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al jazeera welcome to the news hour live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes the. the u.n. sets a new date for talks on syria as a conditional ceasefire comes into effect. at least 14 people have been killed after aaron attack in the somali capital. counting votes in iran after millions cast their ballots for two of the country's main
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bodies. hundreds without a home and just in thailand. >> reporter: i'm with the sports includi including. gianni infantino begins day one as f.i.f.a. president and vows to restore trust in football's governing body we begin in syria where activists are reporting conditional ceasefire is being honoured. the russian military says it stopped air strikes as part of the deal. there has been some artillery and machine gunfire but no major attacks have been reported so far. almost 100 rebel factions agreed to respect the truce, but it doesn't include some of the most powerful armed groups in the country like al-nusra front or
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i.s.i.l. al-nusra is calling on rebels to ignore the truce and even intensify attacks on government forces. syrian government is saying it will continue to bomb the area of adaaya. -- daraya. >> reporter: just over 40 minutes before the cessation of hostilities was due to come into effect, a vote by the u.n. security council to endorse it. it was unanimous. ambassadors were addressed by video link by the u.n. special envoy for syria who said this was a crucial moment. >> no doubt, there will be no shortage of attempts to undermine this process. we are ready for it. we should not be impressed or overly concerned. we should realise this is any part of ceasefire of
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hostilities. >> reporter: an hour before it came into effect, there was an flees in violence including fresh bombardment by the air force of russia which with the u.s. is supposed to be one of the main sponsors of this process. >> many of the towns being hit by syrian and russian bombers are towns like daraya, a suburb of damascus that is being pummelled up to this very day. a town that is not held by i.s.i.l. or the al-nusra. it is hard to seem series and sincere about ceasing hostilities when you ramp up fighting right up to the minute the cessation of hostilities is to take effect. >> reporter: behind the seens there was also agreement - scenes there was also agreement between the allies. the text of the draft resolution was changed at the last minute. the new version removed mention of the opposition block the high
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negotiations committee. >> the hnc represents a broad sweep of the opposition forces fighting in syria against the tyranny of bashar al-assad. they deserve our wholehearted support which regrettably was not reflected in this resolution. >> reporter: everyone knows there are bound to be violations of this cessation of hostilities. diplomats tell me the best they can hope for is a lull in the violence and then, perhaps, they can persuade the warring parties to resume those talks in geneva. a new date has been set, 7 march. james bays our correspondent joins us from near the syrian border. what does it look like on the battle front. is peace still holding? >> reporter: largely it is. mainly from the air. we haven't heard or seen any
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footage that indicates there is any air strike either from the russians nor from the syrian government. activists reported that the mayhem military base, which is used by the russians in the province of latakia, was unusually quiet this morning and even at night when the truce started. however, we do have reports of a nourm of minor violations, some artill refreshings ery and mortar attacks, but they were minim minimal - artillery a member of the opposition syrian national coalition joins me from the turkish city of istanbul. good to have you with us. is this going to hold, do you think? there are so many holes, so many loopholes and conditions and exclusi
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exclusions in this ceasefire, do you think it's going to hold? >> reporter: i doubt that it will hold. even if you listen to staffan de mistura, if you listen to the talk of the ambassadors of the u.n., right from the start they say we know there will be violations, but we hope perhaps we might be able - they couldn't have given such weak faith in what's happening. just in the last 12 hours we've documented 11 violations. one is a major violation. the syrian forces, the iranian militias tried to move, actually capture a city, the rebel forces managed to take it back. this poses a question, hue do you monitor these violations, how do you ensure that when they happen, we don't play this cat and mouse game and how do you hold the party that is violating no cessation of violations accountable? no response from the bashar
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al-assad regime or them what about daraya, why is that area excluded from the cease fear? why did they have to wake up under the rain of bombs while other areas are enjoying a little more peace than usual? >> reporter: so it is a very special place. prior to the revolution it turned into an armed resistance. it was at peace capital, the revolution. people there, everybody remembers the guys who came out with flowers giving to syrian army at the start of the revolution. they were the last city to enter into an armed resistance. there is no i.s.i.s., no al-nusra whatsoever. they're only five or six kilometers away from the presidential pal's. the russians have been trying to enter there for the last seven/eight months. they heavily bombarded, but
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they're always stopped. these are college educated youth who have decided, if we are going to pick up weapons, defend ourselves, we're not going to allow the bashar al-assad coming in. it is an embarrassment to bashar al-assad about speeches about having control over syria. there is a huge suburb not under his control. he can't give real justification because that is typically i.s.i.s. and al-nusra. but they're not there. i think it is just a negotiating tactic. they will give up up the area because the u.s. understands that there is no i.s.i.s. or al-nusra or no extremist in there. they will probably try to attack other parts. it is a negotiating tactic and syria is paying a heavy price tore that you pointed out for-- for that. you pointed out not a lot of hope for the ceasefire to hold, but is there some hope that this
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could lead to any diplomatic opening for resumption of talks? >> the talks will probably start again, butt reality of it ultimately talks mean a political solution, a political dialogue. that in itself is an oxy more on. it implies that either the regime is going to send a delegation to negotiate bashar al-assad being out of power, and i cannot fathom him to be out of power, especially around killing 475,000 people or that people on the revolution side will defend bashar al-assad being in power. the challenge in this whole process, you have the russians and the iranians who are supporting bashar al-assad. they've done all they can. they've sent their air force there. on the other side you have the americans, the other major super power supporting the revolution, and the americans are weak, they have no plan b whatsoever. they're just hoping. i think president obama is trying to spends the last 11 months and throw the problem to the next president, but he has
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no real plan and we've heard secretary kerry say we have plan b, but everybody, even ambassador ford, the u.s. representative of the syrian opposition who laughed at the notion that secretary kerry had a plan b. there is no plan b for the measures. they've lost their credibility. you've seen them withdraw. one step at a time and really hand over the control of syria to the russians and that's the biggest challenge in this whole process thank you for that. a suicide bomber has killed 11 people and injured 40 more in afghanistan. >> reporter: it reveals that the taliban, these insurgent groups, are still active in parts of afghanistan and they're going after some significant targets. the suicide attack took place a couple of hours ago in the town of assad and others.
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it is a province sitting next to the border of pakistan. according to police the target of this attack was a very powerful and influential leader of a local militia by the name of hahn john. so this was a big target. he was in front of police headquarters this morning along with several bodyguards when a suicide attacker approached on motorbike and detonated his explosives. 11 people killed, 40 people injured. that could go up in the coming hours. no-one is claiming responsibility for this attack, but kunar province is an area where taliban has long fought government forces as well aspro government forces. it comes as the afghan government continues to push hard for peace talks with the taliban. they insist that that's the only way to establish some sort of peace and security. they say the first round of peace talks will resume within the first week of march. however, it is these types of attacks that indicate that at least some factions of the
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insurgency have no plans to stop fighting plenty more to still come on the next hour. refugees left with no place to go after austria, macedonia and other countries close their borders. two of the biggest rivals in cricket face each other. we look ahead to the pakistan meeting with india in sport the new president of f.i.f.a. is promising to restore trust in the world governing body of football. gianni infantino described his election as a new era for the sport following corruption and arrest of f.i.f.a. executives for fraud.
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he fought off three others for the top position. >> chosen by f.i.f.a. as the man to lead them into a new cleaner future. gianni infantino. the swiss was only standing for f.i.f.a. president because his boss at uefa in europe platini was banned for corruption. he was not the favorite. in his intense lobbying across the globe woshlgd. he won with the majority 115 votes to 88. >> we will restore the image of f.i.f.a. and the respect of f.i.f.a. everyone in the world will applaud us and applaud all of you for what we will do in f.i.f.a. in the future. we have to be proud of f.i.f.a. and everyone has to be proud of f.i.f.a. and we have to be proud
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of what we will do together. >> reporter: an extraordinary rise to the biggest job in football to the man who was secretary general of uefa. he has a huge drop to stabilize an organization that became rotten to the core. his election pledge of 5 million dollars per federation raises questions of how an organization 550 million dollars under their financial target for the year can afford it. disappointment and some bemusement from his opponent who thought he had more than enough votes. some of his pledges didn't come through. some african delegates broke ranks and defied their federation's directive to vote for him. if he had been elected, questions over his human rights record which brought protesters to congress might have had another shadow over f.i.f.a. it can barely afford.
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they came to zurich knowing it was crucial they got it right and pushed through the reforms the organization desperately needed. 89% of them agreed to do so. they will hope it will be enough to satisfy the authorities who wanted f.i.f.a. radically over halled. after the glory he the need to work tirelessly to encourage the world that his f.i.f.a. can be trusted greece's government has restricted the number of refugees being ferried to islands. thousands of asylum seekers who are hoping to go to europe are stranded. >> reporter: about 2,000 people, more than half of them from syria and iraq, are arriving in greece from turkey every day. the numbers able to move onward from greece onto macedonia have dropped dramatically in the last week. macedonia is deny iing people
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coming in. in a northern town refugees gave up waiting on friday and began walking to the border some 20 kilometers away. >> we have four or five days without sleeping and we can't change our clothes and have shower. we just buy food for us. we decide to walk to here. we're waiting, waiting. every day they told us tomorrow you're going to go, tomorrow you're going to go. dwrar, we are tired of waiting. >> reporter: in response up to two-thirds of the migrants arriving on lesbos and other greek islands will now be kept there until sunday and not transferred to the mainland. three chartered ferries will be used to provide temporary shelter over the next few taste.
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athens blaems austria. >> the situation remains very difficult. we might face a boat very soon. there is very slow, slow at the borders. only yesterday just 160 people crossed. still now the borders remain closed. >> reporter: 100,000 refugees have arrived in europe since january 1, mostly across the aegean see from turkey to the greek islands. the e.u. commissioner is worried >> we need help on the ground. otherwise the whole system will completely breakdown. >> reporter: with that in mind. e.u. leaders and turkey meet in brussels on march 7. paul brennan
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vote counting is underway in iran following friday's elections. voting was for members of parliament and the assembly of experts. that's a body which appoints the supreme leader. it is being seen as a test for reformist president who helped secure iran's new deal last year. >> reporter: the queue of voters stretched around the block. turn out at this election has been high and in the capital it should favor the list of moderates and reformists. a former kon conservative is on that list among a vastly reduced number after thousands were disqualified from taking part. >> translation: definitely the next parliament should reform the law on foreign investment, banking, social security as well as the labor laws. in my opinion, these major laws need to be modified very fast. >> reporter: this mosque serves as a polling station. no ordinary mosque, it was hear that the revolutionary spread
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their message of theocracy over monarchy over 35 years ago. get to the back of the queue these people cry. reformist and moderatists expected to hold way. >> i would like to have a better economy, a better life with friendship all over the world. support remains strong elsewhere. this was supreme leader casting his vote. the choices being made here broadly between conservatives and the moderate reformist block could determine whether iran moves towards greater tolerance, openness and much needed economic reform, but in a system geared towards the ultimate poir of religious conserve tutivism old thinking and the status quo
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remain deeply entrenched. this woman said the u.s. could not be trusted. >> translation: they keep insulting us. we came forward with honesty and negotiated and came to an agreement. yet they keep threatening us. we are not afraid of threats. >> reporter: this election is a test of the policies of moderate president. he settled the nuclear issue and had sanctions lifted and he is likely to get a show of support for that, but no-one is expecting a country-wide landslide a political science professor at day ron university joins us live from the iranian capital. it is still early hours in vote counting, a lot of votes to count, but when you put your finger on the nation's pulls, where do you-- pulse, where do you read that this vote is going? >> we were hoping that the
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turnout would be too high. now, fortunately yesterday all the indications demonstrate that people at least in tehran and in some other large cities, they have come out. now if more participation would mean more work for their reformists and moderate current. although they were very much disdisqualified by the guardian council and they felt enormous barrier and pressure again from the conservatives. nevertheless, i think they are more or less, the reports that are coming here, and they are official, indicate that more than a third of the new parliament would be occupied by the seats that have been supported by the reformists, and
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that is a tremendous achievement, as i said, given the fact that we were under a lot of pressure disqualification, et cetera, et cetera. so i dare say it is a sweet victory for the moderate and for the reformists if your reading is accurate and things go that way, this will have huge implications, won't it, for iranian economy as well as iran's relationship with the west. >> yes. i think the most important event in last year iran was the nuclear agreement. now, there were a lot of opposition to the nuclear agreement by the hard line conservative. the nuclear agreement was actually supported by the moderate, including the
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president. many people were saying that this election was in a sense a referendum amongst iranians with whether or not they do support the moderate approach adopted by the president, or do they want to support the hard liners, the radicals who are against the u.n. and also iran and her arab neighbors, et cetera, et cetera. so i think this provides the president a better mandate to mend the bridges with the arab country as well as with the west thank you for your analysis the president has failed to win an outright majority in saturday's election. he received 48% of the votes. the second place candidate has
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been jailed since november. he will now contest the second run off next month. to get some weather. a winter storm lashing spain and portugal. what's going on? >> reporter: it has gotten pretty horrible over the last couple of days. we seep around 20 centimeters of snow. and could be 100 by the end of the week end. this huge swathe of cloud pushing right up across ireland easing its way into england, wales and into scotland. it's all slowly but surely making its way into the west mediterranean. many choppy waters around that western side. some heavy rain as well. we are going to see flooding rain across parts of southern france. some snow over the high grounds. madrid will see a top
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temperature of at least 6 degrees celsius. the sfoe will continue to go on into sunday. the worst of the weather at this stage will transfer a little further east ward. strong winds still pushing into the west. not much sunshine going on through here. drawing up moisture across the western side of ied lee and will push its way. you will notice a fair amount of snow this time across the alps and that becoming expansive going on into monday. we should see a brightening up for spain and portugal thank you for that. the bulldozers are about to arrive in the oldest red light district in jakarta. thousands of prostitutes have been evicted. some say they have been forced onto the streets with nothing to
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eat. >> reporter: this area has been a popular designation for sailors and traders as long as people can remember. not any more. sex workers bar owners and those who sold food to hundreds of customers every night are now all out of work. some have lived here for nearly 50 years. this woman raised her children and grandchildren here making money doing laundry. >> translation: i'm crying all the time. i can't even eat. i want to eat but i don't have the money to buy food now. i feel sad that my grandchildren will also have to go through this. >> reporter: it is a world where generations of indonesias made a living. this means an end of the era. they are forced to pack up their lives of joy and sadness. only 200 of the 1300 evicted families have been given a low cost apartment.
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most sex workers returned to their villages as soon as the police martin o'malleyed in. some refused to go >> translation: our country has failed to create proper jobs. they have failed to proper proper education. these sex workers need money to survive. the government should treat them more humanely >> reporter: the governor says the evictions are needed to turn it into a park >> translation: our laws don't allow red light districts, but if you want to paracel your body in a hotel or at home, that's your own business if you want to be arrested by police. >> reporter: many are set against the red light districts being closed >> >> translation: prostitution has always been a part of our culture. they will always be here. sex workers do this because they see no other options since they're poor >> reporter: those who remain only have a few days to decide
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if they leave voluntarily or face the prospect of bulldozers moving in on february 29 still ahead on al jazeera news hour, we meet volunteers at a soup kitchen in syria who hope their work will not be needed any more. plus. >> reporter: i'm in l.a. home to a film industry where women are still routinely paid less than their male counterparts. how does that reflect life as a whole in the united states? >> reporter: gianni infantino we look at what went wrong for the man who looked to be the favorite for the top. details coming up in sport. p in sport.
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welcome back. a cease of hostilities has been in syria. 11 people have been killed in an a suicide attack in eastern afghanistan. more than 40 others were wounded in the incident. vote counting is underway in iran following friday's elections. people went back to the polls to pick members of parliament and body of experts. more on the war in syria now. the u.n. says it is expecting aid to be delivered to besieged areas now that a truce has
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begun. many have been displaced by the violence has arrived in azzaz. the soup kitchens trying to feed them have been over whelmed. >> reporter: food for thousands prepared by just a handful of exhausted volunteers. they cooked r ice, potatoes, meat and provide fruit if they can get. it they buy what they can and rely on donations, including money, food and heating oil but they're struggling to cope. >> reporter: we are preparing between 4,000 hand 5,000 meals every day. the numbers are rising on a daily basis. for example, yesterday alone we cook 500 kilograms of r ice, about five thousand meals. >> reporter: parts are held by various armed groups, included i.s.i.l. and forces lie west.
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tens of thousands have sought safety here as bombings have pounded aleppo to the south. >> translation: the russian air bombardment in the northern countryside forced large numbers of resident to flee towards the border area. people ran for their lives. they could not carry anything with them, even cooking equipment or any other household items. >> reporter: this man is one who fled after there were air strikes in his city. he, his wife and their two young daughters trekked dozens of kilometers to get here. much of it across rough terrain. like many others, he says they often have just a loaf of bread and a piece of cheese to last an entire day, that is, if bread is available. the soup kitchens try to provide more, but prices for cooking gas, food and heating oil go up all the time. water is squares. >> translation: we are suffering sharp shortages of
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basic raw materials as a result of the siege laid to the city. we are forced to bring our necessity says tease from-- necessities from turkey. >> reporter: the stoves continue to burn here, but if the so-called cessation of hostilities brokered by the u.s. and russia holds, and if there is eventually peace in syria, the soup kitchen could close because it simply won't be needed any more al-shabab has claimed responsibility for the blast that killed at least 14 people in the somali capital. it is the second time this week the group has carried out an attack in mogadishu. >> reporter: the force of the explosions in mogadishu can be seen more clearly the morning after the attack. people gathered around blown-out buildings near the somali youth league hotel. a suicide bomber ran into the
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hotel france on friday night. armed men fought guards. a second car bomb exploded at a public park nearby. >> translation: the casualties include civilians passing by on the street and security forces at the check point where the car that exploded was stopped. >> reporter: al-shabab fighters have carried out many attacks on friday. it is a weekend when people are out and about with people and friends. >> reporter: i heard an explosion and a blast shattered the windows causing me to lose conscientious for a while. i saw blood coming from my back. it was horrible. >> reporter: hotel guests often include government leaders and business executives. it is not far from the presidential palace. there was a mortar attack in a residential area next-door on thursday. al-shabab claimed they were behind that attack too. the group wants to overthrow the government and rule the strict interpretation of islamic law >> they're trying to disrupt for
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the peace, but you have to know somalia has some problems, the problem first is a lot of corruption is taking place, but most goes to the somali government itself, and build a real somali force, the military, the police. >> reporter: the mayor of mogadishu said after thursday's attack that police would leave no stone unturned in their search for suspects. 24 hours later al-shabab was able to carry out another deadly attack. another sign somalian security is struggling to hold its own memorial protests are planned in russian after the first anniversary of the deputy prime minister. he was a critic of president
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vladimir putin. opposition proposals to hold a minute's silence was snubbed. permission has been denied for protests in other russian cities. ireland is facing political uncertainty after exit polls from friday's parliamentary election indicate the governing coalition has failed to win enough votes to secure a second term. the prime minister center right gale party and its partner may need to seek support from other parties to stay in office. our correspondent joins us live from dublin. where are we at right now with the indications in exit polls? >> reporter: the long arduous process of count voting is well underway. it is a process that could take a long time, largely because of the electoral system here. people have the opportunity to rank in order of preference a
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variety of different political canned daylights from across the political spectrum and divide. many of these ballot papers have to be counted and then reap counted. so there may be some time before we have an idea of the final result. the exit polls have given some indication that the outgoing coalition of gale and the labor party are likely to lose a degree of support, which is going to make it harder than ever for them to be able to go into government together. they may now have to look towards smaller parties or independent candidates to be able to form a government. it looks already as if the political landscape here in ireland is starting to change why is the coalition been losing support despite the fact that the economy has been improving? >> reporter: yes, of course. on the surface it does very much look like that, doesn't it. the fish figures suggest that ireland is now the fastest growing economy in the european
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union. gale and labor coalition have claimed a large responsibility for ireland's changing fortunes. the standard of living is much better and, of course, people are out spending money meaning that vat tax figures are up as well. the turned around in the country's fortune hasn't come without deep cut to public spending, cuts to public services, education, health and policing, just to name a few. some argue that there are greater divisions between different stat stratas of society as well. some believe anger has been reflected in this year's election thank you for that. a former governor nor of haiti acentral bank has been named as the new interim president. he was chosen by the provisional president from a field of six candidates. the interim government is expected to last 120 days as the country prepares to hold a delayed run-off presidential
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election in april. in the u.s. republican donald trump has received a boost in his bid to win his party's presidential nomination. new jersey governor and formal rival chris christie is backing the billionaire front runner. chris christie dropped out of the race for the white house a few weeks ago. >> reporter: the chris christie endorsement is, perhaps a a price but there are a number of reasons for it. for all his faults he can easily read the political lay of the land and he raelgzs that donald trump is more than likely to secure the nomination to be the presidential candidate for the republican party. so getting on board now gives him more power and more influence and more say as the campaign moves forward. also he really dislikes the other candidates. he regards john kasich and ben carson. he really dislikes marco rubio. he regards him as a light wake, looks good and says all the
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right things but has no real intellectual dementsdz. as for ted cruz, he sees him as an obstructionist. what can chris christie expect out of this? some people are suggesting that maybe he could be a vice presidential candidate. given that he is a political attack dog, the role normally performed by a vice president, that would seem to be necessary, but he doesn't really do that. he is a former federal prosecutor might be looking at the role of attorney-general. will chris christie bring over supporters? the reason why chris christie is out of the race is that he doesn't have a huge number of supporters to begin with. many people might find a natural home in the trump camp. this is a big endorsement for donald trump. the most significant and powerful yet in this election
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campaign and shows that his campaign team really now have their act together on saturday 27 years ago one of the longest standing democracies of latin america was rocked by deadly riots and looting. venezuelan are facing similar issues. many hope they will never be repeated. >> reporter: this young man is the most piercing memory that photo journalist keeps from february 271989. on that day thousands of people took to the streets to protest a hike in the rise of petrol. three days of riots, brutal police repression and looting engulfed a country unaccustomed to street violence by surprise. those days' events were so definitive for venezuela that a few years they helped usher the president into power and that
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would fuel anti market sentiment in the whole region. >> translation: i work like crazy and then i got to the office and cried. i cried for the people i've seen die. we haven't recovered from this yet >> reporter: 27 years later the country is again in a crisis. faced with more than a decade of crippling economic controls, the government recently took the very same measures that led to those days' events. >> reporter: it was in this pus bus terminal where 1989 events first rocked what has been the longest standing democracy in south america. for many who witnessed the riots and looting first hand, the road to recovery has been long and painful. although they say the conditions are similar, they don't a similar social upheaval will happen again. >> translation: everything is expensive. you can't find anything. if nothing has happened yet,
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with this crisis we are living with nothing. >> reporter: back at this home, however, the thought that venezuela could be rocked by protests like they had, still haunts him >> translation: i don't want to take these photographs again. the pictures i would like to take is one where we move forward and live alongside one another. >> reporter: venezuelans are spending more hours queueing up top buy less food and tensions are rising. in an effort to put the country's economy back on track, the president raised the price of petrol last week. it was the first time in over 20 years. yet venezuelans are asking how much more needs to be done to fix the country's economy as the shadow of february 27 1989 still looms large or karakas still ahead in sport, who is
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lucky or unlucky's shot this was in the classic. details coming up in sport. p in sport.
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an an it's time to catch up with all the sports news. here is jo and a big day again for sports. >> reporter: absolutely, yes. it's day one of a new era under this man at f.i.f.a. gianni infantino begins his new role as president hoping to steer the troubled organization out of crisis. he has promised to restore trust
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in the football's governing body and will hold his first meeting at f.i.f.a.'s hour on sunday. >> reporter: being able to beat shake salmon is-- sheikh salmon is sinking in. the works starts immediately and the key area is the finances for the start of his job because he made promises to the 209 members of the so-called f.i.f.a. family. he said he will deliver money to the national federations and, of course, the figure of 550 million dollars was released by figure as to how much behind they are that they want to be. he has to make sure that this new f.i.f.a. can attract sponsors again, can be seen to be clean. the broadcasters will always power money into football and f.i.f.a., but there are other areas that he needs to sort out the finances. of course there is a reputation
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as well. the public, well, many of them have responded to them well to him taking over, but also the u.s. and swiss authorities continue to look closely at what f.i.f.a. is doing. gianni infantino need to work with them. on monday he has invited a few people here for a game of football at f.i.f.a., a kick-around, a reminder that ultimately all of this f.i.f.a. business is about a game of football. >> reporter: if you wanted to describe him in football terms, you might say that gianni infantino is like the substitutes who came off the bench to score the winning goal. he has had a low career, he is swiss, a lawyer turned sports administrator. he adjourned european uefa in august 2000. he worked his way up to secretary general in october 2009.
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his boss at uefa platini who was bon bandannaed for six years for corruption. a football writer and author joins me now live on skype. is gianni infantino the man for the job to turn around f.i.f.a.? >> it's an incredible rise. this time last year we were talking about the election, whether blatter was going to stand, which he did, or whether his main rival platini would win the vote. then we had the f.b.i. investigation, the raids, blatter standing down, platini then being accused. he been a bureau accurate to being a place holder in this election. people were hoping he wrote come in and maybe platini would win against those charges to be a leading candidate but not a
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winning candidate, but people thought sheikh salmon would win. i think a few people would think he will be like. from uefa he represents the european leagues, european money, which is something that has been changed in f.i.f.a. over the past 40 years. blatter and others before him have come in and tried to take the power away from europe towards asia and africa. many people will be wondering whether that will be the case or not. also he has promised the 40-team world cup which would be a huge undertaking. i think a lot of people see this as a safe pair of hands. in sheikh salman was elected, it would have been the death of f.i.f.a. we probably would have seen a breakaway led by the european federations. i think people will be wondering what happens next. i think this is possibly the
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best outcome they've had after a year of misery. >> reporter: just briefly because your area of expertise is football in the middle east, where did the go wrong for sheikh salman and prince ali. >> reporter: i think ali handed his to him. the sheikh was dogged by allegations of complicit in human rights abuses concerning the arrest and alleged torture of national team players after of the february 2011 uprising in his country. he never truly answered those questions. there's plenty of evidence, circumstantial evidence as well, that at least he knew what was going on, but i think the fact that he rather than argued against those cases actually just went to lawyers and sent aggressive letters to newspapers. i think that actually people realized, especially in qatar and other countries where the world cup is going to be held in
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2022, what is the best way of securing the middle east first world cup and have the sheikh there would have been dogged by the allegations. i think most people realise that for the future of football in the middle east, a european might have been a better bet. >> reporter: thank you very much for your expertise. meetings are often controversial and always passionate. in the next few hours pakistan and india will continue their rivalry on the cricket pitch. they play each other in a 20 game in bangladesh. political tensions between the two countries side lined by lateral series due to take place. this is their first meeting since then. the captains are keen to keep the focus on the pitch >> translation: like oi always said, sport is one thing that has always helped maintain a
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good relation between countries. i think this is not the time we should be talking about fighting and war, et cetera. i think this should be an occasion to entertain people, people in pakistan would like to see the indian team in pakistan. i'm sure people in india would like to see the team over there. so i think with the sports, this relationship has always been maintained well and i firmly believe this will not be looked at with any other perspective. >> reporter: our correspondent is in dakaar before us for that match >> reporter: it is the most anticipated match-- dhaka. a contest full of not just sporting rivalry but also political. a bilateral series to be held earlier this year which was cancelled to the disappointment of cricket fans because the two governments would not let it go ahead. this is after the talks between the two governments collapsed
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over the issue of terrorism. however, for cricket fans there is konsomation. they see them take each other in bangladesh. bangladesh not just as a neutral venue but home turf for both countries. it was part of british india until 1947 and then became part of pakistan, the newly formed nation of pakistan until 1971. this means of the many fans who have been showing up here for the several hours before the game bins, are bangladeshis. half of them consider india to be their second team. >> reporter: the classic year in a row the world number 3 couldn't come to grips with the course in florida. no problems for ricky fouler.
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he is on 8 under par. a stroke ahead of jimmy walker and two in front of garcia who almost got a hole in one in his round. despite his ball stopping on the lip of the cup, his round is putting him very much in contention. australia's tomic has made his final. he beat his opponent in three sets in the semifinals of the mexico open. he struggled early on but found better form. he will play an austrian player. world number 23 has been knocked out of the semifinals of the qatar open. the spaniard won the match in just over one hour thrashing her opponent. she will face 18-year-old for the title. that's all the sport for now.
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more a bit later thanks. to the fight for equality in the great lights of hollywood. as the red carpet is rolled out for in year's awards patricia arquette push for equal pay steps up. >> reporter: it was expected that patricia was the winner but perhaps not the next bit >> to every woman who gave birth or to every taxpayer, it is our time to have wage equality. >> reporter: everyone knows her and all hollywood women know about her. arlt is limb tating life here >> we have to make a radical shift. >> reporter: she has spent the last year producing this
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documenta documentary. alongside that sympathy has launched a change dot org petition and it hit 40,000 signatures in its first hours loan. >> there's 33 million women and children living in poverty even though the mom is working full-time. if we made sure they're paid their full dollar, we could really address a lot of child hunger in the u.s. >> reporter: in terms of hollywood robert downy junior took over 80 million dollars compared to the highest paid actress, jennifer lawrence, she made 52 million dollars. it's about opportunity of men against women. the top 100 films of 2014. 2 will had female actors.
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21% had a lead. behind the camera even fewer. 18% of producers being women, 11%, if we're talking writers and when it comes to directors only 2% of directors here had female >> you see more men than you do women. >> reporter: this woman has been in commercials and movies and knows sexism exists but it's not always to blame >> hollywood is just tough. it's not fair. i know so many male actors, writers, directors that don't give us opportunities as well. it's not because of sexism. >> reporter: diversity in general is the talk of this town at the moment as hollywood prepares for its big night. for a place that deals in stories. it is having to face some uncomfortable truths as well stay with us here. we're back in another couple of
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