tv Weekend News Al Jazeera February 13, 2016 10:00am-11:01am EST
>> government forces further tightening their grip around a plan that pauses infighting. president el-sisi promises a new speech before parliament. and the leader of the catholic church is in mexico after stopping on the way to heal a thousand-year-old resist. haiti's parliament is due to elect an interim president.
a month ago at the florida every grades where the great burmese python is underway. we'll show how they're so keen to get rid of yet another invasive species. >> inside and outside of syria, doubts are growing that the deal will happen. many believe the deal is more likely to fail than succeed. they've captured the high ground, and now they're in position to move towards aleppo city and to the next rebel held town on friday government forces capture the village as they attempt to surround aleppo city. they also took the town by the
rebels. government forces captured most of the rebel supply route into aleppo and they've made another key gain. these pictures from syrian state tv show soldiers closing in on rebel ground. they're taking a strategic hill close to the hello stronghold and other towns. earlier president bashar al-assad said he'll defeat his enemies right across syria. >> we have more on the turkey-syria border. this high ground gives them an advantage. the supply line from the west to the northern countryside of the aleppo is now within the range of fire. disrupting the supply line is not their only objective. they're not far from the only entrance to the opposition-controlled enclave in the divided city of aleppo. opposition fighters are trying to keep the roads open to prevent a siege of eastern
aleppo where tens of thousands of people live inside the city rebel commanders say that a proposed pause in the fighting will only benefit the government. >> the battle for aleppo was carried out by the international community who call themselves friend of syria, but we told them we would not stop fighting until all seizures were lifted and bomb batterment stops, and there will be no cease-fire until the regime is toppled. >> the people of aleppo have come together to prepare for the possibility of a siege. doctors, activists, lawyers, journalists created what they call an united revolutionary front. and a call to arms has been answered by civilians, men of fighting age are now receiving training before what could be a major battle. >> these men will join their brothers in the free syrian army that will hold positions and join offenses. we will teach our enemy lessons they won't forget. >> for those in the opposition
the government's military campaign across the country and it's recent battlefield gains will not force them to lay down their arms. >> there is opposition to u.s.-russian plan agreed to in munich to pause the fighting within a week. rebel commanders say it is unrealistic because russian airstrikes can continue to target isil and alqaida-linked al nusra front. they believe moscow will exploit the presence of those groups to continue targeting the rebels. >> the defensive have weakened groups considered by the west as moderates. they are strongest around alep aleppo. and for the first time in years the opposition risks losing it's heartland in the north and it's lifeline the turkish border but rebel commanders say the fall of aleppo won't be the end of the war. instead of direct confrontation they plan to resort to irregular warfare to loosen their grip on
the ground. >> elsewhere in syria reports are emerging that as many as 20 people have lost their lives in russian airstrikes in the homs province. a video posted online, which we cannot verify, appears to show people weeping over the bodies of victim who is are said to include children. [ sobbing ] >> for god's sake, we're being exterminated. we no longer have houses. where do we go. we wake up to massacres and we sleep to more massacres. >> saudi arabia will deploy fighter vets to an air base in southern turkey. ankara say they will help in the fight against isil fight peppers they have recent weeks where they have resumed airstrikes against isil targets. they're open to sending ground
forces stating that the u.s. needs to choose its ally, either turkey or the pyd. the good to have you with us. let's talk about the wipe between turkey and saudi arabia. it seems that it's going to be getting ever closer and warmer as they prepare to get involved in battle together. what are we expecting here? >> for some time they have been working quite closely. in syria and also in iran's expansionist policies in iraq, they find themselves on the same front. what countries are very much
delusioned and they're losing ground from the regime, and that makes them feel more and more they're on their own. the recent fight under the context of fighting dense daesh. >> does it make it more acrimonious with russia. they're warning russia not to get involved, but this is what they're clearly going to do. >> nevertheless, turkey and saudi arabia are not happy with what russia is doing. i don't think they'll go into open confrontation with russia. both countries would have limited incursion into syria. right now the stated goal of the
mission is to fight daesh, and this fighter jet that will come which is in the southern city of turkey, will be under the u.s. command. the stated goal is to fighting daesh. nevertheless, the attach have instrumental for other ends russia, one of the main talking points in coming to syria was to fight deash. to fight the terrorist groups. >> i wonder where this leads t the. >> well, the kurds is a big part of the picture as turkey is very much concerned with the ypgs, the people protection units that move between the offering confound and capturing the area at the syrian opposition but
also at the end of daesh by physically attempting to some kind of democratic big change to create between these two areas. they have not had such a move, and they will retaliate with all necessary means. we don't know yet what it means turkey will do all it can to stage an eventuallity. but what they'll be able to do is stop ypg from undertaking such a move is yet to be seen. >> thanks very much for talking with us. and the situation in syria is dominating a security con for instance in munich, as you can imagine. dominic kane is there. what's been said so far, what do we need to know?
>> well, jane, as you said there have been a successive of speakers here today and yesterday basically mulling over the significance of what emerged on thursday night early on friday morning the syrian agreement. but today specifically they are there has been divergent opinion on syria. only a short while after the agreement on syria was reached in this city, the u.s. secretary of state was back in munich for a security conference. some have hailed the deliberations as a step forward, others have expressed extreme skepticism. in his address to the conference, john kerry addressed that skepticism by stressing thou criminal it is to make the cessation of hostilities to wo
work. >> this will need to come at some time in order to make peace, no matter what happens. this is the moment. this is the ping point. the decisions made in the coming days and weeks and few months could end the war in syria or it could define a very difficult set of choices for the future. >> quite our different are the remarks the ministers have been making in munich. moscow is fundamental to any diplomatic decision in syria, but the prime minister said his country is feeling increasingly isolated. >> we have said on an every day bases where one of the most terrible as a whole or to europe or to the united states. >> the russians stress that they have national interests in syria, and that they have no secret agenda. they have repeatedly denied that
they are bombing civilians there. the humanitarian tragedy syria has suffered for the past five years has been highlighted by aid agencies and human rights groups alike. hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and millions more displaced both inside and outside syria. >> i think the crisis we're dealing with is a leadership crisis. when we talk about the refugee crisis we have to remember that when we talk about the recommendings is when they started to go to europe. suddenly it's been global. it's been going on for five years. it's in a different part of the world. what needs to happen? we need to give the protection, the international protections for these people who are fleeing from war and persecution. >> while there may well be international support for a peaceful way out of the syrian crisis, at the same time there are signs that regional players like turkey and saudi arabia are
readying their forces for ground operations. and jane, it's worth pointing out that the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said there is only 49% chance of success in this cessation of hostilities. he thinks its more likely that it won't succeed which paints a picture of how things here are developing. >> thank you for that, dominic kane. four civilians have been killed in the iraqi city of fallujah. they were victims of iraqi army artillery fire targeting isil controlled districts west of fallujah. ten others from injured, among them four children and two women. a jet has been shot down over the city of bengahzi. the jet was hit by anti-artillery guns. according to the libyan air force chief the pilot ejected safely. this is the third libyan jet to be downed since the beginning of the year.
more coming up, we'll tell you how the refugees in europe are making a bee line for italy. >> i'm catherine soi in nairobi. this looks like money, but it's not. i'll be telling you how people in this community are using it. >> and in sport, more disappointment for manchester united as they lose to sunderland. ♪ >> egypt's president el-sisi said he's handing legislative authority back to parliament. he made the comments during an address to m.p.s as victorian gathenby reports. >> president el-siselsie delivers his first-ever speech
to parliament he announced he was handing the power back. >> the great people of egypt, i represent the peoplement the transfer of authority to the elected parliament. this is after it was held by the head of executive authority as an extraordinary measure forced upon us by circumstances. >> in theory this seems like a significant shift of power away from the president, but some question what it will mean in practice. >> for me, it's just keeping for the sake of keeping formalities. the impact is that we're going to stay with one dominant power. nothing is going to be changed. >> sisi said he wants to transform egypt into a democratic state. but for many lives are getting
worse not better. on friday thousands of doctors in cairo protested against police brutality after two of their colleague were reportedly beaten up by the police. sisi did not mention the doctor's demonstration but did praise egypt's security forces. >> the army and the police are paying a high price and are sacrificing their souls to protect the nation. >> sisi's attempts to improve egypt's image abroad has been damaged by the death of an italian student who was tortured and killed in cairo. the italian government is demanding answers. when sisi became president he promised security and economic stability. but violence in the sinai peninsula and more than 800 people were killed there in 2014. the world bank said that egypt's economy is not growing quickly enough to absorb the country's rapidly growing population and workforce. during his speech sisi was
optimistic about egypt's future, but many egyptians are not. al jazeera. >> and egyptian authorities have opened the southern rafa border crossing. hundreds of palestinians have gathered after securing permission to cross. there are 5,000 people in need of medical assistance. the crossing has been closed since 2014 following the attack in north sinai. dozens of people have demonstrated in the occupied west banks of ar ramallah in supports of the palestinian journalist. he had been refusing food for 81 days in protests, and was held without charge since november. he said he'll continue his hunger strike until he's freed. pope francis has begun a five-day visit to mexico. he was welcomed by huge crowds in the capital. mexico is the second largest
catholic population after brazil. we're looking at live pictures where he's surrounded by lots of security. he has a heaviy schedule in a few hours. before arriving in mexico, pope francis and the patriarch of the russian orthodox church met for the first time. the historic meeting took place in cuba. it's been described as a way to heal the divide that split christianity in europe many thousands of years ago. we. >> they said their meeting was an expression to the world of their hope. with hugs and kisses pope francis and russian orthodox patriarch began to heal a 1,000-year-old wound in the christian faith. >> we spoke as brothers. we agree that peace is made by working together. >> the patriarch and the pope side by side here in the runway provided another simila
symboling image to this historic day. pope francis said in 2014 he told the favorite arch i'll go wherever you want. just call me. >> cuban president raul castro helped to orchestrate the meeting and the leaders' schedules converged with lord having official visits in latin america. they spoke for three yours inside of a meeting room in havana. the men emerged saying they're uniting to help fight what they call the extermination of christians in the middle east and north africa. they say the international community must help bring an end to the violence and what they call terrorism in iraq and syria and help the refugees. >> the two sides bring the meeting as reconciliation. but they say it was an included
move on the part of russia. the patriarch is closely in line with president putin at a time when they're feeling pressure from the west due to its military action in syria and ukraine. they look to bolster their profile in the west. the historic meeting raised the profile of cuba. a triumphant president castro told reporters that they'll continue to support peace. and to end latin america's longest war, they said colombia is next. al jazeera, havana cuba. >> more than 5,000 pregnant women in colombia have the zika virus. national health authorities say total cases in the south american country told 30,000. the disease has been linked to
microencephaly, a condition where babies are born with an abnormally small head size. protests are continuing in haiti, some feel parliament has sidelined them and they may influence the choice of his susser. talk us through what is going to happen. >> we're in front of the building, but the original building lapsed during the earthquake and still has not been replaced. they're still going on throughout this week we know that the parliament will meet in haiti. we know there are 13 candidates who registered. those who qualified had to pay for $8,000. they're over 30 years old and we've been told that the
selection of the next interim president is between two men, one of this is the president of the senate, and a man who enjoys the support of one of the most powerful political parties here in haiti. that'and the other man has the support of former president michel martelly. they will have to guide haiti through the next elections. that will happen on april 24th. >> is any of this likely to bring more stability to the country? >> well, haiti is a volatile country and with 60% poverty rate many are still dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake. there is a power struggle with different groups in the country.
and there opposition between who they want for interim president. some members of the opposition do not believe in this at all. one thing that unites everyone here, is their hatred towards martelly. they don't want anyone affilia affiliated with michel martelly because they see him as a man who benefited the rich and not the poor. if he's elected this day there will be protest. >> thank you. in port-au-prince. the armed group al-shabab has claimed responsibility for an explosion on a plane in somalia earlier this month. they say the target were western intelligence officials on the flight. the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in mogadishu airport on february 2nd. refugees going through europe told al jazeera they plan to seek asylum in italy because
it's becoming difficult to do that in germany. germany has accepted more refugees than any other european country, but it's now tightening it's border controls. that's forcing many refugees to take a new root heading to slovenia to northern italy. we go to the italy-slovenia border. >> this has been entirely by passed by the refugee who is are heading south to north, or right to left. now there are hundreds trying to proof their value to italy. in thens the volunteers teach them italian. they cook their own food. have limited freedoms while they wait to see what the authorities make of them. not perfect but many have gotten to the supposed promised land of germany, and found it impossible to penetrate, so they turned around and came back to italy.
>> when i came to italy i saw 300 people there who was giving us food and all that stuff. but i saw that it was very busy. in one month nobody could came to us. >> perceived wisdom is that syrians, iraqis and afghans are the ones to get priority in this asylum queue, but they say it doesn't work that way in practice. >> they try to seek asylum only to find authorities offering preferential treatment to syrians. many are choosing to turn left at slovenia and seeking asylum in italy instead. in some villages they complain there as many afghans as there are italians. so the aid groups are lobbing authorities to spread them out. >> and it would provide better chance of integration, learning
the language, getting in touch and getting acquainted with the territory and society that they're living. >> gradually groups like doctors without borders are ramping up their presence. the refugees talk on facebook with their friends advising them of their options. asylum claims can be processed in four months. not even the germans are so english they're invited by the police to go for medical screening, and after that to be invited to the place where they're really formalized. >> italy could find themselves with refugees on the mediterranean route to the south and to the north. even more pressure. even more people. >> the search for survivors at a building in taiwan which collapsed in the earthquake earlier this month has officially been called off. the final death toll at the site of the golden daning building in
the city of tie lapped is 114. officials say all of those missing in the building have been accounted for. 289 people mr. rescued. the magnitude 6.8 quake struck on february 6th at the beginning of the lunar holiday. ahead, how the u.s. government is taking steps to end modern day slavery. we look at how the humble radio is still going 120 years after the first broadcast. and in sport, wells looks to keep up a five-year unbeaten record when they host scotland in the six nations.
>> people loved him. teachers loved him. >> we were walking the river looking for him. i knew something was really really wrong. >> all hell broke lose. >> people were saying that we were terrorists. >> how are you providing a cover for your brother to do this? >> we saw the evil side of the social media take off. >> hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has called for measures on a security conference in munich to work towards a political solution to syria's war. he also urged russia to stop targeting opposition-held areas on the ground. egypt's president has announced he's handing
legislative authority back to parliament. president el-sisi holding powers despite election of a new parliament last year. the armed group al-shabab has claimed responsibility for an explosion on a plane earlier this month. the target was senior western intelligence officials on board. one person was killed after being sucked through the hole in the fuselage. let's return now to the pope's visit to mexico. the president is welcoming the pontiff at the national palace. we can cross live to adam raney, who is in mexico city. i believe he has got a very busy schedule. talk us through, adam. >> he does. here in mexico city on saturday he's attending several functions and they're very symbolic by even meeting the president at the national palace. that's symbolic itself because they did not have diplomatic relations until 1992, and this is the first time that an roman
catholic church has entered the palace despite mexico has the second largest population of catholics. after that meeting, he's going to go after afternoon to pray in front of the most holy shrine in mexico, that is the cloth that bears the image of our lady guadalupe. the most potent religious symbol in mexico. she's also the most potent religious symbol perhaps in the americas and he said its important to pray alone in front of this image, this dark-skinned figure of mary. he said in this lead up to the trip it's important for mexicans and other people across the region to understand that the virgin mary would not be happy with all this violence and corruption in mexico. that's what this visit is about. it's the support of the pope of
mexico as they try to get out of this period of violence, corruption and drug war that seems to go on without end. >> what does he say regarding that? as you know, adam, he does not always stick to his script when he goes away. he likes to tackle the most contentious and sensitive issues facing any countries. any idea what he's going to talk about? 's going to talk about this need to help victims of violent crimes. i'm still baffled by embracing pope francis the president is embracing one of the most popular figures in latin america, and it does not heard enrique peña nieto to nod in agreement with statements that
are critical of the government. president peña nieto has been in government for three years, and he has stuck to the script of how good things are here. and if he supports the pope's words it may change conversation and help him to build his own popularity in the wake of this visit. >> adam, thank you. businesses in the u.k. will be forced to reveal the gab between what they pay men and women for the same work. the companies latest figures earn that women eastern less than men, a gab the government now wants to see closed. u.k.'s minister address the figures. >> i want to address the gap. we have the lowest, we aren't in
any way complacent. like you, we just haven't yet got--we haven't been able to publish the regulations but they're coming in the next couple of days. and this is one of the first things we want to tackle. we think that at the heart of the regulation is transparency. it's about company's minds about the gender pay gap. and it shows in many companies. >> a new bill passed by the u.s. congress to ban imported goods if they produced forced or slave labor including fish caught in southeast asia, clothes made in sweat shots in bangladesh and gold mined by children in africa. rob reynolds reports. >> forced labor, what some called slavery still flourishes in the 21st centuries.
these men were forced to work on thai fishing boats, in some cases tortured and. 30million people adults and children are trafficked like merchandise, forced to work, sold into marriages and exploi exploited for sex as privates. campaigners say that almost every region of the world has its victims. >> they produce $150 billion in illegal profits. it's a sizable chunk of any economy. >> now the u.s. congress has passed a bill to that ban the import of goods produced by forced and child labor. it's an amendment to an 80-year-old anti-slavery law. >> let the old law said, mr. president, is basically economics just trumped human rights. >> from seafood caught in southeast asia to cotton grown in kazakhstan, and gold mined in
africa, the u.s. list 350 different types of goods from 47 countries that could be banned under the new legislation. anti-slavery advocates say aggressive enforcement by the u.s. homeland security will be key to the law's success. >> dhs will have to put those resources in the right place. they're going to have to change the way they investigate. they have investigators all over the world. so the capacity is there. they just need to catch up with how things work in the 21st centuries. >> the ban would also apply to sweat shop labor in countries like bangladesh where safety is often come second to profit. products from forced labor has found themselves on the shelves of big u.s. retailers like walmart and whole foods. here in california lawsuits have been filed against the giant candy makers mars, hershey and nestle saying that they have failed to curb child labor in west africanen cacao.
average abuse and the ultimate crime against human dignity still afflicting millions today. many hope that this step in the u.s. will at least make it a less profitable one. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> north korea has announced that it will stop investigating the fate of japanese citizens whom it's abducted decades ago. the move is seen as a retaliatory act as tokyo imposed sanctions on pyongyang following north korea's rocket launch. in 2002 north korea admitted to kidnapping 13 japanese citizens during the 1970s and '80s. environmental activists in kabul say that air pollution is causing the death of around 2,000 people every year. young children and infants are at risk. >> trapped to a breathing tube.
inside an intensive care unit. >> this baby is sick with a fatal lung infection. next to her with two more infants with infected lungs. this scene repeats itself every winner at kabul's only children's hospital. infants bedridden with lunch infections likely caused by toxic air particles. this is where health officials say you'll find the poisoned air. the streets of kabul, one of the most polluted air. when you walk outside you see a shroud of dust and smog that you can taste and smell. for years kabul's air has been polluted by poorly maintained
cars that burned poor-quality fuel and people who burned toxic material for heat and setting garbage on fire. an activist from a local advisory group that consults the government on the environment. he says poisonous particles in the air and pollution contribute to the deaths of around 2,000 people in kabul every year. >> every day we're losing a number of our citizens even if one person is affected it's a problem. >> deputy director of the national environmental protection agency insists the government takes pollution seriously. >> why is it your government doing more? >> it needs long term plan. it's a long term process. >> there are things that the government can do now. for example, raise public awareness. that's relatively inexpensive. why isn't the government doing that now? >> the government has been
seeing the history of afghanistan this is the first time that they are looking at environmental management. >> they're looking at investment in proper sewage and waste management systems, initiatives that won't help this baby but could help countless other afghan children. >> over the past hundred years many things have changed not least is the way we get our news. digital technology like smart phones have invaded the lives of millions. one older form of technology is still a major source of information. the humble radio, and saturday is observed as world radio day. about 44,000 radio stations broadcasting to almost everyone on earth. some parts of the world where mobile is patchy, radio is crucial for disaster and emergency response. while he told us while such
a medium remains current in countries like india. >> you know, radio has a long history in india, and the biggest advantage it has is that it has 99 person penetration in the indian population. that's very important. the second thing is that it's not disrupted by anything. radio is something that people can access and actually even on their phones. so they feel there is a continuous flow of information to them, that's very crucial. so many have realized it is the lifeline, and the sound of india today. india has evolved over the years, not as much as other media has, and i think there will be inflection points in the way content is created. we have to cope with the fact that while radio provides the ambient sound so you can actually continue to cook or
learn or study or do something else many things happen during your day, it provides the ambien isn't that almost no other media allows you to do in terms of being involved in it. i think it will have to regain that quality, but will have to find ways of engaging audiences and making sure that audiences can talk back to them, which is the 21st century necessary for any media to survive. it is important for communities that are not connected, farmers, teachers in remote location who need to feel a sense of connectedness, and india was able to use this very much in terms of being able to reach technology information to farming communities which provide--which is about 70% of the population even today. the fact that it is cheap is something that makes and insures
that everybody can actually access it. today if you walk down the streets of india or through the villages of india, you'll always here hear in every home the sound of some kind of radio station on. and also it integrates culture in many ways because each region has its own radio channels, the government has spent large amounts of money to make sure that regional diversity is maintained while allowing india to penetrate into parts of the world where allies able connect to radio. >> some communities in kenya are giving it a go. katherine soy reports from nairobi. >> these are traders in a
township at the edge of nairobi. car washes, vegetable sellers, food stall owners are being introduced to a new community currency. >> only those in the association can use it. they given vouchers the equivalent of $2 to each business taking part. the vouchers allow traders to save their kenyan currency and caution themselves in difficult financial times. >> this is a currency that really promote the community, but if they have less then 10 schillings they use the community currency so they're able to pay for services they need at home. >> after selling chili bites. she can go to a shop that accepts the vouchers. she buys bread using both her hard currency and the voucher.
the shopkeeper then can buy vegetable it's for his family from the store next door using the same voucher. >> i started buying three keel lows of potatoes. i also get a lot of customers because if you're in this network you cannot go and buy anywhere else. you have to look for me. >> to get these vouchers you must have a business either a shopper a restaurant a vegetable store. have a product or service that can benefit the next trader. many people hearsay they cannot afford to own a business. they find themselves excluded from this scheme as they barely have enough money to feed their families let alone start a business. >> it takes a lot of time.
people look at what they have. and it's just pieces of paperers. >> those who use the local currency vouches say this they're only accepted in small segments of neighborhoods, but they have their uses. now this woman will be able to expand her business one bill at a time. catherine," al jazeera, nairobi. >> the u.s. florida every grades most famous reptile is the american alligator, but it is also home to non-invasiv native invasive species like the python. we go to florida. >> ozzie gonzalez makes his living making tours through the everglades. he grew up here and saw his
first burmese python as a child. but the population is thought to have exploded since then. >> we'll never win the battle until we get the numbers down. >> the numbers are estimated in the thousand, and the threat to this delicate ecosystem is very reel. >> they're unstoppable. and they're so quiet and so deadly that we could be sitting here and not even know that he could be sitting inside niece willows. you'll never see it. >> you'll walk within the brush and you'll keep walking until you step on one. >> now wildlife officials issue hunting licenses in hope that the pylon numbers can come under control. he has captured 18, but he bears the scars. >> i respect them. love them, but after that bite, if i had been alone when that pi python bit me, i never would
have made it. >> wildlife officials say it's not about the number of burmese pythons that are captured and killed but it's about raising awareness that is now considered one of florida's most aggressive invasive species. >> education programs have been running in florida for a few years now as a threat from the burmese pythons that grown. some remain skeptical, but a reptile so suited to the state's sub tropical climate can never really be irradicated. >> coming up in sport, the olympic international committees making hosting the olympic games more attractive.
>> back to sport. >> thank you so much, jane. there is even more pressure on manchester united manager when he his side lost 2-1 against sunderland on saturday. they thanksgiving puts sunderland ahead in the third minute. a late on goal sealed the loss. it's their first ever defeat in the stadium of white and another blow to their champions league ambitions. unite ready fifth, six points off the top four. five games are approaching halftime in england. stoke leads. crystal poll has and watford are 1-1. the late game features last year's champions chelsea hosting
newcastle, and. >> he was very unlucky. today he'll turn today. they'll try to give him a mask as well so we're a team with a lot of masks. kind of a zorro team. everyone comes here. >> real madrid's match is at halftime. real are leading 3-1, ronaldo rodriguez and crew are on the score sheet. later on, they will face maliga while gary nevada i will will get his win as manager as they take on espanyol. the second weekend of this year's rugby six nations ireland
are facing france and paris. ireland leads france 9-3 in the second half. later wales plays against a scotland team. and the welsh have not lost to the scots in cardiff in 14 years. >> there have been a lot of close games that have been--that could have gone either way. i think scotland is a very good side as we've seen. they're going out in the world cup, and obviously a close game and developing new coaches, and they are coming on board. they're a very talented time. >> a score in unbeated 176 as
united states took control of the first test against new zealand. it means the batting average is higher than the great 133. he was assisted in wellington as they end day two on 463-6. the first major league baseball player to receive a lifetime ban for doping. the 26-year-old tested positive for a banned substance for a third time. mejia is currently serving 162-game ban for a previous drug offense. it is the longest drug-related ban that major league baseball has ever issued. >> and the ballgame is over. >> south korea's is tied for the lead after the second round of the pebble beach pro-am in california. one stroke shy of shooting 59 on
the pga tour. he finished with 60. he in norway in little hammer, the country's obsession with skiing norway withdrew from the running to host the yo 2022 winter games. >> sporting events come and go, but not of them leave anything lasting behind them. littlli'l hammer, even the stat yous of medieval kings have skis. now they're looking forward to the future to host the youth olympic games in the same venues as 1994 with teens from seven
different countries taking part. they'll get to follow in the track of national heroes who have won gold here before this generation was born. >> my parents talk about it. and they talk about a saying they were outside having so much fun. it's the whole experience. it's important to see. >> there will be three previous provisions of the games have provided a testing ground for new sports such as snow borderingboardboard snowboarding. but it may not stop the movement
from getting stuck in a rut. >> ski something a way of life but norway would put $5.4 million of its oil money into the olympics. oslo pulled out of the race i in 2022 which will now be held in beijing. they have since lowered the cost of hosting the games. >> we want to show that there is more flexibility in the organization to offer the winter games. the rest is up to the norwegians, whether they want to join this field of interested cities that we see building up. >> athletes of these games may hope for a politics in the heartland of winter sports doesn't pass them by again. paul reese al jazeera. >> that's all your sport for now. >> that's all for me as well. david foster is standing by in london. i'll hand you over to him.
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