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this is al jazeera. hello. you're watching the news hour, 60 news and comment. the syrian government says it will attend the forthcoming talks to try and resolve the conflict but warns some topics are off limits. battle for taiz of the government forces take back parts of the besieged city from houthi fighters. fighting breaks out at a rally for the u.s. republican
presidential hopeful donald trump forcing him to cancel the event. north korea threatens to retaliate against the u.s. and south korea for their joint military exercises. beginning with the war in syria, both sides set to meet in geneva on monday, but already negotiations have begun. the foreign minister says they will attend the indirect talks with the opposition, but there are conditions. the government warns that it will only wait for 24 hours, then head back home again if the opposition doesn't show up. he added that breaking up the country was not an option and called any discussion on the presidency a red line. on friday's syria main opposition confirmed it would take part but said that
president bashar al-assad should not have a role in this period of transition. that's part of the proposal. staffan de mistura has said the presidential elections will be held within 18 months. he said he has no right to set a date for syria's presidential vote. he said a transitional period should mean moving from the chifting government and constitution to another one-- existing government >> >> we are adamant to hold it as one state. at least this is what has been reiterated by the international documents released, including those released in an attempt to resolve the situation in syria live to geneva and james bays. the preconditions already being laid down. >> reporter: and the united nations all along said there should be no preconditions. the opposition already saying
they're angry about those comments saying that president bashar al-assad should not be part of any negotiation, his future role. that is, in essence, the central problem of these negotiations. that is what meant that the negotiations that took place two years ago, the reason they broke down, an argument over the agenda, the syrian government, saying they wanted to discuss fighting what they called terrorism before they talk about the future governance of syria. this time around the special envoy staffan de mistura said they will get to those on day on one. >> in concrete we can say that when we start the talks in earnest, in other words, the substantive talks on the 14th, we will have some preparery meetings before that--
preparatory meetings before that, we will be able to tell everyone this is happening, therefore, one is not enough and we need to push further and now we can concentrate on the really agenda, what is it, the political process, what is that. well, it is a new governance. that's a very carefully chosen word in vienna, to include something completely different in terms of what we're having at the moment. second, a new constitution, not the old approach, and three, new elections. with you and supervision interesting when he talks about governance, fine tuning the language before the talks kick off properly, but also talking about those elections, one assumes that he spent the intervening five or six weeks before the last round of talks in geneva-- talks in jengeneva,
secure in the knowledge that they would come to the discussions and they would have, in effect, green lit the idea of elections taking place. >> reporter: certainly the idea of elections taking place is not something new. it is something that is laid down in the u.n. security council resolution was passed in december, but it seems that if he is really planning, as he says, to start with the main issues when the talks start on monday, then it's going to mean that the crunch issue is going to be dealt with. so i think monday is going to be a very important day. staffan de mistura planning to see both sides separately on monday, planning to brief the press on monday and at the moment in the dire restill supposed to be briefing the u.n. security council on the progress of this process. a very important day for syria thank you for that clarity.
in effect, what we're saying now is the opposition has a window of 24 hours to get off a plane in geneva and start talking to someone. they don't have to have face-to-face talks, but they have to be engaged in some form of dialogue. will you do that? >> the opposition has done that twice before, and they are going to do that also on monday you really will, you will get off the plane and you will talk to someone actually at the u.n. headquarters? >> yes. if there is a reason anyone thinks otherwise, the opposition has always contributed and participated seriously and engaged in geneva talks, two times now, and now they are
going to participate this time as well what we saw in geneva about five or six weeks ago was a group of members dotted around the lake, u.n. people pinging around the city and switzerland, taking your message back too u.n. headquarters and those messages were being relayed to the syrian government representatives. is that what will happen this time or would you go as far as proximity talks where you are physically in the same building, but not in the same space? >> up to now what he has announced and invited for is a proximity talks where he is talking about the regime, delegation separately and with the opposition delegation separately. this is the way that the supporters of this process thought that it would be better this way for the time being rather than have face-to-face
talks in order to avoid tensions in the same room that will maybe show failures i know you won't feel comfortable with the next question, but yours are not the only grouping. there's women's group, civil rights, the hnc. you must be talking to them as well as talking to the united nations. as far as you're aware, are those other groupings prepared to go as far as you, apparently, today are prepared to go because you're talking positively now about proximity talks inside the u.n. build in geneva. >> there was a conference a few months ago in riyadh where the syrian coalition went over there together with other groups, other political blocks, that they were not part of the syria coalition, together also with
representatives of the moderate armed factions on the ground, so riyadh, the negotiating committee that came out from riyadh is a very wide umbrella of the syrian opposition, including everybody, basically. there are kurds, christians, all sects. they were coming out from riyadh. now they are talking about other kurdish parties. for example, they are talking about civil society representatives, but eventually i would say that they should be some kind of definition of certain negotiating team that will go there because it will continue expanding and then this will not contribute to the process altogether it's interesting to talk to
mr staffan de mistura. he is talking about govern nans, and the red line is the president and his continuing role in that job-- and his continuing role in that job. is that a walk-away from the discussions issue for you? >> this is the core issue, the core problem. when we talk about geneva, which is based on geneva communique and based on the security council resolutions, they are calling for a genuine political transition. genuine transition of power. if this does not happen, then the syrian government will not be solved. we cannot solve this war without a genuine change in the political system in syria. this means that bashar al-assad has to go and if bashar al-assad doesn't go, then i don't think that the war will stop
very briefly, would you accept the presidency going to someone else if that happened as a consequence of the elections that staffan de mistura is promising us will happen 18 months from now? >> talking about elections is very premature now. the geneva process is calling for a transition of power to a transitional governing body. this transitional governing body is going to organise and arrange new issue after stabilization. so it is premature to talk about election. but transitional power to transitional governing body which can be after 18 months
thank you for your time. >> thank you meanwhile on the ground syrian government forces have attacked deriah city in eastern guta. there have been heavy clashes between the army and syrian opposition. air strikes have been carried out. the lots more still could come including this one. four hours of walking a day just to get water. we will report from western afghanistan where severe draught is putting lives in danger. >> if she was positive on the doping for certain substance, then there should be certain kinds of consequences for that
we will hear the sports news turning our attention to yemen where government forces say they've recaptured parts of the city of taiz. the city has been under siege understand houthi rebels for almost a year. >> reporter: troops loyal to president break through houthi lines in taiz, partially breaking a siege on yemen's third largest city. they can now send humanitarian aid and weapons to the southern port city of aden. the latest gain is a development in a push to gain the capital. >> translation: the siege of taiz was broken. this is a big issue. the wheels have started to roll.
it might seem slow, but efforts are huge. >> reporter: the fright is far from over. these are houthi fighters trying to hold ground here. the stronghold in eastern taiz. despite the heavy fighting and gain made by government forces, the houthis remain defiant. >> translation: we will destroy them. we will win the fight. >> reporter: this is a funeral of houthi fighters killed trying to defend taiz. the houthis are backed by guard units loyal to former president. they were hoping to expand their presence. it is an important battleground for the rebels. these are houthi fighters trying to repel government offensive.
they're trying to breakdown houthi strong holds in the east and the south so that they can move north to capture the capital. if they do that, the houthis might lose the war the u.n. humanitarian coordinator for yemen is calling on all sides to allow aid to reach the civilians. >> the area around taiz and also the governor, there are 600,000 displaced people already in a population of 4 million who need humanitarian assistance. it will aggravate the situation. we visited there in january and we saw what the needs were. clearly the hospitals, as mentioned in your peace, there's mention of fuel and gas and food supplies and medical supplies. this is the essentials for us to get in there. there is a large operational
area that requires assistance, displaced people and vulnerable populations there and including the enclave itself, and any reduction in the intensity of fighting or ceasefire there offer an opportunity for the humanitarian community to address those better and regularly. right now it is ad hoc. we've been asking both parties to give us opportunity to deliver more reckly into the areas. it is the poorest part of the middle east. the war has brought an increase in the poverty. the peace for us is important and if we bring about a peace process here that will bring an end to the war and people go back to a normal way of life again joining us live is analyst.
who significantly controls around taiz? >> it is sort of stale mate, but i could say this is a turning point and it is quite significant. this yemen north and south, and next steps would be to control south and east of taiz. this is important where it is the public and the international airport. also they need to work out on areas which are located to cut line of communications and supply to houthi and somehow already in taiz they need to push further north to work very hard on shifting alliance on the tribal leaders around the area.
sanaa is difficult battle and it needs specialized forces to do that. it will be like urban warfare. it is to be encircle it, but having said that, taiz will not force the houthi to negotiation table at this moment when it comes to those tribal leaders you're telling us about, how malleable are they when it comes to another force, or external force going to them and, in effect, i guess asking them for a switch of allegiance. >> they normally like finance play great role in shifting these alliance and could play a great role. this is a big phenomenon on the characteristic of leaders on yemen. so they switch alliance quite fast from one part to another,
or from one - for both sides i mean. it's going to take some time. this is a long war and it's going to take some time to finish it out. the operation will be hampered by the terrain, especially in sanaa. it is difficult terrain, land mines and other aspects of military dimension to stop these attacks or this push. it's going to take some time to end the game in yemen, but having said that, taiz is quite significant place to do and who control it in north and south of yemen thank you very much. the arab league has declared hezbollah a terrorist organization. 19 of the members supported the move, but lebanon and iraq rejected the decision while algeria expressed reservations.
the decision comes after the gulf cooperation council's decision last week to brand herzegovina a terrorist group. north korea says its military is ready for a pre-emptive attack against the south. it was announced as a military exercise is taking place. a report from our correspondent. >> reporter: this is a show of force intended to impress. one of the set piece drills of these annual exercises involving thousands of troops from south korea and the united states. they come at a time of increased tensions on the korean peninsula. in response to these drills, north korea threatened pre-emptive strikes while its leader was shown on state-run media inspecting missile tests. far from provoke provoking north
korea, it shows stability >> we believe in peace through strengdz. it is in the strength of our alliance that we believe that we can deter and avoid war. >> reporter: north korea claimed these exercises are a prelude to war allowing south korea and its ally the u.s. to build up forces ahead of an invasion. that's always denied but the u sment contingent this year is the largest ever doing little to ease the fears of the north. out at sea a short ride offshore, some of the vessels assembled for these war games. like this assault ship, carrying up to 3,000 sailors and marines when deployed for conflict. but the commander of this encysts these exercises dn dn insists that these exercises have been planned for over a year >> it is not in response to what north korea is doing but we think persist important to show the commitment to our alliance
and our readiness. >> reporter: getting ready for whatever or whenever the next crisis will be u.s. republican presidential hopeful donald trump was forced to call off a rally in chicago. it came after violent clashes between his supporters and hundreds of protesters. he has cancelled a rally scheduled for sunday. >> reporter: while people protesting against republican donald trump lined the side walks outside the university of illinois, it didn't take long for things to get heated inside. the crowd and to be split about 60% supporters and 40% opponents. just before the rally was due to start it was cancelled >> the law enforcement has decided that for all the people that are gathered in and around,
the rally will be postponed to another day. thank you very much for your attendance. please go in peace. >> reporter: that didn't happen. protesters and supporters exchanged words. a man tried to take the stage. after a struggle he was removed. a large contingent of police came in and cleared the arena, but the battles martin o'malleyed outside. some of the thousand-- moved outside. in an interview donald trump said he made the right decision to cancel but said the anger wasn't directed at him >> you have people that are very, very upset about what is happening with the country as a country and you have other people that just don't seal right about things. those people are outside and coming inside, and rather than having everybody get in and mix
it up i thought it would be wise. >> reporter: protesters gather outside the venue well before the beginning of the event. teachers were concerned that it would be a dangerous envoirnt for students. when it was over we had this reaction >> i think it is a good thing. his retrospect yik is not welcome here. >> it was disappointing but at the end of the day i'm still voting for him more on that story. this was supposed to be a political rally. it turned into something completely different. does that harm or help donald trump?
>> he has come out of these arguments before, stronger and emboldened, so it is difficult to see. some of his rivals were quick to say that the tone he has set doesn't help in these situations. he talked about in the debate on thursday some of the violence that we've seen at trump rallies where his supporters have turned against people who were being escorted out. even his campaign manager is now the subject of a criminal complaint by a journalist who claims that she was almost dragged to the ground by him when she tried to ask donald trump a question. donald trump believes that his first amendment right, the right to free speech is has been impeded here. he says that the decision to can sem the rally in chicago was taken after discussions with the police. the police said that they didn't have enough people to ensure the safety of people inside. the police said that isn't the case. they told the rally that can go
on. this will rumble on for a couple of days and questions will be continued to be asked about donald trump and the tone he sets. he has another rally starting in the next couple of hours and people have been lining up before midnight last night. they were saying they were inspired by the scenes in chicago you've been following him for a couple of months. is it your reading of the man as aspirational politician, is he causing the anger or riding the wave of other people's anger. >> reporter: i think he is saying things that fire people up and that is easy to do in a political rally. sometimes when protesters make their voice, that is channelled in various ways. a number of the protesters have been violent and that may well be the case. certainly there's an under
current there. when he talks about the press being the most horrible people, you can feel the tension in the room. when he starts saying that the protesters who make their way into these events are the reason why america is doing so badly, the reason why america is going wrong, then you can feel people almost getting permission to funnel their anger rather than shouting in some sort of violent ways. donald trump says he condones all violence at his events. it has been happening for some time. it has been mentioned in the debates. he and his campaign will come under pressure to try and diffuse the pressure and make sure it doesn't happen thanks very much. time for the world weather. very heavy rain over north africa. >> reporter: that's right. it has been raining heavily off
and on. we can see where the circulation of circulation here, rotating around here at the moment, but as it throws all the cloud into the northern parts of africa it is giving lively weather. we've seen thunder and lightning and heavy down pour as well. up to 70 millimeters in nigeria but over the last couple of days it is 110. 57 for this area is a lot. this system is moving away from that north coast of africa but slowly. it is edging its way to the north-east. we will have quite a few showers, so don't expect it to be dry. with the winds coming down from the north, it will still not
feel that warm. 16 degrees town here and 14 for algiers. that is heading towards the north-east. we're seeing gusty winds and we can see flash flooding as well we will take an along look at how refugee crisis is helping a political party in germany. a new relative tv show in relation to start-up businesses plus the day's sport. ay's sport.
welcome back to the news hour. syria's government has confirmed it will attend the next round of talks in geneva scheduled for monday. yemen's vice president has announced the houthi siege has been broken after the forces advanced in parts of the city. he said relief efforts will begin immediately but fighting continues in many areas. u.s. republican donald trump has cancelled his campaign rally in chicago. fights broke out between supporters and demonstrators. he has cancelled his next rally
on sunday. the greek government says it plans to clear out a makeshift refugee camp at the macedonian border in two weeks. they have closed its borders to refugees. migrants from afghanistan are among the hundreds of thousands trying to get into europe for search of a better life. often for children it can be terrifying. >> reporter: it is a moment of respite in a life otherwise filled with hardship, loneliness and uncertainty. teenagers who dare to dream about a fresh start far away in europe. >> reporter: no news at all? >> no. >> reporter: like 17-year-old waseen who was smuggled to the shores >> they ordered me to bury my
hands in the snow for five hours. i have not seen my family since. i don't know how to find them >> reporter: he is receiving medical care here. he is unable to move forward as afghans are no longer welcome on the balkan route. this 16-year-old is in the same situation. >> translation: they were trying to deport me because i did not have a passport. so i left. i want to be in a place where there are no weapons and where i feel safe. i'm so sad to be stuck here. >> reporter: along the way he became friends with this boy who is a year older. they picked up clothes along the way and hoping to go undetected. they relied on food left by compassionate people along the trail. some of them friends didn't make
it. >> translation: there were two other teenagers with us. they wanted more money. they removed their money, but they still did not have enough. they were kidnapped and taken away. i don't know where they are. >> reporter: the camp here is teaming with unaccompanied children. many say there are 18 fearing they could end up in a shelter for minors. others claim they're travelling with relatives, so they're unacted for and unprotected. every day there's a count of how many people there are in the camp. despite the border being closed and heavily secured, people here want to reach their designation, so some take their chance at crossing the borderline. it is what these and many others are considering. for $1800 they're promised safe passage to germany. it will mean more deaths and suffering. at 17, he has little to live for
he thinks >> if they don't open the border, i will kill myself. if i have to go back to afghanistan, i will die there, so i might as well end it here >> reporter: europe is crumbling under the endsless throw of refugees. the lonely children have been abandoned by everyone. the border closures only increasing their vulnerability and real risk of them ending in the wrong hands the refugee crisis is a major issue in regional elections taking place in germany on sunday. angela merkel held a rally. the right wing party has surged in popularity. >> reporter: for this woman and her party they're riding high on
the poms with local elections just around the corner. with that popularity has come greater execute nigh. afd once concentrated on opposing the euro. now it's the influx of refugees from their country. >> having taken one million asylum seekers and waiting their families as well, that the cause huge problems in germany. >> reporter: shifting their focus onto immigration has won the afd few friends among the political parties but it has gained popularity with voters. before the influx of refugees really started last summer, the afd was receiving less than 5% in the opinion polls. fast forward to know and that number has doubled. one thinks the coalition government's immigration policy
is the main reason why. >> the afd has had a good opportunity to get profile as an important and necessary part of the german spectrum which gives voice to those citizens in increasing numbers if not represented by the politics of the party. >> reporter: for now, the test for the party is in the state parliament. the german federal system gives the states considerable powers and elections there matter. the eastern state is one of three to hold elections on march # 13. a recent survey suggests the af dpchlt has now supplanted the main social democratic party here, a point some supporters were keen to make at a rally. >> translation: we know they're not all war refugees. we're also human and we want to help, but we will not be made
fools of. that's exactly what's happening. that's why we're here to support the afd. with the old parties it's over >> reporter: the people at this rally clearly believe that the afd speaks to their concerns, but the question for the party will be whether they can translate their opinion poll performance into actual votes an israeli air strike has killed a 10-year-old child in gaza. it hit the child's home. the ministry said israel carried out five air raids on saturday. they came after several rockets were filed from gaza into israel on friday night causing no injuries. the victim's brother describes what happened. >> translation: what happened was we were sleeping in our house an suddenly there was a strike. the roof fell on us. my brother was wounded and he
died. may god have mercy on him. we called the ambulance and it arrived after two hours after we had already taken him to the hospital in a car a palestinian teacher has been short lifted for the global teacher of the year award. it is given to an exception a teacher who has made appear outstanding contribution. >> translation: i'm a second grade teacher. i had a personal experience with my children due to the surrounding violence. it affected their behaviour and cheechlts, but-- achievements, but by playing games i was able to get them out of the shock. the dominant issues they receive through what they see. playing games make them happy,
happiness because of they playing and learning. through games i was able to change their attitudes and as a result their academic achievements. having a palestinian teacher among the 10 finalists for the global teacher prize proves that we can compete, succeed, compel and develop our methods and tools. teach and learn and build palestine. we can build our state. i focus on children with special needs. they are marginalised maim because of the high student classes. i am confident they would be creative if given enough attention nigerians will be facing higher electric costs.
>> reporter: this man is very unhappy at the 65% rise in his electricity bill. he relies heavily on having a study ee power supply for his workshop on the outskirts of the city. >> they want steady light. if the light is steady, definitely. known would then refuse to pay the bill. how can they increase when light is not steady. >> reporter: electricity providers say it will generate important revenue to invest in much needed improvements >> known wants to pay more. we understand that, but the reality is there have been decades of under investment and we need to get this splip chain healthy and you can only do that when the revenue is there. the government recently privatized the industry to try and solve the pour shortage.
in a country of more than 170 million people only 6 million customers are on the national grid. the strip regulator say consumers were worse off under the old tariffs >> if we stayed with the old tariff, it is a fixed charge which the people didn't want, without the protection of the new tariff, also staying with the potential for increased tariff. it will still sfleets. -- increase. >> reporter: there are also some electricity being stolen. hundreds of thousands of so-called smart meters are being snaumd. electricity distribution companies say the technology will be able to stop customers illegally siphoning off power >> reporter: the effects of underinvestment, mismanagement and kroupgs may take years to fend off.
1,000 villages here have never had electricity >> we feel very bad and not human because we don't have electricity. >> reporter: they hope they will get connected to electricity soon, but 100 million dollars of investment is needed, money which won't be easy to come by the international sports news with joe still to come, including this one, the top golfer in florida. n florida.
for decades, war has posed the greatest threat to people of afghanistan. a growing number of them are facing a new danger. a report from a region of the country where severe droug is putting lives in danger - drought. >> reporter: twice a day this 60-year-old goes 4 kilometers to get drinking water, 4 kilometers to come back. once in the morning, again in the afternoon. 16 companies in four hours of walking every day. >> translation: we're really suffering because of water. every time i get water, it shaves off years from my life. >> reporter: she is among 50,000 people here who don't have access to clean drinking water.
the district sits along the border with iran. years of drought have depleted the nearby river drying up 60% of the farm lands leaving many jobless. decades of war have delayed construction of water storage facilities. this gruelling journey is the only way to reach hand dug water holes. >> translation: if we don't do this, my family goes their stee. there's-- tr oishgs rsty-- thirsty. >> reporter: many suffer the same pligt, but in rural areas people walk 6 kilometers a day. >> reporter: they say about six years ago their trek for water turned deadly. they say on several occasions when young boys went to fetch water, they were shot and killed by border guards.
villagers say it was the border guards way of sending a message >> translation: i found my son near some bushes by the well. he had a wound on his chest, and side. i blacked out. >> reporter: the government official denied the allegation. local afghan officials say some of the victims could have been smugglers, but reports of tension between the neighbors persist as iran too faces a water crisis. this man sits on a committee that manages the region's water supply. he says plans to address the crisis exist, but have been delayed by war and a lack of funding >> translation: the solution is to build canals and wells. we are aware of the problem and prepare to address it. >> reporter: until then, a gruelling journey for water remains a daily necessity for many.
>> reporter: maria sharapova has denied she was warned a number of times that the drug she was taking was to be added to a banned list. she admitted on monday she failed a drugs test at the australian open. the news has rocked the world of tennis. the best player in the men's game has given his thoughts too >> she has approached this very ma turl. i really-- maturely. on the other hand, i talk as somebody that is involved in professional tennis and sport for so many years and believed that in clean and fair sport. certainly there was a mistake, and if she was positive on a certain substance, there should be a certain kind of consequences for that. >> reporter: meanwhile her biggest rival reached the third round in indian wells with ease.
she beat 6, 2 po 61 and it came after her sister lost a match. also the romanian won in straight sets as she looks set to defend her crown. third seed was taken to a third set and challenged a base call. she sealed her place in round 3. over to rugby's six nations now wherity lee is still-- italy place. england and wales play later. the last time these two teams met in september, wales beat
england to effectively knock them out of their own world cup but under new coach, they have won three games out of three. they're starting line-up is unchanged from the win over ireland two weeks ago. >> we're a new england. so we don't refer back to that game because we're a new england. the players, 70% of the players are the same. the other 30% are new to test rugby. we've got a different philosophy of how we play and train also of how we behave. that game has no relevance to us on saturday. >> they're a team that has depth and players that continue to improve the longer in the side. i think it's going to be one heck of a game. whoever wins on saturday probably wins six nations.
>> reporter: manchester city moves up to third in the league with a win this saturday. they're taking on norwich right now, but still goalless. these are the further games. chelsea's defense of their title may be all but over. they were knocked out of the champion's league. the londoners can still value vaej something from the season. he is in his second spell as interim manager and has over seen six chelsea victories in his six fa cup matches including the 2009 final when they beat them at wembley. he says his team's focus is still on finishing high and qualifying for europe.
>> obviously, it is a very important cup to go for, but i don't want to under value the qualification, the classification in a premier league because we managed to come out from december from the zone to now tenth position, but i think although it might be very difficult to get on the qualifying position $. >> reporter: barcelona have the position to keep their no loss. they're unbeaten since october with 11 straight wins. it happened just a point of the relegation zone. >> translation: it's true they aren't doing well when it comes to results. they're in a complicated situation. we are already playing the last ten games.
the latter part of the season. will it be a challenge for us trying to maintain the difference. >> reporter: a day after being given a go ahead by the government to play at the world 2020 tournt meant. they play against sri lanka. they're thrashed zimbabwe earlier. a half century. jordan speed has squeezed past the round. he was favor over par after the first day's play but hold off to finish at two over par.
the champion is way down the leader board behind mckenzie and striker. the golden state warriors have extended their winning streak to 47 games. friday saw them beat the importantedland blazers 128 to 112. the l.a. clippers domination continued. they've beaten them eight straight times. all of the clipper started scoring in double digits. swiss skier is closing in the title. after lindsay vonn out, she has moved up the standings. a fifth place finish in her home
country saw her go top of the standings. with run race remaining, shoo leads by 295 points. -- she she said. that is all sport for now a sudanese reality show is promoting how to become a self starting businessman or women. it gives 12 people the chance to pitch their own ideas and get some funding. >> reporter: this man's business is not even a year old, but he can already see it dominating the african continent. he poured his savings into this app. it allows users to call for a taxi and pay for the rides in cash. it was inspurd by uber. >> we make this business model gentleman he needs to launch an
advertising campaign beyond social media. that is why he is competing on this show promoting entrepreneurship. it is called my project and it is sponsored by the british government. first prize is $35,000. he is one of six finalists whittled down from about 1500 applicants. you can't get on without collateral here. there's no investors. eventually banks will offer financing and the investors will follow. >> reporter: business owner says he created the reality show to nurture talent. sudan is one of the poorest countries in africa. the fish unemployment rate is 15%. a reality colliding with the optimism of monthing you wills-- mogadishuuls in the making
>> if you don't have income. this so be dire. we don't have the social security system. you have to temper. >> reporter: he says he has already won because of the training he has received and the name recognition. >> i'm feeling happy now. a lot of people know who my business is, what the services are. >> reporter: he says he is going to continue working two other jobs as he has a family to support intriguing pictures to wrap up this news hour to are you. a spanish 16th century church has resurfaced in mexico. it was flooded in 1962 to make way to a dam. since then it has disand in drought. it is the third time it has and
the syrian government says it will attend forthcoming talks to try and resolve the conflict but warns some topics are off limits welcome. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters here in doha. i'm peter dobbie. also in this program, government forces take back parts of the city from houthi fighters. north korea threatens to retaliate against the u.s. and south korea for their joint