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ferry that capsized in april, killing more than 300 people. plus the scandal that shocked ip -- india. african football boss has banned morocco from the country's biggest tournament after the country refuses to host the africa cup of nations. ♪ nigeria's president has normally announced he is running for reelection. goodluck jonathan was cheered by supporters in a rally in the capitol which took place just a day after students were killed in the north. the group made headlines around the world in april when they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls who still have not been returned to their families. he addressed the abductions in
his speech. >> we are equipping the arms forces, and deployed special forces this time, to engage the terrorists and [ inaudible ] war. we must protect our country. we must save our people. i will do everything humanly possible to end this violence in our nation. >> we go live now. the announcement really doesn't come as a surprise. we knew he was going to run again for president, but i guess it's the timing that many people will find unfortunate. >> absolutely the timing was unfortunate, especially after yesterday's event where nearly 50 students were killed. many nigerians were hopeful the president will suspend the declaration today to a later date when tempers will have
cooled down, yet the president went ahead with the announcement, because a lot of resources have been put into today's event. but the promised the government will fight boko haram, a fight that the military so far is losing all over the northeast of the country. >> certainly this announcement comes as goodluck jonathan is facing a lot of criticism for his handling of the boko haram insurgency in the north. what is his chance of winning another term in office? >> well, without doubt the boko haram issue, the issue of corruption in governance, the issue of power sector reform, or power improvement in nigeria are three key issues that are very, very close to the hearts of nighians. and this administration so far has not delivered fully on all of this. boko haram continues to seize territory in the northeast, and there is the issue of corruption which critics say he has failed
to tackle. but the president said that the government was able to root out corruption in the agricultural sector, and the issue of power supply. they generate grossly inadequate power in the country. >> thank you ahmad. well nigerian government officials have made statements about boko haram in the past that have turned out not to be true. in september a picture was circulated reportedly showing the group's leader saying he had been killed. last month came an announcement from the government that it has reached a ceasefire deal with boko haram, and a deal has been secure for the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in april. the girls are still missing and boko haram has continued its
campaign of violence. let's speak to the executive director at the policy and legal advocacy center. good to have you with us. first his announce, not a surprise, but is this a president that has a strong enough record to seek another term in office? >> well, it's [ inaudible ] but his record has been very abysmal. nigerians have been disappointed on several fronts in terms of government delivering on promises it had made. they talk about the new level of [ inaudible ], a lot of [ inaudible ] electricity, industry that rely on electricity have closed because of the high cost of generating their own electricity. there's huge unemployment. insecurity level across the country is very, very high, and
nigeria has lots [ inaudible ] in several [ inaudible ]. >> not a solid record as you say, and yet the ruling party overwhelmingly approved this candidacy. how do you explain this? >> well, he doesn't appeared to have opened up its processes for [ inaudible ] within the party. so it could appear even people who have wanted to challenge the president do not see that there is a possibility that they can do that within the platform of the ruling party. it appears to have shut out [ inaudible ] to the president. >> thank you very much for giving us your reaction there. now to other world news, iraqi troops are battling suicide bombers and snipers as they try to break the siege
around one of the country's biggest oil refineries. the government says this is a decisive moment in the fight against islamic state of iraq and the levant. im ill has more from bagdad. [ explosion ] >> reporter: when isil fight back, this is what happens. a captured iraqi army humvee is turned into a car bomb. 12 soldiers caught in the blast are severely injured. the battle for the town will be decisive. >> translator: we are now at the central neighborhoods. these parts of the city are adjacent to the check point, which is considered to be strategically valuable because it controls the supporting lifeline of isil stretching from the city up to tikrit. we have managed to cut isil's supporting lifeline today. >> reporter: that confidence is in stark contrast to how deadly isil fighters can be.
this is the reality of the fight for the city stern. they are not at a stalemate but close. isil are using increasingly desperate tactics, including suicide bombers, car bombs, and snipers. we have seen these type of tactics before. isil fighters rarely if ever surrender. the city is very important. it's a territory they are going to want to hold on to, and that means this fight will be much fight than some others where isil fighters gave up easy ly. the oil refinery is only 15 kilometers from here. taking them both back could be the iraqi security forces toughest fight yet. imran khan, al jazeera, bagdad. a palestinian man has been
killed in a confrontation with the israeli army in the occupied west bank. it happened at a refugee camp. the israeli army says more than a hundred palestinian demonstrators were throwing rocks and explosives at soldiers. saudi arabia's tightening security along its southern border with yemen after advances by houthi rebels. houthi rebels continue to carry out attacks in yemen. syria's president, bashar al-assad, is considering a u.n. proposal to end fighting in parts of the country as rebels warn they are close to losing their strong holds in aleppo. the u.n. envoy is in syria meeting local leaders. >> reporter: this counter offensive is about recapturing supply lines. syria's rebels need to win this battle to hold on to the neighborhoods they control in
aleppo. over recent weeks syrian rebel groups have closed in on the main roads that link the road to turkey. they have the rebel-held east of aleppo surrounded. >> translator: the regime is advancing. aleppo is about to fall. and that would be catastrophic. and also the islamic state of iraq and the levant is on the other side. >> reporter: aleppo has been an urban battleground for more than two years, and the government has targeted opposition areas with near daily barrel bombs. people are complaining about the rise in the price of gasoline and other basic goods. estimates say around 300,000 people remain in rebel areas. >> translator: there are many reasons why the regime was able to advance on aleppo. it has more weapons. they are using ma la sha men recruited from abroad, and rebels returning their guns on each other has weakened us.
>> reporter: the rebels belonging to the so-called moderate opposition are at war with islamic state of iraq and the levant just like the government. isil controls the eastern countryside, and northeastern entry points into aleppo. the rebels have been losing ground to the military and isil as well. as of late they have been facing a new challenge, syria's al-qaeda branch has recently overrun an area. this city is the last strong hold as groups designated as moderates by the united states and the opposition-controlled north. a lawer requiring human rights groups to register with the authorities has now come into effect. the government says it's designed to prevent ngo's as acting as fronts for criminals. activists are concerned it could restrict their activities and could force some to close.
amnesty international has held an event in australia calling for the release of al jazeera's detained journalists in egypt. the correspondent and peter greste parents joined the group to demand that al jazeera's staff is freed. peter greste, mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed have been in jail for more than a year. >> he wants to be out of course immediately. and so do we. we are very tired of this whole thing, and particularly when you think he is totally innocent and -- and there is absolutely no evidence against him whatsoever. a south korean court has sentenced the captain of a ferry which sank in april, killing more than 300 people. he was jailed for 36 years for negligence, but was acquitted of murder. rob mcbride reports.
>> reporter: they have faced the anger of the south korean public. now it was the judgment of the court. the longest prison sentence, 36 years, was handed to the captain, found guilty of negligence. he was filmed abandoning ship in his underwear, while most of his passengers, many children, were below deck, having been told to stay there. the chief engineer was found guilty of murder while the other 13 crew members received sentences of between 5 and 20 years. for relatives emerging from court, the sentencing were too lenient. >> translator: i'm so sick of this country's legal system. if this is all they can do. >> translator: our anger will continue and someone has to take responsibility for this. >> reporter: the bodies of nine passengers have still not been
recovered, but authorities say the search has become too dangerous and has now been called off. also on trial has been the wider issue of safety regulations and the way they are enforced. but during the several decades of rapid economic growth it might have been acceptable to shortcut or overlook regulations, but in today's sophisticated south korea it isn't. sailings and the rescue services particularly the coast guard have been severely criticized. and the government says there will be an ongoing investigation. an aon going protest has been demanding one. >> translator: this is not the end it is the start. now the cause can be fully investigated. >> reporter: as the crew begin long terms in prison, so south korea continues its long process of investigation and
introspection. rob mcbride, al jazeera, south korea. still ahead on this al jazeera news hour. asia pacific leaders pledge closer economic ties after a two-day summit in china. plus we need army veterans using their skills to help people struck by natural disasters. i'm lee wellings in the heartland of formula one, as fans of the sport find themselves in the unusual position of being asked to find money to get a team on to the grid. ♪ first world leaders are wrapping up the asia pacific summit in china. the meetingsened with a promise to improve relations between regional rivals. scott heidler reports from china. >> reporter: as the sun rose on the second day of the apac
summit, the leaders traveled outside of beijing to this place. each of the 21 heads of government made a long walk down the red carpet to the brand new grand hall where they held closed-door discussions. the group took a break for a photo, followed by a tree-planting summary. the chinese and russian presidents appeared to have a friendly chat, while u.s. president barack obama is off to the side. later in the day, the chinese president closed the summit announcing an agreement on broader free trade across the economies. to china this is more than a forum, it's a showroom for its steadily growing economy, and showing that it is transforming the way it does business. evolving from what was traditional chinese manufacturing, mainly for export
into an integral player in the modern market placing. when china served as apac host 13 years ago it was an emerging market. >> now with the move forward with this new silk road fund, we see china emerging as this massive exporter of capital. and it's a very dramatic rise in a very short period of time. >> reporter: barack obama had a private dinner with the president on tuesday. leaders will told direct talks on wednesday looking to map out relations between the world's largest two economies. and russian president vladimir putin is caught up in a storm of controversy at the summit. the heads of government were sitting down for a fireworks display in beijing, but sparking with flying about what happens next when putin wrapped a shall around the shall around the shoulders of the president's
wife. vladimir putin had a reputation as a bit of a lady's man. and the media rushed to block the footage for fear it made their president look like an inattentive husband. european monitors say they are worried about the escalating fighting in eastern ukraine. the fighting is preventing investigators from the malaysia airlines from removing wreckage. our correspondent has more from eastern ukraine. >> reporter: well, the dutch experts finally arrived after some hours of delay. they are here by the cockpit at the moment trying to gather evidence and wreckage in order to send back to the netherlands for expertise. they are trying to complete the investigation into the crash. but it has been very difficult for the experts to work in this
area as fighting has been going on for months, and even today we saw a military convoy moving in the direction of donetsk, armed with some light artillery and trucks, and gad missile launchers. so hopefully this will be possible for them to collect evidence they need, but the situation here still remains rather tense. africa's football bosses have disqualified morocco from next year's cup of nations over their refusal to host the country's biggest tournament. morocco are concerned about the spread of ebola, the confederation says the tournament will take place next year on the previously agreed dates. let's bring in our sports presenter to tell us more about this story. the competition is what, two month's away, who is going to host this tournament? and when are we going to find
out? >> it would be a question when. they are going to go through the applications from countries who are possibly able to host the competition in two month's time, and they are going to give us a decision on wednesday. we understand that seven countries are being considered, but we have heard in the last few days that four of those countries, south africa, sudan, ghana, and egypt have declined. they are worried about ebola, and how they will host the tournament at such short notice. this football association is in a lot of trouble right now with fifa over the way they have been governing their business. so perhaps that will hurt the way -- their chances of hosting the tournament.
nigeria, and gaban, they have the infrastructure to host the tournament, but it will be a tall order. >> it will be interesting to see if a tournament happens at all. thank you very much, jo. jo will be joining us again in about a half hour with more sports news. a u.n. report into the economic impact of the ebola outbreak has concluded that growth won't be as badly affected in africa as first thought. the report from the u.n. economic commission also found international help isn't coming quickly enough. they have asked for close to a billion dollars to help might ebola, but it has only received around 63% of what it wants. the money is being distributed among the three countries most effected by the outbreak. in an exclusive interview, carlos lopez highlighted the actual impact of the crisis.
he spoke to our correspondent from al jazeera's "counting the cost" program. >> these three countries were doing rather well. in fact they were in the top tier in terms of performance, and all of a sudden it is a very difficult situation because of all of the consequences coming from ebola. and i think, you know, you have different predictions, the predictions from the countries themselves none go close to zero growth. they still have a little growth. >> yeah. >> but if we were to look into a zero growth scenario, for both 2014 and 2015, we will be talking about something in the range of 0.05% of africa's combined gdp being affected, which is almost nothing. it's thin air in terms of economic impact. >> so for the region, for west africa. >> for the region, all of
africa. if we are talking about west africa it's slightly higher. but we're talking about 1.9% impact. >> so it isn't as dramatic, and yet the world bank has been talking about a lot -- i'm not going to say dooms say scenario, but like that. >> the world bank is looking into three scenarios. if you look at the worst-case scenario, they are saying it can have an effect of about $32 billion. they are not saying it is having an impact in these three countries, but rather the perception. the panic, hysteria, stigma, can provoke incredible damage. they have done that so many times in the past. and you create this situation where it's a self fulfilling prophecy. if we look into the pledges that have been announced by the key players in this game. we are talking about 3,
$3.2 billion already announced. but then when you look into the ground, and we have been talking to the leaders of these three countries, you don't see even close to that. i think we are right now at about 15 to 20% of actually disbursements taking place on the ground. it's obvious that part of this money that has been pledged is actually to support interventions themselves of the countries. so they are not going to give this money to the effected countries, but rather send medical units, like the underhas done about 500 flights. >> so it takes on different forms. >> but still 15% is low. >> you can see the entire interview this weekend. now to indea where eight women have died and more than 50 are in critical condition after sterilization surgery in the central indian state.
faiz jamil has the story. >> reporter: the women were taken to hospital in critical condition after complaining of severe pain and fever. all had sterilization procedures at a government health camp on saturday. they are among the 83 women who had the procedure as part of the government's family planning campaign. >> translator: around 5 are critically ill. and the chief minister has ordered an inquiry. a compensation of more than $3,000 each will be given to the families of the besieged women. >> reporter: there are allegations that all 83 surgeries were performed within just five hours. critics say that shows the government is more concerned with numbers than safety. >> demand an end to the target-based approach, and we demand full compensation to the women who have been victimized by this wrong-policy approach.
>> reporter: the government is also being criticized for giving the women $22 each as an incentive to have the surgery and encouraging serialization when it might not be necessary. india's population is 1.2 billion, and it's official growth is 1.2% annually. that's adding 1.5 times the population of london to india's population each year. the government says family family measures are needed to keep this growth in check. especially in rural and poor areas. india's population is set to overtake china's by 2030, but critics say the race to meet target numbers is putting the lives of people at risk. faiz jamil, al jazeera, new delhi. >> joining us live in new delhi is a women's right campaign ere. this is a story that many people i think around the world find shocking, because they see the
right to bare a child as a basic human right. is this idea of women having to undergo sterilization accepted in india as a way to control population? >> translator: well, this has been part of the family planning drive, but this is totally unacceptable to us, because this is not only forcing poor women for these sterilelization campaign, and which is also very, very medically not correct. men could be sterilelized maybe more easier, but they are targeting women, and especially poor women for this kind of a targeted sterilization to control families and population. >> i understand these campaigns are routine in many parts of india. who do they target? tell us more about the target. and are they compulsory, or are people persuaded with incentives to go ahead with these proceed
yours. >> reporter: there was a time when it was absolutely compulsory, and there was a huge protest against that and in 1977 congress had to pay heavily and congress had to go because people did not agree with this process, and also the whole campaign was against that. as a result government has adopted another method in which they are giving small amount of money for -- as an incentive for the women for sterilization, but this is only in the name of it. actually it is the poor women, the women from the villages that are being brought like herds in groups and sent for the sterilization. for this medical camp, one single camp sterilized 83 women. there was not enough doctors, equipment, or annethists who could give anesthesia for these
women. this is totally unacceptable. there is a policy defect here that this kind of come pulse rare sterilization in the name of giving some incentive is going on. women are always made target, and especially poor women are made target. >> is this outrage that you are expressing right now, is this something that is shared by indians all over the country. many in the population control movement i read still believe such campaigns are justified because of the danger posed by too many people. >> well, campaign cannot be, you know, enforced on people. it cannot be done through a coercive method. you cannot target poor people for sterilization. there is no way such population can be targeted, number 1. number 2, if this sterilization
of women are coming voluntarily, and people are understanding the value of smaller families they are doing it themselves then there has to be more develop. people do not have large families if they are well off. people have large families if they are not well off, because they want more children for making more income for the family. so and thirdly, i would also say this kind of sterilization activity whering mindless activity goes on without any proper medical care, they are brought and sterilized in the same home. and many have lost their lives and many are in critical condition in hospital. and we are asking for the president to resign because he has asked for such sterilization
process. >> thank you very much. a very desperate situation there. still ahead on the al jazeera news hour, thousands of people turn out for the state funeral of zambia's president michael sata. ♪ plus street performers seen on youtube in bane necessary aris calling for greater legal protection. and this woman accused of medaling her way to the winter olympics. stay with us we're back after the break.
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of baji. and south korea's prosecutor will appeal the verdicts handed down to the crew of a ferry that capsized in april. 300 people mostly school children were killed when the boat capsized. thousands of mourners and several african leaders have attended the funeral of zambia's president. the 77 year old died in a london hospital last month. tania page was at the funeral and sent us this report. >> reporter: the funeral for michael sata is well underway, but there are still lots of people coming and going. they are struggling to find seats. they have come for a man they affecti
affection at itly called king cobra. they credit him with bringing desperately needed infrastructure in development roads, and hospitals to impoverished rural areas. although he has been accused of overspending, and some political opponents said he became quite intolerant. they have a problem over united behind a single candidate to run in the presidential election that is supposed to be held at the end of january. there have already been some protests on the streets, and if they can't unite, we could see more protests that could weaken the position. but for now for the thousands of people to take part in the state funeral, they want to focus on remembering the life of michael sata. saying with africa, politicians in burkina faso are still trying to put together a
new government. the president resigned and fled from the country after days of mass protests. activists say there were more than 100 political kills during his rule. >> reporter: this person told me the body of his best friend was found on this road in may. it's a short drive from burkina faso capitol. his friend was a constitutional court judge. the constitution was a contentious issue under the rule of president blaze compaore. >> translator: at this stage i cannot say who killed him. but this was not an accident. it was a murder, and we know the context. while he was not publicly showing his position, his close friends including me knew he was against changing the constitution. >> reporter: the newspaper which
reported the death, he was in turn blamed for it by a pro-government paper. the press was relatively free, there were elections, and active opposition, but a series of political killings created a backdrop of fear. this man recorded them over the years. he says more than 100 people were assassinated by the regime before compaore fled. >> translator: seeing from outside from western countries, it could appear like a democra y democracy, but it was not. the opposition was very weak. >> reporter: during his rule, compaore was a close ally of france and the u.s. he is now with some of his aids in exile. but here political killings have been a hot topic for years. this center for journalist is named after a famous reporter who was killed in 1998.
he was investigating corruption and the alleged torture and killing of the president's brother's driver. he was found dead in his car with three friends the vehicle and the body had been torched. people are still campaigning for justice. the journalist that run this center say they will keep this lamp running until the killers are brought to justice. here cases on the murders were opened but then dropped. meanwhile the military is now in charge. politicians are trying to come up with a plan for a transitional government. people don't know what their new rulers will be like. but they hope the days when dead bodies were found on the road are over. the french president has inaugurated a giant memorial to soldiers who died in the first
world war. ♪ >> the president unveiled the memorial at the cemetery in northern france. it holds the names of nearly 600,000 fallen soldiers from around 40 countries. the ceremony wrapped up commemoration of 100 years since the start of the conflict. and record crowds have gathered in australia's capitol to remember the country's war dead. near nearly 4,000 people packed the area. those at the service paused for a minute's silence to remember the dead. now some veterans in the u.s. are using the skills they learned in the military to help those in need, and they credit the work with giving them a new purpose in life while helping
them cope with their own trauma. rob reynolds has their story. >> reporter: in january, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck haiti, killing tens of thousands of people. two u.s. veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan spontaneously decided to gather a small group of former military service people to go to haiti and help. from that small beginning emerged a veteran's volunteer organization, team rubicon. now with more than 20,000 members, they have responded to emergencies, ranging from typhoon haiyan, to tornados that ripped through occupied east jerusalem, and wildfires that scorched towns in the american west. >> so we have got 2.6 million vets from the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. we have got more every day taking off the uniform and re-entering civilian life, and what we do is repurpose their skilled learned the hard way in
wartime. when you look at what our veterans learn, a lot more than blowing stuff up. it's leading teams. solving problems under really difficult circumstances. >> reporter: it's a nimble organization, in the philippines team rubicon members made their way to remote villages days before aid organizations arrived. the first team rubicon mission took this man to moore, oak la home ma, after a tornado struck. and the ones who are helped aren't only the victims of disaster. >> i know that this -- this is what a big part of team rubicon is all about. it's not just about disaster relief. but it's also about helping our
veterans. >> reporter: men and women using skilled honed in war on missions of mercy. all right still ahead on the news hour, in sport african football fans will have to wait to find that out where the continent's biggest competition will be held. do stay with us. >> this is another significant development...
rallying point for mexicans demanding an end to drug violence and government corruption. adam rainy reports. [ shouting ] >> reporter: protesters in acapulco, the latest in nearly daily demonstrations in mexico. blood was spilled. some protesters are getting more brazen, provoking authorities. in guerrero state where the students were abducted angry demonstrators have repeatedly attacked government cars and buildings. here at the national palace where the president is in office, a handful of protesters set the door on fire and tried to break it down. but the mass movement taking shape in mexico is a largely peaceful one. it shows an enraged nation, one calling out for justice. one tired of the fact that
30,000 people have gone missing in a raging drug war. daniel moreno edits one of the nation's leading news sites. >> translator: the people are asking for a major change. what they are going to achieve is difficult to say. every time people speak out, the political class tries to shrink the movement and divide public opinion. >> reporter: but today he says is different. perhaps the tragedy has awoken mexico. for now the families of the 43 students and those of thousands who have disappeared are still seeking justice in a country where that eludes so many. in argentina's capitol street art and music are part of the country's heritage. but some artists now feel
harassed by the government. >> reporter: street music makes up part of buenos aires rich cultural tapestry. ♪ >> reporter: in the underground train network, and above ground, wherever people gather. many like this make a living playing in public places. but life on the street is governed by its own code. a code, say the artists that leaves them vulnerable. >> translator: the idea is to get together so we can help the new artists coming along. for example in my case, i play solo with the guitar, and i have had some uncomfortable experiences when i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: so now they are organizing to promote a law in the city government that would regulate where and under what conditions they would play. the artists say without the protection of the law, they are being harassed and their
creativity stifled by the very authorities that are supposed to be protecting them. and that's not the tune they want to hear. ♪ >> reporter: that harassment can take the form of instruments being confiscated or heavy fines and bribes being made. it's part of a complain to get them off of the street, they say. >> reporter: they have market eye dee olgy. they believe culture is merchandise. but i believe it's our right to play on the street. ♪ >> reporter: this sign reads street music is not a crime. and it is part of a campaign backed by both national and international musicians. a law is being formulated by a city council working committee although no one from there would meet our request for an interview. meanwhile, the music plays on. ♪
jo is back with more sports. >> africa's biggest football tournament will be held in january but with a new host nation. they have officially stripped morocco of hosting rights after they requested a postponement due to fears over ebola. in addition to that, they have formally banned morocco from competing in next year's tournament. on wednesday a replacement host nation will be announced after further discussions in cairo. the new hosts will have just over two months to prepare for the event with the opening match set to take place on january 17th. we can go now live to an independent journalist in morocco. has there been any reaction to this decision as yet from officials there? >> reporter: not yet, because all of the government is in the
parliament today, because the prime minister is giving a speech there about the situation. so we haven't heard yet from the foreign minister or anyone else. but definitely this decision taken today by caf in cairo was more or less expected. morocco said no [ inaudible ] on sunday or saturday, and definitely they -- [ inaudible ] by the decision taken today in cairo. they are just waiting for the things to come. which i mean the sanctions that will be paid or taken tomorrow. caf said today that there would be [ inaudible ] sanctions and [ inaudible ] hosting the next cup next year. >> and what about the general
public, has been there support of the government's decision to request a delay over ebola, or has there been anger about it there? >> reporter: everyone we spoke to during the last month or so, including last weekend when morocco decided not to go with it, said it was a very good decision, and most of the people were happy with morocco's -- or the decision taken by the government not to go with it, because you may know that ebola is really scaring people here. so far we don't have -- we don't have any case, but what people see on their screen and what they read about ebola is really scary, and most of the people say it's better not to take any risk, and that's what was the official line from last month when the political committee at the health ministry said -- or asked the government not to host this competition, and the
minister of health and all of the government people were saying it's better not to take any risks, and i think it went down very well with the general public here in morocco. >> and morocco have very ambitious football dreams, they will be hosting the world cup in just a few week's time. will this be viewed as a major seth back for them? >> well, here it will make a very big difference in the composition, actually. morocco organized the same competition last year [ inaudible ] and at the time there was not ebola, and no problem, and what made this competition we're watching is moroccans see casablanca as a rich [ inaudible ] and play against munich, and this year we are expecting bigger names, namely real madrid, and people
are looking forward to this competition. of course though moroccans are very big fans of football, but this ebola thing just made the whole thing scary, and i don't think when you talk to the general public they will be missing this competition because of the risks that it has. >> okay. an independent journalist in morocco. thanks very much for speaking to us. roger federer has made it through to sound 2 at the finals. the six-time winner followed up his win in his first group b match with another convincing win. federer taking it in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. he did qualify for the semifinals if he wins in a late game in london. lee wang has been suspended for doping. he is alleged to have taken a
banned antiinflammatory in august. he could face a ban and be stripped of his silver medal if found guilty. lee has denied taking drugs to gain an advantage. the finalist has been banned, after being accused of fiddling with results to reach the winter olympics. the results gave may enough points to reach the games at the last minute. but at least one of the competitors listed had never taken part, and another who fell was given second place. may completed in the winter olympics giant slol lam but came in last. the english-based team has
made a bid to make it back on the grid in abu dhabi. lee wellings reports. ♪ >> reporter: the image of formula 1 is fast cars, glamour and plenty of money, but this team is dealing with the reality for teams in the back of the group. in such financial trouble they couldn't take part in the penultimate race. so they asked fan to raise money. it's embarrassing for the sport. the boss faces criticism, but he is scathing about the survival plan. saying: i know bernie has given his views regarding crowd funding,
but i think there might be some misunderstanding. this isn't crowd funding for san. this is really one stepping-stone, one bit of assistance to a team in order to raise money one time. >> reporter: the team has bought this outfit rescuing some of the cars, technology and staff who have new jobs? his operation. he thinks crowd funding can play a part in saving others. >> and the reason the administrators are doing is if the team can compete there is an opportunity for someone to buy that team as a going concern and help take the team on in to the future. >> reporter: can you see someone doing that? >> i could see someone coming in and doing this simply because there has been a little bit of time now. >> reporter: the corridor heading west out of london is home to most formula 1 teams,
but has become a corridor of uncertainty. earlier this month another team folded. and now they are relying on the goodwill of formula 1 fans to see them through to the end of the season. and people are donating money with not much more than a bit of memorabilia in return. with a point to prove to the sports bosses. lee wellings, al jazeera, england. well, there's plenty more sport on our website, just recapping our top story, morocco have been stripped and will be banned from the 2015 africa cup of nations. there are also details there on how to get in touch with our team using twitter. that address aljazeera.com/sport. and we'll have some news for you later on about when that decision will be made about the hosts. >> thank you very much. that is it for us on al jazeera,
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