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awareness. >> thank you so much. >> thank you, thank you. >> thank you for talking to al jazeera. great to meet you. thank you. >> thank you. >> welcome to the news hour live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minute, going it alone houthis and yemen form their own government after failing to reach a deal with rival factions. >> the leaders of france and germany meet in russia to push for a new peace plan in ukraine. >> thousands pack jordan's
streets to support the king's fight against isil. >> the transasia fight that crashed into the river in taipei experienced engine problems. >> in yemen houthi leaders announced the formation of a council to run the country. the rebel fighters have reportedly closed streets in the yemeni capitol. they had given a wednesday deadline to negotiate a way forward with the rival parties. let's go to aden. >> essentially they've tried to constitutionalize their military takeover of the country by announcing the new rules the
new rulers, rather have this country, they said they were forming their own parliamentary council of just over .500 individuals. they've tried to seem a bit conciliatory in that, saying that members of the former parliaments would be welcome to join it. that former parliament was prevented by the houthi fighters from meeting in the capitol and therefore many of them do not recognize the houthi's takeover and say it amount to say a coup. they said that that parliament is going to elect five member presidential council the executive wing essentially that would run the country. again, in an attempt to throw some diversity in. they failed to get any of the other political parties like the socialists or islamists or the nationalists to join them in this takeover of the country and therefore they've only been left with remnants of the former
regime and party of the ousted president to make this announcement. they did say that the constitution as stands now will continue however, they would draft a new constitution in order to take yemen forward into the realms of other country that is enjoy freedom and democracy as the person speaking on t.v. said so very momentous indeed, however shows how divided and precarious the situation is. >> extraordinarily developments, of course. let's talk to our reporter in yemen. in a nutshell, the houthis have taken over. >> absolutely, they have. today is the incarnation of the spectacular rise of the who thies. they are announcing a pardon mement who will run the government a new parliament, they will monitor the army, security forces, they are basically going to be the one who calls the final shots in
yemen. >> they have the support of the former ousted president? >> he has become an ally. yesterday, he was their enemy number one, he was the one who launched massive military operations against the houthis where hundreds of houthis were killed 2004-2011 but now they are allies, forming this jointly initiative to move forward but he is a shia and going to be seen as a shia take over of the country, exacerbating the sectarian divide in the country. you will see in the coming days north yemen controlled by the houthis and there is absolutely no way they can control it. >> how can they maintain this group on power? i know that the country is awash with weapons you've got talk of iran supporting the mooties but saudi arabia going to be against this move, so you how that is
going to play out? >> you know, historically speaking yemen has always had to ask for financial aid from saudi arabia to be able to pay for the salaries of its employees. now, saudi arabia is definitely not going to pay for that. they will spend financial aid for a government run by a group that they considered last year a terrorist organization, so the only option now is to ask for support from iran. i don't know whether iran will be able to commit that significant financial support when it's facing a problem with the price of oil going down to less than 50. this is problem number one. second problem is countries will reject this government. the united nations i know from sources, they've talking with the houthis today asking them to deliver announcement and to try to seek a moreover inclusive
government that represents all the political factions in yemen. >> what are they going to do? >> the united nation made it quite clear to them that this no announcement is going to be considered as a coup by the international community and that the beyond the nations still considers the president as the legitimate president of yemen. they are not going to recognize this new authority established. >> does it matter to them? >> well, but then again tomorrow what are they going to do? they will feel confident in the areas they control. they will struggle to find some sort of international legitimacy which they are not going to have and they will struggle to reach out to the sunnis. in the coming hours, you will see sunnis stepping in saying in the south, we are breaking from the north. we have nothing told now with the north. we know now that the north is in control of shia, south in control of the sunnis. i think it's bad news for the
houthis. i mean, seeing a country on the brink of collapse, this situation is very bad news for the houthis because tomorrow they will be held accountable for this situation. it's a very dramatic event. >> thanks for talking us through that. the houthi's takeover of yemen. >> let's go to the crisis in ukraine now. angela merkel and president hollande are meeting the russian president putin in moscow. the german chancellor and president are presenting a new peace plan, coming a day after merkel and hollande met the ukraine president poroshenko in kiev. world leaders will discuss boosting security and financial aid to ukraine as well as tightening economic sanctions on
russia. let's go live to moscow. not sure at this stage what's on the table. what are they going to talk about that makes up this peace plan? >> well, the latest news is that merkel has just arrived in russia her plane touched down very recently. we're expecting hollande's to follow swiftly after. they will be straight into moscow for a meeting with vladimir putin. vladimir putin has his own plan, we know because john kerry said as much in the last couple of days saying it was vladimir putin's suggestions of a potential deal to merkel and hollande that have brought them to moscow in the first place. they've looked at his proposals and come up with a counter solution and that is what they are bringing here. what that is, we don't know yet the details have been kept very, very quiet. all that we know really is that
it is supposed to respect ukraine's territorial integrity but there are various issues that it is going to have to tackle. little going to have to tackle the line of demarcation, where is that line, because the separatists have taken a lot of ground since the minsk peace agreement was signed in september of last year. it's also going to have to deal with the border between ukraine and russia and find some way of securing that, and of course, it's going to have to look at the issue of self examination independence, whatever you want to call it, the separatists themselves are in eastern ukraine, how much independence, how much freedom are they given from the decision making in kiev this is going to be very difficult and merkel indicated she is not entirely helpful this is going to achieve anything significant. >> let's leave it there the sound is not great and my apologies for that. i was going to ask you about trust issues and this probably highlights just that.
the u.s. president joe biden said the united states and europe must stand together over the issue in ukraine. >> ukraine are fighting for their survival right now. russia continues to escalate the conflict by sends mercenaries and tanks. >> while the diplomatic efforts to resolve the cries in ukraine enter key phase fighting rages on. hundreds of thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes. charles stratford reports and a warning that you may find some of the images disturbing. >> tatiana and her children are lucky to be alive. as the shells exploded around their home near the town of debaltseve volunteers drove them to safety. >> when we were evacuated the rockets started raining down on us. the volunteers told us to get
down and cover our children's head. i took the risk because i had to save my children. >> tatiana and three of her four children are staying at a shelter set up by volunteers. her ex-husband and eldest daughter are still hiding in a basement in their besieged hometown. there are 50 others here who have fled the violence. the makeshift dormitories are cramped, the air stale because the children get cold if the windows are open in winter i'm scared. i feel lost. it's hard, but there is no way we can go back home. >> it's estimated that more than 900,000 people like tatiana and her family have been forced to flee. as the fighting gets worse the number of civilians killed or wounded in this conflict increases by the day. there's been a sharp escalation in fighting over recent weeks while both the ukraine government and separatists blame each other for repeated failures in truce talks.
ukraineian military pour in more troops through the front line. russia continues to deny supplying the separatists with soldiers or weapons. just as in separatists-controlled towns hospitals are full of wounded soldiers and civilians. none of these people could ever have predicted the violence they have been subjected to. tatiana is operating her he would effort daughter will make to it safety and join them soon. >> let's bring in charles stratford following events from donetsk in eastern you a crane. charles, what is the latest in donetsk? >> >> we heard a statement from one of the separatists spokesman here who has not complete discredited this latest round of
trying to get a truce back here in this region. he's going to talk about leading some constructive, but in the same breath referred to the ming ask talks back in september. we heard from the separatists blaming ukraine for a breakdown in that agreement and vice verse, the ukraineens blaming the separatistses, as well. on the streets of donetsk today certainly up until the last couple of hours we've had
sporadic shelling heard around the city. we spoke to rebel fighters, as well for reaction as to what they thought of this new peace effort basically discredited it immediately, very little trust in what they say is a ukrainian government that is siding with the west. we spoke to people here, large food handouts, this is a daily occurrence now in donetsk people queuing up, mainly the elderly and infirm. they haven't received pension checks in months. it is the civilians suffering most in this conflict. we went to the morgue here and spoke to the head of that morgue. he said since the beginning of this year, they've received 500 bodies and according to him 70% of those were civilians. the four civilians were received by the morgue in the last 24 hours. >> this ceasefire that we're
hearing about in debaltseve, what happened there? >> it is on the other side of the front line in ukrainian-arm controlled territory. rebels have claimed that they have completely surrounded it. there was a ceasefire called this morning a corridor. that ceasefire ended just a few moments ago. a few dozen buses went in to try to get some of those wounded civilians out. they were hoping to pull out around 1,000 people, who would be given the choice as to whether to come into donetsk or the d.p.r. or ukraine. we were in debaltseve a couple of days ago without a humanitarian ceasefire and the situation there was drastic and continuous shelling, very pew people on the streets people hungered down in basements
desperate and terrifying situation for them. just how many people have been pulled from the city remains to be seen. >> thank you for that, charles stratford. >> much more to come in this news hour. renewed concern over west africa's ebola outbreak. >> to the indian capitol where a state election in the new delhi region could have national implications. >> africa's cust of nations host equatorial guinea and crowd violence mar add semifinal match. >> thousands of jordanians rallied to show support for the family of muath al-kaseasbeh and the government. isil burned jordanian air force pilot muath al-kaseasbeh to death earlier this week. they took him hostage in
december. demonstrators support king abdullah's military campaign against the armed group. we have more from amman. >> thousands of jordanians have participated in this protest in downtown amman in support of the government and king abdullah and the army. they are right now chanting in support of the king. they say that the best thing that happened out of the tragic death of muath al-kaseasbeh is that it has united people together. the jordanians are now speaking with one voice they say that before there were people who didn't agree with the government's role in the international coalition against isil and now they do. people also had doubts and were wondering why jordan was participating in the coalition. now they have their answer. they say they want revenge and they want to it come soon, because they feel that the killing of muath al-kaseasbeh and the manager in which he was murdered has hurt and touched every single jordanian in every
single home. now, the jordanian army has also said that tens of its own fighter jets and outside the framework of the international coalition against isil has shelled isil targets on thursday. the army said all the targets that were shelled were destroyed, including weapons storage facilities as well as training camps. the army said that this is just the beginning and that they will make isil pay for every hair on muath al-kaseasbeh's body. what we're going to expect next is a very active and pronounced role for jordan in the international coalition against isil and it's now even talking about supporting troops fighting isis on the ground, such as the kurdish peshmerga forces, the iraqi army and the moderate syrian opposition, which jordan had been reluctant to assist in
the past. >> the united states has confirmed that it has repositioned what it calls personnel recovery assets in northern iraq. the move is set to ensure speedy recovery of coalition pilots who might crash in isil territory. jordan has vowed to win the fight against the armed group saying this is a war the world cannot afford to lose. to talk more from london is the director of international security studies at the royal united services institutes and just returned from jordan. welcome, thank you for talking to us. what is the conversation in jordan from a security point of view as far as isil is concerned? >> there's been some question about isis as a threat to jordan. i think that until now i think the threat was one that was perceived as being sort of far away and across the border and there was great concern about the stability in syria. because you didn't have that heavy isis presence along the
border region with jordan and syria seemed a more distant threat. i think the downing of this fighter jet and then the brutal murder of this pilot has truly brought the whole conflict home and highlighted how much a horrendous threat isis is. the other side of the group that have been of some concern within jordan was the fact that you have had some jordanians who have gone to participate in the fighting in syria and iraq and some of them are fighting alongside groups like isis, so there had been some level of concern about that. a lot of this was seen as being slightly removed and jordan hadn't been that closely impacted by the fighting so far so until this brutal murder resonated and brought it home. >> if jordan strikes hard against isil, might that have repercussions within the country, considering what you just said about those radicalized few there? >> well, i mean it could do, and
i think that's clearly something to -- that's something that's a priority concern for jordanian authorities. one of the earliest plots we can see that emanating from the foreign fighters that we have seen going globally back into syrian iraq was in jordan in 2011, they disrupted nine or 10 people involved in the fight go there planning to do some sort of an attack. it's something they've had an alert or awareness of for sometime but hasn't resonated at home yet. i think attacks in jordan is a distant possibility but certainly something people are worried about. >> this has resist resuscitated the discussion of getting boots on the ground. >> i think it would be surprising to see a heavy military presence on the ground. the military hasn't got a huge amount of experience as doing
these sorts of things. you wonder what the value add would be. it's possible they might try to as your reporter mentioned a case of them trying to offer support for peshmerga forces in training or weapons. i think in terms of boots on the ground forces deployed across the border, i think we're still a little way from that. >> very good, getting your thoughts, thank you very much. >> european union pledged one bulb euro to say syria and iraq in their fight against isil. that was a main talking point during meeting between the iraq prime minister al abadi and german chancellor angela merkel when they met in berlin. there is a call for support from the international community. germany has promised help in com boot troops fighting isil. >> they are prepared to provide all forms of assistance, military intelligence and
security. we'll require a great deal of training for our police and security personnel to gain control of areas lib rated when isil fighters have been forced out. these areas are under the control of security forces, namely the police and that's why we're seeking assistance in terms of training. >> we have more from erbil in northern iraq. >> iraq yet again asking for more help from the international community, in the words of the prime minister al abadi, we are facing a well-trained enemy an enemy developing quality weapons. at the end of the day isil has not been able to take more territory. we've seen the kurds here in the north manage to recapture a number of villages, the iraqi forces backed by shia militias capture a number of areas in the south, but isil controls mosul tikrit cities in anbar. this war cannot be won just
militarily. there needs to be unity in iraq, reconciliation. what we're seeing is new facts being created on the ground and communities still distrust each other. in the south when shia militias recapture territory, the shia population don't return. it's similar in the north. when the kurds push forward villages end up depopulated so iraq's prime minister needs to find a way to bring iraq's communities politicians together and make this a fight for iraq, for the time being it seems each community is fighting for their own territory. >> protestors gathered in the egyptian capitol. this is a scene in sadat in southern cairo. protests are also taking place in east cairo. al jazeera journalists mohamed fahmy and baher mohammed have
enough spent 405 days in prison in egypt accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood charges al jazeera has denied. peter greste arrived home in australia after being released early they are week. mohamed fahmy and baher mohammed are still imprisoned. al jazeera demands their immediate release. >> we'll go behind bars in new york where prisoners are getting a chance to be rehabilitated through a unique program. >> from baghdad to berlin, how a snapshot of iraqi history are trying to break stereo types. >> the dubai tour, in sport.
>> monday. >> we're going to the bottom of the sea. >> deep submergence vehicles. >> three, zero, three, six. >> ocean experts have made some miraculous discoveries. >> octopus everywhere. >> but are the most important discoveries yet to come? >> implications for energy and also for climate change. >> "techknow's" team of experts show you how the miracles of science. >> this is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future? >> can affect and surprise us. >> don't try this at home. >> "techknow", where technology meets humanity. monday, 5:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> welcome back, let's take a quick look at the top stories on al jazeera. the houthis have taken power in yemen in what is seen as a unilateral move, the shia rebel fighters announced the formation of a five member presidential
council to run the government. council will write the countries new constitution in two years. >> thousands of jordanians rallied in amman to show solidarity to the family of muath al-kaseasbeh. the air force pilot was burned to death by isil after taken hostage in december. demonstrators support the government's military campaign against the armed group. >> the leaders of france and germany are in russia to push for a new peace plan to end the conflict in eastern ukraine. the new peace plan on discussion in corps rates proposals from russia. that comes after angela merkel and french president hollande met president putin wednesday. >> one engine appears to have failed before the second engine was manually shut down in a
plane crash in taipei. >> for a third day they searched the waters for the missing from the flight. more bodies were brought to shore. among those found, two young boys, 11 and 12, still strapped into their seats. on the day the cause of the crash started to emerge. investigators announced what the black boxes revealed, engine two malfunctioned, automatically tilting propellor blades to no longer give thrust. >> essentially you're saying the pilots made a decision to shut down the one engine that was industrial providing thrust to the aircraft. is that correct? >> they did discuss reduce the power on number one. right now, we can only stick from the data.
data indicate the engine be cut off, but we do not know why or who did it. >> what is clear is that by the time the plane made its last plunge into the river clipping the taxi and bridge, one engine was spinning uselessly the other not turning at all. a police car park, we're shown the taxi. of all the stories of survival from this crash surely one of the most remarkable. >> it goes without saying just how lucky the driver and his passenger were. large parts of this vehicle look pretty much untouched but at the front this enormous diagonal slice taken out by the wing tip, two lives saved by a fraction of a second. >> another escape, a passenger in the moments after the crash freed fellow passengers from their seats. he'd been sitting in the safer rear out of habit. it makes it easier to get away with more hand luggage. he knew there was a problem as the plane took off. >> it felt unbalanced in the
cabin. i guessed there was something wrong with the engines. the plane seemed to turn around. i told the other passenger to say protect themselves. >> the survivors were the minority. most onboard are now mourned including the flight crew, who's decision-making is now at the heart of this investigation. taiwan's vice president hailed them for their heroics in missing apartment buildings saving lives with the last seconds of their own. al jazeera taipei. >> the national police chief in the philippines has resigned. he stepped down after a botched anti terror raid last month left 44 police commanders dead. the president said it was poor planning. it was targeting a terror suspect. >> more on the diplomatic push to end the conflict in eastern
ukraine. there's a diplomatic push underway in russia at the moment. what is it that ukraine would like to see on the table? >> well, what ukraine and most of us would like to see is for russia to take back its army, to take back its troops and for vladimir putin to stop the murder in ukraine. what we've seen over the last year since february 14 when russian troops landed in crimea, russia denying russian troops, later saying i can't these are our troops, seeing now russian troops and tanks crossing the border into ukraine. that has to stop. 500,000 people have been killed already in 21st century europe and crane as an independent sovereign state its territory has been violated by the fact it's been raided by russia.
what ukraine and the world wants is for this invasion to stop was. >>, and ukraine what sort of give is ukraine likely to offer more autonomy possibly in the east? >> well, a year ago i mean, the revolution of human dignity what spard it was ukraine chose a future based on european values. they did not want to be ruled by a k.g.b. style dictatorship under vladimir putin and wanted to move forward european values. ukraine is a big european country and wants to live according to those values. in terms of what it wants its territorial integrity and sovereignty to be respect'd and to move back, to have crimea, which is ukrainian recognized by
the international community. that's why the sanctions were imposed against russia, that russia cannot get away with this invasion. >> there is talk of more american weapons. would that improve or exacerbate fighting on the ground? >> we have to understand 25 years ago ukraine had the third large effort nuclear arsenal in the world bigger than china france and the united kingdom. it was massive. they gave up these missiles, 1,500 missiles in exchange for assurances from the united states from the united kingdom and russia that its territorial integrity and sovereignty are preserved. now russia that invaded the territory. had ukraine had these miss
silence today little unlikely russia would ever invaded. it's not a question of asking for something new it's going back to assurances made two decades ago so ukraine can protect itself against russia invading its land, territory and killing civilians. i think we've seen some horror, shocking the way that the russia military has invaded in 21st 21st century you're. that's what's -- john kerry was saying yesterday, secretary of state kerry in kiev yesterday and yesterday talked with angela merkel the president president hollande. >> let's leave it there.
>> the nigerian based boko haram group has attacked a town in niger, the second attack outside nigeria by boko haram in the few days. it attacked a town inside cameroon leaving nearly 100 people dead there. security is not the only crisis facing nigeria. the global drop in oil prices is causing economic difficulties. the country's economy is underpinned by oil he can sports and pressure is being put on the nigerian territory. we have a report from the capitol. >> she is shopping for toiletries. the prices have nearly doubled because of the falling global price of oil. sellers buy their goods in dollars from abroad. the local currency has lost 10% of its value against the dollar, making the goods more expensive to import. so sellers have passed the
increased costs on to customers. >> it's ridiculous, because i came to the market today with an intent of spending 7,000 but ended up spending 9,000, when i was asking the man most of the things i used to buy for like 1,500 were now 1,800, 1,850 or even 2,000. everything had added money to so many commodities. >> the bank reduced the vault of the economy because of the falling price of oil. 90% of the income comes from exporting oil and oil has lost 60% of its value over the last six months. >> at stores, they have been preparing for the increased cost of importing goods. >> bringing in most of the goods from abroad has kind of slowed down. we kind of expected it, because of the drop in the price of oil.
>> the situation is harsher for consumers buying dollars to travel abroad. they're having to spend more to get dollars. economists say the falling value is a lesson. >> we should be more responsible and save in good times. if you look at some of the arab countries, they've diversified their economies away from oil. >> nigerians hope the price of oil stabilizes so the country can regain its income and prices could come down. >> there could be more pressure on the currency around the corner. the presidential election is being held in just over a week and there are concerns that if there's any insecurity, that could further weaken the currency. al jazeera nigeria. >> the united nations has expressed concern about the increase of new ebola cases in west africa. there was hope the worst was
over. we have the latest. >> in a village in southeastern guinea health education teams from the united nations spread the message about ebola. this in itself is progress. many communities who were once suspicious of aid workers are start to go pay attention total efforts. >> yes ebola is still here. sass long as the world health organization doesn't announce the outbreak is over, we will stay vigilant. >> in the past week, the number of new cases went up for the first time this year. the rise ended what had been an encouraging downward trend. >> good progress is being made, but the outbreak still presents a grave threat, and we really hope that there will be no complacency among anybody
involved in the response. >> the w.h.o. says unsafe burial practices have contributed to the recent flare up and there are concerns that the battle against the disease will be sidetracked by a lack of money. >> at the end of february, we will start running out of cash already, which means two or three weeks from now. the one thing we can be sure of, there will still be ebola in two or three weeks. we cannot be sure that we will have the money we need to make sure we stop that ebola. >> there are some positive signs. the largest clinical trial with a candidate ebola treatment being run by french researchers has encouraging results and they have started the first vaccine trials. the w.h.o. warns that more needs to be done before the rainy season in april which will make it difficult for the health teams to reach affected areas.
>> millions are expected to cast votes in new delhi to choose a new state government on saturday. the election is seen by many as a referendum on the ruling b.j.p. party. we have a report. >> in new delhi the state election is by all accounts a two-sided race between the ruling b.j.p. party and opposing party. the b.j.p., winning the state election is symbolic and crucial. it's a test of its national election victory momentum that is often described as magic. the party is doing everything it can to suggest this election is not a referendum. >> it's very important. they are fight ago battle of survival. for everybody you look at elections seriously you work for them seriously to win. i don't think there's a party that works to lose. >> to secure its victory the
b.j.p. brought in a nationally recognized police officer as its chief ministerial candidate. >> even if you live in a slum, you will stay healthy clean and literate and will be educated. >> a tough time connecting with voters she counts on widespread enthusiasm for the b.j.p. and the prime minister to win. >> support seems to be waning. >> it's been a rough ride until now. seen as quitters after they left office in just 49 days early last year, the party suffered a huge loss at the national election. >> we have managed to achieve this now again. without the support of
government without the might of the government behind us, without the might of the big money behind us, without even the might of the big media behind us. so this, again i think region awaits and revives the hope. >> a hope that could well take the common man party to victory and strengthen its place in indian politics. al jazeera, new delhi. >> still ahead on the news hour: >> wails will play england in rugby, six nation opening day. i'll show you how when this country, research is on the way to tackle concussion from big hits.
>> more than 1.5 million people are serving time behind bars in the beyond and statistics show three quarters of them will be repeat offenders once out of prison. the new classroom initiative is trying to reverse that trend. >> at first glance, it looks like any college english class. >> what is the quote again? >> the man standing guard and the barbed wire outside the windows are a constant reminder, this lesson is taking place inside the correctional facility and most students are inmates. 34-year-old matthew wilson is nearing a 13 year sentence for armed robbery. he joined the class for one reason. >> change. i knew i had to change.
education is a part of that. education opens up doors. >> students from the outside also participate in the class. they say they're learning from the inmates, as well as their instructor. >> understanding how hutch they really care about their education, how much time they put into it, puts the college kids puts things off like parties. >> the prison to college pipeline is sponsored here in new york. what makes it unique is it guarantees inmates a spot here or at any city university after their release to provide an education that continues not only beyond prison, but also beyond the classroom. >> robert tate is pursuing a degree in english. he said the program is a lifeline. >> my thing when i came home, find a job find steady housing find steady income and give back to families and start to build my life over again.
i was starting at 30 years old as a 7-year-old. >> the program provides assistance with all of those things and more. >> specifically for a population coming back to the community after having served time, it's vital to reestablish community and a new community may be from the one that you left behind, and so the campus becomes that place to find a new self, find a new community and build a new life after prison. >> the new program has yet to see its first graduate but participants say they appreciate the second chance to expand their minds and opportunities. al jazeera, new york. >> equatorial guinea has been fined $100,000 for the crowd violence that marred the host countries loss to ghana in the semi finals of the africa cup of nations. 36 were injured when fans threw objects at the ghana fans, players and officials. the game was held up for over 30
minutes. riot police fired tear gas at the angry supporters. the confederation of african football ordered equatorial guinea to pay for the treatment of all those injured. the national team's captain apologized for the violence. >> we are voluntary proud with the tournament we played. we have reached the semifinals, something historic for us. i would also like to congratulate ghana and apologize to the africa football federation for the incident which happened today. we know this should not happen in the world of football. genuine apologize. >> our correspondent joins us. what about the match that's scheduled on saturday? >> well, i've spoken to quite a few people and they thought they
might be asked to play their next game behind closed doors of course, the world cup qualifiers could have been in closed stadiums as well and there was the belief that they might be kicked out of the 2016 africa cup of nations. they got away with a $100,000 fine. in their press statement, they said in their words in the spirit of promoting brotherhood at the africa cup of nations and fair play, what they are going to do is allow fans to be coming to the third and fourth placed playoff game against the democratic republic of congo so fans will be allowed. the game will not be played behind closed doors. this is thought to be satisfactory in terms of what happened. they believe it won't be happening again saturday, but has limp equatorial guinea a stern warning that you've got to keep-year fans in check or else.
>> it's left a bad taste for many. what's the mood like there now in equatorial guinea? >> i've spoken to quite a few fans. they have said the anger and why they were upset stems from the referee making decisions that went against them. they were very dissatisfied with the way he was handling the game. the anger you saw the pictures beamed up on national television went to large scale crowd violence. they do not want to see these keep images again tarnishing african football and are saying that this is isolated incident, not what african football is all about. in the strongest possible terms the african fans ever condemned what happened. all eyes are on whether this will actually be repeated again. >> that is robin adams there for
us. >> mark cavendish lost the lead, four seconds behind the german who won stage three. there was a crash as the pell to know came out of a tunnel. despite winning the stage it took a toll, after putting everything into the final he collapsed to the floor after crossing the line. >> rugby union's six nations gets underway later with england against wales where research has taken place. >> the bigger the sportsmen, the bigger the tackles and the impact. it's a simple equation, but with the increase of size of those who play rugby concussion and long term effects are something they need to consider. in wales a proud rugby nation,
they have analyzed 280 current and retired players. applying pressure on the brain in controlled laboratory conditions. >> effectively concussion is a brain injury that involves a blow to the body or to the head. the issue is, that is approximately 90% of concussions don't involve a loss of consciousness. they're very, very subtle, so these are alternative techniques, if you will, that allow us to ever a look into the brain. >> long term damage from concussion in current and former players is creeping across sport. last year thousands of american footballers were compensated for concussion injuries by a federal judge. fifa reacted to head injuries by introducing new protocols more time to stop a game for referees and more power for people doctors over whether a player can continue. in rugby contact comes thick
and fast. top english clubs ever decided to investigate the problem now to provide protection going forward. their players have been wearing an ear piece developed in america named x patch that monitors the size and angles of blows to the head. >> in some sports, this is something we want to know, we decided to come up with a strategy to find out what we can about concussion. this is just one part of it. >> the information will be scrutinized. this is just the start of an action that could take years to collect numbers. >> the six nations starts with a really big game between wales and england being carded from the millennial stadium. no one will take a step backwards from this one. there will be mighty collisions, and injuries.
the professor is not looking to tackle the rugby authorities but to help them. he says they now need to take this ball and run with it. al jazeera wales. >> that's all the sport for now. more later. >> thanks very much for that. the 56th annual berlin film festival is underway and one filmmaker is out to challenge stereotypes about his home country, iraq. we have a report. >> this is what millions think of when it comes to iraq, sadaam hussein and war but this is what he wants the world to do so, the other side of iraq, a history lesson through iraqi eyes a country that once felt fairly liberal compared to neighbors at least, a snapshot of another time. >> it's a really surprise to see that my aunts and my uncles, that they live in the 1950's, a life which compares to everything in the west, but on
their own -- with their own roots, they listened to modern arab music, they had their writers, poets their everything, you know? it's like, it gives an idea of what could have happened if the country would not have gone into war and dictatorship. >> iraqi odyssey tells the story through his family members now scattered from london to l.a. and new zealand. it shows fonder days and how the course of its destiny changed. >> iraq became in the front line of the cold war between the satisfactory yet and the west. that ended up really then in the dictatorship and all that war so it was really a lot. >> this is not a religious film. in fact, it's the opposite, secularity runs through it. times may have changed but he feels iraq's better days can return generation y. tasked
with that. >> there are so many young people now. for them, the dictatorship, there is no experience of that, they only know the chaos of the war, but they now try to do new things. they use the social media they know how to, you know, what's going on in the world and they saw, of course the arab spring, you know, the thing which i feel now that people are not afraid anymore. >> it is an optimistic outlook from a man who has seen and captured it all. al jazeera at the berlin film festival. >> one of the biggest snow festivals in the u.s. gave participants an opportunity to dream. the theme of the winter carnival in michigan was dream vacations statues inspired by italy and chile. the winner created an intricate snow sculpture of london. i'll see you again in the next
>> going it alone houthis in yemen decide to form their own government without the president after failing to reach a deal with rival factions. >> welcome to al jazeera. the leaders of france and germany meet in russia to push for a new peace plan to end the conflict in eastern ukraine. >> thousands in jordan show support for the king's fight against isil.
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