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only on al jazeera america. >> hello, welcome. you're watching the al jazeera news hour. the top stories today. these syrian government say it will attend fourth-coming talks to try to resolve the conflict, but only with three conditions. the battle for taiz government forces take back parts of the besieged city from houthi fighters. north korea athleten toss retaliate against the u.s. and south korea for their joint military exercises.
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[ protesting ] and the u.s. republican presidential hopeful donald trump is forced to leave another rally scene after this in chicago. the syrian government has confirmed it will attend in direct talks in geneva on monday with the opposition, but they have announced pre-conditions. the government has warned that they will only wait 24 hours and then head back home if the opposition doesn't show up. they add that breaking up the country is not an option and call an call it a red line that cannot be crossed. the the u.n. envoy wants presidential elections to be
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held within 18 months. that would lead to the formation of a new constitution. a transitional period should mean moving from the existing government and constitution to another one. >> we are adamant on holding the integrity and sovereignty of syria as one state. at least this is what has been reiterated by the international documents release including those released in attempt to resolve the situation in syria. >> the government offensive in aleppo james bays following events for us in geneva. james, everyone is laying down pre-conditions. that's obvious. but is it your sense that this close in to this round of talks there is more optimism or pessimism compared to, say, a day or two before the last round of talks in geneva.
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>> well, the last round of talks really didn't get under way. they have preliminary meetings. they didn't have the main meeting. i think it--i don't want to pronounce on this yet because we're still 48 hours away, but it looks highly likely that both sides are going to turn up on the same day in geneva. so optimistic the talks are going to start, but those comments from syrian prime minister and foreign minister are going to present a problem. they're angry about them because there is supposed to be no pre-conditions about all of this. what has been made clear by the u.n. special envoy is that this time they want to start on day one with the real substance. he complains in an interview what he means by that.
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>> we can say when we start the talks in enest on the 14th, we'll have some preparatory meetings before that. we will be able to at least tell everyone this is happening, therefore, one is not enough, and we need to push further. and, two, now we can concentrate on the real agenda. what is that? the political problem. what is that? well, it is a new government with a carefully chosen word in vienna to include something completely different in terms of what we're having at the moment. second, a new constitution not the old approach, and three, new elections. u.n. with u.n. supervision. >> in that interview he also makes it clear to me that there is no plan b. he said these talks really are the only way to resolve things
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if they walk away from these talks then the only other option is more conflict. you can see all of that interview which he lays out how he plans to conduct these talks starting on monday. in talking with al jazeera that program being shown on al jazeera at these times. >> a little earlier throughout the past couple of hours, james, we've been talking with members of the opposition out of cairo. these seem slightly more optimistic about the idea of what happens to bashar al-assad. the crucially leading the riyadh grouping, what is their line in the sign when it comes to bashar al-assad and his future in the job as president, and what happens to that before or after any potential elections? >> well, they've always had the same opposition, they see no role for assad or around assad
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or his associates, saying that they have blood on their hands. in the send they broke down over the agenda although whether they should discussion what the government wanted to discuss fighting what they call terrorism. that's not going to happen this time. this will start on monday. so i'm expecting a showdown on monday. >> we spoke with the spokesperson for the syrian opposition committee. we discussed their riyadh grouping. he said the prospect of assad
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staying on could be a deal breaker. it is not acceptable to all syrians in syria. a person who killed people and drove people out. and the aim of putin to push leaders out. >> on the ground syrian government forces have attacked while trying to advance on areas of opposition control. there have been opposition with airstrikes in central cities.
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to yemen where government forces have recaptured the city of taiz. government airstrikes took key areas in the city. >> troops loyal to president abd rabbuh mansur hadi break through houthi lines, partially breaking a siege on yemen's third largest city. they can now send humanitarian aids for the government, the latest gain is a major development in the push to capture the capital of sanaa. >> the siege of taiz was broken. this is a key issue. the wheels have started to roll.
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despite the heavy fighting and gains made, the houthis remain defiant. the houthis are backed by guards units loyal to ali abdullah saleh. they hope to consolidate their power. these are houthi fighters trying to repel a government offensive. pro houthi fighters are trying
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to break strongholds so they can move north and capture the capital. if they do that the houthies might lose the war. >> horror humanitarian crisis across yemen. more than 5,300 yemenis have been injured, 21 million people, that's 82% of the population, need some kind of humanitarian aid. and more than two and a half million have been forced from their homes. u.n. ace coordinator, said that he's calling on all sides to allow aid to reach the civil ans. >> in around taiz city and as well as the government with 600 displaced people on top of the 4 million who are in need.
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clearly the hospital mentioned in your piece there, the fuel, the gas, the medical supplies, this is far beyond the enclave. there iand any reduction in the fight or cease-fire that take place there offer the community to address those needs on a regular systemic way. they have been asking for features give a chance to deliver on a more regular basis into those areas. people struggle on a daily life. and the war has brought an increase in all those vulnerabilities and increase in all the poverty. the uncertainty that people have, the piece is important. if you bring about the peace process it will bring an end to the war and people will come
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back to a normal way of life. >> turkish airstrikes have killed 67 people of northern iraq. turkish military say that they hit camps and ammunition storm surge sites of the pkk. they have focused on the board region between iraq and iran where the pkk leadership is based. an israeli airstrike has killed two people in gaza. the health ministry said that shrapnel killed a ten-year-old boy and his family. his six-year-old sister died from her injuries. they carried out air raids on hamas early on saturday. the government will clear out a makeshift refugee camp at the macedonia border within two weeks. on friday tensions spilled over as people jostled for food aid. macedon in a, along with other balkan states have closed it's
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borders to refugees. migrants from afghanistan are among the hundreds of thousands trying to get to europe for an enter life. but the trip for children can be terrifying. >> it's a moment in their lives otherwise filled with hardship, loneliness. kids who dream of a fresh start far away in europe. like this 17-year-old who left action with his pan and was smuggled to greece. >> i haven't seen my family, i don't know how to find them. >> unable to move forward and afghans are no longer welcome on the balkan route. this 16-year-old is in the same
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situation. he's an orphan who first worked in iran as a janitor. >> they were trying to deport me because i did not have a passport so i left. i want to be in a place with no weapons where i feel safe. i paid money to pay smugglers. you i borrowed money from my friend. now i'm sad to be stuck here. they sneak across borders and hope to go undetected. they rely on food left by compassionate people along the trail. but some of their friends didn't make it. >> they were two other teenagers with us. the smugglers wanted more money. they removed their money but they still did not have enough so they were kidnapped and taken away. i don't where they are. >> thmacedonia is teeming with
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uncompanied children. they could end up in a shelter for minors. others claim they are traveling with relatives. every day there is a and a count of how many refugees are still in the camp. despite the border being closed and having it secured, many want to reach their destination by crossing the border lines. >> for $1,800 they're promised safe passage all wait to germany. it will mean more debt and more suffering. but there is a sense of loss. at 17 he has little to live for. >> if they don't open the border, i will kill myself. if i have to go back to afghanistan i will die there, so i might as well end it here. >> europe is crumbling under the endless trail of refugees, but children have been abandoned by everyone.
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the border closure he is only increase their vulnerability and the risk of them ending in the wrong hands. al jazeera, along the balkan route. >> well, the refugee crisis will be a major issue in regional elections taking place in germany on sunday. the german chancellor held the final campaign rally. new parliament will be brought in on three states. the alternative for germany has searched in popularity. >> this is washington's plat from natural. the view here is dominated created by the asylum policy of coalition government here. i've been speaking to some of the demonstrators who come here today, and they told me that they believe that the refugee
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policy and the policy of the coalition government here in germany is the wrong policy. >> i'm critical of they're going alone. they're ignoring all the other people whether it's their own population or the european countries who by now have a different way of thinkin thinking about this. >> they have now come through the police cordoned an and here the attitudes are very different. and i've been speaking to people who are concerned about the shift they fear germany may be making. >> i believe that germany is undergoing change. they are becoming more nationalistic. something that i thought we had
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overcome. it is difficult, and it is about time that that we contain it again. >> the issue of how germany deals with refugees who have been encouraged to come to this country has been a dominant factor in politics in 2016. we will know how voters feel about this situation in three key states after elections on sunday. >> still to come here on al jazeera, for hours of working a day just to get water. we report from western a where severe drought is putting poem into danger. plus, praying to get rich in i. and we have more in sport with jo in about 30 minutes.
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>> u.s. republican presidential hopeful donald trump has canceled another planned political rally after being forced to abandon one in chicago. it came after violent clashes between supporters and protesters in chicago. >> while people protesting against republican presidential frontrunner donald trump outside of the chicago pavilion, it didn't take long for things to get heated inside. the crowd appeared to be split 60% trump supporters and 40% opponents. just as the rally was supposed to start, the trump campaign canceled it. >> after the meeting of law enforcement, they have determined that the soft of the tens of thousands of people who have come here tonight to rally will be postponed until another day. thank you for your attendance, and please go with peace. >> that didn't happen.
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protesters said that club supporters came in. the police would come in and clear the arena, but the battles moved outside. some of the thousands inside the arena clashed with some of the thousand outside and with police. in an interview, trump made the right decision to cancel, but the angry was not directed at him. >> you people who are upset with what is happening with the country. and then there are people who don't feel right about things. they were coming inside. and rather than having everybody get in and mix it up, i feel like it would be a wise si. >> dozens of faculty and staff
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at the university of illinois and chicago had petitioned school administrators to cancel the rally. they were concerned it would create a hostile environment for students. when it was over trump supporters were disappointed. opponents were elated. >> i think it's a beautiful thing. hate speech and rhetoric has no place in chicago. >> it was disappointing. i wish he would have come and supported us, but at the end of the day i'm voting for trump. nothing has changed. >> well, you can sigh it live in study. he wrote the book on the religious right in america "onward christian soldiers" who is really responsible for the tenor of what donald trump does and the tenor of the debate, people feel so angry on both sides of the divide.
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>> well, i think i politics has been laying the grouped work for 20 or 30 years. who is responsible for donald trump's rhetoric is, of course, donald trump. >> that rhetoric led to what we saw today, last night in chicago. >> well, donald trump has been irritating and angering various constituencies for quite awhile. he has also been firing you will violence at his rallies. talking about wanting to punch people in the face. he's actually said that this is good theater for him, so maybe this is not bad.
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>> the other republican candidates appear to be dividing up the states trying to let kasich take ohio. let rubio get florida. let cruz take north carolina. they're backing away from campaigning against one another at this moment, but i think it's too late. quite honestly. i think he wins the nomination. >> is there a difference between who he thinks his constituency is, and who are his constituen cy really is. a man said, he may have to kill him if he comes back. he was referring to a chap who was escorted out. does mr. trump like those kind of people? he said he likes everyone from
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the ill-educated, the stupid, the poor. he can't like everyone. he likes them going forward for him. >> he'll like them until they say something nasty about them, and then he tweets about them the next morning. i think this has played to his sam. he's going to today that he's the picture. >> it is a quiet constituency, the people involved in john kasich and his idea, let's talk about the issues. mining in virginia virginia, all those electoral election issues. them those people are located opposite the scenes of chicago happen what do you think they think about american politics? >> they're deeply embarrassed by donald trump and what he portrays. >> let's take you live to dayton, ohio. while we're saying that he is
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expected on the podium on the stage at any moment now. we may go to his speech to dayton, ohio, for a couple of minutes, perhaps, if he shows up in the next half hour or so. naval exercises between the u.s. south korea, australia and new zealand were taking place. rob mcbride send us this report from where the drills are taking place. >> this was a show of force intended to i am there's. up of these drills they come at a time of increased tensions. in response to these drills, north korea threatened
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preemptive strikes while their leader was shown on state run media inspects missile tests. far from provoking the military this shows stability. >> at the end of the day we sincerely believe in peace through strength. it is in our strength in our alliance that we believe we can control war. >> they say that this is the prelude to war. and allows the united states to build up forces ahead of a forces. some of the vessels are assembled for these war games. like this assault chip carrying up to 3,000 sailors and marines when deployed for conflict.
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but the commander of this force insists these exercises have been planned for well over a year. >> it is not in spots to anything that north korea is doing, but we do think it is important to show the commitment to the alliance of and our readiness. >> letting ready for whatever be the next crisis. >> still ahead on the al jazeera news hour. including protests since the race in peru's next president becomes more controversial. plus, we meet the teach who are makes math fun. >> if there is doping substances
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then there should be consequences on that. >> we'll hear from the world number one from jo in sports in about 15 minutes.
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>> welcome back. you're watching the al jazeera news hour from doha. the government will attend talks in geneva scheduled for monday. they have told al jazeera that bashar al-assad cannot play any part in the future of syria. yemen's vice president has announced that the siege of taiz has been broken after forces have advanced in part on the city. relief efforts will begin immediately but fighting continues in many areas. u.s. republican presidential candidate donald trump has canceled a rally in cincinnati scheduled for sunday. u.s. president barack obama has spoken at length about syria's civil war.
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he elaborated his situation not to launch a full scale attack against the assad government after it was ause accused of using chemical weapons. here is roslind jordan. >> a year into the syrian civil war president bus president buspresident obama has warned, we have been clear to the assad regime and also to other players on the rebound that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around. >> a year later obama was ready to launch airstrikes. the british parliament backed out at the last second.
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obama rethought going in alone and canceled the attacks. a decision he tells the aren't magazine was the right one despite criticism in allies that credibility was damaged. back in 2011 the u.s. and other countries did launch airstrikes on libya. obama told the magazine that the u.s. allies, particularly the french and british, had more reason to be in the fight than the u.s. did. >> there are tangible ways that force leaders around the world that they easily can ascertain
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what the u.s. foreign policies are. >> while that may be too frank for someone who has 11 months in office, some think he may be clearing >> i think there are things that the president can do in this final period of this presidency to resolutio resurrect the credibility of the resolution. >> while barack obama was creating his final months in office, many may have noticed. >> the delegation of the arab league walked out declaring hezbollah a terrorist organization over its backing of
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syria's government in the conflicts. so who is or what is hezbollah? it is a shia political organization with an armed wing. they support government of president bashar al-assad. in the group has several seats in the lebanese parliament and ministers in the national unity government. the arab league and the six-member gcc have been wrapping up pressure on less which was backed by iran. the two nations are on opposing sides in conflicts in syria and also in yemen. this is about intensifying the pressure on hezbollah. can they with stand this added pressure?
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>> hezbollah has changed nationally the pressure on hezbollah and iran has been for a long time america considered hezbollah as a terrorist group. however, the fact that this divide between the state and iran is a political divide. however hezbollah has been playing an increasing role and dealing with this divide by
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continuous involvement in activities. since 1983 they started the first with support of bombings in kuwait. they continue, and all these series have reached a point of a breakdown. the question is where will this lead us, and unfortunately, all that i see are increased tensions in the area because of the divide there is no compromise. there is always a winner and a loser. >> when you talk about that sectarian divide, it is not 50/50, it would appear that you have hezbollah on one side and pretty much everyone else on the other side. before the battle was largely rhetorical. it was strong language.
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this is a broadside against hezbollah. you've used the word "proxy," the proxy conflict in syria and arguebly that is reflected increasingly at yemen as well. >> but, and a big but, the attack against elizabeth has been action near, but once you attack hezbollah, instead of having a divide between hezbollah and the gulf state or arabs, actually it's turning to shia-sunni and this is playing to the hands of iran. iran are using the ratio shia in the gulf, syria, lebanon, as a tool in their national interests or am missions. this i feel is the best way to fight they could unite in the
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name of arabism rather than shia sunni. and thus the victim for the divide between the gulf and arab state will be between them. and this will be long to heal. >> thank you very much. in the race in peru, there are many who want the daughter of a disgraced politician, who has been accused of handing out bribes. fugimori is the frontrunner but many say that she shares the
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hard line views of her father. >> he was complicit in a dictatorship in which human rights were violated, women were sterilized and crimes were committed in our country. >> her father, teshing 25 years iserving 25 years. they say that his daughter still follow his orders. >> there is a high opposition vote against what fugimori represent. in the '90 '90's government, they want to serve today. julio guzman has been blocked from running. he can't stand because of a technicality. and figimori is facing
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allegations that she handed out gifts for support during a campaign. which she denies. fugimori is set to have 30% of the popular vote. but these protesters say they're determined to stop here. rob matheson, al jazeera. >> brazil's president dilma rue set, said that he luna has no legal basis. he said that charges are politically motivated. they're under alleged mismanagement. now for decades war has supposed the greatest three to people of afghanistan. but a verying number of afghanistan is how facing a a
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new problem. >> many go four kilometers to fetch drinking water once in the morning and again in the afternoon. 16 kilometers and four hours of walking every day. >> we're suffering because of water. every time i go get water it shaves off years from my life. >> she's among 50,000 afghans in the district who don't have access to clean drinking water. the district sits along afghanistan's border with iran. many are "v" been left jobless. years of war has destroyed water facilities. >> if we don't do this, my family goes thirsty. there is no water for 50 kilometers.
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where are we supposed to get it from? >> millions in the developing world suffer the same plight. the u.n. said that in rural asia and africa women and children walk an average of six kilometers a way for water, a chore that often robs children of an education and puts them in danger. villagers say their trek for water suppered deadly. on occasions when young boys went to fetch water, they were shot and killed by iranian border guards. they said it was their way of sending a message. >> i found my son. he had a wound on his wrist, chest and side. when i saw his bloody clothes, i backed out. >> they would deny thal gigs become o--they say plans to
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address the crisis exist but have been delayed by war and lack of funding. >> the solution is to build canals and wells. we're aware of the problem and plan to address it. until then for millions in drought-stricken areas, a grueling journey for water remains a daily necessity. al jazeera, afghanistan. >> we still have more ground to cover here on the news hour. machine defeating man in a showdown between human and artificial intelligence. details coming up. and in sport, ireland getting a victory on the six nations. jo will have all the details when we come back.
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>> my name is hanan. i'm a second grade teacher. i have personal experience with my children due to the surrounding violence. it has effected their behavior and achievement. by playing games i was able to get them out of the shock. the dominant problem in our class is violence and through what they see.
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playing games makes them happy. happiness that they miss because of the israeli occupation. in my craft i make sure that the children are happy, they play, have fun, and learn. through games i'm able to change attitudes and create achievements. we have prove thad we can compete, succeed and excel, teach, learn, and build our state. i focus on children who have special needs, children who are marginalized. they need special education and i'm confident they would be given the chance. >> now to jo for sports.
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>> thank you. a main appearance in the main draw over a win in zimbabwe in a game that was a straight shoot out. alps would post a winning 186-6. afghanistan. afghanistan with an extended stay in this tournament in india. well, scotland are chasing an event in 20 attempts. they have not managed to secure a victim since the 1999 world cup. and rain has interrupted their match against hong kong with 127 with three balls remaining in their inning. and we have a look at the rugby six nations.
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ireland will face scott lapped in their final match of the competition next week. in the next few minutes the top two teams in the competition will go head to head as england host wales. the last time they met in september wales would effectively knock them out of their own world cup. eddie jones, their starting line up is unchanged from the win over ireland two weeks ago. >> well, we're in england. we refer back to that game. we're in england. 70% of the players are the same. the other 30% will learn the different philosophy that we play. >> there are loft strength and depth and some young players that are--that continue to
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improve while they're on the side. to be honest, the wins said that they probably win six nations. >> chelsea's defense for the title may be all but over. they play everton in the english fa cup later and they're hoping that their record continues. but the dutchman said that his team focuses on staying high on the premier league and qualifying for europe. >> well, obviously it's a very important cup to go for.
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but i don't want to under value the classification in the premier league because we managed to come out from december from the zone to now this position, but i think that although it might be very difficult to get on the qualifying positions. >> because of the fa cup there is only three english premier league matches held on saturday. they're nine points behind leicester in fourth at halftime it's 1-1 between bournemouth and swansea. a chance to extend the unbeaten run of 36 matches. they're currently leading 4-0 at the break. they would close the eight-point about a gap that currently separates the two sides. they will extend the 11-match
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unbeaten league at home. maria sharapova denies that she was warned a number of times that the drugs she was taking were added to the banned list. the news has rocked the world of tennis, and now the best player in the men's game has given his thoughts. >> she has approached this very maturely. i admire that. on the other hand, from the different perspective, i talk as a--somebody who is involved in professional tennis and sport for so many years, who always believed that playing clean and fair sport, certainly there was a mistake. and if she was thought to be positive for doping a certain substance, then there should be a certain kind of, you know, consequences for that. >> meanwhile, sharapova's
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biggest rifles serena williams has reached the third round and won 6-2, 6-1. it comes after sister venus lost in the event also, simone looks to defend her crown. and coming from 4-1 down to speed sharapova. she was taken to three sets and challenged a baseline serving the match. the decision was proved right and she'll continue in round three. jordan spieth on a torrid opening round. holed out three times from beyond the green to finish the
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second round at two over par. speat is the defending champion way down the leaderboard seven shots behind mackenzie and st stricker. he had this approach shot. the golden state warriors have extended their record-winning streak. friday saw them beat the portland trailblazers 128-112 with 34 points from stephen curry. meanwhile, new york knicks continue and have beaten eight times. chris paul with 20 points. closing in on the season-long world cup over title with lindsey vonn out of the competition. she has moved up in the
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standings and in poll position. show now leads by 295 points from german's victoria, and that's all the sport for now. >> jo, we'll see you soon. thank you very much. machine has defeated man in a showdown between human and artificial intelligence. a google program beat a master of a the chinese game go. it was thought that the game was too complex for the artificial intelligence. >> the disbelief of the human champion clear, mr. lee is considered one of the game's greatest modern players and went into the series supremely confident, but he didn't win a
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single match against the alfa go program. even the creators were amazed by the result. >> to be honest, we are a bit stunned and speechless. he put up an incredible fight. alfa go made a large territory at the bottom of the board, but mr. lee found some amazing tactics to play in the territory and create a huge co-fight. >> go is an ancient chinese game for two players who take terms placing black and white stones on a 19 x 19 grid. winners win by surrounding their opponent's pieces. sound simple but there are 200 moves compared to the 20 moves in chess, and intuition is as important as memory which means conquering the game the everest of programmers.
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it would crunch data in a human-like fashion and learns and improves from every game it plays. alfa go beat the european champion 5-0, but this latest victory sets a whole new benchmark. the defeated champion tried to put a brave phase on it. >> alfa go exhibited some weaknesses so i doubt if it has the skills to deliver a wider message to humans. i think lee is the one who lost today. not humanity. >> but with the final two games at the series still to be played, alfa go is only going to get better and cleverer. paul brennan, al jazeera. >> that's it from doha. our colleagues in london will keep you company. thanks for watching. we'll see you soon. do check out the website. it's there for you at
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syria's government aid it will attend talks to end the war, but it will only wait 24 hours. if the opposition doesn't show up. >> and we visit the turkish border town nominated for a nobel peace prize after opening its doors to syrians fleeing the conflict. hello there, i'm jonah hull. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. celebrations as the yemeni government enter taiz partially breaking the


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