only on al jazeera america >> hello, welcome to this news hour. we have our top stairs. talks between the south sudanese government and rebels restart. >> police in turkey blocked may day protestors from reaching the square. >> a lead-in figure at northern ireland's republican movement arrested in connection with a murder. >> a u.n. body recommending to place australia's great barrier
reef on the world's danger list. >> talks are underway in ethiopia in a new effort to end the civil war. thousands have been killed and more than a million people left homeless since the conflicts began in december. u.s. secretary of state john kerry arrested i in ethiopia. >> the tone of the political conflict was set when the president addressed the media wearing military fatigues. the government's claim to the former vice president attempted a coup on the night of december 15 was never proved. the political conflict that
started rapidly escalated into a military conflict and then an ethnic one. the president is from the dinka tribe while his former deputy is a nuar. when the divide happened, people began to choose sides along ethnic lines. the fracture split the army with 70% have soldiers defecting to join the rebel movement. it wasn't long before he surfaced in the bush wearing military uniforms and declared command of the military forces. the president was quick to send his army in support. most believed without them, juba would have fallen to the rebels. the conflict unleashed waves of ethnic violence across the country as the people turned on one another. whole cities were burned to the ground, and there were acts of savagery condemned by rights groups. patients were shot in their beds, while more than 200 people were massacred hiding inside a
mosque. more than a million people fled since the conflict began, 80,000 still living in u.n. bases. wherever they are, they face hunger, disease and long term dependent see on universal ate. the atmosphere at the talks is tense. >> it's a lot of pressure, not only from the mideast, but from countries in the region, the leaders of kenya, uganda and
ethiopia tell them they are not going to allow it to continue and what they have been saying is we cannot have another rwanda. a lot of pressure has come to bear on both sides. joining me to discuss the sticking points is the man considered the founding father of south sudan, now negotiating for the rebel side. this morning, you had face-to-face talks with the government negotiators. tell us the issue of the main sticking point right now, the forces in south sudan. >> there is two main sticking issues, and i would not really call them sticking issues, it's a matter of the government being
committed to their agreement, honoring the agreement, so it's not really more demand, but it is that the government does not want to implement what they have already signed, so the issue of the depainees that were released, put on trial and then after release, they were put under house arrest again. >> i remember very well your biggest issue or condition was the release of the political prisoners, yet you are saying you are not happy with that, this they are released. >> they are not being released. when you are released, you are being held again. if the minister of justice has thrown out the case from the court, it means that he cannot take them back to court again. it means they should be free and be allowed to travel anywhere that they please to go and join any political force. we are not saying let them come and join us, but allow them to
travel freely, because their participation is very important -- >> tell us about your position as rebel negotiator to the deployment of forces from ethiopia and other countries. >> it is not the problem, but we see the redone dense. the u.n. is already there and have the mandates. you have confusion of the force it is in the country. >> thank you very much for joining us. now, there is the talks held here prevent the best possible chance for getting a position.
>> riot police used water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators trying to reach the central square in istanbul. parts of the city's public transport system has also been shut down. thousands of riot police are deployed. >> in istanbul, looks like there's a lot of pigeons there, certainly no protestors, suggesting the security operation's been successful. >> demonstrators attempted to march towards the square, prevented by police with tear gas, water cannon. dozens of demonstrators gathered in several neighborhoods but were not able to reach the square. roads were blocked earlier.
third thousand police officers in the city, the center shut down. the government is not banning rallies, just banning demonstrators from using the square as a venue. this did provide an alternate rally site, but according to the unions, and they are supported by opposition parties here in turkey, this is unacceptable for them. they get the right to the choose wherever and whenever they want to hold a rally, and a lot of protestors have told us, for example, that this ban is illegal, unconstitutional. we have this right. in previous years, rallies were poseful. the square has taken on new meaning for the government, last summer, there were protestors and protestors occupied for a few weeks until forced to leave. the governments was able to restore its authority. this is part that an ongoing
political struggle between turkey and those in power whose critics accuse those in power of abusing it. >> nigeria's government has told august that it's finding it hard to deal with radical groups, but says it's capable to deal with the challenge. more than 200 girls are still missing from the state or abducted two weeks ago. civil society groups are angry at the government's failure to secure their release. we report. >> these protestors including relatives demand the immediate release of more than 200 school girls. they are angry at the governments response to the kidnapping that happened two weeks ago. the radical group is believed to be behind the abductions.
>> you know the insurgents also have their own ways of operating and one challenge you have is that let me use the word defenseless. if you are dealing with somebody you know one-on-one, you can come out and let us talk, but it creates that problem, you know, when we are dealing with people that are faceless, with a group that is faceless. in times of reaching out, it's difficult to reach out to them completely, because they don't come out openly to talk and to negotiate with government, so that challenge is there. >> this admission will be of little comfort to the parents and relatives of the missing girls. local human rights groups say some of the girls may have been sold off or forcibly married to fighters. the government's still confident that it can deal with the
situation. >> the government has also been strategic, being tactical, taking whole country into concentration. i wouldn't say that government, that the government is not capable. >> there is also public anger and suspicion that the government has not told the whole truth about the mass abduction. one of the few lucky ones managed to escape. she spoke of her ordeal last week. >> we thought they were soldiers and they asked us to board a vehicle. my friends and i jumped from the vehicle and ran back home, because we realized they didn't look innocent to us. >> the group which is against education has been responsible for dozens of attacks in nigeria. unless the government can provide safety to citizens, the activities are likely to become more brazen. aljazeera. >> still ahead, russia says the
ukrainian army must leave the southeastern cities. we'll be live in moscow. >> venezuela announced a 30% pay hike on may day. we'll tell you why not everyone's happy about it. >> in brazil, despite recent criticism from a top olympic committee official, brass still says it will be ready for the olympics. >> russian penalty vladimir putin has tolding a america that the ukrainian army must quit the southeast of the country, the kremlin said that putin made the comment in a phone call at the german chancellor thursday. we are joined live from moscow. tough talk from putin there, even as ukraine detains the russian defense attache in key every, likely to exacerbate the
situation even further. >> that's right. that detention comes, of course amid a war of words, but not only that, between ukraine and russia, but it wasn't only vladimir putin making demands in that phone call, chancellor merkel would like to see vladimir putin help to obtain the release of foreign monitors held by separatist forces in the east of ukraine. at the same time, russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov, who's on a foreign visit said kiev government needs to be holding dialogue with southern and eastern regions of ukraine and his ministry's put out a statement calling plans by kiev to hold a referendum on national unit alongside the presidential poll may 25. they call that cynical and a sham. they've said that that can't happen while kiev launches military operations to in their words against their own people,
but i wouldn't be surprised if the kiev government would say well, what's not possible right now is dialogue between us and those cities where the government buildings are being occupied by those very same separatist forces. >> there was a may day rale earlier. did the ukrainian crisis feature much there? >> to an extent, the main theme as it always is, is labor rights, and the importance of workers. it was interesting, because for the first time since the fall of the soviet union, people were allowed to rally on red square. it was much bigger, more than 100,000 people turned out. there was a smaller demonstration elsewhere, which was dominated by the communist party. what we saw were mainly nationalist slogans, and some people did specifically refer to crimea, celebrating the fact that that region of ukraine is now part of the russian
federation. patriotic pride fueled by what's happened in ukraine was a theme. >> live from moscow, thanks very much. >> we are joined now from donetsk. barnaby, mates happening? >> there's about 4,000 or 5,000 people around the prosecutor's offers, extremely angry, chanting fascist, fascist and a group of riot police are inside the prosecutor's office coming on the bombardment from rocks and stones and bottles. every now and again, a riot policeman is pulled out by the crowd and his equipment is taken from him, his shield, helmet, seized by the crowd who chants
shame as he goes away abandoning his position. it's happening one by one and looks like ukrainian states in very much in the background here. the anger of the crowds, it is an extraordinary replica of what we saw in kiev a couple of months ago, but of course, these people are vehement he hemently opposed to the new government in kiev. >> these riot police aren't showing any attempt to fight back. >> i think that the peace in a city like donetsk feel in an extremely difficult position at the moment, laura, if they use force, that the reaction of the crowd will be even more hostile. i think they feel demoralized. there's a lack of leadership
from kiev, a lack of faith between the peace leadership here and the new government in kiev. of course, they were on opposite sides during the overthrow of president yanukovych, which was only a couple of months ago. it's a cries of confidence, a crisis of morale and on the other side, the pro russian forces, separatist forces if you like, the people who want a referendum or at least much greater autonomy for the east feel momentum is on their side. >> as we're talking, watching from the latest pictures that you must be seeing there, as well. scenes from donetsk as those people are holding that government building under siege with riot police trapped inside. do you get the feeling that these pro russia separatists are being spurred on by words they are hearing from kiev? yesterday we heard the president saying that or admitting that the government was helpless in the east.
>> the government does seem helpless in the east, there's no doubt about that and the president was admitting the reality that we can all see, and i think the ordinary policemen would say they are caught in the middle of a collapse of government in this country. the rage of the crowd around me have been chanting fascist, fascist at the police, certainly appears spontaneous and genuine and the government of kiev does have a real problem in this part of the country. it's not seen as legitimate, it is not popular, and that is with or without -- from moscow, there is a genuine political unrest in ukraine. >> thank you very much, from
donetsk at the scene of pro russian separatists attacking a prosecutor's office, a scene we've watched across eastern ukraine for the past couple of weeks. we'll be watching events there in donetsk and bring you the very latest as those developments continue to unfold. >> international monetary fund approved a $17 billion bailout package for ukraine, but help for its struggling economy is coming at a price. government leaders in kiev have to raise taxes and implement around a dozen other economic reforms. to win the deal, gas prices are to sore by 50%, and the government is to freeze the minimum wage. a sewn year economist in london with the financial data company said changes are inevitable if ukraine wants financial stability. >> if ukraine is interested in balance thing its economy,
putting it on healthy base, they have to do it. they have to go through these painful measures. unfortunately, these measures come at the worst possible time politically. if we take another country where the government is exceptionally popular and there's national unit, these measures could make any government unstable, let alone the ukrainian interim government, where part of the country are not even under the control of the central authorities, so the issue of ability, the capability of the central government to carry out these reforms is one of the big questions. we need to see whether they would be able to speak to their commitments and agreement with the i.m.f. >> police in northern ireland arrested a leading irish republican politician in connection with the murder of a woman in the 1970's.
the party leader jerry adams voluntarily went to a police station to answer questions and spent the night in custody. as reported, adams said he's innocent. >> jerry adams is questioned over the murder of a woman 42 years ago, shot dead by the members of the irish republican army in 1972. her body was found on a beach in 2003. the irish republican army suspected the mother of 10 had been an in former. her family said this isn't true. the murder investigation had been revived after the release of interviews with former members of the northern irish republican movement, the i.r.a., and the testimony from a former bomber. adams said he's innocent and released this statement:
>> during the 1980s, adams was a leading republican politician. during the height of the northern ireland conflict, a peace deal known as the good friday agreement was signed in 1998 to end violence between catholics and protestants. adams is now a member of the irish parliament. investigators have made arrests before in this murder case, but adams is the most significant one so far. aljazeera. >> we are joined live from northern ireland. why do you think this arrest has come about now? there is skepticism surrounding the timing, isn't there? >> well, yes, certainly the party says that this is politically motivated, quite cynical, partly they say because european election are coming and this is an attempt by the
protestants to discredit. maybe, maybe not, you could put forward a suggestion that says all the trouble in northern ireland at the moment is really promoted by disenfranchised protestant working class men who say they don't see any dividend from the peace process. unemployment is the problem. they don't like the power sharing arrangement, feel betrayed by britain and the idea that the leading politician and a man, organizer and republican strategy for peace might be questioned over an historic crime more than 40 years ago could be a bone footed to the disenfranchised community. that's a very cynical opinion. police would say they're investigating a serious crime. one way or the other, it demonstrates this continued problem that it can't let the past go and a man as high
profile as this, the fact that he's questioned at all, whether he's kept in overnight or walks out, it says that they can't forget and forgive here. >> if you look to the future, what impact is it going to have on the peace process moving forward? >> it's very difficult to know because no one knows what's going to happen this him. i think it's more likely than not that he won't get charged with a criminal offense, which they'll have to take him into a court pros and then go to prison, because that would be extraordinarily and inflammatory, the police will want to question him. life i suppose will carry on as normal, but he might then end up being questioned again. what it really says at the moment is there are two confliction sides in northern ireland, one to sort of people trying to reconcile the catholic
and protestant groups who say you've just got to let this stuff go, even if there are unanswered questions and their families of victims don't get justice, that's just tough, because ireland's got to move on. the other side, the victims' families say you can't have reconciliation without a reckoning and if that means jerry adams needs to be questioned by the police, so be it. >> very interesting indeed, thanks very much. >> in the u.s., nearly 40 people have died since sunday from a string of tornadoes. residents prone to killer storms are looking for better way to say safeguard homes. we report from arkansas. >> in the face of a tornado, most homes stand little chance of staying in one piece. as the people of play flower can attest, here in arkansas and many other states, the dangers
are well known. how do you keep your family safe? >> it don't come with a chandelier now. [ laughter ] >> the storm shelter manufacturer's underground bunkers start at $300,000 and customers come from across the country. >> tornadoes make victims out of everybody, so, you know, i've just got everywhere from farmers to doctors and everything in between, really. >> i'm don thomas. >> don, how are you doing. >> i talked to you on the phone. >> right. >> he is considering investing in a shelter to make his home more resistant to storms. he thinks this is a wiser investment. >> a brick home, you know, if it gets a direct hit, you know, like a f4 or f5, you know, it's going to be history most of the time, you know, and i'm sold on the storm shelter, myself. >> homes in arkansas are legally built to withstand winds of
140 kilometers an hour. making them any stronger takes time and bigger investment. >> one reason people don't build homes stronger is the chance of experiencing damage like this even in arkansas are fairly remote, engineers say there are now cheaper and more effective ways of making homes stronger. >> a metal clip can be attached between the roof member and the wall so help tie the two together. >> the engineer showed us some solutions to building a better home, but says money is off seven the deciding factor when people rebuild. >> it's fuel economics with the cost of housing being such a significant part of the people's expenses, anything that you add to the cost is going to knock people out of the housing market. >> despite the heartache and loss of life, people are already getting ready to rebuild. many of these houses won't come back stronger, instead residents more likely to buy shelters that
save lives and money. aljazeera, mayflower, arkansas. >> let's get the weather now with everton. you've got the latest on those tornadoes. >> i am pleads to say they are slowly moving away. the tornado threat has diminished, finally. i know you're starting to believe me on this, aren't you? they are moving further east wards. we are seeing terrific amounts of rainfall, report breaking, actually, some over half a meter of rain in over 24 hours. wednesday, pensacola, florida saw 35 millimeters of rain. the clouds are thinning and break, very heavy rain in the northeast, new york, 135 millimeters of rain coming down during the same period of time. laguardia airport seeing huge
amounts of rainfall. we are looking at dry skies now coming in behind. we've got this area of high pressure just offshore, diminishing the clouds that we do ever in place. it also has the effect of blocking off this very disturbed weather. another massive cloud around the panhandle towards the southeastern corner of the u.s., that all continues to bring a few showers in here through the remainder of thursday. going into friday, the rain may intensify farther into the south of georgia. further north, brighter skies coming back in, temperatures in new york, around 19220 degrees celsius. brighter skies towards the panhandle for the weekend. >> still ahead, trying to rid itself of a reputation. >> in sport, one city has come to dominate the top club football competition.
>> talks for ending the civil war in south sudan. we are live in ethiopia. what was john kerry saying about the talks? >> well, john kerry's press conference finished just a few minutes ago, and he said the united states was deeply involved in the efforts to try and bring the killings in south sudan to an end, saying the u.s. was concerned about the killing of people just because of their ethnicity. he said the u.s. is going to import sanctions on all those involved in the violence, in the killings of people, as well as those obstructs aid from reaching those who need it most.
the asks says that the countries in the region, including ethiopia, kenya and uganda who met earlier today have also agreed to come in with their own sanctions. he also mentioned that there was a need to speed up the deployment of forces from these three countries in particular. this is an issue that is vehemently opposed by the rebels. >> what other issues did he touch upon? >> we spoke about particularly the conflict in this continent. he mentioned ow somalia and was hope with the roles of ethiopia and others playing in trying to retap occur some of the territories under the control of
al shabab militia. he spoke about nigeria, saying that the united states was helping the government in dealing with these matters. one important issue he spoke about and very close to the heart of the people was the issue of the shrinking space for civil society and mentioned the arrest of journalists on charges and saying that the government needs to stop these as well as free all the journalists in prison. >> thank you very much, the very latest from john kerry then. >> criminal punishments introduced on islamic law or sharia. it is called a huge achievement. in recent years, rising crime and dangers of the internet have been cited.
under sharia, citizens can be fined or indecent behavior for not performing friday prayers and pregnancy out of punishments will apply to non-muslims, as well. accounting for one third of brunei's population. critics of the new laws could also face punishments. >> this is absolutely a mystery why the sultan has chosen this time to introduce these particular kinds of very brutal punishments. we've heard some claims about rising crime, of course, there is absolutely no empirical evidence in the world that these punishments have an impact on lowering crime. these go against basically the
trend in brunei, the trend in the region, brunei is essentially a complete absolutely man arcky, it has been under a state of emergency for decades and the sultan is the defense minister, the finance minister. we have very little capacity to gauge the real feelings of the people. he even in brunei, which has essentially no outlet for dissent, this law prompted a highly unusual amount of feedback on social media, twitter, facebook, enough so that it actually prompted the sultan in a if it of anger to say that all of the critics themselves would be subject to punishment. >> >> imposing a tax on goods and services in malaysia prompted protest, saying poor people can't afford it. >> labor-day pro tests in
malaysia don't usually draw huge crowds, but this year is different. tens of thousands of people are here. this anger gets the government's plan to get a goods and services tax imposed in april. the timing anger many. electricity tariffs of increased several months ago, while the removal of subsidies added to the rising cost of living. the government said the tax is necessary. >> the malaysian government first floated the idea several years ago. recently, the bill was passed in parliament. this man and his wife reason
small food store and find it hard to raise a profit. he thinks he will be worse off. >> just take rice. it may be exempt, but before it's packed and sold as rice within it's got to be planted. farmers need fertilizer, which may be taxed. who's to say prices won't go up? >> the government offered cash handouts and tax relief to the poor and middle income groups, who will be hardest hit. that's not been enough to keep them from marching on the streets. a protest against taxes they say they shouldn't have to pay. aljazeera, coo. >> buildings were empty at the time of an explosion early thursday morning in pakistan.
the taliban targeted schools, but may not have been rebuilt after the taliban were pushed out. we report. >> this footage captures the moment the taliban blew up a school. during the two years, the armed group ruled the northern region, it destroyed more than 400 schools, many for girls. the reason the group se said ate time was simple, they were providing education that was too western and no one islamic. today the situation is very different. after the taliban was pushed out of the area by the military in 2009, more than 350 schools have been reconstructed with the help of fortune governments and international aid agencies. this girl in the 10th grade is happy to be back in the classroom. >> when the taliban was in
control, they made is so afraid. i didn't go to school for two years. now they are gone and we can get an education without fear. >> the taliban isn't entirely gone from the valley and hasn't stopped targeting girls who want to learn. in october be 2012, education activist was shot in the head on her way home from school in the main town. the armed group said it attacked her because she was anti taliban and secular. >> there are other obstacles preventing all children in the valley from getting an education. although most bombed schools have been rebuilt, there still isn't enough room for all students. >> we need more schools and class rules. there are so many students, we can't cope. >> it's clear many here are determined to learn, and although the threats of violence is very real, the facts so many
young people come to classes is a sign of how much has changed in the valley since the end of taliban rule. aljazeera, northern pakistan. >> the chinese government is blaming religious extremists for a bomb attack at a train station in the countries far west. three people including the two attackers were killed in the capitol out to know moss region. security has been stepped up in the city. ethnic tensions ever simmered for years in the region. >> two bombs exploded on a train in india. two were injured. one person has been arrested, but no one claimed responsibility for the attack. >> tens of thousands of residents in mumbai face the challenge of living next to a giant pile of rubbish.
landfills in india's congested business capitol are next to residential areas and increasingly becoming a health hazard. we report from mumbai. >> it's a daily chore in mumbai, collecting the trash to be taken to a landfill. like most certifies i cities int doesn't keep the area clean, leaving garbage piles like this a common sight in neighborhoods. for people living here, it's become a health hazard. >> we can't move around without covering our noses, the stench is horrible. >> when their homes were built in 2004, they were assured this landfill, one of three in mumbai, would move. instead, it's been growing by 2500 metric tons a day, one third of mumbai's daily waste. people here refuse to leave, saying the location is ideal, but the garbage makes it difficult. >> it smells even worse than it
looks. even a slight breeze pushes the stench across this whole area. residents living next to the dump say this isn't even the worst of it. >> scrap pickers burn garbage looking for metals tadding to the health problems faced. >> the activity makes the smoke so dense and makes it difficult to breathe. >> some say the solution is ending the landfill system, using natural bacteria to break down garbage and resickle the waste into usable com post and plastics. operating incident 43 sites in india, the methods around used in mumbai because of the costs. something he says is short sighted when compared to future costs. >> it will cost five times more because of the higher cost. that will be total lose-lose
situation rather than win-win situation. >> the city said their problem is they're stuck in a 25 year contract with private companies to clean the landfill in a similar manner to mali's. officials doubt the private company's capabilities just three years into the contract. >> the capability to technology to put them on the ground and capabilities to run them efficiently. >> residents say the contracts should be canceled so a better solution can go forward, but that won't happen soon, leaving people here feeling as if the city's garbage problem is dumped on them. >> a quarter of cocaine trafficked from south america to users in europe passes through guinea. the tiny country in west africa is labeled by the united nations as the worlds first narc co
state. 100 islands scattered off its coast lines are a perfect place for traffickers. we report on the war being waged against powerful cartels. >> becoming director of police, he knew his biggest challenge was the drug traffickers. >> since 2013, we have managed to arrest many foreigners trying to get drugs out of the country. now the drug traffic, we will arrest them, as well. >> a poverty and corruption have helped turn this into a drug trafficking harbor. cocaine from south america is smuggled into europe. there are many remote islands off the coast. this is the largest in the arc
pell lag go. >> asking too many questions is dangerous. >> every year, cocaine from south america to europe transits through countries. the united nations estimates that $1.2 billion worth of cocaine passes through the region. >> i find it a bit hypocritical and unfair to put the blame on west africa. they are victims. they should do more at their own end and give more equipment and train to go west africa as a whole. >> the u.n. labeled it the worlds first narc co state, a title its foreign minister elect
disagrees with. >> would you say that there's more presence of drugs here than in other countries? i don't believe. it's not enough for the government to say we do not more in drug trafficking. it is not enough. what we should do is work together with our partners. >> as leader of the government, he will be expected to deal decisively with the pattern and dismantle the powerful drug cartels. as he has already said himself, to do that, he's going to need help. >> sport is coming up next, including 20 years on from his death, formula one remembers the sport's greatest ever driver.
>> the world heritage organization recommends that the great barrier reef in australia be placed on its endangered list next year. a report raised concerns about the government dumping dredge sediment inside the marine park. it is part of a plan to create one of the world's biggest coal ports. the great barrier reef is rich in coral and marine life and stretches 206 kilometers. a report found alternatives to dumping but not pressurely
investigated. there is worry about the water quality and dredging clouding the sea, called dredge plumes. it would be a huge blow to the reputation of australia and of course it would mean that the degrees barrier reef is in serious environmental trouble and that's what we're trying to avoid, making sure it's protected for the long term, the plan by the government to allow this dredging and dumping is not going to be able in any way to protect the health of the reef. to dredge over 100 million tons of sea bed and dump that somewhere in the reef's waters, the recent approval was for 300,000 unionic meters,
5.5 million tons. there is more in the pipeline. the credibling once it occurs puts fine sediments into the water, that can travel and mother sea grasses, important furtherles and the coral itself, which is incredibly important for the reefs health. we don't want to see these things happening. we want it protected. >> now let's get all the sport with andy. >> organizers in the 2016 rio olympics insist their games will be delivered on time and on budget. early this week, senior olympic committee official john coats said rio was way behind schedule, but has back tracked, sake the city will deliver an excellent games. we report from rio. >> at the site of the future olympic park in rio de janeiro,
signs of the times, construction. this will be the heart of the 2016 summer olympics, but there isn't much get to see rising from the ground, bits not just the future olympic venues. elsewhere, roads are ripped up for new metro lines and new hotels being built, all part of rios promise to use the games as a catalyst to cans form the city. >> rio is not ready right now. there are many things missing, day to day life in the city is chaotic already. >> tourists visiting feel things are lacking. >> all we are seeing is just a mess in the city, we have three hour traffic jams. it's total confusion. >> the local organizing committee using this video to show progress is being made two years and three months before the games start. construction at the olympic park is moving forward full speed ahead, they say and the
foundations in place for all 31 condominiums in the athletes' village. >> we are moving ahead on a pace that will take us to 2016 on time and budget. as soon as we get the construction's coming offer the ground, then it's going to be much easier to spot progress. >> the aquatic center built in 2007 for the pan am games will host the 2016 diving and swim events. it needs minor modifications to be ready. >> we could get our first chance to see how ready rio is for the olympics as early as the first week in august. that's when the first test event is going to be taking place in the city here at the bay behind me. sailors from dozens of country will be here to take part in a pro event. the city has come under scrutiny for high pollution levels in the bay, levels that some say are
unsafe for water sports. >> onlookers are looking for the concrete to be laid to turn into a sign the city is closer to hosting the sporting world. >> this year's european champions league final will feature two teams from the same city, real madrid against athletico. >> i don't see a difference between the team that won two years ago and the one that hasn't made a semifinal for the same tournament in 40 years. he who works hardest will take the match. >> houston avoid the elimination in nba by avoiding elimination. the spurs have taken a 3-2 advantage against the dallas
mavericks, managing to hit 19 points as they run up 109-103. >> formula one has been remembering the career of its greatest ever driver, killed when he crashed at the 1994 grand prix. the standards he set on the track and the life he lived off it have rarely been matched. we report. >> it's been 20 years since formula lost one of its greatest drivers. >> the main thing is to innovate and to stimulate yourself with the right challenge. >> his commitment was awesome, and his talent, his ability was greater than i've ever experienced before and i've worked with great drivers both then and in the past. >> his driving ability, charisma
and looks all helped his enduring popularity. a controversial character, he had a at your lent rivalry with alan prost. on may one, 1994, he was killed crashing into a wall during the grand prix in italy. he was 34 years old. twenty years later, friends family and fans gathered to remember him. >> he was a very sensitive man. we were good friends, so to celebrate 20 years, it feels like yesterday, but unfortunately, so much time has passed. >> the mass was also in memory of the austrian who had died a day before in qualifying. >> we are very honored and sentimentally inspired that we are here and he is also in our hearts. he had the flag in his car and
wanted to honor them after his victory. he wanted to think of him after the race. we are very sad that he died. >> on the final morning of his life, he discussed the reestablishment of the grand prix drivers association in an attempt to improve safety in f1. no one has been killed in the sport since then. >> the really significant thing is that that was the catalyst for change on the roads, it's saved tens of thousands of lives. >> at the time, the death was a national tragedy for brazil and to this day, people around the world continue to remember the cars massistic champion. >> more sport in a couple of hours, but that is it for now. >> do stay with us here on aljazeera. i'll be right back with another full half hour of bulletin and
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