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>> that was fill lavelle reporting. i'm richelle carey. the news continues live from london. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello there, i'm julie mcdonald, this is the news hour live from london. coming up. [ cheers and applause ] >> uefa chief gianni infantino is voted in as fifa president. >> and i'm live in doha. fifa may have a new president, but the new man won't are as much power as before. we'll look at the reforms that fifa say will make them more
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democratic. also a big turnout as iranians vote in elections set to shape the country's post-sanctions future. as fighting rages on around syria, al-nusra front's leader rejects the ceasefire due to begin in four hour's time. and it is not milk, but it is good for the environment, the plant-based products that these young chileans think will be the future of food. ♪ hello there, a very warm welcome to the news hour. the football's governing body as elected geovany infantino as its new president. [ cheers and applause ] >> he came out on top after the second round of voting.
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the swiss italian now has the job of cleaning up fifa's tarnished image. here is how the second round of voting played out. infantino got 150 votes, and sheikh salman came second with 88. he is the current president of the asian football federation, way behind was prince ali. he was the runner up for esiden presidential election. here is how infantino welcomed the news. >> i told you i went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet many fantastic people, many people who love football, who live football, who breathe football every day, and many
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people who deserve that fifa is highly respected, and we will restore the image of fifa and the image of fifa, and everyone in the world will applaud us, and applaud all of you for what we'll do in fifa in the future. >> he is 45 years old, born in swisserland and is of italian descent. he took over as uefa's preferred president of michelle platini was banned. so lee this was a little bit of a turnout for the books, wasn't it? >> reporter: it certainly was. it was a real surprise.
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we knew he had made some good progress having stood in for his banned boss michelle platini. he went around the globe and really intensely lobbied for the support he needed, but coming in even to the final day, it just felt like he wouldn't quite have the support he needed. we're now wondering whether it was the speech where he said this is not the president's money that i'm going to hand out. it's your money. and they responded to that old habits die hard at fifa, they wouldn't really be elected infantino as president for reasons that would appeal to the general public. they have their own interests to think about. but infantino's victory, what an incredible price for him in the biggest job in world football. >> the biggest job, lee, because it is all about reform, and that's not going to be an easy
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road. >> reporter: is it. many, many organizations watching this closely. one of them is of course jamie fuller. jamie what do you make of this result? >> pretty upset, actually, lee. not surprised. actually i expected infantino to win, but very disappointed that it wasn't sheikh salman. even though we have been campaigning against sheikh salman. >> reporter: but infantino talking of crisis being over, a future for fifa, does that seem plausible even though the investigations continue. >> no, if i go back to the 2nd of june when sepp blatter announced there would be an early election. we all said at the time, we know
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exactly what is going to happen. they are going to come out and tell us it is a dawn of a new day, we have a new president, we'll put everything behind us. the reality is, when you look at how this process is run, when you look at that infantino has promised $5 million to each of the federations if you elect me, it is exactly the same old fifa doing business the same way. he has tried to present himself as a reformer, and i don't think he can spell the world. >> reporter: how long will it take for the public to trust fifa? >> unfortunately i think the more ill informed public will buy the rubbish that is being dished out now, and we'll have the same things that have been going on in the past. >> reporter: we'll see what happens, jamie thank you very much. it has been an incredible,
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tense, election say. >> lee wellings there live. lee, thank you. voting still hasn't wrapped up in iran's first election since the country negotiated its nuclear deal and had its international sanctions lifted. it has been extended in several hours in some places. for the first time iranians are voting for both the parliament and the assembly of excellence. iran's parliament is currently dominated by conservatives, but that could change, given the success of progressive president rouhani in securitying that nuclear deal. some 12,000 people wanted to run for a seat, but just 5,000 were eventually cleared. from tehran here is andrew simmons. >> reporter: all sides had
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appealed for a high turnout, and it looks like voters listened. throughout iran polling was brisks. a country with 54 million people eligible to vote. the supreme leader was one of the first to cast a ballot from his own residence. the president is standing for reelection to the assembly of experts. >> translator: the polls indicate massive turnout at the polling stations. the elections are indicative of the country's pledge to independence and our national sovereignty. >> reporter: he is counting on a strong turnout similar to the 72% that made him president two and a half years ago. turnout like this should favor the reformists, they are hoping to make a big dent in the number of conservatives in parliament. enabling rouhani to encourage more foreign investment into this country. >> translator: we wan our mp's
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to tackle the country's political, economic, and social issues, and consider the situation in the region and around the world. our mp's need to show the world what iran is really like. >> translator: there are economic problems, unemployment, people are a bit tired of hard lined pollties. they want to vote so that god-willing, they can select lawmakers who can meet our demands. >> reporter: conservatives have formed an alliance to take on what reformists call their candidates list of hope. and conservatives warn that foreign investments could endanger the country's independence. voters are hungry for a way to get the economy moving again. it's their appetite for wider political change that is being put to the test right now. andrew simmons, al jazeera, tehran. let's go live to jonah hull at the counting center in the capitol tehran. so polls are still open, because
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i guess they keep having to extend them, right? but when are regoing to get the results? >> reporter: the latest we're hearing from the general staff secretary to the president himself who spoke a short while here -- a short while ago, said they would be closing in about half an hour's time. in that seems to be the definitive now. polls will close in half hour's time. when will the results come in? not for quite sometime. perhaps they will trickle in overnight, more likely on saturday towns and cities will report, and then the enormous district of tehran will not report until sunday at the earliest. it's a fantastically complicated election. each voter gets an individual vote for every single seat in their district. in tehran that involves 30
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parliamentary seats, and 16 seats on the assembly of experts. there may be a need for runoffs on some parliamentary seats, but we'll have a pretty good idea on sunday on how the land is going to lie in the future parliament. and jonah turnout seems to have been pretty high do you think that offers clues to the eventual result? >> reporter: well, seasoned election watchers here certainly think that it does. turnout has been extremely high, that's why polls have to be extended. the figure being talked about is as high as 70%. and that tends to favor the reformists and moderates on their candidate list, because they are predicted to win pretty well here in tehran, but that
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doesn't necessarily paint an overall picture of the country. they only 30 seats in the 290 seat of bodies. there is an enormous amount of conservative support around the rest of the country, and i think the president and the key leaders on the reformist and moderate list will be hoping for a unified body of support on both of those institutions so they can begin to influence change gradually. nobody here is expected overall majority control to change hands. somali police say armed fighters have launched an attack in the capitol. they can't say if there are fighters still in the hotel, and it's not clear yet if there have been any casualties. we'll keep you up to date with that, when we can.
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coming up this hour, a palestinian journalist ends his 94-day hunger strike. marco rubio and ted cruz attack donald trump in the latest republican debate, but former candidate chris christie says he is backing him. and in sports manchester united will face one of their oldest rivals in the last 16. ♪ we're just less than four hour's away from the time set for a cessation of hostilities to come into force in syria. it's aim is to begin a pause in fighting and allow humanitarian aide to come in. but the al-nusra front has rejected the trust. he has urged his fighters to intensify attacks against
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president assad and his allies. the syrian observatory for human rights says the town of duma has been targeted in russian air strikes. rescue workers say at least eight people were killed. government forces are also reported to have truck hama. the goal of the plan is to have nationwide session accusation of hostilities between the syrian government and the opposition. it specifically excludes isil, al-nusra front and other groups designated as terrorist groups by the u.n. the syrian president has said his forces are ready to respect a pause in fighting, and the vast majority of eligible syrian rebel groups says they will commit to a two-week truce. and turkey which has been
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shelling the main kurdish militia in syria, who says the ceasefire will be take part if its own security is threatened. let's go to jamal near the border. who has signed up, and who hasn't? >> reporter: well, let's look at the positives of this, julie. the rebel groups, roughly 96 of them, who designated what is called as the higher negotiation council, they are signed up to this, they include some of the major opposition groups, they are saying they are going to abide by it. al-nusra front as you mentioned who are an opposition group who do fight along people like some of these other groups have not signed up to this, in fact have
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accused this agreement as some sort of conspiracy to try to kill off the revolution as their leader said a few hours ago. the syrian government has signed up to it, the russians have signed up to it, the hezbollah and other fighters who have been fighting alongside damascus in this. but they say that this will not include -- ceasing from attacking what they call terrorist elements, particularly isil. why is this problematic, julie? because since russia got involved and since bashar al-assad has been using violence against the opposition in syria since this turned into a civil war, it has always been under the pretext of fighting terrorism. and because that word can be used in so many different ways, that's why a lot of people aren't optimistic that this
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ceasefire will hold. >> and in terms of fighting on the ground, what is the situation there? >> reporter: well, friday saw no letup of fighting on the ground despite it being the final countdown towards the cessation of hostilities. we have seen air strikes in and around aleppo, and the -- the -- the syrian regime pushing towards those areas there, which, again, opposition fighters, and people on the ground, have questioned the intention of the russians and the assad regime, if they want to make the ceasefire happen why are they fighting until the last mkt. but some are hoping maybe it's a final scene prior to the cessation so the assad regime can go out on a high. but time will tell, julie.
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>> jamal thank you. so on the ground in syria, how will this pause in hostilities play out in many people as jamal said are holding their breath and hoping for some respite, but expectations are low. our correspondent is close to turkey's border with syria, and sent this report. >> reporter: in northwestern syria, not far from the border with turkey, a new wave of refugees reaches the town of azaz. these civilians, escaped the government's offense if in aleppo in recent days. for many here the idea of a truce or ceasefire is meaningless. >> translator: this truce is an open game. the world is conspiring against us. this is a deal between the russians and americans. >> translator: what is this talk of a truce? since when have ceasefired worked?
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in okay. so if these people went back and got hit, who is going to be responsible? are going to stay here. we are not going back. >> reporter: the complexities of syria's war are overshadowing the pause in fighting. other field commanders doubt that it will work. >> translator: the fact that nusra is not included in this agreement, allows russia and the assad forces to target the opposition under the pretense that they were attacking areas controlled by al-nusra front. >> reporter: people in this marketplace are indifferent. five years of heavy bombardment and air raids have hardened them. >> translator: russia is a war criminal. so does bashar al-assad. who do we rely on? the international community? we don't trust the international community?
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aleppo is being destroyed and innocent civilians are being killed. >> reporter: there is little hope that the cessation of hostilities will bring peace. the main opposition has indicated it is ready to accept a two-week trust, but is objecting to russia being a garenner to of the plan along with the u.s. well, let's bring you more now on that hotel attack in somalia, we're joined on the line by a human rights activist in mogadishu. i know the line isn't great, but what do you know about this attack? >> [ inaudible ] was attacked. there was a huge explosion
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[ inaudible ] it's very difficult. also [ inaudible ] also attacked [ inaudible ]. >> joined on the line there by a activist describing the latest on that hotel attack. thank cow very much. she was just confirming that there was a huge explosion in mogadishu. i think he said it was close to the presidential splas. he said it was nighttime, therefore details are scant. we'll keep you up to date on that. the square in baghdad was packed with protesters calling
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for reform. >> translator: it should be known that not implementing these terms is considered a betrayal to iraq and its people, especially as all of its conditions fall under the applicable legal regulations. therefore, our withdrawal from politics would become a duty if reforms were not implemented duty. there is no room for slacking off with reform. the presidential election will now become a runoff. the incumbent just missed the 50% mark that would have avoided a second round. before voting had even got underway, the opposition had said it wouldn't recognize the election because they felt it was rigged in the president's favor. more than 200 protesters
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have been arrested in uganda. the president secured his move by winning 60% of the vote last week. palestinian journalist and activist has ended his 94-day hunger strike after israel agreed not to renew his administrative detention. he remains in custody without charge. under the deal reached with israel he'll now be released in may. >> reporter: this is the prisoner just minutes after he ended his 94-day hunger strike. he was arrested by israeli soldiers in late november and placed in so-called administrative detention, which is imprisonment without charge for up to six months renewable indefinitely.
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>> translator: palestinian society was united in this fight, and thanks to god i will be freed because of that unity. >> reporter: earlier this month this video of him handcuffed to his hospital dead crying out in pain went viral. it sparked days of protests acrossed the occupied west bank, israel, and the gaza strip. protesters demanded the government free him and all being held in administrative detention. his case was also discussed at a recent meeting in jordan between the palestinian president and u.s. secretary of state john kerry. last month the court suspended his depension because of his deteriorating health, but allowed for his rearrest. so he refused to accept the agreement. israel has accused him of having
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linked to hamas. something he denies. in the occupied west bank village of darrah, his relatives celebrated the end of his hunger strike. >> translator: we're happy to announce he won his battle with hunger strike. with the help of god, the unity of our society, an agreement was reached at the hospital. >> reporter: under the deal reached with israel, he will continue to receive treatment at the northern israeli hospital where he is currently being held and will be allowed periodic visits with his family. after refusing food for 94 days, and coming near death, the deal reached between he and israel is something of a compromise, although he has managed to secure his eventually release, more than 700 palestinians remain in administrative detention, a pollty of
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imprisonment that israel isn't likely to change. palestinian man who was wanted by israel in connection with a murder has been found dead in the bulgarian capitol. the body was found inside the compound of a palestinian embassy. he was wanted for killing an israeli settler in 1986. kosovo opposition members have let off tear gas in parliament to stop the president from being voted in. the session was disrupted twice when gas was released. his opponents are critical of his deal in a e.u. brokered deal with serbia. kosovo declared independence from serbia in 2008. the speaker warned that failure to elect a president would lead to snap elections in 45 days. still to come, two
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♪ reminder of our top stories here on al jazeera. switzerland's gianni infantino has been voted as fifa's next president. polling is wrapping up in iran's elections, the country's first since the nuclear deal that was signed last year. and the leader of al-nusra front has called on rebels to intensify strikes on president assad and his allies hours before a ceasefire is due to come into force. two turkish journalists charged with revealing state
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secrets have been preleased from prison. al jazeera's victoria gatenby has the story. >> reporter: after 92 days behind bars, this was the moment these two were freed. turkey's constitutional court has ruled that their detention was unlawful and violated their personal liberty, and safety, as well as their freedom of express. but this is just the first step in what is likely to be a long campaign to clear their names. they have to answer charges next month. if convicted they face possible life sentence. >> translator: this is a trial of press freedom. we got out, but more than 30 colleagues are still in prison. i hope this ruling will pave the way for their freedom as well. we will continue to fight in the name of humanity, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression, until this concentration camp that you see
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behind me becomes a museum. >> reporter: they published a report that the turkish government denied. it said trucks were carrying aid to the turkmen who were fighting government forces. the president filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, the journalists were arrested last november. the media rights group ranks turkey 149 out of 180 country in its world press freedom index. >> translator: we are getting out, but this does not mean the dispute over jailed journalists is over. we still have friends in prison. our struggle for them must continue. our pressure in the media should continue. >> reporter: both men will start
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preparing for their trial next month, where once again the issue of press freedom in turkey will be in the spot light. the greek government has ordered immediate restrictions on the number of refugees being ferried from the greek islands. as the number of people stranded in mainland greece continues to rise. thousands are sleeping rough in parks and along highways, and existing shelters are filled to capacity. >> reporter: about 2,000 people more than half from syria and iraq are arriving in greece from turkey every day, but the numbers able to move onward have dropped dramatically in the past week. macedonia is denying entry to afghan migrants and has tightened document controls for syrians and iraqis. refugees gave up waiting on friday and began walking to the
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border some 20 kilometers away. >> we have stand here for like four or five days without sleeping, and we can't take shower, we can't do anything here. we just buy our food, for that, we decide to walk to macedonia and serbia. >> we're waiting, waiting, every day they told us, like tomorrow you are going to go. tomorrow you are going to go. yeah, we tired waiting. >> reporter: in response up to two thirds of the migrants arriving on other greek islands will be kept there until sunday. three chartered ferries will be used to provide shelter of the next few days. the balkan countries further back on the migrant route have followed suit.
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>> we might face a bottleneck very soon. there is very slow flow at the borders. only yesterday, just 160 people crossed. until now the borders remain closed. >> reporter: 100,000 refugees have arrived since january 1st, mostly across the aegean sea to the greek islands. >> in the next ten days we need tangible and clear results on the ground. otherwise, there is a danger, there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down. >> reporter: with that in mind, e.u. leaders and turkey meet in brussels on march 7th. the unhcr and unicef are going to open centers for children and families across europe. they are being opened along the
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main migration route. the u.n. estimates 60% of refugees who have arrived by sea in february are women and children. and the majority are escaping war in the middle east and africa. >> these kids arrive in europe with their lives totally turned upside down. i think we need to understand what this means for children. they faced turmoil very often where they were starting from. in fact, recent data reach us that 85% of them are fleeing war and persecution. so this is not kids on the move for, you know, only for a better future, but also because they have no option at home. authorities in the french port of calais have begun evacuating refugees from their makeshift camp.
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residences are being asked to leave one day after a court approved government plans to partially demolish the shantytown. it has served as home to thousands of refugees hoping to reach brittian. the french oil giant has been fined more than $800,000 in a court. it relates to its role in the united nations oil for food program in iraq. iraq was allowed to sell oil in return for humanitarian goods like food and medicine. but money from the oil also found its way into saddam hussein's government. swiss bank uvs has been charged with money laundering in belgium, and also have been charged with tax evasion. a belgian judge said it sought clients in the country to help
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them skip taxes. the people of ireland are voting for a new parliament. millions are eligible to cast their ballot. polls suggest that no single party is likely to command a majority, and a coalition government may need to be formed. new jersey's governor, chris christie has endorsed donald trump. he said his former rival had the best chance at beating hillary clinton in november's election. the endorsement comes after another heated debate between the republican candidates. it was the last televised debate before a series of important votes on tuesday. >> reporter: marco rubio went on the attack from the first
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moment, donald trump the target, and in a border state, immigration the first topic. >> you are the only person on this stage who has been fined for hiring workers illegally. >> i'm the only one who has hired people, now haven't hired anybody. >> reporter: and ted cruz said he couldn't win a presidential election. >> we can't risk another four years of these failed obama pollties by nominating someone who loses to hillary clinton in november. >> reporter: marco rubio went aggressively after donald trump from the first moments of the debate. he knows he has to try to stop his momentum if he has any chance himself of winning the nominati nomination. but donald trump still holds the lead in most of the states that will vote on super-tuesday, and remains the favorite to secure the republican no, ma'am makes. there was a discussion on the economy, the battle against isil, and the middle east.
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[ overlapping speakers ] >> gentlemen -- >> reporter: but this was a debate where few will remember details on policy, but will remember the anger. >> i think he had no choice but to be aggressive, same thing with cruz. rubio is losing by 22 points in the state of florida, and he is a sitting senator. >> reporter: trump has come under attack in previous debates and it has done nothing to hurt him in the polls. no has yet worked out how to beat him. alan fisher, al jazeera. a group of harvard educated chileans are proposing a new model of plant-based foods. lucia newman reports on what some believe could be the future of food. >> reporter: some way we are what we eat, but what if what we ate changed radically.
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using artificial intelligence, and state-of-the-art technology, a food stech start up is making plant-based foods that replicates the taste, texture, and even smell of animal based products, by copies their molecular structure. what is this? >> not milk. it is made out of mushroom species, and seeds. >> reporter: this biochemist insists it has the same nutritional value as dairy milk. this scientist is responsible for the team's most important silent partner, a computer that reconstructs the molecular structure of food. >> it's another reason that it is trained to learn patterns happening in this molecular
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components that create the special perception of flavor and texture on every different product. >> reporter: vegetable based versions of meat products are not new. they argue that plants use less land, less water and fewer resources than livestock, which according to the united nations is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. >> if we were to start from scratch, and we wanted to figure out the most efficient way to deliver nutrition to the 7.1 billion people on this planet, the answer wouldn't be animals. science would tell you to do something different. >> reporter: but what about the no small matter of taste? our own taste test termed that the not milk, which will sell for half of the price of other alternative milks, tastes like a slightly sweeter, creamier dairy
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milk, but with fewer calories. the cheese, i think you can work on the cheese a little more. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the not company's products which will soon include not hot dogs should be on supermarket shelves in chile next month. an example of what they believe is the food of the future. >> climate change will determine our lives from here to 30 years from now. >> reporter: perhaps, but in the short-term, the determining factor will likely be the taste of consumers. lucia newman, al jazeera. still ahead this news hour. whales attempt to end france's unbeaten bug in the rugby six nations. it's not just the big studios making the big films these days. it seems diy is in at the
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♪ welcome back. now iran has announced a fourth extension of voting in its elections due to high turnout. it is now due to wrap up in about 45 minutes time. let's talk to a social at it fellow at an independent policy institute. doctor thanks for joining us. we just heard yet another extension. what can we read into the high turnout? >> well, the political factions
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and most of the political elite in iran have been pushing for a high turnout. this is a barometer from various groups that people support the islamic republic of iran, and for the president himself, this election is an indication of how well he is doing, and how people feel about the nuclear deal that was just concluded recently. >> there is a lot of talk when we talk about this election about reformists, and the conservatives. just explain that, and i say divide, using that word very loosely. >> there are numerous factions in iran and to break it into conservatives and reformists is too simple. i think there are groups that would like to see greater social, political, and economic liberalization, and those that are a littlemor wary and cautious and even opposed to that. president rouhani puts himself in the middle in order to
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attract more support from the population while also not bucking any waves among the political elite as well. reformists are somewhat more marginalized, and it will be important to see if they win any votes. >> what are the chances of the reformists winning a large number of votes? >> well, they have been already vetted. a number of reformist candidates, a huge number of reformist candidates have been prevented from running in the election by the guardian council, nevertheless it is likely that at least a handful should get in if not more. but a reformist victory doesn't necessarily mean widespread change in iran. >> when we talk about democracy in iran, talk to me about that picture. what does it look like in terms of the power that people have? >> at least from the go perspective, this election is
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very important, and a high turnout is very important because it shows nationally domestically that there is a lot of legitimacy, people are willing to vote. 70% participation is always a good sign, but in practice there is an institution that vets candidates in advance of elections, so not everybody can run, and you have to meet certain qualifications to be part of the political system. >> so potential post sanctions iran could look like different. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. now let's get all of the sports news. >> thank you very much, as we have been hearing geovany infantino is the new president of fifa. infantino only joined the race
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to become president after platini pulled out. the 45 year old acknowledged the size of the task ahead. >> we will restore the image of fifa and the respect of fifa and everyone in the world will applaud us and applaud all of you, for what we'll do in fifa in the future. we have to be proud of fifa, and everyone has to be proud of fifa, and we have to be proud of what we do together. >> lee you were at the launch in london just over a month ago. did you believe then he would be here now taking fifa's top job? >> reporter: very few people at that event felt he would be taking the top job. it didn't have anything to do with his presentation and merit. he put together a good event and
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campaign. all of that travel across the globe was picking up votes. sheikh salman really did look at a strong position, but he actually got the count on the day. what might have been crucial is the pledge of money that infantino made again. i'll give you $5 million to each of the federation. can he back that up, we will see? >> yeah, that is a massive challenge for him. they haven't picked up any new sponsors since these corruption charges broke. how big of a challenge will that be for him? >> reporter: it's a huge challenge. $550 million behind where they should be was the figure that came out on this day. yes, broadcasters will still
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going to poor money into fifa and football, sponsors maybe they can start to actually find a way to come back on board, but he has got this big financial challenge now, and on top of that is the reputation of fifa that he needs to rebuild. >> do you think he is a slightly more acceptable and less controversial candidate to sheikh salman? he is possibly more acceptable candidate for the fifa sponsors? >> reporter: sheikh salman was absolutely the favorite all the way along, right until the last moment of this election, and he would have posed a bigger problem for fifa, because the human rights noise around him from the -- uprising in bahrain
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would not go away. >> lee, thanks for now. while the fifa presidency was the main focus, it was not the only item on the agenda. they also proposed reforms designed to increase transparency, and move the organization away from allegations of corruption and vested interests. let's have a look at those reforms in a little bit more detail. one of the main points was to scrap the current committee. that will be replaced by a council that includes six women. and they will only be allowed to serve a maximum of three, four-year terms. and salaries and compensation for all senior officials will have to be disclosed at the end of every single year.
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england's two most successful clubs will meet in a european competition for the first time ever. after a 10-0 aggregate win, the raining champions will face the team who will host the final, and there is a tie against the club in germany. and the manager of liverpool, well, he has the draw he wanted. >> you can ask my staff yesterday, who we want? i said man united. yeah, i think we have to clear something. we had a good game when i was here -- when we played against them. we lost 1-0. it was not what we deserved, so now we can -- life gives us a
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chance. >> he will also try to make it three wins when they make on whales in about an hour. welsh beat scotland in their last match and drew ireland. >> we have been waiting for conditions to be conducive to play an open expanse of rugby. we're six nations, so for all of us to read in the newspapers, that -- well, they won two games and that's what makes them tough. the u.k. came in and gave them confidence. a prestigious and big wave event has just got underway in hawaii. it has only taken place nine times in the last 32 years. the american scored best in the swell for the win. now back to julie.
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thank you. it's just two days until hollywood honors the oscars. some fans pay homage to their favorites by making their own versions, but now they are now becoming more and more polished, phil lavelle reports. >> reporter: fans love to make films. we're talking super fans here. take one favorite movie, add your own twist, but cheap and cheerful, not anymore. the captain on the bridge here that's the director of a star trek fan film. the short movie was so popular, he started making a full length sequel with cash from fans. but this production has come out of warp speed because of a legal battle with star trek's owners. >> it has given the fans the opportunity to fill in holes of
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their favorite franchise they have never been able to do before. i think people are amazed at the quality of most fan films these days. i have seen fan films that are five opinions long that look as good as any tv or movie out there. >> lucas films holds awards to honor the best fan film. getting a fan film out there these days is so easy. you have to get the funding, you have social media, you have crowd funding, you get the cash and the sky is the limit, and then there's the equipment, broadcast quality gear is readily available these days. everyone is a potential film maker. get some friends along, you have even got yourself a crew, and then there is distribution, cinema, forget that, you have got the internet, immediate
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transmission and immediate feedback. >> just because people have the tools doesn't mean they are necessarily going to use them correctly. >> reporter: this man made his own version of the punisher, and his adult take on power rangers has had more than 17 million views so far. for him it's all about making a statement. >> what i try to do when i make fan fall s is try to infuse some sort of big into it, within the mythology. >> reporter: for most fans it's just a hobby. they say they keep the spirit of the film alive long after it leaves the box office. that's it for me. ma we'll be back in just a few
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minutes with all of the days news. hope to see you soon. bye-bye. ♪
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