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> this is al jazeerera. ♪ anchor: hello, this is the newshour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes, turkey receives the first shipments of the russian as 400 missile defense system. that could invite u.s. sanctions. negotiatitions,f eight west african nations agree to adopt a shared currency called the echo. >> i said, you don't have to do this. he doesn't have to do this. anchor: donald trump's later --
labor secretary resigns over his handling of the jeffrey epstein sex abuse scandal. hundreds of undocumented migrants storm the pantheon in paris, demanding the right to stay in france. wins the battle of the old tennis rivals at wimbledon. he's too good for rafa nadal as he reaches his 12th final at the allington club. -- all england club. ♪ welcome to the program. turkey is saying its defense minister has spoken to his u.s. counterpart on the phone to discuss his nations controversial purchase of a russian missile defense system. the deal does not mean turkey is changing its strategic orientation. it came hours after the first
consignment of the as/400 system arriving near the capital. several more delivery scheduled over the next few days. the u.s. earlier warned it is ready to impose sanctions and has threatened to stop supplying turkey with f-35 fighter jets. the as/400 will give turkey a significant advantage over its neighbors in terms of air cover. the missiles can track and destroy incoming targets up to 400 kilometers away. the u.s. is concern that turkey's purchase will compromise the security of its f-35 jets. the stealth fighter is the backbone of the u.s. power. turkey wants another 160. the u.s. believes russia make use of as/400 system to collect sensitive data about the f-35. we have the report from his temple. reporter: this russian plane delivered the pargo -- cargo that has turkey's allies
worried. 400 missile systems expected to give the turkish military a clear advantage in the region. it can detect and destroy incoming missiles up to 400 kilometers away. it is notnd nato say compatible with their weapon system and insisted could pose a risk to their new stealth fighter jet, the f-35. >> we don't know the extent the russians would allow this what kind be used in of targeting possibilities. the turkish side argues that turkey would be totally free to use it. much depends on the coding. reporter: nato says it is concerned about the potential consequences of this missile purchase. washington has failed to impose sanctions.
for turkey, this is a done deal despite a possible setback for its defense industries that would earn up to $12 billion from the f-35 program. >> the as/400 is a temporary solution for turkey's immediate need for air defense. because the engines of the helicopters we produce our u.s. made, no one would desire any ban on these imports. reporter: the list of possible sanctions range in severity and could -- include cutting turkey off from american and international loans, preventing its transactions on foreign exchanges and targeting turkish banks, businesses, it and executives. and executives. the system is expected to be operational by october. during last month's g20 summit, donald trump said it was the
obama administration that failed to deliver mitchell's -- missiles to turkey and that was unfair. it is unclear whether trump will be able to persuade congress to do what he wants. what more do we know about this conversation involving the turkish defense minister? >> let me take you through what has happened. we were expecting a briefing from the pentagon but that has now been canceled indefinitely. we were expecting some sort of u.s. reaction to the decision by the turks to go ahead and purchase this russian missile defense scheme. we know that the acting defense secretary has spoken to his turkish counterpart. he reaffirmed their commitment to nato, two alliances with the
itsed states, and friendship with the administration in washington. they discussed the russian-made system. they also discussed the possibility of turkey still buying a patriot missile system. one of the reason that was post aside was cost. it could be that the united states is doing a bit of a deal, saying, we could work on the money that you would need to pay us to try to keep turkey inside the nato family. why is that important? the americans are concerned of any russian technological foothold in a nato ally. they are worried it could give them insight into the f-35 fighters which were due to go to turkey but have been postponed because of turkey's decision to buy this missile defense system from russia. there's the whole financial aspect of it. law, if turkeys.
decided to go ahead and buy this missile system, they would face sanctions. donald trump at the g20 n.l. socko said there was that this -- g20 in osaka said there was a possibility that that could not happen. guest.t really in his if turkey switches this on, that means the sanctions automatically kick in. there's a list of 12. donald trump gets to fit -- pick five. he can put a hold on them for 180 days. they do still kick in. that would hit turkey financially. that's not something that the turkish government wants to see. from what looked like something that was a done deal and certainty a few hours ago, there's a lot of uncertainty. it seems like both sides have taken this to the very brink and are now talking again about the possibility of a patriot missile system for turkey or the turks not switching on the system that
they just bought from the russians for hundreds of millions of dollars. anchor: thank you very much. joining me now in the studio is our guest. there are a number of potential scenarios. is it likely that this shipment of the russian surface-to-air missiles could deal a blow to the relationship between washington and ankara? could there be some way to resolve this dispute? >> i think that turkey and the turkish president are determined to pursue, to continue with the installation and activation of the russian s 400 antimissile defense system which could only mean that they will be further -- there will be further confrontation. it could be the beginning of turkeys end of its membership of nato in the not-too-distant future.
anchor: that's quite a significant prediction to make. turkey'sect of position in nato. this is a significant for itsional basis relationship with the west. would it be willing to end that in favor of a closer relationship with russia. we know there have been tensions there as well. >> you can see that turkey's aggravation with the united states is not just limited to the s 400 russian system. turkey was deeply disappointed with washington's cooperation with syria, the people's protection units. refused fact that they to support triggers -- turkey's broader goals in the middle east. turkey was disappointed with washington's condemnation of the failed plot in july 2016. turkey seems to be carrying favor with turkey and -- china
and russia. relations with countries like china and russia is one thing. that's different from a broader geopolitical alliance were turkey would be the junior partner. is that something like up -- that a personality like president erdogan would accept? >> he feels that the embrace by russia and china will further bolster turkey's gop -- geostrategic gold in the middle east and around the world. he feels that russia and china are more sincere in their support of turkey than washington. traditional's
european partners that feel that washington wants to drive him out of power in the way that washington is trying to oust president maduro in venezuela. anchor: thank you for explaining that to us. live from london, much more still ahead. syrian government troops are forced on the defensive after rubber fighters launch a furious onslaught. hope on the horizon in the battle against age -- eight. an experimental hiv vaccine. s not to forget from the british grand prix. ♪ anchor: west african leaders have agreed to rollout a single shed currency called the echo. it means eight former french
colonies will have to give up of a europe's -- use currency created by france in 1945 and is used by 14 african nations. the currency is tied to the euro and has the financing backing of the french treasury. france holds 50% of the foreign exchange reserves of member countries -- countries. supporters say it provides economic support. reporter: it's definite now. leaders of west african nations have decided to go ahead with the rollout of the proposed west african single currency, the echo. they said they have decided to go ahead with the process and
any other countries that want to join who have not decided to join conjoint later. in the next few months, we will see the rollout of this currency in west africa that is going to be legal tender in this region. a question was put to the president of the ivory coast. currencyr not the new would be on par to the existing currency. he answered, >> the exchange rate will remain the same with the echo. the exchange rate --. the rates will not be affected immediately. we help when it is launched, others will join us. they are welcome. it would be nice to have 12. reporter: people in the region will be looking up to bigger andomies like nigeria others as whether or not they will quickly join this process. the deciding factor will be how
quickly these countries will join the process of utilizing or joining the echo currency which will facilitate trade according to the leaders of the meeting today. wondering iss are how this will impact the economies of countries in west africa. west african countries are rich in resources, agricultural and mineral. is very slow. they will continue to import most of the products they need. what they export is raw materials to the rest of the world for processing. anchor: police have arrested two more officers from an iranian oil tanker seized more than a week ago. the ship was detained off the coast of the british territory at the entrance of the mediterranean on suspicion of taking oil to syria in breach of eu sanctions. none of the arrested individuals have been charged.
reporter: on friday, gibraltar police arrested two more officers from the iranian oil tanker. they were the ships to second mates. on thursday, the captain and the chief officer were arrested, bring the total to four. all four of these men are indian nationals. they are being interviewed under caution by gibraltar police. the authorities insist they are being given the correct legal istance. the authorities are trying to build the case that this ship was illegally transporting oil to syria. they have been going over the ship over recent days. they've seized documents and electronic devices. they say that this investigation is carrying on. meanwhile, the british ministry of defense has decided that it's going to fast track the
deployment of another warship which has been on drills in the black sea. it is now heading straight to the gulf where there was an incident over the last few days were a british warship had to intervene so the british say between three iranian vessels that they thought were threatening a british oil tanker. this boosts the british military and is a direct response of what happened and the rising tensions in the gulf. the british feel the result direct threat to their shipping in the gulf. they have raised security levels to level three which is the highest possible level. anchor: battles in northwest syria have killed more than 120 people in the past three days. government troops were forced on the defensive after an attack by
rebel fighters. syrian government forces and their allies are struggling to take ground from the opposition. their offensive has been costly and difficult. they have been defending their territory. in the face of a coordinated and fears counteroffensive launched i rebel factions. both sides have suffered heavy casualties. the battle for one town in 100hern hamas, more than soldiers and rebels have been killed. in more than two months of fighting, nearly 900 soldiers have died on the government side while nearly 1000 were killed on the rebel side. yet, the russian backed campaign has yielded little for the president. it has brought a lot of destruction. rebel controlled towns are being targeted in russian and syrian airstrikes.
more than 500 civilians have been killed. more than 100 of them, children. ambulances,ities, all destroyed. days,t in the last few six clinics, for schools have received direct kits -- hitits. this is an execrable. we have a total of 350,000 people displaced in the last two months. our top concern is protection of civilians. the basic rule of war. reporter: words of condemnation have been repeated in recent weeks. little accountability or pressure from the international community to stop the offensive. russia and turkey will decide what happens next. it has become a proxy war between them even though they should be working together on syria. they were sponsors of a
cease-fire last year. instead, they are using it as a bargaining chip. previous offensives, iranian backed troops are not on the front lines. it is believed to be one of the reasons why the government has not made gains. it needs those foot soldiers. there is no understanding between iran and russia on tehran's rules in post-conflict syria. russia and turkey do not agree on how to split northern syria. civilians are paying the price. u.s. president donald trump has lost another member of -- of his cabinet. the labor secretary is resigning. he has faced criticism over a secret plea deal he negotiated a ,ecade ago with jeffrey epstein accused of sexually abusing underage girls. we have more from washington. >> i want to thank alex acosta. he was a great secretary. reporter: with that, another
cabinet secretary announces his resignation. alexander acosta has been facing intense criticism for giving a very lenient deal to an accused child sex offender, jeffrey epstein. acosta was a u.s. attorney. he and the president tried to downplay the case. it would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than about the amazing economy we have right now. >> he made a deal that people were happy with and then 12 years later, they are not happy with it. you will have to figure all that out. he has been a fantastic secretary of labor. reporter: acosta is the latest ago. this president has had more turnover than any other president in modern pet -- presidency. he has replaced the secretary of
defense, has and human services, interior, the attorney general of the justice department, the secretary of state, veterans affairs, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, and now the labor secretary. to scandals. some facing allegations of corruption. bill snyder says it won't impact the president support. >> his base, even if he doesn't deliver what he promises, they see him as fighting for him and getting rid of people that are in his way. they think that's a smart way to govern. reporter: those close to the president face scandal, step down, and are replaced. the president continues on, knowing so far, no amount of controversy has hurt him. from his -- johnson & johnson says it's preparing to test an experimental hiv vaccine. the drug maker plans to conduct
a large-scale study of the vaccine across the u.s. and europe this year. hiv causes aids which kills about one million people around the world each year. by more on this, i'm joined the director of the division of aids at the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases which is working with johnson & johnson on this vaccine. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. start by explaining what this vaccination could potentially achieve. the purpose of this vaccination is to create a method of preventing people from becoming infected with hiv. we are testing it in the americas to test it specifically in gay men and transgender women. importantly, there's a parallel study already fully enrolled with this vaccine that is in sub-saharan africa being tested
in women. we are testing this vaccine simultaneously in the highest risk populations that need a vaccine. anchor: the interesting thing with this virus is that it has been very difficult to develop immunization against it because it mutates so quickly. how are you overcoming that? vaccine isgn of the to take that into account and predict where the vaccine has evolved and build that into the vaccine so it will have activity against all the global strains. it's a different type of vaccine than we've ever tested before. anchor: it's a different type of vaccine. it could really bring us one step closer to covering all different types of strains of hiv. tell me about other obstacles that hiv presents to a vaccination.
what have you had to overcome in developing this? fundamental obstacles have always been, does the vaccine induced a strong enough immune response? stickhe vaccine response around long enough to protect? have beendies that we following with this vaccine, it looks like we are in pretty good shape on that. anchor: what could it potentially do in terms of world health organization goals of cutting global hiv-related deaths to less than half a million by next year? do you think it could affect those calculations? >> no. i don't think we are going -- the vaccine is going to take approximately three years to test and then go through a period of the value is h --
evaluation to get approved. if it is successful, it won't have an impact for at least seven years. won't actually start to be rolled out for another five or seven years. how much is it going to cost? >> that's an important question. beimately, the cost has to appropriate for lower, middle income countries. we are all in agreement, the purpose of this vaccine is to protect the world. anchor: thank you for sharing your work with us. al jazeera, live from london. much more still ahead. >> children being separated from their parents in front of an american flag. anchor: testimony from democratic lawmakers who visited
migrants at overcrowded detention facilities. state of emergency declared in the usa as it braces for the arrival of tropical storm barry. cluborts, europe's biggest making big moves in the transfer market. the details, coming up. ♪ ♪ >> interesting satellite picture across europe. the central regions are where we are seeing most of the weather. that's in terms of rain. that is certainly where the bulk of the rains will be. stretching all the way from denmark right down to western portions of the balkans. you can see a few showers and to central and southern areas of
italy. we've seen the rain had across turkey. more on the way. more rain pushing into northern portugal and spain. pretty good to the west of all that rain. 27 in paris. 24 in london. quite humid with that rain nearby. sunday, it clears across the central area. rain showers pushing into the northeast of spain. we will see more rain into the southeast of europe. another wet and to the weekend for you. on top of the rains you've seen so recently. it is dry and clear across northern africa. 37 in cairo. not great change in anything on sunday. quite a bit nicer with a high of 34 in tunis. 38 i in cairo. ♪ ♪
anchor: welcome back. a look at the headlines now. turkey says its defense minister has spoken to his u.s. counterpart to discuss his nation's controversial purchase of a missile defense system from russia. the deal does not mean turkey is changing its strategic orientation after the u.s. threatened to impose sanctions. eight west african countries have agreed to roll out a new single currency, the echo will replace the cfa franc which is controlled by france. donald trump labor secretary resigned, becoming the latest advisor to leave the cabinet. alexander acosta has faced criticism over a secret deal he negotiated a decade ago with jeffrey epstein, accused of sexually abusing underage girls. saying thaticial as
10 people have been killed in an attack on a hotel. victims include to journalists. please have warned the dental might rise as fighting is continuing inside the hotel between gunmen and security forces. most of the victims were patrons of the hotel which is frequented by lawmakers and local officials. rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack. members of the u.s. house of representatives called the trump administration's treatment of migrants a policy of dehumanization. it's part of the testimony given at a congressional hearing looking into the state of migrants at federal detention centers. they described deplorable conditions after visiting these facilities. mike hanna has more from washington. reporter: president trump describes reports of maltreatment of migrants as fake news. however, a report considered by the house oversight committee is based on information provided by president trump zone
administration officials under subpoena. among the facts they provide is that as many as 18 children under the age of two have been separated from their parents for 20 days to six months. a delegation of representatives visited the border area recently and this is what one of them had to say. >> when these women tell me they were put into a cell and that their sink was not working and we tested the sink ourselves and it was not working. they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl. i believe them. i believe these women. i believe the canker sores i saw in their mouths because they were only allowed to be fed non-nutritious food. they were sleeping on concrete floors for two months. i believe them. >> and must be remembered that the house judiciary committee yesterday approved subpoenas to
obtain information from administration officials working in the border areas to see whether there are any details of federal laws that might've been contravened by president trump's zero-tolerance policy. anchor: u.s. regulators voted to approve a $5 billion settlement with facebook over its handling of user data. this is according to the reuters new agency. the fda -- federal trade .ommission facebook shares rose after the settlement was announced. it will be the largest settlement ever paid to the ftc. china has released figures showing its imports from the u.s. have plunged. its exports are down, too. china says its trade surplus with the u.s. continues to rise.
presidentthe heart of trump's assertion that china engages in unfair trading practices. we are following events in beijing. reporter: negative numbers released by the government here in beijing. what we have is that for the month of june, exports from china to all countries dropped by 1.3% compared with the same time a year ago. the concern is that if we go back to the month of may, it grew by 1.1%. most experts were forecasting that those numbers for june would be worse than what they are. this all happening amid a truce in the trade war between china and the united states. tariffs are not being placed on each other's goods as agreed by the two leaders after they met
on the sidelines of the g20 summit in japan. some numbers to unpack here for the u.s. president donald trump who has long complained of unfair trade practices by the chinese and the fact that the united states has a large trade deficit with china even though exports from china to the united states are down. the trade surplus that the chinese have with the united states grew in the month of june to almost $30 billion. no doubt, that will be discussed if those negotiations do restart as expected, possibly in china within the next couple of weeks. one of the most concerning numbers for the overall chinese economy is that imports from all countries are down 7.3%. being blamed on weak domestic demand. anchor: thousands of refugees in bangladesh are at risk after
heavy rain swept through their camps. fled to of thousands bangladesh after a violent military crackdown in 2017. the international criminal court is preparing an investigation into myanmar's conduct. reporter: as if life were difficult enough for refugees and bond with us, the monsoon season has brought with us -- it later hardship. flooding, landslides guarantee the situation becomes even more precarious. >> heavy rains in the refugee camps. the situation is serious. thousands of people have been displaced. thousands more have damage to their homes. reporter: while refugees were to secure their overcrowded camps from erosion, eight agencies like the world food program are doing what they can to
distribute emergency supplies. last year, heavy monsoon rains in southeastern bangladesh what to the deaths of five children. many fear the conditions could be even worse this year and worry the downpour may not let up anytime soon. 730,000 refugees fled after a military crackdown in 2017. u.n. investigator said attacks included mass killings and gang rapes and that they were executed with genocidal intent. in june, the international criminal court moved closer to opening a full investigation. announced sher will request the court to look into crimes relating to two waves of violence. we request to open an investigation into alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the court in which at least one element occurred on the
territory of bangladesh, and within the context of two recent waves of violence on the territory of myanmar as well as any other crimes which are sufficiently linked to these events. reporter: if granted, the icc would become the first international court to prosecute any crime committed against myanmar's minority. u.s. president donald trump has declared a state of emergency in the louisiana as tropical storm barry nears landfall. it's expected to hit coastal areas of the state on saturday. wind speeds could reach 80 kilometers proud -- per hour. it could be inundated with over 57 meters of rain. an evacuation order of nearby order -- areas has been order. >> prepare for heavy rain, slow-moving. this is what we are being told. this means staying over us for a
while with consistent rain fall. we are looking at the heaviest rain happening tomorrow. this again could have high impact on the city of new orleans. we are continuing to monitor the levels of the mississippi river. anchor: let's go live to nbc news correspondent jay gray in new orleans. what are conditions like? how close is storm barry to making landfall? we've had rain on and off throughout the day here today. barry expected to make landfall some of -- sometime overnight. we are along the mississippi river which is at flood stage and has been for 260 days. they will add the effects of the storm to that water. that's a big concern. all of the rain, all of the storm surge that could push it
over its banks. it is about four feet from that level right now. the wind is going to be an issue but not nearly as much as the water we are talking about right now. many of these areas are already below sea level. they will see driving, flooding rains for 24 hours or more. it's difficult to get that water out when you are below sea level. we do have an intricate system of canals and pumping stations. 188 of the 200 stations are fully online and ready to get to work. feet ofp 1000 cubic water every second. once they get behind, there's no catching up. that's a very big concern for the residents here. many have decided to write this thing out. they've been told to make sure they have supplies and feels that will last for at least 72 hours. most of that time could be without power. they expect a significant loss of electricity across the area as well. this is a slow-moving system.
that rain is going to continue to pound some areas for more than 24 hours. they are bracing for the storm, watching it very closely. they are ready to see what happens next. crews are staged outside of the strikes him, ready to get to work but cannot do that until conditions allow. that's why so many of these families who are writing things out have enough provisions to do that for quite some time. anchor: thank you very much. as you were hearing, the mississippi river which runs through new orleans was already at record levels before these rains hit. engineers have put in place measures to protect communities but that's having an impact on the environment. reporter: the formidable mississippi river. a crucial artery of commerce which drains 41% of the entire united states. this year it has exceeded all records. the body of water surging down
its course, swollen by extreme spring rains and snow melts upstream. the mississippi has never been this high for this long. it is unprecedented. everyone who lives in new orleans puts their trust in the levee system which protects the city from flooding. upstream, the engineers try to ease the pressure. they've done that with a rare spillway. elton the 1930's to divert colossal quantities of water away from the main river in times of high flood. >> it has been opened up 12 times in its history. this is the first year it has been open twice in the same calendar year. it is really one of the longest floods on record. reporter: the spillway will remain open until the end of july. it has upset the eagle out -- ecological balance of the mississippi water sound. devastating affect the coastal businesses. >> we are starting to see the repercussions which are oysters
dying. wildlife mammals, dolphins dying. the turtles are dying. we have a lot of saltwater species now that are being affected heavily due to the rise of the river. reporter: worst hit is a multimillion dollar oyster industry. here, boats sit and talk, landings are down up to 80%. source of income has been destroyed. >> is the worst impact this community has ever seen. we have been through katrina where we were completely wiped off the map. we have been through bp. we've been through a lot in this community. i've watched in my life this community, and go. this is the worst i've ever seen. now businesses are demanding that the federal government step in with emergency funding. >> it's over. everything is dead. you can't go back out there to make no money.
they need to do something. they need to help us. reporter: the fear is with changing weather patterns, this could become the new normal. you might save the city from flooding, but at the cost of a multibillion-dollar industry. anchor: an italian court has acquitted a man of being a notorious human trafficker, saying he was a victim of mistaken identity. italyn was extradited to two years ago and accused of being a kingpin named the general. that allegation has been dismissed. he was convicted of a charge of aiding illegal immigration by helping his cousin to reach libya. he has served three years. judges ordered his release from prison. not the general. this is the thing that we always sustained since the arrest of my client. >> [inaudible] anchor: police in paris have
removed hundreds of undocumented migrants in the cities -- pantheon. the building which contains the remains of distinguished french citizens was stormed by protesters demanding the right to remain in france. they barricaded themselves inside for a number of hours before the removal. migrants shared videos on facebook demanding their residency papers be normalized and a meeting with the prime minister. hundreds of asylum-seekers occupied the pantheon in central paris after lunchtime. building in the heart of the french capital. it is where famous french women and men are buried. it's a symbol of the french republic. that symbol has not been lost on those who have chosen this venue for their protest. the asylum-seekers are saying that many of them have been your for your -- years.
they have papers showing that the french state approved their asylum request. what they are saying is that they haven't had those papers worked to allow them to legally in the country, many of them are working illegally. many do not have access to housing. they are saying that is simply unfair. they are demanding to see the prime minister. they want to have the legal right to stay in france. they say it was a right that was promised but some of them have been here for a decade without the right papers. >> freedom is to have our papers to work. we are here for violence or trouble. we are here for our right to work. working illegally is slavery. >> it is shameful to see this in france. it's a country of human rights. it's scandalous. that's why we are demanding papers for everyone. reporter: the french government passed a new immigration law. the french president said it was all about cracking down on
♪ anchor: a remote city may seem an unlikely destination for art lovers. thanks largely to the efforts of one man, it is home to a world class collection of avant-garde paintings rescued by the kgb in the soviet area -- era. the future of this unique museum could be in doubt. town in the desert, tourists travel to see the world's second-largest
collection of soviet avant-garde art. the founder of the museum collected around 100,000 paintings, many were hidden when the soviet union band almost all art which didn't conform to socialist principles. he secretly smuggled the paintings to a place so remote that nobody would find them. sometimes, gave them a new name like this one. originally called the bulldozer exhibition. >> the exhibition that was arranged by dissident artists or nonconforming artists at the outskirts of moscow. kgb whoe smashed off by came with bulldozers. reporter: to ensure the paintings safety, he renamed the work, feast of spring in the park. the 40 died in 1984, he handed the collection over to a man who turned the museum into an international attraction.
she was suddenly removed from her position four years ago. an international group of art lovers has recently stopped financial support because of her dismissal. what they call mismanagement of the museum. consultant, this woman is guiding tours in a different museum. >> for bid and art created at a time when avagard was considered treason and its painters enemy of the state. has enormous collection been described as unique and invaluable. there are concerns about its future. reporter: the works of alexander volkov were among the first collected. of son fears for the future his paintings owned by the museum. >> maybe the idea was to bring people there who are not that loyal to this museum and won't stand in the way of selling paintings. reporter: the ministry of
culture didn't respond to our request for an interview. the museums management says the collection is in good hands. >> i can confidently say that every item brought here is carefully secured. none of the paintings can be taken out of the museum just like that. you need a pass. reporter: the museum's former director is not convinced. the collection itself, the popularity of the museum, the reputation of it. reporter: the selection of a new museum director who will start his work in september's recent for optimism, she believes. he has been handed a huge responsibility to protect the future of one of the world's extraordinary collections. anchor: time now for sports. reporter: thank you very much. won the latestas edition of tennis's greatest rivalry.
beat rafa nadal to reach his first wimbledon final. -- 12 wimbledon final. the meeting was their 40th clash. it was their first at wimbledon for 11 years. the first set went to federer on a tiebreak. it was all right for in the second. he broke twice to take it 6-1. that were seized control, winning the next two sets. the match lasted just over three hours. federer has won three out of the pairs for meetings at wimbledon. he's going for his ninth singles crown and 21st grand slam title. everything was great. just very relieved it's all over at this point. it's definitely going to go down as one of my famous -- favorite matches to go back. except that it was not
my day. i played a great event, i think. at the same time, today is sad. i know chances are not forever. able to win it one more time here. reporter: federer will play in the final. djokovic dropping the second set but coming through to win it in four sets. defeat in a wimbledon final was to andy murray in 2013. go kvetch will be going for his 16th grand slam title in sunday's final. >> to be in another final is a dream come true. history in thehe finals i have played in grand slams, wimbledon is something different.
i will definitely enjoy that experience. reporter: it's been a busy day in the football transfer market involving three of europe's biggest clubs. a 19-year-old dutchman was one of the stars of ireland's run to the championship lead last season. a frenchman is also on the move. they like to do things slightly different. this promotional video is how they announced their $135 million signing of a player from madrid. he becomes the fourth most expensive footballer of all time and comes with a release clause of $900 million. africa cups terrific
of nations was brought to an end in the quarterfinals. remembered toong get back home, fans still celebrated, happy their team made it so far. >> it was a tense 90 minutes. fans of madagascar's national team watched their quarterfinal tie in the africa capital of nations. despite the defeat by tunisia, there was no shortage of pride and joy that they had got so far in the competition. becausenot disappointed we are happy we reached the round of 16. >> i'm still proud of them no matter what they do. i came here to support them no matter what games they played up to. i'm still proud. >> and there he happy. there's nothing to be sad about. they made a lot of effort.
you always have to move forward. >> this is the first time they ever qualify for the cup. when they got to egypt, they were fearless. their performance exceeded expectations including a win against nigeria. tunisia proved too strong. they were able to hold their own on the pitch. players wanted to make their country proud and they did. they came home to a hero's reception, captured by al jazeera. drivers weree struggling to hold things together. a moment to forget after crashing his heart while pushing down the pit lane. he needed a lift back to the garage. hamilton had some sticky moments as he lost control. the world champion finished
second quickest overall. it was his teammate who talked the timings on friday. it gets underway on saturday. the diamond league athletics meeting in monaco saw a 23-year-old world record broken. a man from the netherlands set a new mark in an event that is not run it major many meetings. in the men's 100 meters, justin gatlin may down a mark. winning in a time of 9.91 seconds. he will defend his world title in october. a dutch writer took the honors on phase seven of the tour de france. was a day for the sprinters on a largely flat course.
it is his fourth career stage when. an italian retained the leader's yellow jersey. that's it for sports. anchor: thank you. that wraps up the newshour. i will be back in a few moments with another bulletin and news for you. a full round up of the day's top stories coming up very shortly. i will see one of it. -- you in a bit. ♪