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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello there, welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha and the top stories now on al jazeera. at least two people are killed in military tacks in yemen. egyptians march across the country demanding a return to people power. and several countries base
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for what could be the most powerful typhoon of the year. and the remarkable story of one of the world's most famous scientists. ♪ at least 38 people have been killed in two separate attacks on military targets in yemen. al qaeda fighters are suspected to be behind two car bombs which excluded at a military camp. >> reporter: these are the victims of what is believed to be an al qaeda attack on military posts. dozens of soldiers and policemen were killed in a string of suicide bombings. these villagers were the first to get to the bombings. they say it was from a groupal fill lated with al qaeda.
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only a few weeks ago, a bomb ripped through this bus. it was carrying soldiers. two were killed, dozens were injured. last year they launched their worst attack in yemen. a suicide bomber designated his explosives killing more than 100. after which the government launched a murder offensive to recapture areas controlled by al qaeda. the u.s. stepped in intensifying attacks against the group, using unmanned drones. al qaeda is considered by the u.s. and its allies in the region to be the most dangerous al qaeda shoot. it is lead by this man, a
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yemenian who had sighs to the former leader of al qaeda, osama bin laden. but many think this is the group's most powerful man. he is considered the military leader. >> you were telling me earlier the u.s. strategy of increasing drone strikes against al qaeda have actually been backfiring. >> absolutely. because many are saying this should not happen anymore in our country. even accusing the president of selling the retaliation to the us. we know this is quite sophisticated weaponry that the americans are now going to give a stable government, which
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leaves them with only one other option, [ inaudible ] the [ technical difficulties ] >> they are very much concerned about the future of the country because they know after the gains made by the americans and afghanistan and pakistan against al qaeda, the [ inaudible ] as of 2009 a new offshoot of al
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qaeda, launching daring attacks against western targets in yemen and different wartss -- parts f the world. they know if the political transition in yemen fails, there is going to be more anarchy. and the only one that will benefit is al qaeda [ inaudible ] and this is something that saudi arabia, the united ar united arab emirates and the united states say is going to be very troublesome. >> how powerful are they now? >> they are very powerful. thousands of recruits over the last few years, and also well seasoned fighters who came from
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afghanistan from saudi arabia, north africa, and different parts of the world, and they are affiliated with this whole jihadist movement. and they will fight to the end. >> all right. thank you very much. 16 people have been killed in explosion at a mosque in iraq. it is north of the capitol of bagdad, police say the bombs were concealed in air conditioning units, and went off around midday during friday prayers. syria's deputy prime minister for economic affairs is denying that he said the conflicts in syria had reached a stalemate. he said the guardian misquoted
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him. but the guardian says it has a tape recording of the interview and standing by their interview. there are less than 11 hours meanwhile left on a ceasefire at a town on the turkish border between al qaeda backed and other rebels. neither side has laid down arms knorr exchanged hostages. the hague says it has received new information on chemical weap chemical weapons strike. they are getting training on what to do in the event of a chemical weapons strike. nassa you were telling me yesterday there was fighting there in dara, what about today? what is going on now? >> there is four people killed,
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one of them is a child. he killed after the shelling on his city called [ inaudible ] and the three person from three army killed, one of them in ottoman, after the clashes in ottoman, since 11 or 12 days there is clashing in ottoman, and also clashes in [ inaudible ] area -- small area called [ inaudible ] and the other one we got to know that he -- he was prepared -- repairing the electricity in his town and the fall down is what we here from the activities. there is also -- the air force has attacked -- syrian air force attacked the place of ottoman friday morning, but we do not get to know any information about if there is any -- any
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people killed or any casualties, and also there is shelling from -- shelling in [ inaudible ] and also dara. there are some places have been attacked like [ inaudible ] also very close to the -- i did not get the name of it actually. very close to [ inaudible ]. now the situation is tension is there in the dara, but today especially today is a friday, there is demonstration, march after every friday. today the name of it, they call it syrian only can liberate syria. it is a sign -- it is a message from the people here and all of the mosques after prayer give to the international community
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that -- i mean the international community that did not help the syrian to stop the attacking from the regime and they did not decide -- i mean the europe country, the usa did not decide to attack the bases of the regime, the military bases of the regime. >> naser thank you very much for that update on the fighting in the southern city of derha. police in egypt are searching -- after retaking a town in cairo. they released this video footage showing security forces fighting in though town. they entered the town in giza to take it back. at least ten people have been
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arrested so far. [ gunfire ] meanwhile protesters have been marching again after friday prayers across egypt. anti-coup demonstrators are demanding that the military return power to the people. i'm joined now by an associate professor of islamic thought and culture at cutter university here in doha. welcome once again. thank you for coming in to speak to us. are these protests, increasingly the only way for people who are opposed to military rule -- is this the main way to express themselves? >> i think that's the only option they have is peaceful demonstration. and it has been quite powerful. more people have been seen coming in the streets. we have seen more people joining
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who were not originally from the beginning. even artists who are leading anti-coup demonstrations, we are seeing probable supporters who are joining the demonstration. the [ inaudible ] of the current administration, the coup administration, and their [ inaudible ] setting certain policies like increasing things and like giving the right for security guards or security officers within the university to have the right to arrest student whos have political orientation. this is actually increasing more people on the streets. this kind of tactics of the current coup administration are running, are increasing more people in the streets, more intolerant of -- not -- voicing their voice. they are no longer afraid. they are no longer keeping quiet about what they want. now they -- the security
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officers are threatening to shoot people in the street. they said whoever is going to go out we will shoot them. >> yeah, but in those cases a police station was attacked -- >> who in by who? >> we don't know -- >> exactly. >> some is being blamed on muslim brotherhood -- it's not sure who is behind the violence. >> exactly. >> why then are the authorities allowing these protests to continue? >> because they can't stop it. it's -- the people already have made their stand in the street. after the 25th of january revolution two years ago now. people have realized that they are the maker and shaper of the society. they realize that once they go to the ballot box and they can make a vote to choose a
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president or remove a president, they will do that. and they cannot take it any longer, and that's why not only those groups are joining, but more groups will be joining. this is the thing that -- scenario that the governments already try to portray, that these people in the streets are all muslim brotherhood. that's not true. they are all out there for the freedom, for the right, for the choice that they have made. >> so for people power versus military rule. >> exactly. >> thank you very much for speaking to us. >> thank you. in other news the united states has expressed concern over the arrest of an
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opposition leader. the country has experienced unrest since a 2011 uprising. in nigeria, fighters reportedly dressed in military uniforms have shot and killed 87 people. witnesses say they set up check points and gunned those who tried to escape. the nigerian government declared a state of emergency in may after churches and schools were attacked. when we spoke earlier, you said there has been an increase in these attacks. >> reporter: yes, actually the attack on tuesday and another one on wednesday just a day after the attack in [ inaudible ], are starting to prompt the question is -- that
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what is happening in this country? especially in the northeast of nigeria. the military went into action attacking bases. being operated by the insurgents, and then there was this feeling of calm and security in the northern states, and all of a sudden in the last three or four weeks, the in -- insurgents have started attacking. and local militias have helped identify who these people are. >> didn't the military launch a crackdown on the area? what is going on with that? >> they did. actually they did. and the military were close to declaring a victory. last week an officer was saying
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we are close to crushing the insurgents. then all of a sudden, these attacks are happening all over the place. people are wondering was the military actually in total control of the situation? the question is was the military in total control or on top of things, how did this happen? there are some suggestions now that probably they must have gotten reinforcements outside of nigeria, and things are getting out of control at the moment. >> all right. thank you. there's a lot more to come in this al jazeera news hour. we'll be live in mexico where rising waters are not the only thing people have had to worry about. and it's green peace versus russia in the arctic. and in sport we'll tell you why a winter world cup in cutta
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is looking every more likely. rescue workers in mexico are searching for survivors after a mud slide buried dozens of people. the country has been lashed by two tropical storms and 165 people are believed to be dead or missing. adam joins us from mexico city with the latest. adam how bad are things today? >> reporter: they are still pretty bad. we're not -- we're still seeing the fallout mainly from the storms that hit mexico last weekend. the storms that have been threatening in the last couple of days aren't nearly as bad as far as the level of rain that is falling. it is still be determined though, it should still leave thousands more homeless. but right now we're still seeing military and other rescuers find
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signs of missing people. huge mud slides outside of acapulco. take a look at this report from my colleague. >> reporter: this is the result of days of torrential rains. dozens of bridges and roads laid waste. tens of thousands of people are homeless. people wait for rations flown in by the military. >> translator: we just want something to eat. >> reporter: more than one million people have been effected by two tropical storms that slammed into mexico last weekend. rescue teams are finding more bodice as they reach isolated areas. survivors say the mud slides came out of nowhere. >> translator: i was walking
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down the street near a store, and i heard a loud noise, and i just stood there. it was like black smoke and it turned like a windmill. when i saw it was coming to the field, i started running. >> the flooding brought other unwelcome surprises. crocodiles were spotted in the streets of acapulco. heavy rains washed them out of the lagoon. food banks have been set up across the country. >> reporter: we're here in the heart of mexico city. volunteers are going through, sorting things, so they can go out on an air lift to the areas where they are really needed. >> reporter: some say the government was unprepared and has not done enough to help them. it's the most vulnerable that
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are paying the price. >> translator: the queue is kilometers long. there are elderly people, pregnant women, sick children. >> reporter: but the government's work here is far from over. >> reporter: as you can see there's a lot to do here. you have private airlines who have been offering free passage for people from acapulco back to mexico city. meanwhile the government assures people they will open the main highway, late -- [ technical difficulties ] -- bridges have been taken out, so you need engineers on the site. you have seem just stuck there in awful conditions trying to get out, and for the people that live in the state surrounding
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acapulco, is much, much worse. the government is trying its best to reach these villages. there have been huge mud slides in these mountains. and the roads are out of commission, and people are upset because there's no way no know who is dead or missing until the military can will get. so it could be days and weeks to come before they know full extent of this damage, and just how many people are car -- casualties of this disaster. >> all right. adam thank you. three people have been killed in a bus explosion in the philippines. it happens after the city is slowly turning to normal after
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the standoff. >> reporter: these two have turned their van into a store, selling what they can to other people here also displaced by the fighting, caught in the cross fire, they fled their home in this van, and have been living in it for almost two weeks. >> translator: we only have so much saved up, if we don't do this and sell things, we would have run out of money by now. >> reporter: a number of other people who have been displaced are doing the same thing. despite the wider region's reputation as a restive spot, this is a vital sea port and big
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part of the national industry. now a few establishments are beginning to resume operations for limited hours, but the city's chamber of commerce says economic losses are at $1 billion u.s. dollar each day of the siege. >> we are trying to focus on a more positive note. and we want to be part of the solution, rather than be a problem. there are so many questions than answers right now, but we try to at least disregard it for now until the dust or the smoke settles. >> reporter: more than 10% of the city's population has been displaced by the fighting, and the rebels haven't been defeated yet. >> i -- i'm sorry for my city. the city that i call home. >> translator: we won't be defeated by this. we will stand again.
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>> reporter: the situation is still far from normal, but the city's residents are determined to be back in business soon. iran's president says he is ready to broker talks between the syrian government and the opposition. he has written an opinion piece for a u.s. newspaper and called for more cooperation with the international community. he could meet u.s. president barack obama at the sidelines of the general assembly in new york next week. a suspected member of an indian armed group has escaped from a court. he is accused of providing cars that transported explosives in the city in 2008. he is also facing charges
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linking him to an attempted. the new president has been inaugurated. he said that national reconciliation is his government's highest priority. he won last month's election runoff by a land side. it's a return to democratic rule for mali after a coup 20 months ago. the most powerful typhoon of the year could make landfall on saturday with wind at over 200 kilometers per hour. over a thousand boats have returned to ports before the storm lands later this weekend. let's get the latest now from everton in our weather center. everton.
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>> well, this is a huge storm. it is absolutely massive as you can see, over a thousand kilometers wide. this really will cause some major problems as we go through the next couple of days. as you have been hearing it is the most powerful storm of the season in the case of bohar, this storm killed many. this storm is still strong enough. we are looking at the storm making its way further northeast, which it will continue to track its way through the straights. out of bounds are already
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starting to feel heavy rainfall. 103 millimeters of rain have already fallen here in the last 24 hours alone. as we go on through the next couple of days, we could easily see 200, 300 millimeters of rain fall in any one area. it may be another two or three days of very heavy rainfall making its way across the region. we're looking at a good 600 millimeters of rain. we're looking at very heavy rainmaking its way towards that southeastern corner of china, and hong kong will bear the brunt of it. >> thank, everton. there is a lot for to come in this news hour, including, in
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new zealand they have the victory cut on hold in the americas cup. details later in the program. ♪
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♪ welcome back. you are watching al jazeera. these are the top stories. international inspectors say they have received details from the syrian government about his chemical weapons stockpiles. they are expecting to get more information over the next few days. the un says the inspectors are planning to return to syria next week. at least 38 people have been
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killed in two separate attacks on military targets in yemen. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is suspected of being behind the attacks. protesters have taken to the streets again in egypt. more now on one of our top stories the crisis in syria. there are now less than 11 hours left in a ceasefire between al qaeda, affiliated fighters and the free syrian army. the border town sits closer to turkey, and fighting there has lead turkey to shots. anita has more. >> reporter: this is one of the oldest and most established free syria brigades, and the only one
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strong enough to try to stop two opposition groups. at first they kept their distance from the town where the i wills lammic state of iraq has imposed a curfew and banned any filming. at least seven people were killed during fighting overnight and many injured. hostages were also taken on both sides. during the day more refugees poured out of syria and into turkey. >> translator: each of these two groups wanted to enter the area that is controlled by the other. it has been in the hands of the free syrian army for a very long time. and the groups that came from iraq and damascus wanted to storm the city because of a long-standing dispute.
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>> reporter: it is also believed that the al qaeda fighters wanted them to hand over two doctors, allegedly calling them spies and liberals. one of them is seen in this video, but the where abouts of the second, thought to be a german national is not known. they had banners reading you don't belong to us, and we don't belong to you, and jihadist you came to help us, not kill us. this conflict has serious implications. if the free syrian army loses control of the area, that means an al qaeda backed group gains control. and now the militias are at war with each other. iraqi interpreters who
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assisted the american military say time is running out for their visas. >> reporter: there is an unbreakable bond between military men that you tend not to find amongst civilians. and this may be why. tim and his iraqi interpreter were targeted half a dozen times. he asked us not to use his last name. >> what do you do after you have been blown up and survived. >>
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[ technical difficulties ] >> without him or his fell fellfellow -- [ technical difficulties ] >> but the state department has issued only 25% of them. and now time is running out. unless congress acts by the end of the month, the law allowing these visas will expire. the state department says we welcome any action by congress to extent the program, and are working with interested members of congress to extend our authority to allow for the continued issuance of special immigrant vie saas. lawyers working on behalf of iraqis who are still speaking
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visas, say thousands of them could be shut out. >> this couldn't be the problem it is, if this program had been handled efficiently and expeditiously as it should have been. >> reporter: tim says looking after those who risked their lives and their family's lives for americans should be a number one priority for the government. >> darn it if we can put a man on the moon, we can get these guys over here. >> i never forgot, you know. something that is printed in my mind, and my kids and wife. something we couldn't have back there in iraq. >> reporter: he just wants his countrymen who also risked their
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lives for the u.s. to live the dream too. at least 13 people in the u.s. city of chicago have been injured after a shooting in a park. a three year old child and two adults are reported to be in critical condition. gunmen opened fire from a car on thursday night. investigators believe the shooting is related to gang violence. a recent fbi crime report shows that chicago had 500 homicides last year. that's the most in any u.s. city. a former manager of hal burton has been charged with destroying evidence after the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. the 2010 spill hand after a bp rig exploded. voters in swaziland, but
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opposition say the process is not democratic and should be boycotted. >> reporter: the king said he recently had a vision from god telling him [ inaudible ] basically it's a marriage between the ballot box and the monarch. he says when people go to vote in elections like this one, for example, they are expressing their will, telling the king how they would like to see the country run, and that's how it holds him accountable, but not everyone agrees with this system. they are saying that this is still a country that has a lot of issues. any one of the parties that have spoken out against the royal family have been arrested or forced into exile. once the international assembly
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will try to challenge thing and change things -- in the past some of those have been swallowed up by the system, and [ inaudible ] serving the needs of the king and not necessarily of the ordinary people of swaziland. german politicians are on the final leg of campaigning, ahead of sunday's elections. it is lightly to be a tight race. nick spicer reports. >> reporter: a studio in east berlin filled with famous figures of myth and history. this skull ter. he likes talking about music perhaps because talking politics
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was tricky in a dictatorship. >> translator: i describe her as very calm and matter of fact. but she could also be spontaneous. it was an unusual mixture. reserved but fun loving. >> reporter: the political front began with the fall of the berlin wall. she served as his minister before a few years later, stunning many by saying it was time for him to go, and taking his job as chancellor. her popularity reached his peak as the financial crisis hit bottom. >> translator: after greece went
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bankrupt she reacted uncertainly at first, but then she found a compromise that kept everyone happy. the austerity appeals to speck ticks, but shes also pushed for reform in parliament. >> reporter: her supporters like her precisely for her delib rate manner. >> because she always thinks before she talks. >> i like very about her is that she is so straight? what she is doing and what she is thinking. >> reporter: it is of course too early to say if the sculpt ters of the future will be building monume monuments in the future.
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one poll shows germany became the most polar country in the world. green peace says the russian coast guard stormed one of its ships after green peace activists tried to climb on to a tanker. >> reporter: the protesters attempt to board the oil platform on wednesday knew it was evoke reaction from the russians. within minutes they were intercepted by armed coast guard officers in boats. then on thursday night more a armed forces used a helicopter. a total of 30 activists on board have been arrested. >> all of the crew, the captain, the ship should be reviesed
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immediately. that's why green peace officers are all over the world doing solidarity activities. appealing to russian embassies and [ inaudible ] from officers to release them. >> the same platform was boarded back in august as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight what they say are environmental risks. but groups here in the moscow office are providing legal and translation assistance and gps monitoring. and after being told that the vessel was being steered west, later gps shows the ship being taken east into russian waters. >> this was yesterday when the ship were attacked and hostaged
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by secret service of russian federation. it was a bit north -- [ technical difficulties ] -- and after that it was 4 knot speed towards east, and today's position is -- what is the position? >> basically directly due east of the platform. >> it's due east from the platform? >> yes. >> towards the russian area. >> reporter: in australia green peace's chief tried to deliver a letter to the consulate in sydney. >> the russian conso console -- consulate has re fused to even receive a letter. it's disappointing.
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>> reporter: so far there has been no comment from the russian foreign ministry about the situation. in the meantime supporters of the crew can only watch the gps screens and wait. all of the sports coming up with $10 million at stake tiger woods has a round to forget. details when we come back. ♪
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♪ welcome back. pope francis has warned that the catholic church must become a
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more welcoming place and stop being obsessed with doctrine. the roman catholic church has locked herself up in too much small-minded rules. he said it is time the church moved on especially regarding the issues of homosexuality, contraception and abortion. >> reporter: i think that he feels that this is an important message; that, you know, for too long people have categorized the church's teaching as just being concerned about sex and abortion, when in fact this is a pope and church that is concerned about what is happening in syria, and as opposed military intervention in syria. this is a church and a pope who is very concerned about the
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impact of globalization on poor working people around the world. this is a pope who talks about social justice a lot, and, you know, this is being missed, you know, because often in the media the emphasis is on all of these sexual things, and not on the total message that the church is trying to get out. he is one of the world's most famous scientists, and now he is the star of his own movie. he is releasing a documentary, showing how he copes day-to-day, balancing an amazing mental ability with an extreme physical inability. >> reporter: think of cambridge, think art, i science, history, but movie premiers? think again. yet this is no ordinary film. this is no ordinary man. >> there is nothing like the movement of discovering something that no one new
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before. >> reporter: the subject is professor stephen hawking, one of the most famous scientists of his generation. and this is his story, his idea, his life. the life of a scientist through a microscope. >> i have lived over two-thirds of my life with the threat of death hanging over me. >> i think he felt now is the time to do it in his own words. he was -- he was -- he was very accepting of it. >> reporter: steven hawking is adored, loved even in many parts of the world. and it's his research and theorys that have made him a household name. and it is also the fact that he has achieved so much, while also suffering so much. and that means that he is no longer just a scientist. he is now also a celebrity.
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this is after all a plan who took center stage during the opening of the 2012 paralympics. he has been on chat shows, the simpsons, and even star track. >> you are bluffing. >> wrong again, albert. i think my celebrity has a lot to do with my condition. the wheelchair makes me instantly recognizable. i fit a stereo type of a disabled agains you. >> reporter: when he was diagnosed he was given just three years to live. that was 50 years ago. his book, a brief history of time, became one of science's best-ever sellers. his movie itself is brief, just 19 minutes, but gives the world
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a brief look into his history. all right. time now for all of the sports news. >> one of football's most influential bodies have officially backed the idea of the olympics in qatar. they made the decision in a meeting in croatia. qatar organizers say they are ready to host the event. >> translator: the president of fifa will talk about certain things, but i don't know anything more. on principle we aren't against playing in the winter. that is in principle. that's it. we say that we agreed on principle, what will happen that is more complicated, and it's hard to discuss.
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now the ball is in the court of the president. >> also at that meeting, it was revealed that a total of 32 countries have proposed 39 different cities to host the matches. one of the stadiums in london is one of the candidates. [ technical difficulties ] one city will host the final and both semifinals. a court in melbourne has heard how several english footballers have been threatened. the four players and their coach appeared in court on friday. they are charged with rigging games. the charges come a day after 14 people were arrested in singapore as part of an investigation into global match
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fixing. a global intelligence unit is needed to more effectively take on corruption in football. >> these guys operate globally and they have done so for sometime. now we're seeing countries take action particularly on the match fixing side. but there is a betting proud to side of this. and this can only be fought on a global level. we need far more global action than national action. >> the return to football has begun with a victory >> i have seen a lot of times teams go down to ten, especially as a player at home, these kind of games and doing very well. but i think that -- i have to
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say we dominated the game from first to last minute. we scored three goals, but before we scored the second, i think we had three or four huge chances to score a goal, so -- yeah, it could have been even more. >> it appears that eindhoven suffered a defeat. nearly a year after being sacked as coach of brazil, he has quit his latest job. it follows the home defeat. they eventually lost 4-2. as a result the club are now 14th, which is just two points clear of the relegation zone. the resignation leaves the club looking for their fourth new
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coach this season. >> translator: when a coach feels that a group is stagnant, and we need to talk the same things over and over, the keep needs to leave. it was with that view that i made this tough decision. tiger woods has had a terrible start in his bid to win $10 million. there were no birdies for tiger during his first round in atlanta, as he carded a 3 over par, 73 out in front. sweden's player is six under. both of these players also within a shout of that $10 million bonus. >> there is also thabo us in fact when it's your sway, you are hitting good shots and getting as close as i got them, you know, i'm pretty sure i could have hit the same number
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of good shots, but another day you are 10, 15, 20 feet away. today i was 4 inches away. and it's just those -- some -- some days it just works out really good for you. sailing oracle team usa has kept slim hopes of keeping the race alive. 2003 winners only need one more race victory to take back the oldest trophy in international race history. race 13 proved unlucky as it was canceled due to high winds, and will be run later on friday. baseball and the boston red sox have reached the playoffs. they were the second team to reach the post season after the
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l.a. dodgers earlier in the day. the 2-run homer gave the red sox the lead, an advantage they held on to. lackey closed out the game for boston. they could also clench the american league east divisional title later on friday. meanwhile the texas rangers have tied with tampa bay rays. just ten games of the regular season remain. >> thank you very much. online donors in the u.s. has raised more than $100,000 for a homeless man after he turned over a backpack. the bag contains tens of thousands of dollars in traveler's checks. there are good people in the
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