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70 years ago. but this time western leaders stay away. >> reporter: relief in liberia as the west african country is declared free of ebola and people from myanmar used as slaves on indonesian fishing trawlers. we hear from a mother who hasn't seen her son in years. saudi jets bombed areas close to yemen's international airport in sanaa, a day after the saudis offered houthi rebels a 5-day ceasefire from tuesday if they agree. no official word. for now heavy fighting continues. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: air strikes targetting houthis in sadr province in morne -- northern
yemen. >> the saudi-led kurdish announced that sadr is a military target and civilians are urged to leave the area. saudi arabian officers say a 5-day ceasefire starting from tuesday, but warns it holds it houthis stop targetting saudi fillages. >> translation: these militias escalated the situation targeting saudi cities fighting is escalating across yemen. tribesmen loyal to president abd-rabbu mansour hadi say they have repelled a houthi offensive in a province. a battle for both sides.
the province has most of the oil and gas reserves. >> translation: this is the front line this area was under the control of the houthis, now we have captured it. the rebels are regrouping and planning a counter offensive. >> reporter: in the city of tiaz pro-government traps captured the mountain. the high ground overlooking the city. these are some of the weapons and military equipment seized from soldiers of deposed president ali abdullah saleh. if the houthis lose tiaz, they lose a vital supply line for their fighters in aden. >> reporter: well let's speak to the editor of the yemen post joining me via skype. let's talk about the latest bombing. areas close to the international airport has been bombed. this is an airport supposed to
be receiving economic aid. what are your sources telling you is happening. >> that is true the air force has been targeted. saudi announced a ceasefire will start on the 12th, while on the ninth. the houthis wanted to have aid into yemen before the ceasefire and this is what caused them to attack airports. we know that you are trying to do this purply what you think. attacking the province. over the last 12 hours alone, 400 air strikes took place in the province and it's the strongest air strike over the last 48 days. the coalition has been trying to get people to leave sadr. they have been dropping leaflets telling them to evacuate.
are people able to get out. are they leaving. they wish to leave. there is no buses, cars active. the crisis is so strong that the streets - if we go on the road, you will not find cars or vehicles. there's hundreds of thousands that want to evacuate sadr and they can't do that. they are forced to stay home and risk their lives. a total of 350,000 civilians are stuck in sadr and cannot leave. it will give them a ride outside sadr and those that did leave were forced to go by feat thousands of families walking, tens and hundreds of miles just to leave and that's why many decided to stay back in sadr because of the risk they were taking. >> many people obviously, hoping that the ceasefire will
start on tuesday. what are people saying to you about their faith, that this will actually happen. >> i have been sitting with the officials over the last couple of days and informing them that public anger against them is at the highest peak. since announcing analysis for the ceasefire. since then there has not been a houthi reply to the saudis. if this may 12th deadline passes without a clear houthi stand or agreement, it could operate against the people with the houthis, because it reached the people who are starving and there's no electricity, no action to petrol or food. it goes back on the houthis if they go against the ceasefire. >> indeed. lots of people hoping the
ceasefire about start now 55 in mates and 12 police men have been killed during a prison break in the diyala province. more than 60 are missing after a fight broke out. the prison holds around 300 people the retrial of two al jazeera journalists in egypt has been postponed. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr have been accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. charges denied. they were released on bail in february after spending 400 days in prison. a judge dismissed the charges against them but ordered them to stand trial again international inspectors found traces of sarin gas in research sites used by the regime after activists reported attack in idlib. fighting in the area near damascus continued between
hezbollah fighters and opposition fighters for control of the strategic area. >> reporter: it's thought to be a battle of survival for the syrians. if the area falls into opposition hands, damascus would be next. it could cut off bashar al-assad at hits strong hold from the north-west of the capital. they say they are gaining the upper hand with few losses on the battlefield. 40 hezbollah fighters were killed before announcing a strategic withdrawal. the army of groups leading the fighting is one of many part of a new group. 15% have been left on the border with israel and damascus inspectors found traces of sarin gas and a nerve agent on the sites. samples
samples taken from experts in december and january tested positive. it comes with increased regime attacks, the latest of which was an attack in idlib province more than 70% were affected. >> we believe the record was straut forward and def -- straightforward and devastating in terms of regime use. as a factual matter it is true that no one is mandated to establish attribution for the attacks, and we need to fix that. >> away from the fighting in the southern city the opposition is restoring historical signs that have been damaged during the war. the product is aimed at clearing and restoring the town that has a castle and a roman theatre. a hope in a province that a new life without law may be possible. russian president vladimir putin is hosting the annual
victory day parade to commemorate 70 years since the end of world war ii. it marks nazi germany's surrender to the soviet union in 1945. it 25 million russians were killed after hitler invaded the soviet union in 1941. a military parade in moscow's red square is underway. many western leaders not at the celebrations because of russia's perceived involvement in neighbouring ukraine. here is some of what vladimir putin had to say. >> in the past decade the basic international principles have been ignored. those invented after the sufferings after the war. we saw attempts at a neopolan wore and forces gaining momentum. all undermining stability, our joint goal should be equal stability for all countries,
responding to current threats rory challands has more than the parade in moscow. >> >> helicopters, nuclear missile launch, tanks, soldiers in uniform. russia is in the middle of an ambitious military upgrade, trying to make the armed forces better equipped and more professional. other departments are suffering budget cuts, defense spending here has increased significantly, and this is a chance for russia to show off all that kit. another thing that is useful is rallying russians around the flag. it's difficult to overestimate the importance of victory day for russians. while other historical anniversaries like the baltic revolution, defeating the nazis is universally assumed to be a heroic achievement. add to that the number of people that russia lost, or the soviet
union lost in that conflict, and you combine sacrifice with victory. it's a tool for russia to be able to unify people, domestically, at a time when it's felt here in the country that russia is being bullied and victimized by the west. let's speak to the international affairs analyst, joining me from moscow. good to have you on the programme. leaders, including president obama not attending the commemorations. it's a sign, isn't it, of how cold relations have become between russia and the west. >> well actually yes this is because of their tangents presented between a russian federation, and some other russian western powers. i would like to say that these western leaders who missed this celebration - they are probably as there is a general opinion in
russia they are probably not taking - taking into consideration that those are the victims which - the people of their countries suffered during the second world war, and to a greater extent the russian public actually is not so much frustrated that a lot of western leaders didn't come to moscow to celebrate with the russian leadership and the other leaders, and there are more than 30 leaders from other countries, including latin america, china and india came to moscow. they missed a chance. this is - this is like they are inviting to a party, and instead of 10 guests, only eight guests are coming. the general russian mood is not frustrated. >> it's a stark contrast to say, 10 years ago when we had major leaders from france u.s., germany and the like attending.
how is it perceived in russia today. is it perceived as houthis standing up to the western powers? >> well actually. in russia in russia there is a great respect for vladimir putin, and they are taking his results. he is sky rocketing, and in general the russian public is thinking that the vladimir putin is doing the right thing right now, and probably he's standing up to the western leaders. he made russia resurgent in the coming years. and even this very complicated question of acute ukranian crisis is taking - in russia is perceived as the crisis which russia shouldn't be taking much care about. and the main thing, actually, that russia is a resurgent
country, and that is connected with the name of the russian president vladimir putin thank you very much indeed for that. speaking to us live from moscow more to come here on this newshour including... >> and, yes, we will deliver the referendum on our future in europe after a stunning victory in the u.k. elections, david cameron looks to the challenges ahead. plus, in sport - find out why lebron james was not a happy man during the n.b.a. play-off game. now, the world health organisation declared liberia ebola free after 42 days without a new case of the virus. experts are warning against complacency, because new cases are being reported in west
africa. let's look at where it began. the source of the outbreak is known to have been a 2-year-old toddler who died in december 2013 in gueckedou, south-eastern guinea. it was spread by thousands moving through the region looking for work. nine months later it was in guinea liberia and sierra leone much establishing how many died is difficult. a minimum of 250 people are confirmed to have died in each of the areas. the actual figures could be double that. by march the whole region was gripped by ebola. there were deaths in all of these areas. the hardest hit, the lighter areas that you can see down by liberia. each of those 500 deaths were recorded. again, we think it's probably a lot higher than that. the world health organisation estimates more than 11,000 died
from the virus. liberia was hit hardest, followed by sierra leone and guinea. liberia was affected. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: these students are the picture of health as liberia is declared ebola free. the virus has not been seen in this country for 42 days, twice the incubation period. >> i lost my father to the deadly ebola virus. now i see my country getting back to normal. i'm happy i'll see my friends play, joke, change hands. >> the people in neighbouring guinea and sierra leone are dealing with ebola. the world health organisation says both countries reported nine new cases in the last week. that's the lowest weekly total, but it means ebola is spreading. new cases in sierra leone and guinea puts liberians at risk. . >> we know that ebola, on the
borders, especially with sierra leone, the entry points in liberia and sierra leone, and guinea. >> reporter: the disease killed nearly 11,000 people since it was first detected more than a year ago. people with ebola get fevers, diarrhoea and often bleed internally. the virus spreads through bodily fluids and kills half that it infects. there's no known cure for ebola, but a vaccine has been developed. trials show it's safe and has been used to protect workers in guinea. >> like with many fatal diseases that are fatal we rely on a vaccine, trying to avoid capturing the disease is what will help the most. >> it has been slow to respond to the outbreak, despite warnings from groups like doctors without borders, who dealt with the early cases.
there are lessons to be learnt in the health communities. doctors in liberia are feeling confident. >> if it happens that we have an upsurge of cases coming back, that would be a new outbreak, which we don't wish for. but if it should come, from the case management point of view, we are very well prepared. >> reporter: 4,700 people died from ebola in liberia, more than any other country. it has got rid of the disease, and although there's a threat of a new outbreak, people are hopeful they have seen the end of the ebola in liberia breaking news from egypt for you. egypt's previous president mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison, plus a fine on corruption charges. that's a court appearance today. three years in prison and a
fine and is due to hear an appeal relating to charms on the death of pro -- charges on the death of protesters held on 4 june. we'll bring you more information on that as we get it the u.n. security council made an urgent appeal for calm in burundi, 13 died in demonstrations that began two weeks ago. protesters say president pierre nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term violates the constitution australian place say they prevented a bomb attack planned for sunday arresting a teenager in melbourne, and diffused three home made devices. the suspect is due in court on monday but there are no links with five teenagers arrested loft month on veterans' day indonesia's president orders the release of five political
prisoners. they have been in prison in papua for 12 years. they were convicted during a raid on a store house in 2003. the president granted the men clemency after the executions of eight drug convicts including seven foreign nationals. meanwhile in australia a funeral was held for one of those people. hundreds gathered in sydney to remember myuran sukamaran, one of two australians killed by inton asian firing squad after several failed appeals. the australian government called it cruel and unnecessary and recalled the ambassador to jakarta. indonesia defended the executions saying they were necessary in the war against drugs. 15 fishermen arrived in myanmar after being rescued by indonesia, fishing companies accused of treating them as
slaves forcing them to work long hours without pay, beating and housing them in unsatisfactory conditions. we met the family of two of them in myanmar. >> it was poverty that drove her son away first to thailand and then to indonesia. >> translation: we are a farming family, it is no longer possible to work on the farm. on the other hand we don't have money to start another business. the farmers were losing money and he needed to find a job somewhere else. >> this man told his mother he was working on a boat and he would be back in three years. those years have come and gone, without a word from him, until a few days ago. kt found out her son is safe, after being rescued by indonesian authorities, and will soon return home to myanmar. her son could be one of hundreds of irregular migrant workers, forced to work in slave-like
conditions on fishing trawlers, one company used a prison cell to lock up workers. these men, many from myanmar, were paid a pittance and abused, until they were rescued by indonesian officials. her son is among them. al jazeera met him in indonesia, where he's awaiting repatriation. it's small comfort. she didn't know if he was dead or alive for years. >> i relied on my two sons. i can't rely on them now. the more i think about it the sadder i become. i wish my younger son comes back soon. >> reporter: all she has to do now is wait. the police are in the midst of confirming identities and checking documents. they are hoping to bring them home later this month. there'll be more men and women hoping to leave home, eager for
better playing jobs abroad. despite ill-treatment that compatriots come back with now, a day after the election results in the u.k. everyone is still taking in the news that the conservatives defied predictions and won a majority and three other party leaders have resigned. to simon mcgregor-wood, joining me from london. this is a scenario no one predicted. what is the reaction today. >> reporter: a day of political hangovers, an extraordinary result an increased amount of seats, that has never happened. extraordinary including the polling. the "the daily telegraph" here,
headline banner for the conservative party talks of the chosen one in a reference to damn reports, "the times" not far off. the sweetest victory, and the "sun", center of the right, part making fun of david cameron's two defeated opponents, nick clegg and mr miliband - awkward - as they had to attend the victory in europe day commemoration yesterday. i imagine they would have rather have been many other places. "the guardian" is a supporter of the labor party, and there was one - the internal pages field with analysis of what went so badly wrong for the labor party, and how they can rebuild and search for a new and inspiring leader. >> awkward, i think, sums it up.
in terms of david cameron and his majority a lot of sticky issues not the least of what happened in scotland and the issue of britain stay with the e.u. >> yes, and a lot of commentators claiming connections with conservative thinking on saturday morning are saying that he'll have to move quickly while feeling this honey mon effect of victory, to tackle the difficult issues. firstly on the scottish issue, he spoke in downing street on the need to create a one nation from this election result. that will be very difficult, when almost all of the scottish seats in the westminster parliament has fallen to the scottish nationalists. he has spoken to their leader nicola sturgeon and he'll have to promise the transfer of pretty significant powers including, we understand, some tax raising powers to scotland to keep them satisfied, and on
the issue of europe he delivered on a promise for a european referendum. we understand he and his team is writing the european referendum bill and will urgently talk to leaders to get the reforms he promised so that come the referendum, he can campaign on behalf of the european union, the u.k. staying in the european union. a lot of serious issues, with a feeling he has to tackle them head on. >> thank you for that. >> turbulence in the weather as well. typhoon newall looking set to cause problems off the philippines. >> there's a lot of concern with typhoons hitting, after you think of typhoon haiyan. let's look at this one, there it is moving across the philippine sea in towards the country. looking at the bigger picture and the track of the storm system. it will make a turn to the right as it is engaged by the trough
at low pressure and pushing up close to parts of japan. it has a weakening system but gives heavy lane. let's look at the situation across the philippines. we are expecting it to make landfall. we have a category 3 storm. winds of 205 k/hr. before it makes landfall 0600 g.m. t. it's likely that the storm will reach a category 4 status. as this happens, we will see damaging winds and rain. the worst is likely to be on the eastern side of the storm. the eastern side is worse. it will not be as bad as feared. there'll be a lot of rain, coastal storm urges and big waves, but it will move away. it will improve.
hopefully this one not hitting the philippines too badly still to come on al jazeera, with the formation of israel's new right wing government we ask palestinian students what it will mean for their future. plus police officers in new york city mourn one of their own. 25-year-old bryan moore killed in the line of duty. >> and find out why this was such an important match to tiger woods. stay with us. just because i'm away from my desk doesn't mean i'm not working. comcast business understands that. their wifi isn't just fast near the router. it's fast in the break room. fast in the conference room. fast in tom's office. fast in other tom's office. fast in the foyer [pronounced foy-yer] or is it foyer [pronounced foy-yay]? fast in the hallway.
welcome back i'm ghosh, you're watching al jazeera. an egyptian court sentenced hosni mubarak and his three sons to three years on prison on corruption charges. it's not clear whether it will clear time served since the 2011 uprising there has been more saudi-led air strikes in yemen. saudi arabia meanwhile, offered the houthis a 5-day truce that could come in effect on tuesday if rebels agree to end the fighting. [ ♪♪ ] and russia's marking 70 years since the defeat of the nazis in world war ii. several world leaders watched the military parade in moscow. most western leaders were absent after the ongoing crisis in ukraine the death toll from nepal's
devastating earthquake rose to more than 7, 500. the united nations said it has received a fraction of the $415 million appeal for aid. two weeks later the damage is overwhelming. schools and public buildings could take up to two years to repair. damage in many areas hasn't been fully assessed. as andrew simmonds reports and the monsoon season weeks away the need for help is critical. >> reporter: more helicopters, more food supplies. after a slow-motion start, demands are gradually being answered. the aid effort is not keeping pace with need. the annual monsoon could mean districts like this one, in the north, could be hut off within weeks. in the east. where aid convoys drive through parts of the district, many destroyed villages are dependent
on deliveries of food. an extraordinary effort will be made by groups of students giving out food packs. >> some of them are among the poor. they are not getting a real lot of help further down the road, larger amounts of rice are now being issued. bigger problems than food lurk in the gloom. the help sign in the village relates mainly to the shelter. this person shoes me what is left of his home. he managed to build a temporary shelter for the family in the rubble. it is inadequate. >> tents are in short supply. the tremors continue, it is difficult to do anything. >> yet 15km away in the main down, where 10 days ago there was hardly any help, a humanitarian village sprung up. all aid organizations are moving in. drinking supplies are reaching
the people. no one is getting materials for shelter. >> it's more than a week since we visited. the situation for shelter hardly improved at all. everywhere you go people are crying out for tin roofs, plastic roofs, tarpaulins or tents. >> there's a long way to go. it's starting to get some momentum now. unfortunately, with the rain, there's a long way to go. >> reporter: back in this village they are living with no sanitation, infrequent water supplies, and the calls for shelter and help are unanswered as the aid convoys rumble past the coalition of rebel groups that took control of much of idlib in syria recently seem to be a result of an effort to fight government forces. rebels say they have enough
weapons and are better coordinated to take the battle to the coastal heartland of bashar al-assad. bernard smith has more from the border. >> reporter: this area is deserted. it took an alliance of anti-government groups three days to take this city from government forces after a standoff of three years. almost all of idlib province in north-western syria is under the control of the alliance that calls itself the conquest army. it includes the powerful al nusra front, and others. >> translation: in the last few months we tried hard to take the area. we couldn't. we were not coordinated or prepared. now the groups are united we took the town. >> most of the residents fled or are leaving, it's the strategic significance of the city that really matters.
>> translation: controlling this area means we can cut the government supply roads from the west coast to hama and idlib, and can launch assaults to the coastal areas. >> reporter: those coastal areas are the heartland of the minority alawite community to which the president belongs. they include latakia, the main port in syria, and with damascus is one of the most important government-held areas in the country. one former free syrian army commander tells us that the groups united under the umbrella of the army wouldn't have done so without foreign support. as an alliance prepared to move towards latakia, on the other side of the mountains, it seems better equipped and coordinated a container ship seized by iran last week in one of the
world's busiest shipping lanes has been released. the "tigris" was intercepted on april 28th. we have that report that a spokesman for the vessel says the 24 crew members are in good condition. iran said it detained the ship because of a legal dispute between the danish company chartering it and a private iranian firm palestinian leaders ruled out the possibility of peace talks with the new israeli government. the coalition formed by the prime minister includes the jewish home party that rejected a 2-state solution wanting to expand jewish settlements. mike hanna reports from ramallah. >> reporter: a political science class under way at this university. 61 seats out of 120 formed the israeli government, students are told. if any party left the
government would collapse. underdiscussion, how the palestinian authority will deal with a right-wing israeli government. >> the most likely option is we'll continue as is. >> among the students opinions are divided about whether they can have a say this their own destiny. >> there's no chance for peace. it's a right wing government aimed at expanding settlements. there's nothing we can do. >> palestinians should take advantage of the new status going to the criminal court, and expressing objection by popular resistance. >> we have no option but to unite ourselves. divided we can't stand up for them. >> reporter: at student council elections demonstrated the extent to which the palestinians were divided. representatives achieved a clear majority over followers of the p.l.o.'s movement. >> it's not clear to the extent
that opinions of students are reflected. the vote sends a message to the p.l.o. and the palestinian authority that supports, and that a vital demographic is waning. >> there has been a large pa security crackdown in the wake of the vote. speakers have been detained in sweeps throughout the west bank. putting in jeopardy attempts between reconciliation between fatah and hamas. >> if you want to solve the internal problems you need the strategy basically. we don't have strategy. we don't have an outlook. what are we looking for, forward for - negotiations? we are not going to have negotiations under the circumstances. and the question on campus and further afield whether the palestinian authority has a role to play at all the bodies of seven people
killed in a helicopter crash in pakistan ind clues those of philippine and norwegian ambassadors arrived in the capital islamabad. military chiefs and government officials gathered to pay the respects. the wives of the indonesian and malaysian ambassadors were also kill. pakistan says a technical problem caused the crash. >> calls from the president to quit. a top aid had been linked to a corruption scandal. victoria gatenby reports much >> reporter: thousand of guatemalans celebrated the vice president's resignation in the capital guatemala city. it was the culmination of weeks of progress. anger and frustration that had been directed to the ruling party was replaced by chants and
cheers. it was called a victory for the people. it was announced and said to be a praised decision. >> after talks, i reiterate courageously made the decision. what i think is everything had its time. their are processes that i insist should be struggled. and the secretary is adelaide to be a leader of a scam. investigators issued a warned for his arrest when he was on a strip. when she flew home she held a media conference. they called on congress to remove and pave the way for
legal action. others were ipp reply kated including the head of the tax authority. when the p was elected. he promised to combat crime with an iron fist. and this suggested success. melina is not standing for office but with four months before the election some fear the damage to the ruling party has been done. the presidential candidate withdrew from the race and protesters called for her to resign too. >> members had been asked to resign. michelle bachelet's approval rating was at a low. her son resigned as a head of a charity after allegations of election pedalling. plans to clear columbia of
land mines. a roadmap was announced. almost 11,000 were killed or maimed by land mines thousands of police officers in new york city paid final respects to a colleague shoot and killed. the funeral for brian moore is a reminder of the dangers after protests over alleged police brutality in the united states. >> reporter: a final salute to officer brian moore, the 25-year-old killed in the line of duty, the only son of a retired n.y.p.d. officer. >> out like that. for what? for nothing. you know, people don't realise what we do for them. >> reporter: prosecutors say this man, dmitrius blackwell shot moore in the face, the officers approached him for
questioning. last year has been tough for the n.y.p.d. >> we have not had a death, then assassinated, and then officer moore, doing what we ask cops to do. >> reporter: the deaths at a time when police and their behaviour nationwide is analysed closely. >> go back to 9/11, especially in new york. every cop is a hero. this has completely changed. new york, ferguson, chicago, baltimore. everywhere across the country. it's apparent to the country that there's a lot of bad stuff that has gone on. >> reporter: the change in public standing is not lost on police officers, present or past. . >> throughout the nation it's terrible, why would you want to be a cop. >> neighbourhood residents brought flowers, expressing sadness and appreciation for the
tough job that officers have. >> if anything is wrong, you are sick, someone is hurting or you need assistance, they are the first ones you think about calling, they are the first ones there. >> reporter: co-workers recalled the dedicated youngs officer. >> brian always helped people, always helped people. >> reporter: with less than five years on the force, officer bryan moore received awards. his death a reminder of the risk all officers face, and how hard heroes can fall. two people have been arrested after an 8-year-old boy from ivory coast was apparently smuggled in a suitcase into the north african spanish enclave. a 19-year-old woman was arrested at the land border crossing in suter after a scanner detected the boy curled up in her bag. according to the spanish
newspaper, the boy's father was detained at the same checkpoint. the woman married to the father and have residency rights but the boy does not still to come here on the newshour. why kazakhstan is spending millions on culture to protect its sovereignty. >> in sport - who has gone the quickest in final practice ahead of the spanish grand prix. that's after the break.
welcome back. let's get the sport with andy. >> thank you, lebron james didn't have it all his own way in cleveland's n.b.a. the cavaliers bent by the chigago bulls, who now have a 2-1 series leave. james scored 27 points and got 14 assists for cleveland, and have an exchange here. both players given technical fouls. they have 10 seconds left. they tied with three points and then it was derek rose coming through with a winner, 99-96 the final score. game 4 is in chicago on sunday. >> like i said i don't mean to sound cocky, but the number of shots that you want to take as a player with some opposition and i'm just grateful that the
game came that it wasn't won or lost. there were so many other opportunities to win. as they did, there was one more play than us. we could learn from it. we played as hard as we could to try to get the win. that's all you can do in the western conference semifinal l.a. clippers beat the rockets 124-99, taking a 2-1 lead. doc rivers watching his son score a career play-off high of 25 points. >> it was great. i mean it was needed. so he was very aggressive. that's what we've been telling them to do. he was that. i thought it started with his defense and rebound, and that got him into the game nico rosberg has been quickest in final practice ahead of the spix. he is second in the overall title standings, behind
team-mate and champion lewis hamilton. he was third quickest and suffered a bit of a spin during the session. ferrari's sebastien vettel second fastest, qualifying starting in an hour's time. barcelona and real madrid in league action this saturday. with two points separating them at the top of the spanish league. leaders barcelona at home on the back of a 3-0 semifinal win over bayern munich. huge uncertainty. games at the moment set to be suspended by may 16th because of a dispute over tv rights. >> i don't think we can get to that point. i think dialogue will win, and the whole thing can be solved. the players in the league have their arguments. but i think we'll reach agreement another league where it's all to play for is the algerian
division. look at the title race wide open with all the teams in the league mathematically going first, with all games remaining. 11 points separate top to bottom after 26 games, all the teams in action again later this saturday. joining me were algiers is a football journalist. a lot of debate in al jazeera as for the reason for this and whether the standard is high or low. what is your take on it? >> my personal take is the standard is as high as it's been, at least on the pitch. we have seen three clubs in a defeat which no other country put three clubs at this stage of the competition when you like to compare them and the international standard and that's been the best it has ever been. the reason some say it's been at
a slow standard is because the low number of goals. they have 36 goals in 24 games. we spoke about the issue of crowd violence in algeria football. what impact has that had. >> in august the cameroonian striker was struck by a project il from his own fans and passed away. haemorrhaged to teeth, tragically. since then there has been a cycle of crowd violence. in most clubs. 16 matches have been played behind closed doors. home field advantage - any club on any day an expect to win at home. a lot of matches i played behind closed doors. there's a lot of advantage and
draws. the algerian national team did well at the world cup last year. it's the highest ranked team in africa. most of those players play abroad. is that having an impact on the quality of the lead? >> it does, it does. in the algerian national team there's 5-6 players. they were produced from the algerian lead. that raises the quality, and a lot of players are exported at a high level. the fact of the matter is that the majority of players is from the forest born and raised in france and went through french academies. algerian footballers are not responsible for the levels the heights that they have reached. >> the next round gets under way in a few hours time. joining us from al jazeera. thank you for that well, in tennis world number three andy murray set up a semifinal match at the madrid
masters, moving a step closer to securing a second clay court title. murray won the quarterfinal in straight sets. rafael nadal faces thomas berdych. andy murray won his first title on clay last week at the munich open. rory mcilroy in golf remains in contention at the players championship in florida. the northern irishman hitting a 1-under par round 71. he is four shots behind the leaders. 2-time champion tiger woods made the cut thanks to a birdie. ate shots adrift. i think i birdied the last three last year to make the cut a little more comfortable. i take the two scores that i shot over the weekend last year again, and see where i stand at the end of it more later, that is the sport for now. >> thank you, andy
now the kazakh government is worried not enough of its citizens can speak their own language properly and is spending millions to project an image of a strong state. for the series on cultural protectionism, we have this report. >> reporter: if you have ever tried learning a language you know that songs can help. this course is also keeping alive an ancient oral tradition. the organiser in the pink dress worries that the kazakh language is in trouble. >> translation: we linguists are concerned by the quality of kazakh language learnt not just by ethnic kazakhs, but other kazakh stance. >> reporter: there is a mission to strengthen not just the
kazakh language but culture. costume is underway in a drama marking 500 years in kazakh history, an ord from the president of kazakhstan himself. >> translation: there's no doubt the project about kazakh history is as vit ag as the air we need. to move forward sometimes we need to look back. he's been gip a lot of money -- given a lot of money, but less than a year to shoot a 10-part series. >> reporter: it's about authenticity a multi-million project. the first episode to be broadcast in december. it will be in kazakh language. why the urgency. the leadership wants to forge a common identity and after ukraine, it is anxious about its own sovereignty. >> in multi-ethnic kazakhstan
many don't speak the language here i heard russian or a hybrid of the two. it might not be a solution to the problem, but i showed the link wist. >> kazakh girls never through their hair back. she is impressed with the lyrics. she is attracting a cult following. that is having unexpected benefits. >> a lot of people said, after listening to my songs, because she wants to understand what these singing about. i'm delighted by this. >> if the top down directives about not bring them together. this might