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pass or on facebook. see us next time. ♪ >> i'm barbara serra. this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes, much iraqi troops are battle to go retake a government compound from isil forces. worsening violence in yemen halfway through what is supposed to be a cease-fire. boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev is sentenced to death
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for the attacks. and those left in limbo by asian countries. >> the highest profile figure hit, targeted by pepper spray. >> a key strategic target in iraq has been taken from fighters of the islamic state in iraq and the levant. isil has overrun the regional government headquarters in ramadi. iraqi army helicopters have been targeting fighters in the compound. government troops still retain control of two districts in the city. isil renewed their offensive on ramadi back in april 130,000 people have fled their homes. we have the latest.
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>> the symbol of government authority in ramadi is now under the role of the islamic state in iraq and the levant. areramadi has long been a city that has been fought over. it's been the iraqi government's main stronghold. but they have launched an all out assault on friday taking over the ramadi compound which houses most of the city's government buildings. they manage to penetrate using suicide-bombers. they were not able to stop isil's advance. many of them were killed. it is a strategic blow to the authorities who have been losing ground in other areas of the province. the assault on ramadi was part of a large-scale attack on government forces on multiple fronts in the province. they used 22 suicide bombers. it is clear that isil considers anbar strategic.
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after all it borders territory it controls in neighboring syria. it controlled most of anbar province before this latest assault. now it controls most of the capitalment sunni heartland. people in ramadi were caught in the fighting, and the clear is that they will punish those who cooperated with the authorities. officials of anbar are blaming the central government in baghdad for isil's huge gains. they have been warning that isil would make gains if weapons were sent to ramadi, but the government won't give the sunni tribes weapons because they're suspicious of their loyalty and they're too weak to fight this war alone
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. >> they have been planning and training. >> after suffering military set backs, isil can now claim a victory just weeks after the government declared a military campaign. al jazeera baghdad. >> let's take a quick look at how much territory isil controls in iraq and syria. recently as last month the group held land as far west as the outskirts of aleppo and syria and fallujah in northern iraq. usually fallujah sits in anbar province, which is considered strategic because it controls territory that is considered sir
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are a. >> thank you so much for coming in. >> isil is not on the run. up until now the coalition basically has been saying not only have we stopped isil's advance we're beginning to push them back. >> it's interesting because the narrative was as you say had been on the back foot. the bottom line is what do you think is behind this advance or
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maintenance by isil? do you think it's ultimately a failure of the prime minister hyder al abadi managing not to get the whole country against isil? >> the certainly it's a failure on the part of the prime minister but it's also isil signify to the people of iraq you can't count on that government. you better apply yourself with us. and for the united states it's very symbolic because anbar province is where the surge of american troops partnered with the sons of iraq were able to defeat the forerunner of isil called al-qaeda in iraq. >> we're coming a few months away from the one-year anniversary of isil beginning its push to the iraq. is it time for the u.s. to change its strategy? if so, is it possible for them to do that?
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>> what they've got to do is get the government to take this threat more seriously. they did not provide a lot of arms to the air force in are a hadia--ramadi to defend itself. you still have this sunni-shia divide because this is a sunni area. the government is shia, and the people there do not think that the government cares enough about them. they're not going to fight or stand up to isil because they're afraid if isil comes back they're the one who is are going to suffer. the sunni of iraq do not feel represented by the government even though the government says it's going to change. >> even ifthere is some truth about it, but even if it was not complete true they'll have to
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go overboard because they'll take whenever the prime minister does not focus on them, they'll say see we can't count on him. that's how this whole thing got started when the iraqi fighting forces just laid down their arms and left. >> and now we're hearing that the government is controlling these two districts in ramadi. where do you think this is going? do you think isil will eventually conquer the whole of ramadi? or is it a sign that it is coming back? >> well, i think if the government can use the air power provider with the u.s.-led coalition to go after them, i think that basically they have a chance of turning them around. they don't control the whole thing yet but if they can push them back with heavy casualties, then this would signify to the people that the government in baghdad, if you will, has your back.
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>> sir, always good to get your views, thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> there have been more violations of the saudi-proposed cease-fire in yemen. there have been clashes between government forces and houthi rebels in taiz. the u.n. said if is further restricting the delivery of aid. >> reporter: this was the same in the yemeni city of taiz. halfway through the five-day humanitarian cease-fire, street battles between government forces and houthi fighters it's the worse day of fighting since the truce came to effect on tuesday. fighting has been reported in the southern city of aden and provinces east of the capital.
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tribal fighters that support president abd rabbuh mansur hadi say that the houthies are violating the truce. >> the houthi breached the a aalleged truce. but we'll stand up to them until we expel them from all of yemen. >> reporter: the cease-fire was in place. the united nations is complaining that the fighting is halting the delivery of aid. the food shortages are critical and hospitals will cease to function. but one aircraft carrying 21 tons of aid will arrive. >> the aid is to help the displaced and the victims all over the republic. the main goal is to boost the strategic reserve to help the need of the displaced. >> the aid will give yemens in
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need of food, fuel and medicine. but the continuing violations of the cease-fire is putting that goal further out of reach. >> the boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. he was found guilty of 30 charges in april. three people were killed and many were your in the attack at the finish line of the race back in 2013. they said that they believe it is a fair and just verdict. well let's speak to reporter jay gray, who was in boston for us. how controversial has this decision been in the u.s.? >> well, you need to consider we're in massachusetts, a state that has no state death penalty and in fact, has not sent anyone to death row in more 70 years. so the reaction and the controversy are mixed. there are some who celebrate this decision saying that
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justice has been served. there are others who would rather see him spend the rest of his life in a maximum security federal prison. over all that's the end result. there are a lot of people very close to this. this is still an open wound in this city. and there are a lot of different thoughts of how this should be carried out. this verdict is not the last word in this case. there will be appeals and it's not the end of the process. in fact, it's really the first step legally as we move down this road, but it's a huge step in the recovery and healing. >> paint a picture for us. a lot of people spend death row. >> there will be a legal hearing that is a formality. it has not been scheduled yet. there it "s" that mandatory
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appeal that happens after every death case or life in prison case. they'll have a mandatory appeal. and then lawyers will likely bring up several appeals centering on this initial case, and the first will likely be where it was held. there was a big petition from the legal team to make sure that this case was moved out of boston. the judge said that is not going to happen. they've done their work, and now i would expect that one of the first appeals in this case would be hey, he couldn't get a fair trial in boston. we've got to move it. >> we heard from the u.s. attorney general and she said she believes it was a fair and just verdict. what kind of reaction have we had from that? it got so much air play on american tv. what do you think the reaction to the comments will be? do you think most people will agree with her? >> i think we'll have a mixed bag here, barbara, to be really frank.
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after the verdict or the decision was announced here today speaking to some of the folks on the streets and watching the reaction outside of the courthouse and near the marathon finish line where the bombs exploded it was a mixed reaction. some celebrating. some saying that justice has been served. there are others, and again consider this is not a death penalty state there are others who would rather see him spend the rest of his life in that super max federal facility, some say they would rather see him spend his life in isolation and some say that would be a more harsh penalty. with this penalty he'll become a martyr in a sense and they didn't want to see that happen as a result of the bombing. >> jay gray, thank you. gabriel elizondo will take a closer look at the case and what happens next.
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>> the verdict is death a unanimous decision by the 12 jurors but no finality. there is a lengthy appeals process. >> we know there are going to be appeals about whether the death qualified nature of this jury saying that they were for the death penalty when most bostonians say they're against the death penalty. was in a fair representtation of this community? this was the same jury that determined tsarnaev guilty in the first phase of the trial but the second phase was more complex. it involved weighing factors such as the killing of children, and show nothing remorse in the mitigating factors. the jurors will have been unanimous in fighting each of
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the aggravateing factors proven. the burp burden of proof is upon the prosecution. tsarnaev's lawyers don't deny that he did it. but three people died and 260 were injured in april 2013 bombings. jurors sat through 27 days of testimony in both phases of the trial and listened to more than 150 witnesses. after deliberating the 12 men and women of the jury weighed all the factors and finally agreed that 20-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev should pay for his life for his crimes. al jazeera. >> coming up on this hour in london the leaked video that is causing a political storm in lebanon.
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♪ the thrill is gone ♪ king of blues bb king dice at age 89. >> boat loads of migrants are forced back to see by those who don't want them. they pushed hundreds of migrants away from thailand's coast. meanwhile, fishermen rescued 800 rohingya migrants whose boats were turned back by the navy. at least 100 people died while
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fighting for food and water. >> this is not a rescue. they found this boat off the coast. it's filled with 180 men women and children from western myanmar and bangladesh. >> people are starving and suffering from diarrhea. they're dying from it. nothing to keep us alive. two more people over there are dying from starvation. one man jumped off the boat and drowned because he was going crazy. ten people have jumped ship. one died while others made it to nearby fishing boats.
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>> i don't have anything left, and the rakhine killed my mother and my relatives. they said that they were going to malaysia, so i made the decision to follow them. >> a few fishing boats pulled up to provide water and a sack of rice. it was a thai fisherman that reported the boat to the thai navy. the navy was trying to trace a phone signal coming from a passenger. >> it's absolutely not enough. what really should be done is thinking about how lives can be said saved. >> give them proper care and proper treatment and then you can go to the next step. >> many want to go to malaysian where they have family. theythere may be as many as 8,000 migrants in these seas.
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but with every government in the region denying permission to land they're just going no wear slowly. veronica pedroza bangkok. >> meanwhile, hundreds of migrants have been trapped at sea. >> they were finally rescued by fishermen. these migrants are accusing the malaysian navy of sending them away. they were sitting in the water for hours. they talk each other with knives and hammers. this man said that 12 of his relatives were killed. >> they said you're rohingya. we're going to kill you. >> people on board said that the
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indonesian navy towed their boat out on monday and sent this to malaysia. there they received the same treatment from malaysian authorities. the fishermen were questioned by police. >> they survived a horrific boat journey and then started killing each other. this all happened after indonesia and malaysia refused to accept them. if something doesn't change soon more tragedies at sea are bound to happen. the authorities had no choice but to give them medical aid after three months at sea they were very weak. some have serious injuries. >> we need money.
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we need food. we are muslim. we have no money. they kill us. they kill us. >> there was great relief and some of them managed to call their families. >> this is the second boat that has made it to land and indonesia this week. but they estimate that thousands of people are still stranded at sea. they say the migrants are the victims of a game of political ping-pong between thailand, malaysia and indonesia, a game that is costing people their lives. >> many of the rohingya migrants say that they're from myanmar but the government there does not recognize them. we have more on that.
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>> human rights groups have long held that it is myanmar government policies of persecution and discrimination against the rohingya that is drive something many of them away. but traditionally they have adopted policies they say that myanmar is the source of the problem and it has to do more to address the issue and it's borders. this is what the presidential spokesman had to say in rely. >> these are the people they claim they're coming from rakhine state and myanmar. we cannot say all these people are coming from myanmar. >> the minister said that he cannot conform that myanmar officials will attend a meeting
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this month to discuss the trafficking in the crisis. thousands are believed to be adrift at sea while countries debate whose job it is to save them. >> more than 20 people died when a missile hit a fuel tank causing widespread destruction in the aisles-held city north of aleppo. others were killed in villages surrounding the city. the government launched attract inair strikes in a suburb of damascus. a former minister admitting that bashar al-assad new about
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a plot to attack lebanon. we have details from bay root. >> an exhort twist reveals part of syria's role in lebanon.
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investigation. tuesday, 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> isil fighters have taken full control of the iraqi city of ramadi, a key strategic target and the capital of anbar province. the boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. he was found guilty of 30 charges in april. three people were killed, and more than 260 injured in the attack. and the united nations is calling on the saudi-led coalition to help with humanitarian aid to yemen. they have proposed a five-day cease-fire to allow vital supplies into the country. many are using the five-day halt in fighting to leave yemen. yemen hosted 246,000 refugees
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most of them from somalia, but as the war continues many have decided to go home. we met some of those who arrived back in the somali port city. >> many are arriving. some of the refugees wait to be transported home. it's the first time that they set foot in somalia since he fled the war in 1991. he said he has no intention of returning home. >> there were airstrikes in our area. many people died. we feared for our safety. and all roads were closed. >> 60-year-old lived in the
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refugee camp in yemen. she breaks down when we asked about going back to somalia. >> i am saddened by the state of the refugees still trapped. they have been abandoned by the u.n. and the aid agencies, and have little food and water. they also have no money to pay for the journey back to somalia. >> most of the refugees say that they're eager to go back to their towns and villages in somalia where they need initially due to the somali civil war. the crisis in yemen in the trade of somalia. every year thousands were
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exported and the port there are ships that are used to transport livestock to yemen are idle. >> work has stopped. all ports have closed. we'll only start working again once the crisis is over. >> yemen is one of the poorest countries in the middle east, but that's great strategic importance for its neighbors. somalis are realizeing that the hard way. al jazeera. >> leaders of an attempted coup in burundi admitted that it failed. it follows weeks of protest.
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>> the police came and shot the injured men. >> we see a group of policemen arrive here, and they began to shoot everywhere. and they began to look for protesters. >> they tried to protest. since it failed many now think it's made things worse for them. >> this whole coup d'etat was
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brought upon themselves. >> most of the streets in the capital were quiet with loyalists, police and soldiers in control. now the only radio and tv on air are the state broadcasters controlled by the state government. when thewhen the president returns to the capital his forces welcome him. they say they now fear of ruthless and violent crackdown. many are in hiding or have fled the country. the government said that those involved in the attempted coup will go on trial. activists are still calling for more protests on monday against a third term. burundi's political crisis is far from over.
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malcolm web al jazeera. >> the wreckage of a helicopter has been found in nepal. the helicopter with eight people on board disappeared while delivering aid on tuesday when a second earthquake hit the country. 110 people decide in this week's aftershocks three weeks after 8,000 people were killed in the first. we're in kathmandu. >> these green army tents are now home to some of nepal's government after april's major earthquake the government was scrambling to respond but was still able to operate out of some of their offices. but after the aftershocks many workers are afraid to go inside to their own buildings. >> we have to face a lot of pressure from the people. terrified people have to feel that the government still
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exists. >> the total extent of the damage or whether or not it's even safe is still unclear as damage assessment teams are busy throughout the capital assessing people's homes and other buildings. but with the monsoon rain fast approaching and the aftershocks looming many are still wondering where the government will operate in the near future. >> reporting from kathmandu. the three biggest airlines in the united states have stepped up their campaign against rivals. they have taken an issue with airlines they say have unfair advantage. they say the carriers get state subsidies, including interest interest-free loans and protector from fuel price increases. they want the u.s. to prevent their further expansion into the united states. both carriers say they're being bullied while there are
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estimates that american, delta and united receive $70 billion in benefits and concessions from the u.s. government. we sat down with the chief executive of qatar airways. >> we bring a lot of tourists to the u.s. and what they're talking about is on an issue where they don't serve. they don't serve the network where we carry the passengers. so what is the harm? i really don't understand. >> so meanwhile the man in mark of united airlines insists the gulf-based carriers are not operating on a level playing field.
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>> irrefutable proof of massive government policies, it would be just as if someone was dumping steel, soybeans or cotton. here its airline seeds subsidize subsidizing the foreign government's policy to grow and traffic through the middle east. >> to georgia now where the government has ambitions of becoming an major player in hydropower. we more from georgia's outer region. >> it's a beautiful but impoverished existence in the isolated area. now people in this little village have this to contend with. the building has cracked down the middle. >> after the blasting this problem has become much worse.
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>> the hydroelectric dam is under construction. it is one of dozens of projects. georgia could become the next energy exporter. >> hydropower is ripe in georgia, and it has attracted major foreign investments from the likes of european banks for construction and development. now they have promised that all of the investments investments are contingent on living up to the highest environmental standards. especially projects like this, damming and tunneling is taking place in a seismically active zone. i went to see where a meadow is beginning to subside. the local environmentalists are
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showing with they've blasted tunnels deep below. >> this area was prone length wise, and it has caused serious consequences and maybe tragedies because this is the densely populated area. >> environmentalists green alter alternatives want them to think twice about hydropower in georgia. but georgia's largest backers defend its loans. >> we're acutely aware that these projects are sensitive and we will entertain details engineer and scientific studies in order to reduce their impact. development in a land side prone area carries risks. but the government said that development is needed. unless there are benefits
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they'll continue to wonder if the risks are worst taking. al jazeera georgia. >> much more to come on the program after the break including... >> the stations, the passengers, it can only be moscow's unique metro system, and i'm rory challands, we have more. >> how this cyclist pushed through the pain to stay on track and to make cycling history.
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>> moscow's system is celebrating it's 80th birthday. it started duringly stalin's rule known for its spacious stations and ornate decorations. rory challands went underground for this report. >> deep beneath moscow's streets a lavish sub lavish subterranean world and people in a hurry. lots of them. as beautiful as all of this is, it's not a museum but a transport network. 196 stations, 10,000 trains. today 12 lines and eight million passengers are carried.
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by the first the first train started rolling may 15, 1935, there were already 15 other underground networks in europe. moscow's may have been late, but this was stalin's project executeed in stalin's grandiose style. a boast to his own people and the world of communism's radian future. expansion pushed on even while moscowites hid from bombs. >> the unique architecture, everyone carries a layer of energy put into it over 80 years by the people who maintain them and use them. >> it has proven a soft target. suicide-bombers killed 2404 people in 2010. and a few accidents like last year's underground derailment has tarnished an otherwise
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pretty good safety system. but the main challenge in the 21st century is how to cope with the overcrowding and financial constraints of a mega city holding between 13 and 17 million people. >> they are moving with the times so as not to be beaten by the modern world. rory challands moscow. >> here is andy. >> thank you so much, barbara. one of athletic's most controversial runners has been fed the early season pace on the track. justin gatlin winning 100 meters in the 9.74 seconds.
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recording the quickest time of his career of the doha diamond league, a career that includes two. this is the fastest of all time. usain bolt's record, that still stands. olympic champion did not get off to a winning start. pushing into second place there in the 3,000 meters. now all professional football in argentina has been suspended following the death of a player. emmanuel ortega fractured his skull earlier this week after colliding with a wall. >> in a coma after hitting his head in a concrete wall would
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pull through. instead, the tragic death was confirmed on thursday. the beautiful game had lost a promising young star. as the football community comes to terms with or teega's death matches across the country this weekend have been called off. >> i consulted with several football presidents. of. >> they lied about the presence of the wall designed to keep fans from invading the pitch. the on going issue just hours later in buenos aires. they had to be stopped at halftime. they were playing in the continent's top competition and four players were taken to
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hospital after they were attacked with what after the delay of an hour the 34,567 was called off. officials are meeting to decide whether to replay the match or award the tied. the ugly side of argentine football mass once again been exposed, but it's maked with the pale of tragedy. >> well, ahead of world football is heading to the middle east to immediate with the israeli and palestinian football associations. they've asked to oversee a vote of suspending israel from fifa. they say they have no control over security forces. but they're hoping to brokeer an agreement at the end of the month. and football's european body you
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fee with a fifa. well saying goodbye to a club legend on saturday as they take on crystal palace. they're set to take on los angeles galaxy in the summer after 17 years with his hometown club. >> liverpool, liverpool not just as a club, but liverpool as a city. this is very much about looking after his people. >> pakistan said that they've been given a verbal confirmation and will go ahead as planned next week. the games remain in doubt due to security concerns.
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this would be the first site back in 2009. officials are still officially to confirm this travel arrangement, but pakistan's cricket bosses say they're hopeful it will happen. >> i want to tell you that our shrub is coming on schedule. zimbabwe will arrive on monday, after that there will be five matches there. >> alberto contadore continued on despite competing with a dislocated soldiers. he road apparently with lower pressure in his tires to ease the pressure on his shoulders. he would become the first rider is since to win the giro and the
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tour de france in the same year. roger federer with one of the few titles so far alluded during his career. only an early loss at madrid masters convinced federer that he needed more time on the clay in the french open. djokovic a step close for defending his title. he beat japan's nishikori. and he has a good record against him but the spaniard has beaten djokovic three times on clay. racehorse american pharaoh is the favorite to win the preakness. having already won this year's kentucky derby american pharaoh is a third of the way to winning the triple crown.
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>> american pharaoh, he just moves, he floats over the track. both, we were really happy the way they went over. they looked healthy and bright and in top continues conditions. >> foot will be able to compete in the bout set to take place in salt lake city. having failed to claim the u.s. presidency, mitt romney will fight evander hollywood holyfield in a charity fight. there's all your sports and boxing. >> one way to get over the disappoint, i guess, for mitt romney. andy, thank you. now blues alleged bb king has died in his home in las vegas at the age of 89.
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[jazz music. ] >> with his resolution innocent soulful voice his sound is unmistakable. he began by playing on street corners in mississippi where he was born. and a career spanning half a century rose to become the king of blues. his name is synonymous with the genre itself. >> i like to do what i'm doing and i would do it for nothing if someone would pay my bills. but they're paying me sore something i like to do any way. >> king rewrote the book of blues. complex string and inspiring thousands, his music would become a sound track for the
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soul. >> bb king, that's his legacy. he has given us his life. he has given us the songs that we cried on, the songs that we suffered through. he's understood our problems, our plights. >> the king always gave his trademark gibson guitars the same name, lucille. it started during one of his early shows when two men started a fire and he ran in to save his guitars and found out that the fight was over a woman named lucille. he has been inducted in the hall of fame. all the same he remains humble. >> i've never met a king before, i remain grateful. >> bb king died in his sleep age
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89. >> more news in a few minutes. i hope you'll join me then.
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>> gunfight in iraq as isil fighters take almost full control of the city of ramadi after ceasing the main government compounds. hello, i'm barbara serra. you're watching al jazeera live from london. worsening violence in yemen. halfway through what is supposed to be a cease-fire. the boston marathon bomber sentenced to