tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 16, 2015 2:00pm-3:01pm EDT
good to have your company. i'm david foster. this is some of what we have coming up in the course of the next 60 minutes. the market torn apart as more than 100 die in syrian government air-raids. a taliban-linked group says it carried out a suicide bombing that killed a pakistani politician. hundreds of thousands on the streets and beaches of brazil protesting about the president's and the government.
fears of contamination from large amounts of sodium cyanide stored in the chinese warehouse that blew up this week. the premiere league champions chelsea are thrashed by manchester city. jordan spieth attempts to join the all-time greats by winning his third major of the year. the word from syrian activists is at least 110 people have been killed by government air strikes, which targeted a rebel-held town. the activists say more than 300 were wounded in the attack on a crowded market in douma, which is just outside of the capital damascus. syria's air force confirming that it did carry out the air strikes in douma and in a nearby area. we have the latest.
>> reporter: the opposition is calling it a massacre. dozens killed and wounded. douma is a rebel stronghold. it regularly comes under attack. the air-raids targeting a marketplace. what we understand is after the first strike people gathered at the site of the explosion, and they were trying to help evacuate the people when more raids were carried out. so really that explains the high casualty toll. like i mentioned, the air strikes in this region happen regularly, but this is being seen as a message from the syrian government. just yesterday opposition groups promised to, quote, ignite all front lines across the country. the reason why they decided to do that is because they broke off negotiations with the government on a possible deal. there were negotiations taking place that involved two front lines in syria. one in the damascus countryside
and another in the north in the villages. there were negotiations, but we understand from the opposition they suspended their participation altogether because they accuse the government wanting to carry out a population swap. according to the opposition, the government wants to move the shia villages that live in idlib to government-controlled territories, and they're demanding that the sunni residents leave with opposition fighters to the north of the country. the targets were two besieged towns in the opposition-controlled northern province of idlib. a temporary ceasefire have collapsed. rebels have resumed the assault. thousands of people there are mostly supporters of president bashir al assad and are also shia. it's become difficult for the
government to protect them, and they want to transfer them to safer areas as part of the deal. the rebel group negotiating on behalf of the opposition said the government's main, ally, iran, wants to partition the country. over recent days there are talks to give rebels trapped inside the town in the damascus countryside safe passage, but according to the opposition, iran also demanded that the town's residents leave as a way to get sunni muslims out of the damascus countryside and areas along the lebanese border. >> we've seen for some time now that pro-regime forces in syria focus particularly on securing the most strategically valuable territory and some has been around that town and along the key transport routes west towards lebanon. we've seen all the way since the summer of 2013 to some extent that policy beginning to take shape.
>> reporter: for the government and it's allies, the town is important. recapturing it would help to secure the international highway that links lebanon and syria and further consolidate their control of an enclave that includes the region on the border, damascus, homs and the coastal cities home to many aloe whites loyal to the president. they can't defend the entire country. the forces have been withdrawing to lines they are able to defend. even the president acknowledged that there is a lack of manpower, which means they have to pick their battles in areas of strategic importance. syria has been partitioned with front lines, separating people according to sects and loyalties. the deal to transfer the besi e besieged communities may have fallen apart. the fact that a population swap
was on the negotiating table shows there is a new syria emerging, one with different borders and where forced migration may become policy. an iraqi parliamentary investigation has found that former prime minister al maliki and 37 others are responsible for fall of mosul to isil last year. questions were raised about the ease with which isil took the city of mosul in june and ramadi this may. the prime minister has ordered military commanders to be court-martialed for apparently abandoning posts in ramadi. we have more from baghdad. >> reporter: a parliamentary panel in iraq formally recommended that former prime minister nouri al maliki be formally prosecuted for the fall of the city of mosul this year. also dozens of other officials,
many officials or former officials where mosul city is, they recommend them to be charged with and prosecuted for the fall of mosul. this is a significant development. this panel in parliament has been investigating this more months and made their recommendations and passed it. the speaker has passed on the recommendation to the prosecutor general here. it now rests solely in the judiciary. what happens next is very much up to the judiciary here in iraq. now, nouri al maliki didn't make a statement since the accusations were made and since the recommendations were made. he's traveling in iran. this is also significant because this is the first time that iraq's parliament has lobbed these kinds of accusations towards nouri al maliki, suggesting a deeping of resentment for former prime minister perhaps consolidating too many power here. it's interesting to see how it develops, although this particular body doesn't have that much power as far as going forward. the fact of the matter is
there's resentment towards al maliki. legal analysts think that this is something that could be a lengthy process, if there are to be formal charges made. if there's a chase, this is something that could take months and possibly years to happen. >> that new prime minister has begun a reform program, he says rngs to rid the baghdad government the corruption. he's cutting his cap cabinet by a third. the prime minister's actions may be seen as revenge, she says. >> on one hand you could read his recent actions as revenge over his old rival, maliki, because on both counts. the two actions he took, the first action he took was to not only fire six senior members of parliament, being throw vice presidents and the three deputy prime ministers, but he also abolished their posts. of course, one of those posts was maliki's, and this was
supported by him. so he had no choice but to leave and run to iraq. the second thing he did was court-martial various military commanders that abandoned posts in ramadi and mosul as well last year, which was before his own term. again, in both -- in one of those situations maliki is being blamed. but on the other hand, on the other hand you could take a more optimistic view, which is what people in the streets seem to be doing. he may reflect the will of the people. >> more news out of pakistan where the home minister of punjab province was killed along with 16 others with the suicide attack on the office. simon mying gregor-wood has the report. >> reporter: the attack took place as shuja khanzada hosted a meeting in his home. local volunteers worked with
special rescue teams who brought in heavy machinery to help in the difficult task of removing debris including huge concrete slabs once part of the building's roof. >> reporter: the explosion was very loud. after a while i knew the blast ha targeted the home minister. i saw men working here rescuing bodies and the injured. then the police arrived. >> reporter: khanzada was a retired mill marry and was leading a crackdown against groups responsible for a spate of sectarian attacks in punjab. his name was on the hit list on one group al qaeda affiliated. the leader and two sons were killed in a recent police operation. the punjab government condemned sunday's attack and announced a
three-day mourning period. let's bring in a pakistani journalist based in london with me now in the studio. how successful had the minister who has been assassinated and those working with him been in trying to take on extremists in that part of punjab? >> the main focus of the antiterrorist operations in pakistan is in the northwest part of the country and the city karachi where a lot of anti-social activities were going on and the pakistan rangers have gone in there in a big way. about a little more than two weeks ago, a leader, a very prominent leader had been killed along with his two sons. therefore, i think one could say that this attack was in some way expected. there had been threats against the minister. he was known to have a very sort of unkwif cal view saying these
people have to be sorted out, whatever the cost. the actual focus of operations so far had not been the punjab, really. i think this incident will, i think, convince a lot of people including hopefully the pakistan armed forces that it is also now essential to concentrate especially in southern pun doeses jab where a lot of organizations which had been declared illegal are still carrying out. there was a ban on them after they took them from the head offices and more or less business was from -- >> with a group such as this, it would have been doing what prior to being outlawed? >> well, they were mainly -- they were an offchute of the pakistani created in 1996 mainly as an anti-shia group. that was what they started off as. then they sort of diversified
into various other things. they were responsible for the killing of four u.s. oil workers in karachi. some say that there were responsible for the asauce nation of bhutto and responsible for the attack on the sri lankan cricket team. so it then became a general sort of anti-shia thing, trying to get sharia law into pakistan against any foreigners, particularly against the minorities responsible for attack on shias, on christians. >> how many similar, not in terms of ideology but in terms of the agitation and the damage they make, how many different groups would the pakistani authorities be trying to take out of the equation? many? >> there would be quite a few. there's so many of these groups
that are going around. in fact, "the guardian" reported it was another group, which has carried out this attack. many of them have an affiliation with al qaeda, but as i said, because of the overall sort of -- if you like the french being al qaeda, the main boyd of operations is directed against those who are supposed to be directly connected with the franchise. >> thank you. thank you very much indeed for that fascinating insight into the terrible events. the background is very important. thank you. anti-government protests taking place across brazil. here is the kcopa cabana beach protests against skrupgs and the state of the economy. it's the third such anti-government protest across the country this year.
this is the president's second term, and her popularity ratings are at historic lows. what's gone wrong? we're live from rio do jannero. the beach is off your left, and you'll show under the circumstances in a moment. give us the idea of the sort of support there is for this movement. i read that 60-something percent want the president to take it before the courts to be impeached? >> reporter: absolutely. some of the figures here floating around put that number at 72% of brazilians would like to see dilma rousseff impeached. her popularity rate has really item bemed down to 7.7%. she's just been re-elected for a second term less than a year ago. certainly she is in a very difficult position. now, when you and brazilians why, what happened in those ten months, well, they say that it's
the weight of the scandal, the pet petrobas scandal, the state-owned giant giant, which was a pride for a lot of brazilians. one protester said it's ail huge problem. all that money, billions of dollars that disappeared could have been invested in this country and towards public health and education, towards eradicating poverty. a lot of anger. when you do tell them, well, this all starts you wered her predecessor, president desilva, they say she was the minister of the energy at the time, so she must have known something even though the investigations haven't found any direct link between her and that scandal. >> somehow us the people there protesting. do they come from all different walks of life in brazil? >> reporter: they do. mainly it's the middle class and a lot of people came out for
this demonstration. the organizers say they're going on in 114 cities across the country. the one in sao paulo got started about an hour ago. it seems quite large from the footage i've seen so far on local tv. police will come out a bit later to give you the numbers. it's certainly the middle class, 40 million of them have just risen out of poverty into the middle class. with the economic shrinking, they're afraid all they achieved is going to vanish. a lot of anger and a lot of anger in that four power bases have been a power base for dilma rousseff. a lot of anger that now is with scandal and with the economy shrinking, nothing goes in any good direction. all the promises she made during
the election campaign vanished for now. certainly there's a lot of anger. this is an anger you find a bit of everything. as i was talking to you earlier, there was a large protest that went a bit further down there. if my camera can just pan, this is the famous copa cabana beach packed throughout the day. people on the beach don't bother to wall 10 meters to come and join the protest, even though we saw some people clapping. whether you ask them why, they say the prot ersers are a melting pot of different groups. we don't know what they want. impeachment is not the right thing. this is a democratic country, and she should be able -- we should not destroy this democratic process that brazil struggled so hard to reach. among the protesters there's a small group, and that small group is calling for the return of military rule. now, that is scaring off a lot of brazilians.
they are wondering, okay, if we do this impeachment and there's something that could lead to her impeachment, what will happen after and who will take power? what are the crawls calls for military rule. everybody agrees with the message but maybe not the method. >> thank you. well, a precious resource is hard to come by, though. how politics and water simply will not mix in sudan, the south of sudan, that is. and the baby brought ashore to safety. hundreds of migrants continue to be rescued in the mediterranean. we have the sports and why the moat to gp rider's championship could not be closer. we have more on that in just a minute. south sudan's government will push on with peace talks to
end the 20-month civil war. the negotiators hope that the president will meet with the rebels in the eat yoep yann capital. both sides are under international pressure to strike a deal before a monday deadline or risk possible sanctions. tens of thousands have been killed in the conflict that began in december 2013. charles stratford sent us this. >> reporter: serious questions here as to whether this peace deal will be signed in time for the deadline tomorrow, monday. we understand that the south sudanese president has arrived, but there are questions whether he would participate in the talks. he has said that he wasn't going to speak directly to mashara because of two generals that seem to have split from his group. now, we've spoken to a rebel spokesperson here who says that this is evidence of the south sudanese government using that
as a pretext, not designed to steal or try to delay it. the spokesperson also said there was only one person that he could talk to, and that was mashara. he described the split by two generals as being an administration matter. something a lot less serious than certainly president kiir was suggesting. now, wern that the south sudanese government has had reservations about this proposal since the very beginning. they have serious concerns about the power-sharing in the upper nile region, the oil-producing states according to this proposal. the south sued naez government had pro be with the proposed de mille tearization and certain disagreements over the timing of the bringing together of both the armed forces here, both the
rebels and the army into a unified army. so certainly a lot of pressure here to get this deal signed. a lot of international pressure. certainly at this stage it's seeming increasingly doubtful. >> that was charles stratford reporting. news out of yemen where pro-government forces are battles houthi rebels right now for the third biggest city. fighters that are loyal to the president say that at least 50 houthi supporters were killed in fighting in tice southwest of the capital sanaa. the main security headquarters was retain by pro-government forces on saturday. the number of people who are known to have died when they became stuck in the hull of a boat carrying migrants as kro the mediterranean is now thought to be 49. hundreds fortunately were res crewed in two different operations and arrived in the sicilian port of augusta.
they were picked up close to the libyan coast. more than 100,000 migrants arrived on the shores since the start of the year and called for the international community to do more to help. >> translator: we have rescued 320 people, but once again, we're counting the victims. we can say we have rescued the survivors, and that's a good thing. early the international community finding a way to solvele libyan crisis or today's tragedy won't be the last. same story but a different part of that mediterranean sea stuff. they started to process migrants there. the ferry was sent to the island where hundreds ofmy grant and refugees arrive every day. the priority is given to syrian refugees. not everybody thinks that's right. >> if i tell them i'm from iraq, they say go from here. you're from iraq.
iraqis go on. but he doesn't know what happened in iraq. >> the director of operations for doctors without borders on skype from brussels. you just came back from here. did you see any of this kind of discrimination where they decided that certainly nationalities deserved processing more quickly than other nationalities? >> reporter: no, i did not stee it myself, but i know for sure that you have different kinds of procedures according to the nationality, and that's true indeed. what was very worrisome about the institution is how the people were welcomed, and with no water or food in a very difficult situation after having crossed the sea and also very dangerous and a difficult situation. the situation is a lot of anxiety for those people, those children, women on the situation. i merely see it in my experience
as a worker. >> if you're used to running a quiet tourist-filled sun-kissed greek island and you suddenly get thousands and thousands of people coming uninvited to the island, you are unprepared, aren't you? >> true, but it's been months for that. we have said to the local authorities and also the international authorities that the situation was really not good, and the minimum was not fulfilled. it's true that those islands are not made for that, but together with europe they should welcome them to give the minimum to the people arriving. i mean, again it doesn't request that much -- a huge population of logistics. a country can totally reorganize it, and i believe they can organize the welcoming of a few thousand people in a proper way. >> this is a country in europe that's been going through the
biggest economic crisis of our lifetimes. how would you expect them to be able to, a, prepare if they didn't know it was happening and secondly, financially to be able to afford this? >> i mean, from the testimonies we have taken, most of them just want to transit to greece. we're talking to have the minimum capacity for those people to transit. then we're talking about providing water, food, transportation, and those kinds of facilities again for a few thousand people. that's something that i believe a country like greece can totally provide if they have the real political willingness to do so. >> this is the difficulty, isn't it? if you have them arriving on a particular island, a greek island in this case, and they simply want to go somewhere else, it's got to be decided where they go after that. where they are going to finally make their home, if they are,
and that can't be done in a hurry. >> true. exactly that. then you put an organized system not to have -- not to increase anxiety among the people. you communicate with them. you tell them what is going to happen, which is not done properly. otherwise, you have the incidents that you have seen in the picture in the last few days where people are saturday starting to fight with each other and people are under the sun with 45 degrees without water. any human being is going to be very aggressive and difficult with those kind of conditions. that's why for -- we request that minimum human condition first. >> just quickly, who should provide that? >> that's the first sponlt of the greek government. they're responsible that any people arriving in the territory have the minimum of food and basic needs like water and transportation and so on.
that's totally the responsibility of the greek authorities. also, with the help of of the european union. >> thank you very much indeed. >> thank you. well, day break continues to smolder at the site of tianjin explosions, but anger is building over the way the disaster is managed. we'll be talking cyanide after this break. they have an existence based on fishing and herding, but can this russian minority group hold their ground against big oil? that's another question we'll be asking. humiliation for the english champion chelsea at manchester city. lee has the full details.
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province has been killed on a suicide attack on his office. shuja khanzada was in the fight against them in that region. the leaders of from south sudan's warring factions plan to meet in ethiopia to try and get a peace deal. for a while those rival leaders prepared to talk, and this is the disaster to hit south sudan has a breakout of cholera and so far 20 have died. the government is struggling to provide clean drinking water in the capital. >> reporter: this is called the donkey in south sudan. it's the neighborhood waterhole and primary source of water in a country where 45% of the population doesn't have access to clean drinking water. the family of 12 can't afford to buy purified drinking water or chlorine tablets to treat water
from the bore hole. >> translator: it we can afford water from a tanker, we will. otherwise we get it from the bore hole. yes, we get sick. >> reporter: the river supplies the capital with the water. blue tankers pump water from the river and drive to neighborhoods where people bring jugs and pay to fill up. the government also can't afford to treat the war with chlorine or ensure private delivery companies provide safe supplies. rising fuel and production costs mean these tankers provide less water and aren't making deliveries as often to remote areas. they now only see water tankers once a week in their neighborhood. the lack of access to clean water is causing cholera outbreaks. doctors without borders says during the most recent outbreak here in juba almost 1400 were nkted and 400 died. she said her nephew was on the
verge of dying when a neighbor told her about the clinic. her daughter was also sick. sometimes the whole family has to drink untreated water. >> translator: the problem is the government. the government knows how much we are suffering. we are living in a bad situation. >> reporter: aid groups say ending the civil war and building essential services for citizens must go in hand with better education. >> lack of clean water, lack of latrines and hygiene, it's an endless thing. this has to improve if we should get rid of cholera. rr >> reporter: for now they have to rely on the neighborhood donkey and risk getting ill. al jazeera, juba, south sudan. in egypt a military court has sentenced 26 officers on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. they're also charged with spreading muslim brotherhood ideas within the army. they've been sentenced between
10 to 25 years in prison. two senior muslim brotherhood leaders have been sentenced to 25 years in prison in their absence. ten people including palestinian protesters and far right jewish activists have been arrested after confrontations in the israeli city of ashcolan. it was in support of a palestinian man on hunger strike while being detained in an israeli prison. in the streets of gaza in solidarity with that hunger strike, a man lost consciousness on friday after 60 days fasting protesting her detention without charge. he was arrested in november and being in the islamic jihad that carried out a number of violent attacks on civilians. the chinese government has confirmed that large quantities of toxic sodium cyanide were kept in a warehouse in tianjin where a series of explosions killed 112 people last week.
about 700 tons of chemical compound was stored. that's 70 times more than the center was permitted to hold. adrian brown reports from tianjin. >> reporter: some vur vooifrs compare this disaster to a nuclear explosion. close up that's what it looks like. the toxic pool from toxic fires shroud the zone. the government has confirmed the lethal chemical sodium cyanide was stored here. there was an added urgency to the search for survivors on sunday as the toll for the dead and missing continued to rise. along with the anger among families of the missing and those made homeless. for the second day they attempted to protest outside a hotel where government officials were briefing journalists. >> translator: we want the government to tell us the truth and help us to find a proper
home. what we need most now is for the government to take care of us and to keep us informed. >> reporter: the government still doesn't know what caused wednesday night's multiple explosions, but officials now admit that sodium cyanide has been identified at two locations, yet insists their readings show the air is safe for those outside the exclusion zone. >> translator: if you are outside of the 2-kilometer zone, these numbers should be within noermal standards. this shouldn't have any effect on people's lives. >> reporter: gas masks are now the most precious commodity in tianjin. these are for the military, but there's not enough of them. even if they were, they don't protect from sodium cyanide. >> i don't think this is very professional. that would be very special material of protection equipment. i don't know. i don't think this can do that.
>> reporter: china's well-oiled volunteer machine has moouched into action. thousands have come to the city from all over china and here they hand out water, food, clothing, all of it vitally needed. the list for the missing is getting longer. the majority of those yet to be found are firefighters and police. officials say the explosions were so powerful so far only a few bodies have been identified. adrian brown, al jazeera, tianjin. >> so what is sodium cyanide? it's using in mining to extract gold from ore used for electroplating and hardening metals. dissolved or burned, it releases a highly poison gas, hydrogen cyani cyanide. about 700 tons of the chemical compound was being stored we understand. that's 70 times more than the center was permitted to hold. we're off to england where a chemical weapons expert joins us
via skype. let's clear it up, first of all. this cyanide is not the cyanide that we see in spy movies that people pop in their mouths and bite on to stop from having to tell the truth? >> well, not entirely, however it is a derivative of it. as in the piece just said, one of the huge concerns with sodium cyanide is it reacts with other assets to create sodium cyanide, which is cast as a chemical war fare agent. it was a key weapon and the other name is zyclene-b to extend to thousands and millions in the second world war. sodium cyanide is a very, very toxic powder that can be rapidly fatal if inhaled or ingested.
>> you say it was used in the gas chambers in the second world war? >> hydrogen cyanide is zyclon-b. if you combined it with that, you get hydrogen cyanide. that's the highest risk with 7700 tons of this stuff. this could create a very, very significant amount of hydrogen cyanide, which as we discussed is highly, highly toxic with a high morbity rate. >> why don't we see them falling over treeextremely sick if ther an amount in the air? >> it's difficult to tell exactly how much hydrogen cyanide there is. the sodium cyanide, the 700 tons appears to be to the main intact. i think the biggest concern at the moment is contamination of the area, and we have a
2-kilometer exclusion zone, which to me seems a little bit small. certainly in romania in 2000 there was a similar instance with sodium cyanide, which some described as the greatest environmental disaster in europe since chernobyl, and that got into the water table and others and created great problems downstream. i think the most important thing now for the chinese authorities to ensure that that sodium cyanide is secure and there is no chance that we could have further accidents, which would turn it into more deadly hydrogen cyanide. >> looking the at pictures on the screen, we eresidential blocs in the distance. maybe not more than two kilometers away. with that many people perhaps in and around the area, there is a series danger that you get it into the water supply as you were just referring and we could see the effects of this for
years? >> i think that is a concern and one would hope the chinese authorities and the fact they have their chemical weapons experts there so quickly obviously are concerned about that. certainly within 2 kilometers is rather close. as reported in the piece one of the issues with sodium cyanide is having the ingestion and inhalation as the key danger. actually, a lot of the gas masks that the soldiers will have there may well not protect against what we call toxic industrial chemicals, and what people need is the right gas masks and the right filters to be able to filter this out. i'm sure that any of the emergency services should be wearing breathing apparatus or the appropriate gas masks with the right cylinders in them. >> thank you very much indeed. thank you for talking to you
about events in china. we appreciate your time. >> u.s. defense departments look at two military installations within the possible alternatives to guantanamo bay. the pg pentagon will assess sites, but moving prisoners to the u.s. would give them greater rights in the courts such as constitutional rights. it all sounds rather problematic, which we'll skovsh as we bring my colleague who is in washington, d.c. they can look at these all they like, but the practicality is it's difficult to move these people. what happens in law? >> we don't know whether this is a pr stunt from the administration to show they haven't foragainsten about guantanamo. that's been put into question over the past few months. president bahama said he would shut down guantanamo.
he signed an executive order to the effect that it would be shut down within a year of taking office in 2009. so much for that. there's a question whether the admission is serious. if they were serious about closing down guantanamo, why is the department of justice standing in the way of repatriotizing the 52 men cleared for release at guantanamo most recently on friday. tariq was cleared for release six years ago. he's been on hunger sfriek for eight years and forcefully fed through his nose. he's 34 kilograms now, and yet on friday at the request of the pentagon the doj blocked his release in the courts. if the court simply was allowed to give a court order for his release, he would be repatriated. the pentagon feels hunger striking is a weapon of war and he shouldn't be allowed to win and to release him is capitulation. that's how the doj thinks.
the civil liberties folks say, look, he has to either show he's committed to closing down guantanamo and push aside the doj generals are not. we're not sure whether he has that commitment and whether he has that will to do so. there's another problem on the legal issues. so what if he does get past congressional restrictions, president obama, and he does repatriate dozens of men to fort eleven portfolio or chalz charleston, south carolina, then what? these are still men, many tortured and held indefinitely away from any kind of due process. is that much better? i suppose, yeah, the issue is the administration's policy on guantanamo is a bit of a mess at the moment. >> not clearing that one up. thank you for your time. good to talk to you. the crash site of a missing indonesian plain has been found by villages in papau.
the trigana air lost contact after taking off. it was carrying 49 passengers, five of them children, a crew of five. it's very mountainous there covered with dense jungle, and there was bad weather at the time. they reported seeing a plane crash into a mountain. indonesia's transport ministry says the villages have found wreckage, but official confirmation is still needed. >> translator: according to the information, the trigana aircraft that lost contact was found in the mountain region. it was provided by the local residents that said it crashed into the mountain. the deontaes -- details are still under investigation. a lot of people at sri lanka have a right to vote in parliamentary elections on monday. 15 million or thereabouts are eligible to be take part. the poll is held ten months
aheld of schedule. the new president had earlier election after it was blocked by his rivals. we'll have extensive coverage tomorrow, but that's an advance from there. >> reporter: this district in sri lanka's northwest has been making headlines throughout the parliamentary election campaign, and there's good reason why. the country's former president is campaigning to get back into parliament and back into politics from this area. the big question many people are asking is, given the expectations, how many people, how many potential voters are actually going to turn up the athe ballot box and observers say that could determine the results particularly for the former president. they're suggesting that if it's a voter turnout and enthusiastic turnout like there was in january when the president was rejected by voters, that could spell the end of his political
career. if, in fact, there is an element of voter fatigue and many people stay away from the ballot box and just the loyal supporters turn up to vote, that could give him a much-needed boost. now, we can't access the polling centers here. they've been guarded by police, but what we're expecting is for voting to start early monday morning and to continue throughout the day. russia has 40 recognized groups of what it calls small numbered indigenous people. many managed to hold onto traditional lifestyles despite the efforts of the soviets to make them conform, and these days their biggest challenge is the spread of the oil industry through the homelands. in the autonomous region we will tell the story of one indigenous man's confrontation with the system. >> reporter: the country tells many stories about the lake. that stone people have been pulled from the depths. that the gods use it to reach
earth. sergei has his own tale about how he became the sacred lake's guardian. >> translator: you just need to feel it, and the change is everything. it will change my every day. when i started to guard the lake, he left me alone. after this he would only go that and not me. >> reporter: protecting this landscape has brought sur guy danger from a different direction. last year he tangled with men from the oil wells nearby. he said he shot their dog after it attacked his reindeer. the prosecution charge says he threatened to kill the men. now he's facing maybe two years in jail. >> translator: all my are broken. they still haven't healed. police came and beat me up. >> they fish the lakes and rivers, herding reindeer across the vast tundra. since the oil industry arrived in the 1970, the way of life has
been increasingly constrained by pollution, construction, and official bureaucracy. it is, of course, entirely possible that sergei hasn't been totally truthful with us and he's guilty of that which he's accused. the judge will decide one way or another. the sad reality of this is it's a case where it's one man versus a giant system, and the odds are firmly stacked in the system's favor. sergei's lawyer hopes to dismantle the charges before they reach the judge. russian courts have a 99% conviction rate. also, this is a region where state-owned oil companies have enormous influence. >> translator: when the firm ensures financial prosperity in the region, it's natural in court cases where a little man goes against the company. the company has significantly better chances of victory. >> this is legally the land, but they can't stop the oil companies from renting it.
once they've come, sergei says, the leaks, pipelines and roads and illegal hunting from the oil workers all make it impossible to carry on their reindeer herding conditions. russia enshrines indigenous rights in law. but in resource-rich areas the interests are often in direct conflict with the people that lived here long before russians ever arrived. sergei's case is just one small example of this. rory calhouns, al jazeera, russia. you're watching the news hour. we have this if you stay with us. we have a sport with the perpetual bridesmaid. we have and that we have lee. what more could you want?
we're trying to make way for superior power. >> thank you very much. american golfer jordan spieth goes for golfing history over the next few hours. he's trying to join an elite group of players to woin three majors in one year and well-placed at the pga championship in wisconsin. he's two shots off the lead going into the final round. the 22-year-old texans would join all-time greats ben hogan and tiger woods if he wins this third major of 2015. he's two shots behind jason day.
rory mcilroy isn't going to win, back on 6 under, but he's pleased with his return from injury. manchester city is on top of the premier league, and they beat the english champions chelsea 3-0. city dominated the fifrs half and took the lead from sergio. at halftime captain john terry was substituted for the first time. they then he hadded the second goal in two games and fernandino. bad week for moreno. ashton's 2-1 win was tote. they won the watch with a do lany goal. barcelona manager luis enrique thinks they can win.
they were beat on friday. an extraordinary comeback is needed on monday, but they say it can be done. >> translator: i'm now completely focused on overturning this. it's a challenge nobody thought we would have until now. we can achieve something that's never been done before. that's the stimulus. if we can win another title, even better. since the beginning i said for us it continues to focus on the next challenge, and the next chang lenning is this one. the world govrjing body of athletics is accuse of suppressing the study that revealed widespread doping. according to the london times, it showed a third of the top athletes admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. they interviewed the athletes in south korea. they claim they didn't
commission the survey but use to to suppress the findings. the motogp riders championship could not be closer with seven races left in the season with lorenzo moving into a tie at the top with rossi. the spaniard lorenzo dominated the racing after breaking the lap record in qualifying and then leading the race from start to finish to claim the full 25 points. it's his fifth victory of the season while the reigning world champion was second. lorenzo and rossi are now 52 points clear of marquez in the wider stance. djokovic and andy murray are about to get under way. djokovic is playing his first tournament in four weeks. the world number one unseeded to reach the canadian final. djokovic has never lost a final
winning it in 2007, 2011 and 2012. andy murray has a good record in canada. murray is also on a high after he beat him in the semifinals. it means that he's the new world number two ahead of roger federer. finally, there was disappointment again for badminton in the world championship in china. he was beating by china in the final. this was his first world championship sincen an eight-month doping ban. he's never been world or olympic champion. he retains his title and remains the top player in world badminton. >> i will see you when i see you, lee. thank you very much. bye-bye. fell city is here next.
110 people are killed and 300 injured in a series of government air-raids on an opposition-held town in syria. inches this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. accused of responsibility for the fall of the mosul, a parliamentary panel calls for iraq's former prime minister to be indicted. a taliban-linked group says it carried out a suicide bombing that killed a pakistani politician and 16 overs. hundreds