>> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, welcome to the newshour i'm jane dutton in doha coming up in the news - the world's heritage at risk of destruction. i.s.i.l. fighters enter the ancient ruins of palmyra malaysia's country to conduct search and rescue for thousands in the andaman sea. >> california declares a state of emergency as 400,000 litres of oil is spilt into the sea.
>> i'm robin adams with all the sport. contribute prepares to make a return to pakistan. an umpire makes a comeback after being injured in the attack that took the sport away interest the country six years ago. the monumental ruins of an ancient city at risk of distribution from a modern conflict. i.s.i.l. fighters entered the u.n.e.s.c.o. world heritage site in palmyra. narrative in recent months that the momentum had been stalled, shattered by advances. ramadi, the capital, and palmyra the cradle of civilisation in its hands. we'll get an update from iraq in a moment. first, caroline malone reports. >> this appears to be the final stages of fighting for a city at the heart of syria.
i.s.i.l. fighters push government forces out of palmyra. they are in control of the city's infrastructure including the hospital and security hours. and, of course thousands of people. >> there are about 140,000 people here including displays from homes. people are afraid. there's no water. we can only use local wells. there's no power most of the time palmyra is surrounded by gas fields and home to prison where the government houses political prisons. there's a military airport and weapons depot. >> the military significance is mostly in terms of the prison. the human cost in terms of refugees and dead is huge. the cultural loss is incalculable. >> the u.n.e.s.c.o. site is 2,000 years old and has roman colon aids and priceless
artefacts. thousands have been bundled up. much of the site remains at risk. >> if you consider it from i.s.i.l.'s perspective, an entity that has a history of looting heritage sites and destroying them palmyra is a catch for them fighting between rebels and government forces damaged parts of the site. the u.n. says it's being used as a syrian military camp. activists released a video showing walls covered in bullet holes, and showed soldiers accused of looting. >> palmyra is seen as an ancient civilisation. its future is uncertain now, i.s.i.l. began a defensive on palmyra on tuesday last week. some of it is 140,000 inhabitants fled. those remaining are living under
i.s.i.l. rule. the threat to running ancient headlines, but control gives i.s.i.l. distrelent access to the east and homs in the west. the group controls five cities across syria and iraq including mosul, ramadi phil usualinga. let's go to the capital baghdad and focus on the battle for ramadi. tell us what is happening, and how important it is. >> there's a new front line east of i.s.i.l. they are on the offense of. they've taken areas a few kilometres from a main government base, where troops shia militia men have been massing, preparing to the offensive. it has not begun. preparations are under way. i.s.i.l. has the momentum. we are hearing from the prime minister haider al-abadi
calling on volunteers to join the army and promising to speed up the training of local police and armed tribesman. promises and commitment from the past but there has been little progress. the need to strengthen the regular forces. because now it will be the shia militia men waging a fight in the sunni province and the government needs to show the different communities in loik that this is not going to be a war against a sunni province. beefing up the supporters and the police will take time of the the government has another problem, it's struggling to cope with a humanitarian crisis. >> reporter: the gates have finally opened. they waited fortes in the heat slept on the side of the roads. iraqi authorities allowed them to enter the capital. these people are from ramadi a city under the control of islamic state of iraq and levant, and this is the only way
into baghdad, from anbar's provincial capital. >> translation: we have been humiliated at the crossing why do we need a guarantee to vouch for us to enter baghdad. >> reporter: there's little left for the people. wherever you look there is suffering. the old. the young. people are asking for help. there are a few medics here but they too, are unable to cope with the scale of the crisis. >> this is not iran, this is not. >> reporter: anger here is towards the government. >> that is enough that is enough. >> translation: the jews did not do this to the palestinians children women families were crammed together. people goodnight breath. some died.
>> reporter: this is the second wave of the displaced people in over a month. in early april hundreds left because of fighting between government troops and i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l.'s takeover of ramadi city caused a humanitarian crisis, and the fear is it will get worse. according to government officials and aid agencies marathon 35,000 people fled. >> they left everything behind. they say they are hungry thirsty and tired. >> translation: it is powerful more than us the army and police. no one can defy i.s.i.l. >> the government declared war on i.s.i.l. in anbar. its decision so use the sectarian divide - there has been little reckon sill yaghts
between the government and province. the fear is that the battle for anbar could divide the country further until recently we were led to believe that i.s.i.l. if anything had been stopped. they were losing momentum and clearly this is not the case. how come this information was out there. how come everyone got it so wrong? >> well, at the end of the day, i.s.i.l. managed to exploit the situation in iraq and syria. two countries where the central government were weak two countries where there were deep divisions and where the government didn't have the support of people. we saw two air strikes, but the coalition on the ground does not have partners. the kurds made gains in the north-west but the coalition doesn't recognise the syrian kurds as a partner in the fight. the syrian army - we know they
are overstretched and the government has been concentrating on protecting strategic areas, like damascus and the coastal site. that is where they are putting their troop. in iraq i.s.i.l. exploited the grievances of the sunni population. before they took territory in iraq there was almost a sunni uprising. there were peaceful protests quelled by the government. the people were demanding gains, reforms. i.s.i.l. exploited that. the people don't necessarily believe in i.s.i.l.'s ideology your but it exploits the grievances and the divide. this war cannot be won unless there's a political settlement in iraq and syria. >> you say political settlement. clearly the policy is not working at the moment. i should imagine it will prompt a rethink. are we likely to see boots on
the ground now? >> the united states ruled this out, saying they'll provide more weapons, speed up the delivery of antitank missiles. which is important. i.s.i.l. uses suicide car bombers, and they are hard to stop. what they do they blow up fortifications of government compound and the fighters are able to penetrate. the u.s. is trying to work with the iraqi government to beef up local forces and we hear the u.s. say they are going to speed up training of tribesman. the u.s. can't be seen siding with shia militias against sunnis, because this is a controversial and tell kate topic. this is what they are trying to do. in the individual i.s.i.l. is on the offensive. >> thank you for that zeina khodr more to come on al jazeera. we'll hear from amnesty about its prorp into workers' rite in kataar head of the -- report
into workers right in qatar, ahead of the world cup. >> and n.a.t.o. increases a rhetoric over the russian threat to the baltic states. >> in sport, lebron james returns from injury and helps his team take an early advantage in the n.b.a.'s eastern conference final series. malaysia's prime minister ordered the navy and the coast guard to search the sea for stranded migrants. thousands are adrift with nowhere to go. most are rohingya refugees fleeing violence. most hope to reach neighbours but it has been turning the boats back to sea. for more let's bring in rob mcbride, joining us from malaysia. talk us through the new policy. >> that's right. this was always the p problem with
the policy reaching the people that can get help. these are people thought to be migrant boats away from the shore, further away since the push back by government in this region afraid of coming near the shaw and afraid of approaching naval and ghost guard vessels, now they are there to provide and let them know of a change in policy. it was called for by different organization, and now we see malaysia taking a lead to bring in the search and rescue operation. the migrant voters have a choice of going to indonesia, or coming to malaysia people will tell thaw this is the destination of choice for most people spegs the re it's an affluent -- "rock newman show", it's an
affluent society. >> how will they deal with the influx? >> that's right, the fost has been putting in place various measures and it has to be said in the press, they have been lining up behind the government pledging support in the island of lang kauy on the border between malaysia and thailand. people are looking at hiring chartering boats to meet the migrant boats as they come here as far as authorities are concerned, they are facing the task of dealing with hundreds of thousands of writing rants that are allowed to come ashore. >> you'll recall a week ago, one boat, a couple of boats arrived on the island and the police chief told us they were inundated. they don't have the resources
..this man has been a fisherman, and never met a "rock newman show", and is not muslim. >> i didn't do anything wrong. not helping them is equal to killing them. they come to us to help them. we need to provide. >> reporter: he said they would help them but they have no extra money. >> in the village, down from the base involved in the operation, most feel that the country should be doing more. elsewhere in thailand there are strong feelings expressing the opposite point of view. there has been a social media trend saying the "rock newman
show", should not be allowed into thailand. a facebook page will be set up entitled we will not let re into our country. 14,000 liked it. more than that, people have been asked to change their profile picture to this. it reads: the major city of thai people don't want rohingya in the country. as it moves into a new phase there's a did the to deal with - growing disagreement with the people over their responsibility let's get the weather with richard. i'm hearing that the searing heat in india is proving a big problem. >> yes, that's right. states have heatwave warnings. it's not just the humans suffering at this time of year and the fruit box and bats are dropping out of the trees with heat exhaustion. some of the brighter ones if you like are using the lake to
stay cool. it tends to be a problem. some of the stories tend to drop out of the trees. and looking at it there's nothing to relieve the heat. there's little in the way of cloud. if you look at how the mitchell johnson rains are likely to be. it gets into the far side. so as we look at the temperatures across the whole of south asia you can see that the temperatures are very high. across much of the region 46, 47 degrees, and the same go for parts of pakistan as you can see. islamabad, 45, 46 degrees, it looks as though your hot weather is going to continue for some
time. >> n.a.t.o. is considering a request by the three baltic states, 1,000 troops to protect against a possible russian invasion. the move countries like lithuania are worried, sitting between russia to the east, belarus to the east and colinin grad to the west. russian jets fly over the sea, leading to tension with n.a.t.o. laurence lee reports from lithuania. >> reporter: it's a drill. it's real enough. pilots have 15 minutes to take to the skies.
>> the current lead nation is nor which, backed up in lithuania by the italians, this, they say, is about reassuring the tiny baltic states that they won't let the russians do to them what they do to the ukraine. >> we show presence by being up there, showing that we are nearby, and on alert. we are airborne within 50 minutes, and there's basically a show of force, and show them that we are here lithuania looks at ease, but the government is bringing back conscription to bolster its army. al jazeera understands the military here has been war gaming scenarios about a ground invasion, as well as an air war. should they fight the russians on the streets, or in the countryside to protect the capital. as well as having russia to the east, there's the russian
enclave of kalinigrad for the west of the they carry oil and russian troops. lithuania feels surrounded. so as well as calling on n.a.t.o. to defend its sky, the country with estonia and latvia has now formally requested a standing n.a.t.o. army of 3,000. that's a real test of n.a.t.o. stated commitments to protecting these countries. >> we are asking to be together with us. if there is a process that will continue on the ground, the same as we have. it will be good. >> of course, the russians say this is hysterical scare-mongering. we asked for but were refused an interview with the ambassador. a diplomat said to me some people say we have a hand in everything. in propaganda terms, that's no match for n.a.t.o. open door policy to journalists. >> n.a.t.o. admits there's never
been a single significant incident of a russian war plane breaching the air space of any of the baltic states. for all that these pilots practice this stuff over and over again just in case, they say, they have to do it for real. >> privately, some n.a.t.o. officials admit it looks strange to spend so much effort on preventing an air or ground war that they actually think is extremely unlikely. set against the western narrative of an unpredictable russian leader, they prefer not to take any chances the tunisian president is in washington to meet president obama. he is to ask for help with the security situation in north africa. people tunisians are reeling from one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history. we spoke to the family of one of the gunmen.
>> reporter: this is how waleed likes to remember his cousin. he used to spend summers at this family farm. he describes a young man who studied french and enjoyed going to weddings and worked at a travel ate. on march 18th he and another tunisian gunman attacked the capital's bardo museum. in three hours they killed 22 people mostly foreign tourists. his cousin said they were close, and there were no signs of what he was planning. but he has theories about why he did it. >> there's a feeling of oppression of our identity among arabs and muslims. there are international groups and weapons barons exploiting the feeling among the youth. we have to turn them into the hands that carry out their dirty work tunisian authorities say he
and hundreds of tunisians received military training in libya, and blames the recent attacks in tunisia on al-sharia, a group linked to al qaeda. tunisia's president is in the u.s. to talk about libya and ask for help. >> libyan assistance may improve security, but will not solve a problem with why tunisians are joining armed groups. around 3,000 young people are fighting in syria, libya and iraq. the government has been advised on what they call religious security. he said people should be arrested and re-educated before joining the groups. >> what has led the people to practice terrorism is firstly total ignorance of religion and they have psychological problems. they may be violent for sad sfk
in attitude or nature. >> the authorities estimate up to 20,000s tunians. it's a stuff stance. it needs to deal with root causes of why his citizens causes are killed in the name of religion. >> amnesty international says qatar has not done enough to finish workers. they promised to do more for the workforce to prepare for the 2022 world cup. joining us from london is head of refugeean migrants rites. tell us about your findings and where you feel qatar failed in this area. >> well what we found is that
you know despite everything we know about the problems that migrants are facing in qatar, and the abuses they are facing and that the qatari authorities and government has in the past year promised to tackle the issue and reform the system so that the abuses are not happening, we have seen little progress despite one year having passed since they announced reforms in may 2014. chiefly among them the permits continue, as it is. which means that workers cannot leave the country without the permission of the employer. >> what are the other abuses that were outlined. because i know there were complaints about the payment system including accommodation, and according to the ministry of labour and social affairs, they introduced an electronic payment system. there's accommodation for more than a quarter of a million workers, there are recruitment
officers to put a stop to visa abuses. do you see any of that? >> there's a range of abuses that workers are facing. mostly it has to do with their relationship to their employers. so in many cases are people who are not paid for months at a time. they don't have money to buy food for water and have to rely on charity. people living in poor accommodation, not complying with qatari rules on accommodation for workers, and also people who are being forced to work essentially, because their employers are threatening them withholding the passports and refusing them - refusing to let them leave the country, what we have seen is that the changes that have happened are the electronic payment system has been announced. it's not been introduced yet. we have to see what happens. there's a six month period. by the end of the summer we'll
see how that is working. the other change is the number of inspectors increased to 294 inspectors. however, these are small changes addressing the core of the issue. they have a big power over workers. >> what about the international companies that operate here and exploit the abuses that you have been mentioning. how can they be rained in. >> the employer the company has a responsibility to the workers. they have to respect the rites of workers, and the way to ensure that is happening is to ensure that there are enough inspections, there are justice systems to go and complain and receive just as quickly. there are problems. there are fears that workers have to pay access to the
system. if you are talking about the situation where someone has not been paid for five or six months can find money to find food. where will they find the money to pay fees this is something qatar has to address. the obligation to ensure that workers rights are affected is on the qatar government. the things they have to do is immediately go to the permit. we cannot have a situation where someone justs a family member or emergency or somewhere else they have to get permission for the employer. the other issue is to change a sponsorship system so workers change jobs. >> good to have you on the show. >> still ahead on the news your
islamic state of iraq and levant. the syrian army and its militias withdrew after being overwhelmed by the group. palmyra is home to a famous heritage site. >> malaysia's prime minister ordered the navy to comb the coast looking for refugees stranded at sea. it's the first country in the region to do so. myanmar agreed to hold talks with neighbours on the growing migrant crisis. >> qatar has not done enough to improve conditions for migrant workers, despite promises of reform. it increased the number of labour inspections and building new accommodation for more than a quarter of a million labourers. let's talk to imran khan who joins me in the studio reporting on i.s.i.l. in iraq. and this goes back to the top story of the i.s.i.l. gains in syria and iraq. it certainly goes against the narrative that we have been getting that i.s.i.l. have been
stopped. what happened? >> that's right. what we are seeing is significant gains in ramadi iraq and anbar, where they took over the town the security forces fled. and we are saying and seeing this going on in syria. we are seeing them push and push and push. this is a war, a lot of toing and froing. we have seen in the last few months that i.s.i.l. lost territory in iraq where they were routed in kirkuk and a lot of places we saw them lose territory. i.s.i.l. are not a threat - starting again. i.s.i.l. are not being defeated right now. this is a war that is going on between iraqi security forces and syrian security forces and they are getting stronger. more successes, means more recruits and money. there are ways to get across from syria and jordan we are seeing them become a little more successful than in the past. >> the problem is when they take
over the areas, they are brutal aren't they. >> yes, they are. that brutality breeds like a fear in the hearts and minds of soldiers they are supposed to defend, and they leave. it's a self-fulfilling prophecy you keep being that brutal more territory falls to you, soldiers are scared. they are not patient or passionate enough to stay and fight, knowing they'll be beheaded. >> the problem is when the soldiers go back and reclaim some of the territory in iraq there's often retribution killings aren't this? >> there have been retribution killings from some factions within the iraqi security force, and we have seen that in tikrit and some places they are taking over. that is being addressed by the iraqis, but it's a big fit. particularly when it comes to sectarian tensions between the shias and sunnis. this is a big problem that the
iraqi government need to deal with, the retribution attacks continue the circle of violence we have seen them many times. >> it will be interesting to see if there's a change in policy and boots on the ground. thank you for that. >> the reports that saudi shells shit an international office in yemen, artillery fires and air strikes hit the office in maidi along the border. the reuters newsagency quotes a local official as saying five ethiopian refugees were killed. it is a strong hold of the shia houthi rebels. at least 22 people have been killed in fighting between libyan soldiers and i.s.i.l. fighters in benghazi. 50 people were injured during the battles in the eastern city. rival groups had been fighting for control of benghazi for over a year. this had included members of
i.s.i.l. the united states released files saying came from the compound where osama bin laden was killed. the paper shed light on the inner workies and personal beliefs. kimberley halkett reports. >> the documentation payments a picture of a leader ignored and isolated, a man urging followers not to gather in large groups in case of drone attacks or use email for mess else. he called on them to: he advised against regional attacks, especially in yemen. others within the organization championed i.s.i.l. attacks. this letter makes clear:
muslim infighting leading to the formation of the islamic state of iraq and levant. former c.i.a. analyst says osama bin laden believes the key to al qaeda's success would be to drive the united states out of muslim land. >> he felt that the key to their survival was their support from the united states, therefore they needed to attack the united states, undermine the confidence of the american people, cause the american people to force their government to withdraw from these areas, and then they'd achieve the goals. >> osama bin laden, the father and husband revealed with four wives and 20 children, he had family concerns and worries. "i missed you so much", and urged his daughters to marry good people. the document is a portion of what was seized, and it gives a rare glimpse into a person who once was the most wanted man in the world.
california declared a state of emergency in santa basha country after an onshore pipeline leaked oil. nine miles of coastline was affected, and environmentalists warned of impact on wildlife and corals. we have this report. >> reporter: this is what the california coast looks like after nearly 400 litres of oil spewed. the government declared a state of emergency, and the health department is urging people to stay away. a fifth of the spill reached the ocean. >> we currently estimates a portion of that or near 500 barrels which was approximately 21,000 gallons of that 105,000 gallons may have migrated to the water. >> environmentalists say. >> we have others out combing
the beaches looking for wildlife. >> reporter: a clean up grew is looking at the spread. >> we are actively on the beaches, and we have the contractors on the beaches removing oil from the sand. that's the easiest thing to get to. we had plans, obviously, to continue the clean-up on the areas, the pebbles and the outcom. there was a major spill on the coast in 1959. it's credited for giving rise to the movement. >> locals joining the beaches. >> terrible. >> it's some of the most priest een coast line. and to see it covered in oil, it's terrible it's sad. a few pell caps watched up. a few receivers, a few seals coming through.
>> the pipeline travelled oil. to a distribution hub hundreds of kilometres away. the company was sorry for what happened. we apologised for the damage done to the wildlife and the environment and sorry for the inconvenience for the citizens and businesses in the area. >> reporter: an investigation is underway to determine what went wrong in terms of disasters. the eco system is paying the highest price. a team of scientists says there's a link between the massive b.p. oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern coast of mexico finding large numbers of dead bottle-nose dolphins suffering from lung and lesions
contracted by swimming in oil in seas. thousands take to the streets to demand the increase in the minimum wage. tuesday, los angeles voted to raise if by 50% by the ends of the decade. they are hoping it will push other cities to do the same. cooumry has more. >> reporter: for -- kristen saloomey has more for low wage workers outside illinois, 15 is the rallying number. it's the hourly wage they need to feed their families. currently this person makes $9 an hour at a fast food restaurant in new york. >> it's difficult, because a 40 hour week pays two-thirds of my rent. that doesn't include the late foes that i'm charged or court fees if i should happen to wind up in rent court the fight for $15 started with fast food workers in new york, and spread to other industries and cities around the
country. this month new york's governor convened a special board to consider an increase a move strongly supported by new york city mayor bill de blasio. >> business groups are fighting back with ads like this claiming the higher wages means fewer jobs a point debated among economists. [ chanting ] >> reporter: but with rallies like this one, there's growing pressure from labour groups around the country not to settle for an increase of anything less than $15 per hour. >> three years ago the president called for a $9 minimum wage last month, $12. there's huge momentum for higher wages. >> five cities proposed a local main um wage above the federal one. eight passed legislation. recently los angeles, the second-largest city in the country whereby some estimates more than half of the population
makes less than 15 an hour. >> it's called game changing. game changing. look we have a presidential election in this country. the presidential candidates look at how we lift people up and we have to hold them accountable to a living wage. >> we need it 15 and nothing less. >> for a fast good cook it's not a political issue, it's a moral one. >> you could barely survive. you won't be able to depend on government assistance. >> and that is what may be making the calls difficult for the politicians to ignore. in peru police fired tear gas to hundreds of squatters who illegally occupied a 2,000-year-old cemetery near lima. several people including three officers were injured, police arrested 15 people mexico's opened up a new
front in the war against drug gangs. 10,000 military and security personnel had been sent to halisco, to disseminate that cartel. adam raney travelled there for this report. >> reporter: a show of force, 10,000 federal soldiers and security forces had been sent to the western states. it's the latest military build-up in an ongoing 8-year drug war following a wave of attacks, the downing of a military helicopter with rocket launched grenades, and the killing of a 15 police officers last month in an ambush. despite talk that the cartel is a threat missing person's advocate says it's been behind hundreds of disappearances of people across the state there's an organised structure tied to the disappearances. it's gaining attention now because of roadblocks and police
ambushes and violence. this goes back it's not new, it's the tip of the environment. >> this is who the government is up against, a new generation cartel, a heavy armed paramilitary group that grew over the past five years when the government took on other cartels elsewhere. they make millions running drugs, extorting businesses and kidnapping. they extort justice, build weapons and use them against the government. >> the state security chief admitted he had no idea if the cartel had hundreds or thousands of gunmen. he was sure of victory. >> i'm confident actions will allow us to capture criminals and take them into custody much. >> the capital is mexico's second largest city, known as a home of cartel leaders, they drew little attention. many believed they had an
understanding with authorities, as long as things re maintained calm. in the wake of violence, there are raids here every day. >> it was an operation in an upscale neighbourhood by the army and police. what we are seeing here is an increased coordination of efforts between various security forces as they try to take back control of the state. there's even more attention on the issue with elections less than a month away. in the whole state, it's being closely watched. >> this is the result of security strategy that is corrupt to the bone. corruption is beyond the failure. >> it's long been an open secret in mexico that politicians are part of the problem. less clear if that will change soon. as cuba and the united states move closer towards restoring diplomatic sides, businesses are looking to cash in. a u.s. company made it possible
for americans planning a book online without violating the embargo. we have more from cuba. >> reporter: this is the western tip of cuba known for its natural beauty. and for its tobacco. the raw material of cuba's famous cigars. it's a magnet for tourists who stay in the town. where almost every other house has turned into a bed and breakfast hotel. daniel sanchez and his mother are not just waiting for guests to show up. like many here, they now linked to an american room rental network. the u.s. website air b&b. the fastest growing market has become cuba. >> we here that americans want to come to our country, we are
expanding. we want to receive them the best way possible. >> until last month a ban put cuba off limits to air d&b. >> there were cubans trying to log on to air b&b to americans or europeans that wanted to travel somewhere and as an american company, they had to block them. >> reporter: but, no longer. americans like these can book a room by logging on to the site and aassessing that they qualify in one of 12 categories, ace loud by the obama administration administration. >> i can go to paris in 20 years, and everything will be the same. coming here in 20 years will not be the same. >> there's one problem. the easing of restrictions to cuba is the prerogative of the american president meaning that all of this could go away if the next american president is not okay about opening up to cuba.
right now thousands of americans are rushing to see the once forbidden fruit of the caribbean. while cubans like daniella cross their fingers that the relaxation of travel to the island will be more than a short-lived honeymoon. some new developments in football. we'll tell you about them in a moment. one of the men to challenge sepp blatter in the f.i.f.a. elections has withdrawn.
fe a 1-0 win in the first, first goal of the season. the return leg in the brazilian city of porta alegg roe a contribute umpire was injured in the attack on a sri lankan team in lahore. and hopes to put it behind him. zimbabwe is set to begin the tour on friday. near the scene of the attack. we have more. >> this was the attack in 2009 that forced contribute out of pakistan, and changed the lives of all those there. gunmen shot it was headed to the stadium. wounding eight people. among the wounded was pakistani umpire. >> i had two bullets in my tummy, second, now not working
at all. i spent 27 to 29 days in intensive care. few days in coma it was a horrible day for me or on pakistan. >> since then pakistan's team played all their home matches abroad. security deemed too risky, but six years on top level international cricket is returning to pakistan with zimbabwe's tour starting on friday. >> the main event is the zimbabwe has broken the spell, as it were and that it will i hope pave the way for other countries to follow suit. we have interest. i think within the next year or so we'll have more tours from member countries. the opening game will take place in lahore and marks a comeback
for raza who will umpire at his first international game. >> i'm stretch excited. i can't express myself. because after six years not well in pakistan. >> the overall security in the country was unstable. the international contribute council refused to tend officials. zimbabwe went ahead with the tours, and with thousands of security on the ground and in the sky, the team is confident their safety is being prioritised. >> players are not worried - i know pakistan has done a lot to secure so it will be safe but the main thing for us is to play good cricket. >> tickets to the 2020 match in lahore on friday sold out, as
pakistan's contribute fans prepared to take their seats for an historic game that it hopes will mark a change in fortunes in the country. >> the first game taking place on friday in lahore. security forces on high alert for a possible attack. kamal hyder it there. >> reporter: preparations are underway at gaddafi stadium where the two teams had practice sessions. everyone is excited and waiting for the first game which is going to be on friday as you can see, everybody is hoping that this will be good cricket, despite the security considerations. there are thousands of security forces out to guarantee that no incident untoward incident happens, and that the match goes smoothly. the pakistan cricket board officials are upbeat about the
zimbabwe visit, and said that it paves the way and opens the door for other teams to come to pakistan. >> let's turn attention to n.b.a. lebron james helped the cleveland cavaliers take a lead in the finals. james returned from an ankle injury scoring 31 and together with j.r. smith's 28 got them to a 97-89 win in the opener with the hawks. game 2 in atlanta on friday. >> we continue to attack and play with pace and move the ball better. i think that will give our best chance going into game 2. >> in the n.h.l. eastern conference between tampa bay lightening and new york rangers went the distance and then some. drama from start to finish. and just to give you an experience, they came back from
2-0 down tampa, the celebration short lived. the rangers made it 4-4, it was 5-5 and it when into extra time. nikita kucherov scored the winner 3 minutes into the extra peered leading them to a 2-5 win. game 4 in tampa bay on friday. >> it's a one goal game a game with i thought we showed a lot of character coming back. a little unfortunate on the game winner there. our guys are battling and went to overtime. we are going to look at the game see if there's areas to improve on and get ready for the next one. >> the latest development in the f.i.f.a. race it's aljazeera.com. you can get more. that is where we'll leave it for now. thanks for watching. >> now to a bright spot against
the mountain tops of indian controlled kashmir at the foothills of the mountain ranges is the indeera memorial garden attracting a growing number of vifors. the hope is -- visitors the hope is that it will get tourists. >> tulip garden is amazing, wonderful. something to go to the netherlands to watch this. today we have in our own country. we hope people to travel to see this. it will come up well. >> the garden offers a glimpse into local kashmiry culture with visitors treated to folk music and dancing. it's looked after by the government department of horticulture which imports most of the tulip seeds and bulbs from holland. see you in the next couple of minutes for the next bulletin.
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