>> welcome to another news hour from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> saudi's king promises a new humanitarian aid center set up for yemen. >> new allegations of war crimes against civilians in syria as talks get underway to try to stop the killing. >> protests continue in burundi as the constitutional court allowles the president to run for a third term.
>> the u.k. general election just two days away now. we'll explain by foreign policy isn't at the fore front of the campaigns. we begin in riyadh where saudi arabia's king announced the establishment of a center to coordinate humanitarian aid in yemen. he spoke at the gulf cooperation council leaders meeting in the presence of french president francois hollande, the first western head of state ever to be invited to that gathering. he commended the gulf states for trying to solve security crises in the region. >> we were able to take courageous initiatives committed yourself with the syrian opposition, fighting terrorism in the struggle against daish and able to develop the idea of a coalition of arab forces. today, france supports your
operation, because it is a question of ensuring the stat of yemen and you know you can count on friends. >> al jazeera's correspondent is there. muhammed what more can you tell us? >> yes adrien, this summit has been dominated by the french president francois hollande, we have seen him therele praising the action here taken by that the gulf, basically saying you have now begun to help yourselves so we are here to help you. france's views and attitudes towards most of the issues in the region are compatible with those of the gulf countries as francois hollande has made clear today in yemen and syria as well as the issue of iran, france has been the toughest among the european countries during the talks with iran and behind this is the economic factor here.
france needs oil rich countries in the gulf and also these countries need france because the defense. we have seen that deal just struck in qatar several billion dollars worth of fighter jets and also, there is talk today from french sources close to the president that there will be about 20 different projects being agreed on between saudi arabia and france worth billions perhaps billions of dollars there. the economic factor is there. france needs the money in the gulf and gulf defense needs security and european country the weight of france, it has the vote tee in the united nations security council to be on their side and it is a mutually very interesting deal there. >> what more can you tell us about the humanitarian deal that the saudi king was talking about earlier today no?
where will it be based? >> it was announced earlier yesterday by the prime minister of saudi rain that the king is thinking about coordinating with members of the coalition behind the airstrikes in yemen and countries that want to help yemen and this center is going to be established in saudi arabia itself, but its operations will be inside yemen and there has been talk of a decision that saudi arabia is thinking about and discussing with its allies to set up safe zones inside yemen itself, and to make sure they are protected against any attacks by the houthis and saleh arrivallists where the humanitarian aid can be brought and stored and also distributed on the people that in need there in yemen that. there is good question about how they are going to do that. are they going to put troops on the ground ting make sure points of distribution are protected
apparently that is going to be the case but we haven't seen any concrete action in that respect. they have to put troops on the ground and they have to make sure the houthis and the saleh loyalists cannot access those places and take advantage of that situation. >> muhammed, many thanks. live in riyadh. sawed reign is speaking with coalition members about a temporary halt in airstrikes so humanitarian aid can get into neighboring yemen. coalition jets have hit several airports in the country. a cargo plane was hit that was being used to distribute supplies. a call from the united nations has asked the coalition to hold fire. >> we are strongly urge the coalition to stop targets sanna airport and to preserve this important lifeline so humanitarians can reach all affected by the armed conflict
currently ongoing in yemen. it is reported that insecurity and lack of fuel have limited access to a delivery of services. partners report difficulty in providing medical services as a result of the current security situation and continued airstrikes targets saada and sanna. foot supporters have had to stop distributing because of a lack of fuel. >> them men's minister of information is here in doha and joins us now live. the international committee of the red cross said saudi strikes on the airports in sanna and hudada caused severe damage and object instructed delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance. they say the disruption of yemen's key infrastructure are
having consequences on the population and the humanitarian situation has now become catastrophic. what do you make of that? >> the situation is catastrophic but we are look the a the things from one perspective. there is a problem with entry points into the country that is a given but there are several warehouses within the country that contain goods such as wheat and rice and other items that we can tap on, and the idea is that if we buy things within the country and redistribute them to the needed airs, that is going to safe us money save us security issues and going to help the economy within the country. the idea is not ship in lots of goods from abroad, but tap on the resources that are available within the country. >> you are saying that they are wrong. >> come again? >> you are saying that the red cross is wrong in what they are
saying. >> no, what i'm saying is that there are things that may be they may not have information about. there are goods within the country that we can buy and this has already been done before within the last two weeks. there are merchants warehouses, the local economy i mean businessmen basically. we can use the money instead of shin things from outside the country to buy things within the country and it will also help the economy of the country that being said, it doesn't mean that the problem that we don't have entry points, because we have other problems, such as bringing stranded yemenis from all around the world. fuel there isn't enough within the country we have to bring it from other entry points. eventually i think we'll do that through sea. >> how do you distribute the aid if the infrastructure is degraded to the point you just simply can't get it to more
remote parts of the country? >> it's not the infrastructure within the country. we're not talking only about roads. we are also talking about establishments as such, but roads within the country there are alternatives, so there is a chance of creating alternative routes from distributing from one area to the other. that's not the problem. the problem is security. how can even if there is the best road in the world, if you have people shooting at you how can you distribute aid? >> international committee of the red cross has also talked about hospital coming under attack. are hospitals being targeted and if so, by whom? >> not just one several hospitals are being under attack. the medical personnel are being attacked. they have been evacuated. they have a shortage in medical staff, in electricity that also doesn't facilitate carrying out operations for even general health care.
some of the drugs of the medicines are being spoiled now because they needed some cool temperatures and now we're getting into summer. i'm very worried about epidemics. i'm worried about having a generation that is handicapped because even vaccinations for newborn kids is not working anymore and i'm very worried about that. >> all right. many thanks to the minister of information from yemen. >> leading human rights groom said war crimes are being committed against civilians in syria. amnesty international condemned the governments reliance on barrel bombs in residential neighborhoods. devices have killed 3,000 civilians last year alone. rebel groups are criticized for using improvised weapons such as mortars which killed 600 civilians in the city in 2014. it comes as there are negotiations to end the conflict
in syria getting underway in geneva. the u.s. envoy will meet with government rebel representatives as well as with regional players, including iran. >> we must redouble efforts in search of a political process. this view is shared by it wider international community. russia hopefully refocused the attention on the political track earlier this year through moscow one and moscow two. there was also a meeting in cairo. last week, the security council fully expressed to me unanimously that another attempt to politically try to resolve the conflict should be made, even if, even if odds of success are indeed low. the only way is to test the willingness of the parties to narrow the gap and if they are
ready to narrow the gap. >> we are live in geneva with paul brennan. does the u.n. special envoy have a plan? >> well, not in the sense of a roadmap to peace no, he doesn't. he has previously advocated localized ceasefires in syria as perhaps a way to get a truce underway established and then perhaps expanded as the days and months went by, but in the context of this process that has begun today here in geneva, he's come with no preconceived ideas. his strategy appears to be that of listening to all sides. it's going to take some time. this is not a big round table with all the parties in one room. over the next four or five weeks, what he's going to do is meet each relevant body individually and that's a lot of people, a lot of different organizations as well as the syrian government. he's going to speak to at least
40 other groups and organizations from within syria and another 20 regional and international stake holders, as well we're talking there about iran jordan and turkey. you can see that he is giving himself the best possible chance of success but he hasn't actually -- his only aim really as he said in the news conference this morning was to stop the killing and stop the bombs falling. >> given all of that, even he must admit that the chances are success are pretty low. >> it's certainly a mission that's done in his two previous predecessors describing the process as mission impossible. ibrahimi basically apologized to the syrian people for the lack of progress. that failed despite it would
attempts. a new senior diplomatic p. diplomat admitted the previous procedure led to lack of optimism p.m. he said i'm not confident or unconfident, but i have to try. he said the situation going on, the death refugee crisis means that there is in his words no luxury not to try. >>
many thanks, paul brennan in geneva. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has made an unannounced visit to somalia. he arrived a short time ago. and is the first u.s. secretary of state to visit the country. the trip is expected to show support for the somalia government in its fight against al shabab. what's the suck doing in somalia, who's he going to meet with? >> it's more accurate to say
what did john kerry do while he was in mogadishu for more than three hours on tuesday. he melt with the president as well as members of his cabinet including the prime minister as well as regional leaders and with civil society leaders. what john kerry was trying told was communicate the obama administration support for the government of somalia and efforts
to prepare for next years parliamentary elections in mid 2016. one other thing which kerry wanted to do was to show that the u.s. was very much in support of the amazon mission the mission made up of five east african countries that are working with the somalia military to try to get rid of al shabab. of course al shabab holds a significant swath of territory inside that country and has been launching the attack, including the garissa college in the eastern partly of kenya the
u.s. wants somalia to stay the course and to encourage its neighbors to do so as well, not just for regional security, but for the region says long term prosperity, as well. >> what's the u.s.'s involvement in efforts to repat rate all of those two somalia the obama addition is opposed to the idea of the refugee camp where somalia refugees have been living for years now it says that they are not ready to be moved back into somalia because the country simply couldn't absorb them all at once. there have been noises made by the government, president kenyatta about closing down the refugee camps because of the fear that al shabab fighters might go recruiting potential
members in those two communities, but the u.s. has stressed that not only would it be a violation have international law which ken in a said it would follow in the matter of dealing with refugees, but would vital kenya's own constitution with reward to say treatment from those of other countries and wants a process that is going to be successful in order for people to leave there and other facilities in the region. it does not want the kenyatta government resort to scapegoating of those living in these camps in order to try to make its own population feel better in the wake of that horrific attack at garissa. >> many thanks indeed. >> still to come here on the news hour, in one of the worst places of the world to grow up, the u.n. secures a better future for children caught up in
conflict. plus: >> coming up, i'll be explaining why tune sheesh is that is no longer a departure point for migrants crossing to europe but is playing a role in rescue efforts from the mediterranean sea. >> indonesia grinds to a halt as thousands of protestors take to the streets to ask the president to end the crisis there. >> policy of in discriminate fire against innocent civilians is described as the soldiers involved in the war in gaza. dozens of soldiers gave testimonies about the tactics used in that campaign. we have this report.
>> it's aim to was cripple hamas, but most victims were civilians and more than 500 were children. on the israeli side, 66 soldiers and five civilians died. the air sea and ground offensive on gaza destroyed schools, hospitals and crucial infrastructure leaving damage that will take decades to rebuild. the group breaking the silence has collected the anonymous testimony of 60 israeli troops who fault in the war. what they said paints a dark picture of israel's actions and apparent additional reward for civilian lives. >> we shot at cars, ambulances, doing things i was raised not to do, not to kill the innocent, not to shoot at an ambulance. it's like the wild west out there and all approved by the commanders. i felt there was something morally rotten in this army if we were authorized to do this,
because we were trained not to kill without reason and here i was told kill everything in your proximity. >> i remember that many times the commander could decide based on his personal opinion alone what target we should hit giving gunners full autonomy and saying i trust you shoot when needed. machine guns were fired but shells, as well. >> the group that gathered the testimony said it wanted to tell the real story of the war. >> what we are typing to do is enlighten the public to understand what's the moral price of occupation and how our wars look like so that the public would be aware and manage to understand what the real story beyond the lie that is they hear from the government. >> the palestinians have asked the international criminal court to investigate and would crimes carried out by israel, but israel has always denied
breaching international law and accuses hamas of war crimes. the israeli army said it does its best to avoid civilian casualties but cannot deny the weight of numbers the u.n. said seven out of 10 killed during the 2014 war were civilians. erika woods, al jazeera. >> the israeli army responded to the report in a statement provided to al jazeera saying that the israeli defense force is committed to properly investigating all credible claims raised via media non-governmental organizations and official complaints concerning i.d.f. conduct during operation protective edge in a serious manager as possible. >> earlier i spoke with the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court in the hague. i began by asking her if she plans to use the report to launch her own investigation. >> in the first instance, i just wanted to remind that currently
palestinian, the situation in palestinian is under preliminary examination by my office. this means that i am collects information from all reliable sources for nationals in my office so this, we heard of the report yesterday. we are of course trying to get it. it may assist also in our preliminary examinations. >> all right so you don't know yet whether your office is actually going to launch an investigation. >> at the moment, it's preliminary examinations, and this means that it's not away investigation. it is to collect information to analyze that information, as i said information from reliable sources, analyze that information, and make a certain determination after that analysis, such as whether the crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the i.c.c. have been committed, whether it will be in the interest of justice to
proceed with an investigation whether the gravity flesh hold has been satisfied and whether there are any national proceedings. this i also what we are doing at the moment. it is only after this analysis that as prosecutor, i will make examination whether to open an investigation or not to open an investigation, or whether to still continue to collect information for the purposes of my nationals in the preliminary nationals phase. i have said at the very beginning, and i continue to do so that i'm calling on all parties to the conflict to give information to my office. i believe it is in their best interest and i will continue to request that information be given to my office, however in the event that i am not able to get that information from either side, it is not going to stop me from continuing with my preliminary analysis and making a determination at the end of
it. >> many israelis are convinced that there is certain anti israeli bias within the -- within various international institutions. how will you assure them that the buys doesn't exist at the i.c.c.? >> i have indicated also, at the very beginning when i decided to open preliminary examinations into the situation in palestinian that the examinations, the process is going to be fully independent and impartial and that is why i encourage that all parties can submit to my office information to make me have a full, to enable me to make a full determination. i will continue to encourage all sides to provide my office with information. >> the prosecutor for the international criminal court.
now let's return to one of our top stories this hour, meetings in geneva with an eye towards ending syria's war. joining us live, the director at the brookings doha center, thanks for being with us. the u.n. special envoy himself doesn't seem optimistic that these talks are going to lead anywhere. nonetheless, are they signify can't at all? >> they are only significant in that he is now formally starting some sort of consultation. he is right to put very low expectations on this. one does question the wisdom of actually announcing talks before talks before talks to try and understand the views of a variety of those. who shows up from the syrian side is a big question. i understand that the military groups in any real force won't
show up. >> are there any points of agreement among the groups that indeed have shown up? >> well, you heard the head of the syrian national council say in a pretty strong statement yesterday that assad and those around him have absolutely no part in any future transition. that's the one thing they could agree on and i guess that's what the armed groups on the ground that have momentum will insist upon. i don't think the political actors here have any great say in that. >> what's the best we can hope from these talks? where are they going to lead? what's the point? >> well, we can hope that the international community which has not really shouldered its responsibilities toward syria finally does come together and the regional players, we see iran is invited and get behind the geneva communique, which is one of transition.
assad and his criminal gaining who have been barrel bombing and using chlorine and everything else don't have a place in the future of syria and the international community now has to find a formula working with syrians in order to be able to find some new stability for syria, otherwise, we are looking at the breakup of syria and the partition of it into smaller pieces with no real security in sight. >> you brought it up before i was able to get to it, the issue of iran being violated to these talks. how divisive is that? >> i think even the armed groups would say that iran has to be invited because it's a party to the conflict. i think that is different than what it was perhaps more than a year ago. now the question is what is iran willing to sign up to? is it willing to sign up to the geneva communique or some modified version that talks
about transition, that talks about a move towards a more inclusive syrian government and a space toward a broader national dialogue. it's good iran is there because it will have to answer that question. >> thank you very much indeed, directors of the brookings doha center live in doha. >> let's get some weather from everton fox with details of flooding in the u.s. >> proper spring weather shall we say the good news of course is the snow's gone, so let's put a positive spin. i'm afraid there has been some flooding. look at the massive cloud tops across the southwestern corridor of the u.s., all the way up into the midwest there so some really heavy rain coming out of those thunder heads. this area of low pressure around western texas caused big downpours and heavy rain here. 100 milliliters of rain in 24
hours. further north just in kansas, we also saw really heavy downpours coming through here and this was the result of a massive thunderstorm which threw down a lot of rainfall in next to no time, widespread flooding in and around the region. we have floods in the forecast over the next couple of days. the big severe storms are set to continue large hail always a possibility and it is spring, tornadoes always a possibility. tuesday, further heavy downpours coming in around the four corners states pushing across the central plains easing toward the midwest and heavy rain. warm moisture coming in out of the gulf and winds from a southerly direction is going to win out. we are going to see more heavy rain coming in across the plains up into the northern plains and heavy rain for thursday. >> still to come here on the news hour, school's out in brazil as teachers protest once
corporation council's meeting and french president francois hollande attended. the saudi-led coalition has hit several airports across the country. >> u.n. backed talks on negotiations to end the conflict in syria are underway in syria. the u.n. envoy is to meet government and rebel representatives as well as regional players over the course of the next few weeks. >> john kerry made an unannounced visit to somalia the first u.s. secretary of state to visit the country. the visit is to show support for the government fighting al shabab. >> egypt's military said a security force based in northern sinai has come under attack. it believes isil may be behind it. there has been fighting in the region for months now. living conditions there have worse inned as al jazeera's correspondent reports. >> this is what many buildings
in the egyptian town look like, with the buildings including schools bombarded by the military. the egyptian security forces have been storming areas in rafah and evacuating houses before destroying them. they want to expand the buffer zone meant to cross egypt. despite the large troop deployment attacks are still happening. one policeman was killed when a play station was attacked and 14 others injured. the egyptian army said it's gained much ground in the sinai peninsula. it insists that many parts of northern sinai are free from the control of fighters who align themselves to isil. residents say civilians are being arrested and killed as the egyptian army arrests those it calls terrorists. the continuing operation in border areas means that basic
commodities like fuel are in short supply. no trucks have been allowed inside. >> there's no gasoline and when it comes the line are as you see. curfew begin at 7:00 p.m. >> you stand in line for several hours to get gasoline. >> i've been here since 6:00 in the morning. it is 2:00 p.m. now. this is not fair. i've been in line for eight hours and behind me is a line that will take another eight hours, but the curfew will beat them. >> last month egyptings tended its state of emergency in sinai for another three months. a nighttime curfew is in place. pet roll station owners have to ration fuel. >> we have been suffering from a shortage of petroleum in all
forms. there is an issue of security conditions in the region. >> the army says it's increasing its presence in areas where fighters have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen. it hasn't reduced problems faced by the local population. al jazeera. >> burundi's constitutional court cleared the president to run for another term. 11 people have been killed, more than 100 injured in protest since the president's party announced that he would run again. malcolm web reports from the capitol. >> activists who are organizing the protests reject the ruling of the constitutional court that clears the president to run for a third term. they say it's not valid because four of the judges have already fled the country citing
intimidation. they rejected a call from the vice president who said all the protestors arrested so far would be released. the activists say they'll continue protesting until the penalty abandons his bid for a third term. hundreds more protestors are coming in from the rural areas to join in the protests here, so there's no sign of things calming down. >> armed groups in the central african republic agreed to release all child soldiers and young people working with their forces. between six and 10,000 children are expected to be freed. we are joined live via skype by muhammed fal the unicef representative from the central african republic. thanks for bin with us. how long has unicef been working
on this deal? >> we have been working for now several months. i should say since the conflict started. we have been looking to protect the children. one of the great violation of child rights is their involvement with armed groups. we have been working with the u.n. ambassador, communities until we reached the deal which we call a major milestone. >> what does the agreement entail and how long before these
children and young people are released? >> it he tails first of all that they are committed to release the children, to stop new recruitment, provide access to unicef for the monitoring process and stopping or calling for the end of children in armed conflict. the next step is absolutely important, it will consist of getting the children back to psychosocial support and getting the children's family be
properly -- getting the children integrated into their community. unicef is a partner here and globally speaking will be working, too. >> thank you very much. >> people in the united kingdom will vote in a general election in two days time. suspected domestic issues like health care and the economy have been center stage during the campaigning, but british foreign policy has largely been out of the picture. lawrence lee is live for us now in london. why is that, lawrence? >> well, there's a lot of hammering about it. the financial times for one which is a very serious publication said it was an absolutely disgrace and that foreign policies have played a smaller role, it said in this
election than any in living memory. there's no votes in foreign affairs. you might have thought that there are all sorts of international media organizations looking at this, that british's relationship with the european union is at stake that perhaps these politicians might have had a little to say during this election campaign about the state of the world. >> the foreign and commonwealths office in london is having work done on it. it's a good time. the civil servants work goes on hold when the politicians try to get themselves elected. who will because the u.k.'s leading diplomat and will other countries sit up and take notice. >> foreign policy hasn't played much of a roll during this election campaign, as usually it's been mostly about the economy. there is a question about the extent to which the two main parties here continue to have a big strategic vision for the u.k.'s place in the world and the extent of which the rest of
the world values the u.k.'s opinion on many of these things. >> consider some of the biggest issues in the middle east, both labor and the conservative parties oppose and iranian backed government in damascus while supporting an iranian backed government in baghdad. the conservative government helped get rid of gadhafi but neither it or the labor party consider to revolutions lead to an exodus and the doors to people like syrian refugees remain closed. the labor party had this to say about its own record. >> many people talk of the role britain played in a veals of international crises under tony blare and gordon brown. some do mention the iraq war as a positive role. you might be surprised to hear that but certainly britain's role in afghanistan in helping to get rid of the taliban. >> if isil is such a threat, why
is the u.k. shrinking its army yet spending $150 billion on nuclear weapons? these things have become a gift to the new in is your generality parties particularly in scotland. >> i'm sure that a contingent of westerners are large enough to influence different thinking and can help free the labor party or many in the party from their recent flirtation with a tony blare, new labor center right approach which is what they've done in recent years. >> so if you're the politician ambassador to the u.k. and want recognition of a palestinian state, you wonder why haven't the politicians done it. >> how democracy can work, when you see the public is for something and the government is on the other end, you know, there is no synchronization between the analysis in a system considered to be democratic. this we cannot understand it and that's why we've become reticent
in accepting the western democracy, it's full of contributions. >> the criticism of the u.k. is that it no longer guides events and has run out of money and looks for richer countries for investments. >> what do you make of u.k.'s foreign policy. >> we don't have a foreign policy. we desperately need a new fortune secretary. i mean, william hague once he stepped down, there's been a vacuum. i think if the conservatives were to win it would probably
be osborn. they are going to have to negotiate seriously with europe. they're locked into a two year time scale if alexander wins his seat. >> he would be labor secretary. >> and a good one. if not, they will have to find a good one and there are many talented people. there are big issues. we had a cold war there was a big argument starting about what we were going to do about the soviet union deploying ss20's from europe and how it should be grappled with. there were many other big issues. africa had problems with what was then radisha. there were big issues. >> no one talked about the die
tent weapons. >> that is one of the issues. nato is not spending enough money on its conventional defense. we face challenges in the baltic states. we face challenges in east europe and nato has got to get its act together. we face challenges in the middle east. we need a proper policy over palestinian and israel. tony blare needs to be replaced and we need to new consider at the time, a spokesman and we've got to do seriously in dialogue with turkey particularly. >> if politicians here aren't prepared to talk about these things like an election campaign, do you think europe deserves veto power? >> i don't think france has a particular foreign policy. america i guess the only one really at the moment with a foreign policy and putin and he
certainly has a foreign policy for russia. britain will remain in the security council veto power can't be taken away from it, they'll veto it if they do. we have to step up to the plate. we step up to the plate on foreign aid. we are a generous donor and that helps in many parts of the world, but we need a more serious power. >> hundreds of rescued migrants have been arriving in italy at the sicilian port. nearly 7,000 migrants have been rescued from the mediterranean sea over the past days. the number risking their lives to reach european shores continues to rise despite the dangers. >> teachers from the brazilian state are protesting government plans to alter their pensions. a demonstration last week turned
violent, leaving 200 injured. let's take you live now. al jazeera's correspondent is there. why are these teachers on strike? what is the government trying to do to their pensions? >> >> the government is shifting their pension fund out of the state fund, changing it, moving their money but there's a much more bigger issue than that. most people here recognize that teachers are seriously underpaid, much blow the national average. from all sectors of society all around the state and neighboring state, people are joining in the protest against austerity measures being implemented by the state's government in response to a struggling economy in the rest of brazil. the march last wednesday which ended in violence when the
authorities said some people tried to storm the state parliament the marchers were surprised by the action of the state police. they are marching now as you can see behind me. it's about concerns about austerity measures being implemented by the state government here and in other states in brazil. >> what are the implications of this action there for the rest of the country? >> well, i think the rest of the country's going to be watching this protest very, very carefully. there are four our states in brazil where the teachers are on strike. they have been on strike here now over six weeks. there is no end in sight so that doesn't seem to be in the way of compromise. the rest of the country is watching. they are protesting on other
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>> time for sport. here's jo. >> fans in indonesia want the president to intervene in a standoff that has brought all football in the country to a halt. thousands maxed tuesday calling for the reinstatement of the football association which has been suspended weeks ago by the ministry of sport. >> we have come to protest at the palace because football in indonesia is dying. we are asking the president to use his conscience so our football will not die. >> we all know football agency in indonesia are all working for big businessmen. matches are being bought. this really worries supporters. they don't want this to happen, but this is the reality. i also don't think that canceling the whole competition is the right solution.
>> football in indonesia is no stranger to controversy facing corruption security at games and not affording health care because they weren't paid. the football association kicked off the new season but ground to a halt after just two games when police refused them match permits. fifa warned the government to back down but they suspended it anyway and now all football is canceled for the season. it led to fans marching in protest and could cause fifa to block teams from qualifying in tournaments like the 2015 world cup. >> defending champions will travel in their first leg of semifinal. real madrid have won the trophy
on four occasions including last year's win over athletico madrid. >> we have some player injuries but we are able to replace them really well. we have confidence, we are close to another final and we are trying to do hour best. >> meanwhile looking to reach their first final since 2003, confidence is high. they won their fourth title saturday and are unbeaten in 12 european matches at home. >> as i always say nobody can play a perfect game. we'll need to do great things defending and attacking. i do not think that real madrid now and that then will be games that will end in a draw.
>> a police chief in the brazilian city criticized the stadium which held world cup games there saying it wasn't made for brazilian fans. fans forced on the pitch after the championship victory. police have said it's too easy for fans to invade the pitch. no serious injuries were reported. >> brazil's preparations for next year says olympic games failed heavy criticisms with concerns over the brutalled waterways. it prompted the environment minister to take an unusual step. he went for a fully closed swim in the bay which will hold the olympic's sale events to ease concern over the quality. sewage flush into the bay and
officials admitted it won't be full lip cleaned before the games. >> the l.a. clippers are one up over the houston rockets after wing 117-101. in the east, the chicago bulls beat cleveland in their first semifinal game. derek roses was in top form as the bulls stormed to a 27-15 lead at the end of the first quarter in ohio, but kyrie irving put cleveland back on level terms by the start of the third period. he finished with 30 points in the game. later on, james also adding 19 points and 15 rebounds, chicago bulled away for a 99-92 victoriry. game two is scheduled for later wednesday. >> i have to be better. i wasn't that good tonight. i have to be much better and this game is something we can learn from, which we will, and
come in with a better game plan in game two. >> currie has been named the nba's most valuable player, receiving 100 first place votes out of a possible 130. he paid tribute to his father, del, a former nba player. >> i just thank you so much and pops you're the example of what a true professional is on and off the court. i remember a lot of your career. to be able to follow in your footsteps, it means a lot to me. >> the washington capitals have the upper hand over the new york rangers in the second round of the nhl playoffs. the capitals were 1-0 winners at home in game three. scorning the only goal in his first of the postseason, they lead to-1 in the best of seven series. game four on wednesday.
>> the fall yacht from the fight of the century continues, manny pacquiao could face disciplinary action for failing to tell them about a shoulder injury before the fight. there will be an investigate why he said no to an injury in a prefight questionnaire. he'll have surgery for a foreign shoulder muscle this week. pacquiao could be fined or suspended for not answering the question accurately. >> there's nor on pacquiao's injury problems on our website. check out aljazeera.com/sport. that's the sport for now. >> that's where we end this news hour. however, i'll be back to update you with all the day's top stories in just a few moments.
saudi arabia closes schools and cancels flights in a region bordering yemen because of fighting with houthi rebels. ♪ hello this is al jazeera live from doha i'm adrian finighan. also ahead, new allegations of war crimes against civilians in syria, as talks begin to try to stop the killing. protest continue in burundi, as the president is allowed to run for a third term. i have a story of migrants