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10 billion dollars. >> this is their dirty little secret. >> from al jazeera's headquarters in doha this is the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes. turkey's ruling party suffers a stunning setback at the ballot box and now faces the grueling task of building a coalition. president barack obama said that they need to speed up its training of forces battling isil. italy has refused to take in any more migrants but the boat
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loads keep coming. >> in cuba we look at some spectacular coral reefs. >> we begin in turkey where the ruling ak party has been much stripped of its majority in parliament bringing it to an end of its 12-year party rule. let's take a look at how things look in parliament. now this is what was at stake. 550 seats. the ak party needed 276 of those to rule alone. actually was happened was 41% the vote. they won 258. now the chp will take 132 seats while the nationalist movement party will be mhp sits on 80. the big winner of the day was the pro-kurdish people
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democratic party. for the first time it has cleared the 10% threshold needed to enter parliament. it, too, will have 80 seats. now our correspondent joins us live from istanbul. the turkish politics have really been shaken up. what happens next? >> the political landscape has changed. what is happening right now all the main parties including ak party is having its own internal discussion, a reflexion on the results. they're analyzing what went wrong, why they lost so much of the support and they're also talking about a future plan. now, the other main opposition parties are again holding their own meetings discussing the future plans. now what will happen next there is a number of--there are a number of scenarios possible
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scenarios. the primary who is a senior member of the ruling ak party he said that his party is attempting to form the government with a coalition of others. now we have to remember that they are short of at least 18 seats. without those 18 seats they won't be able to form the government. they did that with repercussions to it because going to the minority government, it means that they won't be able to pass laws in parliament because the other opposition parties who are represented in that parliament will probably block it. now there are another scenario that is a bit complicated but all political parties could be talking to each other, even though publicly they say they're not willing to hold coalition with one or the other.
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>> the hdp crossed the 10% threshold and got into parliament. anyone idea what they're going to do. >> it is has allowed the pro kurdish party to enter. we do think that they'll gain more rights for the kurdish people they'll have representatives in that parliament and i think that they will be interested in reaching a peace deal with the results to the conflict going on between the turkish state and. they want a peace process to end the 30-year conflict, and they did actually reach out to more of turkey and turks in this
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country. they have not only been favoring and calling on turks to gain more rights. their campaign has appealed to more. >> thanks. now u.s. president barack obama said america needs to step up training of iraqi forces fighting isil. he has been meeting with iraqi of iraq haider al-abadi during the g-7 summit in germany. he does admit there have been set backs saying that all areas are important not just the military fight. >> one thing we'll have to improve is the speed that we're training where we've trained iraqi forces and equipped them and we have a train and assist
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posture they operate effectively. where they haven't the morale and lack of equipment may undermine the forces. we can't to get them trained equipped, refreshed and focused. >> president obama talking about isil. it was one--it dominated the agenda not just for obama but for other leaders as well. >> that's right. they were strong words from president obama on the islamic state in iraq and the levant and the need for training and the need to stem the flow of foreign fighters that president obama referred to. he said if the borders could be closed down, where the foreign fighters were flowing through
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then there would be successful outcome. but he was voicefer vociferous about ukraine and russia's role in ukraine. in the press conference that finished recently, he said that russians have to decide whether they wanted to return to dreams of the soviet empire or whether they wanted to concentrate on their economy and that sort of thing. i have here a copy on the final communique that emerged and now all of the leaders who have spoken about it, and mrs. merkel, and mr. hollande they say that at next annex ization of crimea must stay until the memberships agreement has been implemented in full.
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>> will mrs. merkel be pleased with the agreements made today. >> that'swhen she spoke about the chance to get agreements where countries in g-7 and others would not allowed global temperatures to arise by two centigrade a year. that's something that the french government will be keen to pursue. because paris will be the venue of the climate congress at the end of the year, and president hollande was keen to get the things that will be on the agenda of the climate conference into this communique. so far it seems that that has happened. going forward from here as far as climate change is concerned will the climate change conference be able to achieve anything phoningful.
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the mood music coming from the french and german government is yes, it can. >> thank you. that summit has wrapped up, and the leaders heading out. thank you very much. >> the united states report on children and armed conflicts around the world, let's go to the united nations in new york. james, explain what is happening here. >> there has been a deep controversy behind the scenes here at the united nations and it concerns a report that comes out every single year from the united nations on the state of children particularly children in armed conflicts around the world. now this report looks into what is the state of those conflicts and children in those conflicts and it includes at the end of the report an annex of the grave
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violators of the children's rights. now i've been told by diplomatic sources a number of sources that the draft version of this report had israel and palestinian groups in that list, in that annex. and then the report was passed to the u.s. secretary of general ban ki-moon to his office. we understand that there was a great deal of political pressure coming in from the u.s. and israel and now he has produced his final reports. guess what at the end of the report israel and the palestinian groups are no longer listed. the person who wrote the international draft report was the u.n. special representative on this issue. i spoke to her a short time ago. >> this is the secretary general's report. >> but your recommendations was there political pressure? >> no, where did you see that? >> i'm told the draft report has
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israel and palestinian armed groups on it before the report you sent upstairs. it did did have it on there any more. is that true? >> yes, this means that the decision of the secretary general, we're supposed to prepare the decision of the secretary general. we're not the one who is decide. i think we discuss thoroughly this issue and we would advise that you read the report, and you will see how the decision was made. >> james the denial of any political pressure there but how can the u.n. produce a report about conflict and children and not include the gaza war? >> well, they will will be included. they'll be included in the body of the report, but they won't be included in that very crucial list at the end the list of violators. having spoken to some u.n.
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officials, they say it will still be worth reading this report. it has gone to the security council, and it's likely to be made public in the next hour. although israel and palestinian groups are not on that list, we're told that there is some very tough language in the body of the report about the gaza conflict. >> james bays, from the united nations, thank you very much. much more still to come here on the al jazeera news hour, including stopping the spread of mers schools are closed, there will have been more cases of the deadly mers virus. and a damming report on eritrea. and the in sport the champion is given extra reasons to celebrate.
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>> now politicians were italy's north are refusing to accommodate any more migrants. the number of people arriving in the country this year has passed 50,000. 6,000 were rescued over the weekend alone. they say they'll defy the center left government and won't shelter any more new arrivals. we're live at the italian island of sicily. that's where many migrants are taken, and, indeed that ship mind you have brought more migrants on it. >> yes actually carrying 1,145 migrants. they were picked up in several different rescue operations on sunday. the ship did dock a while ago but we still have not seen no one come out of it. what usually happens the italian authorities go on board speak to the crew, try to figure out who needs to go to the hospital, who just needs some health
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treatment maybe just treatment on deck, and then try to see how many families there are, how many miners are minors are traveling alone. after that they'll get on buses and they'll be relocated to different reception centers in sicily and maybe some will be airlifted today to other areas of italy. i'm just looking behind me what is going to happen. these are the first three migrants actually coming out of the ship. i can see from here a young man a lady, and an another man it seems that they need some sort of treatment into the red cross who are receiving them here. a lot of these migrants have
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scabies. when we were on board the italian ship earlier this week we watched them scratching themselves for hours on end. all of this will have to be dealt with here, and we're complete completely cordoned off. we can't reach the migrants. once this is done and sifted through, they'll finally be able to get something to eat new clothes, and maybe some place to sleep as well. >> a massive relief for those thousand-plus of migrants who have arrived on the shores of italy. thank you for updating us on the situation there. the united nations inquiries say that eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity. the u.n. has released a report following a year-long investigation saying that the government has committed extra judicial killings sexual slavery and forced labor. and they operated a shoot-to-kill policy to stop
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stop people were leaving. hundreds are left the country and many are seeking refuge in europe. we're joined from geneva via skype. crimes against humanity, it doesn't get much more serious than that, and this is leveled at the government, the president of eritre. it is astonishing. >> it is, indeed. it's a very broad conclusion with high-ranking officials in a given indicate, state and in this case high ranking officials including president for committing human rights violations and we consider this big in the human rights.
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>> give us ideas of the cases that you're talking about? >> well, there are many of them. they include extra victims who have been detained in places there have been torture. >> given that it has been going on for so long, why is so little known about it by the general
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global community and so little action being taken? >> that was very sad. that was very sad. until recently--it's a combination of factors. the fact that eritrea is a very small country and did not have that much national attention. we're always campaigning about that. but sometimes we say better late than never. we're not happying that the international community an is not taking any of these violations and we would expect them to take more serious measures with the situation on the ground. >> what exactly do you want done? >> it's obviously obviously one of the measures that needs to be taken is that we are talking about crimes against humanity. and this is one of the four specific crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the international criminal court. of course, one of these crimes is debatable but anyway, international criminal court
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should be mandated to take charge of what's taking place in eritrea and the international community. they should review the case now in the international criminal court. we're calling for international communities to do this because they now have a legal ground that is prepared by the commissioner. >> that's a huge case. let's see if any action is taken. thank you for joining us from geneva. the president of south korea has vowed to take all necessary action to contain the mers. 23 new case has been detected. >> the call for current preventive measures is working out clearly suffering the link and blocking the contact. since the situation is continuously changing a prompt decision is needed for this, so the immediate task force came should be made up with full
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authority to counter act quickly in the future. >> six people have now died from the virus. schools across the capital have been closed in a bid to contain the spread. harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> home with mom following instructions to stay undoors. no school means no after school cramming lessons, either. so a chance to relax even against the background of national anxiety. >> this is a nationwide problem. i follow the decision but i don't feel that it's that serious. a few days ago my daughter had a fever. the school asked that she be tested. but she was fine. >> schools have been shut down despite the fact there have been no confirmed transmission of mers outside of a hospital or clinic. the special measures were bean taking on the day the first victim of the disease a 16-year-old who caught the virus in hospital was confirmed.
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the government said that so far mers infections have been confineed to hospital environments. nonetheless, schools have been closed, public events have been canceled and it reflects growing concern as a number of cases grows each day. the government has announceed new measures to for people to isolate themselves. >> we use mobile phone tracking in a couple of cases. for those we need to find we'll ask location tracking and get the data. >> authorities have also decided on more transparency, revealing the names and locations of hospitals and clinics where suspected or confirmed mers patients may have sought treatment including two hot spots. the next few days will be critical. if the number of new cases start
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to come down, south korea's mers outbreak may have been limited to hospital-based event. if not it may mean that the virus got out to the public at large in the early days making it much more serious threat to public health. >> the south africa athlete oscar pistorius could be released from prison. it was recommended that he be given house arrest in august because of good behavior. he was convicted of the homicide of his girlfriend in 2013. police in dallas, texas are investigating who pulled a gun on a group of black teenagers at a swimming pool. a policeman wrestled a 14-year-old girl to the ground and pinned her down. the police said that the teenagers did not have permission to be at the pool.
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teachers in afghanistan are threatening more strike action if the government does not increase their pay. more than half of government schools in kabul have closed before midterm exams. >> i'm outside of kabul's largest high school. 18,000 students go to school here. but in the last eight days all of the teachers here have been on strike. and they're not the only ones. this thrill industrial action is spreading. and now 200 schools are on strike. the teachers say they don't earn enough money enough salary to live on and the government has failed to deliver on its promises. >> the president promised increased salaries and land. and to change the timetable. if nothing changes the strike will get bigger and more schools will support us. >> teachers salaries are low and we cannot forward rent, medicine for our children or proper food for the family. despite all the worry we're
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still motivated to teach. >> teachers say that they're the poorest paid government employees in all of afghanistan. they earn around $120 a month. now the government is urging them to return to work and said it will look into their demands. >> well, we're telling them that they should be patient the government is new. there are no--in our funding from the outside now. >> for now there is no agreement between the government and teachers union. so the classrooms are empty. and up to 200,000 students are sitting at home. >> please stay with us here on this news hour. still ahead we have the report for egypt's president el-sisi is still strong one year after he took office promising economic stability. cuba's coral the environmental success story that is part isolation and part
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conservation. plus... >> looking to play sexy cute basketball, that's not us. >> lebron james defends his team's performance despite the win in the nba finals. we have more in sport. american soldier at 15... >> i start hearing americans and their screaming and i thought, umm i'm just gonna throw this grenade... >> after 13 years, he's now out on bail an exclusive interview guantanamo's child - omar khadr
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they were asked by a british naval ship. syria has made opposition groups in exile hopes that a new government in turkey would reopen vital border crossings. in march turkey closed all entry points ahead of the collections and thousands are believed to be stranded. >> a bomb has just been dropped in this neighborhood in northern syria. the smoke and dust made the search for the dead harder. the government of bashar al-assad has dropped hundreds of barrel bombs in recent weeks and most of those killed have been civilians. the town has a large number of people who escaped to a nearby city and the injure were taken to hospitals in turkey. but that's been difficult to do since march when the turkish
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government closed all entry and exit points from syria. fighters say there have been some exceptions for the severely wounded. for the houses displaced in northern syria the only way out of the conflict remains shut. out of nine crossings only two are under the control syrian rebels. >> the border crossing has been closed by the turkish authorities who told us one day before the closure. the relief materials cannot go through. also the passengers can't travel or go anywhere. >> it's hard for many people to return to the border. syria's main opposition groups say that their hosts of humanitarian situations and hope that the crossings will be open soon.
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>> besides security there are also concerns about people joining islamic state in iraq and the levant, and isil fighters returning through the turkish border. but border closure means civilians are stranded. in addition to the syrian government's increased bombing in areas isil is simultaneously advancing its opposition held areas north of aleppo. across syria only shells remain of what was once busy towns. this is the neighborhood near the capital of damascus. just a few dozen families are left. they haven't left because they have nowhere else to go. >> it was not just this building. all the area has been targeted. >> similar stories are repeated all across syria. president assad's government has shrunk but remains and what they govern has been turned most mostly into ruins. al jazeera.
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>> now one year ago president fattah el-sisi became president. he promised economic growth, but has he achieved that? >> former field marshal of the if a tall fattah el-sisi rows in two stages. the country immediately descended into violence. deposed president mohamed morsi was jailed along with the entire muslim brotherhood leadership, which was labeled as a terrorist organization. the following year el-sisi ran for office and is said to have received 96% of the vote. there was no real campaigning and no money for the candidates. by the end of his first year in power an estimated 44,000 political opponents and activists are jailed. >> the human rights, it's
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probably egypt's worst year with death sentences in the hundreds and the most recent one was 107 death sentences including former president morsi. >> el-sisi did promise security and nationwide security. but violence has surged through the peninsula elsewhere in the country the threat of attacks is at the forefront of people's minds. that's why one of the business community is backing the government's plan to build a new capital city. since morsi's overthrow arab partners have promised el-sisi $20 billion and religioned more in the construction of the country. but egypt's economy is in dire straits is to what many believe to be the wrong policies of the president.
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>> all of this makes the environment less--the fee competition in it and more privileged for the military economic complexes. >> el-sisi pledged to improve living conditions in two years but food and energy subsidies failed to help the wider economy pushing many below the poverty line. for many people their standard of living has failed to improve. for others it has deteriorated further. al jazeera.
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>> the economy in egypt was in dire straits. is this something that el-sisi can improve with his grand project with the expansion of the suez canal and building this new capital? >> well, first of all i would take significant issue with your commentator saying that it's in dire straits. if you look since the original up rising in 2011 the economy has only in one quarter of that period gone below the growth. the economy is incredibly liquid. growth has now gone up 3.5% year on year where there is a problem is in inflation. but inflation in egypt has been high for 20 years higher than the global average. but there are significant ways that the president can do more. i think they need a clearer vision rather than just the medical projects so that businesses can plan against programs a five-year plan and say this is what needs to be
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achieved within that period. but actually there are a number of ministers who are doing their best in a difficult environment but i would not call it dire straits. i would call it in the over all environment some things have gotten better. but one area that i think you might want to point to is that hbc's report of. that in the last month it has improved a little bit still below the 50 level which needs to improve to show improvement in sentiment. but the overall government needs to do more of what they're doing rather than less. >> one unpopular move was the cut to fuel subsidies but el-sisi did do it where his predecessors did not dare. it should benefit the economy shouldn't it? do you think he would have gotten away with it with the people? >> well, the government has to cut the budget deficit which has risen in the last year.
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much of it through food subsidies. food subsidies will not be touched but fuel subsidies will. when you look at the last month there has been cuts but not all of it, but the plan is to cut more. the subsidies help the rich, this doesn't help the poor. and everybody was ready for that. the government really needs to cut the benefit deficit so the money instead of being spent on the rich with expensive cars, that it's spent on job creation, and i think that's the plan. >> how crucial is that as in the arab springs a lot of people were pushed to the streets because of poor living standards. el-sisi must really bear that in mind. >> absolutely. he gets it.
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he gets it. the question is--the question for egypt it's a highly complex economy. if you look at the private sector cooperate debt is less than 20%. and in some countries it's over 100%. household debt is 10% gdp. and the president in the suez canal raised over $8 billion in one week. even for the u.k. and germany that would an significant move, and much of that money came from outside of the banking system and will be repaid into the banking system. so there are ways in which i think you can utilize better that level of liquid in the economy. perhaps bonds, specific projects there is much that needs to be
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done through job creation and cuts to infliction particularly. >> that's very interesting. thank you very much for joining us from beirut. now to south sudan where thousands of people are fleeing fighting between government forces. many are women and children who walked for weeks to get to an u.n.-protective camp. >> it's been a long and exhaust exhausting journey. they ray voided the main roads walked only at night when they felt safe and ate water lilies. they spent the night here with no shelter and not enough food. they're heading to this camp for displaced people. it's already crowded and the living conditions are tough. this woman had children and grandchildren, they're trying to cope here. she said before her house was burned she was raped by men dressed in military uniform. two of her grandchildren are
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also missing. both are under ten years old. she asked us not to identify her. >> i compare my grandchildren's life to my own. life without knowing where they are is not a life. i'm afraid, but i need to go back to see if they are dead or alive. and hiding somewhere. >> children here cope any way they can. but it's not easy. >> most of those who are coming are women and very young children. some of them have been here this u.n. registration area for days waiting to get registered so that they can get humanitarian aid. there are no shelters, sometimes it rains. sometimes it's too hot and the sanitation is also very bad. >> there are more than 60,000 people in this camp, and about 60% of them are children. but aid workers say they're worried that there are very few teenage boys and girls among the thousand who is are arriving. >> we're seeing the arrival of
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many young children but not near as many adolescents you would expect. we don't know why. they may be hiding in the bush, but from the stories we're hearing a lot of them have been killed. >> they have accused government troops of murder as well as looting their homes. >> i think, because of the forces there is no forces. even they're not protecting the civilian. >> almost all of the children here have been through so much. for now this camp is a safest place they've managed to find. catherine soi al jazeera, south sudan. >> please stay with us here on this news hour. coming up, 21st century schools why people in hong kong think that computer coding should be
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compulsory for kids. >> the women's world cup in canada. find out why it's not rival fans and opposing teams find out more about their careers.
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movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. "talk to al jazeera". only on al jazeera america. >> monday is world ocean's day. the focus for scientists of how human activity affects marine life. one concern are coral reef. they're rapidly disappearing because of overdevelopment and over fishing. but in cube with a conservation
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measures have had positive results. we have more from the bay of pigs. >> you have probably heard from wherever you go in this extraordinary island nation you'll see things that resonate from a long time gone. travel two and a half hours south of havana you come to an historic stretch of coast. the bay of pigs is the scene of victory over u.s.-backed mercenaries in 1961. but here too another legacy of cuba's history and years of isolation, pristine coral reefs. around the world 50% of coral reefs has disappeared. it is a different story here in cuban waters where marine eco-systems have had the opportunity to thrive. >> cuba has engaged in enormous program of environmental protection. world leading. here in cuba they're protecting 25% of their waters in marine-protected areas.
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that compares to 9% currently in the united states and two percent worldwide. >> the lack of chemical fertilizers in agriculture has meant there is little toxic run off into the ocean. >> it's almost like a time machine going back in time to see what these coral reef ecosystems used to look like. that really gives me hope for the future. >> further out to see you go the so the abundance of marine life grows. >> i see this as an opportunity at a very opportune moment in history to allow cuba to leapfrog over all those mistakes the rest of us have made. >> another ecosystem intacted, clean, and totally unpolluted. the wetlands where there are la goosen and lagoons and marine
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life. >> it's huge. >> it's huge. we're watching a very small area. you go out and you have kilometers on kilometers of the same environment. very shallow waters. this is necessary area,. >> the beauty of cuba's natural environment is staggering. it is a huge source of potential revenue, but the trick will be to tapping its wealth without destroying its integrity. the bay of pigs, cuba. >> let's go to sport now. >> thank you very much. another tennis first rafael nadal has fallen to his lowest world ranking in a decade. eventually surrendered to
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stanisla wawrinka. the wimbledon championships get under way on june 29th. >> i would like to read win this. and the first tournament is a very tough one, a very difficult one. it's something that i need time on court i need to spend hours on court to feel myself comfortable, the more movement, the way that i played the shots. >> well, wawrinka has jumped five spaces in the latest rankings. he has been showing off his trophy in paris. he beat djokovic in the final. >> for me if is not a normal thing. it is quite exceptional.
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it is a whole other level. when you look at the names nadal is there many times and it's almost only top-steeded players. so it's quite exceptional for me and i need a lot of time to fully grasp this. >> the indian finals are shaping up all square between cleveland with 16 rebounds. and mozgov with one of his 11 assists. so to over time it went, the first time the first two final games have actually gone to an extra period. the cavaliers holding onto the 95-93 win. the next game takes place in cleveland on tuesday. >> it's a great squad that we have. it's not cute at all. if you're looking for us to play sexy, cute basketball, that's not us. that's not us right now. everything is tough.
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you know, we come in with an aggressive mindset defensively and offensively. >> tough game. great defensive teams both teams i thought defended like crazy out there. it's a grind out kind of old-school game, and you know, that's the style that it's going to be. when you get this deep in the playoffs it's wearily a track meet. >> to football, palestine has moved to this week's qualifier. the palestinians were schedule to play their first home qualifier in the west banks since 2011. but they have requested the switch saying that they could not visit palestine. palestine dropped its motion to have israel suspended from world football for restricting the movement of the players. one of the pre-tournament favorites, the usa begin their
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campaign later on monday at the fifa women's world cups. ranked second behind germany but both nations winning the tournament twice briefly. the americans play a tough challenge they take on two-time quarterfinalists australia. on sunday germany posted the second biggest win on record. they will next face norway. >> it's a protect start for us. there is nothing to complain about, and with regard to norway, we can say that they're also very good in their one-on-ones and it won't be so easy to get through the defense. we know that. the ivory coast played a little differently than the number of other teams. they came out quite a bit and it was easier to get behind their lines. and we know that that will not happen against norway. they won't let us. >> speaking of norway they're also in good tournament head of
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the cash of the 4-0 win over tie lapped. on monday we'll see japan begin their title against switzerland. cameroon will meet ecuador and sweden will face nigeria. canada is giving women's football a profile like never before but it is a sport where it can be the fiercest opponent that any players gets to face. we'll go to edmonton, one of the six host cities. >> the road to taking part in a world cup is never likely to be an easy one. but for female footballers rival fans and opposing teams can be among the smallest problems. >> discrimination is still an issue at all levels of the game. globally just 7% of coaches are women. that figure is higher in host country canada but women are still under represented. the first words this coach heard from a male trainer at a recent course may help explain why. >> we have to think of
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goalkeepers as women. and the penalty area is the kitchen. and women and goalkeepers know exactly where they belong. that was the start of my course. >> the turf war that proceeded this tournament is also revealing. a group of top players threaten to sue governing body fifa citing gender discrimination. men, they said, would never be asked to play a world cup on artificial pitches which was claimed increase the risk of injury. women seeking to play on a level playing field with men is nothing new. in my own country england, the football association there took the decision in 1921 to ban women were using any of their facilities saying that the game was quite unsitible for females and ought not to be encouraged. that ban was only lifted 50 years later in 1971. >> the country now has a highly rated domestic league and
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national team. for paulering who has coach the game at the highest level said that sexism is still pushing female players away. >> there are still players who are at school and want to quit the game because they've been abused at school, because they're better players than the boys and that frightens some girls. >> one big step came forward when fifa lifted it's ban playing in head scarves. a decision that opened up new opportunities for previously excluded players. >> the more role models we see and the more ranges of role models we see out there the more likely we'll see girls to take this up as a career, not just players but coaches referees and those who administer the game as well. >> hundreds of thousands are getting a chance to watch the players who couldn't be stopped. who are setting the example for
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the next generation to follow. andy richardson, al jazeera, edmonton. >> well, the women's world cup has had record crowd and record tv ratings and the governing body fifa has not fared as well. >> the united passions we which chart and despite $30 million in funding from the football body the film brought in a grand total of $607 at the box office. no word if recent events will merit a sequel. $607. wow. >> can you write computer code? >> i can't even spell my flame on the computer. >> me either, but it's called literacy in the 21st century. in hong kong there is a campaign
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to make it compulsory. we go to one academy where kids can't get enough of it. it's a saturday morning and school may be finished for the week. but this class is still in session. the lesson today is computer coding. >> code something like building coding is like building stuff and design on electronics. >> joshua is one of 700 students who are part of this coding academy learning to create apps and computer games from scratch. some are as young as four, but all have the same goal, to become digital entrepreneurs. >> i make lots of games and i always want to make games. >> coding is no longer a domain it's now a general subject that all young people should learn. i think the earlier the period. >> john huen is the founder of
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the academy and a man on the coding mission. he studied engineering in hong kong and won an scholarship to oxford university. after a career in computer gaming he turned to computer education. >> i think this is a very meaningful mission for me to teach our young people to learn programming, which i think is the 21st century littery literacy. >> it's no surprise that here in hong kong there is a demand to make coding part of the school curriculum. the enthusiasm is clearly there. this year a group of 1,000 students from hong kong broke the world record for the most people coding at the same time. and now coders want the government to commit.
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>> i'm a believer of coding being something that every kid should learn at the early stages so hong kong schools are far from having something like that in the curriculum. >> right now i'm telling it what work to do. >> for parents who are not waiting around there are more options than ever for teaching code literacy. >> an american rower is on the pacific ocean en route to the united states in hopes to become the first woman to row single-handedly across the world's largest ocean. she set off from tokyo in her heavy-designed seven-meter boat. only three others have done it, all of them men. good luck to her.
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>> turkey suffers a set back at the ballot box and now faces the difficult task of building a coalition. >> i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. we'll be live in southern italy after a weekend that saw 5,000 migrants rescued at sea. >> we don't yet have a complete strategy. >> barack obama said that he medes nor commitments from iraq before he can fine-tune the fight against isil. and conserving coral reefs