45-55 miles an hour today so still cold and dangerous to be outside. del. >> welcome to the news hour from doha. these are the top stories. gunman attack a hotel with tourists in tripoli. eight people of killed. >> adjustment president barack obama arrives in saudi arabia to pay his respects to the new king. >> argentina disbands the intelligence agency, accusing rogue spies of trying to undermine them. >> a snowstorm blows through the northeastern coast of the united states.
aa libyan security official said gunman killed at least five foreigners and three guards at a hotel. security surrounded the hotel. some tried to escape and that's when a car bomb exploded in the parking lot. we have a report from tripoli. >> we are now in the hotel where special forces have seized the armed group that in fill traded the main gate using a car bomb. there are ambulances on the scene in case they need to transfer any victims. also you can see vehicles belonging to the special forces, special forces have closed off roads leading to the hotel
trying to create safety in the situation. whatever the motive and the group behind this attack, it's clearer trying to destabilize tripoli. >> we can speak if i phone to a journalist based in libya on the road now. what new details have you heard about the attack on the hoe tell? >> >> there are varying reports in local media here at the moment, bearing figures of casualties thus far and bearing reports in terms of the nature of the attack but what we do seem to have confirmed so far is that this was a multi-pronged attack that involved a car bomb in the parking lot of the hotel. also there are reports that an r.p.g. was fired earlier this morning and gunmen stormed the attack. this would be the hotel. this was a very well coordinated
attack an audacious attack on one of the most popular hotels in the city, a hotel which housed a number of embassies up until the evacuation last summer during a mill is militia battle. the audacious nature search as signal in terms of security in tripoli. there are also reports in local immediately i can't that the prime minister of the self declared government here in tripoli was in the hotel at the time of the attack, and he was evacuated safely. all kinds of questions about how security at one of the best protected hotels in tripoli was breached in such a way. >> absolutely, it's very important point you make. we understand that the hotel used to be popular with
tourists but they don't go there anymore these days, given the security situation. >> well, indeed. the hotel is known for example when the u.s. mission the envoy is in tripoli he gives press conferences at the hotel. it's place where a lot of different officials and politicians will gather. it's a big meeting point in tripoli, as well as house be foreign embassies up until last year. it sends all kinds of interesting messages here, but this would have been considered one of the best protected hotels in tripoli. the fact that the head of the self declare government was in the hotel at the time of the attack shows that this was a very well protected hotel. >> just a final thought from you. how tense is the security situation in the capitol and how's the government likely to respond to this attack? >> well, you know, for the last several months, the government
has been trying to encourage foreign diplomats and companies to return to tripoli and trying to say that they have secured the city and are in control of the city. this i understand today, as well as previous incidents in recent months a number of car bombs by certain embassies will very much sane message that tripoli is not as secure as authorities claim it is and will undermine the message they've tried to send. it will be very interesting to see how the administration in tripoli responds to this. >> mary, thank you for sharing your thoughts with is. >> most foreign airlines flying to iraq's capitol city have canceled flights. a plane was hit as it came to land in the capitol. we are joined from baghdad.
jane what do we now know about this incident fly dubai plane. what can you tell us? >> iraq's transport minister held a press conference at the baghdad airport. his explanation however, kind of raises more questions than it answers. he has told the world that the shooting of the fly dubai plane was accidental. a senior member of the committee has been told by iraqi security officials that this happened during training, live fire exercises from one of the training areas near the airport. the airport is a huge complex and it also includes a training center for special forces and other security forces. to emphasize what he says is the fact that the baghdad airport is secure the transport minister got on a plane with the head of
the aviation authority and some journalists to fly around baghdad and to land, to prove he says that things are perfectly safe. that isn't the feeling among foreign airlines which have suspended their operation. the lone aircraft, passenger aircraft landing today apparently was an iranian plane carrying religious visitors. >> that's an extraordinary revelation, if it's true. however, there was a feeling that baghdad airport was pretty safe for commercial airlines, but all that have seems to have changed canceling flights in and out of the capitol. >> we have to remember how extremely sensitive the airlines are and insurance industry is. if an aircraft took off after an incident like this without making completely sure that security had been restored, it would involve vast sums of money as well as other repercussions. it's a very sensitive sector, it's a very sensitive area.
it doesn't mean, according to security officials including independent security assessment that is security has dramatically declined. we're not looking at the sort of situation we were a few months ago, when the very security of the airport in baghdad itself was in question. right now the area around baghdad around the airport is secured still by iraqi security forces and those iraqi militias, but clearly it's a major concern when gunfire like this and security forces at the airport say it's sniper fire, there is clearly a concern that it happened. the explanation by the minister that it's accidental doesn't really say a lot about the ability of the forces they're training so that does raise even more questions that will have to be answered. >> all right jane, thank you. >> greece's new leader is
appointing his new cabinet sworn in on monday. we have more from the capital athens. >> we have heard from senior sources within the party, one of whom has confirmed he will be in the cabinet. if i may give you a quick glance the picture of the cabinet that is emerging to isis one of the highly intellectual, academic cabinet. four of the five names we've heard so far are academics at universities here in greece. that means one, that there is a big in flux of new blood in the political -- on the political scene. the political personnel of this country, particularly at cabinet level has traditionally been dominated by party figures. this does not seem to be the case here, that is a major break with political tradition here in greece. the second thing that appears to be emerging is that the people
who are being named to these cabinet posts, because of what we know from their previous positions, from what they've told us in previous interviews, this lineup seems to be bearing out the agenda, breaking with the policies of the socialists and conservative coalition up until now. >> a shortfall in pledged donations to replace gaza has forced suspension of system repairs. family homes were damaged and destroyed during israeli's offensive on gaza last year. a spokesman for u.n.r.w.a. said the situation in gaza is unacceptable it. >> means that the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people will increase. it means the hope of repairing
the damage for tens of thousands of families will not be paid anymore. this means that the whole story that the disappointment of the frustration and anger is rising every moment here in the gaza strip and it's really very dangerous to everybody. right now the big pledge from the donors, arab donors did not reach gaza. we have reached money from others, but what about the billions of dollars that have been pledged? we have to tell the truth to the people, also to shout to the international community to tell them that what is going in gaza is unacceptable. we are in bad need for the first quarter of this year for
$100 million to continue, at least the proper process that we started just three months ago. >> lots still more to come here on the news hour. we'll tell you why some t.v. stations in democratic republic of congo face difficulties. >> in sport australia has a chance to win their first asian cup title with a spot in the semifinal against south korea. >> argentina's president moved to disband the countries spy agency. the announcement comes after a scandal involving the death of a prosecutor who accused the government of covering up the bombing of a jewish center in 1994. we have more. >> >> after more than a week of controversy and protest
argentina's president announce add major shakeup in the intelligence service. she says it will bring transparency to the agency. >> i have taken the decision for the secretary to be dissolved and for a federal agency of intelligence to be created who's direction will be led by a general director and another director appointed for the agency to function. >> prosecutor alberto was found dead in his apartment last week a day before testifying at in a inquiry into the 1994 bombing of a jewish center in buenos aires. he spent a decade investigating the attack and accused president fernandez involved in the attack to cover up iran's alleged involvement in exchange for an oil contract.
the president responded to the allegations she and her government are involved in a coverup. >> no one is going to blackmail me no one is going to intimidate me. i am not afraid of them. they can say what they like, make the accusations that they want to. let the judges call me, the prosecutors denounce me, they are not going to move me one center meter from what i've always thought. >> police are continuing their investigation into the death of the prosecutor and the bill to revamp the spy agency will be sent to congress. it will restraint the contact and influence between government officials and the new agency. >> we have breaking news out of tripoli in libya following from the storming of the popular hotel where gunmen have taken over the hotel. we are now hearing that the three gunmen inside the hotel in tripoli have detonated their
explosives so the three gunmen inside the hotel there on your screens have detonated their explosives. we'll try to get back to mary if i said gerald, a journalist on her way to tripoli to give us an update. women do that here on al jazeera. >> russia's economy has had a rough 24 hours. standard and poor stripped the country of its investment rating on monday and now is at junk status. we have more on what this means for the russian public. >> the bad news keeps on coming. shoppers in moscow already squeezed by sanctions looking on as the country's triturating tumbled into junk status. >> i don't see any actions of the government. everything they say and write remains on the page. i don't see anything being done to get life back to normal.
>> the realization that it's going to get worse before it gets better. >> i think it's going to continue for several years. we are going to fall further behind. then we will try to crawl out of it and that's going to take many years. >> downgrading russia's credit rate to go junk will further batter the country's global image. >> what are junk bonds? if an american investors purchases $1 million of russian sovereign bonds back in june last year, those bond would now be worth just $262,000, a 74% loss in an investment made just six months ago. junk. >> thomas levinson is a market strategist for a major russian bank. it said it will damage economic growth. >> it's a very differ situation and an acceptance to russian
growth this year will respect quite sharply. that's one of the main concerns of the credit ratings agencies, the fact that at the moment, monetary policy in the central bank of russia is very restricted at the moment. >> the russian penalty was remarkably upbeat about the months ahead. poo tin's confidence is looking less convincing as the economic onslaught on his country continues unabated. >> the great snowstorm that was predicted in the northeast of the u.s. isn't as bad as first predicted, coming despite a state of emergency remaining in place. a travel ban is still enforced in new york city and new jersey. the national weather service had issued a blizzard warning for much of the region, thousands of flights have been canceled. let's get an update from our correspondent shivering in the cold in boston right now. first an update on new york. is there a sense the storm
wasn't as bad as predicted? >> well, as you said, new york and its environs pretty much dodged the bullet authorities feared. the travel ban has been lifted in new york city and even the surrounding counties with a higher elevation. the same is threw of new jersey. there are some more severe conditions in coastal areas on long island and connecticut coastal flooding is expected and that will produce some damage. that is not out of the ordinary in extreme conditions like this. unhere in boston, it's somewhat of a different story. >> tom, what about the wider northeast of the country? how disruptive has it been elsewhere? >> right now in boston, as you can see we're seeing driving snow and this qualifies technically as a blizzard, three consecutive hours of driving
snow and steady gains of accumulation. i'm right here in the heart of washington on the boston common and we are feeling that pretty much. more severe conditions are located in the coastal areas of massachusetts and new hampshire and parts of rhode island, where there have been actually quite minor power outages the authorities said that they were pleasantly surprised at the fact that the power did not go out in places that they'd expected under conditions like this. that's because this snow was not producing freezing conditions, which drew down the power lines. the result was that in some communities actually, there were voluntary power outages for safety reasons but they now expect that this storm will taper off sometime in the next seven or eight hours and then as the governor of massachusetts said in a briefing just a short
while ago the major problem here is digging out. we should mention very few casualties. in fact the state police here in massachusetts as well as connecticut said they really had no problems, primarily because the travel ban continues to be in effect here, all nonessential personnel are barred from being on the roads and that means that they're enforcing it with fines and so the police really mean it and people pretty much are taking heed, as you can see the conditions here are severe enough that it's really not worth going out at all. >> i was going to say tom are -- i was going to ask tom if people there used this -- tom can you hear me at all? i was asking are people used to this kind of weather now? >> well, you know, the interesting thing is that many people who had heard about these warnings of blizzard conditions said that they'd had a relatively mild winter up until now, and that is true if you
look at the charts, so this was sort of an unwelcome reminder of what winters can be, especially in new england. people in new england are used to this kind of thing and pretty much bear it. right now coming up to this location, you can see that there are already snowplows clearing the sidewalks so people are pretty much ready to go back to business by tomorrow. >> all right tom ackermann there in boston. stay warm, thank you. >> so cold, even the video froze. let's get a check on the weather with richard with more details on that storm. >> where tom was reporting he's in a sheltered spot. the observations from the airport had means about 40 kilometers per hour. with air temperatures still at minus nine, that makes a wind chill of some like minus 21 degrees. the system moving northward is good news to some extent, because the southern part of new jersey has lifted travel
restrictions as snow heads up the low pressure center. the historical context you take new york for instance and look at the great snows the city has had, you've got at least four or five that have had at least 60 centimeters of snow. today you are looking at 30 center meters or so. in boston, we could see 50 or 60 centimeters are snow, close to the record. the wind is a major feature. a storm surge of one meter and you are looking at a 10-meter wave. that's something that could have within impact on the coast. moving through into wednesday we'll find that area of snow beginning to push away towards the north. there is much drier weather coming in across new york city, very very cold here with temperatures of minus three. hopefully the flights across the
region will start to get back to normal and that snow will continue to push its way across eastern canada. >> richard, thank you for that. >> u.s. president barack obama arrived in riyadh to meet the new saudi arabian king. we are joined live now from jeddah. this visit comes as a crucial time as the king takes over the rulership of the kingdom. what does riyadh want out of this? >> it's significant especially that obama is cutting short his visit to india and coming with a large delegation, very important delegation, and they already announced they would
have, it's not just to pay his respect but also to have a meeting with the king and his minister so that means they will at least touch on hot issues in the region. i believe saudi arabia is concerned, i would say in foreign issues with the united states the first one is transparency, saudi arabia feels that the united states wasn't forthright about their negotiation and secret meeting with the iranians for many years and that is at least would raise some suspicions about how could web strategic partners and hide so much information. the other thing -- yes. >> i was going to say that, i mean it's just to refocus on the point you're making that the relationship between washington and riyadh has been strained.
saudi arabia has been very skeptical of the low progress of security in syria and lack of peace talks between israel and the palestinians. >> yes that's true. now, you can add yemen, also on the houthi situation there. we found out recently america was talking to the houthis coordinating against al-qaeda and they are not clear about their stand on the houthi coup. the other issue is while they are calling for attacking or fighting that, they are being very quiet about similar shia groups who are doing the same, but to the sunnis and also hezbollah and bashar al assad.
>> what about the price of oil? there's a feeling in some quarters that the u.s. and saudi arabia lowered price to say bring about political pressure on countries like russia and iran. is that credible? >> well, the market forces say otherwise. nobody decipher on behalf of the market know what the price is. saudi arabia will not go back to the 1980's when they became the victim of the markets by producing so low until they lost their customers and their share in the market. saudi arabia is not going to sacrifice this time. besides, that's not going to help because other producers inside arabic and outside will cover for whatever saudi arabia is producing. at the same time, you know, it's
not bad that it's hurting iran and syria. that's something it's like something good in disguise and that's some of the benefits of the price getting low. >> we have to leave it there. thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us. >> a public inquiry into the death of the spy has opened in london. he was a critic of the kremlin and died from radiation poisoning in 2006. we have a report. >> it's a full eight years since the image of the dying man emerged and his case cast a huge shadow over relations between the u.k. and russia ever since. at this hotel in central london, he drank a cup of tea containing polonium and was dead in three weeks. russian agents including this man were blamed. it was described as an execution ordered by the russian state.
he had been working for the british security agency mix investigating links between the russian government and organized crime syndicates. to the furry of his widow the government refused to hold an inquiry. the man in charge of the inquest had to suspend even that after the british government refused to reveal sensitive information. last summer, four days after the makes airlines jet was shot down over ukraine british ministers changed their minds leaving many to conclude that they decided that relations with russia had got so bad, there was no point in denying an inquiry to protect diplomatic relations. his friends say it's about time. >> the inquiry has the option of holding closed sessions to review the files of mi6 where
as we snow already from the judge, there is prima facie evidence showing that the russian state sent those assess assassins. those inquiries will antagonize further relations between the u.k. and russia. >> this isn't only to decide how he died, but to establish who it thinks the most likely culprits were inevitably putting the russians under the spotlight. inquiry doesn't have the power to order them to come from moscow to give evidence anymore the british government can have them extra dated for the murder. most of the evidence will be heard in secret. maybe the truth will come out. in moscow, no doubt it will be billed as a pointless witch hunt. >> time for a short break here on the news hour. when we come back, live in
tripoli. at least five foreigners and three guards were killed. >> u.s. president barack obama arrived in riyadh to meet saudi arabia's new king. he cut short a trip to india to make time for the visit to pay respects to the sawed royal family from the death of king abdullah. >> shots fired at a plane landing at baghdad's international airport were said to be accidental, coming from an iraqi army training camp during a live fire exercise. >> holocaust survivors gathered at a memorial site in poland to mark the 70 year anniversary of the liberation of auschwitz. more than a million people, mostly jews were killed at the concentration camp. french president hollande as well as the german and austrian
presidents joined 300 survivors to remember the day. simon gregorwood joins us now. it may be 70 years since the camp was liberated but must be a very emotional time for survivors there today. >> yes, it is, absolutely. this is the place after all where those 300 far fewer than on previous occasions of course as the years go by, come to commemorate the families and friends that were wiped out here. they will shortly hear speeches from the president of poland in a specially erect tent before the so-called gate of death. this was rail terminal inside the auschwitz to death camp where many of them were brought on cattle trucks from all across europe and the notorious selection process took place between those worked and those taken immediately and gassed took place. of course, an extraordinarily
emotional time for them. the organizers of this event are keen to stress that we're in a transitional phase in the remembrance of the holocaust because we are now 70 years on and the survivors of people who are in a sense the living witnesses of the horrors that took place here are slowly dying out. i'm joined by robert singer, the chief executive officer of the worldwide jewish congress. there is a challenge here as the survivors die out that keeping the memories alive here will be difficult. is that a concern? >> that's a huge concern. 53,000 memories were taken from the survivors. we decided to bring 100 survivors and their
grandchildren, the next generation. we have some who didn't agree to come, some who came for the first time. people are extremely emotional and now the main challenge is to keep the memory alive and to bring it to the next generation, so something like this will never happen again. 1.2 million jews were killed from different places and we cannot allow that to happen again. >> we have seen attacks against jews in paris and uncovering of plots in brussels, police patrolling 16 goings and schools, president hollande spoke at a memorial event today declaring that france remains a homeland for the jews. are you concerned about the rise of extremism and anti-semitism? >> a week ago, i was in paris a day after the attack happened, having a meeting with president
hollande and we see how serious the french government is taking this. we saw the statements of the foreign minister of france and president hollande. we are extremely worried over this situation we worry about generally what's happening in europe with the intolerance and different things of this kind and specifically worry about the rise in anti-semitism. >> the ceremony will be underway in about an hour. it will be kicked off by the president of poland and then we will hear individually from some of those last remaining survivors the terrible memories of what took place here, 70 years ago today when the troops of the first ukrainian front broke through the fence here and discovered the terrible crimes that had been perpetrated here. >> simon, thank you very much. >> let's take you back now to
that breaking story of the gunmen who stormed a popular hotel in the libyan capitol tripoli. we can get an update now from a journalist based in libya. mary, the latest we're hearing is that three of these gunman apparently detonated their explosives. what have you been hearing there? >> unconfirmed reports as of yet, the gunmen who stormed the hotel detonated themselves. different figures are given of the number of gunman, hostages and casualties in what is as i said an ongoing situation. this attack today was rather well planned and sophisticated very audacious attack involving a car bomb in the parking lot of the hotel and then these gunmen
essentially stormed into the hotel earlier this morning. it comes against a background of a number of incidents in tripoli and recent weeks and months. there have been a number of car bombings outside embassies in tripoli, and just very recently, there was a drive by shooting outside the vacant offices of the unvp in tripoli an incident in which one guard outside the building was killed. a simple incident that points out the insecurity in the city despite the fact that the authorities in tripoli which is basically a self declared government which is not recognized nationally, those reports have been claiming that the city is secure. they have been calling on the foreign diplomats and foreign companies -- they have been call on them to return.
i think today's events basically give a signal that is very, very different to what those authorities have been trying to present. >> mary, tell our viewers about the hotel. it used to be popular with tourists but who goes there these days? >> it would be considered one of the if not the most secured hotels in tripoli. it's not not only popular with foreign visitors, visiting business men, also home to a number of foreign embassies before they evacuated last near during militia battles. it was used in recent weeks and months for press conferences by the u.n. envoy trying to basically get on track a dialogue offensive to solve the on going conflict in the country. it was a very high profile hotel and very symbolic target, if you like, for such an audacious
attack. >> mary fitzgerald there reporting from in between tripoli and riyadh about this latest attack in tripoli where we've just been told that three of the gunman that stormed the hotel have detonated their explosives. more as we get it here on al jazeera. >> human rights groups say police killed dozens of protestors last week in the department represent of congo demonstrating against election laws. the government has been criticized. >> this is a video filmed where demonstrators think the president is trying to change election law to say extend his rule. these protestors were pleased to
see the journalist there. after that, he was stopped. >> he took the camera, then fired his gun next to my head. he took the camera in the police car. i could not run away, because he had confiscated my property. >> the intimidation doesn't end there. this television station's been off the air for more than a week. it's owned by an opposition politician. the manager accuses the government of switching it off because it broadcast the opposition call for prosecutor test. >> the government says we must have democracy but we cannot have democracy without freedom of the press. since they closed us down, it means there is no democracy and there is no freedom of the press. >> during the protest the government shut down internet and text messages service. the radio station was switched off for a day too. this t.v. station belongs to the
catholic church. it is shut off by the government. now the studio is empty. the priests who run it say the reason they think it was switched off because they added the message from the opposition calling for demonstrations. >> there were dozens of more opposition stations still on air, but the government had to close the two television to say prevent violence and looting. >> we can't accept to use radios and television to call people to commit criminal offense to call people to kill each other. to call people if you loot. if you do so, we stop you. that is our responsibility. >> technicians pass the time watching football. the government said the closed t.v.'s will be back on soon. some believe it could lead to self censor ship. >> we have more on the story out
of tripoli where there was an attack on a hotel popular to foreigners. we have a report from outside the hotel. tell us exactly where you are and what you can see and hear there at the hotel. >> it is very tense here in front of the hotel where the attack happened that killed four tourists and injured 11 people. security forces here say that the operation to free the hotel and hostages inside the hotel is over and now they also say that they have found eight american nationals inside the hotel when it first happened. security forces say the attackers detonated a car bomb
in front of the hotel and after that, they got into the hotel and went right away to the upper floor, where they engaged in fights using hand grenades and exchanging fire with the security apparatus here in the hotel. they also used a.k.47 and they used -- now the security apparatus say that experts are checking the area, they have prevented any media in front or inside the hotel because they said that they need to check first to make sure that it's not going to pose any danger. >> this is supposed to be one of the safest hotels in the capitol. the question must be asked how they got in there in the first place. >> exactly. as you know, the security
situation is not very well prepared here in tripoli especially with the many armored groups. this hotel was very well known to have diplomatic missions and their international delegates after the latest attacks on foreign embassies and international missions here. talking about the security situation here in tripoli, it is -- it was not that difficult for the attackers to get in buildings, especially they used a car bomb to pave the way for them to get into the hotel. >> can you just confirm then that the siege is now over, but that the security forces are still surrounding the hotel? >> i can confirm that the siege
is now over. the security apparatus here say that they have managed to apprehend some of their suspects and they killed three of the attackers and they have also managed to safely rescue the hostages including eight american nationals that were inside the hotel when the attack first happened. >> all right. thanks for bringing us up to date on the siege that have hotel in tripoli. the siege is said to be over but security forces sometime at the skean. apparently they rescued eight hostages inside and a number of the gunman have been killed by detonating their explosives. we will bring you more as we get it here at al jazeera. >> the longest losing streak in men's professional tennis ends with a shocking twist at the australian open. more on that. stay with us.
>> very few organizations can say they averted 7 million deaths in the last 13 years but the global health partnership says it has done just that. now it's bringing together phone nors to ask for money to continue its operations. we explain. >> childhood vaccinations have long been identified to improve the health of a population, but for the world's poorest countries, their cost is still too high. the alliance was founded 15 years ago, started with an
initial commitment of $750 million from the bill and melinda gates foundation. many other organizations and agencies vaccine industries, private industry back the organization to find vaccines for the children living in the world's poorest countries. it's vaccinated 500 million children since 2000 and prevented more than 7 million deaths. now members of the alliance have been meeting in berlin, hoping to get enough money for the next five years. >> we've rat indicate small pox polio is in the end game, 95% reduction in measles. we've had healthier lives and stronger communities as a result and stronger economies. this is the power of vaccines. no other intervention touches so many lives on earth. >> the charity doctors without borders which vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people in poor
countries each year say it doesn't get access to the cheaper vaccines, instead paying much higher prices and as a result children miss out. >> some of the best, most important new vaccines to save children's lives the pneumo cocal is being rolled out we truly believe the price is not sustainable and can go lower. >> 300 million children can be vaccinated in the next five years, allowing it to build on its already successful start and prevent the deaths of a further 5 million to 6 million of the world's poorest children. al jazeera. >> time for the sport now. >> nadal has been knocked out of the australian open, beaten in
semifinals. murray a three time australian open finalist advances to the semis for a fifth time in six years. >> sharapova looking to win her first australian open title since 2008 will face fellow russian. >> australia will place south korea in the cup final. we of a report from newcastle. >> newcastle new south wales looking more like newcastle in england, but they have a very sunny disposition now their team on the verge of the asian cup final. their supporters are confident
the game will get more popular as a result. >> for australia it's reminded us that we are in the asian part of the world. it's been wonderful to make friends with palestinians, people from kuwait, amman japan, and hopefully tonight i'll meet some chaps from the united arab emirates. >> i think soccer's going to be the biggest sport for australia. >> you think football is really now on the up and up in australia? >> certainly is. the a league started that and now the socceroos, we have been been to the last two world cups. >> 23-year-old defender helped with the nerves of his teammates and put the aussies in front
after just three minute, almost immediately, it could have been 1-1. khalil beating ryan but not the post. australia made it 2-0 the u.a.e. filling to clear. jason davidson taking full advantage. >> the second half saw more pressure as australians were pinned back. they couldn't get that all important third goal, but two proved to be enough. australia into the final for the second successive tournament. >> it's australia versus south korea in saturday's asian cup final. the tournaments top scorers against the defense. if the socceroos can play as well as they did a third asian cup title should be theirs. >> to the democratic republic of
congo, tunisia need add draw to go through to the finals of the match. it was enough to earn a 1-1 draw sending them through as group b. runners up with tunisia finishing top. >> conditions for this decisive group game between zambia and cape verde didn't make for a great game of football. both teams crashing out of the tournament. cape verde have big footballing ambitions, came close to
qualifying in last year's world cup not to make it through to the world finals. >> equatorial guinea cohosted, much has changed for them since then. not many players are still in the sport now and for the second successive cup of nations, they have gone out in the group stages. it means tunisia and the democratic republic of congo progressed from this group. >> south korea's first olympic swimming gold medalist say he has been left shock by a failed doping test. he won at the 2008 games. he failed to place for the asian games. park was injected with a banned substance at a local hospital while seeking chiropractic treatment. they say the hospital told him it did not contain illegal substances. he face add hearing with the
swimming world governing body on february 27. >> u.n. patriots owner robert craft has defended his team against accusations of ball tampering. he believes the league should apologize to the superbowl finalists. the patriots take on the seahawks sunday. >> i believe unconditionally that the new england patriots ever done nothing inappropriate in this process or in violation of nfl rules. if the wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure on the footballs, i would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team. >> back to you. >> thank you very much. stay with us here on al jazeera. i'll be back at the top of the hour with another full bulletin of news. stay tuned. thanks for watching.
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