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as a person >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america barack obama says the u.s. will continr strikes in iraq and calls on the country to unite against islamic state fighters. hello you're watching the al jazeera news hour. life from london i'm mary ann namazi. also ahead, four people are are kill in egypt, marking the anniversary of the rabah killings. some sense of normalcy is returning in gaza as the latest ceasefire holds.
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>> puzzlpuzzles championship in london where it's nerves all around. had we begin with the late -- we begin with the latest development in iraq, the group of calling itself islamic state, the u.s. air strikes will continue. barack obama called on the iraqi people to defeat the islamic state group which controls large parts of the country's northwest. >> we will continue air strikes to protect our people and facilities in iraq. we have increased the delivery of military assistance to iraqi and kurdish forces fighting i.s.i.l. on the front lines. and perhaps most importantly we are urging iraqis to come together to turn the tide against i.s.i.l. above all by seizing the enormous opportunity of forming a new inclusive government under the leadership of prime minister designate
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abadi. >> meanwhile on the ground in iraq fighting in the city of fallujah has left four children dead. an iraqi fighter jet bombed facilities including a mosque and water purification step. fallujah has been the scene of months of antigovernment protests. u.s. forces in iraq are telling us that just a thousand members of the yazidi group remain on mountain sinjar -- mt. sinjar. the official says the situation is now stable. jane araf reports from the country's north. >> reporter: this floating bridge from syria is now life line for iraqi yazidis. the route off sinjar mountain from syria back into iraq. thousands have come off the area, the yazidis live in the
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region but with their towns taken over here they rely on the kindness of strangers. they have been stranded on the mountain for days and walked for hours. these are the survivors but a lot of them are wondering what will survive of their community. this camp was built for syrian refugees now full of yazidis who tried and failed to defend their towns. >> translator: seven of my relatives were killed by shelling. some were beheaded. >> reporter: he says they need help to go back and bury the bodies. she shows me the body of her decadecapitated brother moussah. >> my brother was beheaded and they put it on the internet for everyone to see. >> reporter: the yazidis say they have suffered over 17 massacres over the centuries. after this last one, the only solution is for them all to
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leave. their anger extends to their own leaders. this man asks why they should listen anymore to the prince of the yazidis. >> translator: it's been 300 years. they change our nationality to arab and then they change it to kurds. we're not kurds, we're not arab, we're yazidi. >> they people abandoned. >> i think they left us. they left us like peshmerga left us. we depend on the peshmerga and they said we're not going to leave sinjar, sinjar is a part of kurdistan but they left us. >> reporter: his immediate family is safe but his sister-in-law has lost 51 members of her family. they were all killed the first day the fighters entered their town. the yazidi are such a small community, almost all of them have lost family members in sinjar. they have also lost the hope
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they could ever feel safe in iraq again. jane arath, al jazeera, norch nn iraq. with me, professor of political sciences at the london school of economics. thanks very much for speaking to us. so we're hearing u.s. president barack obama speak. he said the situation on mt. sinjar getting better, committing more humanitarian assistance to the north of iraq but still reluctance to commit any further military assistance to the kurds on the ground engaged pushing back i.s. fighters. >> i don't know how mr. obama explains the situation getting better when there are more than 3,000 people trapped in the mountains of sinjar, they saved them, the americans saved them, less than expected. 3,000 people are a very much great number. nothing is going better on the
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ground because i.s.i.s. is still advancing and making some progress. and nobody's asking mr. obama or the americans why the hell did they come in 2003 without being asked by the iraqis or by anybody in international community, destroy the country, and done nothing, and yet when the country's in need of them nobody's ready to go. >> but there is some sign that the air strikes are helping the kurdish peshmerga fighters in some way. they've played some progress in taking back territory in the north of iraq. so there are signs that the air strikes are working. >> strategically it's not working. because as i hear the news now, the i.s.i.s. are making some advances in other areas. near kurdistan, iraqi kurdistan, in diallah, fort of diallah, south of iraqi kurdistan to the
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east, and it means that they are change their tactics. but there is no sign of them being defeated or retreated. >> if the u.s. were to commit further arms and heavy weaponry to the kurdish fighters is that something that they do have to be wary of, despite what you say, there are i suppose potentially unintended consequences, if they were to commit more heavy weaponry is there a risk that it could accelerate the fragmentation of iraq a little bit further down the line in the long term because as we know the kurds have always been very ambitious for independence. >> that depends if the kurds could do some progress in facing i.s.i.s. which is doubtful at the moment, because armaments are not going to help them, not going to help them do the success because what are the people to trade for arrangement amounts? it is not only ar armaments,
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strange and trading for arms. at this moment everybody the kurds and the aishedz an arabs e sectarian elements, all realized something has disintegrated the country and all they can do is cooperative. it is a -- i they have to cooperate. >> one other question, has haider al-abadi the leader for this country? >> i don't know, he has not been tested. >> thank you. >> mark the anniversary of the rabah massacre, one year ago, egyptian forces broke up a protests, human rights watch described it as the worst
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humanitarian cries you in egypt's history. >> the worst materializing in egypt. security forces raided two encampments of protestors. one year on, the bloody events became known by the names of these locations. al nada square, and the rabah mosque in the capitol. thousands of protesters had been gathering there for six weeks, demanding the military reinstate president mohamed morsi. they were violently removed after warnings and ultimatums. they were likened to a massacre. until today it's not clear how many people died. human rights watch said at least 817. egypt's health ministry says 617 bodies were found but, casualty
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much higher 2600. among the victims were women and children. the military argued at the time the protesters were hiding weapons at the site but the international community condemned the raids. analysts say it marked the beginning of a government crack down of the muslim brotherhood. rabah was a symbol for morsi supporters, political protests around political gatherings. who will be held responsible and when? a human rights watch report says leaders and president abdel fatah al-sisi and, should be reinstated. democratically elected, they said they will never forget
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rabah, which also means the fourth in arabic. monica villa mazar, al jazeera. journalists who tried to document the events that day were also attacked. simon mcgregor wood has the story. >> this was something the egyptian deposit did not want the world to see. -- egyptian government did not want the world the see. our position was the first to come under fire. >> we cannot move from the location we are at the moment. we are pinned down. >> their intention was to stop us flixing. cell phone -- filming. cell phone networks were jammed. foreign journalists were all
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targetargeted. tear gas, heat and hysteria. but the as the police and military started to close in journalists began to die. mick dean, abdel gawad, of the paper el akbar, all shot. >> we have to look one year after those events no investigations have been launched to try to know what happened exactly, and who killed the journalists. >> six more were seriously injured. those trying get closer to the story were detained by security forces, many were beaten and had equipment confiscated or destroyed. >> it was impossible for us to get inside that square. i think any journalists who were in there and who did manage to
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film were journalists who happened to be there when the violence broke out and they were very quickly trying to escape that violence. >> many tweeted their experience, tom finn from reuters, with photographers, soldiers are taking their cameras and deleting photographs. abigail hosloner from the washington post, they're firing live ammo at us. we're trapped. pictures did get out. some journalists along with hundreds of protestors, died trying to ensure the world knew what happened and who was responsible. simon mcgregor wood, al jazeera. >> let's hear more from abdalla al shami who was arrested, last year, went on hunger strike
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until his release in june. he said the experience has changed his life. >> if it was not because of the support of people for this aspect, the freedom of press, it wouldn't have been possible for me to get out of jail. i mean looking at the fact that so many other people are on hunger strike in egypt and you know, it's people have been detained every day. but the support i saw both locally and globally, and the campaign has been going on either for me before and for my colleagues as well, it's astounding. and as well, we need to see the fact that it's not only, you know, our colleagues that we have, freelancers who are still in prison, photographers, local journalists, have also been detained on that day and are still in prison up until now. if i could mention soame someboe mahmoud abuzaid, in prison up
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until now, other people from separate news networks, freelancers mostly who are still in prison. but i may not have been kind of, you know, a hard defender of press freedom or at least not dedicating my life to it but i think i would mostly dedicate my life for now and for whatever i've got left. >> al jazeera is demanding the release of its three journalists in prison for 229 days. baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste. baher mohamed and peter greste were given seven years. mohamed fahmy was given an extra three years because of spent flownd his possession. first papal visit to asia in
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15 years, and in support, bite be ban, raul will have all the details. details. well, in gaza an extension to a new five-day ceasefire is holding but for people on the ground, uncertainty remains. there still hasn't been a break through on a long term solution. delegates from both sides have returned from cairo where negotiations are being held for consultations with their respective bases. a spokes mansays there is still chance for agreement as long as their demands are heard. >> translator: we allowed for true ceasefire to extend in order to continue to negotiate exercising further pressure on the zionist enemy until our true demands are met. there is still a true
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opportunity to have an agreement concluded on one condition. the zionist occupation forces stop manipulating with words, maneuvering and hiding behind words, whereby our demands are neglected. >> well, since israel's assault on gaza began on july 864 israeli soldiers and 3 civilians including a thai national have been killed in israel. 1957 palestinians have died according to gaza's health ministry, three quarters civilians, 469 are children. more than 10,000 palestinians have been wounded and more than 220,000 people are still seeking shelter in u.n. facilities. well last week al jazeera told the story of a local bomb disposal experts in gaza who took advantage of the ceasefire to clear unexploded missiles. he's since been killed while trying to do his work.
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jane ferguson is live for us now in gaza with a little bit more on this. and so jane you've been monitoring the story of this bomb disposal expert. we know that he had been taking advantage of the lull in fighting to i suppose try and improve the situation, make things that much more safer for people there. but what more can you tell us? >> athat's right, miriam. it is really at times of a ceasefire that anybody can go out and try odeal with these sorts of bombs can go out of course at times whenever bombs are dropping at their most intense nobody could go out. but for these men it would have been extremely danger -- >> all right, well, we'll try and reestablish connection with jane ferguson. she's live for us in gaza at the moment. but it is the story that she's been tracking is that of a bomb disposal expert in gaza as we were telling you.
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he'd taken advantage in the lull in fighting to tackle the unexploded ornz in th ordnance e strip. here is more on his story. >> hasam had one of the most dangerous jobs in gaza. trying to defuse bombs that did not detonate with little or no professional equipment. just last week hasam spoke with al jazeera. >> translator: to handle these missiles is very dangerous but the one who acceptance this job -- accepts this job must know it is his duty. >> on wednesday hasam was killed while noorming duty. he had been trying to disarm a large bomb when it exploded. killing him, three of his colleagues and two journalists. this is the spot where the bomb disposal unit and journalists were when that bomb exploded. however there are sites like this all across gaza of
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unexploded ordnances. so the dangerous job those men were doing is entirely necessary. at the site, other unexploded bombs litter the ground. families rummage for anything they can recover and children play in the open ground. hasam's family said that is why he did such dangerous work. >> translator: what motivated him was his humanity. he loved people and this is why he went everywhere to look for and defuse these missiles, to save the lives of children, women and old people, to secure the house he of the innocent. -- houses of the innocent. >> reporter: many more houses still need to be cleared of the ordnance. a ceasefire does not protect people from bombs on the ground waiting to explode. >> now a leading separatist military commander in eastern
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ukraine has resigned. this marks the third change at the top of the separatist leadership in the past week. the move comes as the ukrainian government see cutting off the city of luhansk, supplies to be distributed by the red cross, a much larger humanitarian convoy from russia is traveling from the same region. kyiv says it will only be allowed entry if the red cross examines and distributes the supplies. emma hayward what is the significance of strelkof's resignation and how could it affect the separatist movement emma? >> i don't think you can look at it as anything other than significant. strelkof was seemed by some to be a frightening man but others as a hero. the circumstances around hi
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resigns is unclear. we do not know really why he has resigned but given it is the third resignation in just a week, you have to question just what's happening in the separatist movement and whether this is sign of weakness in it. >> meanwhile, emma, the russian convoy, controversy around whether it is going oaccess eastern ukraine. >> it hasn't crossed the border, ten kilometers on the russian side. if it were to enter from where it is, it would come through separatist-controlled area. key town in that area now it would make it very, very difficult for the convoy to pass through. of course, ukraine does not want this convey to pass through as it is anyway. they want to be able to unload what's on board and then take it through themselves. they want control of what's on
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board. but all this is taking place as the humanitarian situation in those affected areas deepens all the time. yesterday i was at a refugee camp and a grandmother who had moved her grabbe granddaughter f the luhansk area, simply because they couldn't get the cancer medicines she needed. imagine what it's like for those where the fighting is still going on between these two sides. >> emma hayward in kharkiv, thank you. president vladimir putin has announced that russia will establish a military task force in crimea. speaking to the area that russia recently annexed, he said also to create jobs and improve infrastructure. protesters marching from lahor, calling for nawah
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sharif's government to leave, antigovernment marches, aren't officially allied but their protest is the same. kamal haydyr has this from islamabad. >> after several tense hours, both president and his vice president, and the leader imran khan will be gathering more supporters as he pass he through major towns in the pun jab. punjab. bring a large number of supporters to isla islamabad. his march is called the revolution march, the two
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marches is now combining together and the government is still wondering how to deal with this situation because the local administration has not yet removed the obstacles and it will be interesting to see how these large crowds are able to come into the city and what steps the government will take to make sure that no untoward incident takes place. >> much more still to come to you on news hour. food becomes much more important, russia bans food imports from europe. and in sport northern most point of europe as the world's best cyclists take part in the optic race of norway. details shortly. when you run a business, you can't settle for slow.
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>> welcome back, you're watching al jazeera news hour. i'm miriam namazi. top stories. president barack obama says the situation is improved for tens of thousands of yasdz refugees s
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who have now been rescued. year ago, killing at least 800 people. and the new five day ceasefire is holding in gaza. delegates from both sides have returned from negotiations in cairo. to their respective bases. u.s. town of ferguson police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager there on saturday. in the wake of the shooting came looting and violent protests and that was countered with actions by police, al jazeera ash-har quraishi has more. >> the police command center looks like a mil militarized zo. protests have gotten violent in the last week. tom jackson calls the presence appropriate.
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>> none of that was military equipment. that was all the swat teams had their equipment vans. those are big vans, big trucks. >> reporter: following three nights of protests, police chief asked to avoid further confrontation he with police. armored vehicles left the command center, our crew tried to make it past the various checkpoints around ferguson. as we moved closer to the strip we were met by police, and later blocked. irate residents turned away began shouting at police. >> hands up don't shoot, hands up don't shoot. >> reporter: but were forced to back away. as night fell clashes erupted once again. police fired rubber bullets stun grenades and tear gas to
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disperse crowds. ddevolved into chaos. >> we've got flood lights hey we got press over here. sam, sam. a local news crew captured the incident from across the street. our cameras continued to record as we retreated into the neighborhood. police later approached our equipment and allowed us to evacuate the area. ash-har quraishi, al jazeera, ferguson, missouri. latest economic figures show the block's recovery has stalled. the three biggest economies have all shrunk. germany's economy contracted 0.2% in the second quarter.
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france second quarter in a row reported zero growth. euro zone economy has shrunk by 0.2%. let's get some analysis on these figures, sinbaar birmingham. >> this has been the economy that has been almost robust and recession proof. >> really powered europe through the depth of the financial crisis. in part we can trace that back to the first impact of the sanctions which were issued on the european union by russia. when european union banned the import of high tech, naturally be expected to --
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>> so those sanction he have had a direct impact on german exports which has affected german growth in the second quarter of this year. are they going to be able to bounce back? >> most difficult to say. it's heart to quantify at the moment bust i think in quarters 3 and 4 of this year we'll probably know more. russia's sanctions, on the euro zone, russia banned the importing of fresh fish and dairy on from the euro zone. >> are markets invested people that you're speaking to anticipating that it is going to have a negative impact on growth for europe? >> it will certainly have some impact. it is very difficult at this stage to speculate, there will be certain economies that will be hit more than others. lithuania is very dependent on exports of fresh food to russia.
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poanld applepoanldpoapoanldpolp. >> could certainly play a role in inhibiting any further economic improvement. >> if you look at statistics the euro zone is growing at 0%, all it takes is a very fragile, when the euro zone is sending out 0% growth, all it takes is a very
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little impact to drag it back into recession which is the last thing that policy makers want. >> is the ecb riding to the rescue? >> i don't think it wants to but ecb and wantative ease -- and quantitative easing, we'll have to see on that one. >> thank you. we've been discussing russia's involvement, but it's prompted the u.s., eu and others, food ban, as you've been hearing, farmers that rely on the selling to russia wants the eu to bail them out. sue turton reports. >> reporter: european produce bound as export to russia, worth
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an annual $16.3 billion but as western sanction he over russia's involvement in ukraine begin to bite president putin has retaliated. leading producers like apple farmer charlie gauthier. >> it's been a difficult time of year, and i may not be able to sell apples. what am i going odo? we don't want to be the first victims. >> as russia and european union maria play geo-politics for their tit-for-tat sanctions, growing uncertainty as to just what they will do with their growing mountains of stock and where they will find a place to sell it. it's the same story in the dairy warehouse. cheese makers here say their trucks have been turned back at the border as the russian ban damages both their business and that of their russian partners.
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>> our partners for instance are also losing big money. some of our customers are work being 80% only with dairy products imports. so which means what are they going to do? so they will have to close the company. >> reporter: while longer lasting produce can be stored and then shipped elsewhere its producers of perishables like peaches and nectarines from are poland. not everybody is convinced this will help. >> i can't believe the european union is aware of the immediate consequences. we're not seeing it during the summer long consumption but weeks to come we will feel it severely, i don't think the european union can compensate because it's more about food. >> trading with other nations who repackage the produce and sell to russia. with truffles, foie gras and
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banned cheeses, it is a ban that the russians are happy to overlook. sue turton, al jazeera. activists say that the armed forces have almost recaptured the suburb of niha on the southern outskirts of damascus. syrian organization of human rights, they report fighting against the jaba al nusra. heavy shelling in the city of homs. militia from the progovernment national defense force are behind that offensive. people in the central republic are hoping that united nations will restore order to their deeply divided nation. the main goal of lasting peace is a long way.
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hara mutassa reports from the capitol bangui. >> the soldiers are always alert. people in the central africa republic are still tense. some carry concealed weapons for protection. >> the situation on the ground is relatively calm now. the area is secure. there's not too many problems except for crime. we're trying to disarm people. our main goal is a-lasting peace. >> the french army and african union soldiers arrived before the eu force, most will form the u.n. mission. you hear an occasional gun going off but the area is relatively safe. months of religious based
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violence has divided this country. in some areas french and eu soldiers tried to keep christian areas apart. >> we feel safer because these soldiers here. >> abdul went to chad with his family when the violence started. he has come back to assess the situation. this has now become a mainly muslim area. >> i left my wife and children in a refugees camp. i don't think it's safe to bring my family back here. >> thousands have been displaceby months of fighting. a humanitarian process is necessary. given hatred and deep divisions here, that could take years, al jazeera, bangui. >> handful of the untested ebola
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drugs have arrived from the u.s. where two people have received doses and are improving. the ebola outbreak has now killed more than 1,000 people this west africa, as malcolm webb reports. >> the experimental but potentially lifesaving serum arrives in liberia. only enough serum to treat three people. >> for me this is not the answer. it is a matter of trying, we need to continue to contact our missions, the mechanisms that will break transmission so we eradicate this disease, by giving these drugs it is not answer. >> when two american missionaries were infected they were taken home and given the treat and showed improvements. that raises question why the africans have never been given
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it. it's prevention that's needed to stem the outbreak and that's proving difficult in one of the world's poorest regions. health care infrastructure is lacking. guinea's border with sierra lien has been closed but frustrated travelers are still trying ocross. no movement, no trade, no income. government officials said an infected nurse broke quarantine to be with her family. president goodluck jonathan uses a hand sanitizer oto show the importance of keeping clean. >> the number of infected is 198. some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists, movements
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monitored. >> back in liberia, if they're lucky the treatment will work, malcolm webb, al jazeera. >> still to come to you on the al jazeera news hour, the puzzle solvers asking to answer a big question, who is the champion of the world. plus. >> a traditional indian sport that's trying to reach out and grab a new global audience.
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then into his specially requested modest means of transport. for a poem who emphasizes frugality and humility. >> foreign dignitaries, the pope has always been different from them, for me, i like that. >> reporter: after a private mass and rest, came the official welcome in the residence at a day when north korea decided to fire fiefl missile five miles oe coast the pope delivered a message first time in english. >> commission that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue. rather than by mutual recriminations. fruitless criticism and displays of force.
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>> south korea's president said the papal visit would be an opportunity for a period of reunification but only if north korea changed its current course. >> translator: to reunify the korean peninsula and the prosperity of humanity, you must first halt north korea's nuclear development that can take away a enormous amount of lives at once. >> the pope will be hoping to send plenty of other messages during his five-day visit. on saturday he will hold an open air mass in front of millions, crucially for the catholic church across asia. as he flew over china the pope sent a message of goodwill to the president and people of the country in which an underground catholic church continues to defy the government. an important almost of this visit will be a catholic asian
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youth festival but already some chinese attendees have apparently been banned from traveling. >> translator: some youth who had planned to attend the event could not come due to a complicated situation inside china. we are sorry. >> it is just as much a visit to asia a region where the catholic church sees potential for growth. harry forcett al jazeera seoul. >> raul is here now with sport. >> commence training with barcelona on friday after the conditions surrounding his four month ban with football were eased. suarez was banned with all football activity after being found guilty of biting a competitor at the world cup. he will be able to train with both club and country and take part in friendly games for
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uruguay. >> both parties may be relatively satisfied. i mean the player now he can be integrated in the team. he can be part of the structure of the team which is important for him, probably, and fifa may be satisfied by the fact that the sanctions have been generally confirmed and upheld. >> pope francis as an official club member and he will no doubt be one of the thousands of san lorenzo supporters. south america's biggest club prize was poised at 1-1 after the first leg. the game was in argentina but it was the paraguayans who came within a goal of winning. scoring the winner probably the most important goal in his
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club's 106-year history, san lorenzo, the game held in iraq in december. >> even with the great things this team had, i knew we hadn't reached our full potential. there was a lot we needed to work on and achieve. i am sure the fans knew as well. each and every touch of the ball, that's got us to where we are. >> 10ist and world number 1 player novak djokovic already through to the third round as the australian open chemical champion, at the moment is andy murray, taking on american john isner. currently one set all and three games all in the decider. >> roger federer has hit yet another landmark, the first player to reach 300 wins in the
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game's elite master's event. he's 17-time grand slam winner taken three sets in canadian on rounway to round 3. seven wict wickets as pakisn needs to win this level to meet the two round series. friday's fifth test at the level. nose broken battling during the game, lead 2-1 going into this final set. >> we have the right tomorrow mortgage, in case something unusual overnight. he batted and balled and didn't get anything negative from it.
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>> we don't know in this test match what impact it has on the series. it becomes a long term goal, let's take the immediate goal, take it into small sessions and if you win more sessions than opposition team, you do badly in the sessions you have lost, that's a priority for us not thinking too much ahead. >> now, kabadi, origination in wrestling, sport is trying to glab a world audience by a world league starting in london. lee wellings reports. >> the sound ofs the sport, giving itself a big global push. a world league has started. 14 cities in five countries with the first event santa large olympic venue in south london.
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i asked the form he hockey star, could this really be as big as the india league calls it? >> better than that, it is not only in india but it's global. >> this league has clearly been influenced by the ipl with bollywood stars, dancers entertainers and blasts of music between as. defeated, 79-57. points to score by sending a raider into the other team's territory, he needs tag any of the four stoppers of the opposing team and return home within a 30 second time frame. what's disappointing to me, the
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kabadi, that appears to help the officials know how they're breathing, the ball change helps prevent cheating. growing up loving the sport, the united states and dew byas well as birmingham and london. >> i love to see a cavadi in england. this was a village game before it is going all over the place now. >> if it is well organized the way it is now, the politician he take part in it, especially gi e priority to the players then it could be a big success not only in indian community but all the players. >> most are from gland, they could make a good living but the ambition, the opportunity to reach out and grab a new audience which they hope is not elusive. lee wellings, al jazeera, lond.
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>> arctic stage of norway takes riders on 708 kilometer journey, near the arctic circle. it was norway's large piece that won the opening stage. check out aljazeera.com using twitter and facebook. that's your sport more later. >> thanks raul. now world's best puzzle-solvers are competing in london. despite this modern day of technology, people are relying on pen and paper to solve the puzzles. >> it's not everyone's idea of fun. sitting in the hall of a suburb london hotel, effectively taking
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an exam. trying to be the world champion in solving pulz puzzles. the puzzles. the one thing everyone share is nerves. they look simple but defy image lo of even the most experienced puzzler. what's the attraction of tackling the puzzle? a group of contestants, a computer engineer and a dock, from dprees and china, explain. >> i think what i like the most is fulzs, there are a lot of varieties and i can do a lot of things. >> it is easy to play on fabo,
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you are not very constrained what you can write here. >> when i am relaxed i would open some puzzles. when i'm finished i realize i spend one and a half hours, maybe more. >> the organizers say there's a natural high the oget a puzzle at the end of that you release endorphins, we get that buzz. >> does everyone have a puzzle booklet? >> for the competitors filing back in for yet another round life really is a perpetual puzzle. tim friend, al jazeera, ci croyn london. >> that's it for us at this time. i'll be back with an update on
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all the latest including the situation in iraq. do stay with you.
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>> mason mcqueen is leaving his home and his job as a london taxi driver to join the taxi wallahs in the indian megacity of mumbai. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. big bus, big bus, big bus. what have i got myself into here, eh? >> he'll have to come to grips with some unusual driving conditions... >> jesus.