and cuban and u.s. presidents meet for the first time since relations talks. india buys french fighter let's go i'm lee with all the sport. jordan spieth sets a record at the masters. >> hello we'll begin with the latest developments in the war in yemen. the saudi legal coalition has kept up its airstrikes with the defense ministry in the capital of sanaa among the targets hit. pakistan's parliament has decided not to join the saudis, voteing to stay neutral in the conflict. but there was some relief of the people of sanaa when planes carrying medical aid from able
to land for the first time since airstrikes landed 16 days ago. russia has called for a former meeting for u.n. security council members to discuss yemen. erica woods has more details. >> reporter: this is much needed medical aid being unloaded at sanaa international airport. one of two planes that landed at the question men yemeni capital on friday enough to treat 1,000 people. >> we've received medical assistance, which is needed now in yemen. >> supplies would arrive in aden by boat.
but properly distributing the aid could prove difficult. roads are being cut off, and boats are being prevented from leaving many ports. >> i would like to share with you again that the intense situation in yemen are getting worse by the hour. conflict is now affecting 15 out of 22 governments in the country. the situation in aid someone extremely pre-occupying if not catastrophic. >> 600 civilians and fighters have been killed so far in this war. there are concerns of the long-lasting humanitarian toll on the population. >> we expect in the coming weeks there will be an upsurge of malnutrition across the country it's not going to get better. people's revenues are going down. cost of live something going up, and government services are
weakened if not falling apart. >> and this attack on grain sigh silos on thursday night could worsen malnutrition. it could have a major impact on bread supplies. forces loyal to the houthi holy spirit and former president ali abdullah saleh residents said dozens of people were wounded in that attack. al-qaeda said it carried out that attack.
well the member of the yemeni national dialogue and they join me live in studio. thank you for coming in to al jazeera. what are though they telling you. >> right now we have people fighting in the streets in aden. there isit is clear from houthi to take physical control and that they're the forcing controlling the ground. which means that the people in aden cannot receive support from forces that were loyal to hadi. >> who are the people who are fighting the houthi rebels. the tribal forces. but what will people who don't have a particular political affiliation, are they also involved in that fighting as well.
>> we have witnessed a number of civilian people in aden who decided to join in the fighting, and when i say join, i mean they join the committee who is are formed under heidi. those are commits formed in 2004, and they have some of the funding to these popular committees. when they came into aden, now people from the city decided to join in to fight back the houthis. >> what about order people, families of children. clearly some of them have tried to leave aden, but it's incredibly difficult to do so. >> unfortunately, this is what most of the yemeni people are facing. the humanitarian assistance is not enough. even the people who have some money cannot afford to buy the food and goods in the market because prices now are going
very high, and so in other words the value of money is going down. let's not forget this is a country that imports 80% of its food. 100% of rice. these are basic ingredients for the yemeni people for average yemen yemeni family. >> when the houthies originally took control of sanaa some said that the houthies would not want control of the country because they would have to provide the social welfare, make sugar that food comes in, sanitation and othersan--make sure that food comes in sanitation and other things. ask is of
>> there was really a feeling that they did tonight want complete control. they just wanted to remove-- >> yes but right now because of aden they're basically trying to end his legitimacy in the country. that's why they moved south towards aden and took control of many of the military units in the south and now they're very much clean to physically control over the southern provinces to put a new reality on the ground. >> really good to get your point of view. thank you for coming in. thank you. >> thank you. >> successful have broken out between cubans about the pro and government. with police having to break up violence. president raul castro is expected to share the at the same time stage as president
barack obama. the pair may have a discussion, and president obama has suggested he would remove cuba from the state list of terrorism where it has been for 30 years. no former official leading is planned between the leaders of cuba and the u.s. but it seems likely that they are going to meet. >> they are going to meet. they're going to meet in just a couple of hours' time when the former opening of this summit takes place where i am in panama city. that will be probably just a cursory meeting but we understand from the white house that there is going to be a former bilateral meeting. they will sit down together on saturday. so a very, very historic moment
after 50 years of mistrust that you're going to see these two figures sit down together. they have met before at the memorial service for nelson mandela, but this is going to be a meeting of substance talking about important issues as they try and rebuild a relationship, a process that started during december. one of the key issues on the agenda we have a signal from the u.s. there will be a development on this is that status that cuba has as state-sponsored terrorism. only four country in theies in the world have that status. >> we know that there is going to be this historic meeting important, of course, for people both in cuba and in the u.s. but important region wide as well. >> absolutely. this is the first thyme that cuba has been here.
it's really making a difference, and that's what president obama pants. we're in the realm of his presidency where we're talking about legacy. i think we can put those along with the new england talks taking place with iran. one of the things that the president would like as a legacy but there are some clouds on the horizon side events still leftest tradition in latin america politics that is still alive. i was at one of those events earlier on. that has to do with venezuela and executive order that was passed by president obama just over a month ago which is sanctioning venezuelan officials. still difficult relations between venezuela and u.s. >> daniel, what cubans really care about is when the embargo the economic embargo emposed by
the u.s. is actually going to be lifted. that's what they really care about. >> i think that is the case of cubans. they've always called it a blockade for more than 50 years which effects them economically. i think what most cubans care about are their own financial situation. i think they will recognize that it's not going to be lifted any time soon. there is a process on the way that certain obstacles need to be removed the most obvious the one that james just mentioned the fact that cuba is on that list of countries that allegedly supports terrorism. that's the first obstacle that needs to be removed and everyone here hopes that it will be imminent. ordinary people want to see that block wade lifted. talking with people on the streets in the last few days there is certainly a sense of hope and expectation. people talking to us far more openly than they have in recent
visits to cuba. they want to have opinions they want to express. some optimistic. some pessimistic recognizing that change will bring a negative side as well, but generally very very hopeful. >> time often seems to move slower in cuba shielded by the rest of the world by the half century long u.s. embargo and a government that only allowed change when it thought the time was right. but now change is the main topic of conversation in havana. >> there are changes that are very important for both countries, that's the way of building blocks to build trust which is one of the most important things over the last 50 years has been lost. >> with washington havana talking and everyone has
opinions. nowadays they're not afraid to express them. >> the most important thing is to lift the block said. that's fundamental. that's what caused our people the most damage. >> the united states must establish relations with cuba to reach an agreement. they must respect one another. >> what i would like to see is better human rights. more justice and freedom of speech. that's what cubans want. >> it's been 50 years of hostility. we'll wait and see what happens. >> with the united states so close and the cuban exile community so vocal cubans feel like they know their names. but if this rekindleed prospect prospers they'll get to know them a whole lot better. >> now it's only a matter of time before this becomes the official american embassy. and the seas that divide these
two nations become a link between no neighbors. but work needs to be done. >> first fee dal castro fidal castro and raul. >> they want people to learn the art of living together with differences. >> and. >> more than 50 years of animosity and that resentment won't be eliminated overnight but there is a cautious optimism, a tangible expectation on the streets of cuba. >> you began the report but how much has the country changed already? >> i think in recent years it
certainly has changed. perhaps not on the surface. cubans are living under economic constraints, the blockades that we mentioned but people are talking more openly. in that report you saw modern western-style shops that have opened in havana. there are people who are working for themselves more frequently than for the state. there are changes afoot. as of yet they have not reached the majority of the population but there is a feel hearing that they are about to with the u.s. investing more heavily. that's what people hope will happen that things will change for far more people than they have changed for already. >> daniel, live in havana nor us. thank you very much, indeed. still to come on this news hour, gunning for victory, why u.s. republican presidential
candidates have national rifle association within their sights. and in sports, someone gets too close to the action. the chinese grand prix. we'll have more on that a little later. >> but first the pakistani court has greed on bail one of the seven men facing trial over attacks that killed 166 people. bail was granted in december but he's now been allowed to leave police custody. >> he is a hated man in india but when he shows up for court in pakistan his supporters
follow. india believes they planned the mumbai siege. his trial has dragged on for years, infuriating india. >> we are very disappointed what he has done. india wants friendly relations to be maintained. >> six years on from the siege it continues to haunt mumbai. the group of men arrives in the city by boat. over the course of 60 hours they attacked luxury hotels, a jewish center and a railway station. they killed dozens of people. nine of ten attackers were subsequently killed. they believe it was an armed group that orchestrated and trained the gunmen. but according to his lawyer there is not enough evidence, which is why he is out on bail.
the attack is a sensitive issue between the neighbors who historically have had a difficult relationship. a handshake between the two prime ministers last year was thought to be defining, positive moment. but the decision to release him on bail could prove to be a setback. >> thanks for being on the program. how do you think these this will affect the relationship between pakistan and india because there had been signs of a thawing. >> well, it's certainly a setback. it's certainly a big disappointment. it affects the ties between india and pakistan.
not the group to which they belong it's leader the americans have a $10 million bounty. among those people who thought that after the school attack pakistan would get more serious about terrorism. this is certainly very disappointing. >> you mentioned it just now. what is it about this relationship that between the pakistani military there is an unofficial relationship between them isn't there? >> that's a very good question. essentially what the pakistanis have done traditionally is distinguish between the so-called good terrorists and bad terrorists. when you look at the good terrorists there is no one better from the pakistani military or perspective for the
simply reason that they concentrate their firepower their attacks are outside pakistan's borders. they have not gone after the pakistani army or pakistani target. therefore they are sort of the most favored terrorist group. it is used by the army and intelligence agencies to project power outside of its borders. >> it's the courts in pakistan, and the courts believe there has not been enough good evidence to keep this man in jail. >> that's definitely true. it is a court decision. it is not an executive decision. but in terms of the messaging. in terms of the signal it sends not only to india but the rest of the world it does point to a certain lack of purpose in the pakistani system at large. >> is there any suggestion at
all that the courts could be influenced by what it is felt higher up? >> i think the general sense is not that. it's more a sense of the prosecution being quite incompetent and there not being too much will over there and people like we have in fact, powerful patrons indian intelligence agencies and the military. it is true that the government had tried to keep them in jail after an earlier attempt to release them. there are people of good faith who believe that they do not help pakistan either. they're not trying to portray this as something in the country. but in the end of the balance of power seems to tilt over and over again towards those who would rather protect such figures rather than see them prosecuted. >> great to get your thoughts on this subject.
thank you for joining us from washington, d.c. thanks so much. let's take to you iraq now where police say 11 people have been killed in two mommings in and around baghdad. a car bomb went over in the district of the capital. the other attack hit are a restaurant 30 kilometers north of the city. at least 43 members of the iraq security forces have been killed in fighting with the islamic state in iraq and the levant in anbar province. the prime minister says that a new offensive is to be launched against the group in the area. we have reports now why those who fled fighting there are too scared do return. >> iraqi army targets isil positions in the city of ramadi. they're struggleing to defend the area. the fighting comes just days after the military supported by thousands of shia militia took control of the city of tikrit. across the way is a sunni city.
despite the army saying its safe to return, he said he's too afraid to go home. >> i can't go back to tikrit because of what we saw the shia mill militia doing. they went into the houses, after they looted them, they burned them pretending that isil did it. >> it did it with the help of 20,000 shia militia fighters. [ gunfire ] and it is this group that some sunni residents accuse of burning homes looting and ransacking government buildings. many sunni muslims were tikrit fled with their families to erbil in the northern kurdish region of iraq. >> honestly, we're far from the actual scene. we don't know exactly what is happening there but you see on television that the shia militia has a negative impact. we hesitating to back. >> iraq's prime minister haider
al-abadi visit anbar to visit his troops and con con graduate the troops. but as the fighting intensify ies, winning the trust of people will be difficult. charles stratford al jazeera. >> days of talks between syria's government and some opposition figures have ended in moscow with no sign of a break through to end syria's four-year-old conflict. the fighting there has now killed 200,000 people. from the russian capital rory challands reports. >> how many press conferences does it take to announce very little has been agreed? with the russian-hosted syrian talks, the answer is three.
one from the opposition, one from the mediator, and one from the representative sent by damascus. it was syria's top u.n. diplomat who put the best spin on things. >> i can say that our acement of what happened during the second meeting is positive. we managed to find a common denominator and secure our common approach to a number of key issues. >> but the opposition troubled by its own internal disagreements was damning. >> he was talking about terrorism and what can you do about terrorism. this was very disappointing. >> the possibility of more negotiations either in moscow or in geneva, switzerland was left hanging in the air. even before this all started hopes of a significant break through was slim. it was the same going in to the first round of discussions in
moscow at the end of january. but the middle east is currently going through turbulent changes. changes that could well already be having an affect on the balance of power in the syrian conflict. >> between iran and the west worries saudi arabia and israel, but it suits tehran's ally syria just fine. the rise of islamic state in northern syria and iraq means syria's unyielding president is no longer the west's regional public enemy number one. russian analysts think it's all playing very well for bashar al-assad and very badly for syria's option opposition. >> iran could help syrian force who is are loyal to bashar al-assad government to fight off this islamic militants. one thing is sure, that bashar al-assad and quite stable, and actually he is the president who is ready to deal with
opposition. >> the man who mediated four days of talks here thinks it's positive the delegates did not get into a fist fight. but in syria the very real fighting drags on while all around governments are reevaluates who they consider their friends and who they consider their enemies. rory challands al jazeera, moscow. >> still ahead. >> i'm reporting on what could be the legacy on the world's worst nuclear disaster of chernobyl. open-heart surgery on babies. and we'll tell you why nigeria's governors are so influential. and the wrong road of success, we'll tell you who is the winner of the longest road race in the world.
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top stories here on al jazeera. planes carrying medical aid have landed in yemen for the first time since saudi-led airstrikes began 16 days ago. successful have broken out between cubans for and against the current government at the summit of americas in panama. cuba's president raul castro is set is to share the same stage as president barack obama on friday. a pakistan court has angered india by freeing on bail a man accused of mum by attacks ending a trial. the most powerful gun lobby in the united states is holding it's annual convection and some presidential hopeless will be there as well. more than 70,000 people are expected to attend the convention in nashville.
550 vendors will be selling guns and accessories. the republicans rick perry ted cruz and jeb bush are all scheduled to address the convention. let's go live to nashville. the fact that those men are due to speak to the convention just shows how important of a deal it is in the u.s. isn't it, tom? >> well, it certainly is for perspective republican voters in particular we've seen nine of these candidates are perspective candidates give their--will present how genuinely committed they are to preserveing gun torts this crowd. we heard so far in particular--the ones that we have not heard for one example rand paul, who has been basically shut out of this convention because he's aligned with another group, which is considered even more absolutist,
if you might want it to, more purist of gun rights than the na nra. but most have abided the general line if you elect republicans to the white house then you'll have saved the second amendment the constitutional right to bear arms by the individual in the united states. with me now is david workman senior editor of the gun magazine. any candidate strike you of being more appealing to this audience? >> not necessarily. i think they all had a good strong message. the audience seemed to be impressed by rick perry bobby jindal, scott walker, the governor of wisconsin. i know they all pretty much had the same messages that you described. they want to let these people know that if they're elected president, it's going to be a lot easier on the second amendment i think during their
term in office than it has been for the last six years. >> one uniform message in all of their speeches was just how bad the obama administration s not to mention how they fear hillary clinton in the white house, but obama spent more than a year, despite his pledges since he has advanced any begun control initiative. how do you-- >> when the elected officials hear from the people from their con sit wents they react to that. i think one of the reasons that we haven't had a lot of serious gun control efforts that were successful in the last several years has been because of the national rifle association. they've been busy at the state level, and that's what they do, that's what they are good at. >> despite the fact that former
new york mayor michael bloomberg put money in these campaigns they largely failed, do you think? >> well, money can buy a lot of things but it can't buy the public vote in most cases. i think that people are very aware that you only give up a civil right once. >> thank you very much for speaking with us. >> in nashville, thank you very much indeed. ten police officers in california have been suspended after footage emerged which show them beating a suspect who had surrendered. officers can be seen beating the man minutes after he was subdued with a taser. the suspect earlier threat first by car and then foot and then horseback. this comes after a film shows a south carolina man shooting a
man in the back. >> i can understand the concern what they see in the video. i am concerned about what he see in the video. but if our deputy sheriff did something wrong they'll be put off work and dealt with appropriately in accordance with the law as well as our department policy. >> two people have been killed and several injured after a large tornado hit the state of illinois. this shows a massive twister barreling across the field picking up anything in its way. people have been warned to stay on high alert as tornadoes hit parts of iowa and ohio. at least 40 people have been killed when the bus they were in collided with a gas tanker in the southern moroccan city, most of the victims were children returning from a school athletic competition. 15 people were also injured in the crash. after years of negotiations
france and india have finally struck a deal over the sale of dozens of fighter jets, but it's fewer than paris had hoped to sell. >> more than a special guest. he is man that france wants--no needs. he is a friend to france. good friend, well, he has just agreed to buy 36 fighter planes, but a disappointment to some considering france expected him to take 120 but they'll keep talking about more. >> you keeping in mind the necessity for fighter jets in india, i have spoken to the president about buying as soon as possible appropriate negotiations between the two governments 36 jets in ready to fly condition.
>> there are some things that they struggle to agree on. case in point: money. how much does a fighter jet really cost. or a bunch of them? even between friends. france won a contract worth up to $23 billion to supply 126 fighter jets in 2012 but the deal hit a snag when neither side could agree on pricing. there has been a resurgence of the jets in recent years after a number of failed bids egypt ordered 24 aircraft in a $5.5 billion arms deal back in february. it was a major boost for the program, which failed to secure a single overseas buyer. france has already shown the world what these jets can do. most recently using them to fight isil. it needs these deals to keep
competition at bay. >> we have strong competitors in the west, and those competitors then the industry would collapse so it make some countries in the west with the weapons. >> this is largely to do with national identity. remember france did not go in with much of the rest of europe on its fighter plane project. it chose to go it alone to compete with its neighbors it's old friends. now it's it's newer friends that it needs to keep on side if it is going to succeed in the long term. >> it is almost 30 years since the nuclear accident in they in
chernobyl. we have these reports. >> this baby only three and a half months old is clinging on to life. his heart has been stopped, a machine takes over. this doctor leads what has been known as the chernobyl heart team pep he said that most if not all of his patients are linked to the cher mobile. >> the high probability could be related. >> after all this intense intricate surgery the tiny heart is beating again and now has
every chance this baby will survive. half hour later the mood is positive. >> this may be has a good heart range. >> within an hour the surgeon who carried out the operation leads her patient to intensive care. she earns less than a taxi driver in ukraine's underfunded poorly equipped health service. he reassures the baby's mother. >> you can touch him she says. everything is okay. touch him. he'll feel you. >> they have golden hands. >> they may have golden hands but much of the funding for training and equipment comes from overseas. a charity in ireland has been at
the forefront in the effort, surgeons are also flown in for more complex operations. but the consider said that that help may not be enough now. ukraine's government is making more budget cuts. >> we will not be able to provide surgeries. i've-saving surgeries. >> as this baby waits in line for the next operation the reality is unless there is more funding the life-saving work here will be reduced or might even come to an end. andrew simmons al jazeera, ukraine. >> two weeks after the dramatic presidential elections in nigeria saw goodluck jonathan debeated put mahammadadu buhari.
>> one of the most powerful governs in nigeria. he resides over millions of people and controls huge resources. but most importantly he and his colleagues trees the country have enormous influence of state and national decisions. ignoring them has cost the current ruling party a lot in last month's elections. >> very critical and very important playing a very important role in making checks and balances in the national equation. and to allow five governs to lead the party together with so many other senior officials those that are really key was a huge mistake. >> that set the tone for the crashing defeat of the ruling party.
now our attention has shifted to the election of governs and. >> so much is at stake. >> only political political influence over an estimated of 20 million people, that's why candidates are fight forgive every vote. >> governors have hauls had a happened in every election. despite the separation of powers they exert a high level of influence over the legislature and that is a source of concern for some. >> they are very, very powerful by controlling the grassroots and by controlling local governments and later government three become more like powerful in their areas.
they need to stand on their feet and refuse to be used by the government to reduce the powers and money supposed to go to local government. >> for now they'll continue to influence the way government is run and the local and regional level. at the center the president of federal lawmakers will meet or have to tolerate them until the political structure has changed or the constitution is amended. al jazeera nigeria. >> all the sport is coming up next on al jazeera. >> i think it was a disgraceful performance. >> the cricket world mourns the loss of one of its most iconic forces.
>> hello again. welcome back. >> thank you felicity. golfer jordan spieth is an incredible start at the masters of golf in augusta. he has the lowest start in the history of the tournament. he was the overnight leader going into the second round. he's managed to repeat that feat on day two to become a record breaker with the halfway score
of 130, and equals the lowest halfway score of any major in history. the question now is can he keep it up? >> there is a long way to go, of course and also exceptionally well is californian charley hoffman, who is 9 under. and tiger woods with a 3 under par, 69. he'll make the cut at 2 under. and bubba watson is also at 2 under. rory mcilroy he's 2 over and in danger of missing that cut. >> we would like to see if we can catch him some how. it means that we have to play good golf. he'll make a mistake here and there, and hopefully we'll have a chance at it. but we've got to play pretty much flawless golf, and he's going to have to take his foot off the accelerate arrest bit. >> richie benaud has died at age
64. he one of the great spin bowlers, he could bat too, but he was best known for his love of commentating. >> for australian he was the sound of summer, the voice of cricket. >> yep he's just checked. >> his commentaries has covered hundreds of matches the one constant whether australian teams won lost, or drew. >> in history day richie benaud mostly won. he played 63 times for his country. tack more than 200 test wickets and scored more than 2,000 runs. as captain he never lost a series.
>> first innings total of 242. >> but it was only after he stopped playing the game that he went from legend to king of commentateors. cricket matches can be slow. there are long gaps in the action. still benaud was the master. his voice was slow and calm. >> it's a privilege to be in everybody's living room throughout that time. >> most importantly it soon became familiar, and he became essential to the game. >> richie benaud has been the voice of cricket. there would be very few australians who have not passed a summer in the company of
richie beaud. he was the accompaniment of an australian summer his voice was even more present than the chirping in our cities and towns towns. >> benaud's illness with skin cancer. when he went public he implored players to use cream and a cap. >> master what a difference merlot makes for keep you in top form. >> he'll be remembered as a great cricketer and an even greater commentator. >> when australians come out to the field for that 45 minutes it was a very nice and very memorable moment. >> andrew thomas, al jazeera. sydney. >> well, let's now talk to another man who has achieved
that rare feat of being a great cricketer and another great broadcaster, too. michael holding who joins me from miami. michael, thank you for your time. i mean, was his broadcasting influential for you. >> absolutely. he was the voice of cricket. i never ever thought i would get the privilege of sitting beside him. it was early in the career, and to get me to relax a bit he simply said to me at one point that white button, if you need to speak about something just press that buttoned a ask for it. he made me realize that i was part of the broadcast and i could really get involved. richie was a great commentator and always happy to help people
in his own career. >> his commentaries was so distinctive, i suppose it has overshadowed some of his great achievements as a cricketer and great captain. >> yes i think it has. even the older people think of him as a commentator because he was a great commentator avenues great commentator and people sat there listening to him hope hoping to hear from rich benaud. he never spoke unless he had something sensible and something meaningful to say, which is the hall market of a great commentator. you don't just speak because you have a microphone. i think one of the tactics or one of the things that commentators use if you had
something sensible to say you take that mic and put it to your mouth. the effort of putting it to your mouth meant that you really had to say something. if you have a microphone attached to you you speak because there is no effort. richie emphasized that point. don't speak unless you're adding to the pictures and you have something sense to believe input. >> his voice will live on. that will reassure us. it will never go away whether it be in archives or the memories we've got. >> oh sure, just to welcome people back. of course, the cause of his greatness the people became accustomed to that voice. that's what he'll be remembered.
>> thank you so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> a man has been arrested arrest running on the track during the practice of the chinese grand prix. the practice sessions were dominated by louis hamilton. one of the greatest footballers offers his view. he was speaking in colombia before playing in a match to promote peace in the country.
i'm going to guide the prince. no doubt there will be plenty of aunts too kick blatter in the backside. >> imagine walking 250 kilometers in six days in the searing desert heat in morocco. that's what hundreds of competitors have completed doing. just one last marathon stage remains ahead. morabity retains the title he won last year and claims a third marathon victory. that's some feat. >> what a lovely tribute to richie benaud. a great man. >> yes. >> that's about it for this particular news hour but join us in a couple of minutes for more