f.i.f.a. looks to the future with a new leader after sepp blatter steps down hello, you're watching al jazeera, i'm darren jordon in doha, l iraq's prime minister asks for help from allies to beat i.s.i.l. president obama signed into law information limiting collection of data. rescue teems in china - looking for hundreds of missing passengers after a cruise ship
capsizes welcome to the programme media reports say sepp blatter is under investigation into an f.i.f.a. corruption scandal. he stepped down on tuesday, days after defying critics to win re-election. he made no reference to the federal bureau of investigation's indictment of nine officials last week on the eve of the congress. lool elected as president last friday by f.i.f.a., he didn't feel he had the mandate from the world of football. blatter announced an extraordinary congress to elect an successor. >> neave barker has more. >> four days after re-election as a powerful man in football. a shock announcement from f.i.f.a. sepp blatter says the organization needed profound
organization. >> translation: although members of f.i.f.a. elected me it doesn't seem to be supported be many. this is why i'll call an extraordinary congress and dispose of my function. >> the extraordinary congress expected to take place between march and december last year. he spent years building a network of support, especially in africa where football received growing investment. but the recent scandal surrounding f.i.f.a. prompted many to call for his resignation, including the head of englands football association. >> it's a good day for football. we needed change for f.i.f.a. and this is the change they wanted. we are a bit smug and delighted.
blatter's resignation comes in less than a week after two vice presidents have been charged with fraud and racket earring, part of a prosecution against 14 people. swiss authorities launched an investigation surrounding 2018 and 2022 world cup wids won by russia and qatar. sepp blatter is not under investigation by swiss authorities, but under his watch the organization faces its biggest challenge yet. after 17 years at the helm of f.i.f.a. the resignation paves the way for a new era in international football. >> qatar's football association responding to the english fa president greg dyke's comments that qatar shouldn't be too comfortable. in a statement he said:
jordan's prince ali said he a pleased with sepp blatter's decision. >> well first of all, i'm very happy the change happened. i cannot say anything any more than that. i'm happy for the support that i got. we need to work, and need to work to change the imaging of f.i.f.a. simon hill is a football commentator from fox sports. he thinks it could be a step in
the right direction for world football. >> the governing body of the game could be under question. i think it was right and proper that sepp blatter stood down as president. that is cutting off the head of the problem. we have to deal with the body. in terms of 2018 and 2022 world cups, to revisit the vote is probably a little late in the case of russia, in terms of qatar, there's time. i know in the middle east significant investment has gone into building the infrastructure and the stadiums to get the country ready for the world cup, i am sure if it was to be taken away there'll be litigation brought to bear by the qataris, probably billions and bankrupt the governing body. that is a hurdle they'd have to overcome if they go to a revote. in terms of australia, i am sure they'll be interested in a revote. i think, really, it's a side
issue. what we need is to get football back to governance and in my opinion, it's a step in the right direction towards that. >> rescuers in china are having to deal with bad weather as they search for the bodies of 400 people missing as a cruise ship sank. rescuers heard cries for help from inside the ship carrying 458 people when it capsized. adrian brown has this report on the rescue mission. >> behind me the yangtze river, a powerful symbol and the focus of a friendsied and -- frenzied and continuing rescue operation, it's hampered by the weather. we had torrential rain during the past 24 hours, it has eased you have during the past
few hours. not enough to make it easier for teams of divers working around the clock. they are looking at the possibility of drilling three holes into the upturned hull of the vessel to make it possible to enter the vessel that way. an option understand consideration is to right the vessel, float it. it's a challenging task. it continues to yield more dead than living, another body brought ashore this morning. china's premier has been visiting the rescue scene, addressing journalists saying that that this rescue operation will continue as long as needed. china's president xi jinping receives regular updates, and later the families of the missing will arrive in the city where what is shaping up to be the country's worst maritime disaster in recent times conditions to unfold. hundreds of migrants off the coast of myanmar have been
escorted by navy vessels, commanders in myanmar say they will not take action until the identities of 727 people are verified. they were found in a converted fishing boat in the anna man sea four days ago. >> let's get more from florence louie. bring us up to date on the latest on what the government plans to do with the migrants. >> right for the past few days we heard from owe fcials that the boat will be brought to the state. we may get conformation that the boat will be brought to a town in northern states close to the bangladesh border and where the government is holding another group of boat people found about 10 days ago, a group of 200 people. now, the myanmar government said most of the people on board the
boat of 200 are from bangladesh. we don't know the identities of the people the 727 people found last friday. and as far as we know no international aid agencies have been given access to the people. we don't know the continue that they are in. we know reporters try to get to them. they were turned away by the navy. the government will provide the people with food and water and whatever me sin they need before they conduct verification exercises. when we spoke to the government spokesman a day ago, he said that they'd be brought to a safe location before repatriated to bangladesh suggesting that a verification exercise has been completed. we know that that is not the case. the government described these people as beng alley, a term used to describe and disparage the rohingya. an ethnic minority not
recognised. they believe that it employs that they are recent migrants. the rohingya are stateless and friendless in this country, subject to restriction, and they can't travel freely. they are stateless, don't have rights and are segregated from the community, these continues are making so many get onto boats to leave the country. the myanmar government refuses to acknowledge that policies of discrimination are driving many to make dangerous boat journeys to escape. >> thank you. iraq's prime minister is pleading for happy to fight islamic state of iraq and levant. haider al-abadi says his country needs the support of the world to defeat i.s.i.l. but is not getting it. we have a report from paris where there was a meeting with allies. >> reporter: in iraq, the bullets and bombs continue. fighting so severe it looks
nowhere near over. the hot desert landscape, a tangled web of militaries and militias, all trying to stop the advance of i.s.i.l. in paris, a stark juxtaposition. in this ornate setting diplomats desperate to find a solution for iraq in its battle against i.s.i.l., or as the group is called in arabic, d.a.e.s.h. >> translation: the international community, the international coalition, has to support us, has to support us to destroy d.a.e.s.h. >> reporter: iraq's foreign ministers called d.a.e.s.h.'s demeans a blemic on the world. by the end of day, common ground had been found. >> translation: the exchanges that we had today allowed us to reaffirm our unity and common determination to combat d.a.e.s.h. terrorists. >> the handshakes and hopefulness meant to show how resolute the coalition remains. >> this will be, as we said, a
long campaign. but we will succeed if we remain united, determined and focussed, and we are. >> reporter: on the table an anbar action plan promising to streamline delivery of weapons to the province and bank wish banquish i.s.i.l. for good. not as heavily discussed, but syria on the agenda. participants calling for a transition in syria, saying if i.s.i.l. takes over more territory, it will be more dangerous for iraq and a region as a whole. a region confronted by turmoil and the threat the likes of which was never seen before lots more to come including south korea steps up measures to contain an outbreak of m.e.r.s. we'll be live to soul with the
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welcome back a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. media reports say sepp blatter is upped investigation in an f.i.f.a. corruption scandal. he stepped down on tuesday, days after defying critics as world head of the governing body. >> rescuers in china are dealing with bad weather, searching for 400 missing after a cruise ship sang in the yangtze river. most on board were elderly
tourists. >> iraq's prime minister pleaded for help to fight i.s.i.l. haider al-abadi said his country is not getting the support it needs. >> the exiled government of yemen is prepared to attend a meeting in geneva to end the civil war. the tacks have been postponed once, no new date has been set. diplomat yik editor james base has more from u.n. headquarters. >> taking place in a matter of hours, a u.n. security council meeting to discuss the situation in yemen, ahead of the meeting, the government of yemen made an announcement, a mistakesman telling al jazeera that they are prepared to have a meeting. there were talks starting last week but they had to be postponed. if they attend, there'll be
consul sayings about the situation. they'll on take part in negotiations with the houthis, if they comply with the existing u.n. security council resolution and withdraw from all the areas that they have captured. i can tell you that separately there has been talks in recent days that took place in muscat in oman. there a number of nations were represented. we know that the u.s. sent a senior official and the houthis were also there. so a fresh effort from all parties to try to get the talks under way again. the u.n. would like the peace talks back under way, the u.n. making it clear it would like a pause in the fighting in yemen yemen when was one of the world's most impoverished countries before the fighting broke out of the after two months of attacks by the houthis, the humanitarian situation is dyer. erica woods reports.
>> reporter: water in sanaa is expensive to buy since war broke out. so much so that people call it white gold. this is a rare chance to fill up diner's for free. >> we buy water and distribute it in the poor districts, particularly those districts that don't have water wells all the moneys and support came from donors. >> social media is the latest way to appeal for the help they need. it's not just a water shortage. >> we have nothing, nothing is there for us. we don't have wheat, flower, and we don't have water gasoline or water. nothing is left. >> reporter: this is one of an estimated 1.8 million yemeni children not going to school because of the war. u.n.i.c.e.f. says 3,500 schools are forced to shut with not enough electricity or fuel to run the generators. hospitals and clinics have been forced to close.
medics describing taiz as a disaster zone because they are low on supplies and appealing to the world health organisation for help. the international committee of the red cross said it managed to get aid to 72,000 people, but many are missing out. >> the aid provided by the organizations is not enough to provide for the needs of the people in the province and the displaced people arriving here. >> we fled because we have seen east here and they provided us with accommodation. >> yemen was one of the most impoverished countries, and thousands of more are displaced from homes and surroundings the situation conditions to deteriorate. >> u.s. president obama signed new legislation retrying the government's ability to collect american's phone regards. the senate passed the fair labor
standards act -- freedom frackt. >> what the u.s.a. frackt does is re -- freedom act does is restore powers. the government will not be able to record the date time length and time americans take calls. private telephones will do this. the other change is now the u.s. government will have to in order to access the situation, which it could do automatically it needs to get a court order from the pfizer court. there's many not celebrating the resumption in surveillance the a.c.l.u. saying the most increasing tools are intact. still, i can't tell you what it shows is a shift in american attitudes, the fact that there was a debate was significant. for so many years, the provisions that expired were
rubber-stamped. that was not the case. they lapsed for more than a day and a half. it showed a shift in the attitudes. where after september 11th attacks, americans were willing to trade privacy for what they perceive to be increased security it's no longer the case they were less trusting of the government and willing to change the authorities. >> the u.s. president criticized the israeli prime minister on israeli tv. president obama says that is the position and damages the credibility. >> plupt criticism from the u.s. speak toing an israeli reporter. he said he is predisposed to think of security first. and intends to see the worst possibility as opposed to the best in his arab partners, his toughest talk came when he was
asked what the prime minister said in the run up to the election it he was re-elected, that there would be no 2-state solutions. >> subsequently his statement have suggested there's the possibility of a palestinian state, but it has so many caveats, so many conditions that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met any time in the future. the danger is that israel as a whole losses credibility. the international community does not believe that it's happy with the 2-state solution. the statement compounded with belief that there's not a commitment next. >> reporter: what is next the u.s. president reevaluating the
position at the meetings. he said he didn't think it was time to come up with a frameworking agreement. he didn't say what the confidence-building measurements where, but thought that illegal settlement and the inability of people in the wank west bank is a problem. the world health organisation is saying that an m.e.r.s. outbreak is likely to grow. cases have been upgraded to 30. more than 30 have been isolated. >> what is middle east respiratory syndrome. >> it's an illness emerging in saudi arabia in 2012. it causes fuel-like symptoms, fever, shortness of breath. leading to pneumonia and kidney failure. 3-4 out of 10 that contract
m.e.r.s. die from the virus. harry fawcett joins us live. tell us the latest about the m.e.r.s. cases. >> reporter: well, as you say, five knew cases diagnosed on wednesday, the total is 30, including a man who travelled to china against medical advice and is now in china understand quarantine there. of five case, one is a tertiary case that individual was not infected by the first case, the man that came back but infected by a person that he infected. there's three such cases, and that is the number that the authorities are especially looking at because the more stages of people that this infection goes through in terms of numbers, it becomes a bigger problem. as you say, more than 1,000, 1311 people are understand quarantine. with each case authorities tries who has been in contact with that person and put the people
under monitoring. 103 are in hospitals. so far the authorities are not saying which hospitals are used to house the people, because they are worried about panic spreading. rumour is spreading. a lot of people using social media nig i know the hospital is involved. parent not wanting the students to go to schools. most have been closed. >> you are talking about the possibility of a bigger problem. how well prepared is south korea for a wider outbreak. >> they are taking it mr seriously. two briefings 2000 the health ministerize ris. the president is preparing to have a presidential level meeting on this.
they admitted that there were mistakes made in the early days. the key mistake allowing the first patient to go between four hospitals over the course of 8-9 days before diagnosed with the disease. that's when he told them it was in the middle east in the run up to the matters developing. what is not clear is why he managed to spread the disease to 26 other people. the rate at which people spread the disease to other patients is much smaller that the hospital outbreaks have been able to be contained. authorities restrict people in contact with them for more than an hour. but it seems that the fire us pretty to a greater extent.
there are reports that if the worse case scenario developments, the authorities are preparing to put a hospital eye side for the m.e.r.s. sufferers, we are not to that statement, but are doing what they can to catch it. hoping it's not too late. >> the u.n. is calling for dialogue between the boournt party and the opposition -- burundi party and the potion to end the unrest. protesters returned to the streets, protesting pierre nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. . >> reporter: the police in boourntd burundi are ready. they know people opposed to the bid want to organise more protests, opposition supporters are trying to fight that. they can't get people to join because of a heavy security presence. >> the police came. they shot at the people protesting. i was in the house.
when i came out i heard the noise. >> some seemed too squared to join in, what was supposed to be a protest on tuesday didn't happen. >> it's a cat and mouse game between the police and the protesters, the police moved in trying to disperse using for now what looks like tear gas. people are shouting they won't go off the streets, they'll continue purchasing. police are in business. there was a tear gas cannister. it could inspire some of them. many have dispersed into the allies nearby. >> african leaders hand pierre nkurunziza to postpone the elections. >> we believe as a government we
can only play our part of the we cannot play the protesters parts, and cannot be on the streets with them. definitely not. we don't know why. they are on the streets as we speak. the thing is the government there fully make the decisions of the sum ut. >> reporter: that sument it of leaders called for voting to be delayed because of unrest. burundi said election proposed holding parliamentary and presidential elections next month. people have been protesting for weeks. it's not about delaying the poll, they want the president to go. >> a memorial has been held off cape town to remember hundreds of slaves who died when their ships sank more than 200 years ago. the wreckage was discovered by a
group of archeologists. more than 400 perished when the portuguese vessel went down in bad weather. some arty facts were part of a museum exhibit. a reminder keep up to date with news on the website. there it is on the screen: they run. children with autism - and the impulses that can lead them to bolt towards danger. >> i could hear the front door close. i knew something was wrong. i ran downstairs, out the front door screaming her name, screaming her name and couldn't find her. >> reporter: also, the shots rang out. the victim survived. at the start of what looked like another hot summer of violence,