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we'll see you next time. and welcome to the news hour. i'm martine dennis in doha, and these are our top stories. talks with colombian farc rebels are suspended after the kidnapping of a top army general. life after isil an exclusive report of an iraqi town retaken by government troops. protesting kenya after a woman is attacked at a bus stop. for wearing a mini skirt.
>> the canadian oil pipeline here could damage the environment. >> first, a large-scale search and rescue operation is underway in colombia for an army general who went missing in the northern province on sunday. the colombian president has afused farc of kidnapping him and has suspended peace talks with the rebel group. we have the latest. >> the war between the colombian government and the farc rebels is one of the longest conflicts in the world. peace negotiations announced by colombian president santos in 2012 promised the chance of peace. but two years later there is no agreement, and now the kidnapping of an army general has led to the government
suspending the talks all together. the general walked into farc-controlled territory wearing civilian clothing. >> unless they release the general the peace process is going to be suspended. so we need to look now at the response from farc. >> peace has alluded colombia since 1974 when the spark of marxism and created farc. peace negotiations failed after an agreement to demilitarize large areas of the country allowed farc to grow stronger and increase the drug trafficking that fuels its operations. through the years many have been captured and killed and farc ranks have been deplete by half. the recent negotiations between the government and farc began in oslo, norway tw, two years ago.
from there they move to cuba where they talk of landownership, the rights of victims, drug trafficking and reintegration into society. but one of the main challenges has been the negotiations taking place while the conflict continues. the kidnapping of the general gives fresh ammunition to those who have been staunchly opposed to the peace process from the very beginning arguing that you can't negotiate with terrorist, and it makes it more difficult for president santos to make any kind of concession to the rebels if and when these peace talks are able to get back on track. it is much too soon to gauge how much of an assess back to peace this latest incident will mean in a country that has already withstood war for too long. al jazeera. santiago. >> israeli police have ruled there is no evidence of foul play after a palestinian bus driver was found hanged on sunday night. there has been tension in
jerusalem over the death because his family believes he was murdered. we go to stephanie decker, who is in west jerusalem. the autopsy was carried out by the israeli police, not by an independent coroner. >> we're in the occupied west bank. that's the cemetery right behind me, and the grave lies empty, waiting for him. we're expecting the body to arrive here at any time here. as you said, the autopsy has been completed. the police saying there was no evidence of foul play. we have heard a statement from the foreign ministry where they say they're blaming israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu for inciting hatred, and they say he was assassinated and murdered. we have two different narratives here. it is not a clear narrative.
people here do not believe in a no foul play was involved 37 they believe he was murdered. >> what gives them cause to believe that there was foul play? >> well, when you speak to people here, we spoke to his wife, friends and family. they say he was very much a loved man. he did not differentiate between jews and palestinians. he was not political. he had no such agenda. he went to work. he worked hard for his families. he had no problems and no enemies. we need to put this in the wider context of what's happening here over the last few months. tensions between the two sides, israelis and palestinians. people taking matters in their own hands, going back to the summer of the killing of a young boy who was burned alive by israeli settlers in response t to settlers being ki.
they don't believe that foul play was involved in that. they believe there was tension. there have been skirmishes today. nothing huge, but of course it's a volatile situation. people could spark it and people are angry at what they believe is him being murdered by vails. >> give us a little more detail about the conditions under which he was found. we know he was found hanged inside his own bus. is that right? >> that's right. he was going to work, and he didn't really show up, so his colleague--well, he did show up for work but he did not get off his bus. his colleagues found him hanged inside his bus. there are pictures circulating of pictures of his hanging. there is a thin mark around his
neck. some people believe that was a wire that was used for him to be hung. there is light bruising and it's difficult, there are rumors circulating about these picture pictures. thcoroner said that there are no evidence of foul . but people say there seems to be bruising on the body. there was a palestinian doctor president. we have not heard from him. his phone is off. it's an unusual circumstance. when these sort of revenge killings have happened, they haven't really taken on this dynamic of finding a man hung in a bus. people are requesting this. it's a very complicated picture but certainly one that does have the dynamic and reaction on the ground for sure. >> for now, stephanie dekker in the occupied west bank. now the u.s.' coalition forces have conducted 11
airstrikes against isil fight necessary syria since friday, and 20 other strikes in iraq. now most of the strikes in syria were centered on the border town of kobane. that's where kurdish media found dozens of isil fighters including several commanders were killed on sunday. the islamic state in iraq and the levant have been trying to capture kobane for two months. >> now iraqi forces have managed to push isil out. that's a small town just south of kirkuk. but the intense fighting r recaptured the territory and left it devastated. we have this exclusive report. >> she has nowhere to go and nowhere to stay. when isil fighters took the town in june they shelled indiscriminately destroying her house. the men in her family tried to fight back but without back up they were overrun.
>> isil attacked us in the early hours of the morning. they looked for those who were visiting. when my husband and two sons ran out of ammunition, they stormed the house and executed them. they managed to escape. after two days i got out with my grandchildren only to see that our house was burned down and isil had taken our car and electricity generator. >> she has become too upset to talk but her husband tells u her cousin t whats happened next. >> we have lost 22 men from our family. we have been displaced for more than three months. our family has been scattered. some to the north of iraq, others to the south. the rest just outside of kirkuk. after the village was liberated some of us came back but only to see the devastation of what used to be a peace suburb. >> reporter: she now has three remaining grandchildren living in a bathroom of this bombed out
shell. iraq's army came in to fight isil. more shelling and street battles scar the down. very little thought has been given to what happens next. now the iraqi tactic is to go in to a town, clear of it isil fighters and hold that town but what means for the residents, the few that remain, they live in squalor, and the ones who come back take a look at what is next and wonder what will happen next. >> reporter: graffiti covers the walls here. and while the suburb was there before the war, it was functional. they have no idea when they can rebuild. when they can return home or what help the government will give them. al jazeera, baghdad. >> also in baghdad, two separate car bombings have killed at
least 13 people, a parked car blew up in a market in a shia neighborhood. and another explosion happened in a sunni area. now yemeni tribesmen are trying to defend oil facilities from houthi fighters. the shia houthi stay in marib to keep the al-qaeda from coming, but tribesmen say that is just a smokescreen. houthi rebels forced the government to step down. months have damaged it's already struggling economy. basic services like water and electricity could fail by the end of the year and the u.n. is now warning the country could collapse if a new government is not operational soon. our correspondent has more from the capitol of sanaa. >> reporter: a father of nine
children, he lives in a single room where there is no electricity most of the time. it's winter here and heating is a luxury this family cannot afford. he is among millions of yemeni grappling to overcome adversity. there, there is no job opportunities for people like me. i sell teeth cleaning, but what am i supposed to do. >> yemen is the poorest country in the region. it's government has been weakened by instability and marred by widespread corruption. international aid agency has launched a project to feed 6 million yemenis for two years. >> what we're trying to do with this operation is getting away from just pure relief, just handing out food to people who
need it. what we want to do is build livelihoods and achieve some kind of sustainability so people are more able to help themselves. >> but sustainability remains elusive in a country best known for violence and instability. in this refugee camp thousands live on donations. most of them have lost hope in starting their lives again. >> i left my village seven years ago. there was war. my house was destroyed. the government gave me nothing. there is no road, electricity. >> they are constantly worried about the future of his family. his only hope is a new yemen that offers his children chances for a decent life. yemen will continue to rely on
international aid to feed it's impoverished population. it's only hope is a government that restores stability and improves the living conditions of millions of people who feel betrayed and abandoned by their political leaders. >> we've got a lot more to come on the news hour including the low-tech answer that is saving the lives of premature babies in senegal. and an arena full of supporters, but not everyone is ready to endorse the indian prime minister in australia. >> we look at the future of squash following an historic merger. >> now to burkina faso where the foreign minister has been
nominated as the foreign minister. his name is michel kafando, the africa union has given the country two weeks to re-establish civilian rule or face sanctions. we go now to the capitol and speak to our correspondent. what more do we know about this man? former foreign minister, how politically active has he been? >> well, he has been behind the scenes, and a lot of people we have spoken to say perhaps he is the right person for the job. people are relieved and plenty surprised that the army has agreed to sit down. they're watching the interim leader very closely. the priority of jobs, infrastructure, education for their kids and hospitals for their family. they want to know if he'll be for the poor or politicians. if he'll be swayed by either of these groups. on the whole people are saying
give him a chance and let's see what plans he has for the country and we'll look forward to the future. >> he has to be rubber stamped, as it were, by the highest court of the land, and he's only in power for this transitional period, which as i understand it is just for a year. >> exactly. that is true. there is a meeting happening right now where the rubber stamping will take place, and then on friday he'll be sworn in officially as the interim president. in that time there are planned elections, which will be held in november. he has to appoint a prime minister. we're told that will happen on wednesday. the prime minister can be either a civilian or soldier. some say they wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be someone from the army. some analysts are saying they're speculating that the prime minister could be a soldier and
perhaps the prime minister could be lt. col. zida put but we'll only know wednesday. >> michel kafondo can't stand in those elections when they're held within a year's time. >> exactly. that's why opposition parties were keen to put him at the front face. they say he has no political ambitions. he just wants to hold the country together, manage things and move forward. we'll see if he'll fight for that position but at the moment he plans to stay. that is key for people in government. we're told that he cannot participate in next year's election. people hope that he sticks to that word and they do the best they can for the country, take the country forward and hold elections on schedule and some how handle the army.
the concern is what is the plan of the army. if the army is made prime minister, what is the concern on the way forward. some say they want a civilian. they don't want the military to rule. but the army is very much involved. what are its intentions going into the future. >> thank you very much. liv >> now to kenya where a public stripping of a woman wearing a mini skirt there are protests in support of women's rights. we go to the capitol nairobi. >> they take their frustrations to the streets. women wearing short clothes and wearing blac placards. this protest was triggered by the stripping of a woman last week by men who say she was dressed offensively. two more women are said to have
been undressed in public by rowdy men. the women march at the bus station, the one where the incident happened. the police are under pressure to make arrest, but the woman who was assaulted has not filed a support, and those investigating don't have much going with. >> she's emotionally traumatized right now. she went through a lot of humiliation. we're trying to bring her out, supporting her. >> the debate of how an african woman should dress has taken center stage. scores of men have taken to the street also, they say that women must not dress provocatively. at some point the two groups meet and engage in a shouting match each trying to get their different points across. >> there is a stand off now
saying that women must dress differently. on the other side women have the right to dress however they want and must be respected. even away from the streets the debate is intense. this blogger has started an online campaign. he said that women should know that freedom have limitations. >> until this society matures enough the argument for infinite freedoms are not there. >> his argument is popular are many men. we can't allow women to dress how they want. it's what gets them raped, this man says. opinion of how a woman should dress may be divided, but many agree there is no justification to publicly undress anyone for what they decide to wear. >> now every year 15 million babies are born premature, but
in senegal a simple method inspired by kangaroos no less, is saving many of them. >> two days old, barely a kilo each, these twin girls were born too early. >> we haven't given them names yet. i love them so much, i hope they make it through. >> because their bodies are not fully developed they have problems breathing and eating. pre-term births is the major reason for death. they believe carrying babies like this can drastically increase their chances of rival. >> a national incubator inspir
ed by nature. kangaroos are known to carry their babies in their front pocket to insure growth. >> invented by a south american doctor in colombia. he wanted to free up incubators so he encouraged mothers to give their babies tight and give them breast milk exclusively. skin to skin carrying of babies is not new in africa. but placing the baby in front is. >> we had to convince team to adopt to the method and families had a lot of questions. we explained how underweight babies need body heat to grow. >> the method was introduced in senegal some 16 years ago. premature babies are three times more likely now to survive. take a look at this latest figure. over a million babies in sub-saharan africa die within
the first four weeks of life. this is a conservative estimate. the u.n. said more pre-term deaths happen at home and are accounted for. the u.n. and aid agencies admit progress is slow. here in senegal there they are now introducing the kangaroo method out of the hospital, in villages where people need this the most. >> several polish diplomats have been expelled from russia for spying. the kremlin order came, the relationship between moscow and the european union have been strained by the fighting in eastern ukraine. cases of bird flu have been identified in europe. one in a chicken farm in the netherlands and another in the u.k. officials say there is little risk of spread to humans but the commercial implications could be very serious.
dutch agricultural inspectors in protective suits move on the farm monday morning. they will destroy all 50,000 chickens on site as a prevention. >> i was born here and in this beautiful area i hope that it will stay clean. intensive farmer with 150,000 chickens should never have been allowed here. >> dutch authorities confirm this is the highly contagious h 5 nh bird flu. it has never been detected in humans, but it can spread quickly among the bird population. it's recent outbreak in south carolina led to the destruction of millions of birds. this european outbreak of bird flu first appeared on a farm in germany. the dutch emposed a ban of poultry products cross the
country, and they nay come up with additional measures to keep it from spreading across europe. >> we think the cause is linked to migratory patterns of wild birds, but that's not certain. in the netherlands they have decided to block poultry products. right now there are signs that no poultry can leave the country. >> a duck farm was closed on monday after a different strain of bird flu was discovered there. british officials have destroyed the 6,000 birds on site but say this is not the most deadly strain of the virus. they have not ruled out a connection between this outbreak and the one in the netherlands. >> different flu strains vary in transmitting. all of them require close contact between birds and people. this particular strain the ris on the public health is y low. >> it could have enormous commercial implications.
>> hello again. these are the headlines. talks in the war in colombia has been suspended after a top army commander was kidnapped. a search and rescue operation is underway for the general. israeli forensics say that there is no evidence of foul play after a palestinian bus driver was found hanged. but his family says that he was murdered. burkina faso's foreign minister has been nominated as interim
president. michel kafando will be approved by the country's highest court. saudi arabia, bahrain and the unite the arab emirates withdrew their diplomats in march and said that doha was interviewing in their internal affairs and they were critical of the support of the muslim brotherhood movement. we talk with the editor in chief of the arab newspaper. can you explain to us a little bit more about what the resist is or was, at least, between qatar and it's gulf neighbors? >> actually the beginning of the rift, qatar is supporting the arab spring. so some issues has raised up that qatar is supporting muslim
brotherhood, which would lead to-- >> is that true? >> qatar is dealing with all parties. muslim brotherhood, liberals, nationalists, qatar is open to everyone, they are always pushing for zero problem with all countries, besides us, on outside on the international community, besides having open with everyone. >> so clearly something has changed. the mediation under taken by the emir of kuwait, what exactly has qatar agreed to that has allowed for the ambassadors to return.
>> they have played on a role to say that the ggc, a very important organization for the people of arab gulf, when you look to the region it's instable, we should not get into such conflicts on different opinions besides the wisdom of king abdullah, the king of saudi arabia, has also played a role, and i think now that everyone has foreign policy. >> has qatar agreed to withdraw its support for the muslim brotherhood movement? >> qatar is not supporting them by the meaning of support, but qatar does not launch a war against muslim brotherhood, or any other parties. that's why qatar is playing a good mediator role like what it did in afghanistan about freeing
the american soldier. if qatar has a problem on this party on the islamist movement, it cannot play a role to have peace in our region. >> i was just thinking that qatar is playing a very active role internationally in recent times. obviously with that more active role comes a lot of danger. you can lose a lot of friends. is qatar prepared to lose a lot of friends because of its active role. >> qatar is making friends. it is not making enemies. that's why it is playing a good mediating role. qatar has said that it will continue the most important role, which is mediation to have
our region very stable. >> thank you very much, indeed. thanks for talking to us. >> now to libya where four people are dead and ten injured as militias battle with fighters of the recognized government. >> reporter: the battle over the future of libya has left bengahzi a war-stricken city. that's the assessment of omar al hasi, he has declared himself the prime minister of the government based in tripoli. fighters loyal to his conservative militia control libya's second-largest city. but forces affiliated with the elected government continue their mission to reclaim bengahzi. the fighting has continued for months and turned the city into a war zone. on sunday al hasi pleaded for international assistance to help people struggling to survive.
>> we can't salvage the city. to put an end to the raging war around the city. >> the u.n. mission in libya had been looking for a way to find political consensus option the rival factions. but earlier this month, the ruling scuttled any progress. judges ruled that the elected parliament forced into exile should be dissolved. battered residents are demanding fighters put down their weapons. but with both sides well armed and no talk of negotiating it appears the cycle of violence won't end any time soon. natasha, al jazeera. >> egypt state news agency said that the government decided to expand the buffer zone.
hundreds of homes were already being demolished as authorities tried to stop the smuggling of armed fighters and their weapons from neighboring gaza. the security zone will now be doubled to a kilometer. al jazeera continues to demand the release of our three journalist who is have now been in jill in egypt for 324 days. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste are wrongly accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they're appealing against their convictions. mohammed and peter were each sense sentenced to seves in jail. bader got an extra three years because of a spent bullet in his possession. narendra modi is in australia. andrew thomas reports. >> reporter: for organizers of a
much-hyped political rally supplied, the night before, was a chance to celebrate what was to come. this prevent was held in harris park. sidney's little india. more than half the number of people living in the suburb in the west of the city were born in india, and these had tickets to the hottest show in town. >> he is a hope for india. he is a hope for people who expect a non-corrupt, new india. >> reporter: but not every indian in australia is enthusiastic about modi. this man thinks that modi's party excludes those who are not hindu. >> he should be fair with everybody, not just hindu.
he should treat everybody the same. >> reporter: on monday he took part in a small protest. they say that the india's new prime minister has big questions to answer after murders in 2002, and that he has shown little inclination to investigate the past killing of sikhs. but the protesters were heavily outnumbered by the fans. more than 16,000 look to get seats inside to see 9 first indian prime minister to visit australia in 28 years. >> this venue is for sport and music events. the fact that narendra modi managed to pack this place out is a sign of the political superstar he has become. >> people love him. people love him. i love him. >> inside the stadium modi
received a rapturous welcome and gave a speech about a cleaner, fairer india. from australia he said he would take a lesson home. >> here in australia they talk to a doctor the same way they talk to a trader. >> modi will speak at australia's parliament on tuesday. he'll be welcome there, but he did not quite expect this. andrew thomas, al jazeera, sydney. >> they're also saying in australia following up from the g-20 summit is china's president xi jinping signed a big trade deal. they are hoping that the trade in markets will help competitors. under the deal australian deals
will be exempt from tarifs. >> china stands ready to pursue common development and prosperity with all other countries. china will continue to follow a win-win strategy to promote cooperation, development an open economy and strengthen and expand all around with other countries. china will never develop self at expense of others. >> meanwhile back in shanghai that city has taken another step towards becoming a major financial center. not just in china but worldwide. the china stock exchange will act as a gateway for international investors. from hong kong rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: counting down to the launch with simultaneous ceremonies in hong kong and shanghai. it means billions of dollars of cross-border investments can be traded in both directions every day.
moving south wards offshore investments from china's growing population of investors. >> as long as chinese citizens accumulating their wealth want to invest in offshore investments to increase their prosperity, the volume will be there. i have no concern at all. >> in the opposite direction funds from international investors largely denied access to china before, and which china needs to help restructure its economy. >> china will have an opportunity to raise more funding in the future in asian market. >> the event is seen as a victory for hong kong's embattled leaders. fighting a political crisis. while the occupied movement in the city streets is demanding greater political freedom the authorities and business communities in hong kong and china seem to be formerrer ever
closer economic ties. >> the significant bodies of government need to work together. for something like this to actually work does require a lot of collaboration, a lot of group think. >> some estimates say the foreign estimate in mainland chinese shares is set to double in 2020, and the shanghai-hong kong connection will play an part in that. hong kong still plays a key role in the china's growth story. from al jazeera, hong kong. >> environmentalists in canada are warning of the dangers of the catastrophic oil spill in a major city, and they're alarmed at using a pipeline that is decades old. from toronto, we have the story. >> reporter: under canada's biggest city crude oil from the west of the country will soon
run through a pipeline built 38 years ago to carry lighter oils from over se overseas. it will flow through neighborhoods parks and through this elementary school. [ children singing ] >> reporter: earlier this year students and teachers made a youtube video called "look at what comes down the line." about the pipeline that runs down their playground. >> many have never concerned the sign that notes there is a high pressure pipeline there. >> it is a crucial link between canada's oil-producing regions and international markets. it's route remains troubling to many. those who feel that change in the line nine pipeline could lead to a damaging spill do have evidence for their fears. it's in the neighboring state of michigan, in the united states, and it happened in 2010. >> these are all bumper trucks.
>> they're pumping the crude out of the river into holding tanks. >> reporter: heather said she'll never forget that frightening july day when heavy crude oozed into the kalamazoo river from a raptured pipeline nearby. >> i was fearful for myself. i was fearful for my animals, and we didn't have the answers. apparently the pipeline had leaked for several hours at that point, but we were not aware of it. >> reporter: it was the biggest inland oil spill ever in the usa, and the pipeline owner enbribge organized a massive clean up. it cost billions of dollars and took four years. the company said valuable lessons were learned. >> we wanted to make sure that when the project was complete and we were done that the river would be in as good of shape or better than it was before, and also we can assure people that we are taking again those steps to not allow this to happen
again. >> a country so dependent on oil exports can ill afford to oppose all means of accessing world markets but canadians want to be assured that what flows beneath their communities will stay in the pipelines and not poison the waters. al jazeera, toronto. >> still to come we'll have all the sports from farrah, including the football match that has players running for cover.
money for the west africa ebola crisis. one is to the tune "do they know it's christmas." ♪ do they know it's christmastime at all" >> it was released on monday and raised millions of dollars. the original version was recorded three decades ago. the other song gaining traction is an african produced one. [music] >> rather than raising money, this song is also trying to stop the spread of the virus from the source. the lyrics tell you how to recognize symptoms and what to do to keep yourself safe. a lot of advice there. now we have coproducer and
cowriter of the long. >> we understand that the main problem is the contagiou contagiousne the disease and how to c it.n the only way to contain it is to change the behaviors associated with the ebola. it has to do with hygiene, behavior more importantly it's the treatment of the dead bodies, touching sick people, and so forth. the idea is to convey a message of prevention. it's like sending a fireman to put out a fire. you can send many firemen to put out a fire, but if you don't address the fire itself or the cause of the fire, the fire will continue to grow. we're looking to raise some funds for one of the organizations that came to the ground first. but the main aim of the song is to change the behavior created with ebola. raising of the funds we would be very thankful for the public who want to contribute and who want
to buy the song, however, what we really need and what we really want is the song to be played on radio, local radio stations across africa, across west africa, online, youtube, and facebook. really the aim is that the message goes across and we help change behaviors associated with the transition of the disease. >> time for sports news. here is farrah. >> martine, thank you so much. police have arrested 16 croatia fans for throwing fireworks. the game was stopped after flares were thrown out on the pitch. the players were taken off the pitch as the police restored order. >> i was afraid that the match would not continue. i saw the referee was very
convinced after the last suspension. it was quite clear that if the croatian fans would launch other fireworks the referees would probably suspend the match. it was right to resume the match because it would have been an end to a show of two squads pursuing victory. >> the 68-year-old netherlands coach said that he would quit if his team lost. after three losses and four games the world cup semi-finalist they were 6-0. they opened up two goals a piece. bad news for manchester united fans. their midfielder picked up a serious knee injury. >> i'm not a doctor, but probably tomorrow he'll have an
mir, a checkup. i think maybe his medial ligament is twisted. >> the czech republic is taking control of group a after the czech's fourth straight win. and it was iceland's first loss, so they're still in good position. israel had gone top in group b after a big win over bosnia. wales picked up an important result against belgium. drug agents conducted a surprise inspection as part of an ongoing investigation of drug use in the league. they carried out inspections on the medical staff of three teams on sunday. it comes after a lawsuit was filed by former nfl players that claim teams mishandled precipitation drugs to keep players in action. the league said it is cooperating with the probe. no arrests have been made. >> the nfl intentionally
overdrugged their players to get them out on the field when they were hurt and shouldn't be playing. and they used drugs to mask the pain. they hid severe injuries from players in order to get them on the field, and they put profits before players. >> the l.a. lakers poor run o continue as they close to th. despite kobe bryant's best efforts, golden state cruised to 136-115 win. the lakers are off to a franchise worst start with nine losses. now squash has not given up hope of one day becoming an olympic sport. last year they were turned down for a third successive games. they look at what holds for this
future sport. >> the championship is the sport's pinnacle, but they wanted it to be the olympics. last year squash missed out being included on the program in the 2020 games but there could be a glimmer of hope. >> i think they're keen to put their mark on it, so he's looking at maybe a refresh, a possible refresh to the program, and who knows what that might entail. >> last month the men and wome women's squash federation agreed to merge. that means in january for the first time ever the sport will be run by one governing body. the professional squash association. one of the first aims is to equal the prize money for men and women. last year matthew earned $26,000 more for winning on the men's world title than the women's champion laura masaro. >> i personally support and
voted for it. we don't want to lose prize money in search of equal prize money. it's only equal if the winners can go proportionately and meet the men where it currently is rather than us coming down to meet them halfway. that's not where we want to go. >> along with one governors body the professional squash association believes their strife for television production will help their bid for inclusion. they watched matthew win commonwealth games in glasgow. >> we'll continue to invest in that, in the tv product. put a lot of advancements into the tv product. it's getting better and better every month, really. >> the psa's also concentrating on the united states with now over 1 million americans playing the sport. >> in terms of numbers, the states has really grown in terms of squash as well, and they're waiting for someone to make that
break through to help the game grow outside of the college in junior scene they need to take it forward. >> even if the 2020 program does not change, squash again will bid for the 2004 games as they continue to rally for olympic inclusion. richard park, al jazeera, doha. >> that's all your sport for now. now back to youer martin to you, martine. >> we have news coming out of algeria, the government has requested an extension of the state of emergency for flee northern states. of course, we'll bring you much more on that extension to the state of the emergency. in the meantime let's have a look at this. you need to know how much an old felt hat could be worth. apparently it's millions. that is if the man who wore it once conquered europe.
napoleon. >> in a popan bonaparte was one of the greatest leaders in history. he conquered much of europe and he did so wearing one of these, his famous hat. it was sold today outside of paris to a sout south korean collector, for $2.2 million. the black felt is a little weathered by age and use, but no one has worn the house since napoleon's calvary received it as a gift. >> we know there are very few of the hats left, approximately 120 of them. today we can document 19 of them, and 17 of those are in museums, so this is unique. it's completely symbolic. >> it's part of ann a napoleon
collection. they wanted to make sure that the items did not stay behind locked doors. >> he understand that his enemies because of the silhouette of this hat, which was the only hat to be worn at that time. he wore the hat different and he was unique to have this look. >> the collection contains dozens of treasures owned by napoleon. many were ceremonial or gifts. others like the hat were saved from the heat of battle. the sale will make millions for the family, and it proves the lasting. fascination around the world for france's controversial ememper ememperor. >> we have much more coming up,
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