response from n.a.t.o. partners towards tour key's confrontation with russia the commander of yemen's armed group has been asas need. he was killed in the neighborhood in the southern port of the city of aden.
he was part of a group fooiting houthi rebels two weeks ago. -- fighting. still to come on the program, myanmar's leaders are ser enaided-- serenaded by the former rulers. >> reporter: one third of people have one third of lung function because of the smog why you australian champion on her stunning victory over ms williams is coming up later. still ahead, first african union states have been discussing whether to send 5,000 soldiers to burundi, the political crisis in that country has dominated the a.u. summit in ethiopia. straight to our correspondent from the ethiopian capital.
>> reporter: absolutely. i can tell you this. no troops, no a.u. troops will be deployed to burundi without the consent of the burundin government. i'm just from a press conference where a commission of the peace and security council ambassador read out resolutions from that peace and security council as well, the assembly of states and the heads of state who said that they're going to push more aggressively for talks we have had problems. can you hear me? >> reporter: i can hear you it looks like we lost you there for a moment, just continue.
>> reporter: as i was saying, i don't know where you lost me exactly, but i was saying that the heads of state have made a resolution and decided that they're going to push more aggressively for all inclusive political talks to be held, they will send a high-level delegation to talk to burundi government and convince them of sending troops there, troops that will help the country, they're going to work hand-in-hand with the local authorities in protection of the civilians there. burundi has been adamant that it does not want any troops from the african union there and said that they can sort this issue out. one has been talking to me who has been forming developments. he told me what does this mean for burundi? >> as far as burundi's situation
is concerned, it means the african union to pull back the earlier decision on the deployment, the peace-keeping troop that was supposed to be deployed to burundi, and refocus the attention on the peace talks that has also been stalling for so long because of arguments on the participation of the different actors in the peace talks on the timeline for the peace talks. >> reporter: about the that's talks in this political dialogue, the heads of state are saying that this political dialogue should be all inclusive, all parties, but we know in the pavt burundi government has been reluctant to hold talks with those it says are criminals. how will this play out, do you think? >> one think is that burundi are expressed its willingness to have talks in consultations on the peace talks, including with
african union, including relating to who is going to be participating in the peace talks, whether it should be all inclusive, whether there should be people that should be excluded from the process and the agenda of the peace talks as well. so what we are going to see is basically there is more willingness and flexibility on the part of the of burundi to allow consultations and basically the possibility of coming to an agreement on these outstanding issues relating to the peace talks, but on the deployment of the troops, that is where it looks like there is completely settlement between burundi and the deployment from the site of the african union. >> reporter: the heads of state said they have listened to complaints of the remaining country, we all know it is rwanda, and noted the complaint that rwanda has been training rebels in the refugee camps. what do you make about this?
it is something that we've been talking about. what do you make of it? >> one of the things, if for example it is going to be deployed in burundi and be accepted on the consent of the government of burundi, one of the areas where it is expected to deploy is on the border. that has been explicitly stated in the discussions, on the border between burundi and rwanda. these are basically part of, if you like, also allaying the fierce and concerns-- fears and concerns as well. they're saying we are hearing you and therefore we would also look into the border question. >> reporter: very many thanks. he has been following a.u. for very long and let me just say that the a.u. peace and security council has also made resolutions on south sudan and say that south sudan leaders
must form a transitional government as soon as possible so that the country can move on and people can be able to go about their lives because that's why they fought for the independence of that country. about terrorism he said that the head of state made decisions that african countries must walk together, there must be a better strategy to deal with this issue of terrorism, it must be better intelligence sharing as well. if the armed groups that are carrying out deadly attacks in various parts of the continent are to be defeated thank you for that. fashion is as important as anywhere else in senegal and there is a growing market for muslim women who wear a vale. there is a growing movement to
ban the full-face veil. >> reporter: designing clothes for the muslim women. this designer, it is a business opportunity that cannot be ignored. after working in paris, she started her own brand here. she is adapting her designs to the latest trends. customers no longer wear short skirts and sleeveless tops but ask for longer dresses and even the full veil. >> translation: women are, whether they're old or young feel more respected wearing the veil. >> reporter: other designers like her are showing their collections in dakaar. an opportunity to showcase the diversity in fashion for muslim women. it is called halaal fashion.
the president says face veils pose a security threat. they're already illegal in cameroon and others where dozens people have been killed by suicide attackers who detonated bombs concealed under their robes. organisers of this event say they're promoting fashion, not violence. >> i think it's a debate that is stag matising the wrong people. i don't have to follow the global trends. actually it's saying let's create an alternative trend, this clothing trend, let's show people that i can be fashionable and open minded that i can be smart, that i can be entrepreneurial, that i don't have to show my body if i don't want to. that's what the message we're trying to get across.
>> reporter: this fashion is a growing market. last year alone it was estimated to be worth 230 billion dollars globe laneway. it is - dpsh globally. big brands are making clothes for muslim women. they too see an opportunity in halaal fashion. so despite the security threats, debates surrounding the veil, people believe here that the demand for clothing like this is only going to grow large bushfires are burning through the australian state of tasmania, destroying around 72,000 hectares of land. up to 40 firefighters, including crews from new zealand, are working together to contain the blaze. the fires have forced some people to take refuge on
beachers and destroyed 1,000 year old trees. they have been burning west in the island since lightning struck in mid january. let's look at what the weather is doing right now in tasmania and elsewhere. >> reporter: on the face of it, it should be helping put the fires out. the satellite picture over tasmania, for the last five days has been showing cloud streaming across tasmania here. that cloud does contain rain. it has been raining particularly hard. unfortunately it is accompanied by a breeze. the figures in, marie aisland 200 plus millimetres. devonport in the north 140. this rain is concentrated on the eastern side of the island and an easterly wind which doesn't help, which is blowing the fires further west away from the rain.
that's probably the wettest place. there are showers in queensland, 116 millimetres just north of brisbane. maybe the most active weather is the tropical cyclone, stan. the first named storm. season that came on shore about 18 hours ago. it was category 2 for the australian cat gorisation system. that's the path, just east of pardoo. it recorded 90 millimetres of rain and 60 km of wind. rain in the big west thanks for that. three people have been arrested in central india after the discovery of a thousand kilograms of explosives. detectives there also found 132 detonators. the explosives were being transported illegally. mps in myanmar are gathering for
their new parliamentary session marking a crucial step in the historic transfer of power to an elected government. they swept away the military government which replaced decades of army rule. a report from myanmar's capital. >> reporter: the measured early morning routine of the capital doesn't betray it, but there is history in the making. this woman is one of those making it. she and hundreds of other newly elected members of parliament for the national league for democracy, or n.l.d., are about to take up their seats. >> translation: myanmar has been waiting for this day for so long, so many ordinary people have sacrificed their lives to get here. >> reporter: the military still retains great power. it has control over important ministries and automatically gets a quarter of all seats in
parliament, allowing it to block any changes to the constitution. despite their overwhelming the majority, the n.l.d. mps know they have to cooperate with the military to rule effectively. they know the prize for that cooperation could be a change in the constitution allowing their leader aung san suu kyi finally to become president. aaung san suu kyi is stopped from becoming president by a clause in the constitution that disqualifies the parent of foreign national. her two sons hold british citizenships. >> translation: we can all work together for the benefit of people and the country. >> reporter: at this event there was reconciliation in abundance.
>> now our time is up. we duty fly leave for the n-- dy fully leave for the new leaders. >> reporter: then an serenade, crooning to the most influential official and possibly the president in waiting. whose dreams may yet come true still ahead on al jazeera, the battle for iowa, why a state of just three million people is playing a big role in the u.s. presidential race. and in sport, former australian cricket captain michael clerk has a change of heart just five months after quitting the sport.
you're watching al jazeera. the top stories we're following, the main syrian opposition group is meeting with western and u.n. diplomats in geneva before talks aimed at ending the war in syria. they are threatening to walk away unless prisoner are release $and the bombing of civilians stopped. leaders attending the african union summit have decided not to send peace-keeping troops to the burundi without the government's consent. they will push for political dialogue instead. the president had warned that he will use force against any
troops entering his country. the palestinian gunman who shot and killed three israelis has been killed. a german politician has provoked outrage with comments that police should be prepared to shoot migrants entering the country illegally. the chair woman of the right wing party says germany needs efficient controls to stop so many people entering the country. the police union is accusing her of wanting to suspend the rule of law. anti immigration sentiment has triggered protests in sweden. a group of masked men ran through the streets of the city threatening anyone they suspected of being a foreigner. >> reporter: police moved in when protesters from two rival groups began to fight. an anti refugee group was calling for the resignation of
their prime minister. they're angry their country of ten million allowed in 160,000 asylum seekers last year. facing them were more than 200 anti fascists. >> translation: i was pulled down to the ground and one of them tried to kick me in the head. the police put a stop to the whole incident. >> reporter: swedish police are on heightened alert, deploying anti riot officers and helicopter surveillance. they made several arrests on friday after a gang of some 100 masked men ran through the streets of the city threatening some refugees and attacking others. >> the target were younger children, child refugees, youth refugees, located within the central station. of course, a lot of these attacks revolve around a lot of these discussions going on in the last few weeks. >> reporter: knee owe nazi messages say it is up to the
swedes to take action against children on the streets. children locked themselves in a room while 20 young men went on a rampage. concern over how many asylum seekers are reaching the country. >> they go out to do what they feel is necessary to create an environment where refugees are not feeling welcome >> reporter: the government says half of those who applied for asylum last year are to have their claims rejected. as many as half of those will be forced to leave at least ten thousand child refugees are said to have disappeared after arriving in europe. the minors are now feared to have fallen into the hands of organized traffickers. this is the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify the refugee crisis in europe.
ur policy says that-- europol says about five thousand children went missing in italy and 1,000 in sweden. leonard doyle is here to talk to us. thank you for being with us. staggering numbers these. i guess the obvious question would be how could something like this have happened? >> i think it has been clear for a long time that at least a third of those coming into europe from around the world are minors. certainly a third of those who have died in the mediterranean last year are minors. so the idea that many are unaccounted for in europe is not that surprising. it is a relief, frankly, that the authorities are now paying attention to it because it is a very important issue, but i think those who have been watching the issue would not be totally surprised what is your idea of the
numbers here of how many of these children may have fallen into the wrong hands. there is mention there of child traffickers, and how many may have gone on to meet with people that they were supposed to, family members and so on and the system just wasn't able to track them? >> that's what we don't know. i think, obviously, there is a lot of - europol is interested in security in particular and after the veept events in europe, they want to know more about who is loose in europe-- recent events, and the fact that they're paying attention to minors is important because they need protection. some could have fallen into criminal hands or smugglers' hands. we don't know, frankly, and i don't think the authorities know what the real situation is, but we know that a very large number of those coming across from afghanistan, from iraq and from syria are minors. sometimes they're with parents and sometimes they're on their
own. they are definitely moving in great numbers and they need to be careful you mentioned earlier about how this isn't particularly surprising, but a lot of people will be surprised, perhaps, to hear you say that. why do you not find this surprising and how does this add to the further complications of the whole issue of migration into the european union? >> i think for anybody who has been paying attention to the numbers, and we're publishing them all the time, in terms of the number of minors coming across, a report showed that a third of those, 30% of those who are dying on these crossings are children. for those to be looking at it, they will not be surprised. the fact that europol puts authority now behind this report, this suggestion, is important, but i think there are terrible things happening to migrants as they cross into europe. at least a third of those
migrants are young children. some of them are accompanied, some not. it's about time, frankly, that we're getting more attention to the issue it is certainly a very alarming story. we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us about this and bringing it to light. thank you a new report found the past 10 years have been the most deadly for journalists working in the field. almost 230 journalists have been killed trying to do their job in the past 25 years. the death toll has not dipped below 100 deaths a year since 201 2010. >> the last 10 years were the most dangerous in areas because
many revolutions in tunisia, in libya, in yemen, in syria and now we are murder in these regions in the middle east the french navy has dispatched a specialized anti pollution ship in case a ship breaks there. the modern expression is adrift and leaning towards one side a 70 car pile up has called people in slovenia. it happened on a highway about 70 kilometers from the capital on saturday night. cars, trucks and even buses were all crumpled together blocking the highway for hours. police and medical crews struggled to provide help at the scene because of the sheer scale
of the accident. thick fog in the area is being blamed. a city in colombia has launched a campaign to try and get rid of the mosquito which transmits the zika virus. it has been hit hard by the decease which scientists suspects is linked to birth defects in new born babies. city workers have been removing rubbish and debris which provide breeding grounds for the mosquito. fumigation trucks have been spraying the streets. on monday the u.s. state of iowa will become the first in the country to hold the presidential nominating contest known there as the caucus. presidential hopefuls have spent millions of dollars because a win there can make or break their campaign. a report from des moines, iowa. >> reporter: it's in homes like this that the united states will hold its first official votes in its presidential nominating
contest. so where is this caucus going to be held, where are the people going to be here? >> right here in the living room, yeahment >> reporter: to caucus means to gather. you won't see polling booths or voting machines. instead people meet at homes, community centers and churches. the state of just three million people became prominent in this by accident >> in 1972 there were a series of changes in how our political parties would select their nominee to be president of the united states. iowa happened to go first that year. so iowa has been first ever since. >> we will be passing out slips of paper for you to vote on >> reporter: it is simple. supporters vote by secret ballot tossed in a hat or basket. the candidate with the most votes wins and goes on to national conventions where nominees for both parties are officially elected. the democratic caucus is more
complicated. supporters gather in the center of the room and they break off into groups behind the candidate they support. that's where things get a little intense. >> i will have one faction come in and visiting or a representative come in and visiting with another faction, trying to swing people to their sides. >> he is more committed to the party itself >> reporter: the debate between caucus goers can be heated. still the results serve an important purpose. >> the iowa caucus is special just because it is the first litmus test of what americans are feeling about the person that they want to be their commander in chief. >> because everybody has to be in one place at one time, if the weather is bad it makes it harder for people to come out to the caucus locations. of course, it's cold, there's a good chance of snow. >> reporter: despite months of
candidates courting voters, the results could come down to the weather and whether supporters show up on a cold winter night here is some of what voters in iowa are saying >> the reason why i chose bernie is because he seems the most personable and the most every day man type candidate. he has a lot of good ideas and some of the programs that he's talking about offering i feel would increase employment and give us all an opportunity to either pursue education or a professional trade in some type of way >> i'm a hillary clinton supporter because she is a powerful woman, someone i can look up to and i know other people can as well. she is also fighting for the
rights of me and others. she is really looking out to make sure that the things that tv happened in politics are going to continue, the things that were happened in the obama campaign she is fighting to work on or improve upon instead of tearing those things down which is something that is important >> i've always supported hillary clinton and i especially support her now. i feel like she has worked for so hard for all of the issues that are important to all of us and can help all of us so much. one of those issues is health care. she has always worked hard to get health care reform for us and now that we have it, i agree that we need to make it work and it's here, it's in place, let's make it even better >> the reason i'm kind of a donald trump fan is because this country needs a change. it needs a big change >> i would like to see our borders tightened up, like he says he plans on doing. i would like to see the smaller people helped out, like needs be done. there is a lot of things that
need to change. everything has fell in a heap. one man is not going to be able to change it either. it will take plenty of support from everybody to change this >> i support ted cruz because his consistent christian conservative and he will stand up to washing's cartel hillary clinton's bid for the white house has received a boost from the new york times more than a third of people living in the capital of india have trouble breathing. thousands of people have been tested as new delhi's pollution levels reach historic highs. children and the elderly are most at risk, but even healthy men and women are at risk. >> reporter: this is how this man stays fit in new delhi. he used to exercise here in the
park every day until this winter when it started making him sick >> i get minor koldz and headaches, i feel my lungs are extremely heavily and these are the problems that i never really noticed in the previous years when i was living here. >> reporter: a government survey shows that one third of people in the city now have reduced lung function mainly because of air pollution. while he doesn't know how padly he has been affected, his doctor advised him to spend less time outdoors >> i used to go running every evening and i don't any more because i feel like my lungs feel heavy. every time i go to a park to run, i come back feeling ill because i can spell, like, the pollution out there. >> reporter: many dock torsion have seen an-- doctors have seen breathing problems. specialists warn the effects may
last after the pollution levels decrease. >> they will go back but not totally back. there may be a chance that it will not be a total recovery to the initial stage. >> reporter: with pollution levels now among the worst in the world, people are demanding the government act. the growing pop later of cars is one of the main-- popularity of cars is one of the main pollutants. the government is adding more buses and expanding the metro rail network. it has had recent success in banning drivers on alternate days. in the short-term, the government wants people here to think hard about the choices they make. >> >> translation: if people want to reduce pollution, they can. if they feel they have to buy a car, maybe after five years they will do it. >> reporter: rising temperatures are expected to bring down the pollution in the air, making it at least mortal rabble. but restore-- tolerable.
restoring the air quality will need some thinking with the long-term horizon a diversity has been hailed as the winner of the night at the screen actors gild awars in l.a. >> welcome to diverse tv the actor is union honored four black actors. this man missed out on an oscar nomination won his role in beasts of no nation. this woman these women took home statues as well. there has recently been a lack of diversity among oscar nominees. still ahead in sport, the toronto raptors, that's coming up.
it's that time in the hour to get all the latest sport. >> reporter: thank you very much. the men's australian open finals underway. world number one novak djokovic is taking on andy murray in a repeat of last year's final. the serb started really well. he has taken the second step. it is two one in the third set right now. meanwhile new women's champion kerber has been reflecting on
her victory over world number one williams. kerber revealing that she has received congratulations from her role model. >> reporter: she possibly needs more practice when it comes to opening champagne bottles. following her performance being the center of attention is something the 28-year-old german is going to have to get used to. >> my dream came true. when i was a kid i was always dreaming about this to win one day grands slam. i think i had to really crazy with the first round, but the best weeks of my life. >> reporter: her victory will go down as one of the biggest upsets in recent times. her becoming the first german
woman since steffi graff to win a grand slam title >> when i won the match point i had so many emotions and positive things. so getting in my mind that i making history as well in germany and everybody is supporting me. it was just an incredible feeling one that i will never forget. >> reporter: graff was not only the last german to win the slam. a total of 22 grand slam titles is yet to be equalled. for now williams remains on 21 major titles, but the slightly 34-year-old being old enough to have played against graff leading up to the final to suggest grand slam no.22 will come sooner rather than later. the new champion is expected to rise to a clear high no.2 when the new world rankings are released on monday. she will have to deal with the
added question of being the new champion. >> reporter: andy murray's brother won the title. the first brazilian to play any title at the event. as for murray the result means he is the first britain to lift the trophy in more than 80 years. brother andy was on hand to see him get the job done. >> it was funny to see andy there at the end. obviously, he had obviously been watching the match. i didn't know that. i thought he left to go back to the hotel, obviously, but maybe he came back when he thought we had a chance of maybe winning. i don't know. >> reporter: former australian cricket captain michael clerk has announced he will come out of retirement just five months after quitting the sports. the 34-year-old who resigned after last summer's ashes will play for the western suburbs next month. >> being away from the game,
spending nearly five months away from cricket, i've missed that competitive side of the game. i have tried to replace it from sailing, but no, i think it is time away from the game. my father is still playing cricket. i think it's in my blood. i love the game of cricket. >> reporter: football now. chelsea are getting ready on to take on the fourth rounds. they're hoping to repeat the 2009 triumph. totenham are through to the fifth round after a comfortable win. there was a score of twice with him unbeaten in ten away games in competitions. it has been 25 years since the club won this trophy. >> i think that we have quite enough and it is good to fight
for competition. then we will see the reality of the season, how was. >> reporter: the winning for arsenal since november. the premier league sides played as you can see here. a hat trick was caused for manchester city. west ham will have a replay after a draw >> we tried all, we did all, we gave all and in the end we have another game. so in this moment it doesn't feel too brilliant to be honest, but how everybody could see when we go to west ham, then we will see the chance again to go to the next round. then we will try again everything. it's an intensive time. that's how it is.
hopefully one other player will come back from injury in the next few weeks. >> reporter: barcelona have made a big move in the spanish title race with a two one win owe over second place of atletico madrid. they're leading by three points on the top of the league. goal keeper victor who has won 21 trophies with the catalans have kept a clean sheet with the belgium club. he made some great saves in this match in the p prosecutrix o-league to help hi his team to a two nil win. -- his >> reporter: japan came from two goals down to win the asian under 23 title in qatar. this 81 minute goal gave the japan a three two win.
both teams have qualified for the rio olympics by virtue of reaching this final. with third place iraq joining them in brazil. in the nba, the golden state warriors won with only 0.2 seconds left on the clock. the pistons were beaten. the result was 911th win in a row. it equals the record of major league baseball team the blue jas and the best winning streak. rounds three of the farmers insurance open. toy from south korea has not one since 2011. -- won. he is on nine understand par
overall. he is joined at the top by brown after the american shot third round 70. south africa brendan as has two shots in doha. the world no.11 shot a final round of 69 to finish on 14 under par. he became the first player ever to win back to back titles in doha and this is his seventh win on the european tour. >> it was great. i played really good golf and it paid off at the end. i know what it takes to defend a title. this is a special one. this is one that really put me on the map last year. i said it before and i will say it again. just now winning it twice is just extra special. >> reporter: that's all in sport thanks for that. stay with us here on al jazeera. a full bulletin is just two minutes away.
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