e story tonight, and we go live... >> welcome to another news hour from al jazeera. coming up, saudi-led airstrikes target houthi commanders after houthi forces shelled a border town in the kingdom. >> britain's david cameron declares victory in the general election causing three rifles to step down as leaders. inside south africa's gang culture, we speak to gang members who say there is no way out of poverty.
>> a russian spaceship was sent up to supply the international space station. the mission failed, though, we'll explain. the saudi-led coalition is dropping leaflets on the northern province of saada calling on civilians to leave the area, following airstrikes against houthi rebels in the area. a spokesman threatened retaliation for houthi attacks on saudi villages. we have the latest. >> hours after offering a five day humanitarian ceasefire in yemen, the saudi-led coalition launched more airstrikes against the houthis. saudi army officers say the decision was in response to houthi shelling of saudi villages. >> now the equation changed.
we will target those who carried out the attacks against our people the bases. it will go after all the houthi commanders. >> these are some of the areas that were hit in saada the power base of the houthis in northern yemen. the saudi-led coalition said it destroyed command and telecommunications centers. the colation dropped leaflets, urging people to stay away from saada's old city. fighting is continuing across the country. here on the streets are aden in the south forces loyal to president adou rabbo mansour hadi have been fighting for weeks to push the rebels out. the houthis backed by soldiers who support former former president
ali abdullah saleh insist they still have the upper hand. >> in the central province, the violence continues. these fighters are denying houthis access to vital oil and gas installations. tribesmen loyal to president hadi are now in control of the international airport along yemen's eastern coast but the rest has fallen to al-qaeda recently. six weeks of fighting have left yemen in at that timers. hundreds have been killed and thousands of families have been displaced or fled the country. yemen's humanitarian situation gets worse every day. near the capitol sanna people spent hours cueing for drinking water. the city which is controlled by the houthis is rationing water
fuel and food items with a rising shortage in supplies. >> we face a huge crisis. there is no cooking gas no electricity. travel is almost nonexistent. >> the international community is calling for a ceasefire across the country so aid can reach millions of people, but delivering it may not be possible. >> here in the studio, we have a guest who has reported extensively from yemen. following the leaflet drop warning people to get out you have an update for us. >> exactly. it was announced that the saudis would consider the whole of saada a military target starting three hours from now. this is a real escalation in the violence in yemen because the saudi's now are going after the
top leadership of the houthis including the leader of the houthi movement. in the past, the saweds were saying we will continue our fight until the legitimate government is recognized. the saudi's are now going after the leadership of the houthis. >> this begs two questions the first, has there been enough time since that leaflet drop for ordinary citizens to get out of harm's way and what's to stop the houthi leadership from getting out of the way, as well if they know what's coming. >> the problem of intafada, it's not easy to evacuate people, it takes days and days, because you have it's a mountainous area and really difficult for people to move towards the outskirts of the province. the houthi top command is based also in the remote region and
difference areas. it's just going to further complicate the task of the saudis. the message they would like to tell total houthis and supporters that we're going to go very aggressive. >> 36 hours ago, we were talking about a pause in the fighting to get international aid in. here they seem to be ramping up the campaign. >> i think their message is yesterday, there was still room for compromise. today, there's absolutely no room for compromise. since the houthis started shelling sawed villages, the saudi's said that was for us the red line, therefore our campaign is going to be longer and harsher. >> you say since the houthis started shelling. it's not just the houthis, is it the houthis who are doing the shelling or is it the forces loyal to the former yemeni president? >> the former president ali
abdullah saleh are the ones advanced weapons and artillery. that technology, some provided by the americans are targeting saudi villages. to the saudis, the two main obstacles to appeals are the houthis and forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh. they are trying to discredit them undermine them or defeat them on the ground, which is not just going to be a matter of days or hours. i think it's going to take months and months. >> for the moment, many thanks indeed. >> an unexpected win for britain's david cameron and the conservative party the polls were wrong. cameron secured a majority in parliament and three rivals have resigned. it's partly because of the success of the scottish national party. simon mcgregor wood reports now from london. >> david cameron is still in
downing street and still prime minister. his conservative party confounded the polls and won a small majority. friday he went to tell the queen he can now form a government. >> as i said in the small hours of this morning, we will govern as a party of one nation, one united kingdom. that means ensuring this recovery reaches all parts of our country from north to south east to west. >> it was a disaster for labour party's leader, a near wipeout in scotland saw the party come a disstand section. it faces difficult years of rebuilding rebranding and needs a new leader. >> britain needs a strong labour party. britain needs a labour party that can rebuild after this defeat so we can have a government that stands up for working people again and now it's time for someone else to take forward the leadership of this party. >> liberal democrats were
decimated, wounded by their leadership in coalition government. the leader resigned. scotland delivered perhaps the biggest shock sweeping all but four winning all but three seats, ripping the heart out of the labor party traditional stronghold. >> david com ran's conservative party did far better than the polls predicted remaining as the prime minister. that means a continuation of the policies have economic austerity and possible referendum on the membership of the country in the european union. one tough question he will face is the constitutional challenge about what told about the scottish nationalist's stunning success in scott land.
>> i know that e.u. and media are used to endless promisees that they don't keep, but i don't break my word. i should be writing to the u.k. nag executive saying i am standing down as leader of ukip. >> the british political temperature picture looks for fractured than ever. the scottish nationalist incredible victory will make predictions almost impossible. >> lawrence, sounds cliche to say it, but what we've witnessed over the past 24 hours is nothing short of a political earthquake. >> no, and frankly as we've been saying, it's absolutely the opposite of what everybody thought was going to happen, but the bald fact is, it's 10 past
two in the afternoon and the election's over and that's extraordinary. i don't think the conservatives dreamed for a single moment in the lead up to this that they could have possibly had an outcome as positive as this. consider in england exactly how good things are. not only did they have an absolute majority, which means they can do what they want, but all the political force that is might be worked up against them have all these instigators. the party is talking about going back into local government. forget about them for maybe five years. the u.k. unless party got millions of votes but one seat. one seat was lost. the labour party, i don't know where they go for the time being. they tried gordon brown, he had
millebrand. the fault line is changed. it is now between away right wing england and leftwing scotland. >> he may have a majority, but he's going to have to watch his own back benches and as you say this amazing result, nothing short of amazing but the s.m.p. in scotland. >> just to pursue the point the main opposition to the sort of economic program that the conservatives will press on with now is the s.n.p., it isn't the labour party.
they will be saying there neats to be for more rights. the trouble is they don't have an english partner anymore while the labour party is in such a mess. the green party got 1.2 million votes, but only 1m.p. that's a big problem. the thing the s.m.p. have in their favor clearly is that if there is a vote now which cameron promised, which could take britain out of the european union, the scottish national party could say in that case we want to withdraw from the u.k. the conservatives are going to have to do something to stop them from press that go button and may be that they'll be able to potentially do that. this is the biggest opportunity that the conservatives are ever going to have to do exactly what they want to in the parliamentary term. >> at westminster in central london let's get a view from the north of the voter.
we are joined now live from glasgow. what are we to make of this historic rout by the s.m.p.? >> it is incredible. here we are in the city of glasgow, the birth place of the labour party a bedrock of labor support. they didn't get a single member of parliament returned from this city. they got one member of parliament from the entire country of scotland. they had more than 40 in the previous general election. they were just wiped away. to talk about all of this, i have daniel, political scientist from the university of edinboro. why did this landslide for scottish nationalism happen? >> in the median term, since scotland got its own parliament and had its own government in 1999 the scottish nationalists have governed here, become a
more normalized party they've grown a record of competence in government and level of trust with the electorate and slowly built up from there. last year in scotland, we had the independence referendum, which capitalized a lot of issues in the scottish politics in the sense that we have distinct scottish interests that have to be defended. that has fed into the asksive national search. >> people will be asking now does this mean another referendum is inevitable and will it happen soon? >> it doesn't have to be inevitable but the results today certainly makes it look more likely. the s.n.p. are not so foolish as to rush into a second referendum. i think they'll be careful bide their time, use their no strength to fight to secure more power for scotland but i doubt
they'll call a second referendum unless they see they would get the out come that they want. >> david cameron a moment of triumph and a real danger that he could be the last ever prime minister of this united kingdom. >> that's right. i think the prime minister in the election campaign that we've just seen plays a relatively dangerous short term game, sort of stoking off english fears of scottish nationalism which then in term stoked in english nationalism as we've seen manifested in the vote for instance for the u.k. independence party and with the party that did well in the elections yesterday. there's work to do now i think by the foreign minister, working sensibly with the first minister in scotland to recognize the landslide, recognize this isn't politics as usual and work constructively to develop powers in scotland to satisfactory the desires of the average voter north of the border.
>> thanks very much, daniel. what we can take away from election i guess that we're going to be left with existential issues. >> much more still to come here on the news hour. using sonar and a submarine the italian navy discovers a sunken vessel with hundreds was migrants locked in its lower decks. >> thousands of nigerians forced out of their homes because of boko haram violence, being forced out again this time from refugee camps in niger. >> later in sport basketball star alex rodriguez sets a new record for the new york yankees baseball but find out why some aren't in a mood to celebrate.
we have the details later in the program. >> pakistan's military said six people including two ambassadors have been killed in a helicopter crash in the country's north. al jazeera has more now from islamabad. >> a pakistani military helicopter has crashed about 300 kilometers north of islamabad. onboard, ambassadors from several countries according to the military, the pilot as well as the ambassador of norway, the ambassador of the philippines the wife of the malaysian ambassador to pakistan, alleges the crimean ambassador to pakistan were killed along with the pilots. according to eyewitnesses, the helicopter came down on a school. that school was closed, because the pakistani prime minister was
also due to arrive to inaugurate several projects. now, according to the report, the prime minister then decided to come back to islamabad. he has declared a day of mourning here issue islamabad and instructed the authorities to bring back the injured, as well as the dead bodies, back to islamabad. this is in deed a big tragedy. the military spokesman saying and confirming that at least two other diplomats that includes the polish ambassador, as well as the dutch ambassador that were injured in this particular crash. >> italy's neighbor say hundreds of bodies were found in a vessel that sank off the coast of libya in april. 28 people survived. stephanie decker has more from sicily. >> the prosecutor gave details of the investigation. the ship wreck is that of the incident that happened on april 18 the single deadliest i understand there's been. he said possibly up to 800
migrants could have last their lives, according to the survivor of the accounts they've been listening to, to the size of the ships and images they've seen stream back from the robot they sent 370 meters down. he said hundreds of dead bodies are also in the ship. he said key to the investigation were whether doors were locked. that would establish the responded of two men in custody they say were in charge of the ship captaining. they said there is no point in publishing them, to try and keep the dignity of the victims. certainly very difficult. he did say he hoped to conclude this soon, but key to establish that, he said they hope that they didn't have to lift the bolt out of the water to be able to conclude this, but it tells you it's the highlight just how difficult this journey is, how at risk people take to come here and with the summer only
beginning thousands and thousands of more will be taking that risk. >> aid agencies calling for international help, the nigerian refugees are being forced out of neighboring niger. dozens have died do to a lack of food and supplies. the regional government said it con no longer host refugees due to security concern after boko haram attacks. >> thousands are on foot again many with no supplies and unsure of where to go. these are some of the refugees told to leave niger. witnesses say dozens have died. the united nations established three catches in the area but have limited facilities. many of the displaced people say they would rather go to remote villages where they can find work and safety. they find harsh terrain and there are more than the 200,000 reef gees in surrounding areas. after a recent attack, the government told people to leave because of security concerns.
most refugees don't think going back is an option. this family is afraid and don't have much left to return to. >> i prefer to stay here. i don't want to go back home. boko haram will catch me. >> many were forced from their homes because of the fighting between boko haram and the nigerian army which has been going on for six years. their faith to end the bloodshed is fading. >> god is the only one who can put an end to boko haram. the whole army will never be enough to get rid of boko haram. it's only god's will that is able to bring them to an end. >> in the areas where aid agencies have been able to reach, they are studying to provide basic services, foot, shelter and access to clean water and sanitation. last month the u.n. launched $174 million appeal to deem with
the crisis. it says 1.5 million people in nigeria are malnourished and the money is meant to help refugees who urgently need help. more than 15,000 people have been killed in the violence. >> right now, we have more than 5,000 displaced nigerians in the region. it's not just internally displaced people, but there are also people that niger evacuate out of the lake chad region. it's important to understand that this crisis is here to stay. people don't want to go back to nigeria, so we urged the international community to send immediate help. >> for children and families who lost everything when they left their homes the worst is still not over. al jazeera. >> the murder rate in south africa has slowed everywhere apart from cape town. that's mostly down to drug gangs fighting over territory in the city's cape flat communities.
in an exclusive interview, al jazeera talks to a gang leader who blames the government for turning his neighborhood into a ghetto. >> 11:00 at night in laugh surrender hill, smoking crystal meth in a portable toilet. these are members of one of the gangs running the drug trade in the cape flats area of cape town. roland is a gang leader. he believes selling and taking drugs is the only life possible here. >> the young boys, their dream wasn't to abdrug leader, they don't have the money to go to college, there's no food at home. they take the drugs for the escape goat. >> there's a price to that drug-fueled world. nicole was hilt by a stray bullet in a drug fight between the gangs. these children are growing up in a battle ground.
>> everywhere is shootings. >> the gang leader believes the government doesn't care about the mixed race or colored communities and have allowed their neighborhood to become a ghetto. >> the park was here. ever since the government now for us, for colored the police took the gangsters for their own models. >> the drugs trade is everywhere here. it's the main employer. they can put food on the table when no one else will. according to a police report, the police are complicit in this economy. >> it is through corruption that criminal network are able to co opt public officials including
law enforcement agencies, to either turn a blind eye or to ignore it completely. >> he said the way to stop the spiral is to stop them seeing the street gangs as surrogate families by strengthening the family unit. the murder rate across the rest of south africa is decreasing, here it's rising as these young men fight over territory and drug profit. many have never left the flats. many won't make it. >> farmers are protesting a steel plant just a day before a visit by the prime minister. these farmers complain they weren't consulted when their land was seized by the government. they are also protesting against the controversial land acquisition bill, allowing the
government to acquire land to forebeer its projects, providing it compensates the land owners. let's get some weather. rob is here. a real mixed bag of weather across the united states, not surprising given that it's a big place and it's spring. you've got snow so hurricanes. >> we have a big contrast. it's the contrast that makes the weather. we have a hurricane not a real one that is forming by bermuda. that's all that's left of it. i'll rub it forward. the hurricane season starts in june. here typically for the plains states is another line of big storms and not as big as wednesday night but thursday night, yeah, they produced one or two small tornadoes. i want to concentrate on the west. it's the contrast. we had snow here. it's late in the season, even in montana for snow, but that's
what fell all the same, to be enjoyed for a while. the same lining comes down toward wyoming and colorado, the same contrast in temperature gives ale significant hail storm, again interesting itself. this event closed a highway and it's not snow, that is hail. however, it wasn't a tornado that was just the cold weather. we are going to see more stormy weather in the plains states and the conditions are it could be big thunderstorms and tornadoes. there is yet more snow to come, lots of it. >> many thanks, we are approaching the midway point on this news hour. still to come, painful memories in paint. a yazidi artist from iraq tells the tragic story of his community on canvas. >> shelter sanitation, and sufficientsufficient nance.
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leave. in the last 24 hours the area has been the target of the heaviest airstrikes of the saudi-led bombing since it began. >> david cameron won a majority in britain's parliament, leading to the resinnation of three government leaders. >> pakistan's military said six were killed in a helicopter crash in a northern town. the ambassadors of norway and the philippines and the wives of the makes and crimean ambassadors plus the two pilots died. a rescue helicopter has been sent to the scene. >> returning to the election in the u.k., a big win for david cameron's conservative party. let's speak to toby young a
journalist and writer. a majority for david cameron it's not a massive majority. that's going to make it pretty hard for him to govern, isn't it? >> he will have a majority of only a handful and it will be smaller than the majority he had as prime minister when he was in government with the liberal democrats and coalition. having said that, he has a huge amount of personal authority now, having won the first majority for the conservative party since john major in 1992. that's a massive achievement. he will command i think a huge amount of authority within his own party and in the country for having achieved that. i think that will overcome the draw backs of having such a small majority. >> >> let's look at two major issues likely to dominate the next cameron government over the next five years. he's promise that had there will be an in-out referendum on
europe. what will that mean for the country? >> well, that means that we're going to be having a big debate over the next couple of years. cameron promised to try and renegotiate the terms of the u.k.'s membership at the european union come to the british people will be a better offer, and see if he can sell that. i think he will now be able to win some proper concessions get some meaningful reforms and come back and win that referendum. if he can do that, it will have put to bed that issue which has been tearing apart british politics and the british party in particular for almost 50 years. if he can put that issue to bed he will have achieved something remarkable. >> after that massive rout by the scottish nationalists of the labour party in scotland, what's david cameron going to offer the
s.n.p.? what concessions is he going to make to them? >> he's going to over maximum devolution without breaking away from the u.k. it will be an offer to wails northern ireland and england. this is a historic opportunity now that he's won an overall majority he has an opportunity to sox the question and create a more federal kingdom. if he manages that, that will be another remarkable achievement. >> toby, good to talk to you. journalist and author toby young there in london. >> hezbollah said that three fighters have been killed in fighting along the syria lebanon bored herb.
it comes at new video emerge that had fighting between a syrian rebel group and hezbollah in the valley for those who openly support president assad and has been fighting for months now. >> american troops have started training a small group of syrian fighters to combat the islamic state of iraq and the levant. it will be a few months before they are dough employed. >> these trainees are recruited they are vetted and only then are they put into training. they've been in the program for quite a while. then the training takes some time and then they would be inserted into operations, and the trainee's behind them and to get back to the previous question we hope this to be an expanding program once it proves
itself which i think it will. >> isil claims to be gaining influence in the united states. the f.b.i. director said that the group is using social media to recruit and influence hundreds of people across the country. that there is worry they will launch attacks on u.s. targets. isil has been successful using social media. it is suggested there are 20,000 twitter groups for the group. let's talk about what exactly isil is. we talk about how successful this organization is as far as social media is concerned in its propaganda effort, can we say it is a grouping, a tangible grouping? >> it certainly has an organizational structure. weaver seen that in syria and
iraq raqqa really the home of the self declared islamic state as well as mosul which it took over in june. there they try to present all the trappings of a government, something that collects revenue sometimes through extortion taxes, oil smuggling but also trials to provide services to the people. it is an organization in the sense that it has a command structure. it has systems but really, what the u.s. officials seem to be worried about in their recent statements is that its much more than that. it has the ability to persuade and convince young people particularly that they should go off on their own and launch those lone wolf attacks. >> how is it doing that? >> well, really, when you look at its ability to manipulate social media and its quite sophisticated tactics videos with high production values, its
it's appeals that appeals to the hard strings of the people ins the states. there was a video of a young doctor treating children. if you don't know what isis is actually doing on the ground, you would think that is nice, there's a young doctor treating children. of course the reality is much, much different and they are just extremely good at propaganda. >> it's propaganda and mind washing. >> it is. it is. again, for the casual viewer, the casual reader, you wouldn't necessarily nope the difference. for instance, they reopened what used to be one of the biggest most luxurious hotels in the country, an indian chain in nineveh in mosul. they show families with balloons with children, looks festive. then at night there are fireworks. again, this isn't a real hotel. mosul still has several hundred thousand people living there but life there is very grim.
if you just look at the images and the message that isil is trying to get across, it all looks very normal. >> how many does the u.s. combat this? >> very, very tough. u.s. officials admitted that they're not all that good at social media. part of the way they combat it, of course, is to try to figure out why it is that so many young people in comfortable circumstances are leaving from not just the u.s., but places around the world to join us. these are people who believe they found a cause and in many cases are willing to die for it. as you know, that's very, very hard to combat. >> jane, thank you very much indeed. >> a leader from iraq forced to flee is putting the memories of that on canvas. he set up in a tiny studio that make sure that his people and the world would never forget.
>> i'm a yazidi artist. on the day we left, we didn't leave behind one single person. all of us from many places around mosul all of us, we fled. after three days, isil had control of all of our towns. no one thought about saving their things. a lot of people even left their money behind. it was a tragic thing that happened i feel that tragedy and then i paint. when i meet witnesses and they tell me their stories and i see that in the media there are no images like this, i decided to make these kinds of paintings to record what happened and show it to the world. my-game is to be like a messenger to the world. i'm getting a lot of offers and good jobs to make happy art like i did in the past, but i'm refusing to do that. for me, what will i say to my people that i'm painting happy
things? i refuse. everyone asks me the question, how do i do this art? the artists ask the same question. it's a secret. it's that i'm feeling when i'm painting and they can't. there are good artists also, but the difference between me and other artist isis i people what the victims feel. i put myself inside this tragedy and that's the difference between artists who feel and those who don't. everyone wants to go back to his home but that comes second for me. for me what comes first is that we all have a wish to get back those who have been kidnapped from their hands. we don't care for homes or anything. we just care for those who have been kidnapped. i have a dream and a wish, to make my very last painting one that is happy showing that we have got back all of those who have been stolen from us. >> the united nation said aid
contributions in nepal needs to be dramatically ramped up. last week, the u.n. appeals said $415 million to support earthquake relief efforts but so far only $22 million has been received. inside the country people are turning to homemade solution as we report now from katmandu. >> right now it's the essentials that are needed most. >> tents are hard to get. we scoured the whole city to buy tents and there was a big inflation of tent prices, as well. >> with so many left homeless by the earthquake, makeshift open air camps sprung be up throughout the capitol. people who's houses are still standing are often too afraid to return to them. shelter is a priority. >> we as a group decided to take the initiative to produce a tent
and to provide to the relief for groups to distribute to the villages. >> with a shortage of tarp in nepal, these partners had to get creative. this material called flex roll is typically used for advertising signs. they're buying it on credit, selling some of the finished tents at the price it cost to manufacture and donating the rest. >> so you were saying that this is really only a temporary solution right? >> yes, it is. >> that's because the tents made here will lost only about 20 days which isn't even long enough to be of help during monsoon season, which is rapidly approaching. still, with more volunteers coming to the workshop every day, they've produced more than 1300 tents. keeping dry is but one worry. killing germs is quite another. >> the important is in places
where water is rare. we are providing hand sanitizers where there is less water so the water can be used for drinking purposes primarily. >> for more difficult is getting it delivered to the hard hit areas, where there is a lack of adequate sanitation. >> villages that have been leveled and on the ground level we can see the roofs of the house and people are staying in tents and open defecation is massively practiced and the people are not taking good sanitation and hygiene practices. >> protection from the elements and prevention of diseases are important enough, but even are more concerned at the moment is nourishment. here members of this sikh community center have banded together to produce food. peeling, chopping, stirring and cooking, this is a huge collective effort. volunteers tell us they are making enough to feed thousands of people every detail, that
their teams are delivering this food and also giving food to the military to distribute. >> with nepal under such enormous strain, the pressure here won't end anytime soon. those suffering need the very basics. at a time like this, when the flow of aid is clogged, and the delivery of necessities is slow, every little bit helps. al jazeera katmandu, nepal. >> still to come on the news hour in sports, bitter rivals in south america's top cup competition. all the action, coming up in just a future minutes.
>> hello again friday marks the 70th anniversary of v.e. day the end of world war ii in europe. may eight 1945, germany surrendered, bringing to a close six years of war. commemorations are being held across the continent. john kerry joins the ceremony, french penalty francois hollande laid a wreath at the average arch detriumph. other heads of state are arriving for the victory parade in rush.
others are protesting rush's role in the fighting in ukraine. >> an out of control russian spacecraft plum melted back to earth. the three-ton unmanned cargo trip failed to reach the international space station last week. >> it was the 150th launch of a russian progress spacecraft and initially everything appeared normal. within minutes mission control had problems contacting the craft, and when it did get images from the onboard camera, it was evident the spacecraft was spinning wildly in space. it's planned delivery of food, fuel and supplies to the international space station was now impossible. instead, the tracking of its slow descent towards earth became the focus of the mission. on average, one tracked object reenters the atmosphere each day, an in tact spacecraft or rocket falls back to earth once
a week. most of these are so small they burn up as they reenter the atmosphere. in this case, that's what's likely to happen, because the russian progress craft weighs just three tons, lighter than other spacecraft that have crashed to earth. sky lab weighed 77 tons. it scattered large chunks of debris over a town southeast of period in australia in 1979. nasa was fined $400 for littering, no one was hurt. russia's mir space station was ditched into the south pacific ocean in 2001. russia's space agency is investigating the failure of the craft hoping to understand what caused the mission to go wrong. al jazeera. >> time to invest in half hat i think. >> displaced baseball star alex
rodriguez moved ahead of the great willie mays to go fourth on the all time home run list. >> high flyball deep left center there it goes! see ya! home run number 661 for alex rodriguez. >> the yankees won 4-3 over the orioles. alex rodriguez recently returned to the game after a season long drug suspension. rodriguez or a-rod as he's known has a clause in his contract guaranteeing $6 million if he surpasses the record. the yankees said they won't pay because a-rod's doping ban made the feat unmarketable for the team. 661 home runs, he goes fourth on the all time list. babe ruth held a record of 714
home runs from his last season in 1935 until it was broken by hank aaron in 1974. also he closed in on ruth's record aaron was reportedly the subject of hate male and death threats from fans apparently unhappy that a black player would break ruth's record. he ended his career with 755 homers. bore roy bonds tops the list, another player accused of using performance enhancing drugs something he denies. bond has failed to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame in his first three years of eligibility so far. >> tom brady has been speaking for the first time since reports said his people deflated footballs to gain an advantage during the a.f.c. championship game against indianapolis last season. braidee threw for three touchdowns in a victory later discovered that some balls were
deflated making them easier to grip catch and throw. the report said brady was generally aware of inappropriate activities. the patriots won with brady named at m.v.p. some call for him to be suspended, speaking at a special event, he said he wasn't concerned. >> has this however detracted from your joy of winning the superbowl? >> absolutely not. [ cheers and applause ] >> why not? >> because we earned an achieved everything that we got this year as a team and i'm very proud of that and our fans should be, too. >> in the nfl playoffs, chicago blackhawks are through to the western conference finals after completely a clean sweep over
the minnesota wild. chicago won game 44-3 to each reach the western conference for the fifth time in seven years. the blackhawks will face the winner of the anaheim-calgary series anaheim leading that 13-1. >> meanwhile in the east, the canadiens chumping win on thursday mean they trail tampa bay 3-1 in the best of seven series. game five takes place on saturday. >> there's a four way tie for the lead after the first round of the players championship in florida, golf's unofficial fifth major. rory mcelroy is two shots off the leading group. this approach to the 16th resulting in an eagle in a three under par round of 69.
japan's player at 67, five under par begins his second round in just under four hours time. >> spanish grand prix is underway in barcelona and hamilton in the first session his teammate was quickest just ahead of hamilton. sporting their new colors, the spaniards back in barcelona since suffering a serious accident on this track. >> the rivalry between the two giants of argentina is one of the most bitter in world football. this time, the roles were reversed as a second half sanchez penalty gave a 1-0 win. the return play is may 14. >> ecuador champion, goals
giving the home side a 2-0 win. brazil football legend pele has had surgery for a prostate condition. it's the second time in six months he's been hospitalized. the doctors say the 74-year-old is in a stable condition. >> spain's premier league hopes in the final possible matches in spain. all football may be condemned in definitely in a row over television rights. yesterday, the spanish players union voled to support the suspension calling a player strike to again on exactly the same day may 16. >> just less than 500 days to go until the start of the summer olympics in rio and there are
fresh concerns that the hosts will struggle to have many venues ready. the work is yet to start on half of the temporary venues, including the sites for rugby and volleyball. the companies which will build them haven't been chosen yet. organizers say there's nothing to worry about. >> you can't compare the london games to the once in rio. what rio is doing is truly a revolution in development. it will remain as a legacy for the city and country long after hosting the rio 2016 games. >> he's only the king of clay, but rafael nadal has not had it his way. injuries mean he hasn't won any of his events so far this season but shows signs of returning to form. the number three seed dropped
four games in the quarter finals. federer is already out. there is one more tournament before the french open starts in just over two weeks time. >> in the women's event serena williams dropped just four games. she will meet maria sharapova. >> i look forward to the semis. i can't say i expect to be here at the start of the week. i just was struggling on the clay and really didn't feel that i was playing the best that i have in the past couple of years on the clay and actually i still don't, but i feel like i'm just five just playing myself into the tournament and now i'm in the semifinals, so that's good. >> we'll have more later. >> that will just about do it for the news hour, as well. thanks for watching. i'll be back with another full bulletin of news in just a few moments here on al jazeera. see you then.
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