critics say it derails the peace process. the battle for syria's highways. the government takes control in aleppo but loses a key supply line in hamas. the japanese chapel of love made it to the final of this year's world architectural festival. the latest in sport coming up for you during the malaysian grandz pre, the same thing happened to rossi's motogp title hopes. details are coming up. egypt's president sisi says he's ready to work with all our friends to ensure the safety of foreign tourists after the sinai plane crash. he's been meeting prime minister cameron in london and hundreds
are protesting his human rights record. cameron says it's more likely than not a bomb was the cause of the sinai crash. flights on the uk will resume on friday. >> reporter: finally laid to rest, her 6-year-old school canteen worker, devoted mother and grandmother and the first of the 224 victims to be buried. as investigators in the sinai increase the search area around where flight 9268 came down, british and egyptian leaders met in london. they discussed coordinating effort to fly some 20,000 british holiday makers home safely. >> translator: we are ready to cooperate further with any procedures that we are sure all our friends and the security measures in place and airport will save to the plant. >> they had additional intelligence indicating an isil
affiliate could have been behind the disaster. >> we can't be certain that the russian airliner was brought down by a terrorist bomb. it looks increasingly likely that that was the case, and so i act on the intelligence, i act on the advice of experts and it's the right thing to do to suspend these flights until we can safely bring people home. >> reporter: russia maintains any theory on the crash at this stage remains pure speculation, and they're angry over not being part of new information is palpable. >> translator: it's surprising that it's not specialists or experts making the public statement about this, but the chief of a foreign affairs ministry and frankly we're really shocked to find out that the british government has information which could shed light on what happened in midair in egypt. >> reporter: another new piece of information, this video from the isil affiliate in iraq showing members celebrating the plane crash.
following the suspension of all british flights to and from sham elsheik, the government sent in aviation experts and a small milita military team. they're putting measures in place and ensuring that everything that goes onto the planes is carefully screened. stranded tourists are told flights back to britain could begin on friday, but not before the government is convinced the passengers will be safe. as the search continues for more remains from the disaster, people are pinning their hoping on the data recorded by the flight's black boxes hoping they will answer the many questions of what happened in the final moments. charli angelo, al jazeera, london. >> we have more on the days protests outside downing street. >> reporter: it was a highly anticipated visit. egypt's sisi finally arrived at downing street on thursday, but the egyptian leader's trip started with unwelcome news that the uk had suspended all flights
to and from shamal sheik, a popular tourist des nation. outside downing street hundreds gathered to denounce the visit. their view that a man they hold responsible for killing thousands of civilians and arresting over 40,000 people should never be invited to the uk. >> we're saying very clearly that sisi has committed crimes against humanity. he should not be welcome in britain and that he's a threat to security and stability in egypt and elsewhere. >> reporter: some demonstrators dressed in body bags and nooses lay down outside the prime minister's residence blocking the entrance. a symbolic protest to depict the hundreds sentenced to death and/or killed since the 2013 coup. he was eventually forcibly removed and arrested by the police. >> you're killing them every day. >> reporter: the egyptian embassy in london also mobilized
people. on the other side of the road that's in support of sisi gathered. their message? the former general is the only man who can protect egypt. cameron has come under a lot of criticism for inviting sisi, the head of the opposition in the uk said the visit showed contempt for human rights. it was no surprise, then, that this press conference was tightly controlled by downing street. al jazeera was not allowed to attend. instead, we were forced to ask our questions from across the street as sisi left. mr. sisi, when will you release the 40,000 political prisoners? mr. sisi, when will release the journalists in jail? mr. sisi, when will you release the political prisoners in egypt? mr. sisi, why don't you want to answer these questions? unfortunately, as you can see, the issue of human rights in sisi's visit to the uk has not been at the forefront of that agenda. rather, prime minister cameron and sisi have chosen to focus on
security issues, tradish is and other things, and that's what's caused a lot of anger amongst a lot of people opposed to this visit. >> david cameron shouldn't have let sisi walk out of the door without talking about human rights. the key to regional security, and egypt is waging a counterterrorism campaign that doesn't differentiate between peaceful protesters and members of armed groups. >> reporter: sisi is expected to return to cairo on friday. he may view this trip as reinforcing his position as a statesman. but with protests like these in many foreign capitals he has visited, opposition to his presidency is also clearly widespread. al jazeera, london. >> with me now is an associate professor at the london school of economics. he joins me at the stewed notice now. the cameron/sisi meeting taking
place, we see pictures of protests and general opposition to sisi's visit to the country but also, of course, the russian plane crash in egypt. what is your assessment of how it all went? >> well, the russian plane crash is a significant complicating factor for this visit, because president sisi wants to pose as a strong man to deliver security. this bomb on a plane indicates quite the opposite. so it's a major bump in the road for this attempt to rehabilitate the u.k./egypt relationship in the wake of the coup of the 3rd of july, 2013. >> has anything materially, fundamentally changed in the u.k./egypt relationship given the strength of their sort of economic ties and arms deals? >> well, the fact that a coup was carried out by the egyptian
armed forces, which president sisi was the head, against an elected president did create diplomatic embarrassment for the united kingdom, for france, for the united states. >> they weren't vocal about if? >> they weren't. the embarrassment coming because people in the u.k. and in egypt believe in democracy up to a point, and therefore, they put pressure on leaderships who want to collaborate even where we're dealing with dictatorship. so the phase we're in in u.k./egypt relations is an attempt to rehabilitate the relationship between sisi and david cameron, especially in this larger regional context. that's why the visit is important. >> has president sisi's trip to
the u.k. to some extent diminished his international standing coming just when cameron was making these comments about suspending u.k. flights between the u.k. and sharm he will shake. we know he's trying to derive his legitimacy in the country from restoring the economic strength to the country. tourism comes from much of that. has this trip perhaps done more harm than good for him? >> i think it has been a bumpy ride. even when sisi has a chance to explain himself in interviews with the western media, about hard questions about the massacres that took place on the 14th of august, 2013 where nearly a thousand civilians protesting peacefully lost their lives haven't been put to him directly. he hasn't seemed especially
convincing on the issues, and also he's having a difficult time posing as the figure who can deliver security. i hope that people will see that security shouldn't be con flated with dictatorship. it's not necessarily the fierce state that is the stable state or even the economically prosperous state. those states can be quite brittle. the history of the region shows this again and again. >> john from the london school of economics, thank you for coming in. >> thank you very much. they're much more to come on the al jazeera news hour. why some nationalities are not being extended germany's welcoming hand to refugees. under attack. find out what is threatening the ocean's most sensitive creatures. the world antidoping agency is set to publish evidence of widespread drug use in russian athletics as a fallout from the arrest of the sports former boss continues. inues.
now, the outgoing u.n. special envoy for libya defended his new job. he's going to work for the united arab emirates, which supports the u.n.-backed government based in the eastern city. he'll take over at z the head of the uae's diplomacy academy, but it brought a furious response from the tripoli-based government that asked the u.n. to explain. live to gabriel following this story at the united nations. gabe, he spoke a little bit earlier on defending his new job. tell us more about what he had to say. >> reporter: that's right, leon spoke to the security council but it was a routine briefing updating the council on the political progress and the challenges that remain in libya as the u.n. tries to broker some sort of power-sharing agreement
between the two governments there that both claim to be legitimate governments. after that is when he faced really pointed questions from journalists that were asking him really about this controversy as it can be described as nothing else about him essentially taking a job with this aub date of birthy think tank and one supported by the uae government. this has a potential to throw off the entire political process at a very critical time, and that's exactly what we asked leon after the security council meeting. >> the gnc sent a letter to the security council, and they're not too happy with you. they question your impartiality and say it could put in jeopardy
the political process you worked so hard to get in place. how do you respond to that, knowing that now could be in jeopardy because of your actions to take this job in the uae government? >> well, you know, i have spent time and you know very well i spent the summer responding to critics that i was supporting the other side. since july you remember that in july the agreement was initialled in morocco, and the gnc was not there. all my effort since june has been to bring the gnc on board, and i have been attacked day and night. why? if they didn't sign, why are you so keen to bring them on board? my answer was always because this has to be an inclusive agreement. >> so, gabe, tell us more about the u.n. response to this.
there must be concern about how leon's new role might impact u.n.-brokered efforts to bring those two governments in libya together, talks which were already very difficult. >> reporter: yeah, that's absolutely right of. the talks are difficult, but they were making some progress and there was hope at least that perhaps an agreement could be worked out by the end of this month. that's what we heard from the libyan ambassador to the u.n. earlier today. however, that now seems like it could be unlikely, and that's because the gnc, the other government entity that's not supported by the uae sent this letter to secretary-general ban ki-moon questioning the i am impashth of leon and asking for an explanation on his ties to the uae. this could at a critical time throw off the talks now. as far as the u.n. is concerned,
we asked ban ki-moon's spokesperson about this. he said essentially that the u.n. supports leon. they think that he's done a good job there in his tenure, but they also say that ban ki-moon does very much think that all of his special envoys should have very high ethics whether when it comes to negotiating outside jobs while they're dealing with mediation around the world as well. the u.n. is going to continue to face questions about this, because quite frankly it just doesn't look very good and it comes at a very, very, very bad time. >> thanks very much, gabriel, live for us at the united nations in new york. now, at least 50 civilians and isil fighters have been killed by russian war planes that bombed a popular market in eastern syria. a number of people were injured. the town on the border are iraq has been under isil control since last summer. meanwhile, the syrian government says it's taken chrome of a
strategic highway into the divided city of aleppo. the route allows it to supply its forces based in the western part of the city. the road was cut off by isil fighters last month, but the government lost ground on another key supply line in northern hama. we report on the battle from control in beirut from neighboring lebanon. >> reporter: this is one battle in a war focusing on syria's highways. the opposition has advanced in the countryside taking control of most of morik in the western part of the country. there have been weeks of fighting since the government in syria pushed into the rye john. they have been backed by russian air strikes, but the rebels have managed to take background in this region. it's north of government controlled hama city, and it's close to a main highway that runs through syria's major cities. the government wants to take full control of the countryside to protect its strongholds and
push further north. >> translator: the regime pushed to no regain highways. they need land routes. the opposition has now turned tables and cut the road. the government is in a difficult position now. >> reporter: it has regain grounds on another front. the forces recaptured an important supply route. when isil captured et road over a week ago, it was seen as a setback for the government. this road is a lifeline for the military and people that live in western-controlled districts in the divided city of aleppo. the main highway between aleppo and the capital further south has been blocked by the opposition for years. this new battle is about securing highways. it always has been. the army has had manpower problems. even with the support of allies like lebanon's hezbollah movement it choose battles.
the goal is to secure movement between the cities and maintain control whaf it calls core territories. this fight, however, has political goals. each side is hoping to change the balance of power in order to impose their own settlement, and while technical gains have been made since the start of the recent military campaign, neither side has achieved a strategic win. al jazeera, beirut. now, a confidential report by the global chemical weapons watch dog has found mustard gas again being used in the conflict in syria. the report seen by the reuters news agency say it was used between fighting between isil and another rebel group in august. it's the first confirmation of mustard being used in syria since the country agreed to destroy it's chemical weapons stockpile. greg tillman is a senior fellow with the arms control association and joins me now from washington. this isn't the first time there have been claims of attacks
involving chemicals particularly in this town, a front line town in the northern city of aleppo in syria. what can you tell us, though, about this latest report? >> well, there has been sporadic reports for some time about the use of chlorine in barrel bombs, for example, throughout syria. what is interesting about this is it's sulfur mustard is one of the agents that syria had in large amounts prior to 2013 when, after a use of chemical weapons that most attributed to the syrian government, the syrian government under pressure agreed to getting rid of all of its chemical weapons inventory. 1300 meth tri -- metric tons we destroyed through the good offices of the organization for the prevention of chemical weapons, the u.n. and a number
of u.n. members. this was all of the declared facilities and all the declared stockpiles were destroyed. now, if, in fact, mustard has been used recently in syria, that means either that the assad government had some stockpiles that it did not declare or isis has figured out a way to manufacture this on its own. in either case, it's bad news. >> so what are you hearing there in washington, d.c. where you're from officials that concerns possibly growing over isil's chemical warfare capability? >> well, i think there is, obviously, concern about isil from a number of perspectives, but one of the great achievements of getting rid of
this very large arsenal of assad's chemical weapons was that we greatly reduced the danger that any of the parties in the syrian civil war would have access to or be able to use is very lethal chemical weapons. so although the hope was that these agents had been removed from the table, if that is not the case, if isil has either found some way to get the remaining government stockpile or has figured out a way to manufacture it, that's a new element, which will make this awful and bloody conflict even more deadly. >> thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on this story, greg tillman, senior fellow with the arms control association. now, the u.n.'s humanitarian
agency says over the next four months it expects at least 5,000 refugees to arrive in greece from turkey every single day. most of the refugees are trying to get to germany because they know their bid for asylum will be looked into, but that maybe changed as they expel. figures show in the first nine months of this year more than 70,000 or a quarter of all asylum seekers came from syria. yet more people than that, 75,000 came from kosovo and albania. many arrived in germany from serbia as from afghanistan. laurence lee reports from berlin. >> reporter: parts of berlin, multi-cultural as they call it. arab and turkish communities long added to the ethnic mix, but thaifr been joined by others from the balkan countries and they're the subject of hard choices by the german government.
these albanians has left their community trying to work out whether a hostile germany is actually any better than a life in poverty where they came from. >> on the one hand they see that this is a much better life and they have security and they have hospitals, doctors, and all of these things for their children. on the other side, they feel this homesickness because they're here kind of as strangers. >> reporter: the numbers suggest that even more kosovoians than ail al baynians made the journy here. the feeling has grown as economic migrants use the syrian crisis as a trojan horse to come into germany on a false claim. the new asylum laws here serve more than one purpose for angle merkel. for a start they help her keep her right wing coalition
together, that believes germany is becoming a soft touch for anybody that wants to come here. merkel can argue getting rid of tens of thousands of people from the balkans free up money and space for tens of thousands of refugees from syria. the removals are already beginning. police arrives at apartment blocs to explain to kosovoians, macedonians and seshs and albanians that they have to go. >> translator: it's a really big job. the immigration authority and police don't have enough resources to expel all the people. they are trained police talking to them hoping they will volunteer to leave. we offer them money to return home. >> reporter: the central claim by the german government that all the balkan countries are safe that aren't war zones aren't the same when many say they're at great risk if they're
forced to return. >> i wouldn't say they fall under the geneva convention, but we have a situation where they would endure when they go back to kosovo. it's a situation which would not allow them to have a life in dignity. >> reporter: still nearly 200,000 people from the balkans will be removed under their scheme. however desperate their situation at home, their failed cases are collateral damage of the syrian war. laurence lee, al jazeera, berlin. more to come for you on al jazeera. rome tries scoring of politicians, businessmen and gangsters accusing of rigging lucrative public contract. george bush slams his son's former aides over 9/11 in his new book. and in sports pakistan's have a spin on the final day of the third test.
you're watching the al jazeera news hour. after the sinai plane crash. he's been mith british prime minister david cameron in london. the u.n. chief negotiator in libya is criticized for taking a job with the united arab emirates, the country that supports the government in tu bruk. uk. the former u.s. president george bush sr. made serious allegations about the role played by key figures in his son's administration following the september 11th attacks. in a biography released next week he types swipes at his son's vice president dick cheney and donald rumsfeld suggests
they had too much influence on decisions to go to war in iraq and afghanistan. it's been reported that bush sr. accuses cheney of circumventing the presidency by creating a national security team under the control of the vice president's office. in the biography bush sr. also accuses former secretary of defense rumsfeld of arrogance and hurting the credibility of president george w. bush. bush sr. specifically cited george w.'s 2002 speech linking u.s. enemies, iraq, iran, and north korea. >> north korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction while sta h starves its citizens. iran pursues these weapons and exports terror while an unelected few repress the ir iranian people's hope for freedom. iraq flaunts its hostility towards america and support terror. states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an
axis of evil arming to threaten the peace of the world. by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. >> lawrence said that george bush sr. is now senior fellow at the center for american progress and joins me now from washington, d.c. thank you for speaking to us. you know, there's always been this speculation about what might have gone on behind closed doors, and what george bush sr. might have said to his son in terms toft response to the # 11 attacks. what are your thoughts now on the public criticism of dick cheney and donald rumsfeld? >> well, there's no doubt that the elder bush did not think we should go into iraq, but obviously he didn't want to tell his son directly. in fact, in the book he basically says, you know, he
made his own decisions because brent skoal kroft, who was the bush sr.'s national security adviser wrote an op-ed in the "wall street journal" about six months before the war saying it was a big mistake. the fact is he wouldn't have done that without checking with the elder. i think that the elder bush had recommended cheney as vice president because he was very happy with him when he was his secretary of defense. but then he saw the way he was acting, and i think he believed quite correctly he had too much influence on his son and, of course, rumsfeld, who he had worked with going back to the administration of richard nixon, he never did think much of him. basically he thought he was just -- i won't use the term he used in the book, but just too hard over on the issues about using force. >> do you think -- well, do you think that bush sr. perhaps has some regrets in terms of not
being as vocal as he could in the use of force in the wars in iraq and afghanistan that followed the 9/11 attacks? >> well, i think not in afghanistan, but particularly iraq. i think he would have, obviously, and he's disappointed because, remember, after the first gulf war people said, why don't you go and get rid of saddam, and he basically said what do we do when we get to baghdad? that's something his son didn't think about either, and he had to live with the consequences. so i think he's trying to set the historical record here that we all knew it, but i think he's finally come out and said it. he's not going to blame his son directly, but i think what he's saying is he got bad advice from the people around him. >> of course, we see the consequences of those two wars playing out right now. it looks as though that they will continue beyond obama's presidency. when you look at what has been said here by bush sr., he accuses cheney of empowering his
own team at the expense of the presidency, and he describes rumsfeld as being arrogant and as being a figure that hurt the credibility of presidency. what are the implications here, perhaps, for when it comes to the power of the executive and the team surrounding the president when it comes to making such crucial foreign policy decisions? that this was able to happen? >> well, i think the lesson is do not elect a president who does not understand the world and foreign policy, because the second president bush came in. he had no foreign policy background. you know, he didn't even germany was in nato or pakistan was run by a military general. so when you put people around him who are as arrogant and forceful as, you know, dynamic, if you will, as cheney and rumsfeld, it was easy for them
to sway him using 9/11 to do what they really wanted to do all along, which was to get rid of saddam hussein. >> how potentially harmful is that to be so open about the fact xoech confirming what many people thought or knew or expected. but to be so open about the fact that effectively the most powerful man in the world can be manipulated in this way if these accusations are to be believed? >> yeah. i think it says we have to be very careful about who we put in office, because we have an election coming up now. you have a lot of candidates wo don't seem to have very much experience, because if you don't, then you can be taken in by the people around you who have much more experience. remember, cheney and rumsfeld had been basically in washington since the administration of richard nixon working on foreign policy issues, so they had much more background. i think toward the end of his presidency, the younger bush did realize that he actually did
fire rumsfeld and stopped paying attention to cheney, but by then it was too late. >> that's sounds like a fascinating book. lawrence, very good to get your thoughts on it. thank you. >> thank you for having me. now, rescue teams are searching through the rubble of a collapsed factory in pakistan with 150 people thought to still be inside. at least 21 people died in wednesday's incident, but it's not clear what caused the building's collapse. there was structural damage in the area due to an earthquake there last week. al jazeera has this update from the site. >> reporter: for a second night running, rescue teams are trying desperately to dig corridors or gaping holes to try and reach those who are buried under the rubble of a large factory building that you see behind me. it is now the second night, and the attempts are being made to cut through the concrete and steel in order to reach possible
survivors who may be in pockets of air under the rubble. this industrial state is situated about 30 kilometers south of lahore city. this is also the industrial hub of the punjab province. people are saying that the building collapsed because of poor construction. despite the fact that there were warnings about the poor quality of construction, the owner decided to add yet another floor to this building. right now you can see it is proving to be a very difficult task. pakistan doesn't have the experience to deal with this kind of emergency. despite the fact that there have seen a deadly earthquake in 2005. pakistan has to prepare to deal with such emergencies if it wants to save more lives. importantly, these teams are still working round the clock with the hope that they will be able to find survivors.
we were able to see some survivors being pulled out, but as time goes by, hope is fading for others trapped beneath the rubble. protesters in bangladesh carried marked coffins through the street of darak. crowds tried to force their way through police barricades. the murders are blamed on hard line muslim groups. they accuse the government of failing to take action against the groups. now moving to italy where more than 40 people have gone on trial in rome in a major corruption case. criminals, businessmen and politicians are accused of being part of a network that rigged lucrative public contracts in italy for years. from rome we have the report. >> reporter: rome is on trial. is this the capital of italy's criminal underworld? over the past 11 months
authorities say they have unearthed evidence that the city was run by a network of criminals, businessmen and local politicians who used extortion, racketeering, corruption, and money laundering to rig public service contracts. tactics so similar, the investigation was rebranded capital mafia. >> translator: it's a classic mafia method. in rome members of a former criminal group managed to bribe politicians. if someone didn't cooperate with contracts, they used violence. >> reporter: investigators say the network was led by this man, a convicted criminal nicknamed the pirate after he lost an eye in a shoot-out with police in 1991. he and his alleged acomplipss are accused of siphoning off millions of dollars supposed to pay for street cleaning and
garbage collection leaving the city without the service. the crime syndicate allegedly won contracts to manage refugee centers exploits of refugee crisis. a business so lucrative on a wiretapped phone call they called it more profitable than drug trafficking. on thursday the lawyers of the defendants did not deny claims of corruption but said they shouldn't be tried at mafia mobsters. >> translator: in this trial there are no charges related to any blood or violence. there are no attacks. there have been no bombs or cars. it is very difficult to manage mafia monsters to pay public servants in exchange of favors. >> reporter: rome is in desperate need of leadership. the former mayor is under investigation over the his role in the scandal. nut r the new mayor was recently forced to resign over a relatively minor expense
scandal, even though he handed over the proof of years of corruption in the city's administration to the authorities. even though this is a fast track trial, it will take months for a verdict to be reached. ed in in the meantime rome is in the hands of a commissioner appointed by the government. he will have to manage a sfe in financial ruin. al jazeera, rome. climate change is threatening the world's shellfish, especially oysters, one of the ocean's most sensitive creatures. scientists are working to finds new methods to help save them from extinction. >> a lot of things contribute to what's a good oyster. >> reporter: the ocean is changing and the oysters especially the babies are changing with. >> the seed is stressed by the conditions in the oceans near shore. they're having much more difficulty growing a shell. >> reporter: the company needs to put out 5 million oysters a
year, but as he watches them struggle to grow, he's calling in help now. >> what we've learned so far is it's complex. that probably won't take you by surprise. >> reporter: as the ocean sucks up carbon from our tailpipes and smokestacks, scientists came here to study whether oysters, a crucial part of the food chain, can survive an ocean more acidic and has less oxygen. >> the change humans impose on the system is unprecedented as well as to any change in earth history. it's a really open question whether organisms adapt fast enough. >> reporter: this isn't about commercial pressures or a question of whether or not we get to eat oysters at some bar in the future. scientists here in california are trying to figure out whether clams, abalone, oysters have a future in the oceans at all. >> this environment that animals experience in this part of the range is -- we think of this as a proxy for future environment.
>> reporter: andrew's lab is collecting abalone that adapted to a naturally asis dick low oxygen environment. the idea is to find out how they evolved to survive and whether other animals can do the same. >> these are 3 to 4 years old abalone in the world. they gro to a trisize. they're both an eco-logically species. they're a proxy for all kinds of animals, basically anything with a shell around here. >> reporter: in order to evolve an animal has to reproduce enough for a genetic trait to emerge. >> our abalone prolific enough to produce nuch genetic diversity? how many babies do they have? >> a single female can generate hundreds of thousands of eggs. so if they're able to run that gauntlet of development in this future environment, then those are the ones that are most likely to be the seeds of future generations.
>> reporter: terry sawyer hopes this science can somehow future-proof his company. >> if we can maintain that, that's the goal, okay? if we're having problems in even getting the seed in the first place to put in here, that's where it all starts. >> reporter: this year has been pretty good, sawyer says. he worries about next year and the year after that and whether his oysters can change as fast as the ocean will. jacob ward, al jazeera, california. much more to come for you after a very short break. we'll have all your sports news. france and real madrid star bezniner is facing up to five years in prison. we'll have the details on that story very shortly.
welcome back. time for your sports with robin. >> thank you very much. we start with motogp and rossi's hopes of a world title have taken a huge hit. the court of arbitration upheld his punishment for kicking mark marquez during the malaysian grand prix. it took place with 14 laps to go. rossi appeared to kick at marquez resulting in the spanish world champion crashing out. he finished third in the race. officials handed him three penalty points, which means he has to start from the back of grid for the season-ends valencia grand prix this sunday. rossi leads the yamaha teammate by 7 points currently.
>> it's difficult. it was difficult anyway, but starting from last to make the teams in the race a lot more harder, and they're a lot of points of view. the star french footballer is faces up to five years in prison after being charged with a number of serious offenses. french police charged him with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group. it's part of an investigation into an extortion attempt towards the france national team. he has spent the night in police custody since being freed pending further investigation. players haven't been included in the french squad to play friendlies against germany and england later this month. >> translator: he has nothing to hide. it's astounding to read what's in the press. he proclaims his innocence and
supports his freedom with all his heart. he took no part, i state this again no part in the blackmail or blackmail attempts. he'll show he acteded in good faith and i hope it's seen as soon as possible. >> they banned five athletes for doping offenses a few days before the world anti-doping agency publishes the report. last year the documentary show odd germany television that there was a program of systemic doping in russia. on wednesday it was revealed the former head of the world athletics body is arrested by french police. the ex-iaa president was accused of taking bribes from russian officials to cover up possible doping test. the investigative journalist behind the documentary i mentioned. the link between the russians didn't surprise mihm at all.
>> i'm 100% sure they have full knowledge at least some officials about the wrongdoing of some officials in iff, particularly because one was a key person in terms of the whole process was a son of the then president of the international athletics federation. he's more or less the relevant person. he's the connection between the russians and also the iff on the other side. there was a kind of collaboration between them for a couple of months at least, maybe years, and according to our information, it's a case of one of the most famous marathon runners worldwide is not the only case in the whole context. he claims that she had to pay approximately $600,000 to cover up her suspicious blood values in 2011-2012.
so this was really a major concern for us to investigate that story, and it was reveemed that top officials from the russian federations have taken the money from her according to her information and obviously it looks like that is now confirmed by the interpol that meets the authorities in france and the investigative commission. this is the latest tennis news coming to us now. we had a big man casualty at the atp. roger federer has been knocked out. the american sent the 17-time grand slam champion packing. the 13th seed managed to blast out 27 aces in the contest, 7-6, 3-6, and 7-6 win over federer
dodge vish advanced. he extends z hi tour record in 2015 to 75 wins and only 4 losses. second seed andy murray is flew to the quarters after a straight 6-1 win over david gotham from belgium. he's in the davis cup final later in month between britain and belgium. a report is revealed that the pentagon paid millions of dollars to sports team across the nashz in exchange for displays involving the country's armed forces. the teams could be forced to return the money. we have the report. >> reporter: they're calling it paid patriotism. for years displays like this are common place at u.s. sports events, armed services honored by unfurling flags, performing the national anthem and applauded by fans. turns out it came at a price. >> unfortunately, we -- thanks to an in-depth investigation, a
lot of that patriotism is paid for. in fact, as much as $6.8 million that we saw the department of defense spend on sports marketing contracts since 2012. they, obviously, should not be doing this. >> reporter: a senate report released on wednesday revealed the demonstrations were taxpayer-funded, a multi-million dollar program intended to promote the armed services and boost recruitment. >> there's a lot of good things that professional sports do to honor the men and women who serve in the military. these millions of dollars are not acceptable of that expendz tur of taxpayer dollars. >> reporter: the investigation showed as many as 72 contracts were in place with up to 50 pro sports teams. the payments totaling $9.1 million involving the country's biggest competitions, the nfl,
nba, national hockey league, and major league baseball. >> we have went to the pentagon and asked them to provide information and it was like pulling teeth. we're still not convinced we have all the information so far. >> the practice has since been banned and the teams that profited have been urged to donate the money to charities that help veterans. future displays of patriotism will have to be free. pakistan claimed it with england in the win in united arab emirates. they lead by 238 runs for victory and ripping through the batting line-up. it was up to 156. and that's just 40 minutes into the opening session. pakistan wins by 127 here. >> i think the guys are really adopting these conditions very well and they're really making
the most of that. that's not all, and all the ballers are also really delivering that. >> that is it for now. back to london. >> thank you very much. now the world architecture festival awards take place in singapore this week. the ribbon chapel in japan is named as a finalist. they designed the wedding chapel and spoke to us about it. >> the idea was not create to an object with a strong statement that overwhelmed the environment. that's why i paired up the idea of an observatory and a chapel. i imagined how to go up there. i thought about the idea of spiral stairways. two individual trajectories of life composed the architecture. a spiral is unsteady by itself, but when it's fixed to another
spiral in the opposite direction at four different points, it allows the structure to resist the sideways pressure as well as gravity. there are various architectures in the world using spirals, but i think we're the first to make a free-standing structure in this way. the stairways perform as groups, walls and eaves. by twining the stairways creatively they perform unconventional roles and we succeed in a pure form of architecture using stairways. as they claim the stairs, i would like them to reflect on their lives, born into the world and parents raising them from a baby. as you walk about, you will encounter and pass by your partner. two separate walks of life coming to one at the summit connecting into one stream. the concept behind it is to design the pathway experience, and i think that is one of the
characteristics of japanese architecture. that dna runs through me, too. i want it to reflect it in my work. i think the couples' pathways of life and the design become intimately linked in the chapel. as the sun sets it turns into the color of orange and it's spectacular. it's exquisite when the sun sets just behind the tree and light pours into the chapel. when you go there the bright positive energy lifts you. it lifts you up from within. remember, you can find much more on our website, the address is aljazeera.com. there you find all the latest comment, analysis and video on demand including all the latest information on our top story on that russian plane crash in egypt. i'll have more on that for you at the top of the hour. stay with us.
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