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>> hello and welcome to the news hour from al jazeera's news center in doha and london. n.a.t.o. clams ukraine for using force against protesters. tens of thousands remain camp out in the treats. hezbollah buries one of its founding members but it's still not apparent who killed him. >> reporter: in london with more from europe, including a clamp down on prostitution. the toughest laws in europe pass
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bpassed by the lower house. >> i'm in stockholm and i'll show you how this neck wrap could make the bike helmet the thing of the past. >> silence may be golden but not any more. the movie buffs on more of a classic era. >> we begin in ukraine where a two-week stand off is showing no signs of dying down. the government is afternooning protesters to end the blockade at the capitol. you can see tens of thousands remain on the streets. the situation has drowned criticism from n.a.t.o. and tough talks from their closest allies. bell' tal allies. we'e
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response, but first let's talk about what is happening behind you. >> reporter: yes again, thousands of people have come out into what is called independent square. the protest of the protests in the center of the city in defiance of their government calling for its resignation. and waving the flag of the european union in many cases. tonight the protesters have had a boost. the german ambassador has arrived. he was due for a conference, and he has met with opposition leaders and said ukraine's route to europe is still hope. i would imagine that the group behind me would be happy about that.
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>> reporter: the churches of kiev are packed as people look for reassurance and spiritual support. many of those who come to pray have been taking part in the demonstrations in the nearby streets. and protesters who come from other parts of ukraine have been sleeping in the grounds of st. michael's cathedral. >> the church is not involved in politics. we don't take sides. but we do have a role to to support those in need. we have to open our doors. this is our mission. >> but at a nearby square priest have joined the protest movement. take a look at how organized everything is. this is where you can make a donation to the cause. opposition parties and activists ensure this money is spent on
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firewood, tent, sleeping m bags, and vast quantities of food and drink given out to whoever wants it. >> this was the christmas tree until a few days ago. but it was transformed into a pillar of protest. the flag they say belongs in europe and they denounce president yanukovych. yet, those protests are illegal and those involved will ultimately face the consequence. youkraine's president has bn visiting moscow. russia wants stability and order. but the ukrainian government is looking for money and cheaper gas so it can survive this crisis. in receive they keep guard. she said your oath of loyalty is
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to us, not the politicians. but they do not respond. everyone in kiev is waiting to see what will happen if or when these men are given the order to take back the streets. >> we understand, barnaby, that russia has been making comments on the situation in the ukraine? >> reporter: yes, of course russia is very concerned by developmentdevelopments in ukray much wants this country to remain in its fear of insurance. the russian foreign minister was in brussels say and made a statement about the excessive use of force by the ukrainian police during sunday's big demonstration. this is what he had to say in response to that statement. >> i don't understand why n.a.t.o. adopts such statements. it helps to create a distorted picture and send the wrong
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signals which could cause the information to be misinterpreted. it is an ukraine issue. >> may be, but one that they're commenting on and behind the scenes trying to influence. in kiev its stalemate again. large protests calling for the government t that is showing no inclination whatsoever to stand down. >> thank you. four people have been killed in northern iraq in an attack on a security headquarters quarters. a car bomb exploded outside of the police intelligence building and then later a suicide-bomber went inside and set off his explosives. 46 were injured. rebels linked with al-qaeda are still fighting for
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a mainly christian town of malula in syria. they have takenly most of the team, but they were pushed out by government forces. activists say 18 people have been killed in the northern syrian city off aleppo. rockets were i fire off and 30 have been wounded. in beirut hezbollah said he was assassinated by israel. but israel foreign ministry has denied the claim. we have more. >> reporter: in the driving rain hezbollah prepared to put to rest one of its most senior military commanders. a funeral in the mainly shia city back where he grew up. in life he was known publicly about the secretive. in death, some backgrounds
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emerging. he had been a key figure in operations against israeli. dating back to the 80's. he's thought to have played a big part in the war. his son was one of the fighters who died in the airstrike. his fate was to die from gunshots outside of his home. this one in beirut. hezbollah accused israel of being behind the killing saying there have been major attempts in the past. israel denied involvement and said its natural reflex from hezbollah. >> when an important leader like this can be shot outside his home, and whether or not this is part of an escalating campaign against hezbollah for its involvement in the war in syria. >> reporter: a twitter claim,
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and then there was another twitter claim after the bombing outside of an embassy. it is thought there could be more targeting of hezbollah here in lebanon. >> the tough question, is this going to stop here? or is this the beginning of a major assassination against as leadership or military wing of hezbollah, and that probably is the hardest question and how hezbollah will prevent that from happening. >> reporter: lebanon's insecurity can only increase after the aftermath of this killing. >> let's go to the professor of international relations at the lebanese university. it's good to have you with us. why would he be the target of an assassination, and why now? >> i believe that this is part
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of thof the battle going on betn hezbollah and israel since the 1980's. why israel would be targeting those of high rankings now, i think hezbollah has overstretched its resources and logistics including military intelligence, that is like indicated to too many. and this made--might have made israel take advantage of the situation in order--what you're saying is that you have no doubt in your mind, according to what you said that israel committed this assassination which is the line that hezbollah has come out and made in a statement.
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>> i believe that--well, i relied on these reports so far. i believe that israel might have used this, especially israeli media has given much attention to this assassination, and throughout its history israel has never claimed responsibility for any assassination that is led against palestinian or lebanese resistence fighters. i believe that israel might have a good reason to target now. >> let me just put this to you because there was a twitter claim that a group claimed responsibility for the attack. this, however, has not been verified. i mean, who benefits from his killing? >> well, technically israel
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benefits from the killing, but now hezbollah is fighting on too many fronts. we know for sure that there is a certain cooperation between israel and jordan and saudi arabia in terms of information, and supporting insurgents in cities. we know that that hezbollah is fighting on the side of the syrian regime. this may be a reason for the target. >> so do you think that this is the start of another round of assassinations targeting hezbollah, and how has hezbollah respond? and if you can compare this to the assassination of 2008, in terms of what it means for the
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hezbollah group? >> definitely. in this situation where lebanese and syria are passing through a level of security, it will be a good grouped for them to target it's high ranking officials on one hand. at the same time if we take the assassination in 2008, this is pretty much the same as what happened. i think this is part of the ongoing battle between syria and hezbollah, and it will continue. there is advantage for israel to launch other attempts against other high ranking officials in hezbollah. >> thank you. n.a.t.o. leaders have warned that the n.a.t.o. mission in afghanistan could be in jeopardy
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if president hamid karzai does not sign the deal with the u.s. >> reporter: yes, the u.s. is increasing the pressure to sign the pact to allow coalition groups to stay in the country after 2014. the afghan government say they would like to sign the deal but on certain conditions. >> predominantly, these two days have been about afghanistan, particularly about the failure of the president had hamid karo put pen to paper and sign off on the security agreement between afghanistan and the coalition forces that will remain in afghanistan after 2020. the failure to even is calls problems from the planning point of view. there have been clarification on the departing afghan delegation.
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before they left they said that they would sign the deal in good time. they said they fully supported the deal. they put some conditions. they want assurances from the hall litheallies and the coalite mr. karzai puts pen to paper. they want more peace talks and they wanted no more raids on afghan homes. that promises to be a sticking point potentially for the allies who are still fighting against insurgents and taliban members inside of afghanistan. it remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reach at the end of year, which is the point they would like the deal to be signed. it's not side yet signing yet,.
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>> reporter: a proposal to fight human tasking networks and the bill now goes to the french senate. we're live now to jackie in paris, just how heated has this debate been in france as a whole? >> yes, there has been a very heated debate often angry as well with the two camps protesting on the streets. both claim that they have the interest of protecting women at heart, but clearly that's where their views di verbal, and the people advocating, the people who pushed forward this new bill were arguing by using a prostitute as an offense, this attacks women who have been forced to work in the sex industry. also women and transvestite
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private who is have been arguinged angrily against the law say they have not been run by pimps or mafia, and anythings could make their work for dangerous and more vulnerable. a deep debate has divided french society. but those in favor of the lou won through. >> if it does eventually become law, how difficult will it be to implement? >> clearly there are already laws in place which criminalize trafficking, an and a half i, ad when an arms smuggling ring has
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broken up. the impact will be on the sex workers in france. some say they were worried, that it would push them even further underground. and that would an dangerous position for those sex workers. >> jackie in paris. thank you. the european commission has fined a group of major banks $2 billion in allegations that they worked together to rig we interest rates. they were accused of manipulating european and japanese benchmark interest rates to set the price of trillions of dollars of financial products including mortgages and credit cards. not all of them accept wrongdoing. >> let's return you to doha. >> still on the al jazeera news hour.
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a crime spree as the police skipped a beat in argentina's second largest city. >> in youngstown, ohio, they're beautifying the city by tearing down homes like this. >> and could arsenal keep up with hull? we'll take a look at the english premier league. >> the protests in thailand appear to be dying down for the kings' birthday. the protesters are calling for the government to step down. the loyalty to the king is bringing rival sides together. we have reports from bangkok. >> reporter: in less than a day it went from rows of riot police to rows of street sweepers.
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crews scrubbed the area around the government area. traveling in from the privileged part of ban bangkok, the two hae been friends for years. >> we make a point, and we make our presence felt, and that even the goal may be remote. >> reporter: that goal being the resignation of prime minister yingluck shinawatra. >> they say they don't care about millions of people who come out. they still think that things are normal. >> reporter: on the other side of town they're not cleaning up. there is protesting, they came from headquarters demanding there be investigations in the shootings over the weekend. they came in for a couple of hours and then left peacefully
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the friends worked for the same company and had been protesting forever. >> how do you think the future looks right now? >> everybody is expecting the labor revolution. >> it's by not going, the lesion. >> reporter: the army made it clear, it's staying neutral. since there has been no movement by either said it's stiff to see what would that he can mis--sait to see what would be missed. >> here there is little doubt who is supported in thailand's
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battlefield. the result communities have stronstrongholds for the govern. a tapioca farmer and a red shirt, a movement that brought the government to power during the election, and is vowing to keep it there. >> a government that comes from the majority will survive. ther. >> the prime minister, yingluck shinawatra, easily won the last election in areas like this. her brother built his power policy by favoring the poor. he still lives in self-imposed exile. this current political christ wamovementwas sparked.
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>> he runs a community station which makes no claim to being politically independent. he said that people are still angry and they'll invade bangkok in big numbers if it happens again to his system. >> if the army sends the tanks onto the streets, you'll see the grassroots and red shirts come out to offer protection. you'll see it will be a riot. >> even texa his staunchest supporters, he still did things for him which others had not. >> he did everything for us. that's why we love him. >> reporter: the people of the north-northeast claim that their dismiss of the east is naive. but what they know now despite
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the party winning, they're now facing another fight. >> thousands of protesters have formed a human chain around japan's parliament. they were protesting against the state's act. istreet act. and it will redefine state. cobald was being transferred from the north to a decommissioning site, and two gunmen side it up at a service station before taking off. >> according' to one of the leading officials from the incomes coast safety commission this is the largest amount of
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radioactive materials and perhaps the thieves who took this were robbing a truck, and they robbed a truck with this cobalt 60. he said the driver's testimony points to the fact that these people did not know about this material. he said other amounts of radioactive components has been stolen. and fierce it will end up in the wrong hands. we are talking about a country where.
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>> the looters and robbers came out in force. sacking supermarkets, they enjoyed a free reign after the police refused to leave their bearics. they went out on strike after negotiation broke down. arrival of argentina president had apprised that her government denied appeals for reinforcement. and accused churc accuse kirchn. >> it has to do with salaries, and it falls exclusively on the government. >> reporter: the governor claimed that the police walked off their jobs in retaliation for his decision to shut down more than 100 brothels which had
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been paying off corrupt officers. the police began return to go work an they were offered salaries and increases in bonuses, which will make them the best paid in this country. >> they'll return to the people. >> meanwhile, 2,000 border police were dealing deployed to help restore order. >> still on the news al jazeera news house. imagine spending three days at the bottom of the associatio oc. one man did it. >> nicotine advertising has found its way back on television in the united states. this time through electronic cigarettes. coming up, are e cigarettes any safer, and should they be regulated? >> that's coming up in sports. we'll tell you why england's
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cricketers are seeking redemption in the city of churches. we have coming up later.
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>> protesters end the stand off against the government. n.a.t.o. enforce police and thousands remain camped out in the capitol. thousands gather in lebanon for the funeral of a hezbollah leader. hezbollah said israel is to blame. lawmakers in france has passed a new bill imposing a fine on anyone paying for sex as a way to fight human trafficking and decriminalize prostitution. we have this report from the
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cap toll. >> she is shocked to hear an estimate the $4 million is missing from the budget. money give to the government by international donors. but he said he never benefited from aid anywhere. >> we hear about donors assisting this country. i don't get help. i have to fend for myself. >> eliza duncan knows of those who give seeds and fertilizers at discounts because of funding, but she never sees it. >> some donors are not giving malawi government mone money acg them of stealing it. >> when we have people dying in the hospitals and people are just looting the money and
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putting it in their pockets, it really--i was very concerned. and i felt like our government is not being very responsible for my money. >> reporter: critics say senior politicians are being protected. some individuals have been arrested. malawians have been asked to be patient with the judiciary. >> we say please, let's understand the system, and let's give it space. because if we miss it up from the government side of it, they are the same people who will turn against us and say you messed up because you're trying to protect other people. >> some people fear there could be shortages of basic commodities if money isn't pump into the economy soon. >> well, india is removing to budge on food subsidies as food talks continue in bally. hundreds of demonstrators have
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been protesting outside of the congress as they work out an agreement to reduce com commerc. >> food security must be respected. ththethe rules must be amended. >> it's known as the rust belt. once a thriving industrial region that is plighted with poverty and crime. as we found out in ohio. there is still hope for the rust belt revival. >> a crime-fighting priest on a mission. >> we're looking at six blighted
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house that have been used for gang hang outs, drugs, prostitution. they were havens for criminal behavior. we needed to get rid of them. >> he convinced the city to give them turn abandoned homes no parks. >> in the last two years violent crime has been cut in half. >> part of a very null project going throughout blighted youngstown, ohio, which has lost half of its population since the 70s. >> it had that huge tsunami that hit town. it's taken 30 years for the waters to reseed. and there are many houses left over. >> they're tearing down the
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homes. >> we would offer the house through website and other means to someone who intends to renovate it. >> every house that is torn down is one less neighborhood eyesore. this is slated for demolition in a few days. >> other rust belt cities have turned to projects for revival like gary, indiana's convention center. >> i think putting too lofty of a goal up there, if you don't get there, people say everything was for not, or it was a failure. if we can do some smaller things to get momentum going. >> the thinking is by going small they give themselves room to grow. al jazeera, youngstown, ohio. >> the most senior law officer
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in england and wales to top using twitter from influencing court cases. >> reporter: yes, the attorney general wants to assure everyone online knows the dangers of writing about legal issues. face book and twitter are subject to the same laws of mainstream media in england and wales. those writing a law cases could be fined or sent it jail. some people were fined for naming the woman who had been raped. it's illegal to name victims. this is a certain type of court case that often draws comments from social media use
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users. >> high profile cases that would attract an international interest, but there are quite a number of those involving high pro tile celebrities, politicians, companies, etc. and it's difficult. you look at the position in the u.s. where profession for publication of these sorts of comments, for contempt of court is very, very limited. >> reporter: german officials say far right extremist could be responsible for murders committed over the past 20 years. we follow a massive of review of unsolveds cases. two years ago police acknowledged the murder of these ten people were probably the work of a secret neo-nazi group. the last won surviving from this
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group is now on trial. an intelligence chief and top commander has died. he's described as torture under his command as efficient. he was 95 years old. in italy a landslide has turned through a town roads were disintegrated and buildings sank in the ground. so far no casualties have been reported. last year for the first time bicycle sales outpaced auto sales in nearly all european countries. demand for cars is it's a the lowest level. in italy the momentum is definitely on the side of the by absolutely. the car sales are down to where
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they were in the mid 1960s. and in a country synonymous with car manufacturing more and more pool arpeople are preferring pel power. >> cycle something a big part of life in sweden. 60% of people ride bikes as part of their daily commute and for pleasure. but only a third wear helmets. >> why should you wear a helmet? >> i crashed with a helmet once. it cracked in two pieces. rather the helmet than my head. >> when we were kids we learned to ride a bike, and we never used a helmet. >> two industrial students decided to create a helmet that people would want to wear.
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ho fting was born. >> they wanted something that would not interfere with their hair styles, and people were asking for something traditional. >> it is wrapped up your neck, zip is it up and activate it. now i'm ready to ride. >> the collar has sensors to determine when a cyclist is in a trash. when that happens an airbag deploys. each year 300 people sustain head injuries in accidents and experts say any initiative to protected riders is welcome. >> in sweden, we have many killed every year, of course its worrying. we are working now to increase
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the helmet choice. >> reporter: once deployed it can't be reused. at $540 a piece some see it as an expensive investment. but innovatesser are hoping that it will become a part of the biking uniform and turn traditional safety on its head. >> let's go back to doha and doreen. >> we're going to the united states because al jazeera's highways the story 2347 for more than a decade john smoked a back of cigarettes a day.
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he tried to quit but the habit was too strong. then he switched to electronic cigarette. it delivers nicotine without burning tobacco. >> food tastes better and i'm able to walk a mile under 20 minutes. >> reporter: it's vapor he's inhaling, not smoke. as a result, the 5,000 carcinogen are reduced. >> for cigarettes, it's the burning. and e-cigarettes take away the burning. it's expecting sales from e cigarettes could triple t. advocates say its safer than
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traditional cigarettes. but opponents say its still a form of smoking, and the marketing surrounding electronic cigarettes, it's ken sealing its danger. there are 250 brands of e-cigarettes being marketed in the u.s. and for the first time some of that nicotine advertise something on television. >> with blue i took back my freedom. >> advocates say they fear they're using an age-old tactic. >> it looks like they're smoking cigarettes. i think the e cigarette ads are promoting smoking. >> not all believe that cigarette are a gateway product to lifelong addiction. >> we have stalled in reducing our numbers of getting people to
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stop smoking. think it will be more the part of the inclusion than the problem. >> thrules could be released tht would bring strict regulation of e cigarettes. but until then they plan to push their products as a safe alternative for those who choose to smoke. tulsa, oklahoma. >> the countdown is on to the world coming to brazil. but fifa said it has missed a deadline. we'll have more in sports.
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>> well, a golden era in the history of hollywood could be in danger of dying. archivist say the majority of silent films have been lost or damaged or are even beyond repair. it marines one day stars such as buster keaton and charlie chaplain may be unknown to future generations. we have been finding out why. [ music ] >> charlie chaplain, one of the greats of cinema. he rose to fame during the era of silent films. a director, composer and actor, he's sign lette seen here in hie role. [ music ]
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airline motion pictures were caught silent because synchronized dialogue was not yet possible. the sound, full musical scores composed to add swells to the scene was added during editing. but silent film laid the groundwork for si cinema cinema. silent films lasted from 1912 to 1929. 11,000 of films were made, but only a quarter have survived in their entirety. another 5%, an overwhelming 70%
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are deemed lost because so few frames exist. one notable is this 1917 version of "cleo pat tradition." "cleopatra." the latest study released blames decay and neglect for the loss. the film was made of nitrate which was flammable and decomposed in decades. but there was destruction of prints and a part of cinema tography history. >> we will gather to sports news. >> reporter: thank you.sports.
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after a very tough run in december, they've got everton, manchester city, and consistency is crucial. >> to keep a consistency, and to transfer that into the games that are coming up because it's a very difficult time from the first. if you can maintain the quality in our gaming and/or concentration, and solidarity level we have a good chance. >> well, a busy night in the english premiere league. nine matches in all. chelsea will go to sundaying land. and there is another reunion, david moyes welcomes everton to you know, they're all
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good players, and i've got a lot to thank them for because they helped me win games. >> counting down to the world cup in brazil, but before that they have admitted that some of the stadiums may not be ready. a draw of where teams play. ththe new corinthians stadium is expected to be finished on time. the venues are top of the agenda for fifa meeting there. >> it's what everybody is
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talking about. what the stabia, there will be no world cup. the sports minister is staying very upbeat. he said even though two of those stadiums will not make the led deadline, some will make it. some are saying it's very ambitious, the pitch still needs to be put down. the roof is not completed yet. a lot of work needs to be done. clearly with no time to spare in brazil the talk is how to get the stadia completed, if not by the december 31st deadline at least by january or february.
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>> reporter: to cricket, england almost certainly will have to win the second test if they're to have a realistic chance. >> reporter: seeking redemption, england returned to a very different looking adelaide where they reported a crushing win three years ago. the oval is now a stadium, and they had seen a redifferent side from 2010-2011. there was a reshuffling of the england batting over leaving bell to take over the vacant number three batting slots. >> you let your cricket do the talking. last time we had the same hostile environment. it was towards the series where
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we played really good cricket. and that hostility changes. everyone was respectful, and in that last game we didn't do ourselves justice, and they got on top. >> reporter: coming back from 1-0 down is not easy. they were inspired to a 3-1 series win. fast forward to 2005, they won a classic series 2-1 having lost the first test. four years later, victory in the oval in a must-win game to regain the ashes, and last year alastair cook led his team from the come-from-behind win against australia. the win in brisbane was the first in nine tests and was the largest victories in terms of run ever record: but they're not expecting to see them fall
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so quickly this time around. >> we'll take attacks and take the test map. i think there will be enough in the wicket early, and i think reverse swings will be throughout the test match. >> reporter: they may enjoy this pitch rather more than brisbane. al jazeera america. >> reporter: for more sports go to our website at and details of how to get in touch with our team using twitter and facebook. that is all the sports for now. i'll have more later. >> we'll see you then. thank you very much. he was trapped on the floor of the atlantic ocean and some how unbelievably he survived. rescuers found the nigerian cook in a tugboat 30-meters
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underwater. and he survived on little more than a few cans of soda. >> reporter: this was a mission to recover bodies from a boat that sank off the nigerian coast. suddenly a rescue diver finds this. >> he's alive! he's alive! >> keep him there and keep him calm. reassure him and. >> reporter: harrison survived for three days in a pocketed air in the corner of this boat drinking water and a few fizzy drinks. 11 of his crew died when they are boat capsized and sank. >> what's your name? harrison? my name is colby.
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>> a diver called harrison from the sunk enboat. harrison is now safe. with the story of remarkable survival to tell. kate lan mcgekaitlyn mcgee, al . >> stay right here on al jazeera. we have more from the united states. it's back to your regular programming for your international viewers.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're foulinfollowing for. >> you i believe this is the challenging time of our tame. >> president obama said its time for a higher minimum wage. as the year winds down so does congress but big bills we main on the table. and looking for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. >> the clock is ticking on the first session of the


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