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>> hello there, i'm felicity barr. this is the news hour live from london. coming up, three children are killed every day with many more injured. the young victims of the war in yemen. a soldier is killed by roadside bomb in turkey on a day of violence and political upheaval. thai police name the main suspect, but say he was not acting alone. to europe by dinghy, the syrian
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refugee family making the precarious crossing from turkey to the greek islands. >> we'll have all the day's sport including... [applause] >> the new president as the sports struggles in its wake of doping allegations. >> hello, we start this news hour in yemen. a country described by the u.n.'s children agency one of the most terrifying places in the world to be a child. in the latest alert unicef say that children are dying every day. those who survive live in constant fear of being killed. since the war escalated in march, 398 children have died, and 605 have been injured. children are also being forced to fight in the war with unicef
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confirming that 377 have been recruited as child soldiers. children are going hungry with 1.8 million expected to suffer malnutrition. the world's food program said that a fifth of yemen's population is severely food insecure, and fending on urgent help to survive. >> once their playground these streets are now a battleground. for the children of yemen, war means being forced to grow up quickly. >> my sisters and i get so frightened when we hear the bullets. we're afraid that we'll die. >> i'm frightened when i hear warplanes. i can't sleep. i'm afraid this war will expand, and i'll lose friends to this war. >> the grim statistic support their fears. on average three children are killed in the fighting every day. five more wounded, many maimed for life.
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>> these deaths are unnecessary, and in the vast majority of the people in yemen have nothing to do with this. they won't have nothing to do with this. they want to go about, live their lives, educate their children, see their children grow up. they don't want this. and they're suffering unnecessarily. >> it's not just about direct attacks. even before the conflict access to food and water in this impoverished country was difficult. that situation is far more dire now. [ baby crying ] >> children who don't have enough to eat are turning up in hotels. nearly 2 million are expected to suffer from malnutrition this year. the u.n.'s world food program estimates one in every five yemenis is severely food insecure. >> between the lack of availability of food, the lack of access by humanitarians to the vulnerable population, the lack of access by those who
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can't buy food. the lack of food availablility, and the lack of clean water, a perfect storm. that is brewing inside yemen right now. >> every life in yemen has been disrupted. markets are limited food. hospitals drained to the limit. schools unable to stay open. the concern is that children will continue to bear the brunt of this war long after the fighting is over. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> well, not so long ago yemen was considered a safe haven for people fleeing conflict in other countries. 230,000 somali regions are registered with the u.n. in yemen. having escaped one war, they find themselves stuck in another. >> a somali refugee in yemen.
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she's staying in this school in the district of the southern port city of aden along with many others displaced by the fighting. she escaped from civil war in somalia many years ago, and finds herself once again caught up in another conflict. >> i have been living in aden for 25 years. it's hard to leave it. now i have children, and life and death is in god's hands. no one escapes death, whether in somalia or here. >> some of the people living here are displaced yemenis. coming here when their home was damaged. and ther they say they're worried about not having a place to stay because the authorities want them to leave the school. >> every day the authorities come to remind us about the deadline to leave on augus august 20th. august 20th. we left because of the tragedy
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of the war. >> they have tens of thousand of displaced people.
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>> from the pkk. this afternoon some shottings were fired. one police officer was slightly wounded nobody claiming responsibility. all of that coming adz turkey heads to a second selection within six month ts. now the president set to call the new elections.
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until then an election government will formed, a sort of caretaker government that will be make up of all of the parties represented at the moment. until he the first time the akp will have to share power. the secular opposition, the chp are hole party positions as will the right-wing party. so we're likely to have a fractious party. they are all opposed on many policies there is likely not much they will be able to agree upon. a time when turkey might need a stable government. >> we have been talking to a specialist on international affairs. thanks for coming into the
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studio. perhaps you can explain a little bit more. the president was not keen -- is not keen on a coalition government. he was very, very much unhappy with the election results that took place on the 7th o june. he is hoping the ruling party will be able to restore its parliamentary majority it lost. >> is that risky? >> it's extremely risky. a two-front war with the islamic state of iraq and the levant, this may further erode his popularity in turkey. >> why is he not prepared to go to other parties and say, look, if any of you can form a quo ligs party i'll take that.
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>> he has a single party government since 2002. it was the first time in the 2015 elections that he lost that simple majority, and his aim now is to restore it. >> turkey hasn't seen this sort of political uncertainty since the 1990s. it has been a majority government, and it has come at particularly bad time for the turkish economy, but also on the international front. >> no doubt turkey is now facing incredible challenges that it has not faced for over a decade. it's in the midst of a deeping stagnation, the likelihood of a majority government looks remote and turkey is fighting a two-front war with the islamic
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state and the pkk. >> i'm presuming this crisis continues in the immediate -- now, because the fact of the matter is that what happens who governs turkey before these early elections, what sort of options does the president have? >> under the turkish constitution there is a 45-day window, that a coalition government must be established. that will end on sunday. after that the president has the power to call interim elections and an interim government needs to be established with all of the key parties in parliament being represented. but how difficult is that going to be? >> extremely. the kurdish nationalists have indicated they won't participate in the interim government so we might see a mixture of ac party
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representatives. >> i'm very interested to see what will happen with the kurdish vote in general given what has happened with the fight with the pkk launched recently. >> one of the key developments on the 7th of june was the migration of tribal and religious kurds who traditionally voted for the hdp. my expectation is that in the upcoming early election that will probably take place in november of this year, more religious and tribal kurds will abandon the ruling party and move over to the prokurdish democratic party. >> thank you so much. thank you. israel has suspended the detention of the palestinian hunger striker while he receives medical treatment. the palestinian has been held since november and has not eaten
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for more than two months. our correspondent joins us live now from jerusalem. tell us a little bit more about what this ruling means. >> yeah, it's very complicated to be perfectly honest with you. all day today for several hours and indeed at least three sessions with israel's high court this has been debated between tween the justices and argued by the rulers of israel. we understand effectively the courts have temporarily suspended the administrative defense that he has been in and what he has been protesting against with this hunger strike. a hunger strike which has lasted 65 days and has caused serious damage to his health. it's the fact that his health is so poor that his condition has deer rated so much, so much that
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there are fears he may suffer permanent brain damage that this detention was lifted. the judges decided because his health was so poor, because he may be suffering any brain damage, any threat he may have posed is no longer there. so that is really what we're understanding here is the conditions of the release of this palestinian hunger striker who has been on hunger strike protesting for 65 days, refusing any food and suffering from very poor health. >> and not only his detention has proved controversial, but there has always been the issue of forced feeding. >> that's right. forced feeding has really been thrust into the spotlight because of his case, because he has been on hunger strike for so long, but more importantly because israel passed a law legalizing the forced feeding of protesters. for palestinians that effectively removes palestinian
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prisoners only real form of non-violent protest, and what is interesting is israeli doctors have come together to refuse to force feed palestinian protesters, saying that it is unethical. but as you rightly point out, the substantive issue of administrative detention. that means someone can be arrested without charge and held for up to six months, and that's renewable effectively indefinitely. several thousand palestinians have been placed in administrative detention. currently around 400 are in administrative detention. it's a very sensitive issue, and those who are in detention have been resorting to hunger strikes as a way to get out. that is something the israeli government is certainly not prepared to do, but in the case of holland, because his case is so poor, he is not longer considered to be a threat. >> thank you for that update
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from jerusalem. still to come on this news hour, the estonian policeman accused of espionage, in a case that a fuelling tensions with neighboring russia. and in sport, the nfl brawl. we'll tell you what sparked this fight between two teams at a joint training camp. ♪ >> first a leading archeologist working in palmyra, has been beheaded by al jazeera america al jazeera america. the 82 year old was abducted in may when isil fighters captured the 2,000-year old world heritage site. >> reporter: he was a guardian of palmyra's ancient roman
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ruins. it's here where the 82 year old is believed to have been beheaded by islamic state of iraq and the levant. before the syrian conflict, palmyras ancient buildings drew tourists from around the world. he oversaw years of research and restoration at the world heritage site, gaining international recognition. >> he was so much involved in part of the city and archeology, he said he would live there and die there if need be, and he dade pay the ultimate price. >> reporter: fighting between syrian rebels and government forces peppered the ancient buildingses with bullet holes. and then after capturing the site from government forces, isil arrived. assad stayed in palmyra to help
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evacuate the museum's contents, but was taken hostage and reportedly interrogated. isil has destroyed hundreds of heritage sites across syria and around iraq. sledge hammers and power drills have been used to ruin priceless artifacts. so somementss fragments have been smuggled out. it is believed that isil may have sold some items on the black market to help finance their campaign. the human cost, though, is clear. this video shows 25 men in a packed amphitheater before the apparent execution. and now the beheading of a renowned archeologist who devoted his life to palmyra. now at the mercy of isil. neave barker, al jazeera. thousands of syrians are continuing to leave the country.
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many are entering the european union by crossing from turkey to europe. on tuesday six syrian refugees drowned when their boat overturned and on monday around 20 were rescued. the syrians are now being taken to northern greece and from there it's a bus journey to the border. this has become a regular site as people wait to board trains to macedonia. the biggest crowds form in the morning. once across the border, it's another train. this time through serbia, towards hungary. the red cross estimates as many as 200 crowd these trains every day. our correspondent jonah hull has
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more from kos on the refugee's desperate journeys. >> reporter: they keep on coming well into the daylight hours of the morning as we saw. for many it's a fairly short and direct journey. that's the turkish shore behind me, but others find themselves adrift at the mercy of the currents, hoping for rescue. it comes down in many cases to a question of money. if you have got money, then you can afford to pay more to the people smugglers over there for better boats, and if you don't, then you take your chances sometimes with tragic consequences. an early-morning rescue by the greek coast guard. yet another precarious vessel in distress. many others do make it across. this is a family of syrian refugees who finally arrived on the shores of kos, an island in the european union.
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>> it is very dangerous. >> reporter: did you pay somebody to give you this boat? >> yeah, $1,000. >> reporter: per person? >> yeah. 500 for children. >> reporter: the shoreline is littered with the remnants of overnight arrivals. it is a fairly short but sometimes perilous crossing from turkey. six people, including a child have drowned when their dingy overturned. this boat arrived at 2:00 am according to a witness who saw approximately 50 people clamber off and disappear down the beach. this represents the business end class, it is relatively safe, and it is estimated that those on board will have paid around $2,000 a head to make the
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journey. this is the budget airline equivalent. a flimsy dingy powered by a motor to often fails. using such a vessel these pakistanis were lucky to survive. >> he is saying we are coming at the site, our battery is empty, our battery laster, and we row the ship and -- and at this time, three of us, we row the ship, three of us at the sea. >> reporter: so the boat was drifting and then the coast guard rescued. >> then the coast guard came and rescued all of them. >> reporter: the coast guard returns to court heavily laden once again, and it won't be the last. tensions do look like they could be on the increase here on the island of kos, a crowd built up outside of the police station waiting for registration papers
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was bigger and angrier than they were before. they have been living in terrible conditions in the heat here. we met officials from the refugee agency of the united nations who said they were ready and able to set up a tent camp pretty quickly here, but they are struggling to get the go-ahead from local authorities, and the enormous ferry that has been chartered left kos on wednesday morning heading to the north helping these people out of greece towards macedonia, where nay be continue their journey on. the implication seems to be the greeks would like to do as little as possible to help people here and would much rather see them leave the island as quickly as possible. germany says it expects more than 800,000 migrants to enter the country this year.
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360,000 have arrive sod far in 2015. the interior minister says the numbers are challenging, although not overwhelming, but warned it can't continue in this way. >> translator: germany cannot take 40% of all of the asylum seekers coming in forever. the e.u. commission has to take action against the e.u. member countries that do not fulfill their obligations. it can't be without consequences. new allegations of rape by u.n. peace keepers in central african republic have emerged. the families of three young women claimed the women were raped by the contingent. more now from gabriel who is live at the u.n. for us. gabe, tell us more about these latest allegations. >> reporter: very troubling allegations once again according to the united nations, releasing
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information that three young women were allegedly raped at the hands of three peace keepers in the central inform can republic. one of the three of the alleged victims apparently is a minor, under 18 years old. there are not a lot of details we know so far, but there are over 18,000 peace keepers from more than 45 different countries. so far the u.n. has not released what nationality the alleged perpetrators are from, however, we do know this apparently took place in a town about 350 kilometers outside of the capitol. let's listen to a little bit more of what the u.n. spokesperson had to say about
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this. >> on the central african republic, the u.n. mission said a new series of allegations of misconduct have recently come to light. these new allegations concern a report that three young females were raped by three members of the military contend gent. the allegations were reported to the mission's human right's division on the 12th of august. >> now what happens next? the u.n. has said that they have told the -- the countries that were these alleged perpetrators are from, or country, that they have ten days to tell the u.n. if that country is going to investigate themselves or not. again, the nationality of the alleged perpetrators has not been released yet by the under. if they fail to do so, the u.n. says they will step in and
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investigate themselves. this is a troubling tend in the central african republic. it was last week that ban ki-moon fired the head of the central african republic after other allocations came to light, one of those was allegations of raping a 12-year-old girl in that country, as well as the shooting death of two unarmed civilians allegedly also at the hands of u.n. peace keepers. so it is clearly throwing the peace keeping prayings there into turmoil, if not chaos. since last april when the mission actually started just a little over a year ago, there have been 61 allegations of wrongdoing by u.n. peace keepers just in the central african republic. of those 13 allegations of abuse by u.n. peace keepers there. so these latest allegations
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certainly not going to do anything to get this situation back on track. we have yet to hear from u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon, but last week when he announced the firing of head of the mission, he said he was incredibly disturbed by these allegations and called together a session of the security council to discuss this as well, but so far today i have not heard from the secretary general about these latest allegations of rape. >> gabe thank you. still to come on this news hour, thai police identify the main suspect in monday's bangkok bombing and say he wasn't alone. the healthier alternative to cigarettes? scientists say e-cigarettes can help smokers overcome their
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welcome back. a reminder of the top stories here on alyaz. turkey's president says the country is moving swiftly towards early election. it follows the failure of the government to form a majority after losing in the elections. the u.n. children's agency has described yemen as one of the most terrifying places in the world to be a child. and israel has suspended thedy tension of a palestinian hunger striker while he receives medical treatment. he'll remain in hospital, but has ended his hunger strike. the netherlands has given the final green line to the greek bailout plan. they voted 4-1 in favor of greece's 86 billion euro financial package. but there was rebellion within the ranks of angela merkel ruling party, suggesting this is
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the last time she can to parliament for aid of athens. so funds should now be released in time for greece to make a payment due on thursday. we are joined by a policy analyst, who specializes in the politics and economics of southern europe and the e.u. institution. thanks for coming into the studio. angela merkel faced pretty significant opposition, does this suggest that she has gone as far as she can go? >> i think the vote was significant, because the bailout package was always likely to be approved but in germany, we know we have a grand coalition, so with support of the left, the package was always going to be
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approved by parliament. but 63 mp's voted against the package. so this means the domestic political fallout former -- r -- former call is becoming a bit more serious. and the prime minister for the campaign on a pledge of no more dutch loans to greece, and it's clear that now the promise has been broken. so we have political fallout across europe, not just in greece. >> greece itself what does it have to achieve to get this bailout package? and can it achieve that? >> now with the national approvals completed now, we can say that the bailout can get underway, so this is when the difficult times arrive, so now the big question is
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implementation. so now can the greek government deliver in terms of budget adjustment, structural reforms, we know that the greek prime minister himself has said that he had to sign this agreement, because it was the only alternative to a euro exit, but it doesn't quite believe it is the right way forward for his country, so of course it creates this racist doubts on whether the greek government will actually do its best. so the bailout now gets ukkedway, we have the first review in october which is when the imf will announce whether it will take part in the bailout or not. >> this crisis seems to lurch from one crisis to another, you get other one hurdle, and another one almost immediately occurs. also how on earth are they going to get the greek debt down. in that argument is raging
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across europe. >> absolutely. and the two issues are closely related, because in order for the imf to be on board, the imf needs to think that greece is sustainable to repay the debt. the imf has agreed in principal to accept the bailout, but this is conditioned on greece. what does that mean? a writedown of greek debt is off of the table, so what can be done? the interest rate can be lowered a bit more. there can be a longer grace period, so there can be an adjustment. will it be enough to convince the imf, probably just about, but the participation will likely be on a limited amount of money. and probably the imf is stretching.
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christine lagarde is stretching quite a bit already in terms of the rules of the imf in order for the imf to take part in this bailout. we are facing again hard times. >> yeah, the crisis continues. thanks so much for coming in. thank you. the e.u. is pressuring russia to release an estonian policeman who has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for spying. estonia claims he was abducted by russian forces and his failing is illegal. >> reporter: this is the man talking with his lawyer in a courtroom in russia. now he is facing 15 years in prison after being convicted of spying. his lawyer says he will serve his sentence in a russian hard labor camp and be fined $1,500. >> we condemn the judgment and demand his release and free return back home.
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our position hasn't changed. onduction on the 5th of september last year, was a violation of international law, violation of human rights. >> reporter: he was arrested near a border check point last september and charges with criming including smuggling arms. russia says he was found carrying more than $5,000 in cash, and a handgun, and documents proving he was on an intelligence mission. but estonia and the european union have also insisted that he was abducted by unknown gunmen and taken over the boarder. >> his abduction and illegal restriction in russia demonstrate a clear violation of international law. he has been deprived of the right to a free trial.
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the estonian counsel was not allowed to be present at the hearings, and he was deprived of adequate legal aid. >> estonia says he was stopped while investigating smuggling operations of russian officials. estonia urged its fellow nato members to take a tough stance to russia over its involvement in the war. the latest sentence will do nothing to ease those tensions. police in thailand say they leave the main suspect in the bangkok bombing is a foreigner and did not act alone. 22 people died in monday's attack on a shrine in the city center. from bangkok scott heidler reports. >> reporter: this is the man thai police are hunting for in connection with the shrine attack. they issued an arrest warrant for him, saying he appeared to be a foreigner. they are offering a $28,000
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reward for information related to his arrest. but police don't think he acted alone. they say two other suspects have been identified in closed circuit tv footage of the blast site. >> once we get to the bomb makers then we can get some identity, but for the moment some of these pieces from the bomb are seemingly coming from our own country. >> reporter: he adds the physical evidence could offer signatures that could help them pinpoint where the bomb was made. they are not ruling anything out, especially when it comes to the motivation behind the attacks. these bombings come just as tourism is rebounding here in thailand. and the all-important chinese market doubled in the same
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period compared to last year. they say this is a direct attack on thais and this nation's economy that is so strongly connected to tourism. >> translator: at fist i was shocked to hear about the blast after assessing the situation, i think bangkok might be safer after the bomb. >> reporter: as friends and relatives look at the list of dead and injured, thailand's government admits it will have to work harder to prevent more attacks. a japanese rocket is on its way to the international space station. >> three, two, one, engines igniting. the solid rocket boosters and liftoff. >> reporter: it's japanese for white stork lifted off after a delay for bad weather.
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it is scheduled to reach the space station on monday bringing much needed food and equipment after a series of failed missions. officials in the u.s. say around 30,000 firefighters and support staff are battle flames in states across the west. oregon and washington state have been described as high priority, while california's four-year drought is providing perfect conditions for the flames to take hold. active duty soldiers were called in to help fight the fires for the first time in eight years. smokers in the u.k. could be prescribed e-cigarettes to help them quit after they were approved a healthier alternative. the surprising decision comes despite public health england having previously criticized
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e-cigarettes as a gateway to smoking use. >> reporter: to vape or not to vape, that is the question. on wednesday the health body came out in favor of vaping. >> every year nearly 80,000 people still die from smoking. so we really want to encourage all smokers to quit and to quit for good. there are a range of tools available. using cessation services, which we know are effective, but e-cigarette also provide an opportunity for smokers to reduce their harm from smoking. >> reporter: these could be up to 95% less harmful than ordinary cigarettes. but the long-term effects of vaping are still unknown.
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but there is an urgency to tackle the effects of smoking. 1 billion people around the world smoke tobacco, about half die every year from smoking-related causes according to the world health organization. another 600,000 non-smokers die as a result of second-hand smoke. >> there doesn't seem to be any appetite for using them among non-smokers. these are aimed at smokers. what we're seeing is that e-cigarettes are helping people to stop successfully. >> reporter: this is a plan to fast track a plan approved. if it gets the go-ahead, doctors may be able to prescribe e-cigarettes to help those trying to quit. and still to come on this
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news hour from london, prepares to say good-bye we'll hear from sri lanka on how they plan to send off one of their most successful batsman. >> reporter: i'm here where the festival has taken over the city and every available inch of space has become a stage. ♪
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♪ welcome back. time for all of your latest sports news how with sunna. >> thank you very much felicity.
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britain's double olympian champion has been elected as the head of the governing body, following claims it has turned a blind eye to rampant doping. adrian brown reports. >> reporter: it was a secret vote for a very public role. an election to choose a president for a sport in crisis. [ applause ] >> reporter: and the front runner triumphs. >> this for me is the pinnacle. it is my sport, the passion, the thing i have always want doed. >> reporter: he faced only one contender. coe one by 23%. allegations that it failed to
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act on evidence of wide-spread blood doping between 2001 and 2012. coe has been a president since 2007. >> there is a zero tolerance to the abuse of doping in my sport, and i will maintain that to the very highest level of vigilance. and that is something that clearly over the next week or two, i will want to sit down and discuss with my colleagues. >> reporter: his supporters insist can help restore the immakes of international track and field. >> he has many challenges and he has to be the man to turn it around. >> reporter: the outgoing president recently turned 82 and has been in the job 16 years. he has defended the body's handling of doping under his watch. sebastian coe takes over a body
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that has been under siege in recent weeks. now he has pledged to cleanup world athletics, but needs more money and time. following his appointment the reelected iaaf vice president is positive about the future of aesthetthletiathletic. >> we need to check on the challenges and find solutions. we need to restore the trust of everybody. we need to clean ourselves from what is going on in this media. i think this sport is the greatest sport. it will continue as a great sport. our duty is to make sure that everything is going according to what is the plan, and also we have to promote it more and more.
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this is the matter of the sports. so i think it's going to be great for us in the future. football now, the playoffs ties kicks off in the next few minutes. in possibly the most juicy tie, two-time runners up, valencia are playing last season's quarter finally, monaco. the winner of the two legs progress to the group stages. real madrid have already made it to the group stages. the croatian international joins for a reported fee of $38 million. he is excited about joining real and linking up with one in particular. >> translator: i know every player here is great, but there is one, of course, who is the greatest, the one who gets most of the goals around madrid, and
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that's christiano rental -- renaldo. one of the greatest batsman in cricket and certainly in sri lanka history is set to play in his final match. he will retire after his team complete their second test against india. he is the fifth highest test scorer of all time, and is one short of the record of 12 double centuries? a test. >> he has worked extremely hard and he is so determined to do that, and i truly wish and hope that he -- he does that. but, yeah, i mean, it's going to be an emotional game for him as well, because he has been with us for so long, and he has been with the national team for so long, and, you know, as i always say he has been the backbone of
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sri lanka cricket batting over the last 18 years. >> going into the final ashes test on thursday, australian captain admits that supporters have every right to feel they have been let down by himself and his side. it will be the last time he will strap on his pads leading into the test. australia have already lost the series. softball team made up of 11 and 12-year-old girls have been accused of match fixing at the little league word series. the team from washington state had already advanced to the next round and benched their best players in monday's game which sent their rivals out of competition. the accusation is they lost deliberately, and little league organizers forced them into a try broker, a game with iowa, which they also lost. the dallas cowboys and the
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st. louis rams have canceled the second of two joint training camps after this happened. the drawl broke out between dozens of players. at least one got punched in the face. tension had been building between the teams for the last two days. coaches could do nothing to pry apart their teams. that's it for me back to felicity. the largest annual arts festival in the world is taking place now. and they have once again converged on the scottish capitol with more than 3,000 shows scheduled. the festival is completely open access with new talent allowed to simply show up and perform. charlie angela is at the heart of the action. >> reporter: they are engulfed
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with performers who are using every stunt to showcase their talent. there are no rules or artistic limits. the festival is open to anyone with a story to tell. >> good morning, reservations thank you for calling, how can i help you? >> reporter: marcus has already made it big as a comedian on tv, but he keeps coming back. >> how are you! it attracts everybody like huge-name comics and brand new people waiting to be discovered. i was discovered here. i won the bbc new comedian award in 1996, met tv and radio producers, and more importantly this is where i got good at what i do. >> reporter: here the competition is brutal, with over 3,000 shows all tries to attract the same audiences, it's all about how many fliers they can
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get out, or how many posters they can stick up around the city. >> hello! >> reporter: amy is taking her standing-up debut in a tiny venue with a lukewarm audience. >> reporter: my catch phrase is you find yourself alone in a field of horses which are on fire. [ laughter ] >> reporter: she says she has to be here to get noticed but will come away out of pocket. >> it's crazy isn't it? everyone makes money apart from the artists. >> reporter: but artists are here to hone their craft and hopefully find an agent. >> people performing here right now, will end up touring nationally, will end up in
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films. >> reporter: the next thing could be found in a laundriet, a church, or even a bus. with costs soaring artists know performing here right break the bank but not their part. >> charlie angela al jazeera. here is an unusual protest. the worldwide fund for nature recruited half a million leaf-cutt leaf-cutter ants at a zoo in germany to send an important message about deforestation in the amazon. they carried what might be called leaf-lets. the protest was aimed at angela merkel who is visiting brazil this week. that's it for this particular news hour. thanks for watching.
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