plate of people... >> techknow only on al jazeera america >> welcome to the news hour. these are the top stories. >> yemen's shots fired at an anti houthi protest as the rebels take the city's airport. >> libyan peace talks on the have this of collapse as fighting rages for control of the capitol. >> coalition talks underway in israel. the penalty says it's time to heal society.
>> in sports, football's rivals are about to meet in the english premier league he. pele among the spectators. >> in yemen houthi rebels captured the airport in yemen's third largest city. rebels fired shots into the air a disperse them. the fight is pushing south from sanna to aden where the president is trying to hold on to power there. an unidentified plane flew over the president's compound. the united states pulled out its last remaining special forces team, giving this explanation:
>> with each day houthi fighters move further south yemen's moving closer to all-out war, these are the rebels taking over the third largest city and here they are taking over the airport. here's what the reason might be. >> the houthis attacking through the air from sanna to aden, they now can attack aden through taiz, only minutes away from an air strike. >> president hadi is trying to hold on to power in aden. >> i stress the following the evacuation of all armed militias secondly, the withdrawal of all gunman from sanna and all other cities. >> that's unlikely.
the united states is pulling out of an air base in the south a serious setback for the fight against al-qaeda which has an off shoot based in yemen. >> this makes all the sense in the world limited number of troops there specifically to take on the war or the fight against al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula, they don't want those forces caught in what may be a full blown civil war. >> that would be a conflict with the houthis and al-qaeda possibly backed by isil, as well as various other warring factions. a nightmare scenario for washington and yemen's neighbors. friday's mosque attacks gave and you say glimpse of what a civil war could mean for or the near people in the arab world's poorest country. yemen's been dogged by a long running insecurity and now faced with a monumental security
challenge. al jazeera. >> military commanders in the gulf held an urgent meeting in neighboring saudi arabia. members of the kingdom's royal family gathered alongside other leaders in riyadh to voice their support for president hadi as the length mat leader of yemen. they warrant of the consequences for regional and global security and stability. let's take a look at the deteriorating security situation in yemen and how we got there. we have the who the's who belong to a shia muslim sect and have the backing of iran. the former president has his own force now allied to the houthis. there are forces loyal to yemen's president adou rabbo mansour hadi backed by the gulf corporation counsel. there are tribal forces at play here a regional wing of al-qaeda and yemeni branch of isil. let's take a look at where these warring facts can be found. the houthis control the capitol
sanna and are advancing south. supporters of presidential sala are northwest of aden and forces to president hadi are around aden where he fled last month. president hadi appealed for an urgent intervention. let's talk to editor in chief of the yemen post from the capitol sanna. yep's political problems are made more difficult because of all these rival groups and different factions. let's talk about the houthis first, what is their strategy and how is their alliance with iran playing out. >> the houthi strategy is to control all parts of yemen whether through peaceful ways or by the way of force. they are strongly linked to iran and iran is their only ally right now in the region.
it seems iran was enough for the houthis since they know how to escalate quickly when needled while adou rabbo mansour hadi's allies are going in gradual slow steps which allows the houthis to escalate quicker than anyone expects. they are raising vases calling for the halt of all military action and returning to the dialogue table. all political factions are called to halt any escalation or movement on the ground for the sake of the yemeni blood and return to the dialogue table to assure that yemen does not fall into civil war. >> we know he that the yemeni president has set up his base in aden in the south of the country. meanwhile, the houthis control sanna. is the country effectively split geographickically and
politically and what does this mean? >> the split is dramatic by now in yemen. president hadi controls aden, but does not control beyond it. the strategic location of staiz will allow the houthis to conduct airstrikes and reach aden within minutes. president hadi right now last night also took control of an air base which is 40 miles away from aden just to make sure he has enough capability to counter strike any air strike that comes from the houthis whether from sanna or aden. factions are trying to meet and call for a halt in escalation and give negotiations more time, especially between the houthi's and president hadi. >> just a final thought from
you. we saw the united states pull its special forces training teams out of yemen. what does this mean for the counter terrorism effort in the country? what happens now? >> what happens now the u.s. cannot operate in a country where militants are in control. penalty hadi is in aden but does not control many parts of the country. the houthi's even if in control refuse to have any cooperation with the u.s., so the u.s. had no other option and so the best way to deal with this is to step aside, because they could easily be blamed by the houthis for intervening in yemen internal policies. the evacuation of u.s. forces was a thing that the u.s. must have done to ensure they stay neutral between the escalation in both sides. there is no government in charge for the u.s. to cooperate with and deal, go on forward with its counter terror program. >> thank you.
>> in libya hopes of nailing down a political agreement are looking unlikely. peace talks between the rival parliaments are on the verge of collapse. on the ground, there's been fierce fighting in and around tripoli. we have a report from the moroccan capitol. >> libya's factions are undivided and unable to reach a compromise as delegations in the capitol try to stitch together a deal fighting has been flaring in libya. forces loyal to general hafta on the offensive to recan that at your tripoli. the attack was repelled by forces loyal to gnc government. one of its senior commanders was killed. the united states envoy brokering the talks is concerned. >> there is a new military
operation against tripoli. precisely in the decisive moment of the talks now a reaction to today is as strong as it was in the past. this is not only military activity, which is on the mind in the situation in libya and preventing the unity of the libyan ins fighting terrorism it's also an operation that we condemn in the strongest terms. >> the eyes of the representatives of the tripoli based government talk about the fighting. >> orders were given to defend the capitol. it is under control and tripoli is safe. >> the government in tobruk insists a deal is still possible. >> our biggest concern is to stop violence, fighting and the airstrikes. there are those who want to undermine dialogue. what happened in tripoli is an attempt to disrupt what we hope
to achieve. we are determined to go through with talks. >> after weeks of talks and months of fighting, libya remains deeply divided. in the east, there is a government backed by the international community. in the west, a government reinstated by the countries supreme court. talks have been overshadowed by fighting in libya undermining chances of reaching a political solution to a crisis that could lead to a full blown civil war. al jazeera rabat. >> we are joined live from rabat. another round of talks. what's on the table today then? >> well, basically talks have stalled six yesterday, no color indication whether they will resume today because of the on going confrontations in and around tripoli. the delegation from the tripoli
based national congress said it is not going to take part in talks without a final go ahead from the highest authorities in tripoli. they are very upset about what they consider lack of international commitment to press the tobruk-based government to put an end to the confrontations which are taking place to the south of the capitol, tripoli. verdel colt moments now for these talks. all indications suggest that they might end without any break through. >> you are there in morocco what are you hearing about the situation on the ground in libya in terms of the latest fighting? >> very critical. the top military command in tripoli has called for rein forcements from all different areas it controls.
basically from misrata and sirte and the western part of the country, they are con send straighting now hundreds of fighters and units around the capitol. they ever concerned that forces loyal to the military commander are trying to take advantage of the fact that most of the fighters are launching a military operation against groups to send fighters towards the capitol. they say now that they have more reinforcement and they are ready to repel any attack by hafta fighters in the area. very critical situation. it could degenerate into full confrontation between both parties. >> thank you. >> tunisia's president said a third attacker involved in the museum shooting is on the run.
interior ministry is urging all citizens to help them find this man, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact police. >> the government released footage showing two gunman during the assault. they shot 21 people dead before they were killed by security forces. 21 people have been detained in connection with the attack. >> tunisia's president spoke to reporters about the attack at the museum. >> there were three he that we identified and filmed with surveillance cameras. two were executed, but one is on the run still. he won't go very far. we are ding lent. we pay tribute to the police, especially the ones that handle terrorism. they were on silent within 10 minutes. we ask the people to help because the people are interested in this. >> we will tell you about the chilling message from a group calling itself the hacking division of isil, posting the names of u.s. military personnel
on line. >> the so-called miracle sea road. we join thousands of south careens celebrating a title festival. >> djokovic on course to defend his title. that's all straight ahead. afghan president ashraf ghani is speaking. >> these afghan soldiers are getting ready for a highway patrol. first up, a lesson in using an american-made machine gun. the men tell us they prefer russian weapons. this one, they say sometimes jams.
over the last five years the number of troops at this base near jalalabad has increased four fold. just as well, the taliban operates in many parts of afghanistan's eastern countryside. the base commander said the problem isn't troops, it's weapons. >> lack of air support intelligence balloons and drones ever affected our operations a lot. we should have an air force so we can destroy the enemy's bases. we're also very weak and having long-range weapons. these days the war has been modernized. we need modern weapons. >> even the food budget has been cut. there was no meat nor lunch instead, rice, spinach and potato. while most foreign troops have pulled out the size of afghanistan's army is at its lowest level in four years.
desertion, lack of recruitment and casualties are taking a toll. last year, numbers dropped by 8.5% to just over 169,000. >> the military leaders overestimated the strength of afghan security forces. they thought there were more police and troops than there really are. that makes it difficult to judge the afghan's ability to secure the country. >> 1300 afghan soldiers were killed last year. for many poor afghans it's the only job they can find. muhammed has to support 13 people in his family. he gets home every six months and says it's just as well he's single. >> there are provinces where boys are left for a long time. they get bored for nine, 10 months and when they finally get a holiday.
they go back to the military wondering if they'll get a leave again. that's why they don't come back. >> the road is swept for i.e. de's. they say if they had night vision goggles and jammers to block remote controlled homemade bombs, they could do a better job protecting people. taliban fighters are only a few kilometers away. the challenge is holding them back and it's one afghanistan is now facing on its own. nicole johnston, al jazeera jalalabad. >> an afghan woman that was livinged by a mob after being accused of burning the koran has been buried. their parents say their daughter suffered mental illness. they found no allegations proving evidence against her. 11 people have been arrested in connection with her murder. >> a group calling itself the hacking division of isil has
posted the names addresses and photographs of 100 u.s. military personnel on line. the message calls for fighters based in america to hurt or kill them. andy gallagher has more from washington d.c. >> this group calls itself the isislamic state hacking division. we don't know the source, but have clearly identified u.s. military personnel their names in some cases ranks and their addresses. they are encouraging sympathizers to kill them in that they said kill them in their own lands stab them to death as they walk in their own streets. the group itself, the islamic state hacking difficulties said they hacked military sites to get this information but people in the defense department here think that may not be the case. much of this information, those names and addresses was made
available on things like social media. some of these people are even in newspaper articles. many of the 100 personnel are said to have been involved in air campaigns in iraq, syria and yemen, but clearly this is something concerning officials here. all of the families now involved have been contacted by the authorities and military personnel in the u.s., reminded to be careful of their footprint on social media and make sure that privacy buttons selected. >> u.s. president barack obama says it's hard to find a path towards peace between israel and palestinian. it comes after israel's newly reelected prime minister benjamin netanyahu said a two-state solution wouldn't happen while he's in office. >> we continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long term security of israel if it wants to stay both a jewish state and democratic. i indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard
to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible. >> while u.s.-israeli relations worse send, the president is under pressure to form the next government. talks are underway between the political parties that won the most seats in the election. >> we've been through a stormy and passionate election season. this is the time of healing and fusing israeli society. the government that was chosen by the majority of citizens will have to answer to all citizens, jews arabs north south left, right, and periphery. >> let's go now to west jerusalem. >> it looks unlikely that anybody else will be tapped.
the leaders of the three parties include mr. netanyahu isaac herzog and the leader of the joint list, which is a grouping of israeli-palestinian parties which for the first time in history joined together and fared very well in this election. the president has been saying publicly for sometime now even before the march 17 poll that he would like to see a unity government between mr. netanyahu and at the very least his nearest challenger, isaac isaac herzog. mr. netanyahu did extremely well in this election, better than expected. it was a surprise result in that he gained over 30 seats in the
poll, still far short of the 61 that he needs to have an outright majority, so he has some coalition building to do. >> as you say the horse trading has already started, but what would a possible coalition look like? >> i think if mr. netanyahu had his way, he would effectively partner up with the parties that he did in the last election, including far right parties and religious parties but we heard just briefly a comment from the u.s. president, barack obama in which he said that a path towards building a palestinian state looks unlikely, in his words. that's certainly something that is going to be something that mr. netanyahu will think about as he forms his coalition government. was, it would be very easy for him to join up with his right wing partners from the prefers government but he may want to
present himself as a more doveish israeli leader. at one point he was effectively what's described as race baiting, saying they were going to the polls in the droves and saying that he has six weeks to decide what his coalition will look like, so we still have a built of time ahead before we see what israeli's 34th 34th parliament will look like. >> thank you. >> nato's top military commander said the west should arm ukraine so kiev can defend itself. ukraine's military asked for help to fight pressure pro-russian military in the east. >> in ukraine we see diplomatic tools being used, informational tools being used, military tools being used, economic tools being
used against ukraine. so we, i think in the west should consider all of our tools in reply. could it be destabilizing? the answer is yes. also inaction could be destabilizing. >> let's get a check on the weather with richard now with news of rain in the sahara desert. >> we've got rain in the south and the north which you wouldn't expect at this time of the year. we would normally expect five millimeters of rain, if that. there's a pro spect of more to come. you can see we've got the rain centered right across the southern parts of nigeria. temperatures are 41 degrees, the rain comes in the way of thunderstorms.
that continues to move through on into tuesday. this is very unsettled weather conditions across the coast. the weather is unsettled in the mediterranean. it's not just there we are seeing rain. here in the arabian peninsula it's very wet today. we've seen a lot of the roads flooded in what's been heavy rain and thunderstorms. here in doha, we've had 15 millimeters of rain, that's nothing more than a shower. we only see 60 millimeters in the entire year, so it is a lot of rain. the rain is stretched into iran and it looks as this frontal system pushes into the south temperatures just in the mid 20's. >> on the island oh of jindu in south korea a festival celebrating an unusual natural phenomenon, low tides creating a
pathway to a neighboring island. it attracts thousands of visitors. >> as the sea recedes people move forward from the shoreline. cautiously at first then finding themselves on a strip of land that stretches from the main island to the much smaller island nearly three kilometers away. then the fun starts. collecting whatever unlucky creatures got left stranded by the departing tide. >> i just found it now. it's an octopus. >> the story goes that a family left behind their grandmother when they were chased away from the island by tigers. grandma prayed to be reunited and magically the seas parted, creating a path across the sea bed that the family used to come back for her so the legend was born.
playing on both the natural phenomenon and local folk lower the community based a festival around the event that gross in popularity. >> we hope one day this will become a major event that represents the whole of korea. >> it translates from the korean as miracle sea road. a half hour ago this stretch of sea bed was below the water. half an hour from now it will be submerged once more and the miracle will be over. >> all the more reason to enjoy it while i have the lasts. this is the first time this family has come here. >> it's really amazing its good for the chirp. >> then as quickly as they dehe parted the waters returned. this time, the people receding, back to dry land until the next time. rob mcbride, south korea.
>> time for a break here on al jazeera. when we come back, nigerians are getting ready to go to the polls. we look at why water is still an issue for millions. >> we take a look at the dangers of being a mom in the tiny african kingdom. >> in sport barcelona can one the title with a big over their biggest rivals. that story after the break. stay with us.
reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. >> houthi rebels in yemen fired shots into the air in taz to break up a rally against them. fighters are pushing south in the direction of aden. president hadi is trying to hold on to power. >> libyan peace talks held in morocco on the verge of collapse. a top military commander loyal to the tripoli based government is among the dead. >> tunisia's president said a third attacker is on the run and urges citizens to help him capture this man. >> sand daylights in nigeria's presidential elections have until saturday for a final push on their campaigns. president goodluck jonathan is hoping for a second term, making security a top concern and
promising to beat boko haram. his opponent is focusing on the economy and battling corruption. >> we are joined live from nigeria's capitol. went that the opposition candidate, the general is boycotting the debate. why is he doing that? >> that's right. the opposition have basically accused the broadcaster airing the debate, a popular local television of partisanship, saying the station can't hold a fair debate, can't hold a partial debate. they say that the station has been behind advertisements and documentaries which are stoking religious, ethnic and trial sentiment amongst nigerians. there are a number of lawsuits that have been filed against the station by senior figures in the opposition to do with libel
cases, to do with slander, they say that the station has aired about them, so those are the main reasons the opposition has given. they say president good luck jonathan and the ruling party the people's department party have previously shunned three debates in which the general took part or was willing to take part. a.i.t., the frequent ken independent television say this is not true, that it is a fair debate and the fact that other presidential candidates, there are 14 in total are taking part and what the opposition is saying is not true. the ruling party and good luck jonathan say he he doesn't want to attend the debate and doesn't want to answer the tough questions. >> what's president goodluck jonathan likely to say? what are the main issues people are worried about? >> the number one issue obviously has to be the insecurity in the northeast region, which has been affected
by boko haram. i sense that the key issue will be why the sudden turnaround. in the last four weeks or so, the military have been able to regain a major town in the area, talking about an end to boko haram. wednesday, president good luck jonathan gave an interview saying it is only two or three weeks before boko haram is sorted out. that's going to be the key thick. corruption is another huge issue. under this administration, the opposition say the economy has been left in a parlor state because of monumental corruption within president good luck jonathan's government. they point to issues like $7 billion allegedly missing from an oil subsidy scheme. there was a scandal having to do with b.m.w. involving the former minister of aviation which were not secured properly. the biggest issue the accusation by the former
governor that $20 billion was missing from state coffers. that was reduced to 1 billion but clearly is still a problem even if $1 billion cannot be accounted for. i think finally the serious issues of unemployment, how to create jobs for the millions of people unemployed, unemployment is 20%. finally, the on going crisis of the power sector. we have a major problem with electricity supply here which is hindering the economy which is creating a situation where so many people can't run businesses without spending incredible amounts of money. those are the areas i think will be the focus of the debate. >> thank you. >> security in the battle against boko haram have dominated the campaign, but there are still many other issues nigerians want to address, including water shortages. we report from nigerians biggest
city lagos. >> on a good day the city's water supplies 945 million-liters of water and now for 7 million of the 20 million residents. that is where the water vendors come in, to fill a void and supply the rest of the population. >> it's a heckic job as the demand for water is high, and we have to work long hours. it pace well. >> their customers are far from happy, though. she is a housewife. she spent money every month on war from the vendors. >> i feel bad i think very, very bad. i think the government should come and help us to put water for us. >> another group cashing in on the water shortage are the
owners of the growing number of water treatment and bottling plants. this structure alone produces 1.5 million bottles of water a day. >> there is no end in sight. with at least 1,500 people moving from other parts of the country to the city every day its population will hilt half a million in just five years. death handled for water by 2020 is expected to rise by a billion liters a day. >> the city water company says it can't afford the massive cost of improving and expanding. >> we have put in place the master plan to develop about eight large water schemes to be able to support a megac.d. we are looking at an investment of about $3.5 billion. that is an investment that the state government cannot solely
fund. >> the state government is now looking for private investors. without them, the people will continue to struggle for good, safe drinking water. al jazeera nigeria. >> let's talk to zeina a phd candidate specializing in nigeria politics and economic reform joining us live from oxford in england. let's talk about the chronic water shortages in nigeria. how badr they and is the problem that the government has failed to invest properly in infrastructure? >> thank you for having me. yes, it is very chronic although your report sort of focuses on lagos, it is prevalent across the country. you know, as you mentioned, it
has to do with a affiliate invest properly. it speaks to the general infrastructural deficit across the country. one has to ask why nigeria which is immensely rich in human and natural resources is struggling to provide something as basic as water to the mass generality of its population. i think you have to ask that question really why. >> we'll come back to the issue of oil in a second. we've seen that as a consequence of this lack of public service investment, which your talking about, we understand that nigerians themselves are having to build their own schools and hospitals. many of these are not even accredited. >> yes absolutely, which is why i mentioned that the issue of water has to do at the general infrastructural deficit. when you look at it across the board, whether it's power which
was mentioned earlier on, power shortages, a deficit in access and even quality of health care, education, even security, you find that there's an advertent privatization of public service delivery. nigerians have to provide have to get their own generators to generate power. many nigerians particularly the wealthy send their children abroad europe, north america or even neighboring countries like ghana and sudan to study because the public education institutions from primary secondary, at the timery institutions are really in very deplorable state and particularly the middle class, they are able to -- the middle class and people in lower income brackets are able to sort of patronize local private institutions. it really boils down to this did
he have silt across the board. >> let me he squeeze in a final question. we're running out of time. the million dollar question you asked was this question about 9/11 and oil revenues. many people say how can nigeria be short of oil short of money when it's an extremely rich oil producing country. the fear of course is that corruption you has eroded much of the oil revenues. >> yes. there really is an issue with corruption and the management of oil revenues. obviously, this is one of the major things in the campaign, in the rhetoric really in -- within nigeria, particularly prom the opposition party accuse the ruling party of not managing resources well, particularly in the last decade or so, where we've seen very high oil prices, one could even arc the highest in history so to speak. these revenues really have not been managed well to address
nigeria's challenges. one other thing is that there seems to -- we seem to forgot that this is a country that is expanding rapidly in terms of its population. take lagos mentioned in the report. >> i'm afraid -- we've just literally run out of time. thank you very much indeed. >> ok. >> for talking to us here at al jazeera. >> giving birth can be dangerous wherever you live, but imagine going into labor knowing you have to walk for a number of hours to get help. that's often the case in the small african kingdom with one of the highest rates of fatalities in the world. >> three quarters of the population live in rural mountainous regions like this. for most people here, there's no electricity or running water and the roads where they exist are
bad. some have horses to get around, but that's a luxury. at nine months pregnant, this woman had to walk to get to her closest medical center. >> it takes a long time. it took me three hours to walk here. >> she's arrived in the clinic early to stay in accommodation on site so she can give birth with medical care around her. it's a new free facility offered to expectant mothers. >> for the deliveries of my two other babies, i was home. i had my contractions at nighttime so had to chance of coming to the health center. >> the option of staying at a clinic before childbirth isn't available everywhere. 40% of women still give birth at home. that puts them and their babies at risk. >> sometimes women need to have
a cesarian but if she cannot come to the health center, she can die. >> many children won't make it to their fifth birthday. many of the deaths can be attributed to the high level of h.i.v. duties. the other contributing factor is the lack of access to health care. >> this is africa's mountain kingdom. for a heavily pregnant woman to walk long distances in warmer weather, but come winter time, this area is thick with snow. >> women are being educated on the importance of seeking proper medical care because so many of the deaths are preventable. >> during the time when we examine the ladies here when they come, we can identify the problems in time, and then refer them to the hospital if they have to go to the hospital. >> she is excited to be having her third child and this time she feels more relaxed.
>> this is a crisis, too many people living on too little land with too little resources. every five years, 100 million are added to the population. there are 250 million people. it could have the world's third largest population after china and india. >> we can't back off. this isn't only a threat to our country or our people, but to all of us, including the countries surrounding us. if our population keeps growing so fast, there will be a moment when living conditions will be under threat. we'll face shortages water rice and oil. what will people eat? >> in an effort to stop this boom the government
reintroduced the family planning program which was successful 30 years ago and encourage families not to have more than two children. the average is 2.6 children per family. many have a lot more. >> he and his wife have 11 children. doctors working for the family planning board have failed to persuade him to use birth control. >> i don't want to use birth control because i'm against it. i believe it's up to god to decide how many children i'll have. >> despite offering free birth control and regular visits of mobile clinics to neighborhoods the family planning board is fighting an uphill battle especially when it comes to religion. >> if men are worried about vasectomies, we will use religion to convince them. if we can't persuade them, we'll bring a religious teacher to explain to them that religion is
not against it. >> not many here are aware of the looming danger. it is hampering already quality of life. experts warn if nothing's done quickly, even basic needs will be at risk. >> family planning workers are trying to explain the urgency of birth control but have little staff and a limited budget. many don't know the program exists. >> what we see is that the government is not focused on controlling population growth anymore. we used to have a minister for population control and a family planning board with strict birth control programs. with democracy and reforms it's up to the people to choose how many children they'll have. the government hardly interferes. >> demographic experts ever urged the government to tackle this population crisis and assign more money and man power to promote birth control.
thirty years ago indonesia was recognized at having one of the world's best family planning programs. many say there need to be improvements and fast. >> time for sport. >> english premier league just kicked off pele in the crowd. both sides finished in the top four and qualify for next season's champions league. fifty minutes gone, scores, manchester united are winning 1-0. >> leaders chelsea in action later. chelsea three points clear of second place man city have two games in hand. >> we are there, we are strong, we are confident. we believe in our capacity to
stay there until the last match. >> since 1919 there have been two classico meetings. barcelona hosting madrid, barcelona the favorites. real should arrive the period rested team having not played since last sunday. >> there will still be 10 games to go before the end of the season. many of them complicated once for us, as well as the rest of the teams in the competition. i think it is important but not a decisive game. >> l.a. gal action eye were held to a 1-1 draw. great goal coming up here,
giving them the lead. >> in tennis, djokovic will play roger federer in finals, djokovic winning for a sixth straight time in the semifinal. the defending champion required just 88 minutes to win the match in straight sets, on course to win what is one of the biggest titles. >> roger federer it will be the 38th career meeting and a repeat of last year's final. federer aiming for an unprecedented fifth final. >> the northern hemisphere's international racket tournaments, ahead of england and wales ireland's win over scotland gives them back-to-back
titles for the first time since 1949. england beat france by a 26-point margin. winners by 55-35 falling just six points short. >> i think anytime you win a championship, it's just incredible. i don't care what way we play. to win a championship is an amazing achievement and an amazing feeling. >> england scored seven tries in their win over france. >> obviously i didn't see all the other games but ball in hand on a dry day, i was hoping for rain in scotland, we didn't get that, unfortunately. on a dry day with some great
talent in the hemisphere. >> a two shot lead into the final round of the arnold palmer invitational. mcilroy has slipped seven shots off the pace. while mcilroy did improve some moments of inspiration, he was left a nine under. >> i guess if i can get off to that fast start tomorrow and maybe if i can get like four under through six or get five under for nine or something maybe i will have a chance, but on the back nine, you know, it would have been nicer to be a little closer to the league going in tomorrow. i'm still there and i could score tomorrow. >> manchester united still a game against liverpool. >> the sport of pigeon racing
has become more popular than ever. the super rich in china are spending a lot of money on their new hobby. simon mcgregor wood reports on where some of the best racer pigeons are bread. >> in this box is a belgian racing pigeon called nicholas, something of a long distance star a national champion just sold to a chinese billionaire. >> this was the most expensive pigeon in the auction and also in the whole auction season. this is the most expensive pigeon sold since may 2013, who was sold for 224,000 euro. >> this is an exclusive breeding center. last year, $23 million worth of racing pigeons were sold from here mostly to china. this is where retired champions breed, with the all important bread in belgium tag.
to chinese fans, that means they're buying the best, court see of decades of competition and expertise. >> it's also a matter of maybe snobbery that people from china they have good quality pigeons in china but they prefer to come to belgian and buy pigeons here. >> birds are on their way to china, $911,000 total value. >> it's a long way from when pigeon racing was a hobby. using the birds homing instincts, races started with pigeons released hundreds of kilometers from home. owners anxiously wait forego them to come back or not all for a few hundred dollars. >> what's transformed what used to be a cottage industry into a multi-million dollars global business is the huge popularity of pigeon racing in china where millions of dollars change hands both in racing and gambling.
according to some, with that money has come mistreatment and cruelty. thousands of birds die during these races off the coast of taiwan. elsewhere, there's been doping, extortion and bird theft. >> the whole principle of pigeon racing is to send birds hundreds of miles from where they belong from their mates and babies and bet on whether or not they're going to make it back alive. >> a pigeon paradise, birds of very well treated. as you see young pigeons spreading their wings for the first time, it's hard not to be taken in by the original attraction of this sport the connection between humans and the birds who always try to come home. al jazeera abat pigeon paradise in belgium. >> you can keep up to date with all the news on our website aljazeera.com.
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