nobody else goes... >> my name is imran garda i am the host of third rail and you can find it on al jazeera america >> hello welcome to the news hour in doha. coming up, isil gains ground, the group takes control of more territory in iraq's largest province and seizes an ancient city in syria. >> searching for refugees in the sea. >> california declares a state of emergency as over 400,000 meters of oil spills into the sea. >> i'll have all the sport as
cricket returns to pakistan. an umpire is making a comeback after being injured in an attack that took the sport away from the country six years ago. >> the how manual ruins of an ancient city as risk of destruction from a modern conflict. isil fighters have entered the world heritage site in palmyra syria. isil's momentum being stalled has now been shattered by its advances. palmyra, the cradle of civilization is now in its hands. we have this report. >> this appears to be the final stages of fighting for a city at the heart of syria. isil fighters pushed syrian
government forces out of palmyra. they are now in control of the the city's infrastructure including security headquarters. of course, thousands of people. >> there are about 140,000 people here, including some displaced from homes. people are afraid. there's no water. they can only use local wells. there's no power most of the time. >> had gone is surrounded by gas feeds and home to a prison where the assad government houses political prisoners. there's an airport and weapons depot. >> the military significance is mostly in terms of the prison. the healing costs in terms of the retch jesus and debt has been huge. >> the world heritage site is 2,000 years old and has roman era columnades and artifacts.
some were taken out of the city for safe keeping. >> we may have different beliefs, we may have different views, but we have to protect such an incredible vestige of human history and i would appeal indeed, that destroying heritage will not achieve anything. >> fighting between rebels and government forces has already damaged parts of the site. the u.n. says it's been used as a syrian military camp. activists released a video they say shows the ancient walls covered in bullet holes. they accuse soldiers of looting. >> it is seen by many as the createdling of civilization. so much of the part has been preserved in this ancient place but its future is uncertain. >> isil began its offensive on palmyra tuesday last week. 140,000 inhabitants have fled. those remaining are now under
isil rule. the threat to the ancient ruins have caught headlines but control of the city gives access to the east and holmes in the west. the group controls five cities, including mosul fallujah and palmyra. >> there i also a new front line in anbar province. in the east of ramadi, there is a fierce fight. isil has taken towns in the district. forces loyal to the government are trying to prevent the armed group from getting closer to a main base a few kilometers away. the islamic state of iraq and the levant hasn't loft momentum. just days after seizing ramadi. there are those who believe the armed group may not just want to gain territory. it wants to drain the resources of its opponents.
>> does isil want to settle or to be a moved group? this is the idea of to be a moving combat, or let's say a moving group that you are always threatens so many fronts, especially when the defensive military forces are not equipped and not ready. >> shia militia commanders are moving troops from the front lines across iraq towards anbar. this is part of on going preparations for the promised counter offensive. these men are known as the popular mobilization force and they will lead the fight in the sunni province. they were called in after the regular forces and anbar's local police were not able to hold off the isil assault. >> there is a short only of government soldiers in anbar and authorities are now asking for volunteers to join.
the prime minister also says that they will speed up the training of the local police and arm and recruit sunni tribesmen. it is not the first time abadi makes such you a promise to interested great sunnis into the security forces. many are skeptical that this plan will work, especially because there has been a long time opposition from shia politicians. >> on anbar's front lines shia militiamen are seen fighting always the local police and army soldiers. the government has been trying to show that this fight is being waged we iraqis and is not a shia war against anbar sunnis. there is a need to create a non-sectarian army in iraq, attempts in the past have failed, but the country is at a dangerous cross roads and with multiple front lines. ires need to unit now more than ever. al jazeera baghdad.
>> a country risk analyst for i.h.s. consulting group and joins us live from london. how significant is the fall of palmyra? does it open the way for isil to now make gains in other major areas and cities? >> firstly thanks for having me. second in terms of palmyra the importance of the city is that it's a logistics hub to allows the islamic state access to most parts of syria. given the standard tactics of the group what i expect them to do is launch a multitude of attacks aimed at in applicanting mass casualties, at holmes, dock dock further north of aleppo to disperse the already stretched that government forces. then they'll move to their main objective, cutting off the highway connecting damascus to the coastal mountains which form the hard land of the
community. >> looking at the amount of territory they control the amount of oil and gas fields they control are they now the major opposition force to the bashar al assad regime? >> yeah, they've become so, largely thanks to bashar al assad. he focused his forces on exterminating any moderate opposition which was all right quite weak. very early on, the opposition started turning more islamist. heading that direction it makes sense to go to the logical extreme or to the -- which is the islamic state. >> why is the isil coalition failing there? the narrative we've been fed is they've been pushed back, there is an international coalition fighting them, but that strategy doesn't seem to be working does it? >> well, think about it this way. the bashar al assad government is hardly friendly to the west.
at the end of the day it's not in the west's interests for bashar al assad to stay of. the shia militias fighting in iraq are primarily agents of iran even though they don't see themselves that way but iran is arming them, training and equipping them and iran will ultimately control them. you have a war between the united states enemies the united states has to say it is committed to fighting the ve haddies, but in reality the troops fighting the jihadists are not the allies with the united states with the only exception of the kurds. >> is it likely -- >> the kurds perform quite well. >> say that again. >> do you think it's likely the u.s. strategy might change and go beyond simple airstrikes and doing the careless of iraq advisors on the ground. >> there's a number of advisers. it's not clear how much different they will make. if they're advising, it is
dependent on militias. the unit isness in a position to advise those nor is it in its interest to advise those. >> thanks for your analysis. >> thanks for having me. >> there are reports saudi shells have hilt human office in yemen. artillery fire and airstrikes have hit along yemen's border. five ethiopia refugees were killed in the strikes. forces loyal to the exiled penalty say they've taken back sites from the houthis. pro government troops are advancing east of saada. the houthis still control large
areas of territory across yemen. >> malaysia's prime minister has ordered the navy and coast guard to search for stranded migrants. thousands are adrift with nowhere to go. most rohingya refugees are fleeing violence in myanmar. we have more from malaysia. >> that was always the problem with this policy, letting the people whom you are trying to hem know that they can't now receive help. these migrant boats are thought to be way offshore especially since the push back policy by the different governments of this region, not letting them land. they are thought to be outside mobile phone rang from the coast and probably don't know that they can seek ref refuge. they would probably try to outrun a vessel, not knowing that that is there to now help them getting assistance to get to shore. migrant vessels will have a choice of going to indonesia or
malaysia. they will probably come here. many migrants have been going to the crimean side of the sea and straits. in theory, if given the option, they will start to come here, this is the destination for many onboard, especially the rohingya from myanmar and many of their family and friends are already here. they will likely come here to malaysia, so they are gearing up for thousands of newcomers in the next two weeks. >> malaysia and indonesia have said they will temporarily shelter those that land on their territory. we have more from indonesia where some asylum seekers are being treated. >> they all thought they would die when they were rescued after four months at sea. doctors who examined them, they
say their condition is very, very bad. most of them are dehydrated, malnourished, have infections and skin diseases. authorities are struggling to take care of them. >> we thought we had died already and would meet god almighty soon. we lost hope of survival. we were so scared. >> they have agreed in malaysia to accept migrants. the reality on the ground is that the navy says they are not actively rescuing anyone who is still stranded in their boats until they get a direct order from jakarta to change their policy to send away everyone who is illegally interesting their territory. time is running out for thousands at sea and looking at the condition of those who just arrived one day ago it's clear that there's no time to lose. >> europe is under pressure to find a solution to the growing
number of may go grants from north africa. the italian coast guard vessel carrying 188 migrants arrives on the island of sicily thursday. the group was made up of palestinian and syrians who cheered as the ship docked. more than 10,000 people have been saved from the mediterranean sea in recent weeks. >> lots more still to come here on the al jazeera news hour. the show of force we'll show you the new front line in mexico's war against drug cartels. >> once a forbidden paradise of the caribbean cuba looks to cash in as the island becomes a magnet for tourists. >> we'll update you on world football later in the show. >> there are calls for american troops to be sent back into
iraq. so far, they have carried out airstrikes and advising the iraqi military. we are live in washington d.c. with more on that. it sounds a bit counterintuitive. how much appetite could there be in the u.s. for ground troops to get back into the battle? >> there isn't a great deal. the problem is that those calling for mainly come from the republican party and they haven't quite articulated the vision of what would happen after they send the troops in. the main call is coming from senator lindsey graham, saying 10,000 troops are needed to help the iraqis shore up what is going on outside ramadi at the moment. he is supported by a couple of other people who are considering running for president senator rick perry former governor of texas said there may be a need for boots on the ground and there should be ally's there
too, suggesting he's calling for american boots on the ground. george petacchi is a minor figure, saying in the last hours that troops on the ground will be a good idea. they will have some support for that idea. barack obama, the white house have no intention at this stage of sending troops into iraq unless the situation there deteriorates significantly and rapidly. >> on that point, how are the calls, the events shaping the obama policy and criticism of it? >> well, many people are saying what has happened is because barack obama has failed to commit to his policy in iraq, when he says he wants to shore up the government, the government isn't sure that it is a government which represents all parts of the community in iraq. he hasn't done enough to push that forward. they suggest when he has said that or his spokesman rather has said that we shouldn't get too upset about what is happening in anbar, remember in ramadi that
the town that fallen to isil, we shouldn't run around like it is hair on fire. presidential hopeful is saying where is our humanity, why shouldn't web running around with our hair on fire, people are being displaced murdered, and therefore there is a real onus on the united states to do something rather than say this is a long term strategy and we've got to look over the next three years. we always knew there would be a few setbacks. >> remember, the whole policy for the united states was build up iraqi forces so they can move towards mosul. the reality i also if you lose anbar, getting to mosul becomes almost impossible. the whole structure have the obama policy has to be reformed because which what's happened tin ramadi over the last knew details. >> adam fisher there from washington d.c. >> mexico hoped up a. >> front in its war against drug cartels. 10,000 security and military
personnel have been sent to. jalasco. >> a show of force, 10,000 federal soldiers and security forces have been sent to the western state of jalasko. a military build up in a eight year long drug war. the downing of a military helicopter less than two weeks ago and the killing of 15 police officers last month in an ambush are part of the conflict. missing person's advocate said it's been behind hundreds of disappearances of people across the state. >> there is an organized structure directly tied to the disappearances. it's gaining attention now because of the road blocks and police am bushes and violence, but this goes way back. this is not new. this is the tip of the iceberg.
>> this is who the government is up against jalasco's new cartel, a criminal group that has globe over the past five years while the government took on cartels elsewhere. they make millions running drugs, extorting businesses and kidnapping. they enforce their own justice build their own weapons and increasingly use them against the government. >> the state security chief admitted he had no idea if the cartel had hundreds of gunman or thousands. still, he was sure of victory. >> i'm confident our actions will allow us to catch the criminals and take them into custody. >> the capitol is mexico's second large evident city. it has long been known as a home of cartel leaders. many believe they had an understand authorities as long as things remained calm. in the wake of all the recent violence, there are raised here
nearly every day. >> this is an upscale neighborhood in guadalajara. what we are seeing here is an increased coordination of efforts between various security forces as they try to take back control of the state. >> there's even more attention on the issue with elections less than a month away. guadalajara and the whole state is being closely watched. >> this is the result of security strategy that is corrupt to the bone. corruption is behind this security failure. >> it's long, an open secret that complicit politicians are part of the problem. less clear if that will change soon, al jazeera mexico. >> cuba and the united states move closer to restoring diplomatic ties, businesses are looking to cash in. one adjustment company made it possible to book a room on line without violating washington's economic embargo.
we have this report. >> this is the western tip of cuba known for its natural beauty. and for its tobacco. the raw material of cuba's famous cigars. it's a magnet for tourists who stay in the town, where almost every other house has turned into a bed and breakfast hotel. >> he and his mother aren't just waiting for guests to show up. like many here, they are now linked into an american room rental network, the u.s. website, air b&b, whose fastest growing market has suddenly become cuba. >> we hear that lots of americans want to come to our country. we are expanding. we want to receive them the best way possible. >> until last month, a u.s.
government ban put cuba off limits to air b.&b. >> there were cubans trying to log on to make their house available to americans or europeans who want to travel and they had to block them. >> but no longer. americans can now book a room logging on to the site attesting that they qualify under one of 12 categories allowed by the obama administration for travel to cuba. >> i want to enjoy it because it's something that won't last. i can go to paris and see it for 20 years, but coming here in 20 years won't be the same. >> there is one problem, the easing of travel restrictions is the prerogative of the american president. that means all of this could go away if the next american president isn't so keen about opening up to cuba. >> right now, thousands of americans are rushing to see the once forbidden fruit of the
caribbean, while cubans cross their fingers that the relaxation of travel to the island will be more than a short lived honeymoon. al jazeera, cuba. here's richard to tell us about weather extremes in the u.s. it's feast or famine. >> you talk about the drought in the south and west, it's still in place. i did report a couple of days ago that the extreme drought affecting parts of the accident is gone. we've got a continuation of this now, because we've had really severe flooding across the area. these shots come from runaway bay in the accident. you can see the devastation caused by more tornadoes going through this region. most of tornadoes capturing most of the publicity if you like. it's the heavy rain, the thunderstorms producing all the rainfall. you can see storms affecting parts of texas here.
the weather front quite settled under the area of high pressure. wichita falls we've had 87 millimeters the monthly total of rain, making id third wettest may on record. it looks as though it's going to be more rain to come. the problem is even if we don't get a great deal of rain, what happens to the rivers. some of the rivers are coming out quite dramatic now especially if we get more rain which is a possibility in texas oklahoma and kansas. the flooding issue may become worse. we'll keep you posted on that one. >> thank you so much. california declared a state of emergency in santa barbara county after an oil leak. 27 miles of coastline has been affected. wildlife could be harmed. we have this report. >> this is what the california coast looks like after nearly 400,000-liters of oil leaked
from a pipeline president the governor declared a state of emergency and health department is urging people to stay away from the oil and its fumes. >> we colonel estimate a portion of that or near 500-barrels which is approximately 21,000-gallons of that may have migrate to the water. >> environmentalists warn that the leak threatens wildlife. >> we have response crews out now coupling the beaches looking for affected wildlife. >> over 100 cleanup crew and nine vessels are trying to limit the spread and collect the oil from the surface. >> we are actively on the beaches and we have the contractors on the beaches removing oil from the sandals the first step, because that's the easiest thing we can get to on the beach area. we have plans obviously to continue the clean up of the
rocky areas the pebbles and the outcrops. >> there was a major oil spill on the santa barbara coast in 1969 credited with giving rice to the american vial movement. locals and volunteers are joining to clean the beaches. >> it's terrible, you know, this coast is some of the most pristine we have in the county, and to see it just covered in crude oil is -- it's terrible. it's really sad. a few pelicans started washing up. we had a few other sea birds wash up. a few seals were coming through as well. >> the pipeline carries 1200 barrels of oil to a distribution hub hundred was kilometers away. the company that runs the pipeline said it's sorry for what happened. >> we apologize for the damage that is done to the wildlife and to the environment and we're very sorry for the disruption and inconvenience it has caused on the citizens and visitors to
this area. >> an investigation is underway to determine what went wrong but like an all man made disasters, the ecosystem is already paying the highest price. al jazeera. >> five of the world's largest banks have been fined almost $6 billion for manipulating foreign exchange rates. j.p. morgan chase citigroup barclays and the royal bank of scotland pleaded guilty to the charges. u.b.a. admitted to rigging benchmark interest rates. we have this report. >> the world's foreign exchange market or 4x as its known was so big, regulators thought could not be manipulated so was largely unsupervised, giving a window to make huge profits and huge bonuses. >> the prices the market sets influence virtually every sector of every economy in the world. their actions inflated the bank's profits while harming
countless consumers investors and institutions around the world from pension funds to corporations, including the bank's own customers who relied on the market to produce a competitive exchange rate. >> calling themselves the cartel, they rigged the daily prices. given the freedom to buy and sell, maximizing profits. >> it comes down to the criminal activity of a few individuals at some of the world's largest banks who manipulated the market for their own personal benefit. >> it's another banking scandal some of the biggest names caught up in issues such as misselling of mortgages or the rigging of daily lending rates. the fines may seem massive but critics say is seen as the cost of doing and staying profitable. >> i think people are not surprised anymore. at the beginning they were, because actually many, many
hundreds and thousands of people suffer from the housing bubble and related scandals. we are now talking about the currency market, assuming a risk scandal. i can assure you that people are not going to be very surprised. >> a number of workers have been suspended or sacked, but no individual employee has yet faced criminal charges in the multi-million dollars crime. al jazeera washington. >> still ahead it's selection week in ethiopia, but there's little to show for it. we report from the capitol and what's in store for sunday's vote. >> i'm lawrence lee in the skies over lithuania as nato increases the rhetoric over the russian threat to the baltic states. >> the nhl playoff games went the distance, 11 goals and overtime.
times last year for shadow russian aircraft over the baltics. the nato mission is norway, backed up by the italians. this they say is all about reassuring the tiny baltic states that they won't let the russians do to them what they did to ukraine. we show our presence, we show presence by being up there and show them that we are nearby, and that we are on alert. we are airborne within 15 minutes and there's basically a show of force and show them that we're here. >> lithuania looks at ease, but is bolstering its army. the military here has been warned about ground invasion as well as an air war should they fight in the countryside to protect the capitol. >> as well as russia to the
east, there's the russian enclave to the west. the trains carrying oil and russian troops pass straight through it. lithuania feels surrounded. as well as calling on nato to defend its skies this country with estonia and latvia has now formally requested a standing nato army of 3,000. that's a real test of nato's stated commitment to protecting these countries. >> we asking to be together with us, if the process will continue on the ground, the same as we have the air solution, it will be good. >> of course the russians say this is hysterical scare mongering. we asked for but were refused an interview with their ambassador. one of their diplomats said to me some say we have our hand in
everything. some say that is no match for nato's policy to journalists. >> there has never been a single incident of a russian war plane deliberately breaching the air space of any of the baltic states. yet for all that, these pilots practice this stuff over and over again just in case, they say, they ever have to do it for real. >> privately some nato officials admit it looks strange to spend so much effort on preparing an air or ground war they actually think extremely unlikely, but set against an unpredictable russian leader, they prefer not to take any chances. al jazeera lithuania. >> iraq's prime ministerial abaddi is meeting with president putin. relations between russia and baghdad were strong. they're now trying to rebuild that relationship.
let's speak to rory challands live from moscow. what does baghdad seek to get from russia? >> well, of course, russia and iraq will be talking about things like increasing trade and energy deals and that sort of thing, but the main reason why the iraqis have come on this trip to moscow is weapons. two quotes now from two russian officials, one from sergey lavrov speaking earlier on today saying moscow is to meet iraqi demand for arms to maximum extent without preconditions. another said they, iraq, insist on extending the contracts in any way they can and they want to order even more of everything, above all helicopters. iraq is in the midst of a very difficult struggle against islamic state within its own borders at the moment and it wants to buy weaponry off
russia. it has done so already. last year, russia supplied iraq with attack aircraft and also with some helicopters. the iraqis have come looking for more. the iraqi's have been speaking to russian media in the last few days saying in the future, they are looking for a new deal with russia over arms amounting some $3 billion. >> thanks so much. let's continue this discussion with joseph, a senior writer for the gulf news, joins us live from beirut. joseph with all the u.s. support, training, arms which iraq has received, why is it looking to russia and china? >> well, they are looking to complete a contract signed in 2012 when the iraqi's purchased
$2.4 billion worth of weapons and the because of various circumstances that occurred since then, the contract has not really been fulfilled to the letter therefore they might be trying to rekindle this past agreement that they have. frankly, i think that the last thing that the iraqis need are more weapons weapons that they are not able to use and they have real problem on their hands, their army is a mess. whatever weapons you throw at them with him not be at this point, and one wonders what is the point when you can't use the ones you already have. >> the next point, if the problems are command and control, morale within the iraqi uniform, unity could throwing more military hardware solve that problem or those problems? >> it really would not. i think that prime minister abaddi needs to have his priorities straightened.
he absolutely needs the russian to say help him with the iranians on the one hand. he needs to make sure that the regional conflict in iraq does not expand further with having a confrontation with the united states, but at the end of the day, really, this is a political situation that al abadi faces. he has to put his own house in order. guns will not take care of that. what he has to do, he has to have command and control resolutions and the will to make sure that the sectarian conflict that we see now bursting all over iraq with him not get further to the point that it will destabilize the country and eventually split it into three different parts. if the iraqi foreign minister would like the russian support i think he needs to have the strengthened relationship in the region to make sure that the russians are onboard as iraq puts its house in order and as iraq tries to overcome the
sectarian divisions that exist most of which were self-created and most of which with him not be resolved by an additional purchase which weapons. >> you've got to wonder where are all the additional weapons coming from either the u.s. or russia going? are they going to the iraqi army which seems to be additional centigrade or fought militias, which the government is now calling upon to help in places like ramadi? >> that's precise lip the point. as we speak as the prime minister al abadi is in moscow, the united states committed to giving the iraqi army presumably 100 anti tank weapons and of course the kurds have been asking to get weapons directly from the united states without going through the central government in baghdad. obviously, there is a market for weapons in iraq, but this market for weapons in iraq is not going
to help iraq at the end of the day. what iraqis need are more weapons. i repeat myself. they don't need more weapons to get their house in order. what they really need is to make sure that their army can stand on its two feet. there are rumors that say that during the day the iraqi army serves whatever government in baghdad and that arms and at night provides the arms to the isis group and islamic state groups and others. we have a much bigger problem than whatever guns are thrown on baghdad will solve. at this point, al abadi could use normally russian help, but iranian help, arab help and western help to make sure everybody lowers the tensions in the region instead of adding fire to the fuel. >> all right thanks so much,
joseph. >> ethiopians held to the polls sunday in parliamentary and region ales. the democratic front is widely expected to retain power. we explain why. >> apart from the occasional campaign truck with songs blaring, there is little to show this is an election week in ethiopia. weak opposition parties and a government sharon down on free speech has made this a dull campaign period. this is the fifth election in ethiopia's history. >> this is a fledgling democracy and we say this is a house in the making, and democracy cannot be built within few years of time. the thing is, we believe that we are on the right track. >> it was support of an opposition pact agreed to the ruling party is likely to retain
it's dominance. >> it's widely expected that 49-year-old p.m. engineer by training will remain in power. he assumed office in 2012 after the death of former prime minister who ruled for 21 years. at the time, we had a prime minister. now we have a prime minister office, more executive or the party structure that makes decisions collectively, but it's very different from things, because he stingle has noily amounted most of their policies. >> the prime minister, however argued that ruling by consensus is at the heart of his philosophy. >> we feel that it's a collective party policy being implemented. i'm here to implement whatever policies there. i have a cabinet and i cannot
decide myself without enforcing. i printing proposals to the cabinet. >> analysts expect to see a more powerful and assertive man when he begins his term in october. only then will he get out of the shot dough of the previous prime minister. al jazeera ethiopia. >> archeologists discovered a collection of stone tools in kenya, saying they predate the emergence of modern humans. it suggests our ancestors were not the only and possibly not the first to use tools. the stone tools were found in kenya's basin. they are 3.3 million years old making them the oldest known stone tools so far. until now, it was thought the ability to make stone tools
woman and a half million years ago, which raises the question. who was making tools 700,000 years earlier? one is a 3.3 million-year-old skull found about a kilometer from the tools. a professor who is a paleontologists, part of the team that discovered that skull joins us from london. let's start with that question, who made the tools? >> not necessarily that easy to answer, but the smoking gun the best option is a creature, a human ancestor you could say that lived in the same area at the same time. indeed know at her you say flat faced man or human from kenya that's most likely, because the fossils have been found in that area. >> surely then, if we're talking
about an ancestor of the humans making this tool and it's much older, that has implication for our understanding of human development, right? >> it certainly has yes. in particular, the stone tools that we knew, the oldest were about 2.6 million years old and they were already pretty sophisticated, so the question has always been where does this culture come from of making these stone tools. there must have been something before but we were never really able to find anything that would be a good candidate. now it's been found and it's very exciting, because it is a major lead back in time from 2.6 to 3.3 and gives a better idea of how early human ancestors started to produce stone tools. in a very basic way, of course, but it's a major discovery. >> we keep hearing of major discoveries, adding these discoveries up, is it
fundamentally changing the concepts or theories of eve illusion? >> not fundamentally changing, but in forms us much better. what was going on in that particular period before thee million years ago is something that we could only speculate about. we had the fossils the best known from that time is perhaps the skeleton lucy from ethiopia and it is still a possibility that rules loose's kind made stone tools but it didn't appear directly in the area, so it was a good chance that it was this other species that did so, but the tools the tool making, exactly when that started and in what way is not known from that earlier period. in that sense, it really is a major leap forward because stone tools are not just interesting, because they are just stone tools but it is a window into the rain of our
ancestors, if you want to understand what they were thinking what is preplanning this is very useful to look at what they could produce with their hand. imagine there's knife useful stone, preplan a trip to pick up the stones, take them back to camp and make stone tools. that's the planning you can deduce from finding weapons in a certain setting. >> thanks so much. lebron james help his team take a lead in the early standings. details, coming up.
challenges, he was always in a difficult position. it was expected that one or possibly two would step down at some stage in the race to leave one or two challengers. he was expected to do that a few weeks ago and finally announced thehe princ allowed a cleara clear run. even if that was to happen, the prince is still an outsider. >> doesn't throwing his support behind the prince, do you see him mounting a real challenge? >> not really, unfortunately i think the prince is in a stronger position, because he can call on some support from asia not all support but certainly a few votes from asia, as well as the european votes that prague cab expected to call
upon. he has an in built majority and i think he will get the clear two thirds votes that he needs to avoid a second round of votes. i think he will win a fifth term quite comfortably. >> when plaata does as you say win a fifth term, what do you think are his most immediate concerns and challenges? >> well, i think he is concerned with the situation between israel and palestinian. he realize little the election is in the bag for him. i think he faces a fundamental situation with the world cup because sponsors are raising concerns about issues in qatar and russia and he wants to reassure sponsors, because fifa
is this huge commercial machine now, generates enormous amounts of money through t.v. sponsor ship and rights from the world cup. that money is redistributed to fifa in development grants. every fed occasion receives money from fifa, in turn loupes wins for support in blatter. it's legitimate bribery to be honest bit. that machine is in place and he needs to keep it rolling on and will need the sponsors onboard. that will be his main concern ahead of difficult world cups. >> an umpire attacked in 2009 in lahore hopes to put it behind
him at the scene of the deadly attack. >> this was the attack in 2009 that forced cricket out of pakistan and changed the lives of all those who were there. gunmen shot at the sri lankan's team bus killing eight and wounding several players and officials. among the wounded was the pakistani umpire. >> i got hit in my tummy and second on my right lung, which is now not working at all. i spent 29 days in intensive care few days in coma. it was a horrible day for me and for pakistan. >> since then, pakistan's national people have played all their home matches abroad. the security situation in their
own country deemed too risky by other teams to tour, but now six years on, top level international cricket is returning to pakistan with zimbabwe's tour starting friday. >> the main event is that zimbabwe has broken the spell and that it will, i hope pave the way for other countries to follow suit later on. we have interest from other countries, and i think within the next year or so, we'll be having more tours from member countries. >> the game will take operation at the same stadium in lahore and marks a comeback for the umpire, at his home ground. >> i'm very much excited. i can't express myself, because after six years no one was in
pakistan. it's a big sport in pakistan. >> the overall security situation in the country remains unstable. the international cricket council refused to send its officials to pakistan. zimbabwe went ahead with their tour despite attacks in karachi and lahore in the past weeks and with thousands was security personnel in the ground and in the sky, they are confident their safety is prioritized. >> pakistan have done a lot so that we will be safe. the main thing for us is to play good cricket. >> tickets for the match have sold out as fans prepare to take their seats for a historic game it hopes will mark a change in foreigns for cricket in the country. >> lebron james has helped the cleveland cavaliers take a 1-0
lead against the that he didn't atlanta hawks. he scored 31 points on the night. they took the win in their opener with the hawks. >> in the nhl game three of the final series between the tampa bay lightning and new york rangers went the distance and then some. tampa bay came back from 2-0 down, charged to a 4-2 lead. those celebrations short lived because the rangers made it 4-4. it was 5-5 when the game went into extra time. scoring the winner, 3:53 into the third period. thanks for watching, more later. >> that brings you guess to the end of the news hour. we're back with another full bulletin of news. that's coming up.