>> . this is al jazeera. . hello welcome to the news hour. here are the top stories. >> this is an international global red line - it crosses it. >> u.s. secretary kerry looks for arab support to bomb syria. president bashar al-assad warns u.s.-led strikes will change the course of the war. >> hello, i'm in london with the main stories from europe - including the current mayor in the lead to win another term. the opposition cries foul.
>> germany's chancellor angela merkel starts her fight to be elected for a third time. >> i'm andy richardson with the sport. wrestling takes down rivals to win back olympic status for the 2020 games. >> as john kerry has been looking for support from the arab world for military action on syria, bashar al-assad has defended himself to an american television network. he told cbs an attack on his country by international forces will degrade his military and tip the balance of the conflict and denied involvement in an apparent chemical attack on civilians, he said it was inconclusive that an attack happened. >> america's top diplomat came to paris to strengthen french
support for a strike on syria. he came to seek help from members of the arab league. >> there's no solution. united states is seeking together with others - not alone, but with others - an increasing number. what we are seeking is to enforce the standard with respect to the use of chemical weapons, we are not seeking to become engaged in or party to or take over syria's civil war. >> the arab league has unanimously condemned the syrian leadership for its apparent use of chemical weapons. qatar is among a handful of arab nations supporting international intervention in syria. when pressed qatar failed to answer what help it was prepared to give. >> translation: when it comes to syria and what qatar can do, we are studying and examining with friends and the u.s. what
qatar can do to protect and save the syrian people. >> maybe because of warnings like this from iran's foreign minister during a visit to iraq on sunday. >> translation: we are trying to prevent a war on syria. once it starts the war monningers will not be able to be able to end it on their own. we know the president of united states is trapped. we hope he gets out of this trap. >> john kerry says the number of countries willing to join a coalition against syria is in the double digits. the list will not be made public until monday. many are wary about entering into a conflict without united nations backing. washington may be considering returning to the un for support. kerry will condition his diplomatic tour of unit by going to london. after the uk department voted
know, the u.s. knows it will have to build the case for war - it may not have the help of some traditional allies. >> as john kerry tries to gather international support for strikes on syria, president obama is trying to convince americans at home. the white house chief of staff set out the case for military action on u.s. television on sunday. >> nobody is rebutting the intelligence. nobody doubts the intelligence. that means that everyone believes that bashar al-assad used chemical weapons against his own people to the tune of killing nearly 1500 on 21 august. the question for congress this week is what are the consequences for his having done so? how congress chews chewses to answer the -- chooses to answer will be listened to carefully in damascus and in iran and hezbollah.
>> kimberley live from washington dc. it's 24 hours until congress meets. what is the president doing to make his case for military intervention - not just for congress, but the american public at large? >> in addition to the rounds of sunday chat shows that you saw there, the president is personally making telephone calls to members of congress. we know two-thirds of the senate has been contacted by the president himself, or a member of his staff. the president will give prime time television interviews on monday with a number of u.s. network anchors and on tuesday he'll address the american people himself as he makes his case, as he continues to make the push and the argument that this is in u.s. national security interests that the strike on syria is something that is necessary to send a message to bashar al-assad, a punitive message in response to the 21 august chemical weapons attack. >> what are you hearing about the amount of support in
congress that president obama has right now for a strike on syria? >> well, it's very, very tough for the president. that's why we are seeing an intense campaign going on right now. there are a number of members that say they have not made up their mind. there's a greater number that say especially in the house of representatives that will vote after the u.s. isn'tate that they will not -- senate that they will not support the senate. it will be easier for the president to get the vote through the senate, it's dominated by democrats. there's reluctance on the part of members who say they are getting an earful from constit unts, whether through the -- constituents, whether through the internetar telephone calls. there are protests outside the white house, spontaneous and organised. americans are war-weary and do not want the united states to get into syria's civil war.
>> thank you, kimberley from washington dc. >> syrian rebels and al qaeda-linked fighters say they have taken control of a town on the outskirts of damascus. >> it's a predominantly christian area and captured by rebels on thursday. they retreated the next day. they say they have recaptured it. the syrian military denies that. >> with international military action looming the impact on syria's neighbours is becoming a major focus. over 54,000 refugees from syria have crossed to northern iraq. imran chan reports from the iraqi-syrian border on the challenges facing them >> this is the front line court along the iraqi kurdise stan border. they are willing to die for the cause - they used to be a
militia force. now it operates under the kurdise stan regional government and it is a state within iraq. this, therefore, is its army. the brigadier general is on a visit to the border. he doesn't deny what faces them there. >> we face massive challenges with the refugee crisis, smuggling and terrorists going across the border. we need newer and better equipment, particularly for surveillance. >> here at the border crossing you can see some challenges faced. between 1,000 and 1500 refugees arrive here every day. the soldiers search for illegal goods and weapons. more often than not they find remnants of a life left behind. for many just getting here has been gruelling enough. >> translation: it took me two days to walk here. there was fighting in my village. the army, the terrorists - i don't know who.
i feared for my life. god knows what i will find here. >> it's not just these people who use the border. some refugees have been walking for days to get from syria - over there - so iraqi-kurdise stan. they use an official crossing. there are huge parts of the border that are not clearly marked. armed groups are using that to their advantage. >> take this place, for example. beyond the ditch is syria. at night the forces place guards every 10 metres, but fighters linked to al-qaeda and other groups get across at less secure points. the federal government blames the groups for much of the violence in baghdad. and al qaeda in iraq says it sends fighters to syria over this border and the western border. the responsibility for the western border falls to iraq's federal government. the other side is controlled by the democratic party of syria, the pyd.
relations between the pashmurger and others say they have no contact with them. if there's action against the syrian regime by the west and allies, these border posts will come under pressure, here in northern iraq and the western border. more refugees will enter roik and fighters going in and out of syria. these men will be put under pressure in a country that's been torn apart by sectarian violence, ethnic tension and war. >> in pakistan's biggest city thousands have been rallying in support of syrians and egyptians and took to the streets of karachi, chanting protests against u.s. military action in syria. they called on the ass add regime to stop genocide against its people. >> a group claimed responsibility for a bombing
targetting egypt's interior minister. we go to our correspondent who we will not name. >> this group whose name is group that supports jerusalem - translated into english. they put out a statement and claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on the interior minister. they are calling on people to stay away from the ministry of interior building and the defence building. they are saying that they will carry out more attacks. they are saying that they did this in response to the massacre, the situation that occurred at nassar city, and the square outside of that area. hundreds were killed when security forces went in there to clear the area, as well as outside cairo university. in the statement they mentioned the deaths that occurred during
the long period of a lot of instability while muslim brotherhood members and supporters gathered at various locations. here they mentioned death outside the republican guard. the statement apologised, in fact, for failing to kill the minister. it emphasised that there'll be more attacks. it called on people to join in these attacks, and is also specifically mentioned the defense minister and the interior minister, mohammed ibrahim who escaped from the assassination attempt a few days ago >> thank you for the update from cairo. >> now, the afghan president condemned a nator airstrike in the north-east province. hamid karzai said attacking women and children is against international norms. 16 people were killed in the attack, says the governor, 12 civilians. nato says 10 were killed, all
fighters. jane ferguson has the latest from the afghan capital. >> the nato drone strike took place saturday afternoon in the north-east of afghanistan. it's known to be a stronghold of the taliban. as is often the case after a drone strike the various sides of this conflict came out with different versions of events. different versions of who was killed and how many people were killed. the taliban have said that 16 people were killed, and that they were all civilians. none of their fighters were injured or killed in the strike. the local governor said 16 were killed, but four were taliban fighters, and the rest civilians - including women and children. nato forces said the 10 killed were taliban fighters. either way the afghan president hamid karzai strongly condemned the attack. it is just the kind of drone strike that he has often complained about, and that is
often been a source of friction and tension between himself and his government and nato forces. >> civil ahead in the news hour - unrest in mexico as anger mounts at the government. the newest figures on global literacy rates are a worrying read. what is being done to turn the page on the problem? in sport - a chaotic italian grand prix for some. no problems for sebastien vettel. all the action coming up. >> exit polls in moscow suggest that the mayor will retain his post. the kremlin candidate is ahead with 52% of the vote. his main challenger and leading opposition figure cast doubt on
the polls, saying it must go to a second round, a major setback for the kremlin. peter sharp reports from moscow on an unusual campaign. >> he has been described as the man president putin fears most. the charismatic lawyer turned anticorruption campaigner, alexa nevali is the first candidate to run a western-style political campaign here. >> translation: i hope the election campaign goes well today. there'll be no violation, i would like my people to express their will and choose the mayor they want and choose the political atmosphere they want to have. >> his slogan change russia, start with moscow became a plant ra with middle class storers. >> i really like navari, he's
the only one trying to change everything in our country. >> his campaign video uploaded to uk became a sensation, tapping into social media to reach the voters. with two months to go, he was sentenced to five years in a labour camp for embezzlement, political charges, he said, concocted for political reasons. in a surprise move he was released on appeal allowing him to stand for the mayoral election. a deliberate decision say the commentators >> translation: the president needed nevali to run, to make his opponent win legally. you can't choose the mayor of the biggest russian city, a guy not supported by the major city. >> neval i is running against
an ally. vladimir putin. he has run a lack lustre campaign, but with a worthy but reputation of dealing with moscow's problems. all polls say he'll win. this may mark the day protest politics came of age in russia. >> germany's chancellor angela merkel cdu party is launching an official campaign ahead of the vote. opinion polls suggest merkel is the favourite to win a third term as leader. nick spicer has the details from duecel dorfe. ♪ simply the best ♪ better than all the rest >> better than all the rest. a fact for merkel if the polls are right. this is called the hot phase of
the campaign. it's being dominated by a woman whose performance in office is cool, quiet and deliberate. on sunday, though, even if her party seems to have an unbeatable lead she let passion shine through. >> translation: let us use every minute to the election, let us fight and go to the people and tell them yes, we can succeed with the help of every german citizen so everyone can realise their dreams and aspirations. >> this at times feels like a presidential race. it's gerangela gerkel's popular pushes her against her oppone s
opponents. >> the social democrats candidate did well in the recent tv debate against merkel, not well enough to revive a struggling campaign and to have a serious chance of forming the next government. that is fine for angela merkel supporters. >> she's a great leader. i think because there was so much. >> i think she did well for germany for eight years. she could do it again. >> the only concern here is complacency. polls in past elections gave gerk's party big leads which disappeared on voting day. >> and it's election time in norway. there's likely to be a change in government for the norredic country. it's predicted the labor party
will lose to the conservative party. the current government has been accused of scannedering the country's oil revenues. >> that's everything from me in london. back to doha. >> now, thousands of people are attending an opposition rally in mexico to oppose reforms to education, and tax. we'll go to david mercer in mexico city, in the middle of the crowd. it looks like a big turn out. is it as big as organisers were hoping for? >> i think it has been. we have seen definitely tens of thousands of people. it's been hard to gauge exactly how many people have showed up because of the way that the protest has been set up. but there have been thousands of people. there are many supporters who showed up to show their
dissatisfaction with some of these proposed reforms that you mentioned. i think the organisers will be happy with the turn out. >> why are people so angry at the decision by the president? >> well, what we have seen today is a slight change. up until now there has been people protesting against educational reforms. today what has happened is it's grown into a larger protest against proposed energy reforms, and also tax reforms. now, the national oil company here, penax is seen as something of a - something very, very incredibly important to all mexican people. it's seen as a national treasure, so the idea of opening it up to private enterprise has a lot of people frightened. the other proposed reform is tax reform. there's a lot - 50% of
mexican people living below the poverty line. a lot feel they'll be burned with increased taxes. a lot of people are worried. >> the protest, do you think - will it have an impact? >> well, we have just heard from the leader of the opposition, he's just finished speaking. he's called for more protests in the coming weeks. it seems like things are gathering momentum, and this is going to be a critical time for the mexican president to try to push the reforms through congress. whether or not he's able to do that really remains to be seen. but these protesters certainly will have an impact on his ability to do just that. >> okay. david mercer there in mexico city. thank you for bringing us up to date. we'll check in with you in a little while.
>> now, the cauldron that held tokyo's olympic flam in 1964 has been relit in celebration of the city's victory hosting the 2020 games. the japanese capital beat out istanbul and madrid, providing a lift for a company dealing with the nuclear disaster at fukushima. >> these intercollege games are coincidentally being held on the weekend japan found out they'd host the 2020 summer olympics. after the news organisers lit a flame in anticipation of the games returning to the city. somewhere in the crowd could be a future olimpian, competing on home ground in seven years. >> i was so glad tokyo won. i'll do my best because i want to represent japan in the marathon. >> >> translation: in 2020 i'll be 28, a good age to compete in discus.
>> this was tokyo's moment. >> the international olympic committee has the honour of announcing the games of the 37th olympiad in 2020 are awarded to the city of... ..tokyo. (cheering and applause) >> and here is what helped tokyo win - superior infrastructure. japan's public transport system is world class and dependable. it hosted big sporting events before and has several facilities in place. one is the national stadium, where the 1964 opening ceremony was held. it's set to undergo a billion dollar refurbishment. this bustling metropolis is known for low crime rates. it's reliability and safety was emphasised. it has been put in doubt by the nuclear crisis.
the fukushima daiichi crippled by an earthquake is still in consideration. the government spent the internationlast week convincing the international community that it will be resolved by 2020. >> some may have concertainlies about fukushima. -- concerns about fukushima. let me assure you the situation is under control. >> that strategy appears to have helped. so tokyo will have the honour of hosting the olympics more than once, joining a list of four other cities. the government says it will not only be a boost to the economy, but inspire a country that had to deal with an
earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. >> we asked if the fukushima disaster had an impact on the ioc's decision. >> clearly it wasn't prohibitive because the international olympic committee awarded the olympic games to japan. it was the aspect that created tension for the japanese side in the final days and the final hours. and some of the claims that the prime minister made before the international olympic committee are questionable in hindsight. but in any case they got it, and they got past
the war in syria needs a solution. military strikes by international forces about degrade his military, says bashar al-assad, during an interview with television station cbs >> exit polls in russia suggest this kremlin-backed candidate will keep his post as mayor, the opposition is disputing the results. >> iran's foreign minister sa says... president obama wants to attack syria. he warneded that an attack on syria would set the middle east on fire. >> translation: we are trying to avoid a war on syria, once it starts war monningers will not be able to end it. the u.s. president is trapped.
we hope he gets out of this trap. extinguishing a fire to this region will be tough. with cooperation from iraqi friends and other countries we hope to prevent the war. >> meanwhile speaking at that same meeting iraq's foreign minister says his country would not be used as a base for an attack on syria. >> translation: we have no information with regards to a set date for any military strike or war. we have indicated to everywhere that an attack on syria would have an affect on its neighbours - in some cases directly. this includes iraq, in terms of security and a humanitarian perspective. we host over 270,000 refugees. is an attack imminent? some want it, others don't. i don't know when or if there'll be one. what i can say concludesively is iraq will not be a base for an attack, more will it facilitate
an attack on syria. >> an official list of the arab league members for and against military intervention is yet to be published. here is what we know. those leading towards sustained intervention includes saudi arabia, qatar, uae and kuwait. those against include egipt, tunisia, aljeer ja, lebanon. turkey is not a member, but a neighbour, and says it's ready to support military strikes against bashar al-assad forces. >> we have a retired brigadier general in the u.s. army and former deputy assistant secretary of defence and says u.s. allies in the middle east are capable of backing military action. >> if you are asking the question does the arab league have sufficient capability to make a contribution to any contemplated military action - the answer is yes.
they have some of the most advanced weapons systems in the world, some of the best fighter aircraft delivering some of the most precise weapons. it's an issue of political will, not capability - whether the individual countries are able to make a contribution to the coalition. >> the world is observing international literacy day. an un reminder that education is a basic human right. latest information shows millions of people cannot read or write, with the young being the worst affected. according to unesco 123 million young people around the world are illiterate. half are females at 76 million. the majority live in south and west asia, with 48 million leaving in sub-saharan africa. >> afghanistan has been enrolling millions more children in schools over the past decade. nearly 40% of those getting an education are girls. as
jennifer glasson reports, despite changes from the taliban, since they were overthrown, many challenges lie ahead. >> this is one of afghanistan's model schools in an upscale neighbour hood of kabul. girls study diverse subjects and virtually all will graduate the 12th grade. this is not how it is everywhere. in pashtoon yargoon school is conducted in a tent. >> ghazni, in eastern afghanistan there's a lock on the school door door. >> translation: the taliban closed the school, saying girls should not be in school >> 34 schools are closed and the student and staff are under threat. >> translation: there have been recent incidents where teachers were affected by bombings,
explosions, or some of our students have been killed in the crossfire between the opposition and government forces. >> that's a problem educators have all over the country. >> more than 100 injured. more than 100 killed by the enemy of education. >> it's not just security that hinders education here, there are budget problems and corruption. in kabul there are schools in terrible conditions. these were supposed to be brand new classrooms funded by the world bank. the private company supposed to build them ran away with the money. >> 2,000 students study in classrooms with no windows or roofs. when it rain teaching stops and there's no protection from heat or coal. >> the ministry of edcue kags says the contracted company should come back. it's hoped by 2020 all afghan
children will complete school. there's a lot to be done to make that happen. >> a curfew has been imposed in parts of the indian state of udarpradesh. hundreds of troops have been sent to the region, a place photographer and a broadcast journalist have been killed. it was after there were protests against the death of three men last month. four died during protests with police in indian administered kashmir. stones were throne at security forces after two rebels were shot dead. police say the rebels throw rocks at their camp. >> a film charting nelson
mandela's years has opened in canada. british ak tore idri -- ak tore idris alba said the role meant a lot to him. >> there's a lot of reasons, it's a massive achievement. it's like a pinnacle. i don't think i want to act after this, i've done it now. >> somalia's rebels said they carried out the attack in mogga dish u as somalia's internationally backed government marked its first year in office. a series of attacks highlighted the lack of control by the government. >> these are the men struggling to bring back order in somalia's capital. they are members of the fledgeling police force. they can't afford to relax. they remain on the streets day and night trying to prevent
attacks by the alshab abb fighters. suicide bombings and improvised devices are a daily occurrence. >> the president believes a lot has been achieved in the past year. >> throwing hand grenades here and there killing people in some areas of the city is what is going on now. whereabouts a year ago we were having a front in mogadishu where there was fighting. i don't think that is bad. >> for the first time in more than 20 years people are confident enough to come out and innocently themselves on the pure white sands of the beach. this is the city's most popular stretch of the indian ocean. the stream of returnees, investors and aid workers is endless, it has not been replicated elsewhere in the country. power beyond mogadishu is a
reminder to the huge challenges of lasting peace in some articlia. the government has little influence outside the capital. much of the government controlled in regions controlled by clans. how to bring the country together is a big priority of the government. >> the challenge of the government is to build partnerships with the de facto authorities and forces across the country, to unify them within or beneath a single government or framework. >> the somali president says it will take time. >> we have a history of prolonged conflict and statelessness, affecting the fabric of our society. bringing them back together, and unifying them is a long-term task. >> with three years to go before their mandate ends, government officials are confident they can achieve a lot in bringing
stability to somalia - the mag ni attitude of the cites sis they -- crisis they face is colossal. >> five members of boko haram has been reported. vigilanties found out the group was planning an attack on the town. a deal has been reached in south africa putting an end to a goldmining strike. workers accepted a final wage offer by harmony, the second larmgest producer of -- largest producer of precious metals. employees protested and demanded a pay rise. the miners union asked for a 60% pay rise. south africa's gold industry is one of the biggest in the world. economic reforms in nige earia helped large-scale industries get off the ground creating much-needed employment.
one success story is the cement industry. they used to spend a billion a year importing it. in the space of a few years, that has changed. we have the story. >> this limestone mine in abujana town produces 10 million tonnes of incident a year, enough to satisfy the demand of several west african companies. it's moved, crushed, mixed with clay and gym sum. it happens at the largest cement factory in africa. it produces more than 62% of cement used in nigeria for the construction of roads, houses, bridges, dams and other large projects. not long ago nigeria was spending for -- more than a billion a year importing it. more than 2,000 jobs have been created. that man had a degree in
chemical engineering >> translation: getting this job put me out of the labour market. i can take care of my immediate needs. >> the factory owner is the wealthiest man on the contain continent. >> he said economic conditions allowed him to open the factory. >> what we have down is not only about making ourselves self-sufficient. people from nigeria will for ote
. australia prime minister-elect has repeated his commitment to tackling asylum seeker arriving by boat. tony abbott was speaking less than 24 hours after an election which saw him lead a liberal national coalition to power. andrew thomas reports from sydney. >> the morning after the night before - for tony abbott it was almost like any other. up at dawn to go for a bike ride. >> how does it feel to wake up to be prime minister-elect? laughs laughs. >> look, it was an extraordinary day yesterday. >> abbott's victory gives him a big mandate. his priorities include scrapping a carbon tax on pollution that
he says is damaging the economy. his government will trim budgets, cutting funding for foreign aid and transport. it will toughen a tough policy for refugees heading to australia by boat. he'll have priorities thrust upon him, potentially whether to back the united states in strikes against syria. >> well, done, team. great effort. >> after his bike ride, it was on with the suit for meetings with officials. >> thank you for giving up your sunday to provide me with a swift incoming government brief. >> all this as australians were waking up - some to news of the political shift. australians have been slow to warm to abbott, a man seen as socially conservative and a previous prime minister called a miss only nous. >> a lot of people said he was unelectable. because he has a good team of
spin doctors around him, they kept him under chrome. that's been the key issue. how he behaves once he gets into government fully - we have yet to find out. >> the losing labor party needs a leader following the resignation of outgoing prime minister kevin rudd. a likely candidate blamed disunity. internal feuds led to the dumping of two prime ministers in three years. >> the political party that talks about itself will get marked down by the australian people. >> the spotlight is off labor, and on the coming man. if the labor government lost the selection and tony abbott won it, the outcome is the same - a big mandate to implement a big agenda. >> cam bodia's ruling party has been confirmed as the winner of july's general election, marred by allegations of voter fraud.
the electoral commission said the prime minister's people's party won 68 seats, and the opposition won just 55. the country has been ruled for the past 28 years by the same person. thousands protested in the capital against widespread voter rigging >> marijuana use in the united states is on the rise, according to the department of health. this increase is due in part to the legalisation of the drug in several states for meddise nal and recreational use. in california the big demand is having a negative effect on the environment. rod reynolds explains. >> in this county in california cannabis is king. marijuana farming is a lucrative business and there's more than 4,000 spot farms, gardens and greenhouses and a growers' association. >> the responsible grower - they take pride in what they are
doing. they want to see - they are living on their homestead, loving the environment. >> the u.s. federal government outlaws cannabis, but california allows marijuana for meddise nal purposes. the legal cop viewings contributes to -- confusion contributes to problems. forest land has been bulldozed. industrial-scaled operations use vast amounts of water and energy. as the demand for cannabis is growing there's concern about the impact that unregulated marijuana cultivation has on the land, water and rare creatures who live in this delicate eco system. >> these are the final moments of a fisher a slow easel like animal dying an ag nicing death spread by marijuana growers. it's one impact on land known
for towering trees and unspoilt coastline. the crops are not legal so growers don't seek permits or follow land use rules. scientists are charting marijuana groves. >> this is probably six green houses. >> these are hundreds. >> hundreds of them - there's 500 in this watershed. >> the most severe impact is on streams, some sucked nearly dry to water cannabis plants. >> when they clear the land they don't worry about where the sediment is going. >> marijuana money gives humble towns a prosperous sheen. >> the marijuana industry affects everyone and humble county. one out of every $4 comes into the economy through this industry. >> mark love lace, supervisor, says federal prohibition creates a free for all. federal government is looking at the marijuana and ignoring other impacts around it.
all the other impact around it were any other industry would be regulated. >> america's demand for marijuana and their government's endless war on drugs are combining to threaten a place of supreme beauty. time for the sport. here is andy. >> thank you. wrestling has been reinstated as an olympic sport. it got the nod for inclusion at the 2020 games ahead of baseball, softball and squash. at an ioc meeting in argentina that happened. wrestling was droppeded this year but responded by making a series of reforms, including rule changes that apparently make the sport easier to understand. the final presentation in buenos aires emphasised wrestling as a sport of the future, not just the ancient past. >> what we tried to do is update our sport. to make it more
spectacular. more watchable, understandable - rules understandable. and that is the only way to fulfil the wrestling hopes. this is the goal of every sport. >> our reporter was in argentina as wrestling ended a 7-month olympic exile. >> wrestling has been an important sport, but earlier this year it was suspended for breaching the rules and cases of corruption. for the federation this was a wake-up call and since then they have taken steps to transform the sport, making it more trendy, and giving women a bigger role. we know that vladimir putin - russia's president - met with the president of the ioc jack rogge and asked that the voting that took place was fair and
equal. all the efforts obviously paid off. there was a lot of disappointment among the confederation of baseball and softball - only getting 24 votes, two more than squash. castro's son came all the way to buenos aires to convince the judges. the fate of 60 million children living in the united states, cuba and japan was at stake - that was not enough >> cameroon claimed the last spot in africa's round for the 2014 world cup. they ended libya's hopes of making it out of their group into the playoffs. none of the other games too decisive. 10 african teams are in contention for five world cup spots. sebas is looking -- sebas is -- sebastien vettel is looking good for a title after break-inning
the italian grand prix at mon za. he is ahead of alonzo. >> sebastian vettel's mark to a fourth world title conditioned at monza. starting from poll, he didn't get away to the best of starts. he was good enough to lead at the first corner. behind him things are less smooth. kimi rykonen has been challenging vettel. he battled an finn on sunday, who finished 11. raikonen could return to ferrari. fern ando alonzo was determined to put on a good show, in front of the home of grand prix. the spaniard got past member we are, one of the red bulls, on
his -- mark weber, one of the red bulls, on his way past. >> lewis hamilton was better sunday, but could on the get into the points ending ninth,eneding his hopes of a championship -- ending his hopes of a championship challenge. rivals fought amongst themselves, and vettel recorded a sixth win, finishing ahead of alonso and team-mate mark weber. >> this is a tough track. the car is fantastic. the race has been for both of us. formula 1 leaves europe for the rest of the season. at the end vettel may have joined the ranks of those who have won four consecutive titles. >> in a couple of hour's serena williams and victoria azarenko will meet in the us open final. it's a repeat of last year's final which williams won.
this could be the first time the american won the title in consecutive years. >> just to be able to defend the title for once will be awesome, and i've done so well here the past few times i've played, getting to the semis or finals. it's been really, really exciting. i'm happy that i've been able to consistently do well here. >> australian cricket captain michael clarke led his team to victory against england, scoring his first tonne. england were bowled out for 227 in pursuit of australia score of 315/7. >> and now take a look at this young man who has more than a few expectations to live up to. this is argen tendulkar son of
sachi, in his father the highest run scorer. he was out for one. sachin asked the indian media not to put too much pleasure pressure on the teenager. >> my son started his career. it's a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old without thinking of anything other than falling in love with the sport. (applause) >> some footsteps to follow in. more on the website. check it out. all the details. get in touch with us on twitter and facebook. plenty more from me later, but that is the sport for now. >> thank you. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is ahead with julie mcdonald, who will be in london for us. for now, goodbye.