doha. have a great day. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour. i'm shiulie ghosh in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, iraq's formal deputy prime minister and saddam hussein's confidante has died in prison. maggie noodles regulators say are unsafe to eat. nestle' says they are fine. and opec maintains production despite calls from
the city to push prices higher. and baliwood comes to town. kuala lumpur cashes in on the movie industry. one of saddam hussein's most loyal ministers has died in iraq. the 79 year older passed away in prison on friday afternoon. he suffered a heart attack on thursday. imran khan joins us live from baghdad to tell us more. he has been on death row since 2010. tell us more about that. >> reporter: well he was convicted for a number of charges. he was a very hated member of the regime and he was always one of the more public members of this regime. his son has said that he is very angry that the media were informed before the family were. i have been watching a lot of
the local media, and he has been almost ignored. there is no eulogy no day of mourning. he is not that kind of figure here in iraq. a lot of the tv channels are simply going with regular programming. he was fluent in english, he was a christian, he was very public when it came to his statements. he negotiated the iran iraq truce. he negotiated with the americans after 2003. he was a complete loyalist to the president saddam hussein, even helped him get into power during the queue. so he's very associated with the previous regime and his legacy here will be swept under the carpet. but he is a very important figure, because he was one of the people that really tried to stop the american invasion and occupation of iraq. he said the only reason
americans wants to invade is for israel and for oil. so he has an international presence, but here in iraq the news -- >> apologies to that. we have lost imran khan there. but updating us on the death of tar rick azzez. we have him back now. without his many court appears he always remained oil to iraq and even though he was sentenced to death in 2010, that death sentence was never carried out. the iraqi president refused to sign the death order. why was that? >> reporter: it's -- i mean there's a number of speculative reasons. probably the most likely reason is is that he but always seen
as somebody that did try to prevent the americans coming in and invading during 2003. he was very outspoken that he was an iraqi loyalist despite his allegiances to saddam hussein. he was never part of the circle that went after politicians and went after saddam hussein's enemies. that was very much something that saddam hussein and his cronies did. for that reason i think he was rewarded by the fact that that death sentence was never carried out. but he was in prison for a very long time his family felt he should have been released. but here in iraq there will be no day of mourning no yule gives or guests on television talking about his legacy. he was a member of that hated regime and so they simply are ignoring the fact that he has passed away in prison. >> imran khan thanks very much
indeed. the chief executive of nestle' has flown to india to try to reassure customers. india's food safety regulators have banned the sale of maggie instant noodles. they say dangerous levels of lead were detected in some samples. >> reporter: for more than 20 years this man and his family have been selling maggie noodles to university students in new delhi. they have created 50 different dishes, but their business has dropped by 50% since the regulators found samples of maggie noodles were unsafe to eat. >> translator: we have dropped the name maggie from our menu board and we have substituted with other noodle brands. we will not use maggie at our shop until the government says the brand is adhering to food safety standards. >> reporter: to prevent further
fallout, nestle''s global ceo has stepped in. he says the noodles are safe to eat. consumer rights activists say the decision to stop selling noodles is too late. >> considering the effects of lead on children and the fact that high levels of lead in blood in children is already a problem in india, i think they should have shown more concern and acted far more quickly. >> reporter: for decades millions of indians have eaten foods made locally. this case is once again raised questions about india's food processing and safety standards and whether the rules governing the operations are stringent enough. while governments and regulatory
bodies are focusing on nestle' india, experts warn this is part of a much bigger national crisis. >> these contaminants are part of the problems in our environment, it's in the air, it is in the water. there are so many things which come from different sources. >> reporter: already a ban on one of india's most popular foods is hurting appetites and business. that's a worrying sign for this man who's bread and butter business is maggie noodles. now the oil cartel opec has decided to keep pumping oil at 30 million barrels a day. the 12 members have been meeting in the austrian capitol, vienna. despite pressure from oil companies they have decided not to boost revenue by reducing
output. by january the price of oil has dropped to a five-year low. but oil extraction is an expensive business and it's not enough to cover many producer's costs. >> reporter: here in vienna there was no suspense at the beginning of the day and there was no surprise at the end of the day. as widely expected opec's decision was to keep output levels at current levels which means the glut in the market place will continue. in the press conference, it was announced that what had been decided upon was for the good of all opec countries. but there has been an undercurrent of tension in the past few days especially in countries like venezuela. despite the fact that countries like venezuela. angola other countries had
wanted to see a change in the output level, that didn't happen and opec ministers insisted that was for the best. in that decision being driven largely by gulf countries. another undercurrent of tension was the iran question but that was put on the back burner. iran has said they are ready to start getting their oil out there in the fact place again, but that will depend on if sanctions are actually lifted and that hinges on what will happen in the nuclear deliberations that are still ongoing. >> let's talk now to the oil strategist and bloomberg. it was pretty much expected that oil levels weren't going to be changing. but why when oil prices are so low? >> well i think opec has looked at what has happened over the past six months and they have seen that oil prices have risen close to 50% from their low point in january, as they have
said demand growth is better this year than it was last year. demand growth is accelerating. they see that accelerate going the second half of the year and at the same time non-opec supply growth is slowing down and these are two things that they need to happen in order to balance the market and preserve their market share. yes, they are all shorting in the short-term but this decision originally taken last november and was ratified now, is much more about long term marks, and long term market share. the argument being if they cut supply and keep prices up all that does is to facilitate further rapid growth in non-opec output particularly in the out put of oil from shale in the united states and that if that were to happen opec would be back where it was in the early
1980s, constantly cutting back supply. the burden of that largely falling on saudi arabia and the other gulf countries. in the '80s saudi arabia saw its production fall from over 10 million barrels a day at the start of the decade to about 2.5 million barrels a day, by 1985 '86, and they certainly don't want to be in that position again. so this is about the longer term not the immediate short-term -- >> okay. sorry -- let me just leap in there. because a lot of talk today also about iran. if those international negotiations end successfully we're also going to see iran undoubtedly releasing more oil stocks. how is that going to be accommodated? >> nobody knows. it's something the organization hasn't addressed in this detail certainly not in -- in their revelations to -- to the public. they are clearly, i think,
hoping that demand growth will remain strong enough that as iranian supply comes back into the market there will be enough demand to soak that up but it's not an issue that they decided to deal with at this meeting, part of the reason i think is that there are still questions over whether a nuclear deal will be reached. it is not yet certain. opec meets again in six month's time i think they feel they can leave what will be a difficult decision until that meeting. >> julian thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. u.s.-lead coalition forces have reportedly care rory -- carried out air strikes in iraq. opposition forces have
reportedly taken control of a town after heavy fighting with government forces. and clashes between opposition groups and hezbollah fighters near the border of lebanon. seven people have been killed in fight fighting. al-nusra says they have killed more than a dozen fighter. eight of the ten men who were supposed by convicted for trying to kill schoolgirl malala yousafzai were reportedly cleared. in april legal and security officials announced that ten men were sentenced to long jail terms following a secret trial in malala's hometown. kamal heidler reports. >> reporter: as you know
earlier the court had said that all ten would be given a 25-year sentence. that was considered big us in. however, as the proceedings went along in that particular anti-terrorist court, the court has now decided that there was strong evidence against two of the suspects and therefore, a lack of evidence as far as the other suspects were concerned, so they were released. however, it must be noted that despite the sentence they -- the two people who were convicted will be able to appeal to a higher court. >> where does this leave the investigation into malala's shooting? is it going to continue? >> reporter: it is going to continue, because if you remember, one of the key suspects who was involved in the attack had escaped to afghanistan in 2013. he was then arrested by the pakistani authorities in 2015
which was last year and there was strong evidence so the likelihood that these two people will be charged is very strong. however, there was a lack of evidence as far as i mentioned as far as the others were concerned. this is a high-profile case and the government will be interested in making sure those who are guilty are brought to court. >> reporter: kamal thank you for that. a forth person has died from the mers virus in south korea, and an infected doctor has had contact with 1500 people. we'll have the latest from seoul coming up. and allegations the former yemen government knew where a bomb maker was hiding. and we're in edmonton
canada for the opening game of the women's world cup. the united nations security council is meeting to discuss the latest developments in the ukrainian crisis. there has been a surge in fighting between the army and pro-russia separatists in eastern ukraine after months of southeast fire. kristen saloomey joins us live from the united nations. what has been happening with this meeting, kristen? >> reporter: well the security council is meeting amid growing fears that the situation in ukraine, could continue to spiral out of control, given recent reports of increased violence and activity in the strategic town of marinka. the european union is calling these latest clashes the most serious violation of the minsk
agreement. but the president warned that a full-scale invasion could be possible. he said there were 9,000 russian troops massing on the boarder of ukraine. and because of that the security council called this meeting to discuss the situation and air its views. they are getting a briefing from the u.n. undersecretary general for political affairs. and they also heard from a representative of the osce which is keeping an eye on the situation in ukraine, he spoke on behalf of the osce and said the deteriorating security situation was indeed worrying that it was a sign that the sides are continuing to take a military track, instead of a political one, which is what everyone here is advocating for,
a political solution to resolve differences. but he also sounded a calming note as well. saying this was not necessarily a further intense indication of the violence. but perhaps maybe a refocusing of weaponsy and personnel to different areas. >> do you think we're going to see any concrete outcome from this meeting, kristen? >> reporter: three months ago, the security council passed a resolution on ukraine, that's the last time they got together on the subject. they agreed to support and affirm the minsk agreement. but this meeting has been all about finger pointing. we had the russian ambassador accusing ukraine of provoking this escalation violations of the minsk agreement and so on. and you are the united states
and the europeans pointing the finger right back at russia saying we know who created the separatists, we know who is backing them and supporting them. samantha power said clearly the separatists were not clearing their tweets through moscow, because they were talking about retaking mirinka, so we have this back and forth, and we don't expect any concrete action coming out of the meeting today, just an airing of views. >> kristen thank you for that. a fourth person has died from middle east respiratory syndrome in south korea. meanwhile it's emerged that a doctor infected with the disease came into contact with more than 1500 people. harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> reporter: after days of underlying rumors and calls for more transparency south korea's government at least reveals one
of the hospitals involved in the outbreak. it said 30 of the cases were at this hospital. perhaps it was transmission between patients by staff, or through poor ventilation allowing air conditioners to spread droplets along the ward. what is not known yet is whether the virus has mutated. >> translator: this hospital has recorded a particularly large number of people infected as compared to other hospitals. therefore we have decided to release the name in order to trace all of the people who have been in the hospital. >> reporter: until now such information has been the subject of crowd sporing, pinpointing locations where infected patients were believed to have been treated. parental pressure has seen more than a thousand schools suspend classes. education officials say they will close a further 166 schools
for monday unless the situation improves. >> translator: this weekend will be critical the incubation period for primary and secondary patients ends this weekend. if there's no further infection we can say we have stemmed the main tide but if there are more cases we'll have to prepare for trushary cases and a spread into the community. >> reporter: soul's mayor announced that a doctor who had contracted the virus had been in contact with hundreds of people. a day after developing mild symptoms but before his association says he knew he had been exposed he went to two medical symposiums and a meeting of more than 1500 owners of apartments in this complex.
all of this has hit south korea's tourism industry with more than 7,000 would-be visitors canceling their trips. >> translator: there has been a big drop in the number of tourists coming in. trifen this train, this would hit more than 50% of our business. if it goes on i might have to consider shutting down. >> reporter: for most life goes on as normal. but this dead lit little underdisease is playing on the mind. mask sales have gone up seven fold in a week. but after a admittedly slow start it is hoped the government has caught up enough to slow and stop the spread of mers. allegations made to al jazeera suggests at least seven yemeni government officials knew where al-qaeda's chief bomb maker was hiding. a former operative who became a government informant has told al jazeera's investigative unit he
exposed the experts whereabouts. >> reporter: one of the world's most wanted men. thought to be al-qaeda's top bomb maker. the underwear bomb on flight 253 christmas daye. and explosives hidden in a printer on a cargo plane a year later. this al-qaeda informant says he has told the yemen government where he was hiding. >> reporter: he says he informed on al-qaeda from 2006 until 2009. he had been a member of the group since the late '90s. he claims he first met asiri, in
not be reached for comment. he says he was fooled and so was the united states and many western governments. today asiri has still not been caught and the threat of an asiri-made bomb on a plane remains. and you can watch the full documentary, al-qaeda informants at 0100 hours gmt on saturday. it's also on line. you can find extended interviews articles and lots more. well featured on that documentary is a spanish tourist, a survivor of the 2007 car baum attack at the temple in marib. he now wants spain to reinvestigate that bombing. at the time they closed the investigation due to lack of
information provided by the yemeni government. al-qaeda was blamed for the attack. the middle east is increasingly playing an influential role in the world of football. and prince ali hussein seems to be in the middle of it all. >> reporter: the middle east has emerged as one of football's most powerful blocks at fifa. the region is likely to have a big say in who will replace sepp blatter. here the prince who ran against blatter last week has transformed the sport as the president of its football association. he professionalized football here and built the strongest women's football team in the region. he was always the driving force behind lifting a fifa ban on allowing women to wear head scarfs. he focused on reforming fifa and
putting an end to corruption but it appears he did not have the support of many fellow arab neighbors. >> translator: unfortunately, the way arab countries voted in the last election was a killer for prince ali. the position of arab countries is not honorable. >> reporter: he is also helped improve the palestinian football team. jordan hosts matches between palestinian and arab teams who's governments refuse to play in the palestinian territories because they are against normalization of relations with israel. many believe he has what it takes to persuade more nations that he is the man to lead football into the postblatter era. here in the middle east loyalties are so split that power blocks might make it difficult to garner most of his
neighbors votes at fifa. he has not officially announced he will stand in the next election. in any case football experts expect him to face challenges. >> on the surface you would have to say he is the obvious favorite favorite. however, there is a big pro-blatter sentiment, and there could well be a revenge factor those africa countries in particular who are still fond to blatter because of the money channelled to them over the last 17 years. >> reporter: can qatar hosting the world cup in 2022 it is certain that this region is on its way to becoming a king maker at the top table. there is more to come in
this news hour including the buddhas, a decade after their destruction by the taliban, the area is making something of a cultural come back. and mexico's elections have been opened to the field of for more candidates. and the cleveland cavaliers serve us a thriller in the opening game of the nba finals. we'll have details coming up in the next 20 minutes.
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hard earned only on al jazeera america ♪ welcome back. the top stories on al jazeera. one of saddam hussein's most trusted foreign ministers has died in iraq. he was condemned to death five years ago after surrendering to u.s. troops in 2003 when saadam was toppled, he passed away on friday afternoon after a heart attack. opec has agreed to keep oil production at current levels despite pressure from some of the members to cutout put.
india's food safety regulators have banned the sale and production of maggie instant noodles after samples were found be unsafe to eat. the chef executive of nestle' denies that they are a changer. let's get more on our top story and the death of one of saddam hussein's most loyal ministers. kim vinnell looks back at his controversial life. >> reporter: for many he was the best-known face of saddam hussein's regime. traveling the global meeting world leaders, he defended his boss's policies at every turn even after the gases that killed some 5,000 kurds. he deflected the blame. he was a christian and came to the party in the 1950s.
by the time they came to power in iraq in 1968, the former english teacher was already a prominent figure. in 1970 he was named information minister and a member of saadam's council. in the early '80s he became foreign minister tasked with strengthening relations with baghdad and the u.s. but when saadam ordered the bombing of kuwait he has to face the world. the u.s. responded to the kuwait invasion by declaring war on iraq. for iraq the results were devastating the army defeated and the country facing harsh international sanctions. he was named deputy prime minister soon after the war. he condemned what he described
as u.s. constant hostility towards iraq. in 2003 under the guise of searching for weapons of mass destruction, the u.s. invaded. he was the ace of spades in the u.s.'s famous deck of cards in iraq's most wanted leaders. in 2003 he turned himself in and in 2009 was convicted on two different counts sentenced to 22 years in prison. the next year he was sentenced to death by the iraqi supreme court for the persecution of religious parties. he remained on death row and loyal to saadam until his death. we're joined by a professor of political science. thank you for being with us. first of all your reaction to news of his death. >> well it was certainly sad
news for a gentlemen like that. where you differ or agree with him, it was a loss. he was a veteran diplomat and he did his utmost and endeavored to lift the sanctions on iraq since 1991 and he stood in the face of the united states and the west and showed the double standardness of these two blocks against iraq and i think he has done nothing to justify his death sentence. >> he was convicted of very serious crimes though. he got long jail sentences for a series of executions of merchants in 1992 then his role in expelling kurds from northern iraq and finally he was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity. i mean they are serious crimes. >> yeah that's what the court was.
but the reality, i was in iraq and never learned that he was part of all of these activities. he was not a military man certainly. the only problem is that he defended his country as a foreign minister and his other problem, he was a christian, and i think the [ inaudible ] showed at certain times that he could easily turn against his leader saddam hussein which he refuseded a vantly and that was the cause of the reason for these harsh sentencing against him. >> he himself said he didn't participate in any of the crimes raised against him. but in iraq itself there is very little mention of his death. how do you think he will be remembered? >> i think he will be remembered as the one who did his utmost to lift the inhuman sanctions in
iraq. and he was working very hard to lift these sanctions, and he was modern and middle of the way diplomat he was not fan gnat tick as i said a lot of people differed with his ideology but in practice he was a very modern and civilized person. >> thank you very much indeed for joining us via skype from london there. it has been called the biggest hack of u.s. government data ever. 4 million past and present u.s. federal employees were hit by a cyber attack last month. the u.s. suspects china. but the chinese embassy in washington says such accusations arer responsible. >> translator: are they scientific? we know hacker attacks are conducted anonymously across
nations, and it is hard to track the source. it is irresponsible and unscientific to always make trumped up accusations would full investigations. we hope the u.s. can show more trust in cooperation in this field. police have fought teachers in guerrero. the teachers say the poll can't take place until 43 students who went missing are found. all 500 congressional seats are up for grabs in mexico's midterm elections. independents are being allowed to run for the first time. >> reporter: question what do a footballer a clown, a reality tv star and a vigilante have in
common? answer, they are all candidates in mexico's midterm elections. a growing disillusionment with the major parties, and the ability for independents to stand for the first time has lead to a free for all. this man is one of the new candidates entering the race. he says he must be able to do better than mexico's notoriously corrupt political class. >> translator: the important thing is to serve the people. something many politicians don't see. they have forgotten them and that's why i'm running. >> reporter: his campaign is partly powered by a superhero alter ego, is hard to take seriously, but then for many mexicans so is the current establishment. in the past 15 years all of the
major parties have been involved in corruption scandals. this is the most prominent independent candidate. he is playing to packed arenas with home-spun wisdom on how we'll lower violence and clean up government in the rich northern state. >> translator: what i want to do is to shift the focus from political parties to the people. someone needed to start doing that, but no one dared to until me. >> reporter: more independence operating out of stagnant party structures can only be good news says the former top election official. >> the problem is the system needs some renewal, so these independent candidates winning some positions can be that external shock needed. >> reporter: the man best placed
to find that shock is this man. he alone is picked to win his race. if it does it will send a warning to the underperforming parties that if they can't do better the country's citizens now have other choices. now the world was shocked taliban blew up the giant buddha statutes. now almost 15 years later, the city has been declared a capitol of culture. nicole johnston reports. >> reporter: daylight creeps across the valley. and it feels like the most peaceful place on earth. in other parts of the province the taliban is fighting afghanistan security forces but not here. three giant caves loom over the
valley. they are the scars left behind when the taliban blue up buddhist statutes here in 2001. the destruction shocked the world. now it has been declared the first cultural capitol. you can see just how beautiful this valley is. you have the cliff where the buddhas were carved and hundreds of caves where the monks lived. it was an ancient trading hub on the old silk road. at the last minute at ten danths can delled. the local government believes it was because of security concerns. >> the government of afghanistan is very keen on developing this. they will do maximum to ensure that they are safe. they have endorsed the decision
and we will help them bring tourist to the country. 2,000 afghan security forces have been brought in to protect less than 200 government officials. >> translator: the security is different to other provinces. right now we have a high security alert. it's based on threats on bordering regions. >> reporter: a few kilometers where from the buddhas once sat are the ruins of a citadel. it was destroyed by genghis haan. here is the director of mon mument mumentmu mumentmu mument -- monuments. >> translator: now it is the capitol of culture that could attract aid to the province. but the roads are not safe and we don't have a standard airport, so it's not easy for
tourists to get here. >> reporter: the title of cultural capitol may remind people that deep in the mountains is a place where buddhists once practiced and travelers rested. raul will be here in just a moment with all of the sport, including the world of rubby plays tribute to a member of the all black who was killed in a car crash. stay with us.
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it's time for sport. >> thank you very much shiulie. the seventh women's football world cup is about to get underway in canada with 24 nations battling for the trophy. the buildup to the tournament has been completely overshadowed by the fifa scandal. andy richardson is in edmonton. >> reporter: the countdown well and truly on here. the first game between the host nation canada and china. and the clock also ticking on the career of fifa president, sepp blatter, and he has a rather controversial relationship with the women's game. once commenting if the game was to market itself better or perhaps the players would wear tighter shorts. blatter has been in the same room as the female nominates and either failed to recognize them or called them by their wrong names. under blatter's watch the women's game has received huge
investment and expanded out of its traditional strong holds. and this tournament has evolved from having 12 countries to 24 countries this time around. and also in 2013, three women were voted on the fifa's executive committee, the organization's top decision-making body. although given the car -- -- corroded separation of some of the men that may not be a good thing although blatter is still scheduled to appear in vancouver on july 5th. >> the south african police have launched an investigation into bribery allegations surrounding
the awarding of the 2010 world cup. it comes after the emergence of a letter. there is an indirect root for the transfer of $10 million to fifa. fifa have admitted they paid the irish more than $5 million to avoid a legal battle after the handball that resulted in ireland not qualifying for the 2010 world cup. the head of the ireland football association says fifa paid up to stop the issue from going to court. ever since the scandal broke last week it has been the united states that have taken the lead this cleaning up the game and that could help the game become more popular over there. >> reporter: now blatter, he's
not going down quietly. >> reporter: it's not often that air time on u.s. radio shows is taken up with football here they call it soccer but perhaps it's a sign of growing importance. >> sepp blatter isn't the only person at fault here. >> reporter: the phone lines here have been lighting up but the host says the scandal won't stop fans from watching the sport that is steadily growing in popularity. >> people expected it. and then you have the actual sport side which some people are into and i think they separate the two and they really care about the sport and the corruption is on the other side. >> reporter: in many cities in u.s. these sites are not uncommon. during the last world cup, more north americans than ever tuned
in to watch a sport that many perceive as failing to grow in popularity. the demographics here are changing quickly. by 2050 it is expected a third of the population will be hispanic, and many believe all of this attention could help the sport grow. >> sepp blatter resigning and maybe new blood stepping in may allow some of my non-soccer friends or friends who are not necessarily big fans of soccer. >> maybe the change is going to help the soccer world, and that may help how the sport grow theres the united states. >> reporter: football is far from challenging main stream u.s. sports but few doubt that could soon change. the generation that was introduced to the game by so-called soccer moms are growing up fast. the current scandal in the game may be a destruction for now, but it's unlikely to stop steady
football growth in the u.s. to tennis and world number one is currently playing andy murray for a place in the french open final. it's currently 3-2 to the top seed. djokovic beat nadal in the quarter finals and he is looking to complete the grand slam. the winner of that game will face the swiss who beat roger federer in the quarters. he really took control by winning the third set on a tie break. the former australian open champion then took it 6 games to 4 to reach the final. the world of rubby is in mourning for jerry collins and his wife who were killed in a car accident in france. it happened when their vehicle collided with a bus in southern france with the couple's
two-month-old daughter but in serious condition. the 34-year-old bay his debut in 2008. there was a minute of silence as his former team took on the highlanders. to the nba now, the golden state warriors and cleveland cavaliers served up a thriller. all of the talk revolved around cleveland's lebron james and seth curry. the game went into overtime when 24 shot was missed to put the cavs in front. golden state pull away in overtime to eventually win it. the next game is onning oakland in sunday. >> we stuck to the game plan. lebron is going to dominate and
make plays, and we just have to make it hard on him and not let anybody else get a rhythm. >> at the end of the day, we gave ourselves a chance man, and, you know, i -- i missed a tough one, but we had so many opportunities, you know, to -- to win this game and it's up to us now to look at the film. watch and make some adjustments what you need to do and, you know be ready for sunday. justin gatlin has snatched a record previously held by usain bolt. eclipsing his record by .01 of a second. meanwhile olympic and world champion hurdler, sally pierson
may miss out on those championships. she dislocated her wrist after clibing a hurdle. very painful. lee wellings will have more sport for you later. >> thank you for that. bollywood is one of the largest producers of movies in the world. and over the past few years, the film award has become a high-profile event. our correspondent reports from kuala lumpur which is hosting this year's awards. >> reporter: this is more than just a song and dance for these teenagers. it's a lesson in their culture. >> it links us back definitely to india. we feel very much connected outside of india, because of bollywood movies and to watch our favorite stars on skrooen.
>> reporter: bollywood is spawning industries arrange the world, but nothing is more lucrative than the films. >> 23 million watch a movie a day. is now everybody wants a part of it right? so they also want to attract films in their country. we spending over $500 million on shooting. >> reporter: that's why countries bid to host the international film academy awards. sidelines events are also organized to cater to the country. according to the organizers thousands of people will be flying into kuala lumpur. they are expected to spending over $20 million. close a half a billion people will be watching malaysia showcase the event. so what was bollywood get out of it? >> the objective is i think -- is to taken dea cinema
global and that's what we have achieved now. >> reporter: the event is held in a different country each year. >> you get not just the committed bollywood audience but you also get new eye balls, which is what this awards function should be aiming to achieve. so is it possible to say whether it has increased bollywood's following abroad in that's impossible to see. >> now i'm planning to open boutiques in malaysia, but i have already opened them in mumbai. >> reporter: she says there is interests in her designs in the middle east, and efforts to develop the film industry abroad are paying off. and that's it for this news hour. we'll hand you over to our colleagues in london but for all of us here in doha bye for
one of saddam hussein's most loyal ministers dies in prison at the age of 79. hello there, i'm phallusty barr and this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up an agreement to keep oil production at the same rate despite calls from the industry to push prices higher. india bans the sale of the hugely popular maggie noodles after dangerous levels of lead are detected in some samples.