Skip to main content

tv   News  Al Jazeera  August 25, 2015 11:00am-12:01pm EDT

11:00 am
thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. have a great morning. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera from our headquarters in doha. i'm adrian finighan. coming up, eight south african police officers are found guilty of murdering a man who was handcuffed to a van and dragged behind it. the red cross suspends its operations in the yemeni city of aden, after its office is attacked. china cuts interest rates in the latest stimulus measure. as it battles a major drop in share prices.
11:01 am
and returning home, we're in somalia, where refugees are struggling to adjust to a new life after years of living in neighboring kenya. ♪ we start, though, this south africa, eight police officers have been found guilty of the murder of a taxi driver in 2013. the 27 year old was videos struggled with police who then tied him to the back of a van and dragged him behind it. he was accused of parking illegally. we'll take you live to our correspondent who can tell us about that a little later. in the meantime, though, let's go to yemen. the red cross is suspending aid operations in aden after an attack on its office. the group says that armed men looted equipment and money. all local and foreign staff are being withdrawn. it says it hopes to resume operations if the security
11:02 am
situation improves. the city has been under pro-government control since july when houthi rebels were forced out of it. well, there's more fighting in other parts of yepmen as hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: an anmorred vehicle is hit by a rocket. this is the southern saudi arabia province along its border with yemen, where houthi fighters say they launched this attack to target saudi troops. [ explosion ] >> reporter: fighting has also intensified in the south central city of ta'izz. this is where the fight for the control of yemen will likely be decided. houthi fighters have put up fierce resistance here, despite losing crucial districts elsewhere. but other fighting continues, more people are killed and buildings are destroyed. >> translator: look at this. they have destroyed buildings,
11:03 am
killed children, women, and old people. they are destroying ta'izz. >> reporter: ta'izz is on the main highway that links the south to the capitol sana'a in the north. forces loyal to the exiled president hadi say retaking ta'izz is just a matter of time. >> translator: i tell the yemenese that despite the ongoing attacks by the houthis who are using rockets and heavy weapons, they assure that ta'izz will be dib rated soon. >> reporter: there is another front line in yemen's continuing conflict. pro-government fighters fire at houthi positions in the oil-rich province. yemeni soldiers trained in saudi arabia have recently been sent here with new weapons to recapture the city and secure oil and gas installations. this is what government forces are hoping to achieve. they are on the offensive to recapture the province of
11:04 am
ma'rib. they also say they have fighters ready to retake ta'izz. if they succeed in getting control of ta'izz and ma'rib hadi forces will push to retake the capitol. but that goal might not be easy. the houthis and force loyal to former president saleh, say they have deployed what they call an elite force in the mountains surrounding sana'a, to stop any advance by government troops. hasham is with me now. looking at your report, it's clear the situation on the ground in yemen is still pretty tense isn't it? >> it is. fighting continues in different part ts of the country, and forces loyal to exiled president hadi, are determined to continue the fight, and they want to defeat the houthis, but the
11:05 am
problems they have now, with the fighting continuing, lawlessness sets in, in different parts of the country like in aden where the international red cross decided to suspend its operations in the city. al-qaeda is expanding in different parts of the country, so a very delicate situation for yemen and the international community. >> what are the chances of coming to a ceasefire in -- in -- in -- in the next few days or weeks? >> the u.n. is hoping to have the two parties come to an agreement. so they have been talking to the houthis and force loyal to saleh in ahman, and they have been told that they are willing to negotiate a settlement. on the other hand, hadi is now against the houthis and he sees
11:06 am
his own forces about to capture the city of ta'izz. so he's saying i'll have to wait and see. >> they aren't going to stop, are they? >> exactly. and we have seen the latest developments on the ground which is basically hadi loyalists are pushing in ta'izz and then they will say the houthis are defeated and we are the ones to dictate the terms for the future. the houthis, now they have lost the south but now they are moving to the border with saudi arabia. we have seen them targeting saudi arabia over the last few days, saying you know what, we lost the south, but we can still target you in the west. >> hasham thank you. back to the conviction of eight police officers in south africa who were found guilty of murdering a man that handcuffed to a van and dragged behind it.
11:07 am
tanya what did the judge say when delivering the verdict against these eight police officers? >> reporter: well, it was a really damming conviction. he said that the police officers were liars; that some of the versions of events that they gave were quite frankly ridiculous. the police officers had tried to convince the court that before that really quite dramatic mobile phone footage was filmed that he assaulted one of the police officers. they said they felt threatened. that their lives were in danger by what they described were an angry mob. they said that not all of them were aware he had been handcuffed to the back of the vehicle, and they didn't realize it would result in serious harm. after being dragged for about 200 meters, they said he was fine and walked into the police
11:08 am
station by themselves, and they denied any assault. the judge simply did not believe that. and relied on the pathologist statement that some of the injuries he sustained to his head and body were the result of and an assault, and couldn't have happened from being dragged behind the vehicle. he died of internal injuries and inattorney your bleeding. >> how unusual is it for police officers to be held accountable for acts of violence in south africa? >> reporter: well it is really quite a commonly held belief here that police in south africa often use excessive force, they are poorly trained, they are not very well paid. it is often seen not to be a calling, but rather to be a means of employment. police accused only six months before the man was killed in the
11:09 am
police cell of using excessive force when they shot dead 34 striking miners. police officers were acquitted of killing a protester at a protest for better services, so there is generally a belief that police officers not only often use successive force but often get away with it. >> tanya many thanks. much more ahead here on the news hour. the united nations calls on europe to come together in the face of a refugee crisis. lebanon's cabinet holds an emergency meeting after a trash pileup turns into a political mess. an indy car driver justin wilson dies of a head injury following a racing crash. we'll have all of the details for you a little later in the sport. ♪
11:10 am
china has, again, cut interest rates in an effort to boost its faltering economy. another day of heavy losses on the shanghai stock exchange has further undermined confidence. many are worried about losing everything as adrian brown reports. >> reporter: this person is struggling to understand what is happening to china's economy. all he knows that his chairs are now worth 70% less than what they were two months ago. he sells eggs at a market in east beijing. he tells me he invested all of his savings, but remains hopeful about a recovery. >> translator: i already put all of my savings into the stock market. what i can do now is just wait for the index to come back. i'll just keep watching it. >> reporter: his story is now being replicated in many places
11:11 am
across china. when it comes to making investments the options for most chinese are pretty limited. property and shares. the problem now, though is that the prices of both are falling. a falling stock market and economy that's slowing. the owner of this restaurant says his takings are half what they were in june when the stock market began to fall, he says the landlord won't reduce the rent so he is closing next month. >> translator: my business is not doing well, mainly because the stock market is falling. many companies in this area have gone bankrupt. >> reporter: it is an anxious time and not everyone wants to talk. many people blame foreigners for manipulating china's stock market. this trading room is popular with pensioners who were encouraged by the government to buy shares. >> translator: i don't even dare to calculate how much i lost. the market keeps falling.
11:12 am
yesterday i lost 10%. today another 10%. i don't know when this could end. >> reporter: the stock market is a sensitive issue now, and these people know it. officials demanded to see our pictures ordering us to delete several images before returning our identity cards. the president called the vision the china dream. loosely defined, it means making china rich and powerful. >> translator: the china dream is our goal. in that goal will be definitely achieved. if not our country will go backwards. people's lives are still getting better day by day. >> reporter: china's leadership has engineered recovery before, and for people it governs still have faith it will do so again. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> steve king heads the school
11:13 am
of economic politics and history at kingston university in london. we expects more volatility ahead. >> this is the signal of the beginning of a debt crisis that has been building up in china, since it had an exploding level of private debt starting back in 2009. this has been a crisis waiting to happen. it isn't just the stock market. it's going to be the property market and the economy as well. china's response to the global financial crisis back in 2008 was to step up domestic demand because of the collapse in their export demand. and they did that by encouraging as only the chinese government can, private lenders to lend to anybody in china. you had a dramatic increase in private financing, and that drive private debt from about 100% of gdp to 180% the beginning of this year, obviously understating the actual level of debt.
11:14 am
in that simply can't be sustained and that's now falling over. the chinese initial response was to encourage people into the share market. that's like encouraging people out of the frying pan into the fire. and now we're seeing that friar burning people who went into the debt. they used to say when america sneezed, the rest of the world caught a cold. that is the fear now with china. one country looking on nervously is australia. last year australian exports to china were worth $65 billion. nearly two-thirds of that was iron ore and coal, which china needed to fuel its construction growth. but as china's economy slows down, so does demand for those materials, and prices are tumbling. at the height of the boom iron ore peaked at $200 a ton. now it's just $52.
11:15 am
the price of coal has halved in that time. >> reporter: until recently australia's economy was known as the wonder down under. that's changed. commodity prices have collapsed, hitting australia hard. the downturn is felt in towns like singleton where restaurants have closed rents and house prices are down and shops are empty. this car dealer is still in business but has seen a 30% drop in sales and has been laying off staff. >> it's a real belt tightening time for us. we had 40 or 50 people four years ago and we're down to 25 or 30 people to keep the business afloat. >> reporter: the reason is singlet singlet singlet singleton economy is tied to the
11:16 am
coal industry. just a few years ago the industry was booming. no longer,est cysting mining are cutting back on production, proposed new mines are being put on hold, thousands are seeing cuts in wages or losing their jobs entirely. >> reporter: the biggest export, iron ore has seen his prices collapse even more. until earlier this year, robert was being flown to remote copper mines every two weeks where he worked, repairing machinery. he was told he lost his job by text message. >> my family is in shock. we're on a single income, and basically starting back over, looking -- handing out resumes and looking for work again on job sites and all of the rest of it, very hard. >> reporter: most economists don't think australia is on the verge of economic collapse, but
11:17 am
if the downturn starts to effect housing prices, australia could be in trouble. a lot of the country's wealth is bound up in property. >> if we were to see house prices fall and ongoing weakness in commodity prices, then australia would have some real problems. and the risk of recession would increase if the housing market weakens and house prices start to fall. >> reporter: the wonder down under isn't looking quite so wonderful. andrew thomas, al jazeera, singleton. u.s. stocks have bounced back after posting steep declines on monday due to global economic fears. the dow jones industrial opened with a strong advance after china cut its key interest rate. investors also welcomed news that u.s. consumer confidence rebounded this month. the united nations high commission for refugees has called on europe to come together to deal with its refugee crisis.
11:18 am
she says up to 3,000 refugees are expected each day in macedonia alone, and continuing violence in iraq and syria means the influx of people will continue, she said, for months. from macedonia, many people head north to serbia. andrew simmons is on the serbian side of that border. >> reporter: this is described as a one-stop center, the entrance into serbia for these people. so many of them, more than 10,000 passing through here in less than five days. they are intent on getting to hungary, an e.u. member state that has registered a hundred thousand people so far this year. that's more than double the entire amount for 2014. the crisis is getting deeper all the time. it is no exaggeration to say this is the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war. germany is really concerned about the situation, predicting that 800,000 asylum applications
11:19 am
will be made in one year alone. the politicians are trying to reach a coordinated approach, but they have failed so far. there's no doubt about that. the next step in the diplomatic wrinkle will be the summit in vienna on thursday when they will try to get an agreement. hungary wants more money for its operation there, and there is going to be some very hard talking. >> south sudan's president has indicated he will sign a peace deal power sharing accord. but it's not sure when he will put pen to paper. his rival signed the deal on monday, agreeing to end a civil war. he'll attend a meeting of regional leaders on wednesday, but violence continues. two aid workers have been killed in the country's unity state. our correspondent has the latest from juba. >> reporter: this is a very comprehensive document. it's the product of months and
11:20 am
months of negotiations and includes details such as what would be the makeup of a transitional government of national unity. the president would remain as the president of the government, but his former vice president, now leader of the opposition, would be returned into this new post. there is also a time line laid out for elections. there's a process of monitoring a ceasefire. and how they might go about rebuilding south sudan. but many issues are still quite contentious. i understand from talking to the spokesman early on that the president still has reservations about the document. we understanding that heads of state would arrive on wednesday, and this deal would be signed, now we're hearing it is going to be more of a negotiation.
11:21 am
the rebel leader's leading commanders have said that they wouldn't stop fighting even if the deal is signed, so there are still some question marks over this. calls for cautious optimism, but there is by no means a done deal. the united nations is meeting in new york to discuss whether or not to impose new sanctions on south sudan. let's go live there, gabe is with us. to what extent has the u.n. given the cautious optimism or is it perhaps hoping to apply a little pressure on the president to sign? >> well, the u.s. has been circulating a u.n. security council draft resolution since the middle of last week that would put targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the country. the u.s. was hoping to move very fast on this, but it hasn't happened yet. it's clearly a pressure tactic
11:22 am
mostly lead by the u.s. we don't know how russia and china stand on this proposed resolution, but we did hear from the deputy russian ambassador to the u.n., who stopped to speak to us reporters for a few minutes. he said that given this is -- this resolution is a pressure tactic, now that this potentially could be signed on wednesday, he said perhaps this resolution isn't even needed anymore. now we failed to hear so far from the united states on their response to that, but clearly, there's a chance that the u.s. would still potentially want to keep this resolution on the table as a pressure tactic to see even if he signs this, even if it's signed, what happens after that to keep some pressure on the country in terms of implementing it. we did hear from the u.n. -- the head of mission to the u.n. to south sudan, she told the security council moments ago, she said even if this deal is signed it's only a first step,
11:23 am
peace, stability, prosperity will not come to south sudan overnight. >> gabe, the u.n. of course very involved on the ground in south sudan. many people still living under its protection there. >> it is. we heard from steven o'brien, the head of humanitarian affairs for the u.n. and he just got back from south sudan, and briefed the council, he said that 200,000 people are still living under u.n. protection in six different camps across the country. as of four months ago it was only 120,000. so in four months essentially 80,000 more are seeking u.n. protection. and he said there are now 2.2 internally displaced people in the country, and out of the 12 million population, 38% or about 4.6 million are facing food insecurity, he said, quote,
11:24 am
severe hunger is now a real threat. steven o'brien also spoke about horrific crimes being committed against innocent civilians, especially in the combat zones. >> i'm very concerned about the atrocities which continue to be reported. the scope and level of cruelty suggests a deep depth of antipathy that goes beyond political differences. allegations include rampant killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson, and forced displacement, and even such horrific acts as burn of people inside their own homes. >> reporter: civilians are clearly bearing the brunt of this. no doubt about that. but there are other two issues as well. o'brien said that 29 aid workers have lost their lives since fighting began in december 2013, 29. he also said that u.n. offices continue to be targeted for robberies. beyond that journalists as well.
11:25 am
we heard from the head of the mission in south sudan. journalists are also targeted, and seven have lost their lives this year alone. >> gabe many thanks. live at the u.n. still to come here on the news hour. myanmar loosens its laws on importing cars, but it has lead to this. we visit mexico's own version of silicon valley. the new frontier for tech startups. and usain bolt returns to the track in beijing. jo will be here with the details a little later in sport. ♪
11:26 am
11:27 am
>> i've been asked to keep my voice down cause we are so close to the isil position >> who is in charge, and are they going to be held to accout? >> but know we're following the research team into the fire >> they're learning how to practice democracy... >> ...just seen tear gas being thrown... >> ...glad sombody care about us man... >> several human workers were kidnapped... >> this is what's left of the hospital >> is a crime that's under reported... >> what do you think... >> we're making history right now... >> al jazeera america >> a fourteen-year-old... murdered.
11:28 am
>> whistling at a white woman... in mississippi? >> america tonight opens the case... >> never thought that he would be killed for that. >> that started the push for racial justice. >> that was the first step in the modern civil rights movement. >> could new evidence uncover the truth about that gruesome night? >> i wanted people to hear the true story of till. ♪ hello again, you are with the news hour from al jazeera. adrian finighan here in doha. our top stories. eight police officers have been found guilty of the murder of a taxi driver in south africa in 2013. the 27 year old was video struggled with police who then tied him to the back of a van and dragged him behind it.
11:29 am
the red cross is suspending aid operations in the yemeni city of aden after an attack on its office. armed men looted equipment and money. it says it hopes to resume operations if the security situation there improves. and china has cut interest rates again in an effort to boost its faltering industry. the shanghai stock exchange closed nearly 8% down, following losses on monday. lebanon's government says that it will invest $100 million to solve a waste crisis that has sparked large anti-government protests. six ministers walked out of the emergency cabinet meeting. but a decision was made to find a new developer for a landfill site. our correspondent reports from beirut. >> reporter: lebanon's government held an emergency cabinet meeting on tuesday to discuss the latest political crisis. the only concrete steps that they managed to take was the
11:30 am
removal of this concrete barrier or wall that was put up on monday to fortify the prime minister's headquarters after several days of violent protests. that meeting, however, was yet another example of the sessi session -- sectarian division that has crippled the country for years. six ministers walked out of the meeting because they were unable to agree on how to deal with the rubbish crisis and other issues. they are expecting other larger anti-government protests to take place. how those develop if the anti-government protest increase or if things die down is something people will be watching. as of now the garbage crisis still remains unsolved as does all of the other underlying problems like the corruption,
11:31 am
and the government incompetence and the deep-rooted anger across much of society. >> so the government has agreed that this new landfill, this waste site will be built, is that going to quell the people's protests? >> good evening, first. thank you for shedding light on this issue. we have been protesting for three or four weeks now and it culminated on saturday with the crackdown on civilians on mother and children, because this issue has been extremely contentious and they are not been able to reach an agreement on time. we still haven't reached an agreement because there isn't a consensus on the solution. the scientific solution does exist, and we have been demanding this before the summer and the heat wave and the crisis, so no, up until now we
11:32 am
do not see a resolution, and certainly not the demands that people have been screaming on the streets the last few weeks in beirut. >> so it's not just about the mounting pile of rubbish, is it? it's much wider than that? >> you know, the you stink campaign has unravelled a number of reasons why our system and our politicians stink. they stink in corruption. they stink in lack of transparency and violence and sectarian strife, and we saw what happened this weekend. the garbage issue has only uncovered an irreversible enthusiasm from citizens from all over lebanon to say we have had enough. we have been for three, four months in an electricity crisis, and citizens have taken the
11:33 am
streets, and others are gathering demanding accountability for police brutality on saturday and sunday in beirut. so what has started has become a snowball. >> what are we to make of the you stink campaign, it's not linked to a political party and has attracted support from across the sectarian divide in lebanon? >> you know, this is very unique to lebanon, because mass participation often comes at the demand and with the support of large political parties. you are very right, this is one of the very few times that an independent group of activists saying we want an immediate transparent and eco-friendly solution gathered this much support, and it just goes to show that this has been the trigger for waking up citizens from everywhere, and from all regions to say we have had enough. the sectarian corrupt
11:34 am
power-sharing system that is going to redivide once again scores of power. we have seen it over women's rights, employment, electricity, people have had enough. so the you stink campaign has woken up only a handful of people, but a lot of enthusiasm all over the country that is going to be very difficult to stop. and setting up a concrete wall between the cabinet between where our government meets and the citizens is only an indication that they are scared of what this movement can create, because it's grass roots and very spontaneous, and because people have had enough. >> many thanks indeed. assist important professor for public administration. 34 members of the pkk have been killed. the fighters died in air strikes in northern iraq's mountains.
11:35 am
turkey began an operation in the region last month after a pkk attack on turkish troops. the prime minister has been given a freshman date to form a government ahead of snap elections. the ruling party didn't win enough votes for a majority in june's parliamentary elections. it was the first time it failed to do so since coming to power in 2002. talks to form a coalition have been unsuccessful. after marathon talks north and south korea have reached a deal to end a tense military standoff. south korea has turned off broadcasts along the border with the north. and pyongyang has expressed regret for a land mine blast that injured two south korean soldiers. >> reporter: it wasn't the most natural-looking photo, but it
11:36 am
marked a significant moment, one replayed think north korea's state tvs to it people, including a rare expression of regret flchl >> translator: north korea expressed regret over a recent land mine incident on the south side of the demilitarized zone that wounded the south's troops. >> reporter: south korea demanded a clear apology for the attack. and even if the language fell little short of that seoul is treating the outcome as a vindication of its hard line. >> translator: this agreement is considered the fruit of our government constantly following the principle of strongly dealing with north korea's provocation while opening the door of dialogue to resolve the issue. >> reporter: south korea's loud speaker which had been blaring news broadcasts and other material deemed harmful to the north korea state fell silent at noon, the allotted time, but remain installed on the border. and the north korea troops stood
11:37 am
down from their quasi state of war. and 50 of the submarines appeared to be returning. now attention is switching to the longer term implications of this deal. it calls for another round of talks as soon as possible either in pyongyang or in seoul and more regularized meetings going forward to help build trust on the -- peninsula. harry fawcett, al jazeera, seoul. police in spain and morocco have arrested 14 people suspected of recruiting fighters for isil. the joint operation arrested one person south of the capitol madrid, the other suspects were apprehended in several other cities in morocco.
11:38 am
a french prosecutor says that the man suspected of trying to carry out an attack on a train from amsterdam to paris was known to spanish police. the prosecutor's office has formerly opened a terror investigation into friday's incident. four men who thwarted the attack have been honored by the president at a special ceremony. simon mcgregor-wood reports now from the french capitol. >> reporter: president hollande honored them with france's highest aweird, rewarded for their courage. they had according to the president, prevented real carnage. how to keep france and europe safe from train attacks is now a real question. the suspect in friday's attack bordered the train at brussel's mid-'s station with either passport nor baggage being checked. france's transport minister
11:39 am
promised more stop and search checks. >> translator: when we talk about random stop and search checks, people say they could be discriminatory, but i would prefer to discriminate effectively than to remain a spectator. >> reporter: under e.u. law trains cross boarders without the baggage checks of air travel. now politicians and officials face a huge dilemma how to improve security, how to track known individuals across open borders, while preserving the principles of freedom of movement which have become such a crucial part of the european economy and its way of life. nowhere is that more true than on this tgb network. carrying 250,000 people a day from 250 stations across 1500 kilometers of high-speed track. across france, but also into neighboring e.u. states.
11:40 am
on monday the head of france's rail network ruled out airport-style security, but it may be the only way of guaranteeing safe travel. >> what needs to be done is first for international trains the ones that are more likely to be targeted. are more likely to have some sort of airport security like. that would be the first step. and then obviously train marshals would be a good step as well. >> reporter: friday's attack shows how vulnerable europe's rail system is. it might be a wake-up call that radically changes the way europeans travel by train. a military court in russia has jailed a european filmmaker who opposed moscow's annex indication of crimea last year. he was sentenced for 20 years in prison for arson attacks on the peninsula. they accused him of setting fire to russia's ruling party.
11:41 am
the 39 year old denied the charges and says he was tortured into confessing. thousands of refugees are returning to somalia from the world's largest camp in kenya. nearly 400,000 people live in the refugee camp, but in 2013 an agreement was made to help people leave. most of those who have returned are now living a life of hardship in the port city. mohammed reports. >> reporter: built on a strip of the sandy beach, this has for a long time been home for those displaced by conflict and drought in somalia. refugees are now returning from neighboring kenya. this woman and her daughter returned a few months ago afterlying in the camps for 21 years. >> translator: all we have here is peace. we have nothing else. we have got no help to settle back. and got no aid from anyone.
11:42 am
>> reporter: just before the first group of refugees returned, a number of charities came together to build these makeshift shelters for them. no one lives here. all of these houses have been abandoned. the families moved out complaining they were too tiny and did not offer them enough protection against the heat. it's the difficulty in accessing shelter and other humanitarian services that is causing concern about the ability of the returning refugees to live in dignity. most have been forced to swap one camp for another. local officials say there is little they can do for them. >> it required huge resources to settle these people. they have children, they have a schooling system. they leave hospitals, medical care. there are so many services they require, which the state cannot afford. >> reporter: these young men are an exception. they have been trained and equipped by a charity to build
11:43 am
boats out of fiberglass. the majority of the returning refugees have been left on their own. every morning hundreds of them take to the streets looking for work. omar has lived in the kenya refugee camps for 11 years. >> translator: i am facing the same problems i fled from. i thought i would be resettled properly. and begin farms, but here i am a laborer. >> reporter: it is the world's largest refugee camp and is home to nearly 400,000 sewalias, it is opened that the return over the next few years will empty the camps. but with the situation as bleak as it is for the returnees, it's unlikely many more will be coming back soon. just ahead here on the news hour, after another indycar death, we'll take a look at why
11:44 am
this view is risking driver's lives. we'll be right back. ♪
11:45 am
♪ >> hello again, just ahead in the sport, myanmar's biggest city is fast becoming notorious for its traffic jams. it has become worse since restrictions on car imports were relaxed four years ago. florence looi has our story from the slow lane. >> reporter: there are many roads that lead downtown, come rush hour, they all look more or less like this. bumper to bumper traffic in the
11:46 am
commercial hub of myanmar. ever since government regulations were relaxed four years ago, car ownership has risen, and so has traffic congestion. it's a far cry from days of military rule. >> we had about -- around 15, 20% increase per year, so that means within two or three years it doubled up, and then the city itself is not prepared in many aspects. >> reporter: traffic policemen are deployed, but there doesn't seem to be enough of them. with the city also lacking in an integrated traffic system, drivers and their passengers still end up spending a lot of time just waiting. it's past rush hour and we're still sitting in heavy traffic. in the last 15 minutes this car has moved a near 200 meters.
11:47 am
the streets aren't built to accommodate this many drives. and the streets have also become less pedestrian friendly. city leaders are trying to tackle the problem. one is to limit new car buyers to only those who have a valid parking spot. for a while that seemed to work. car dealerships complained of slower turnover, but sales are picking up again. >> our salespeople [ inaudible ] how we have to apply to the parking permit. and they are helping personally too. >> reporter: in the meantime [ inaudible ] are being built. in the longer term the local government plans to build an inner ring road and create alternative business districts. that will take time and money. traffic woes in the biggest city aren't going away any time soon. >> and now here is jo.
11:48 am
>> usain bolt continues to thrill world athletics in beijing after obtaining his 100 meter victory. sarah palin reports. >> reporter: back for more just two days after his incredible win in the 100-meter final, jamaica's usain bolt hardly even looked like he was trying, limbering into the semis of the men's 200-meter. justin gatlin through to that event as well. another showdown should they both make it to the finals will give gatlin the chance to avenge his 100 meters lost to bolt. he has remained unbeaten in the 200 since 2013. olympic champion and world record holder david rodisha won
11:49 am
his 800-meter world title. he finished strongly. britt greg rutherford, well and truly finding his stride in the long jump. his fourth round leap of 8.41 meters, security him victory and a place in the history books, becoming just the fifth british athlete to hold olympic, european, commonwealth and world titles at the same time. while this polish athlete has copped a hammering for his antiques. he won gold and had a rather large night celebrating, but he woke up to find his gold medal gone. he called police, who tracked it down, turns out he used the medal to pay a taxi driver for the fair. thanksfully the driver was good enough to give it back. sarah coats, al jazeera.
11:50 am
indy car driver justin wilson has died from a head injury. he is the second driver to die in the u.s.-based sport in four years. >> reporter: like any high level motor sport, indy car is fast and dangerous. this crash in sunday's race in pennsylvania looked almost straightforward. the debris that has broken off the damaged car struck justin wilson in the head has he approached the accident sight. he was immediately air lifted from the track, but succumbed to head injuries a day later. >> he passed away in the company of his family, his brother steen, his loving wonderful wife julie and his parents. justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his
11:51 am
unwavering kindness and humility. >> reporter: wilson competed during the 2003 formula 1 season, contesting 16 races. he began competing in the united states in the following year. sunday's race was his 174th start in indy car, heralding seven professional victories. >> obviously he was a professional driver and extremely good at its craft. beyond that, you know, he was a great guy, one of the few if only guys that really was in a friend among everyone in the pattern. >> reporter: open-aired racing is a treasured part of the sport, opponens against a protective cockpit argue that it hinders the vision and makes it more difficult to exit the
11:52 am
vehicle. >> it's a bit like the hamster device. after he used it for about a year, we have seen the lives that it had saved, everyone nowadays would not race with that harness device. and i think that will be the same with the closed cockpit. >> the season concludes on sunday with six men in contention for the title, but that is a fight that will no longer seem important. justin wilson is survived by his wife and two young daughters. wilson's death has renewed the debate on how to protect drivers in cars with open cockpits. take a look at this. this is a view that a driver gets from inside a indycar or formula 1 car, but leaves drivers exposed to any debris coming towards them. a formula 1 driver died in july,
11:53 am
following a massive crash. two time indianapolis 500 driver was killed instandly during a crash. and formula 1's driver was lucky to survive after being hit by a loose spring in 2009. the uefa champions league playoff continue on wednesday. in the asian champions league they are at the quarter final stage. former champions of china were playing in their first leg tie in japan. and former top midfielder let fly his prekick from 40 yards out. it left the keeper stunned and helped them to a 3-1 win.
11:54 am
mexico's interim football manager says he won't be the savior of the national team. he takes over after just four matches after the former leader was sacked for allegedly punching a journalist. he will continue to coach them after this latest stint. and freddie won't be accepting a salary for his national team duty. after receiving a suspended ban and fine from the tennis player's union, nick is back amongst his peers. the controversial australian player was given a suspended 28-day ban and a fine of $25,000 for making lewd remarks about a fellow player's girlfriend. he'll need to behave for the next six months to avoid those penalties taking effect. that is all of the sport for you. >> jo, many thanks indeed. guadalajara is famous for
11:55 am
two reasons, tequila, and music. now they are trying to become the silicon valley of latin america. >> reporter: the star wars model, office guitar, table tennis, and nerf guns. but this isn't silicon valley. it's guadalajara, mexico. it is now reinventing itself as a latin america tech capitol. electronics account for more than half of the state's exports, and 5,000 entrepreneurs are jostling for position. this company who makes java are just one of the u.s. firms wanting a piece of the high-skilled graduates who form a tight knit community. just a short tap from the california mother ship. >> we are looking for people who are able to work at the state-of-the-art of software.
11:56 am
and vans the state-of-the-art. and that's what we look for. >> reporter: it has long been a production line hub for international firms, now startups around the city are using what they have learned from the big boys to go it alone. >> translator: what has happened in guadalajara reflects stories like mine. first i worked in manufacturing. then i developed software for ibm, and now i have a creative startup. we're now selling creative technology to all of the world, using what we learned from all of the companies who came here. >> reporter: lumbering mexican industries provide ripe opportunities right here for tech solutions says this californian who's team do just that. >> it is a huge opportunity, because it is from just an economic point of view -- there's a tremendous
11:57 am
amount of industry here, and very little technology, and if you take those two together, there's just an enormous amount of what i would callow-hanging fruit. >> reporter: state authorities want in. they are trying to provide a high-tech home for the startups, and spruce up the city in the process. the government is working on a $60 million plan to bring the city center into the tech boom. part of it is bringing abandoned buildings like this one, to house the startups. with its new tech friendly infrastructure in place, they hope yearly exports to the u.s. will reach $4 billion. that's a long way off, but at least the city has a vision for its future. john holman, al jazeera, guadalaja guadalajara, mexico. david foster is standing by in london to update you on the
11:58 am
top stories. i'll see you again. thanks for watching. bye for now. ♪
11:59 am
12:00 pm
>> thousands more refugees arrive in greece. the u.n. says syrians escaping war will keep on coming to europe. ♪ hello. i'm david foster, you are watching al jazeera live from london. eight south african police officers found guilty of the murder of a taxicab driver in a case that shocked the nation. the fight for yemen becomes the fight for the city of ta'izz where houthi rebels are holding their ground. the small shoulders watchin