>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes. hope of helping besieged civilians in syria, with a pause in fighting due to begin on saturday. u.n. chief is in south sudan, trying to revive a shaky peace deal. chinese shares take another nose dive on the eve on another major summit. i have your sport,
including -- >> i'm here as part of fifa, to make sure that i participate in the [ inaudible ] of what is going on. >> reporter: candidates for fifa president make their way to zurich ahead of friday's elections. we begin in syria where the u.n. says that much of 21 tons of food, medicine, and other supplies have been lost. it was supposed to reach people in the town of deir al-zour. the chairman of the u.n. humanitarian task force explained what happened. >> there were two problems. palettes were drifting in with their parachutes so that some missed target, and others of the
palettes -- the parachutes did not open, and the food were destroyed. speaking at that same media conference in geneva the u.n. special envoy for syria said they planned to get more aid to syrians who desperately need it, if a planned pause in fighting happens on saturday. >> more needs to be done. more effectively, and certainly, if as we all hope, the decision was [ inaudible ] take hold effectively, they will have an impact on the acceleration of reaching the people in need in syria, not only in the besieged areas, but everywhere. >> more than a million syrians are trapped in besieged towns, cut off by basic food and medical supplies.
mountain towns of madaya and [ inaudible ] are also blocked by pro-government forces, including hezbollah fighters from lebanon. and two towns in the north are under siege from syrian rebels, and fighters in the east have blocked off one town, and more than 300,000 people are trapped in aleppo. the world food program spokesperson for the middle east joins us. there is a lot of talk about this failed air drop, but this 21 tons is the size of a medium truck, and in the past week, they have managed to deliver more than a hundred trucks of aid, which has reached over a hundred thousand people. >> correct. the world food program has successfully delivered food to
113,000 people. that's like a hundred load of big trucks. and they have reached six besieged areas across syria. and it is a step forward for these people who are desperate. but we need unimpeded access. it's not -- again, we have learned from experience, one time convoys, and another solution to this. what beneed is the lifting of all siege on all of these areas, so we can reach them on a regular basis. it's a step in the right direction, but we need more. >> and it is poised for a huge aid push if this cessation of hostilities does take place. talk us through how that aid push is going to work. >> the worker's program has been providing food assistance to 4
million people on a monthly basis inside syria. we have food in the different warehouses that we have across the country, not just in one place, but in four or five different places, and we have our food packages ready, and -- and mobilized immediately. once we have this huge push for aid and access into the -- we do -- we do delivery inside the country as well as cross border convoys who have been assisting the people who are involved in the fighting for the past few weeks. that also comes from our warehouses in turkey. >> when you reach these areas that have been besieged, what do you find there? >> our team on the ground have very difficult [ inaudible ] and extreme difficult conditions for
the people who have survived these besieges for many months. they describe children who haven't had meals for days and they have survived on boiling grass or a small bowl of rice every other week. high rates of malnutrition. hungry people. when you are cut off from food for months, surviving on literally nothing, it's really the effects are growing, we're losing a generation of syrians to malnutrition and health issues, because food is maybe two kilometers away from them, but we cannot deliver to them. >> thank you very much for taking the time to join us from cairo. syrian government forces are reported to have retaken a strategic town from isil. government forces were supported by russian air strikes. and we're getting reports that dozens of people have been killed in russian air strikes as
they hit areas of the damascus countryside, the main opposition says russia has stepped up attacks before the pause in fighting is to begin, but a spokesman for russia says they have reduced fighting in the last few days. >> reporter: video released showing the aftermath of those russian air strikes, show the destruction caused to civilian areas, and one such video there are children there who are pleading, essentially praying to god that these air strikes stop, putting the blame on the destruction caused to bashar al-assad and the russian air force. this is just another example why there is such scepticism leading up to the implementation of this planned cessation of his tillties, because according to the text of this agreement, it
does allow for strikes to take place against isil, and that is the pretext that the russian air force used to intervene in syria. however, the armed groups say russia isn't attacking isil as much as it is actually attacking those armed groups opposed to bashar al-assad and like we saw in azaz a week ago, targeting civilian centers like hospitals and schools. and that's is why there is a lot of scepticism with regards to this cessation of hostilities. and there has been movement south of aleppo. that town is strategic because it is on the main route between damascus and aleppo, and the government forces have been able to retake that from isil. isil was only in control of that for a few days, as territories switches hands frequently,
because there hasn't been able for someone to establish an upper hand. there is hope, but it is very guards that at least in the beginning this secession of hostilities would allow aid into these besieged areas. there are areas that haven't had water, electricity, food, and even medication, and if there isn't much optimism, there is a lot of hope. european divisions over the refugee crisis are being discussed in brussels. greece is accusing other states of causing humanitarian crisis by imposing border restrictions on refugees and migrants who are trying to move through europe. 100,000 people have arrived just this year, on top of a million people who arrived in 2015. thousands of migrantss and
refugees are stranded on the greek border. we're joined by hoda abdel hamid. this is one place, isn't it where those border restrictions are being felt most keenly. we can see tents behind you of people who are simply stranded now. >> reporter: absolutely this is a scene that a few days ago did not exist here. the border closed, and only 100 people have been able to go into macedonia before that. so really, a trickle of the estimated 12,000 refugees and migrants who are currently in greece according to the authorities, and you have to remember that as we speak hundreds more make their way aguess the aegean sea and land on all of these islands.
and greece has said that it will not allow its country to become, really, the bottleneck for all of these, quote, stranded souls here. now there is no indication on when the border will open. macedonia says it is taking that measure simply because that same measure is happening at its northern border with serbia, and it says that both the transit camps are at full capacity, and they cannot handle anyone going through their territory at the moment. >> hoda when you speak to people there, are they saying they are simply going to sit this out? i suppose they don't have anywhere else to go. >> reporter: well, they have no choice, really, at the moment. either you come here to the border and sit in these tents, it's pretty cold, i have to say at night, or there are people who have been relocated to centers, but they want to come
to the border, because they do follow the news. there is this march 1st date looming whereby austria has indicated that the borders will be closed. and last week, austria and the balkan states have reached an agreement, that it will pass the number of asylum requests to 80 a day. that prompted a domino effect, and that is what caused the borders first to close completely to afghans, and then to have heavy restrictions even on the iraqis and syrians who are allowed to go in, but now it is much more complicated. you don't get anymore your registration form from greece to enter western europe, you have a new registration procedure happening in macedonia, and that would allow you to go into
western europe. in that area is shutting down more and more on a daily basis. i was speaking here also to some of the ngo's and they seem to think at least on the ground at the moment, everything indicates that that border might very well be completely shut on march 1st. a lot of worry here amongst the people. many will tell you, well, we don't have anywhere to go. afghans were really in a desperate state. they were saying we sold everything to be able to make it all the way to europe in the first place. where are we going to go? where do we go? do we go back to the sea? so it cease really a complicated situation, you find hundreds on the road trying to make their way here as quickly as possible. nobody wants to stay in reception centers. >> thank you, hoda. coming up here in this news hour, north korea looks to be
set with even tougher sanctions for its latest nuclear test. and egypt's president is giving a hounding. and in sport we'll hear from the danish club aiming to pull off one of their greatest acts in european football. ♪ secretary general ban ki-moon has arrived in south sudan, meeting the president. his visit comes a week after 19 people were killed. annika vel reports. >> reporter: 20,000 burns homes filled the skies for days. people who were already displaced from their home to a camp, once again were made homeless. people moved here, because they believed the u.n. would keep them safe. the attack by government forces
revealed how vulnerable they still are. >> translator: the fences are all open. you have to close the fences. now look at this. the people's health has deteriorated. their health is fragile. look at what they eat and drink. look at where they now sleep. >> reporter: almost 200,000 people live in u.n. protection of civilian sites. the u.n. mission to south sudan has a mandate to use force to protect people when needed. however, this is the third time people have been slaughtered while apparently under the protection of peace keepers. >> you have a huge presence of the u.n. but again, we don't know what they are doing exactly. you have seen what happened. civilians died. and the u.n. is there. then why are they given millions of dollars. they should withdrawal from south sudan if they fail to
protect civilians. >> reporter: after three massacres on u.n. bases people are starting to ask, is this u.n. mission simply unwilling to use force to protect civilians? a spokesman for the president joins me live from juba. thank you for taking the time to be with us. why did government force attack a u.n. camp? >> i don't know where this information came from. the fight happened inside the -- you know, the camp, and [ inaudible ] explain that where the idp's got their weapons from. when in fact, the camp, the entrance, are actually meant by
the [ inaudible ] which is none of the business of the government of south sudan. we condemn the atrocities that happened, and as strong as stance as possible, and we are asking the united nations to reveal how the guns were smuggled into the camp, and it was the fight that was erupting inside, and there was no trace of anybody coming from outside to fight inside the camp. >> it is the security council itself that is saying that government soldiers were involved in this attack, and it has gone on to say it was a war crime. >> so i don't know where that [ inaudible ] come from. how do you differentiate between government soldiers and other militia groups operating inside south sudan. it is the same uniform that they have, because most of them came
out from the [ inaudible ], and you can see the commitment of the government to ensure that, you know, the country return to normalcy, and this rhetoric is only aimed at further destabilizing the country, but the government assumes its commitments, you know, to implement a peace agreement, and i don't agree with that rhetoric of the government solders coming in. >> ban ki-moon is in the country, meeting your president, this issue is bound to be high on his agenda, especially when you have the united states threatening sanctions on the president and the vice president if they don't deliver on a peace deal. >> the issue of sanctions did not come up in the meeting with the president and ban ki-moon. what they discussed is on how to
expeditiously -- actually, you know, implement the august agreement, and he has assured the president that he [ inaudible ] to come juba as he is now the vice president and was already appointed. so it's a matter of him coming in order to start forming the government of national unity. it is crucial at this point, and [ inaudible ] to returning the country to normalcy. so the president discussed a number of issues, including that of course of [ inaudible ], and the president explains the side of the government as i clearly, you know, stated to you. >> yes, you did indeed. thank you very much for taking the time to join us there from juba. that's the presidential spokesman for south sudan. at least three people have been killed after a mortar attack in mogadishu.
the armed group al-shabab has claimed responsibility. nine people, including three children were injured. the united states and china have agreed on a draft resolution that would expand sanctions against north korea in response to their weapons test and rocket launch early in january. harry fawcett has the latest. >> reporter: diplomats have been working on this draft resolution since the beginning of january when north korea carried out its fourth nuclear test, and then there has been the rocket launch at the beginning of february as well. so this is designed as punishment for those events. john kerry has said these measures will go beyond anything that has happened before. exactly what those measures will be has not been officially
confirmed. but here in south korea there is a suggestion that certain companies will be blacklisted. none of the aerospace in charge of that rocket launch which put a rocket in space in the beginning of january. china is on board for most of the measures. in 2013, there was another round of tests, and then it specified the freezing of any transactions involving the missile program, but three years later, we have seen what has happened. china doesn't want to see north korea collapse, so there are questions about the level of enforcement on the border, so north korea may well just carry on with what is an extremely high priority target for it, which is to pursue and develop
its nuclear program. shares in china have fallen by 6% on the eve of a two-day summit in shanghai. the current market turmoil and a global economic slowdown are expected to be key areas of discussion. scott heidler has more. >> reporter: the stock market here in china seeing its worst slump in month. this is bad news on a year that has started off on a bad foot here in the markets. that is 23% off from what it was at the end of 2015. 2015 was not a good year for the market. 10 trillion down to $5 trillion. another slide again on thursday. what is going to happen moving forward? it's very interesting, because within nine days, the most important dates will take place, the national people's congress, and fiscal policy obviously is going to be on the agenda there. and g-20 finance officials are
going to be meeting again, and again, fiscal policies will most likely be brought up. and there are so many individual investors, individual savings that are put into the market. 80% of the market is made up of individual investors, so obviously it is a very big social issue here in china. egypt's president says a russian plane brought down over sinai was caused by attackers who want to hurt the tourism industry. sisi made the comments in a two-hour televised address on wednesday. sisi also offered up a couple of unusual solutions to egypt's economic problems. >> translator: let me say something quite difficult, it is difficult to say, but let me be
here, if i could sell myself to benefit this nation. i would have done it. we're a nation of 90 million. if only 10 million of us wake up every day and donate aide one egyptian pound, that's 10 million pounds a day. egypt is a great country. it can do anything if you truly love egypt, i'm telling you, all egyptians who are listening to me, listen to my words only. only mine, i say. >> within minutes a ebay page listing the sale of a used field marshall in descent condition was posted. others poked fun of the president's comments on social media. and egyptian journalist wrote:
al jazeera's middle east analyst says that egypt is going through an economic and political crisis. >> for all developments, regionally, and nationally have been playing in the favor of sisi. he and the cronies -- his cronies around him did. the only ones who haven't been playing in favor of sisi is sisi himself and his cronies around him. two weeks ago when he addressed the parliament saying that we managed to set up a solid democracy, and then two weeks after that, he addresses the nation saying that i don't want to hear anybody talk after i finish talking, then definitely we're not talking about solid democracy, let alone democracy, so the contradictions, actually that the president keeps showing
and in such short span of time is telling me that the man is nervous, and i am -- i am really saddened by this. in short egypt is going through an economic catastrophe. this is in short. the economy is going spiralling -- i mean it's freefall. >> what about the aid from gulf countries? and foreign countries? >> egypt is a huge country, and it's so heavy. egypt at least for now, needs at least $50 billion u.s. dollars, only to float the country economically speaking, and of course politically. so the country is in shambles. >> lots more still to come on this al jazeera news hour. we'll be looking at the strength of the kurdish fighting groups in syria, and why their allegiances are raising eyebrows, plus looking at the
♪ hello again, the top stories this hour on al jazeera. the u.n. says 21 tons of food, medicine and other supplies have been lost in syria. they were supposed to reach people in the town of deir al-zour. the refugee crisis is being discussed in brussels. thousands of migrants and refugees are stands in this greece. and u.s. secretary general ban ki-moon has arrived in south sudan, where he is trying to ensure a shaky peace plan takes hold. let's get more now on the conflict in syria, and there are growing concerns over the links between kurdish fighters, the syrian regime, and russia.
>> reporter: this is the ypg, the fighting force behind what has become the kurdish power in syria, a rise that is making some people very nervous, and asking questions about which side of the war these fighters are really on. the u.s. has called the group the most committed force fighting isil in syria. the u.s. has provided it with weapons and military hardware, allowing it to form a larger force. but the group's motives and sources of support are raising suspicions. >> what we have seen over the last weeks is very disturbing evidence of coordination between syrian kurdish forces, the syrian regime, and the russian air force, which are making us distinctly uneasy about the kurd's role in all of this. >> reporter: the kurd's
aleeances are at question. while kurds were part of the initial uprising against assad in recent years, they have been focused on protecting their own territory in the north. clashes with the syrian army are rare. >> syrian representative at the u.n. has already said they have connections with the ypg. so there is a clear connection. >> reporter: there is no government more suspicious of the ypg than turkey. it says it takes orders from the pkk, the group fighting for independence in turkey. turkey also says that the ypg is coordinating with the syrian government against the syrian opposition and to destabilize turkey. the renewed accusations come after comments made by senior
officials saying that the ypg is part of the syrian army, and that their military victories should be celebrated mutually. turkey also says the group is responsible for a recent attack in ankara which killed dozens of people. amnesty international says kurdish fighters have been trying out arab and turkmen residents and destroying their homes. the kurds are one of the middle east's largest ethnic group, but don't have a country of their own. it appears to be a matter of growing concern, especially across the border in turkey. a senior fellow in international and public affairs at brown university says the
situation is made more complicated because of u.s. support for the ypg. >> i had no doubt the moment that bomb went off that the turkish government would blame the kurds. i don't know why the kurds would have done that, but i wouldn't want to guess who sets off which bomb. i do think that turkey is very worried about having a kurdish band in syria along the turkish border. they shouldn't be worried about that. turkey should realize that the kurds are not that enemy, and isis, nusra front and these other groups pose a far greater threat to turkey. if you want to fight isil you have got to be at least somewhat supportive of the kurdish movement, and turkey refuses to do this. i do think there is a danger that if the kurdish inside syria
on the border manage to consolidate a large band of territory, turkey might feel the necessity to intervene directly, and that would be catastrophic. and that's why the united states is torn. now as they want to consolidate their position all along the turkish border, we'll telling them not to do that, that shows you how complicated this equation has become. >> the dangers faced by refugees trying to get to europe has not deterred many from making the journey. we have the story of one afghan family preparing for the journey from kabul. >> the fear and anxiety of children about to set off on a desperate journey. this 14 year old, and his older sister, know the nightmare stories of afghan refugees being
turned away at far off borders, even dying at sea. >> translator: you always think about what is happening to others. people drowning, crossing dangerous jungles. >> reporter: but the two children along with their family will embark on a similar path. >> translator: we have heard it's getting difficult. we hear it in the news, but people still go. we'll face what they have all faced. >> reporter: they have already picked out their favorite items to take with them on the trip. he is taking his favorite renaldo backpack, and she is taking her favorite books, a book about success, and a book about the prophet muhammad. the family escaped war in northern afghanistan where afghan troops are still fighting the taliban. their father lost his job, and now they are preparing to spending thousands of dollars to
be smuggled out. >> translator: all i want is a place with peace and security, someplace where we can live. >> translator: i'm doing this so my children can have a future. >> reporter: for many afghans, the dream is dashed. on wednesday more than 100 refugees returned to afghanistan, each was handed a free ticket and roughly $800 by the german government. the story a stark contrast to what they imagined. >> translator: in the eight months i was in germany, i was kicked out of one place of another. >> translator: there is a perception of europe, but once you get there, it is something different. europe is good for its people, not for us. >> reporter: for these two, and many families like theirs, europe remains the dream destination, where they finally hope to find safety and
prosperity. iran will hold two important nationwide elections on friday. voters are going to elect members of parliament and also members of the assembly of experts. it's the first time both of these elections are being held on the same day. the parliament have 290 seats, it passes laws and approves the budget. members of parliament are elected for four years. the current parliament is dominated by conservatives. more than 12,000 people are registered to be candidates, but reformist candidates were disqualified by a body known as the guardian council. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: campaigning is now over and for iranians preparing to vote, the main issue is the ailing economy and how much it could be transformed with the lifting of sanctions. the impact they had could be seen by anyone landing in tehran. runways can resemble an aircraft
museum, with some airliners more than 30 years old. straight after the nuclear deal came a multi-billion dollars order from iran for airbus planes. but many iranians want to see the color of the money coming into the country. >> we have the largest market in the region, and it's totally diversified industry. well-educated people. natural resources, and a very large market for consuming. besides that, our market untapped for around ten years. >> reporter: oil is the bedrock of the economy, but iran wants to reduce reliance on it. investment areas include the car industry, and a host of other lines of manufacturing. while the investment potential is big, will there be new jobs
and better wages? these are the questions of voters, and with a banking system that needs reform and bailout, people want to know when they will see improvements, when they can afford to indulge again. international sanctions had a limited effect on the rich, while the poor became poorer. now conservatives and hard liners have always been able to rely on support from lower-income families. if their conditions improve, then could that be changing? the answer is could, because moderate president is responsible for sanctions being lifted, but there's a question of timing. >> i think because of the lack of relations between iran and international community, at the moment there is lack of confidence, and a lack of -- i mean, knowing each other, and to get to know each other more, to get familiar with the iranian business, we need more targeted
and more communication. >> reporter: and so it could be too soon for some voters to be convinced, despite what appears to be increasing support for moderates and reformists, it may not be enough to see a parliamentary defeat for hard liners and conservatives. ireland will also go to the polls on friday. all four main parties are trying to persuade people that the economy is safe in their hands. the island is now the fastest growing economy in europe. neave barker has more. >> reporter: campaigning is over, and media restrictions are now in place ahead of friday's vote. polls open at 7:00 gmt on friday. this is why me 158 newly elected irish deputies will take their
seats, the irish parliament. no single party has been able to form a political majority since the 1990s. meaning when the first exit polls are released on saturday, the process of coalition building will begin. the government has been made up of a coalition of two parties, who this time around are hoping to capitalize on improvements to the irish economy. the republicans who were decimated in 2011, are hoping to also make ground, but when it comes to coalition building, smaller parties, and the socialist party may end up playing a crucial role as king makers. the economy will be high on people's minds, 60 years after the country went cap in hand to international lenders to avoid financial meltdown, but the last few years have brought
prosperity and pain. and when some vote, they may be voting for a different path for ireland. the head of the world health organization has praised the brazilian government's response to the zika virus. >> reporter: nine months after the first case of zika was reported in brazil, much is still unknown about it. initially brazilian authorities suspected a link between the virus and the steep rise in the number of babies born with mall formations. but this has still yet to be clearly established. >> microcephaly can be sauce caused by other causes. it is important to realize that, and the evidence coming out of this country, brazil, points to
the direction that zika is a possible cause. and how w.h.o. operates is, we have been saying this: zika is guilty until proven innocent. >> reporter: dr. chan did come -- come mend brazilian officials for their handle of the situation. some local reports said brazilian red tape contributed to delays in research. this has been denied by the brazilian government and the w.h.o. which says there must be international cooperation to deal with the situation. the brazilian health minister says doctors are already working on a vaccine, but it would take at least three years before it can be available to the public. regardless, officials say there is no cause for concern about coming to rio for the olympics in this august. they are working on a plan to
but one material more than any other is poised to reshape the next generation of hand held gadgets. our technology editor has this report from the world congress in barcelona. >> reporter: 200 times stronger than steal, but almost invisible to the eye, graphene has some remarkable properties. when it is printed on this film it is a cheap alternative to silicon, based trelectronics. >> it has a combination of properties that is very difficult to find in any other material. and electrical conduct often is a building block for many of the applications of graphene. >> reporter: the european union is spending $1.2 billion over ten years on research into graphene, a clear sign of its
enormous potential. graphene was heralded as a wonder material when it was discovered. however, it has proved difficult to mass produce at quality. whether used as sin ors in gloves or for printed electronic circuits on flexible film, experimental applications for the material are being demonstrated at this year's mobile world congress and phone makers are interested, some of doing their own research. but the man who won a nobel prize for finding graphene says there are other materials that offer even more promise. >> collectively they -- they -- they hold much more power than -- than only -- only graphene, because
where graphene cannot do something, so there are other materials which -- which come instead. and i think the -- the -- the future is really in the collective usage of those -- of those materials in combination. >> reporter: the next generation of electronics may be the focus here, but these one atom-thick materials could see scientists completely re-engineer our material world. tarek bazley, al jazeera, barcelona. all of the sport now, and here is jo. >> laura thank you very much. the five candidates hoping to become the next fifa president have been doing last-minute campaigning in zurich to delegates casting their vote in friday's election. >> do you think you have the votes you need? >> i think so. >> reporter: the president of the asian football confederation is considered the front runner by many.
he is up against the prince of jordan, and as well two europe candidates. this man is viewed as having an outside chance, but he is keen to participate in the process that is hoped to reform fifa's credibility. >> fifa is a broken house. football is not broken. our house and fifa -- i have been in fifa for 11 years -- needs to repair the damage down to the brand. it's severe. some people are incarcerated, some of the people who are on the run are friends, but if crime has been committed, justice must be done, whilst you spare the innocent. so i'm here as part of fifa to make sure i participate in the correction of the program. >> let's get the latest from lee
wellings. >> reporter: this has been the last chance for the five candidates to try to gain those undecided votes, to try to make that crucial bit of difference, because it could be very close between these two. they are the only two men that have a chance of becoming president in friday's election. are you confident you have the votes you need? >> let me pass. i will tell you after. >> reporter: but actually i think most of the votes have already been decided. the representatives of the 207 nations will already know who they are going for. who is really looking to provide the money that they need. that's always crucial in one of these elections, because the last thing that is going to be considered is what the public think at this stage, and the criticism from outside. at this stage they want to vote on their man, afterwards then will then need to deal with fifa's reputation.
the europa league take center stage on friday. and manchester city could be facing being defeated. united have an excellent record. they are focused on conserving their place in the last 16. >> it's not like [ inaudible ] 17 years old, have achieved what i have achieved this year, and now they play against man united, which is maybe one of the toughest in history, and one of the biggest clubs. we managed to beat them in two games. it will be a big achievement, yeah. >> so the circumstances are
better, because they are always playing like that, i think, more or less. so we have to disorganize their organization, so we have to be very creative. steph curry has put himself in the record books again. he has made a 3-pointer in every one of his last 127 games. curry scored 42 points in the warrior's win over the heat. over in texas, though, kevin durant, and russell westbrook both scored 24 points, as the thunder won against the dallas mavericks. not much rest for the leaders, oklahoma are back on court later on thursday to face the new orleans pelicans. a two decade-long dream could in theory finally become a reality for floyd mayweather.
the sports rule makers say they are working on allowing professional boxers to fight at the rio olympics this year. he missed out on an olympic gold medal at the atlanta games in 1996. under current rules professionals with more than 15 paid bouts are not allowed to compete. but the board could scrap that rule in time for the games this august. and that is all of the sport for now. >> thanks very much. now a hacking expert has told al jazeera that hollywood is struggling to protect itself against cyber crime. it has been more than a year since sony was hit by a massive attack, and now criminals are increasingly turning their attention to the studios. phil lavelle reports. >> reporter: there is edward snowden, and there is hollywood director oliver stone. he is making a film about edward snowden. and this is ralph, the man
oliver stone has hired to keep his film about edward snowden away from prying eyes. ralph is a hacker, turned hacker detector, one of a new breed called digital bodyguards, helping hollywood make sense of a world where it is more than a film fans watching closely. >> from the moment you are captioning this film and it is a file, and it gets duplicated so many times. that didn't happen with a physical peace of film. >> reporter: hacking is big business. remember 2014 cyber criminals beached sony's system, and stole tara bites of data. five out of every six businesses here in the united states have fallen victim of some sort of cyber attack.
this is a problem that is getter worse not better, and of course, hollywood is a major target for these hackers. in previous years the studios could control who saw what and when. nowadays you have so many people involved in the production process, and they are using their own phones, their own tablets, in some cases their own laptops. you can see how keeping those prioring eyes out is almost impossible. this is a man who knows where those weak points are. try aiming for the stars. >> you have talent, which might go to the store and buy an iphone, and set the password to their dog's name, and then into an interview holding their dog, and tell people their dog's name. and then a hacker can get into their system. >> there is no such thing as
100% security in technology. so it's really a matter of identifying a potential threat soon enough. >> reporter: the hackers are in hollywood, metaphorically at least. there may be no happy ending in sight here. the english singer adele won a record breaking four categories in the awards ceremony known as the brits. ♪ >> she closed the show by performing this hit, "when we were young." she was the only artist to receive more than one award at the ceremony. cold play won the best british group award. do say with us here on al jazeera, barbara sarah has another full bulletin of news
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