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>> welcome to the news hour. the top stories, no more hope, hundreds dead and missing in turkey's worst mine disaster. grief turns to anger. attacking boko haram, the group who kidnapped girls.
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and qatar changing controversial labor laws before the 2022 world cup. >> fifa end a 50-year wait in title. >> grief and heart break in turkey. 245 people are now known to have been killed with hopes fading to find more survivors, that number is expected to rise. let's go to andrew simmons who joins us live. andrew, it's really not looking hopeful in the chance of survivors being found. >> certainly not at all.
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we're in the second night now, and the position to the pit had a short distance from here. one of a solemn atmosphere as rescue workers out of the mine, and in a pre-session to the crowd, and hoping that their loved one had survived. rather ironic you see the blue lights there, and those evidences had 24 hours ago have been there to try to save beam's lives, so many people were rescued. but no, they're there to take the bodies to the mortuary.
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this has been a tragic day. it's the agonizing aftermath of every minor's worst fear. an underground fire with poise thousanpoisonous fumes. so many miners died together in large numbers. most with no means of escape. >> the fire started in a mine owned by a private company. 77 million people are feeling this pain, and it's hard to go through this process. we're sorry to lose the miners. i give my condolences to the families and hope that the injured get better soon.
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>> reporter: and their relatives had to wait hour after hour. the death toll kept increasing. >> we have been waiting things afternoon, and no one is giving us information. and the time couldn't have been worse. a shift change, a power failure, and there was no escape. >> reporter: it isn't hard to visualize the horror. the fire spread quickly and the poisonoupoisonous fumes, and hus were down blow. fire and rescue teams pumped
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oxygen into the pit. it's thought that most died from carbon monoxide poisoning. presidentepresident visited them whatever lies behind the disaster this country will take a long time to absorb the shock, and some will never recover. >> we saw the prime minister visiting the seen there but what is clear is that people are furious are his him and the government.
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>> there have been a number of protests. the protests here against the prime minister was quite small, although the words were quite vicious. he was booed, and it was quickly broken up. however, in anchorrer there was a demonstration there was a demonstration that had to be broken up by tear gas and water canon. in istanbul there was a process outside of the company that owned the mine. that was fourt forthright, but e have been demonstrations in the area where all the anti-government demonstrations took place last year. hard to work out how much is reaction to the allegations of a bad record, in safety and
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turkish mines that are well documented, and how much is jumping on the bandwagon of anti-government sentiment. how it will pan out is unclear at this stage, but that's dependent on the momentum it gets in the hours and days to come. but right now you're getting a kenpolitical thrust. it's where people have to go to one side to gather their thoughts. where rescue workers started out with hopes to recover people, saves lives, they have not been able to do much of that because it's the carbon monoxide gas that killed nearly all of these miners, and spread very quicklly by the fire and lack of oxygen and the impossibility of getting out that was an unimaginable
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situation and a terrible loss for turkey. >> thank you for updating us. andrew similar mondays in that mine disaster. police fired tear gas and water canons. they responded with fireworks. and protesters in istanbul accused miners of putting profit before safety. they marched before the headquarters carrying banners and black flags. we'll get more on this. i gather that you were very recently at the protest in istanbul. can you describe what was happening there?
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yes today we were demonstrating against the mine. at 4:00 and 7:00 we are demonstrating, and the police didn't let us demonstrate. just as they were shooting plastic guns as well. >> clearly a lot of unrest there. many people would blame the owners of the mine. many blaming the government for this. who do you think is to blame for what happened, and why are there so many accidents in mining in
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turkey? >> i think people think that the main murderer is got government and company. the lack of survey, causing main deaths because of contracting laws and working laws that have changed in 2006, changed by the development party, and and other cause i think people think this well the problems in mine. >> do you think this tragedy
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will make any difference? do you think there will be a government inquiry or any changes that will make things safer for miners? >> actually i'm pessimistic about it it because they have not done anything the kind of murder caused by a class conflict. since 2002, you know the development party, i'm pessimi pessimistic about it.
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>> thank you for joining us li live. >> thank you. >> the group responsible for a series of atrocity is planning another mass kidnapping in borno state. over 200 school girls have been missing for a month now. this idea of villages forming vigilanty groups against boko haram, is that new or is that becoming more frequent. >> reporter: no, it's not new or unusual. it was very important to, and sometimes work in corporation
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with authorities. those arms that we're carrying, the weapons they're carrying don't come from nowhere. what we have seen in the past few days the groups stepping up their activities. the shocking abduction of the girls forcing what the international has been intent. they need to push back these fighters and they're able to gain information. that's what happened today. and they were able to fight those boko haram groups 100 kilometers away, and we understand 40 fighters from boko haram were killed. >> that's interesting. and in the meantime the government still saying that it's doing all that it can to free the girls. what is going on with that? there was some indication that the government was prepared to
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negotiate with the kidnappers? >> reporter: it has been a very confusing pictures. for 48 hours i have been talking to several officials. and some tell you there is no negotiation with groups that they consider terrorist groups, but others tell you that all options are open, and what that means. now the meeting president jonathan said there would be no negotiations involving a swap deal where they would release prisoners in boko haram prisoners in exchange for those girls. it does not mean that there aren't any other forms of indirect talks, but also it is a very delicate matter. imagine if the government would
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b.the reality of what is going n i'm afraid is not something that we would be told about. >> protests have been held in nigeria's biggest city. demonstrators called on security forces to intensify their search for the girls. many protesters accuse the government of being too slow to respond. >> we have to fight to get these girls back now. we need to protect ourselves and put security in place to protect all of us. it's about protecting the whole country. these girls are a symbol of that. they are the first step we put our foot down and enough is enough. >> we want them to go get them. that's all we ask for. go get them. so we know we're protected at
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all times. >> a south africa court has ordered oscar pistorius to receive mental treatment. he suffered an anxiety illness and his lawyers say it could have played a role in which his girl was shot dead. a controversial labor laws in raealation to migrant works. >> companies will face stiff penalties for withholding workers passports. it's not clear if workers will be free to change their jobs if they're unhappy or get a better offer elsewhere.
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>> the moment we cancel the sponsorship system we cancel the requirement for exit permits from employers. when it comes to employers withholding workers' passports this will be illegal and the penalty will be $50,000. and they will no longer be responsible for workers. the laborer has to pay for anything that needs to be done. >> the proposal don't go far enough. >> there is a little bit left unclear in the air. we've seen the press release and we have many questions about what is meant. having said that while we would welcome the government's stated commitment, and the fact that it's beginning to touch on core issues, you know, we do not
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think these measures are going far enough. the fundamental cause of the afuses that we documented. looking at it from the perspective . >> still to come here on the program another sign of brutality in syria's war. both government forces and rebels are targeting medical facilities. the brooklyn bridge is falling down. it's a warning that only one of thousands of bridges in a
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dangerous state of disrepair. and roger federer's return to court doesn't go as planned. andy will be here with all the details. >> three police officers killed in a taliban attack in southern afghanistan. two attackers wearing suicide vests blew themselves up in kandahar. five police officers have been injured. ten soldiers have been killed in an attack of al-qaeda fighters. al-qaeda's last stronghold. >> this is to be an al-qaeda
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stronghold. the town is now under the army's control. and soldiers there say they are ready to capture even more ground. >> we control many areas now. we're preparing for an offensive against al-qaeda's last stronghold in the area. >> the town has been an al-qaeda base since 2012. houses have been destroyed in the intense fighting. thousands of people have no shelter. >> our houses were destroyed. we lost everything, and we're concerned about the ongoing military operations in nearby towns. >> troops have been deployed. al-qaeda's last stronghold in the province. they try to negotiate an end to the violence but the army said al-qaeda fighters have only two options, surrender or be killed. >> the attack by al-qaeda
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shows the risks involved in launching a major offensive against a group well trained in hit-and-run tactics. now force secretive forces are expected for revenge attacks across the country. >> now talks have been held in you drain aimed at ending the pro russian rebellion. we have more on that. >> thank you. well, ukraine's acting president says his government is open to dialogue with pro russian separatists but that group was not invited to take part in the hawks. we have one of the eastern regions on sunday. hi there. what happened to hose attacks today? >> well, the session started with a series of attacks on russia with president chrchinov.
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he said that they have resulted in an explosive situation. again, his words there. but then prime minister or interim prime minister yatsenyuk took the stage, and he played out the plans of what they thinks will bring progress. giving more power to the regions and said that in doing so held be willing to make amendments to the constitution, going on to say that that could mean perhaps some taxes were held back in the regions, and those taxes could be spent on regional issues things like infrastructure or helping local businesses. but interim president said that they are open to negotiation but not open to negotiating with what the government called terrorists. here's what he had to say. >> it is how being said we don't want to listen to the done estk
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region. but in order to do that there is no need to shoot, rob or seize buildings. we're open to dialogue, but they're ready for comprehensive changes. >> now critics are saying without involvement or without representation of the separatists there can be no real progress, these talks will stall and of course these people will continue to take over more buildings, and they'll continue to occupy these buildings. we heard today from the donestk government who said they have been negotiating with the separatists in the east, but they say the leaders and representatives continue to change. there are more talks planned for this coming saturday and sunday at the latest. there have been some talks that the round table talks could be held here in donestk, but there
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are security concerns around that. >> thank you. >> talks come a day after seven ukrainian soldiers were killed in an ambush. they are the latest in a growing number of casualties for the ukrainian military. a funeral has been held for another soldier killed on friday. reports now from eastern ukraine. >> in the hole of the theater on wednesday a family sobs uncontrolbly at the open coffin of their ukrainian soldier son. he was killed by a super russian sniper. the soldiers had entered the city to recapture the building from separatist fighters. among members of the separatis separatists. >> i don't understand why those
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in power sympathize with these unarmed peaceful citizens. it is because of these peaceful citizens that our soldiers are dying. >> the army casualties are rising. >> in an effort to suppress the growing rebellion in the east the ukrainian authorities are having to press younger and fresher recruits into the front lines. aftermath of tuesday's attack showed just how steep the learning curve is. two army vehicles were attacked, the shell casing caseings and dl evidence. >> it was hard to understand
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what was going on. there was shooting. peep were walking through the fields shooting. total chaos. helicopters were flying around. 17 of those were circling around. >> among the ranks at the funeral new units for deployment in donestk. it means that the units are in oh a fast-track training. eyegen asked not to be identified. >> a lot of us have previous fighting experience gained over the last two or three months. >> reporter: the prospect of a
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bloody ukraine continues by the day. >> for the moment we'll go back to julie. >> thank you very much. al jazeera journalist has been on hunger strike for 114 days. his attorney has asked to transfer him to a hospital. three other al jazeera journalists are accused of comparing with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. al jazeera rejects all charges and demands their immediate release. congressman jim moran signed a petition and sent it to the egyptians. >> we feel it is an affront to the principle of freedom of the
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press. of course it's an affront to the idea of democracy, the right to a fair trial, the right to defend yourself, the right to be charged before being detained. this is a violation of many of the principles upon which the united states is founded. and we would hope other nations would comply as well. we think its time to step up the pressure to the extent we're able to. obviously it's going t to be upo others in the region as well as the united states government. >> world cup fever is glowing. but what happens when they're off the pitch as wells a on it. more on that. >> reporter: in new york, thousands of bridges in the united states has been deemed unsave by the federal
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government. why isn't enough money being spent on repairing critical infrastructure. >> and the plans for a league that would revolutionize women's cricket. stay with us.
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>> in another sign just how brutal things are in syria, government in opposition forces have been targeting medical facilities. that's according to the group physicians for human rights. they say since the war began in 2011 nearly half of syria's public hospitals have been destroyed, damaged or made dysfunctional.
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more than 460 medical personnel have reportedly been killed. an estimated 15,000 doctors have fled the country. our editor james bays has more. >> reporter: a blatant breach of the rules of war. a children's hospital deliberately targeted and badly damaged. the geneva conventions protecting medical staff in times of warfare have existed for almost 150 years, but the comprehensive survey of attacks on medical facilities in syria reveals they are now being completely ignored. >> the medical personnel are in incredibly difficult circumstances. i've spoken with doctors in the field that are covering field hospitals. there may be only one doctor in an area that's treating hundreds of people. we know in homs there are three doctors working in homs. before the war there were 800.
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>> reporter: this shows a hospital under attack. physicians film themselves a. this latest research shows apologyalations were not by the opposition side. >> is there a clear picture of which side is responsible for most of the attacks? >> 90% of the attacks have been committed by the syrian government. >> reporter: we spoke to one syrian doctor who was in a neighboring country by skype. he did not want to be identified. >> being killed, tortured. >> reporter: this picture is one
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of numerous violations to international law. 49 doctors killed. 49 medical facilities destroyed in the last month. james bays, al jazeera. >> let's get more news you the glaxosmithkline is accused of a bribely operation. among them, the british man who once led the company's china operation. >> reporter: these charges if confirmed against one of glaxosmithkline's leading executives had more than insiders anticipated. the maximum sentence for bribery is life.
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but ten-years in jail is more likely sentence if found guilty. gsk's headquarters in london said that they had no idea of what was allegedly taking place. chinese police say travel agencies and consultants were used to transfer bribes to doctors. >> reporter: they said we take the allegations made very seriously. they are deeply concerning to us and contrary to the values of gsk. it, too, could face subsequent charge for corporate misbehavior. in video released to state television one of the joint accused alleged that mr. reilly sanctions payments. >> they once mentioned that costs would be involved. the response in english was go ahead. >> reporter: the third accused told police.
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>> i feel very sorry and regretful for the danger caused to society, individuals, and patients by the company's criminal activities. >> reporter: china is a key growth market for large drug makers which are counting on its swelling middle class to offset declining sales in western countries. tim friend, al jazeera, gsk headquarters, london. >> a british teenage who are raised more than $5.3 million fohas died from the disease. his campaign became well-known because of social media for his fundraising. syrian my grants in fly witnesses told police that migrants were held five days in a ship. some were filmed by mobile
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phones, which were seized by police for evidence. this year's cannes film festival in france is causing anger in the principality of monaco. we're in cannes. hi there, phil. >> reporter: hi, julie. anger is one word. awkward is another. that's the one that the star nicole kidman picked. her film "grace of monaco." she was asked earlier. the situation because this movie has generated a lot of headlines over the last few weeks and generated a lot of displeasure in th. >> if you asked why did i leave. >> reporter: how about this, a movie star playing the movie star who became the princess. grace kelley wowed hollywood and then swapped the glitz of movies for the glamour of monaco king.
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this year a movie about that very marriage opens the show here. but this is no fairytale, and there is just as much drama about the movie as there is in it. >> everything you say has consequences. >> reporter: the royal family is furious about this fame. as far as the palace is concerned it should never have been made, and it should be boycotted. the problem they have is that grace kelley was incredibly popular. 32 years after she died people are still absolutely fascinated by her. the more the palace tells people not to go see this film, the more it seems in general monaco just can't wait. >> will you be seeing it? are you interested? >> yes, sure, we will, we will. why not. >> i'm so happy they have made a film. i don't know what is in that film. i really want to see it. >> reporter: the princely family has been scathing in its response. the trailer appears to be a farce is the official line out
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of monte carlo with the actors and producers refuse to take in consideration the open aggravations made by the palace because those called into question the entire script and the film. >> there are negative aspects to this film. but over all the overwhelming opinion in the community in monaco is that they're really excited to see it. >> reporter: this film is about dispute, the one between grace and her husband, the one between him and france. and even its makers. the american distributer and the french director had a very public feud during the editing phase with two different version being cut. at one point the row threatened the movie from being shown at cannes all together, but they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, and grace of monaco is making headlines at the festival even if they are not the kind that monaco's current royals want. question is can grace of
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monaco be described as a bio pic, nicole kidman and the director said yes, it can. the prince of monaco said there is no way this can be described as a bio pic. we'll talk about a film critic were hollywood. thank you for speaking with us. who else are we seeing this year? >> we have the bio pic of the grate painter's life. it's a project he's been working on for years and finally got made. then there is "fox catcher." bennet miller not one of the familiar faces here. he did "monty ball" and "capote" wit"capote." >> of course, the attention moves after tonight, it to ten days away.
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people will be talking about it. >> i haven't seen any of them yet. >> what will they be looking for in a potential winner? >> we looked at the jury today. led by the only woman ever to win. and they are an arty group in a good way. gabriel garcia, willem defoe, sofia coppola, there is a wide range of high brows there and they'll go arty. this is not the case where you have a stephen spel spielberg oe jury. they have to agree with everyone else on the jury. >> the fact that there has been a loo lack of women has been a talking point. >> they named incredible figures today of all the thousands of movies submitted for cannes 7%
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were directed by women. managing to get 20% in the official selection is something they're proud of. but there is a problem in the industry. there is sexism as said today. >> thank you for speaking with us. it will be announced in ten days time. if you would like an early tip. the favorite at the moment is a turkish film "winter sleep." we'll find out on may 24th. >> live in cannes. thank you. that's all the news at moment. thank you. >> well, another extravaganza, the world cup gets under way in brazil in just under a month. there are growing concerns that the tournament can be disrupted by a series of stripes with even the police threatening to walk out in one of the host cities. we have more from the sao paulo. >> reporter: late last night in the state of 9 million people northeast of country police there unexpectedly held a walk
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out, a strike. this came in late last night. we're still trying to get information, but apparently what the police are doing there is showing up to work but just not going out on patrols. they're just sitting in the police station there. this is important because the capital of that state, a state of nearly 2 million people. that is a world cup host city. the police there are saying they want a 50% pay raise, but the government is only offering a 15% pay raise. this is causing all sorts of problems up there. the governor of the state is holding emergency meetings with the police right now trying to avoid a breakdown ahead of the world cup less than 30 days away. we are watching this very closely. >> what footballers have to say about the future of liverpool. that's coming up.
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>> welcome back. in the western u.s. a fast-moving wildfire has forced 20,000 southern california residents to leave their homes. they are battling the blaze in san diego county. the wildfire is 20% contained but also burned 27 hectares. the brooklyn bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the
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united states but it's slipping into a dangerous state of disrepair. the structure is just one of thousands of bridges across the u.s. classified as supportable tsusceptibleto collapse. >> reporter: the brooklyn bridge is not just an iconic tourist attraction. it carries 120,000 vehicles and thousands of pedestrians between brooklyn and manhattan every d day. it was never built for heavy track when it was built in 1883. for the new york department of transport has confidence in its maintenance program and how it assesses bridges across the state. >> we go out and take a look at every nut, every bold. this is what happened when bridge safety is neglected. in 200713 people died and 145 others were injured when a
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bridge collapsed in minnesota sending 147 cars plunging into the mississippi river. almost 8,000 bridges have been classified as deficient. that means they're in poor condition at risk of collapse if one single component fails. >> a construction lawyer. he believes that when individuals states decide how to spend federal money, public safety is rarely the priority. >> politicians do not think of fixing the bridge or fixing a road that is in trouble as a political photo op. >> the average bridge in the u.s. is about 43 years old. the design life is 50. the prognosis isn't good. >> so we've got a huge slug of
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bridges that are looking okay now, in the next 10, 20, 30 years are all going to need repairs. if we don't get going on the backlog now we can see a tidal wave coming in. >> officials do not seem to be overly appropriate. there is no shortage of solutions to stop deterioration of bridges in this country. what seems to be lag is political will. until that changes people will continue to risk their lives every time they cross a bridge, probably without even knowing it. >> let's go to sport. >> reporter: thanks so much. the first bid football final of the season just getting under way. they haven't won an european trophy since 1962. latest score is still 0-0. now tonight they have suggested
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they will be staying at the english premier club next season. suarez has been strongly linked wit,and he said he's focusing on playing for uruguay in the upcoming world cup. >> i know i have a good relationship with liverpool, and they may speculate too much. >> australia in the asian league. 3-1 from the first leg. a 2-0 victory on the night, and that was enough for them to
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advance into the next phase on away goals. seoul also in the final eight. they were beaten 2-1 at home by could you with a sacky in the second leg here. there were three goals with enough to see them progress. defending role master's champion in second round action. earlier on roger federer lost in his first match back following the birth of his second set of twins last week. roger federer did take the set 6-1 and would fall back to save a match point in the decider. going on to claim the tie break to win the match in windy conditions. one of the key events that start in 11 day's time. >> unfortunately it happened this way today. but you know, it looks like
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there was a shot at the match. >> defending on which side of the court you're on you need to use it to your advantage. it was okay in the second. you have to change the way you're playing a little bit th then. >> winning stage five of this year's you're owe italia after
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200 kilometers of racing. women's cricket with the introduction of t 20 tournament. they earn a lot less than their male counterparts. australia's world championships women convic crickets earn $49,. in south africa they play for a lot less. the people hyped the women's international cricket league would see top players. >> there isn't content available at the moment. now for that to happen it obviously takes money for it to
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occur, and if we can get some team sponsors, team owners and also the competition sponsors we can definitely get this up and running, and we can't wait. i know the players can't wait to play as well. we're seeing different teams, different nationals. i think that helps the game to internationally grow and the standard improve. i think by allowing the girls to play in a similar tournament, that will see the standards of the women's competition will improve. not only will the standard i am prove, there are access to different coaching staff that they normally haven't been exposed to. and they'll get paid. >> just to let you know it's still 0-0 between sever sevilla. >> that is it for this news hour for now. from all the team here in doha,
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