lated the balls. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera at our headquarters in doha i'm adrian finighan. coming up in the next 60 minutes. isil takes control of government headquarters in ramadi. unwanted, a boat full of migrants is stranded off of the coast of thailand with no country willing to take them in. >> reporter: burundi's president is back in the capitol after a failed coup attempt against him.
plus -- ♪ the king of the blues, b.b. king has died. ♪ the islamic state of iraq and the levant is engaged in fierce fighting in the province in anbar. isil fighters are now in control of the government come pound in ramadi. military helicopters are trying to dislodge them. it's a blow for the government which had announced a campaign to recapture the province in early april. zana hoda reports from baghdad. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the symbol of government authority in ramadi is now under the control of the islamic state of iraq and the levant. ramadi has long been a city that has been fought over it was also the iraqi government's main
strong hold in anbar province. but isil fighters launched an all-out assault early friday taking over the ramadi compound which houses most of the city's government buildings. they managed to penetrate using suicide bombers. government forces and their local allies were not able to stop isil's advance. many were killed. it is a strategic blow to the authorities who have been losing ground in other areas of the province. the assault on ramadi was part of a large-scale attack on government forces on multiple fronts in the province. late thursday isil used 22 suicide bombers to target the barracks of security forces in the town. it is clear that isil considered anbar strategic. after all, it borders territory it controls in neighboring syria. it controlled most of anbar province before this latest assault, now isil controls most of the capitol of the sunni
heartland. people of ramadi were caught in the fighting and the fear is isil will punish those who cooperated with the authorities. council officials are blaming the central government in baghdad for isil's huge gains. sunni tribes allied with the government have been warning that isil would make gains if reinforcements and weapons weren't sent but the government won't give them weapons because they are suspicious of their loyalty. and the regular forces are too weak to fight isil alone. >> they are telling the security ministries there [ inaudible ] each part of the [ inaudible ] force there working along with its own leadership. there is no coordination. there is no strengthening to stop the advance by weapons or even planning or training but
yet there's no solution. >> reporter: after suffering military setbacks in other provinces, isil can now claim a victory just weeks after the government declared a military campaign to recapture anbar. al jazeera's jane arraf has reported extensively from iraq and is with me now in the studio. how has isil managed to do this? >> what they appear to have done is used an armored bulldozer. they are putting steel plates on this equipment, and they have managed to remove some blast walls. it gained the governor's officer, the governor's counsel's office and police and intelligence headquarters. and it was hugely heavily fortified. they took away some blast walls
and then sent in suicide bombers. they have been gearing up for this, but this is the first time they have managed to gain entry and raise the flag. >> hugely significant this compound given what it contains. does that mean that the city of ramadi has fallen to isil? >> well, it's symbolically very significant, and certainly a blow that really lays bare the weaknesses of iraqi security forces and how thinly stretched they are. but although there were said to be several dozen police officers there and some troops guarding it the governor and council has moved out a long time ago. the governor's spokesperson says the city hasn't fallen. the military command center across the river is still holding. and though it has been attacked it is still operational. so the city has not fallen to isil and iraqi officials say there is fierce fighting going on now as we speak to get it back with air strikes, but
certainly it is a significant blow. >> embarrassing for the iraqi government too having said they were working to push isil out of anbar province back in april. how does the government now push isil out of anbar? >> this is one of the things that really is part of a very complicated and difficult dynamic, waging a war against isil. anbar itself iraq's biggest province, huge province stretching all the way out to the syrian border has been partitioned. it was out of control of iraqi forces long before isil moved into mosul. six months before the iraqi army was pushed out of ramadi and out of fallujah. so the iraqi government and its forces have been hugely unpopular there, it is just now where it's facing such a desperate state of affairs, that iraqi tribes are contemplating works with the iraqi government.
but the complication too a lot of the fight has been lead by shia militias and that is a hugely troubling factor that is entering into these deliberations on who is going to wage this fight. >> jane good to talk to you. many thanks indeed. governments in southeast asia are facing a migrant crisis. they are turning away boats full of asylum seekers. more than 1600 have landed in malaysia and indonesia since sunday others are being forced back into international waters. the thai navy has been dropping food parcels to boats carrying hundreds of migrants but have pushed them away from the coast. fisherman have rescued around 800 row -- rohingya migrants. those on the boat say at least
100 have dies overfighting over food and water. we begin our coverage with this report from veronica in bang kong. >> reporter: this is not a rescue. the thai royal navy found this boat off of the coast. it is filled with around 380 men, women, and children from western myanmar and bangladesh. the people on board say the traffickers and the captain escaped and that they ran out of rice and water about ten days ago. they say 12 people died during the trip. >> translator: the people are star fing and suffering from diarrhea, and dieing from it because we don't have food or clean water. nothing to keep us alive. two more people over there are dieing from starvation. yesterday one man jumped off of the boat and drowned because he went crazy. at least ten people have jumped ship. one died while some of the others made it to nearby fishing boats. >> translator: i don't have
anything left. and they killed my mother and relatives. the people in the village said they were going to malaysia so i made the decision to follow them. >> reporter: a few fishing boats pulled up to provide water and a sack of rice and a thai fisherman reported the boat to the navy. the navy was also trying to trace a phone signal coming from a passenger. it is better than nothing, but it is absolutely not enough. really what should be done is thinking first and foremost about how lives can be saved. save the lives first give them medical care proper treatment and then you can take the next step. >> reporter: many on board said they wanted to go to malaysia where their family members are. the thai navy spent the night fixing the engine and then let everyone go. with every government in the
region denying permission to land, these boats are just going nowhere slowly. >> indonesian fisherman have rescued more than 700 migrants trapped at sea. steph has been speaking with some of them. >> reporter: turned away by the navy, they were finally rescued by fishermen. these migrants accuse the indonesian navy of sending them away. they got into trouble after fighting broke out on board. they attacked each other with knives and hammers in a fight over food and water. this person was on board, and said 12 of his relatives were killed. >> translator: they said you are rohingya, we are ben galley we are going to kill you. >> reporter: people on board say the indonesian navy towed their
boat out of indonesian waters on monday and sent them to a malaysia. after that fishermen found the boat in distress and mobilized as many vessels as they could find to rescue them having defied navy policy the fishermen were questioned by police. they survived the journey but then started killing each other, this all happened after indonesia and malaysia refused to accept them. if the international community doesn't act soon more tragedies at sea are bound to happen. after fishermen brought them ashore, the authorities had no choice but to give them medical aid. after three months at sea, they were very weak some has serious injuries. >> they tell us give them more many. we -- we says i have no money. we are poor. our family very very poor.
we are almost here. we have no money. so they kill us. they kill us. we begged them. they kill us. >> reporter: there was great relief when some of them managed to call their families to say they were alive. >> hello, pappa. >> reporter: this is the second boat carrying rohingya and bang bangladeshis that have made it to shore this week. but thousands are still stranded at sea. it is a game that is costing people their lives. >> many of the rohingya migrants say they are from myanmar, but the government there doesn't recognize them. florence looi has been speaking with the president's
spokesperson. >> reporter: human rights groups has long held that it is the government's policy that is driving so many rohingya away. but traditionally southeast asian countries have adopted a policy of no interference. but that is slowly changing with officials saying that myanmar is the source of the problem and it has to do more to address the issue within its borders. this is what myanmar's presidential spokesman had to say in reply. >> these are the people that claim they are coming from myanmar. so this is why -- until we make -- we contact the [ inaudible ] process, we cannot accept all of these people are coming from myanmar. it is like -- actually is another refugee problem, it is actually a human trafficking problem. >> reporter: the minister says he can't confirm whether they will attend a regional
conference to be held later this month. in the meantime, thousands are believed to be adrift at sea. >> now to another migrant crisis. this time in europe a baby is among nearly 300 migrants that the german navy has rescued off of the coast of libya. they have now aarrived in sicily. almost 3,600 people have been rescued in the mediterranean sea in the last 48 hours alone. you are with the news hour with al jazeera, still to come on the program a walk towards freedom for some child soldiers in the central african republic. brazil's health minister finally confirms there is a dengue fever epidemic in the country. and we'll have the latest on whether zimbabwe's tour of
pakistan will go ahead. that's coming up later in sport. ♪ burundi's president is back in the capitol after a failed military coup against him. three generals accused of being behind the takeover attempt have been arrested. protesters opposed to the president took to the streets again on friday but the army broke up the crowds. malcolm webb is in bujumbura. this is al jazeera america, we are interrupting our colleagues in doha to take you live to the nation's capitol where president obama is being introduced to honor fallen police officers with a keynote speech at the 34th annual national police officers memorial day services. this event was proclaimed by president kennedy back in 1962. some 40,000 police officers from
the u.s. and around the world are expected to be in attendance throughout the week. >> president barack obama. thank you so much sir. honor to have you here. [ applause ] >> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. thank you. please be seated. thank you chuck for that kind introduction for your years of proud service not only as a police officer but for all of the advocacy that you do on behalf of law enforcement and their families. i want to thank the entire fraternal order of police and its leadership jim and linda for everything that you do to support those who protect and serve. let me also say that as we gather here today, our prayers remain with the families of our
marines, and two nepalese soldiers now that the wreck age of their helicopter has been found in a remote part of nepal. they went to that remote land to help people who suffered devastating losses in the terrible earthquake. they event a truth that guides our work around the world when our friends are in need america helps. sometimes those in uniform get attention only when there's a battle, but they do so much more than that looking out for folks who are vulnerable or having a tough time of experiencing a disaster and it can involve great risk and great sacrifice. and give thanks to all of our fellow americans military and civilian who reflect the very best of american leadership around the world. the world is better for it.
we are here to honor heros who have lost their lives in the line of duty. men and women who put themselves in the way of danger so that the rest of us could live in safety. they were beat cops deputies detectives correctional and service officers federal agents and tribal police. but to many here today they went by different titles. caring husband, loving wife my son, my daughter mom, dad. and so to all of the families that are here today who's loved ones did not come home at the end of a shift, please know how
deeply sorry we are for the loss that you have endured. know how deeply grateful we are for your loved one's sacrifice. we hold them up as heros because that's what they are. it takes a special kind of courage to be a peace officer. to be the one people turn to in their most desperate moments. to be willing to run into a dangerous situation when everybody else is running the other way. scripture tells us to love our neighbors as we love our ourselves, but only a special few take that commandment to deeply to heart that they are willing to risk their lives so that others often total strangers can know peace and
security. and that's what peace officers do and today we honor 131 who made that ultimate sacrifice. officer kevin gordon was a member of the police department of griffin, georgia, husband to tammy, father to seven children, army veteran. his daughter debra says we were his platoon. and kevin deployed his own training to raise his young platoon, leading them in cadences. how motivated are you? [ shouting ] >> they were motivated. highly motivated. [ applause ] >> he drilled them with the basics to study hard and to push yourself and to take care
of each other, and everywhere he went, he made friends. in tammy's words, he never met a stranger. to help make ends meet kevin took a job as a security guard at a waffle house, and one night he was shot and killed. he was just 43 years old. one week later, kevin's son graduated from griffin high and there to cheer him on were over 100 of kevin's fellow officers and today he is in the army training to be an mp and wants to be in law enforcement just like his dad. senior deputy jessica hollis started out as an emt. she and her husband applied to
the austin police department together, were accepted together and graduated together. jessica eventually joined the travis county sheriff's office where she became a senior deputy and member of the prestigious dive team. she was a fierce animal lover. she took her son mason on special vacations to the family lake house, new orleans, on diving trips just the two of them and last september after heavy rains jessica went out to check for civilians trapped in rising water. it was around 2:00 in the morning when she radioed for help her car was being swept away by the flood water. minutes later she was missing. dozens of officers came out to
join the search but by the time they found her, it was too late. more than 1,000 people attended senior deputy hollis's funeral. travel county sheriff made sure to tell all of his officers that he never had chance to say something to jessica. i love each and every one of you, and i'll do anything for you. officer roberto sanchez's parents brought him to california from mexico when he was just four years old. it was his first trip on an airplane. and that airplane is what brought him to america. so he began to collect model airplanes. he took his high school sweetheart sonia on plane-spotting dates. even worked as a freight carrier at john wayne airport. but he always had one big dream, so be a police officer. when he joined the lapd friends
say it was one of the happiest days of his life. he lived within walking distance of his parents. he volunteered at the school where his niece teaches kindergarten. he married sonia, his high school sweetheart and his partner on the force was his best friend. so life was good. one night officer sanchez was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle when someone intentionally crashed into his patrol car. he was the third los angeles police officer killed in a crash in just two months. your jobs are inherently dangerous. the reminders are too common. just a few days ago, two police officers were killed in the line of duty in mississippi. a week before that an officer was killed in the line of duty in queens. a few months before that two of his fellow officers in the nypd
were killed as well. we cannot erase every darkness or danger from the duty that you have chosen. we can offer you the support you need to be safer. we can make the communities you care about and protect safer as well. we can make sure that you have the resources you need to do your job. we can do everything we have to do to combat the poverty that plagues too many communities in which you have to serve. we can work harder as a nation to heal the rifts that still exist in some places between law enforce and the people you risk your lives to protect. we owe it to all of you who wear the badge with honor, and we owe it to your follow officers who
gave their last full measure of devotion. most of all, we can say thank you. we can say we appreciate you. and we're grateful for the work that you do each and every day. and we can thank the families who bear the burden alongside of you. on behalf of the american people, and for the families friends, and follow officers of those we lost my prayers and my deepest thanks. we could not be prouder of them more grateful for their service. we could not be prouder of you and all who worked so hard to keep us safe. may god bless and keep the fallen may he comfort the
mourning. may he protect the peace keepers, and may he bless the united states of america. [ applause ] >> that's president barack obama addressing the memorial service for the annual fallen police officer's program in washington, d.c. saying that the men and women who put themselves in danger are there so that the rest of us can be safe. he takes a special kind of service, said the president to do the work that they do. and he thanked them and their relatives. other news at this hour president obama mentioned the u.s. military has confirm that a marine helicopter went down in eastern nepal. there are likely no survivors. there were six americans and two nepali's on board. >> due to the extremely difficult terrain at the site of the mishap below freezing
temperatures and violent winds and thunderstorms, i plead the decision to cease the recovery efforts for this evening. we cannot afford to put service members at any further risk. at first light we will resume the recovery mission. we will continue to mourn the loss and observe the sacrifice of the great soldiers from nepal and our marines who lost their lives. >> faiz jamil has more now from kathmandu. >> reporter: the remains of the u.s. marine helicopter was found about eight miles outside of the village about 80 miles outside of the capitol, the helicopter was doing relief operations in that area when it went missing. now the nepali ground forces found the remains today. there had been a long search on for the helicopter. at one point a u.s. satellites were even used to try to locate it. and an indian army helicopter
hello this is al jazeera live from doha. iraqi military helicopters are targeting isil fighters who seized local government headquarters in the capitol of western anbar province. isil fighters have also burned down a police station in the same compound. the rohingya community has asked southeast asian countries to help migrants on boats. the governments have been forcing the boats back into international waters. burundi's president is back in the country after a failed coup attempt. now to syria where dozens of people have reportedly been
killed in eastern aleppo. a town controlled by isil. the strikes targeted a fuel tank in a crowded market which is said to have exploded. the syrian opposition has raised concerns about talks being held in geneva. meanwhile many peoples in rebel-controlled areas continue to suffer because of the war. >> reporter: for many syrian children this is the only way to find something to eat. some parents help them rummage through the garbage. this woman's kitchen has looked like this for months. and she says she struggles every day to feed her children. >> translator: what can we do we don't have fuel?
electricity. food. we don't have it. >> reporter: but that's not what you see on syrian state tv. it looks like everything is under control. in this segment happy children are seen preparing for exams. there is no mention of the war that killed more than 200,000 people, and continues to add to the 12 million people who desperately need humanitarian assistance. activists say the conditions in many rebel held areas resemble those in [ inaudible ]. people in this besieged town agreed to a truce in exchange for food aid. but soldiers controlled everything. the assad government has sporadically allowed the red cross to distribute some food but not enough. >> translator: praise and thanks be to god. what can we do. we play to god every single minute to send us anything to feed our children. >> reporter: in geneva there is another round of talks.
the armed groups that control many parts of syria are not attending, and assist the president cannot be part of any solution. the syrian opposition in exile is not happy over the influence of iran. back here activists raise the flags of the revolution during a visit by state media. this child was asked about what happened to his school? he told the pro-government presenter about how his school was destroyed by the shells fired by assad forces. many here tonight expect anything to change. and as all warring sides insist on being right, more neighborhoods will continue to be reduced to rubble. syria's president bashar al-assad knew about a plot to attack lebanon. the minister was close to the regime and the lebanese group. our correspondent has the
details. >> reporter: an extraordinary twist and damming leak which reveals part of syria's role in lebanon. this video shows a former lebanese minister talking to an informer. [ speaking foreign ] >> reporter: the leak surfaced hours after a military court sentenced the minister to 4.5 years in prison. he confessed to transferring
explosives into lebanon, but insisted he was set up and mislead. his lawyer argued the crime never took place. the prosecutor charged him with collaborating with the head of the syrian intelligence. the plan was to start a wave of bombings and assassinations against politicians and religious leaders inside lebanon. he was detained in 2012 but he could be released in less than a year. the ruling has angers many in lebanon. and some analysts warn it could have a huge impact. >> the impact i mean is -- is -- is huge because the lebanese society is a sectarian society. the leak has shown that some of the sunny mp's were targeted. this leaves a deep impact on the sunni community in lebanon.
>> reporter: and the verdict has triggered debate among political groups over the independence of the military court. the case has brought syrias role in lebanon back into the spot light. syria has forces in lebanon for 29 years. syria's role in lebanon is neither new nor surprising to many here. but this is the first time evidence has emerged showing syria's direct involvement and as the war in syria continues along with hezbollah's involvement becoming more obvious, this latest development will only make the situation more complicated. israeli security forces have fired tear gas at protesters remarking a day in the occupied west bank. five palestinians have also been wounded. the day marks the displacement after the establishment of the state of israel in 1948. some 700,000 people fled or were
driven from their homes. many of the displaced and dissendants still live in the west bank gaza and neighboring countries. thousands of students are protesting in chile. they want education to be free for everyone. in the capitol, police used water cannon and tear gas against the students. student groups have been saying for years that the majority of pupils receive poor education, while the wealthy elite send their children to private schools. and protesters in peru are against the construction of a billion dollars copper mine. 16 people were injured, nine were detained by police. the u.s. has announced it will host cuban officials next week for another round of talks on reestablishing diplomatic ties. they will discuss reopening embassies in havana and
washington, d.c., which have been closed for 50 years. india's prime minister and chinese premiere have signed 24 agreements ranging from diplomacy to trade. the world's two most populous countries are said to have signed $10 billion worth of investment deals. on thursday the chinese president told modi that the two countries should manage their political differences to strengthen economic ties. >> translator: we both believe that we should maintain the momentum behind this special representative meeting on the border issue and seek a fair and reasonable solution that works for both sides. before the border issue is finally resolve, the two sides should join in peace and tranquility. >> reporter: the government of
georgia has big am by shuns to become a regional energy player through hydro power. georgia is hosting a financial backer this week but construction in areas prone to landslides has critics worried. >> reporter: it's a beautiful but impoverished existence here. now people in this little village have subsidence to contend with. there is a floor to ceiling track that has split the building down the middle. >> translator: our land is creeping. landslides are not fair here. but after the blasting this problem has become much worse. >> reporter: nearby the hydroelectric dam is under construction. it's one of dozens of new projects in georgia. the government believes less than 20% of the country's hydro
power potential has been realized. georgia could become a net energy exporter. hydro power is ripe for development in georgia, and this area behind me has attracted major foreign investment from the likes of the european bank for reconstruction and development. the ebrb has promised all investments are contingent on projects being sustainable. and living up to the highest environmental standards. this is taking place in a seismically active zone. i went to see where a meadow is beginning to beginning to reseed. >> the area is prone towards landslides and it will cause
serious tragedies. >> reporter: environmentalists green alternative want ebrd to think twice about investing in hydro power in georgia. the country is hosting the bank's annual meeting this week. but georgia's largest hydro power backer defends its loans. >> we are acutely aware that these projects are sensitive and we will undertake studies in order to reduce their impact. >> reporter: development in landslide-prone area carries risks, but the government says development here is needed. unless there are benefits villages will continue to wonder whether the risks are worth taking. now over a million people have signed a petition to make
it come pulse rare to put food in schools. diet-related illnesses are among the world's biggest killer. there are 42 million children worldwide who are overweight or obese. let's get a view on this now from london. joining us to talk more about the campaign the spokesman of the national obesity forum. it seems rather obvious given the obesity epidemic around us. why isn't food education already on the curriculum? >> you ask me. we are absolutely appalled that it is not on the agenda at the moment. and this whole revolution is to put it back on in every country. because we believe it's unforgivable unforgivable. >> you have food revolution day, the fourth one.
what are you hoping to get out of food revolution day? >> we want to take to the g-20 a petition with as many signatures as possible, and so we're calling on everybody in the world to actually address the website, and i can give you the address of the website, and sign your name on the petition so that when jamie goes to the g-20 he has a whole case load of signatures with him. >> this is jamie oliver we're talking about. he is a very well-known -- well tv chef isn't he? >> yeah. he -- he started off as a tv chef, and then in 2005, he revolutionized the whole of school meals for the united kingdom. quite an incredible feet of television if you will allow me to say so and he is absolutely tenacious in what can be done for children and what should be done for children and this is
the latest. >> let's dispel a myth straight away here. many people will say that they can't eat healthy, because healthy food is just too expensive. >> there is truth in that. and we just had some figures over in the united kingdom, saying that in fact good food is three times more expensive than bad food and of course i'm talking about vegetables and fruits and things like that. and that of course hits upon the poorest in the community, and the poorest in the community have no option but to buy the processed food which is less than healthy. so you have a terrible spiral going on and it will take a revolution to get out of it. >> let's hope we get one. many thanks indeed for being with us. from the national obesity forum. tam, before you go what is the website? >> www.change.org/jamieoliver.
jamie oliver being all one word. >> tam many thanks indeed. still to come here on the news hour it's one of the most busiest -- is that correct english -- it's also one of the most lavish transport systems in the world. we'll take you on a tour of moscow's metro. jo will tell you why this rugby star's behavior off of the pitch will keep him out of the world cup. we'll be right back. ♪
let's give it a go. moscow's metro system is celebrating its 80th anniversary. it is one of the most lavish and busiest systems in the world. rory challands has been underground for this report. >> reporter: deep beneath moscow's streets, one of the capitols is buried. a lavish world of mosaics, an da leers, grand architecture and exquisitely rendered detail. oh, and people in a hurry, lots of them. because this is a transport network. 196 stations, 10,000 trains per day, 12 lines, 327 kilometers of track and an on average working day, 8 million passengers are
carried. moscow has one of the world's greatest metro systems. by the time the first train started rolling, may 15th, 1935 there were already 15 other underground networks in europe moscow's may have been late but this was stalin's project, executed in stalin's grandiose style. expansion pushed on even while they hid from world war ii bombs. >> translator: every station has its history, especially those that have existed for 80 years. everyone carries a layer of energy put into it over 80 years. >> reporter: in recent years the metro has proven a soft target. suicide bombers killed 40 people in 2010, and last year's fatal underground derailment have tan
initialled another wise pretty safety record. but the main challenge in the 21st century is how to cope with the overcrowding and financial constraints of a mega city. >> we have great plans for the development of the moscow metro, up to 2020 we have a plan to increase and -- our metro system and double plus 50% of our lines, metro lines. >> reporter: the metro to display the ussr [ inaudible ] is moving with the times so as not to be beaten by the modern world. rory challands, al jazeera, moscow. all right. time now for sport. >> thank you. back stan's cricket board chief says he has been given verbal confirmation that similar bob
-- zimbabwe will visit his country next week. they will play three, one-day internationals. they will be the first test playing international side to tour pakistan since the sri lanka team's bus was attacked in 2009. our correspondent in islamabad explained why it's so important for pakistan that this tour goes ahead. >> reporter: despite earlier report that zimbabwe would not be visiting pakistan because of security considerations, they have decided they will go ahead with this trip. it will provide an opportunity for pakistan to prove to the international community that despite the risk of terrorism, the deadly attacks that pakistan is still able to hold an international event. the pakistani team will now also be playing in front of home fans and trying to improve their performance after a poor
performance against the bangladeshi team losing 3-0, and the first-ever defeat. what the pakistanis will be hoping is to improve their ranking, and improve their game of cricket, but beyond that the team's visit ahead to pakistan will also improve links and ties between zimbabwe and pakistan and mean good news for millions of cricket enthusiast across pakistan. and there is an investigation by uefa for racist behavior against the fans. they reportedly upheld a banner with a symbol linked to far-right groups. the team is also being charged after the fans invaded the pitch after the game set off fireworks, and were involved in scuffles after the final. football across argentina
has been suspended after the death of a player ten days after he hit his head on a wall. and there were ugly scenes during a big name on thursday. robin adams reports. >> reporter: for the last ten days there had been hope that the 21-year-old who was in a coma after hitting his head against a wall would pull through. instead his tragic death was confirmed on thursday. the beautiful game had lost a promising young star. as argentina's football community comes to terms with his death, matches across the country this weekend have been called off. >> translator: i consulted with several football club presidents and we agreed to reschedule all events and that there would be no football this weekend. >> reporter: concerns have been raised about the presence of the wall, which is only a meeter from the sideline designed to
keep fans from invading the pitch. the ongoing issue of crowd violence highlighted just hours later. one of the biggest rivalries had to be stopped at halftime. playing in the continent's tough club competition four players were taken to hospital after they were attacked with what looked like pepper spray by rival fans. after a delay of more than an hour, the match was called off. they lead 1-0 from the first leg tie, and officials are meeting to decide whether to replay the match or award the tie to river. the ugly side of argentine football has once again been exposed. england's [ inaudible ] will miss the upcoming rugby world
cup after pleading guilty to assaulting a policeman. england will announce their world cup training squad last week, and the tiger center has already been told he will not be considered for selection. the 23 year old has pleaded guilty to three charges of assault and one of criminal damage. another day and another crash in the lead up to one of the most famous races, the indianapolis 500. he spun hit the safety barrier. the 24 year old's car also ended up upside down on the track, but he managed to walk away uninjured from the crash. and that's all of the sport for now. >> jo many thanks indeed. president barack obama has paid tribute to fallen police officers after weeks of protests across the u.s. over treatment
of black people by police officers. >> scripture tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, but only a special few take that commandment so deeply to heart that they are willing to risk their lives so that others often total strangers can know peace and security. and that's what peace officers do. and today we honor 131 who made that ultimate sacrifice. >> american blues legend b.b. king has died in his home in las vegas at age 89. he is credited with bringing blues into the main stream and became an icon of the genre. >> reporter: with his flittering fingers, and res nant soulful
voice, his sound is unmistakenable. he began playing on street corners in the u.s. state of mississippi where he was born and in a career spanning half a century, rose to become the king of blues. ♪ >> reporter: his name synonymous with the genre itself. >> i like to do what i'm doing and would do it for nothing if somebody would pay my bills. but they are paying for something i like to do anyway. >> reporter: king rewrote the book of blues. ♪ >> reporter: complex, string bends, inspiring thousands. for many his music became a soundtrack for the soul. >> b.b. king that's his legacy. he has given us his life. he has given us the songs that we cried on the songs that we
suffered through. he has understanding our problems, our plights. >> reporter: the king always gave his trademark gibson guitars the same name. lucille. the name comes from one of his early shows where two men got into a fight and accidentally started a fire. bb ran inside to save his guitar, and later found out the scuffle was over a woman. in that woman's name was lucille. he had 15 grammys to his name and was in both the blues and rock and roll halls of fame. even though the king remained humble. >> i have never met a king before. [ laughter ] >> so i'm a bit nervous, but also grateful. ♪ so give me one ♪ >> reporter: br king died in his sleep at age 89. >> our correspondent standing by in london with the latest news
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