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joining us and thank you for joining us on > hello there. welcome to the newshour. these are the top stories. the vote counting starts in the thai election. it won't mean an end to the protest or political crisis >> i'm veronica pedrosa, instructions to the ballot means there won't be enough mps to legally elect a new prime minister. >> $4 billion needed to help up to 4 million syrian refugees.
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the task facing several countries meeting in italy. >> back from sick leave - ukraine's president returns to work to tackle those trying to force him out. plus... >> the bullies and bureaucrats of this country want to destroy everything. >> one man against the military. the 85-year-old canadian farmer fighting a social media campaign to keep the army off his land. >> well, it was an election called to try to establish once and for all who was in charge of the country. it appears the vote on sunday in thailand is unlikely to make anyone happy. protesters have been campaigning to force out the government for three months. no matter what is called, they are incomplete.
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this report from scott heidler u >> one day after national elections there are few answers on who will lead thailand or how it will be governeded. what is known is the number of people who cast ballots. the election commission says there was a 46% voter turn out, less than previous elections. one in 10 polling sessions were closed by anti-government protesters. protesters and the opposition parties boycotted the polling and in bangkok 26% turned out to vote. >> thousands of would-be voters filed police complaints saying they were blocked from casting ballots by the protesters. we spoke to their leader jang song-thaek as he was about to set off on a march. >> translation: no one tried to disrupt the voters. we are peaceful protesters, and we held a picnic protest on election day.
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we did not disrupt anyone. >> they'll maintain the disruption on the streets of ban cog. >> with election day behind them the protest leader will continue with his role to remove the government. they are dismantling the staples they set up during the campaign last month. >> post elections some see the protesters playing a role moving forward. only a supporting one. >> they have been very important element before february 2nd election. 3rd february onwards, they need to be there to create a simmering atmosphere for solution to come. they are not the direct solution giver. >> the government admits when the polls closed on sunday it did not end the political crisis. >> yesterday the collection give us a little more protection that we asked. so many powerful people who lij miss it by participating without
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violence. we knew the next step is has to be a bielection. >> a car um cannot be established until a core um is elected. until this happens the people of thailand remain in uncertainty. >> polling was disrupted in up to 18% of constituencies. candidates in 28 were not able to register to take part due to the disruption. a core um can't be reached in parliament to elect a prime minister. 95% is needed. there won't be enough. election officials say they can't hold more votes until the trouble stops. >> the big question that the government needs to answer and when will the conflict end.
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when it is over, we can organise a new election. >> live to veronica pedrosa, joining us from bangkok. any idea when we may get the initial results, such as they are? >> the initial results are not... [ technical difficulties ] >> clearly having a few problems with the connection to bangkok, always at the moment you least want it to happen. we'll try to go back to veronica pedrosa later. >> to other news, there has been three large explosions in yemen, close to the bank and the former president's home. the blast came after a car exploded near the diplomatic area. a mortar was fired in the direction of the french embassy. it's not clear who is behind the
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attacks. three have been injured. in the iraqi capital baghdad. four car bombs have killed 13 people and injured in 41. police report the cars in the southern and eastern part of the city were parked near a grocery store, vegetable market and shops. the car bombs killed 19 people. >> in the central african republic rebels have been kept out of an area. >> al-qaeda denied having links to islamic state of iraq and levant. they said i.s.i.l. was not a branch of its organization, and it was not in any way responsible for its actions. i.s.i.l. has been fighting with other rebel groups in syria.
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nighters are active in western iraq. 16 people have died in air raids in syria in aleppo. government helicopters dropped bombs packed with explosives and shrapnel. human rights group say most of the people killed from were the eastern districts and included women and children. >> a donor conference for syria is being held. talks did not produce a plan to get aid to the communities trapped. no food for medical supplies have been allowed in parts of homs or aleppo. no one has been allowed out. valerie amarks the -- amarks the u.n. humanitarian group says 3 million need aid. >> aid is offered to people inside the country.
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it has requested about $2.28 billion in funding for 2014. so far has received just $158 million in pledges. that's 7% of the budget. meanwhile the regional refugee response plan is being hosted in countries outside its borders. the union requested $4.6 billion. it received $517 million. 12% of what it needs. >> let's go to jackie rowlands, outside the conference in rome. >> what is the conference hoping to achieve. we had donor conferences before, haven't we. >> this is a technical meeting, it's basically enabling major players, donor nations others involved in the humanitarian areas to exchange information. it was not a political meeting,
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a meeting where policy or decisions will be taken. opening the meeting the italian foreign minister said that this was the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our time. due to scenario planning by u.n. officials, they are expecting the crisis to get worse, and by the end of the year for there to be more than 4 million refugees, most sheltering in neighbouring countries, particularly in jordan, lebanon and iraq. when we look at the situation inside syria, we had 9 million people, urgently in need of foot, medical assistance, chelter and a serious concern about polio. basically inside syria and for the growing refugees outside syria, an increasing need
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forrate. yet, as you mentioned at the moment, pledges and money given remains lower than those hired. >> desperate separation. thank you for the moment. >> the ukrainian president viktor yanukovych is back at work having been on sick leave for four days. he's been out of action at a critical time when the u.s. and e.u. backed calls for change. there was a call for presidential and parliamentary elections. >> live to al jazeera's nooef barker in independence square in the capital. viktor yanukovych is back at work and has plenty to do. >> he has a long list of things to do. his absence over the last four days kicked up a lot of questions amongst people in his own camp and the protesters here. the fear had been that he had been potentially using the time to plan another crackdown such a
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the level of distrust amongst the protesters for their president. as you rightly said, he is back at work. there is a long list of the things he had to deal with. they say that the concessions that have been offered by the president, including an amnesty law that was signed into being. that law would see the release of 100 prisoners in return for the opposition who gave up the square and control of the buildings they have taken over. also the leadership have to face the possibility of making constitutional reforms that would see the handing over of presidential powers to the parliament. all of that aside there is a growing feeling amongst the protesters that the only natural conclusion to all of this, two months now of a standoff between the opposition and the government is for president
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viktor yanukovych to step down. >> yes. remind us what happened to the protest leader who was injured. we gather he has left the country. where is he, what is happening to him? >> well, late on sunday night belt was taken from the hospital where he'd been recovering to the airport. it was not known until the last mnd where he was going, but it turned out he was being flown to latvia to the lith capital where he is receiving medical treatment. that all came under tremendous amount of pressure from the european union and the united states after opposition leaders and the ukrainian foreign minister met with top documents over the weekend in munich. the group that dmytro bulatov was a leader of, the automaidan group, responsible for staging convoy protests, driving cars
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around the square and up to the houses of opposition figures say that they'll continue their protest because their very figure dmytro bulatov is at a safe distance and they feel it's safe to uptheir efforts. >> thank you. i want to return to our main story, that all-important election in thailand. somewhat of an unsatisfactory election. let's take you back to veronica pedrosa, live from bangkok. >> thanks very much indeed. i hope the technical problems leave us alone this time because i am joined by the chairman of the center for strategic studies and nation group. what difference can this election made. it seems very unsatisfactory. >> it seems very unsatisfactory,
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and the money spent $3.8 billion does not solve any problems. election is a ritual. without transparency, accountability and good governance, this is not a democracy. >> there seems to be an unbreachable gap between the two sides. i heard some people say it's the worst. what's your observation in. >> i'm very, very much agree to this issue and i think the reason is the real prime minister of thailand is not in thailand, and -- >> you mean the caretaker prime minister yingluck shinawatra's brother thaksin shinawatra. >> that's right, he is calling the shots. negotiating is not an issue for thaksin right now. he doesn't want to negotiate. he wants to be a caretaker government until the longest that he can take.
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the thing is what is really, really crucial -- >> the other side, what they want seems to be anti-democracy. this is a criticism that we heard. why are they blocking the vote. it was a disruption to the ballot that made this unsatisfactory. >> yes, a free and fair election can only take place if the climate is correct. nobody can have control over the police, have control over the attorney-general's office. during the election ballot counting you have the police force, you can do a lot of things that you can never do as an opposition. >> thailand has been through social and economic changes over the last 10-20. in the past you'd have strong people stepping in to solve the problems. how do you see this being resolved. >> i see this as a very possible
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sign, and among the -- >> what, the election? >> yes, the election and the protest. we see all walks of life over here, they are not elitist as people have said, they are not royalist or the monarchists. they are ordinary people. most have jobs and families. now the farmers are joining the fray. they haven't been paid since october. the government have already overspent $680 billion on the scheme. and they are broke and no bank is willing to loan them more money, because this is unstable policy. >> it's a profound situation in thailand. >> we'll have to leave it there. thank you very much indeed. well, tabs on how things develop of course, as these protests continue, and the aftermath of the elections are assessed. >> thank you veronica pedrosa, live in bangkok. >> still to come - why voters in
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el salvador do be heading to a run-off to pick their nest presidentism. >> and in malawi we speak to the president about corruption and elections. >> and the seattle seahawks win their first super bowl titlement we'll hear from them later in sport. >> the election in el salvador ended with no winner. there'll be a run off in march. we have this report on the socialist fllm party and arena, the right-wing rivals. >> outside san salvador's polling stations the faithful from both parties campaigned until the last second. voters knew this was going to be a tight race.
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the two main candidates offered different visions. former guerilla commander salvador sanchez cren is the vice president to the flmn party and promised to extend welfare programs, his opponent norman quijano of the right wing arena party pledged to crackdown on gun firnals. the flmn candidate pulled ahead. it could be significance. >> there's a need to get this together and come up with something clear, collect with the people. otherwise flmn will win. >> a big issue is thou tackle el salvador's gangs. the 2-year ruse is showing signs of weakening. whoever is the president, that and the congress are major
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issues. >> for the flmn party this is seen as an incomplete victory. the 10-point lead makes it hard for the opponent to make a comeback. >> in costa rica the presidential candidate has a thin lead over his opponent after 75% of votes were counted. he holds around 31%. johnny araya has 30%. both candidates are short of 40% needed to win without a run-off. >> at least five have been killed after two grenades were thrown into a packed cinema in pakistan. the movie theatre was located in the city of peshawar. no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> people have been killed in protests after police raided a mosque in kenya. the building in mombasa was used
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to recruit al-shabab fighters. one man was shot dead by police and an officer stabbed. >> we can go life to the reporter. i know you are outside the court building where some suspects are being dealt with. tell me what is happening there at the moment. >> yes, i'm outside the court in mombasa where the suspects have been brought in. you see two truckloads of them, under very tight security they were brought in. some of their families are behind me. 100 people, where the clashes took place. we - here in mombasa it's tense, especially where this mosque is situated, and where the clashes took place. we went there earlier, and we met - the mosque itself is guarded fiercely by a muslim youth, some as young as 11 or
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10. we were stopped before we could get close to the mosque, by some children who were furious, telling us that the police stormed into the mosque with shoes and provoked and fired at this youth there, about jihad and islam. of course, the police are saying that that siren you can hear is more suspects brought in. they are going to be reigned today. they are laying down on the track so that the family members cannot see them. like i say, very tense. they do not want to provoke anybody here. they don't want to provoke the families that are here. like i say earlier. when we were at the mosque the youths were upset. the police stormed into the mosque when they should have. the police are saying that the
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youth were sought. i don't know whether you can see that. i am going to step out of the shot so you can see the shot. this is a large group. about 100 of them were arrested, and they were going to be reigned today here. >> were they all arrested at the mosque? >> yes, they were all arrested at the mosque, and what happened is that the police went to the mosque because they were told that there was a jihady convention going on. they had intelligence that there was recruitment for the group fighting in somalia. they broke up the meeting and told there were flags, jihad, flags of jihad with jihady
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messages, associated with al-shabab. they had to break it up, especially now. there's a lax in kenya. intelligence reports from the government of kenya, that al-shabab are planning a major attack on government instillations. police are saying that these are some things they do not want to have happen and some movements like this jihady movement cannot be allowed to continue at this time. >> thank you katherine. >> hundreds of people in belgium have been protesting to extend the youth nashia law. the proposal will give terminally ill children the choice to end their own lives. it's the number one destination for adults. the legislation needs to go
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through a number of senate votes before heading to parliament. >> the japanese government and a group of conservationists are blaming each other for a collision. let's show a vision of a ramming of the "sea shepherd" into a whaling ship. they want to stop japan culling 1,000 whales. japan is able to do so for scientific purposes. >> translation: such an act should not be tolerated. >> malawi president told al jazeera she is determined to fight corruption, with or without the help of international donors. >> aid is being withheld after senior government figures were accused of stealing $100 million. we joined the president at the
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start of her campaign in malawi. >> construction in the capital and the money shortages seem to be forgotten. the people in this district celebrate the visit of the president. joyce banda is accompanied by her liberian counterpart, here to inaugurate a joint electrical project. the orange colour of the president's political party is everywhere, making clear this is as much a political rally as a state visit. the suspension of foreign funding during the corruption investigation has hit the economy hard. civil servants' salaries have not ben paid. subsidies have not been paid. they may suffer at the poll. >> it's something ignored during the weekly meeting. all are aware of the political ramifications of a decision to
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resume aid payments, or not. >> it's not a political decision to take on 11 march. we'll take a judgment based on factual progress. it is for us to keep it out of the political debate. anyone that has a stake in the election will use it for political purposes. >> president banda insists she had a clear joys, to cover up and win elections or fight corruption. >> i chose to fight corruption. and i intend to fight it with or without the support of donors. as you can see, the people in malawi responded and see what i'm trying to do. thank god for this opportunity to save my people. if i go. because of the fight against corruption. i'll go soon. at least i made the first move. and i know now that any leader coming after me shall not stop,
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shall start from here and move forward. >> the international donors are pondering the options. ultimately the most important and lasting judgment will be that exercised by the people at the polls. >> it's about time to catch up with the weather. parts of iran are seeing a lot of snow recently. steph is here to tell us more. >> there has been a lot of snow in parts of iran, particularly in tehran over the past couple of days. here are the latest pictures showing the wintry weather, the snow falling at the moment. it looks like there'll be more snow. on the satellite you can see the area of cloud. it lurks down to kabul and that's where it will stay through the next 24 hours or so. along that line always we'll see a lot of grey weather and
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sometimes we'll see snow, which could be heavy. it will not be rule. as a maximum temperatures ea mati will get to 10. >> there's a bit of cloud edging towards doha. it doesn't look too impressive, but it will bring a change to our weather as we head through the next couple of days. through tuesday it will be mild, 25 degrees. it's 77 in old money. as you can see from the temperature charts, the reds are in the southern part of the arabian pens peninsula. >> for wednesday it will be difficult, cooler and it will be really very windy. >> thanks very much indeed. still to come - they may be cold, but they are learning. we'll have a report from the rev any camp in lebanon where syrian orphans are fighting to go to
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school. >> ahead tributes pouring in for award-winning actor philip seymour hoffman, who died at the age of 46. cristiano ronaldo sees red. that and more in sport.
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>> hello, a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. votes are being counted in thailand after a general election marred by disruption and process. election commission turn out was 46%.
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final results are expected to take weeks. >> ukrainian president viktor yanukovych returned to work after taking sick leaf. the prominent opposition activist has arrived in lithuania for medical treatment. he said he was kidnapped and beaten. at the donor conference donors will discuss how to help millions of refugees survive the civil war. >> as we know, many syrian refugees are hosted in lebanon. we are live from the border town where efforts are made to improve education for syrian children. tell us now you how they are doing this, how are they trying to educate children that don't have a home. >> education is a basic right for children. hundreds of thousands of syrian refugee children living in lebanon don't get to go to
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school. the lebanese government cannot accommodate large numbers of students. it would have to build new schools for refugees to be able to go school. this has left aid agencies, who are concerned about the fact that many syrian children dropped out of school around three years ago with no option but to build and set up informal schools like this one. >> in many parts of the world access to education is almost taken for granted. it's a dream. this refugee community got funding for a school four months ago, from a private kuwaiti charity. this boy had to drop out of school because of the war. his father was tortured to death in syria. this is what he promised his
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father, to become a pilot. >> it's the best gift i can be blessed with. i become educated. i don't want to be illiterate. >> most of the children are orphans, the fathers killed or detained in syria. most teachers are widow. the classrooms are freezing. it's where the children want to be. >> the school is more fun than the camp because it teaches us and makes us smarter. so we can go up to the second grade. the syrian curriculum is taught, but they don't receive certificates because it's a school, and for some it's time in exile. some of the children have not been to school for three years. although it's not a formal school, the teachers say any education the children get is to make sure the young generation
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does not turn out to be illiterate. they have been teaching in homs, that it is a challenge. >> we find is difficult to teach them because they left the school three years ago and didn't know how to write or read. it's a catastrophe, a tragedy. >> unheated classrooms and shortage of books and stationary are daily things that the students deal with. >> coping with lose is the worst. >> the orphans have been traumatised. they need sympathy. some feel the lose is immense. they have no desire to learn. we have to revive her hopes. the school runs a double shift to taxi 500 students. whatever they take from the school helps them to pick up the pieces of chattered lives. these are among the luckier
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children that get to go to school, funnelling in the school is a problem. the school administration says funding is simply consistent. there's not enough money for the classrooms. they are freezing at this time because the weather is cold, and there aren't enough textbooks for the students. sometimes they have to share textbooks, sometimes they go to class and all they have is a notebook to write down their weapon. >> thank you. a siege out of school in the north-east of moscow has ended. police say an armed student opened fire after he was stopped from enter a school with a weapon. he took 20 teenagers hostage before being arrested. a policemen and a teacher reportedly have been shot dead. >> farmers in nigeria say they are suffering huge losses due to cheaper rice being brought in illegally. the government will stop all
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imports, but high tariffs lead to a rise in smuggling. >> this man is planting the next crop of rice and hopes for a good harvest. he is one of millions of nigerian formers trying to cash in on a scheme to win nij earians off dependence on rice. small farms will be supported with improved seats and fertiliser to produce enough rice of their own. he is worried. >> translation: after all the toil, we hardly make any profits. we don't get good price for our commodity. there used to be commodity boards. now we are left at the mercy of the middlemen and smugglers. >> up to 60% of agricultural land is untouched as farmers, access to fertiliser and money to cultivate costs the the minister for agriculture says
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the government is determined to phase out imports in three years. we have been able to get $4 billion of private sector investment. today we have 70 companies. if you look at it in terms of what had happened to fertiliser manufacturing in the country, we have 5 billion u.s. of private sector investment in the sector. >> dozens of meals are set up across the country as output increases. but the challenges are huge for a country of 165 million people that generates only 4,000 megawatts of electricity. you can see how big the factory is, 24 hours on generator. there's about 25 there. we spent a huge sum of money. >> while the high cost of production and raw material is a challenge. there is a bigger problem -
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clogging the market with cheap rice is a big threat to production. there are statistician recording the amount of rice coming into the country. local producers say 70% is smuggled through the poorest borders. nigerians rice poses a threat to local production. unless the high cost of the production and the smuggling of cheap rice is addressed. the effort may fail. >> the first woman to head america's central bank will be sworn in. janet yellen takes over the u.s. federal reserve and worked out the fed reserve before. >> her main task will be to wind down the crisis and slow down bond buying without upsetting the market. >> now, an elderly farmer in canada is attracting international attention.
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he is resisting the government attempts to take over his lant and expand a military base. we report on the former who is getting tens of thousands of messages of support. >> tractor wheels crumping through the snow. 85-year-old glen myers is on his land. one of his ancestors fled what is the united states during the american war of independence. the myers family farmed her since. no more canada's government exercised legal rights to buy the land for an adjoining air base and force frank off. he says he will not go. >> i work for the people of this country, so they have food in generations to come. but the bullies and the bureaucrats of this country want to destroy everything. >> running a social media campaign from an old camping
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trailer as supportiers gather at the site, will not leave until the government gives back the farm. >> frank probably knows every inch of the farmland in and out. he's worked so hard, so long. it's an emotional tie to the land. you have to love the land. silence is a terrible thing. beconstructive, speak up, stand together. unite for a good cause. >> for now they delayed demolition of farm buildings. heavy equipment is waiting to roll in again. in canada the got can ex-prop priate land so lang as they pay fair legislation. >> the legislation is harsh and firm. it's meant to allow meantalties. this is king george iii. an 18th century land title is being defended with 21st century
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tactics, combining social media. all around are remnants of one family's history, and generations on land. >> david and goliath, one man verses the military. it's a compelling story. the government is determined to succeed with a done deal, no matter what frank myers or supporters may say. >> in case you haven't heard, the seattle seahawks won their first super bowl title. andy murray leads great britain to an historic victory in the tennis.
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>> hello again. welcome back. time to catch up with the sport. >> thank you so much. >> the seattle seahawks have won their first ever super bowl title, beating the denver broncos at met life stadium in new jersey. the seattle seahawks set the top from the outset, scoring the fastest ever super bowl points for the safety after 12 seconds. sean lynch ran in the touch down, storming to a 22-0 lead by half-time. it was worse for the broncos as percy harr van reached - returned the second-half for a td with the seattle seahawks winning 43-8. the 35-point victory margin equals the third highest in super bowl history. >> we just have a great group of guy, guys that feed off each
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other, and have the same attitude. guys with chips op their shoulder and overlooked, it's depressing to come this far, and the way the fans spofr us was agreement. >> we believed in our talent. we believed we could win. and do the right things. we did that. that's the best thing, we played on outline cylinders. >> it's a difficult pill to swallow. you have to find a way to deal with it and process it. if you can, to try to fuel it to make you a better team next year. obviously it's disappointing - there's a disappointed locker room, guys are disappointed. >> al jazeera's john henry smith watched the game for us, joining us from new jersey. seahawks pulled off an incredible victory. seems they have always been full of confidence. >> well, the seattle seahawks
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did defense and did it with a lot of confidence. this is a team that was incredibly unheralded. of the roster that they fielded, 70% came to the seahawks drafted in the third round or lower. that's a bump of unheralded guys that weren't thought of highly, but they came together and pulled off a stunning upset here in super bowl 48. >> the broncos well and truly beaten. peyton manning's future was up in the air. have we seen the last of peyton manning now? >> the indications are that peyton manning very much wants to come back. he says he's going go see the doctor after the season is over. of course, he had neck surgery a couple of years ago, and it was thought that his career was in jeopardy. he played two years since. he will have the injury
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re-evaluated, and assuming he has a positive report from his doctor, peyton manning will try to come back and give it one last horar. >> john henry smith for us live in new jersey following the super bowl victory for the seattle seahawks. >> athletica madrid are top of the spanish division for the first time, making the most of a shock loss to valentia. we have this report. >> an emotional start for atletico madrid as they pay tribute to a player that passed away on saturday. the boss played for the club for a decade and coached them on four separate occasions. it was fitting that atletico made this a night to remember. david veyar opened the scoring.
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the real damage was done in the second half. it was made 2-0 with the goal of the season. the third goal of the night came two minutes later. it eventually finished 4-0 to atletico which sits at the top of the table. cross-city and title rivals real madrid could claim second. it took 65 minutes to open the scoring through jesat. the joy as short lived as bill boo levelled the scores at 1-1. real saw red as cristiano ronaldo was sent off. the world player of the year reacting to a push. 1-1 the final score. two points dropped and a missed opportunity. >> so this is how the table
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stands. atletico madrid have a 3-point lead at the top. john barasso hold on to second. a big gap between them and the fourth placed atletico bilboa. >> arsenal beat crystal palace. chamberlain scored both goals for the gunners, his first of the season. they hold a 2-point lead over manchester city. >> we needed the three points. it was difficult. crystal palace is a united team. they are very well organised with a physical quality and impact. >> they dropped points to west brom. surrage put the reds ahead. they gifted west brom a second-half equalizer. the match finished 1-1. i'm not disappointed.
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we have four points from six this week. and tough fixtures. and there's another point away interest our rivals. so i won't be too concerned. bayern munich's german defense continued. they extend an unbeaten record to 44 matches. they opened the scoring after 11 minutes, making it 2-0 before half-time. after the break they found scoring form, making it 3-0 in 67 minutes. they seal the wind for the champions. they have restored a 13-point lead. >> the boston celtics snapped a 4-game losing streak. a season high hit with 19 points and 10 assists as the celtics
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downed the orlando magic. >> the winnepeg jets grabbed a victory in the eastern conference, the montreal canadians. the jets have the third-worst record. they are off to a good start. they put them ahead in the first period. montreal drew level. winnepeg stealing a 2-1 victory in the final period. >> italy is through to the carter finals of the davis cup. italy will play great britain, who beat the usa for the first time since 1935. wimbledon champion led the team. against great britain. they advance to the first
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quarterfinal since 1986. >> you are on the tour on your own. it's not like that at you will. the pressure, they've done a good job, helping to put me in that position. >> in golf american stab ler won her first title. playing on the home course they have done that enkourn, taking a drop from the practice. 3-under par six. bubba watson missed it, handing sadler a one-stroke victory. >> 5-time olympic gold medallist. the swimmer seen in happier times. his manager said he was affected by a combination of antidepressants and
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pain-killers. thorpe admitted to discussing from depression in an autoio biography published last year. that's the sport for now. >> thank you for that. >> tributes are pouring in for the oscar winning actor philip seymour hoffman. the 46-year-old found dead in his new york apartment after a drug overdose. we have this report. >> the cause of death under investigation. police officials suspect philip seymour hoffman may have died of a drug overdose. he was found by a screen writer friend who has not heard from philip seymour hoffman. philip seymour hoffman had many critically acclaimed roles appearing in 50 movies. hollywood chose to reward him for his betrayal of the writer "capoate." >> i think you'll like it. >> it's very masculine.
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>> in cold blood. >> he won the academy award for the best actor in 2006 for his performance, and received supporting actor nominations in his roles in "the laster", "doubt" and "charlie wilson's war." >> i spent the last three years learning finnish. i'm never sick at sea. i want to know why i'm not going be your helsinki station chief." >> philip seymour hoffman has been promoting one of the his latest works at the sundance film festival called "a most wanted man." he admitted to being treated for a drug addiction and spoke about a relapse after being drug free. it was wide by reported that philip seymour hoffman went through a drug treatment program for addictions including snorting heroin. >> he had struggled with addiction that have been beating
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it, and was tremendously talented, one of the most talented actors. >> hoffmann's family released a statement saying: >> philip seymour hoffman was just 46 years old. >> and the film and art critic richard fitz williams joins us from london. thank you for being with us on the program. where do you place philip seymour hoffman, do you think, in the modern era of actors. >> he was a remarkable screen presence. the cache that he gave to a film or a play because he was highly regarded on broad way could make it. there's no question he was not always reliable, but camillian like he created portraits. if you think of a variety of roles, where there was a
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charismatic charlton, character based on signtology and the master, or, of course, the cynical, fascinating writer in "capoate." what he gave to a role invested it with an undoubted extraordinary force. >> he was incredibly good at playing troubled characters. some say it reflects the struggle he had in his own private life. is that true. >> there was no question that he was striving. interviews showed that he drove himself so, as has been mentioned. he was out of rehab for 23 years, and this has come as a terrible shock because he was at the height of his powers. both on broadway in 2012 in "the death of a salesman", highly praised, and in many films where
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he relied on being superb, little doubt that he could be exhausted by the roles he was. and something clearly gave. >> what was clever and almost some might say unique to a few actors is he's able to inspire empathy with the worst of characters he's portraying on screen or stage. >> yes, it's like casting a spell and as a viewer, you fall under the spell, hence, for example, the master. you were fascinated by him. hence there's an erotizism by "capoate," and you are drawn into a surreal world. there's no doubt he could inspire pity. "bookie nights", a strong cam yes "and the devil knows", he
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gave extraordinary contrasting roles. supreme versatility and undoubtedly a remarkable exemplary professionalism. sadly the things that came to this because he will be missed and we think of what he could have given us in subsequent years. into a quick thought, not the typical hollywood actor. >> absolutely not. there's no question at all. he was robust, and undoubtedly a figure who had the confidence to try anything, and the knowledge that when he did it, he would achieve perfectionism, which he always did, but, alas, as we have seen there were troubles in his private life. old ghosts that hadn't been laid to rest. >> appreciate your memories of philip seymour hoffman, who died at the age of 46. thank you so much. >> that's it for the moment. but stay with us.
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