this is al jazeera hello this. this is the news hour live from london. coming up. frustrated refugees trapped in greece block a railway line into macedonia. >> donald trump is a phoney a fraud former republican nominee pulls no punches as he warns against the prospect of donald trump. north korea launches missiles
too the sea hours after anew sanctions approved by the u.n. >> reporter: the refugee fit to find a home at the olympics. deal on the refugees set to compete under the olympic plastic bag under the rio-- flag understand the rio games-- under the rio games > european candidate donald trump says refugees sthunt come to europe. it comes as 25,000 refugees and migrants remain in greece as neighboring countries impose entry restrictions. ten thousand are stranded currently on the greek side of the macedonia border. this is what it looks like. tensions there are flairing as police block their path towards western europe. just 500 people have been allowed to pass since tuesday.
on thursday a group of migrants lay down on a railway line, a protest at macedonia's refusal to let them continue their journey. >> reporter: we're not prisoner, she says. we are humans. we escaped from i.s.i.s. and we came to you. pleas become more desperate as each day goes by. this is replaced is by december prayer an an overwhelming sedate of confuse. no guidelines have been given as to what people here need to do.
information is spread by word of mouth and often it is wrong >> translation: every day is new rules. >> reporter: any semblance of a union on tied european system has completely broken down-- unified. papers issued by greek authorities are not valid any more. a new stamp is now required. so many stand in queue for hours, even though there are no guarantees that it will end their plighf. another source of anxiety is the turkish stamp on passports. like many here, this man first stopped in turkey to earn enough money to pay the smuggler. >> i was in turkey for one month. >> reporter: what does it mean? >> it is a terrible life that you come all this way and suffering without sleep and food
and then you hear you can't get into macedonia because you have been in turkey for a month. >> reporter: few are willing to wait it out. people have to wait for a long time with the uncertainty of whether they're going to be pushed back or not. that is what happened to this man. he made it across on wednesday only to be back in greece by the evening. >> translation: i went through this morning and was pushed back. they say the signature on my registration form is fake. i'm not the only one in this situation. >> reporter: faced with such hardship tempers often flare-up. there are scuffles, people push and shove. perhaps what is most difficult
is the humiliation for the refugees here who are begging their way for the sake of their children the leaders of britain and france have met to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis and the referendum of the e.u. membership. our report has the story. >> reporter: a century ago france and britain fought shoulder to shoulder. there was heavy imbolism in francois hollande and perform m cameron starting their talks with the visit to the war memorial. they got down to business and discussed refugees and security. an arrangement potentially threatened by the impending british referendum on e.u. membership. >> translation: i don't want to scare you. i just want to say the truth.
there will be consequences if the u.k. is to leave the e.u. there will be consequences in many areas. on the single market, trade and economic development. i don't want to give you a catastrophic scenario but there will be consequences especially in terms of people as women. >> reporter: there was progress in a promise p promise that unaccompanied refugee children will be allowed to join relatives already in the u.k. the u.k. response was to promise more financial support so most refugees stay on french soil >> we will invest an additional 70 million pounds in priority infrastructure in calais to assist the work of the french police. the murn will go towards efforts to move people from the camps in calais to facilities elsewhere in france and we will fund joint work to protect refugees to their home countries. the challenge challenge is in the eastern mediterranean where we need to break the people
smugglers the demolition of parts of the refugee camp in calais known as the jungle continues. undeterred by fires among the huts, the clearance teams and bum dozers have flattened a large area of the southern sector of the camp. it has been a potent symbol of the of refugee crisis here in northern europe. a cleernts of large areas-- clearance of a large area of it sends a powerful message to those who are hoping to come here in the expectation of being able to reach the u.k. there are questions about whether throwing money at the problem is a real solution. it's not only a money issue with the refugees who are trying here in france to cross to the other side to the u.k. it's not a money issue. it is a visa issue, a global picture of what europe wants to do with all the people who are coming from war countries.
are they real refugees and have they the right to be here in europe or not >> reporter: that question can only be effectively addressed at the full european union summit on migration and refugees being convened next week joining us is the director at human rights watch. a warm welcome to the program. what's your view on the current situation in europe and the rights of the refugees there? what's worrying you most about the picture we currently seeing? >> what worries he the most is the domino effect of these closing borders. when you have borders between slovenia, croatia, croatia mass don't, macedonia/greece, closing an shutting in the way that they're doing right now, the impact of that on the countries
that are the front line states so syria on turkey in particular, but on jordan and lebanon is really sending them a message to close their borders as well. i think much of the pressure coming from the european union on turkey is to do precisely that. what we've seen in the last month is after the offensive at aleppo when tens of thousands of people were flowing for their trying to reach safety, they were rebuffed, rejected and they're still congregating along that border seeking safety what about the comments made by the general earlier. he seemed to suggest that, in fact, people leaving their homes and fleeing war are becoming some sort of a threat and i use that word loosely. >> he said very much that. he talked about the minimum treeisation, million-- militarized moment and i.s.i.s.
was spreading like a cancer among the migrants and refugees. this really is alarmist. i think it exaggerates whatever threat there might be. the people that we have interviewed, the people that we have met face-to-face, that we have sat down and talked with overwhelmingly are just normal regular people that want peaceful lives, whose lives have been completely disrupted by the violence that has been visited upon them, and all they're doing is seeking protection. this was overwhelmingly the case. these are not people who are seeking to harm anyone. in fact, they're people who really female and express a great deal of gratitude to those who have opened up their heart and their arms to them. there may be needles in the haystack. we don't want to dismiss security concerns entirely, but you don't thread that haystack of innocent people into the fire do you think there's some hope, because we've been covering this story for years and people feel a sense of hope
maniesness, but when you talk to people do you feel there is a sense of hope and we're not hearing those shores where people are showing solidarity? >> absolutely. i've walked past shop windows displaying signs of "refugees welcome", seeing people handing out water. they have an understanding that says you're like me. there's no significant difference between us and but for the grace of god go i. any one of us could have bombs falling on our house and could be forced to flee and seek other people's help at a time of need what would you like to see happen? what do you think is the next big step that europe has to take because it's the joined up thinking, the collective thinking that is missing here. what would you like to see
happen? >> absolutely. it's the lack of any kind of collective response of any solidarity with the refugees or any other states. solidarity with the front line states that are bearing the greatest burden. four and a half million refugees in turkey, lebanon and jordan. that's an enormous burden for those countries. they need resettlement and money but the e.u. has only taken about 800 refugees from front line states. beyond that they need solidarity among the e.u. states themselves. you capital dump this on the shoulders of greece or other countries within the front line of the european union itself. there is a relocation plan that would apportion in a reasonable way according to the capacity of e.u. member states to process claims that's supposed to process 160,000 cases over the next two years, but fewer than 500 people have actually been
relocated to other european union member states thank you. coming up later in the news hour, an outspoken indigenous rights activist is murdered in honduras. a sharp rise in the number of children abducted by the resistance army in the central african are you pub lick. -- republic. a manager speaks out in sports. france and bring the onhave - britain have called on forcess to stop attacking opposition. this video shows russian air strikes on the syrian town just days after cessation of
hostilities came into effect. all sides of the conflict accuse each other, violating the partial truce as it came into force on saturday. amnesty international has accused the russian and syrian governments of targeting hospitals. the rights group says russian jets carried out air strikes on medical facilities to allow bashar al-assad's forces to advance on aleppo. as the fragile truce the syrian government and its allies are accused of intensifying their attacks. while fighting continues in some parts. country, the u.n. says some progress is being made. >> in the first three months of last year zero trucks reached any of the besieged areas in syria. in the last three weeks 236 trucks have served 115 thousand
people. many of these have received several convoys donald trump has received a further attack in the mainstream republican party. mick romney who lost four years ago has condemned his campaign antics in a strongly-worded speech >> i'm far from the first to conclude that he lacks the demeanour to be president. he has mocked a disabled reporter, attributed a reporter's questions to her menstrual cycle, who bragged about his marital affairs and laced his speeches with vulgarity. he says he admires putin but at the same time calling george w bush a liar. that is a twisted example of evil trumping good
to washington dc and our correspondent who of course has been following this story for us. donald trump spoke earlier. did he take the romney bait? >> reporter: he was trying to get trump to react. think about some of the names he called him. it was very personal. he called him a bully, a bad businessman, a fraud, an con artist. he was going after donald trump, the man and the candidate. he levelled all sorts of accusations on what a trump presidency would do. he said it would lose america's place in the world. this was a scathing speech. as you know, donald trump doesn't take any sort of even slight or insult. he doesn't take it lightly and he tends to react and that's part of the reason why we haven't seen republicans criticise him, but the gloves are off. he was saying first i dare you to return your tax returns.
he is hoping that if he does that there will be some nugget that will turn voters against him. he also said again about temperament, look at how he responds to me. he took the bait when he talked about the fact that he had asked trump for his endorsement in the last election >> that was a race that absolutely should have been won. i don't know what happened to him. he disappeared. i wasn't happy about it, i will be honest, because i'm not a fan of obama and that was a race that i backed romney. you can see how loyal he is. he was begging for my endorse: i could have said, drop to your knees and he would have dropped to his knees. he was begging so how do you follow that up? what's the best hope now for the republican establishment to counter donald trump dominance?
>> reporter: in statements like that. basically they have one option. they're hoping that donald trump won't get the certain number of delegates. if he does, he is locked for the republican nomination until it is the last minute and that could prove costly. if they do that he might run as a third party candidate. they're trying to get him to start losing some of these upcoming elections. how are they doing that? well, national security professionals have come out. more than 60 say that americans will be less safe than president. you are seeing big money start to flow into groups that are looking to oppose trump. there are all these anti trump ads going to be all over the airways. they're going to vote in the coming weeks, because those contests are different. if donald trump can win those, he could get enough delegates to be the republican nominee. they're trying to keep that from happening. if it does happen, what will they do? some are saying they will just have to live with it and he makes the best of his candidacy.
some are floating the idea that they put up a third person to run for president. it will be a republican voting against trump as a republican against the democratic nominee. another strange twist in an already strange u.s. election thank you for that. turkish police have confirmed that two women killed in an armed stands off against the police are members of a far left organization. they fired shots and threw a hand grenade at a police bus. they are against the westernisation of turkey. 11 people have are you rendered to turkey-- surrendered to forces. the city has locked down for months. turkey's dominated the south-east and suffered its worst violence in decades after a ceasefire fell apart last
july. hundreds members and civilians have been killed in fighting since then north korea has been accused of firing what are being described as six short-range proceed jebbing tills into the sea just hours after tough new sanctions were ordered against it. the defense ministry says the projectiles were launched towards the east sea known as the sea of japan. the sanctions over pyongyang's recent rocket launch and nuclear test and the e.u. is considering further measures. the resolution was the result of weeks of negotiations between the u.s. and north korea's traditional ally china. our correspondent look at how the sanctions will affect the community. >> reporter: it is off season here on china's main gateway to north korea. even though it is winter there should be more north korean
tourists using their one-day passes into china, buying supplies that would seem simple in most of the world but unavailable in their isolated country. this woman and his husband opened this restaurant and has been doing very well until recently >> translation: our business has been affected a lot since people started talking about sanctions against north korea. there is i big dekreet in the number of customers. yesterday there were only two tables of customers from north korea. normally there would be four or five tables >> reporter: there will be a bigger combangt here than a decline in tourism. one element of the toughest sanctions came after weeks of closed door negotiations between u.s. and china. they agreed that all cargo going into or out of north korea will be inspected. that means any cargo carrying train carriage or truck lorry will be inspected that cross these bridges r the
responsibility of police these these new sanctions here rests on the chinese government. china says it agreed to cover sanctions as a way to pressure north korea back to negotiations at the six-party talks that stalled eight years ago. china sees the talks as the best way to end the diplomatic confrontation between most of the world an north korea. an emblem of the high hopes here, china spent 350 million dollars on this bridge that was due to open two years ago. on the other sipd scant little-- side scant little work has been done, only a dirt ramp. this might remain a prij to nowhere wherefor years to come. hezbollah has been declared a terrorist group causing diplomatic fallout. the decision has been called
reckless and hostile. >> reporter: the gulf cooperation council's formal designation of hezbollah as a terrorist organization is significant. many say it will have a wide ranging impact across the region. >> this is a big deal because saudi arabia is putting some order within the alliance. as we know in previous times, the kingdom of saudi arabia along with bahrain and the emrates had designated hezbollah as a terrorist organization. now we have the addition of two others. >> reporter: an escalation that indicates how lebanon, where hezbollah is placed, faces another power struggle. coming as it does two weeks after saudi arabia announced it was cutting four million dollars of aid to lebanon's army and a week after saudi arabia and
others warned their citizens from travelling to lebanon. the decision which iran called a mistake underscores the regional division between saudi arabia and iran, hezbollah's backer. much of the growing tension can be traced back to january when the embassy in iran was stormed by protesters. they were protesting against saudi arabia's execution of the prominent shia cleric nim n. the saudi government was accused of punishing lebanon. >> translation: do saudi arabia have the right to sanction lebanon, the army, the lebanese states and people just because one particular party took a certain position and raised this voice. >> reporter: the g.c.c. however insists the block decided to formally designate hezbollah a terrorist organization because of what it calls hostile acts by
the armed group within its member state, as well as other countries in the region. they say the g.c.c. is determined to stop hezbollah >> i think that the gulf countries are determined not to allow hezbollah to determine the fate not just of what goes on in lebanon, but also because of the militia's involvement in syria, in iraq, as well as in yemen. >> reporter: just days ago came the issue of them carrying out attacks. it is lebanon, a tiny country, that could be most affected at least four people are reported to have died in nigeria. residents said there was a misunderstanding between two of the countries major tribes.
there has been april surge in the number of children the lord's resistance army has conducted in car. a campaign group tracking the rebels say they snatched at least 217 people since the beginning of this year. 54 of them were children. the members have taken as twice as many people so far in 2016 than it did in the whole of last year. the lra was originally formed in 1986 to overthrow the ewe began dan government in-- ewe began dan government - shall uganda in, government. if operates in car and in southern sudan. the director the international programs at invisible children, an organization seeking to end the practices of the lra said the rebels were trying to build up their forces. >> while the lra has been under a lot of pressure by african
union and u.s. forces that are tracking the lr and have been doing so for the past few years, and so many, i think, think that this is a move to replenish forces that they've lost understand pressure, but dishly they're likely using military activity to subdue local population as they move into new geographic areas and find new places to evade forces that are tracking them. it's difficult to say exactly how many fighters or women and children are attached to the group. many experts would say somewhere between 175 and 250 fighters. because there has been a decline over the past eight years of numbers within the lra, they're becoming much more difficult to track across the reap john. looking forward, i think, we will continue to see this type of lra activity until they're pushed out completely still to come in the news
>> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.? welcome back. a reminder of our top stories here on al jazeera. frustrated refugees trapped in greece have blocked a railway line into macedonia in protest over the cup's refusal to let them in. donald trump has responded to a scathing attack by former u.s. republican nominee by calling him a choke artist. north korea has allegedly fired six short range projectiles into the sea in a show of defiance hours after the u.n. imposed tough sanctions against it. a new life in europe for
refugees is what they hope for but they feel isolated and discriminated against. some decide that their old life is better. there are rm 378,000-- almost 378 refugees. many went back home and they were not from all one place. they left from 14 different european countries. >> reporter: it is a busy day at baghdad international oir port packed with iraqis for whom life hasn't worked out how they hoped. their visit to europe was best a disappointment but at worst a dangerous place to say some say. some faced racism and others faced delays in the process. most didn't fell welcome so they have come back to iraq to the violence and unrest because to a
place they call home >> i have returned because there are so many refugees in europe and the resettlement process is slow. only a small number are processed. we have been given help to return quickly. they want as many refugees as possible to come back to iraq. >> reporter: the government sources estimate that around 117,000 people left iraq for germany last year. up to 40% have already returned some blame the squalid conditions in refugee camps and others say this became clear they would bl only be allowed to stay in europe temporarily. this man is a growing number of iraqis who returned home. last year he lived in germany and inland before settling in swree deny. his papers-- sweden. his papers were not passed. >> translation: the swedish authorities are not doing enough. many like me had to return home.
it was said they would only give temporary residence to refugees. once our countries were stable we would have to come back. >> reporter: he arrived in high hopes. he said he didn't female welcome. >> translation: europe to me was a lie. i expected something different. people in europe are turned concerned-- are concerned about the humanitarian situation but there's a lot of racism. >> reporter: airport staff are preparing for more busy days in the days and weeks ahead. temporary passports are issued to enable iraqis to come home quickly. it is thought that 1000 refugees will be returning a month people are worried about revenge attacks from militia attacks. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: in this area few
are daring to venture onto the street. shia militias have been warning sunni families to leave town now. this is strategically important for the shia militia. the area is predominantly sunni but it is i.s.i.l. that has been the most destabilizing force recently. this was the aftermath of a suicide bombing on monday at a funeral attended by commanders from a shia militia. at least 40 people were killed. >> translation: in a video leaked, the governor is blaming the breakdown of security on the prime minister. >> reporter: he said the prime minister's action of taking responsibility from the police and give if to the militia is bad. they have forced sunni people
from the area. it did the same thing in january when the suicide bombing of a calf ee killed 42 shia people. there were the fire bombing of nine sunni mosques. it is civilians from all communities who are the main victims of the violence. much of the iraqi army's man power is dedicated to marries north of baghdad where it is trying to dislodge i.s.i.l. they work together with shia militias. the aim is to tighten the grip around mosul. in other areas the army works with sunni fighters, but where shia militia are effectively in control, sunni civilians fear they're vulnerable to intimidation and revenge attacks. bernard smith an outspoken active vifts for indigenous people has been found shot dead at home.
she immediately campaigns on behalf of the community, having a successful protest against a dam and she won a prize last year for her work. joining us now for more on this story is patrick alley who has worked with berta. a warm welcome to the program. it's very sad that it's under these circumstances. you knew her. talk to us about her life, what she dedicated it to but also the fact that she lived with this threat every day. >> yes. she was an amazing person. she is representative of this sadly growing group of people who are threatened by development, by land seizures. in her case in honduras the land was in danger.
she had to stand with those risks and she ran a successful campaign. the business pulled out but another company came in and restarted the construction of the dam. the protests restarted and the threats then escalated again she was, of course, protecting the rights that people have to have a say in what happened to the land, that it's radio rightfully around them, that they have grown-up on, that they live on. how dangerous is it to be an activist? >> first off, yes, you're right she was protecting those people's rights and the government had signed up to a convention called ilo 1669 which meant that they should guarantee those rights. the government has failed on that level. so she was working very closely with this process and the reason
she founded this process movement and has been amazingly successful over the last few years. as i say, the threats grew and last night she was killed the more broader situation in central and south america for both activists and indigenous people who are trying to protect their land; this the tip of the iceberg, what we've seen happen to berta? >> it is the tip of the iceberg. it is the most dangerous place on the planet to be an environmental activist. we are seeing across the world two people a week dying in these kinds of circumstances. the greater the competition, the greater the quest for nature resources and mining. if the people's rights are not protected by the government, the only choice they have is the
choice that she had, was to stands up and protest. she was extremely brave in continuing her fight >> reporter: you mentioned that some states have signed up to things saying that they have a responsibility to protect this land. i know that she was also granted some sort of emergency protection. did she get that protection some in what responsibility do states have that they're clearly not carrying out? >> in addition to the responsibility i've just mentioned in terms of giving the indigenous people free prior and consent over the land the america commission for human rights required the government to provide those with security and this she explained several times, many times in public and to us, that this was never given to her. i think the tragic events of last night have shown what the results of that is thank you very much for joining us. again, i'm sorry it is unsuch sad circumstances but thank for
joining us >> thank you brazil's economy is in crisis. figures show a contraction of almost 4%. that's the steepest drop in a quarter of a century. most of that is to the faum in oil prices. the economic woes are not just linked to the global slump. >> reporter: this woman has been home schooling her children since december. that is when schools closed because teachers like her went on strike. they hadn't been paid and schools were left in disarray by the local government. >> translation: we didn't have books and notebooks at the school. even central cleaning products and toilet paper. the delivery company couldn't deliver water because the city wasn't paying for it. we were facing a complicated
situation. >> reporter: 40,000 students are now unable to go to sdool, but these aren't the only government run facilities that have closed. health centers are shut with signs turning patients away and city contractors haven't been paid, leaving their jobs undone. the local government says it had no other choice but to slash the budget >> reporter: it is just one of many cities that receives royalties from the oil fields. since 1999 the city has earned billions of dollars. last year national oil revenue fell 35%. brazil rmd quite heavily both economically and politically on the state-owned company which was one of the largest oil companies in the world. over the last few years people's confidence in that company tanned the government has been rocked by corruption scandals involving numerous high-powered
politicians. it is said it may be opened up to foreign companies. >> it is not popular to open a strategy sector like oil to foreign companies. >> reporter: even if it's also the cause of the problems? >> yes. it doesn't matter. people think that it's our oil and foreign companies are going to rob us. it's a very cultural thing. >> reporter: analysts say what has to say is the country's over reliance on the oil industry and all that is related to it. brazil has to find ways to diversify further and its officials have to learn to better management government funds. so essentially liked-- essentials like education and health won't be left paying the price authorities in alabama ahave been criticized for arresting hundreds of pregnant women on suspicion of drug taking. they've been accused of being over zealous with the law.
it was designed to protect babies from drugs like methamphetamine. >> reporter: from an early age casey always wanted to be a mother and now she has two boys. when she gave birth to one year old james last year, things went badly wrong. during her pregnancy she took half a valium and when this showed up in a post natal blood test she fell foul of the endangerment laws. the hospital where she gave birth to a perfectly hementdzy son passed the ruts on to the authorities and two months later she was arrested at work and taken away in handcuffs >> i had this overwhelming sense of doom and failure. there was no way that this was - i was going to recover from this. i knew in my heart that i had done nothing wrong, but i also know the way the law works >> reporter: the law was written to tackle a methamphetamine
epidemic where infants were exposed to dangerous chemicals. close to 500 women since 20006 have been prosecuted under this law. one doctor says that it is simply not the right approach. he says dependence on things like pain-killers and a rise in heroin use are a bigger problem than meth addiction. he advocates for support rather than approximate. >> we will have babies growing up without their mothers-- without prosecution. >> criminalising these women, making them feel inferior and as bad mothers in that sense is going to leave a mark on them forever. >> reporter: at the public defender's office, lawyers are concerned about the rights of women and say blood tests carried out without a mother's
consent could have dire consequences. >> we have to foster a situation where people are encouraged to be honest with their care gives. if we can't do that then you will have people not getting care and you will have people having really bat outcomes because they're afraid of the punishment that would come to them if they were honest. >> reporter: the charges against casey were eventually dropped but she said she will continue to fight for those who can't fight for themselves sometime ahead this news hour. -- still ahead, the battle to keep bangladesh's indigenous languages alive. in sport why it has been anything but plain sailing for the america's cup champions. champions.
welcome back. there are warnings that by the end of the century half of the world's six thousand languages could become extinct. the national language of bangladesh is bangla. there are also ten other languages considered in danger. in the first part of our five-part series, a report on not just losing a language but an entire heritage. >> reporter: this is one of the most visited sites in bangladesh. the memorial honor students killed during a protest in
relation to the language of pakistan. that was more than 60 years ago. visitors remember those who fought for the language. >> translation: it is because of their sacrifice that we can speak bangla today. if it wasn't for them our mother language may have been lost forever. >> reporter: it was an eight year struggle to ensure that students would be able to learn in their mother tongue. while these children are benefitting from the success of that campaign, the same is not true for the country's ethnic and linguistic minorities. the language of instruction in present day bangladesh is almost exclusively in bangla or english. that means speakers of the 38 minority languages in the country are at a disadvantage, often falling behind in school unable to keep up with their bangla speaking peers. this is one of the very few
schools preparing students for this experience. it teaches them in the language that they speak at home, but introduces them to some bangla vocabulary along the way. >> translation: when they will go to a regular school, they will not be lost. they will say they have already been taught words. those who are not prepared often drop out and end up working in the fields. >> reporter: this woman speaks little bangla herself and doesn't want her child to struggle. >> translation: i feel bad that my child can't use his language. you need both. you need to speak bangla but also you needer mother tongue >> reporter: despite the efforts of such schools, there seemings to be little space at present for the languages spoken by the country's 3 million indigenous people. with 98% of people speaking bangla as their first language. she worries conclude she will be able to communicate with her
future grandchildren in the second part of our series we will be visiting a community in the philippines whose language is considered the most endangered in the country. now we're going to andy for all of the day's sports in yous. >> reporter: -- news. >> reporter: officials are unconcerned about sluggish ticket sales for the olympics and the zika virus. there is a team of refugees given the chance to compete at the games. lee wellings was there. >> reporter: the reason brazil's olympic organisers have come to london because it is a good place to get messages out to the media and public. they need to keep getting them out because it is another difficult week. still concerns over the zika virus and the need to reassure the public and competitors. we've still got the problems with the water pollution in rio.
they're not going away despite the reassurances they tried to put out to events like this. also you've got an issue with tickets under half of the 7.5 million tickets for rio have been sold. the organisers say the brazilian country will comeo it late. what a good thing for them that this has come out about refugees and the fact that the team will be competing. it is going to be interesting to see that the team will come out just before the brazilians in the opening ceremony. it will be a big deal with the world watching. there are 43 refugee athletes, if we can call them that, that they've been working with. they won't all make rio. five or ten will make it. they will have the talent you need to compete at the level of olympics. this is positive news for the
i.o.c.ss >> since the beginning we are in favor. we have one that was qualified in judo, if i will remember, and we support the io with this, the refugees to participate and then with this we will have 207 participate in countries. >> reporter: it's not the first time that they have done this kind of thing. i remember four years at the london games covering the story of long distance athlete from sudan. he was allowed to compete under the olympic flag. this is a bigger picture of the olympic ideal which is what this is meant to be about in the first place. the shadow of kenyan and russia athlet athletics, it is good to have a positive glow over the olympics. >> reporter: barcelona have
reestablished their eight-point lead at the top of the spanish league. they have just beat their opponent five one. a hat trick was gained. france manager believes there is no chance of games being played in empty stadiums at e.u. ro 2016. that despites comments suggesting it could happen if there are safety concerns. french organisers have increased their security plan following november's paris attacks. france's match with germany at the stade de france. >> translation: there is no chance for playing in empty stadiums. they will be full. they're doing everything to have a maximum of security. today guaranteeing 100% security is impossible. >> reporter: the cricket world has been paying tribute to
martin crowe who has died at the age of 53. the former new zealand captain had been battling cancer since 2012. he had played almost 151 days nationals. he called 17 test centuries which remains a national record. recognised not only as a great batsm batsman, but had an idea which involved to 2020. he became captain in 1991 sharing a world partnership with 467 with andrew jones against vee lank ka-- sri lanka. at last year's world cup he was inducted into the icc cricket hall of fame. >> it's a really sad time.
obviously a feel for his family an friends. the cricket community not only in new zealand but throughout the world have lost not only a great player but a great advocate of the game. really sad times. >> reporter: a new device designed to protect the head of drivers has made it's formula 1 debut. it is aimed to guard against potentially lethal flying debris and could be introduced next year. there have been reservations over the impact it will have on visibility. it was tested and it was said to be okay. after a time out lasting more than 10 years, the countdown is back on ahead of the world cup of hockey. eight countries, including canada, u.s. a and russia are said to take place.
>> this will be a great event where the best hockey players in the world can participate and putting on the national colors. i think the quality of the turn out will be as high as ever. so i think that they have something to look forward to. >> reporter: the reigning america's cup holders are training and their catarmaran topped. but no damage. that is it for all. back to julie in london you can find out much more information on the website. why not take a look at you can see there our top story about the refugee situation in europe. plenty of analysis there too. that's it from me for this hour.
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