i.s.i.l. spreads its campaign of violence to saudi arabia claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing at a shia mosque meanwhile, the coalition fighting i.s.i.l. struggles to contain the group's advances. >> translation: i volunteered to join the battle to protect our holy shrines, we don't want oil are to advance further the irish go to the polls, deciding if same-sex marriage should be legal. >> it's about equality
and how the new relationship with the united states will benefit cuban artists. >> it's very rewarding to finally see the recognition that cuban art deserves good evening welcome to al jazeera america i'm antonio mora. >> i'm barbara serra. we begin with two deadly bombings i.s.i.l. claims responsibility for both of them. in saudi arabia i.s.i.l. said it was behind a suicide attack at a shia mosque. 20 were killed dozens injured and happened while they were attending friday prayers. >> hours later at a shi'a mosque, there was an attack injuring 13 workers. it caps a week in which i.s.i.l. reasserted strength in iraq and
syria, seizing ramadi and palmyra. the attack in saudi arabia marks a first, but comes as no surprise, bus i.s.i.l. promised to attack shi'as in the kingdom. hashem ahelbarra is in riyadh with the latest. >> the mosque was packed with worshippers. they are investigating the case security forces and find out how the suicide bomber managed to get into the mosque and who they are affiliated with. in the same eastern part of the country, about two months ago, armed men opened fire on a shia mosque killing seven people and target security forces and foreigners. the government in saudi arabia blames groups affiliated with al qaeda and i.s.i.l., with launching attacks to destabilize the country, and destabilize and exacerbate this sectarian tension in the country.
now, with the new claim of responsibility by groups affiliated with i.s.i.l. it is something that will raise concerns in saudi arabia. security forces said that they arrested almost 90 people affiliated with i.s.i.l. and thwarted attacks across the country, particularly in the u.s. embassy and riyadh. security forces said they arrested people recruiting saudis to join i.s.i.l. in syria and iraq. this is something that will prompt security forces to beef up security across the country, and comes against a backdrop of saudi-led air strikes, targetting houthis meanwhile, the u.s.-led coalition is under pressure to rethink tactics against i.s.i.l. it made major gains in iraq and
syria and is moving closer to baghdad. zeina khodr reports. >> reporter: some of these men will be sent deep into the sunni heartland to fight i.s.i.l. others will be kept behind to protect the town. for these shia militia men, the battle is not just about recapturing territory, it's protecting roots from anbar towards southern iraq, to prevent an i.s.i.l. attempt to advance on shi'ite sites and holy areas. >> translation: i volunteered to join the battle to protect the holy shrines. we don't want i.s.i.l. to advance further. and threaten the shi'a holy sites. >> reporter: it was a controversial decision to use shia militia men in a sunni province. the iraqi government had no other choice. efforts were weak, and efforts
to create a nonsectarian army failed. >> it has roads to ramadi on the north to ramadi where there are highways to baghdad, and highways to baghdad and jordan and syria. i.s.i.l. captured the last border crossing between syria and iraq, and controls most of that frontier and the fighters move freely between the two countries. the u.s. which leads the coalition against i.s.i.l. downplayed the gains. president obama said the loss of territory was tactical setbacks, and insists the war is not being lost. many disagree. i.s.i.l. has taken over two cities in a week. ramadi, palmyra, and syria. ramadi is 100km from baghdad and is the last major city on the road to the iraqi capital. >> palmyra is 150km from syria's central province of homs, which is on a major crossroad that is strategic for the syrian
government survival. the government invested man power and resources over the years to reclaim homs from the opposition. if it loses there, damascus, and the coastal region would be under threat. for now, i.s.i.l. controls the land. in iraq, the fight against the armed group is led by shia militias, in syria, the u.s. coalition doesn't recognise the government's legitimacy. it doesn't have a partner on the ground. in recent months, i.s.i.l. may have been on the offensive. that has changed joining me is ambassador richard murray serving as the u.n. ambassador to saudi arabia and the assistant secretary of state for middle eastern affairs. thank you for joining us. let's focus on the attack we have seen in saudi arabia. i.s.i.l. have been open about their hatred for the shia not considering them real muslims,
we can see why they would attack a shia mosque. do you think this was an attack aimed at the saudi leadership itself? >> definitely. it's a message that we hate shia but we hate the regime in saudi arabia and other regimes in the bowlered. it's hitting a target and last month there was a lot of arrests, more than 90 people, accused of being members of i.s.i.l. and say they foiled a plot to bomb a u.s. embassy. what sort of reaction will we see from the government? >> the government had reservations. it's an ugly relationship between the government and the shia population. in this case it's a below against against
against public order. they'll be determined to find who started the operations. there was a suicide bomber he's gone. but they'll look hard for anyone that may have been associated with it. they'll be relentless. saudi arabia in the panorama of american relationships is a foil to what is perceived as an expanding iran. what impact does an unstable saudi arabia have on the region as a whole, considering that saudi is involved in so many. conflict that we see? >> well the saudis themselves acknowledge that there has been several hundred young saudis recruited who have gone up to fight in iraq and syria. and they were so concerned about it that they had the religious leadership decree that this was a sin to go and affiliate yourself with a movement anti-islamic movement et
cetera. they will be increasingly on their guard about i.s.i.l. they've been accused, of course of espousing annediology themselves that -- annediology fed into i.s.i.l. and helped with recruiting from the kingdom. they are an enemy of i.s.i.l., there's no mistake about that. >> this is a bold move to attack a shia mosque. it comes in a week where we saw incredible advances from i.s.i.l., which we have seen on the back foot, and saw them advance in syria and iraq. do you think we'll see a change of strategy i'm thinking from saudi arabia and also the other countries, the u.s. specifically to contain an ever-expanding i.s.i.l. >> it's in our interest to contain, and as the president said to degrade and destroy i.s.i.l. that is not today's - on today's programme. it will take a bit of time to
deal with i.s.i.l. in the meantime to try to strengthen elements in iraq syria who are opposed to i.s.i.l.. it's a complicated scene, we don't want to work with the bashar al-assad regime we don't see ourselves as partners, there's a common enemy. >> i.s.i.l. was making its advance, the name being known across the world when it started advancing into iraq and it didn't seem like the coalition had a strong impact towards it. do you think that's because it takes time or do you think something is going wrong. they don't present an easy target for anyone for the american air force, it's a guerilla provision, individuals running around the towns in the countryside, how do you wipe it out. you don't with air power. and we have for our own reasons said we are not putting in american ground forces we are
strengthen in iraq syria opposition elements but it's going slowly. >> ambassador richard murray former ambassador to saudi arabia and syria. thank you for joining us. even hospitals do not escape violence in syria, a hospital in the north-west had been under fire and seem from rebel fighters for weeks. the government says it carried out a series of air strikes, allow them to escape. >> reporter: multiple air strikes in the province of idlib. the aim of the strikes is to provide cover for more than 200 government troops besieged for over two weeks in the town's hospital. the pictures show a number of syrian forces escape. some are said to be senior officers. the hospital is the last government stronghold in the
town. >> translation: 10 days ago they promised to end the siege. where is the force. today is a day of joy and victory. there is a coalition allied to al qaeda, and took control of the town over three weeks ago. days early they captured the town. the rest of idlib are important. securing it means the rebels have a gateway to the syrian coast. it has a highway which connects the provinces of aleppo to other areas. two barrel bombs were dropped in the northern countryside. rescue workers and residents were looking for survivors. the town was under rebel control
in south-east asia 200 migrants were rescued from a boat and are on shore from myanmar. stepped up search operations failed to find boats in indonesian waters. there are fears migrants are still at sea. searching the sea for boats carrying rohingya. in indonesia stranded boats have been spotted before. back then the navy sent them away. now indonesia and malaysia begin to give them shelter. international organizations is stemented. bang la derby mightants are at sea. figures cannot be verified. they announced air patrols to find more boats. those that have been rescued have been recovering. along with four small children
this malaysia. rescued, they were dehydrated malnourished and running fevers in shock about the horrors they witnessed. people on a boat were badly beatenment four were killed in prove me. many jumped into the sea because they were scared. >> nearly 2,000 found shelter in aceh this the past week. indonesia agreed they can stay for a year it will be up to the u.n. high commission for refugees to resettle them. >> the people here were keen to help those stranded at sea. the local government urged international organizations and the government to find a solution to house the rohingya as soon as possible. >> the aceh government says it's struggling to provide the asylum seekers and migrants necessary
care. >> translation: we want them wre settled as soon as approximately. it's quite a burden for the prove jib shall government. it's to do with u.n.h.c.r. and immigration. >> the provincial government will do all it can to help. according to the u.n.h.c.r. the decision about the permanent home for the rohingya must come later it's the first country in the world to put the search issue to a national vote. >> next the irish have gone to the polls to decide whether to amend the constitution and legalize gay marriage. >> also, it's very rewarding to timely see the recognition that cuban art deserves. >> warming ties with cuba are giving art collectors access to a new mark.
in context tonight voters in ifrld voted on whether to legalise search. >> debate has been intense, with opposition from the catholic church. >> it's time. >> reporter: voters in the republic of ireland deciding whether it's time to amend their constitution to legalize gay marriage. gay rights campaigners say a yes vote would give same-sex couples more legal protection and broader social acceptance and won the support of major parties and polling suggest the majority are voters. >> but they faced opposition. >> the head of the catholic
church in ireland warned the change would interfere with the tradition of marriage. >> as people say, we believe the union of man and marriage open to procreation of children is a gift from god who created us male and female. >> reporter: gay rights changed fast in this conservative country. ireland decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 and began to allow civil partnerships four years ago. >> ireland is a small intimate society. once a gay man and lesbians came out, they become not them but people's brothers and sisters friends and neighbours. >> you are now husband and husbands. >> reporter: several countries came down on the side of same-sex marriage. last year it was legal in england, wales and scotland. bringing the total to 18 countries worldwide. some u.s. states allow it and the supreme court rule it was
protected by the constitution. in ireland it may depend on support for the catholic church. >> it was a huge force in ireland in the 1990s, but was weakened by secularization and the scandals that the church has undergone over the last two decades. and a vote in favour of same-sex marriage. >> we can change forever what it needs to grow up in ireland. >> it could be seen an a defeat for a church in a country whose identity was inseparable from its religion patricia cock lan is a professor in the university of cork and is here in the united states on a scholarship. welcome to al jazeera. so they are not going to count for a while. we'll find out tomorrow afternoon, we know that turn out is high. what do you think the result
will be? >> i think it will pass. i'm hoping that it will pass. the turn out has been high in the cities. and traditionally they are like i to vote yes on something like this. the turn out - young people, it's been a high turn out and 60,000 voters registered in recent weeks. they are young. >> what is remarkable is ireland is a catholic country, but it's not the first. assuming brazil argentina, spain and others. it decriminalized homosexuality only in 1993 so a shift in 20 years. what happened? >> well, i think that's - yes, that's true. we were on a rising curve of secularism and suspicion from the church and there were a lot of scandals and physical abuse scandals to do with church-run institutions and cover ups, and
they broke in the early '90s. so i thing decriminalization was part of a process. it was something that had been going on for some time. i mean there would be a successful divorce narrowly carried two years later in '95. a struggle of contraception, so it's a - it's a growing curve. this would be a high point. i would like to point out. if it's passed. it's the only country in the world where it would have passed bay popular vote. it's admirable and i'm proud of my country if it happens. >> why do you think it would be relevant. it will be the first country to pass it on a referendum. what makes it special? >> the people would have entered into the discussion fully, and irish people take a strong interest in politics and young irish people took an interest in this, that is good for
democracy, people have an educated and reflective view of the issues it's something that is emfatics not something that may squeeze through by two or three politicians, there'll be a proper endorsement of this. it's a moving moment. a moment of solidarity by people in a majority with the minority who were ill-treated as different and persecute in the past. there's a conscious shedding of homophobic attitudes, which is inspiring. >> the catholic church has been urging people in ireland to vote against this. ireland stuck to catholic teachings more strictly than other countries. do you think we'll see a shift away from the catholic church that the catholic church is losing its hold on ireland? >> i think it has begun. catholic practice among those is
less than 20% in most places higher in the north of island for historical reasons. i think people are redefining catholic im. it's strongly secularizing. >> we'll see more of a separation between religion and state. >> i think it's happening. in is about civil marriage and there's a lot of dissident individual priests who said that the church - they have gone against bishops and hapal authority, and the bish ops are reviewing their policies. >> thank you for joining. >> thank you very much david cameron is warping fellow -- warning fellow european that they could see a british exit from the e.u. cameron spoke in latvia since his re-election. he said the u.k. was e.u. reforms, particularly on immigration, ahead of a planned
referendum on whether britain should leave the union. e.u. leaders say free travel across member nations is a corner stone of policy. >> the former minister of belarus was on the summit. two weeks ago the u.s. state department called on belarus to release political prisoners after a former presidential candidate and protestor were given harsh prison sentences. ukranian president petro porashenko was locked away with a $2 billion loan agreement and grants, to help revive ukraine's economy over the next decade. georgia and maldofa got similar presents war crimes are being committed in ukraine on a daily basis. a report outlines the poor treatment of prisoners of war. >> translation: torture and
severe acts are taking place often by both sides of the conflict. people are beaten with hoods over their heads, and left like this for a long time. sometimes they use electro shocks ukraine came on in recent days for parading rebels who they say are russian soldiers who killed ukranian troops in the east. under a peace agreement both sides agreed to free all prisoners. that has not happened. >> scuffles broke out in bangkok between anti-coup protesters and police. >> dozens were detained marking the first anniversary of the coup. gatherings of more than 5 people have been outlawed a major setback for peace in columbia. >> a raid caused rebels to declare an end to the ceasefire. a bribery scandal is threatening the stability to the guatemala
welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm antonio mora. >> i'm barbara serra. coming up in this half hour of international news why the eiffel tower turned away tourists today an important ally in the fight against terrorism, ethiopia prepares for elections amidst complaints of unfair innocence. first, in the american minute - president obama's trade bill has been approved going on to the house. the senate is split over whether to reauthorise a key section. patriot act. it is used to justify the security agency's phone regard collection programme. senate republicans are split over whether to make changes to the act or extend it as is
the state department began a release of emails from hillary clinton's private account. the 300 released emails are a fraction of the 30,000 she's turn said over to the state department. only some of them deal with the 2012 attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi libya. some contain sensitive information that was classified. clinton said the emails were handled appropriately and she is glad they are out for the public to see talks wrap pd up in washington. washington and havana - both report progress ons opening embassies. u.s. negotiators say they are close to reaching a deal another round of talks may not be needed in our off the radar, relationing between columbia and f.a.r.c. may have been affected.
daniel schweimler reports on what both sides say remain committed to peace. >> reporter: the f.a.r.c. issued a statement after the attack saying they were suspending a unilateral ceasefire that has been in place for six months, blaming months of land and air offensives by government forces. the columbian president defended the latest operation. >> translation: with the same firm possess and determination that -- firmness and determination that we have been talking, with the same firmness we'll fight without truce all forms of crime in all corners of country. >> reporter: the factor added that it would, with difficulty continue with the peace talks. the last round of which only began on wednesday. the subject on the table, the clearing of landmines.
the time has come for the f.a.r.c. to commit to not planting any more land mines. not one more mine the talks have been under way since 2012 with both sides struggling to resolve a conflict that lasted five decades, leaving more than 200 dead and millions displaced. >> translation: our decision to move ahead together with the columbian government is unmodifiable. regarding production of new gestures. it continues to press by joint compromise. >> reporter: the talks resumed as a family in rural columbia mourned the death by a girl through a land mine. >> translation: it has been very hard and must be repeated. the children shouldn't have to pay for these things that they don't understand. it needs to stop. we don't want any more war on the streets or in any part of
columbia. >> reporter: both sides accepted while peace talks continue there'll be setbacks 10 government troops will be killed by fighters. each slows the process and frustrates the majority of columbians who are keep to see an end to the conflict robert valentia is a contributing writer for global voic. good to have you back. more than 228,000 people have been killed since the fighting decades ago. millions of columbians displaced, and now be see this. could we see a return to all-out war? >> this is the only way out of this internal conflict. the government and the guerilla nose despite a bumpy nose what the peace process encounters. there's no other way. the only way to participate in the civil society will be by way
of politics. this is something f.a.r.c. wants to do. >> they've been negotiating for 2.5 years and in april fenway park attacked the military kill -- in april f.a.r.c. attacked military and the government is attacking fork, killing 26 people. that doesn't seem conducive to a peace process. >> that is right. unfortunately they have made what i consider a stubborn approach. if they want to be active in politics, what are the formal you know traits of good politics is to engage with the people. and the fact that they have killed 20 and 10 soldiers back in april shows that they have no commitment to this peace process whatsoever. and in turn they have you know - they have trouble engaging with the population. >> and the people have lost their faith. polled numbers are crashing. 29%, i think, the last numbers i see, say - believe that this might have a positive outcome.
>> and that poses a greater danger for the peace process. let's not forget this will go under a plebacide. the population has to vote saying this is something we want, the law of the land. what we see is if the guerillas kill people and torture the population, it will hate them more. and the question is... is f.a.r.c. negotiating in good faith. a lot of reports say they are increasing their demands. >> what we have seen in the last couple of months show that they have no will. the fact that they kidnapped a high-ranking officer, and killed 10 soldiers in april, they ambushed them means that the ceasefire has been off for a while. >> don't both sides have a lot of pressure to get this done.
because the military hurt f.a.r.c. pretty substantially. they have issues there, and then the president saw his popularity in the polls plunge he wants to cut a deal. >> i want to take that with a grain of salt. it's important to see what the polls indicate. the polls have been taking place in urban settings. the war is not happening, it's in the countryside. you don't take the polls to the countryside where the war is taking place. that is dangerous. the people affected the most are the peasants. walking about being affected how could this affect the united states. f.a.r.c. denied their involvement. there's a lot of evidence that they are that they conceivably are involved with the mexican drug cartel. >> let me tell you this this is a bigger problem than it is. because let's not forget that
cuba is one of the brokers in this peace process. this is basically a slap in the face of all cubans. they have placed faith in f.a.r.c. that they'll end the war, end the internal conflict. the fact that they keep killing people is showing not goodwill to the cuban population because they are harbouring this peace process. some analysts are saying that this fighting in april, and now could be positive for the peace process. do you think that could be the case? >> they hit rock bottom. the only way is up. what i mean by this is now that we have seen we are in this conundrum with the peace process. the only way is to be out. they know history shows us that there's no way a war can be won by way of weaponry. the only way is by sitting on a table, you know. >> agreeing with peace. >> agreeing with piece. >> that's the only way. >> thank you for being with us. dozens are dead after one of
the most violent battles between mexican federal police and alleged drug traffickers. mexican outlets are reporting that 40 were killed almost all suspected criminals. it happened in a state known for heavily armed drug gangs. a policeman is among the dead several civilians are injured. the new generation drug cartel from a neighbouring state is alds to have been involved a growing crisis is facing venezuela. we have that story from guatemala city. >> reporter: guatemala's crisis continued on thursday as three top cabinet ministers have been fired. the president announced the dismissals in the wake of corruption scandals battering the administration. >> translation: this was my request. it's important that this is
clear. it's not what is asked for. i'm accepting this and making the changes that i consider appropriate. of course, we have made enough efforts to move forward and continue fighting to serve the people of guatemala. the major cabinet shuffle came a day after the chief was arrested in a bribery investigation. police obtained more than a dozen others a man that used to be perez molina's personal secretary. tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest corruption and demand the president's resignation. in april the biggest political scandal emerged after a sting implicated the head of the natural tax authority and the vice president's personal secretary. though the vice president stepped down two weeks ago, the demonstrations and criticism over the ruling party has grown. >> the president will be hoping
that this latest set of resignations will pacify guatemalans. with another protest planned on saturday, it's likely that the president's stroubles are far from over. >> corruption marked guatemalans for decades. this is the first time. in spite of house cleaning many guatemalans are unwilling to forgive we have lived through a crisis during the government's time. they have not done anything for us. all they have done is steal from the country. it is not right. >> he promised many things one was to deal with corruption he's the main one that is corrupt. >> with elections four months away it will be hard for politicians to gain credibility. political reform is at the top of the agenda.
hart hard work is still ahead. there has been a cholera outbreak at a tanzanian refugee champ. it's serving as a home to thousands of burundians who escaped the unrest home. 3,000 cases have been reported. 33 people have decide. the united nations say there are three to 400 new cases every day. the intestinal infection is often linked to contaminated drinking water. >> no western observers will be present for ethiopians elections, because the ruling party ignored recommendations to make the elections fair. it is a strategic ally to the war on terror and receives millions in aid. the opposition says the campaign has not been democratic as mohammed adow reports from the capital. >> reporter: potential supporters. this is a region a main battle ground in the parliamentary
elections. it is a large ethnic group. it's here that the parliamenty candidates have a power base. my people want real democracy. we want freedom. the young people are singing for freedom. >> a total of eight parties are fighting. as complaints drop to a close, opposition supporters eye a last minute handful of votes, they are complaining of intimidation of supporters and resources available to the ruling parties there are allegations ethiopia's prime minister denies
atrocities. >> they are campaigning, they are in the debate. they are in all processes of the election. when you see that. people are not along or supporting you, there are complaints. >> reporter: for the last five years this man has been the face of opposition in the parliament. he was the only opposition mp. he is not defending his seat following a splinter group being recognised, blocking him from contesting. >> the legal system if you go to the court, the court decide not right. >> crucial is whether the opposition parties will accept the results, for now they seek support with a hope that this
sequels became on institution machines gobbled up billions of dollars of quarters. this was a report on the background and impact. >> reporter: in 1980 the video games world was dominated by games like this "space invaders", aimed mainly at boys would played them in video arcades. that was until this man set out to design a game to appeal to women. he was eating a pizza and two prices in the idea of pacman occurred to him. the name was pacuman from the sound your mouth makes when you open and close quickly. it later became pacman and became a hit. 350,000 machines like this was sold in the first 18 months and they pulled in 2.5 billion in
revenue. >> this was the first game that had artificial intelligence hunting you down. there was a lot of experimenty, music, beautiful colours, a yellow character blinking lights flashing music. it was a lot of fun. >> pacman was the first originally claiming mascot and was the first of many set in a maize. it was the first video game licensing success with merchandise worth more than a billion. >> there was a pak mania in the '80s. he had a cartoon, christmas commercial, pasta sauce. he was the first character to take off and become a successful character. it made a billion dollars. it paved the way for a lot of video game stuff that we see today. the success of pacman turned the game into a cultural icon a symbol of a generation that grew
up with video games and looks set to live on. in july a film is due to some out that sees them as a declaration of war. the real inventor may have retired in quech, but is invited back to rein in the monster he created. editor at large joins us from indianapolis. good to see you. it is the most successful arcade game ever. a significant achievement. why is it seen by experts in the industry as the most important video game in history are? >> it was a game that kind of defined the genres at the time. most of the games were violent. there was a lot of space
shooting and aliens. it was a game that was simple to learn, but difficult to master, that is a key that every creator tries to bring to the game. something that everyone can pick up and play. >> i confess, i spent many a quarter at the corner arcade in new york back when it cam out. when it made it to the u.s. why do you think? are they the reasons you described, that is had staying pow, because you'd thing with all the modern video games there would be - you know it would have been shunted aside, and many are flashes in the pan. >> there certainly is a lot of joy in simplicity, and the game reflects a simple system for playing the game you are chased by ghosts. you have great-looking characters, bright images and a classic sound that gets in your head. certainly we see a lot of games that scam and go. angry birds was a huge success, it's a couple of years later, it nayeded. it's hard to imagine us talking
about angry birds or buying angry big plushies but we are talking about pakman. >> is there any game we may talk about decades from now. >> it's hard imagine. pacman was so huge. >> this became more than a video game, whether it's toys books, cartoons or other movies. >> there was a breakfast serial. it didn't taste good but i still ate it. >> doesn't sound too good. the broader video game industry or the interactive entertainment industry is major business and grew even during the recession, and some of the releases these days completely eclipse hollywood blockbusters and their earning power. >> it's amazing the size and scope of modern games. it was developed with about nine people. they had hundreds of people working on the games, behind closed doors.
these are on the level. bigger in some cases, and are making hundreds of billions when a big game launches, and they are massive franchises. they are complicated, violent and turn off a lot of people. they don't have the charm that pacman brings to the table. a loot appeal to teenage boys and young men. how much of a success for the industry moving forward dependents on reaching out to other people inspiring what pack man try to do. >> it's important. when it comes to games that are fun for everyone games like "candy crush" less about violence sport, attacking. more about pattern making having fun, the kind of thing
that anyone can appreciate. that is where the growth is going forward. >> you can play for free on the internet. i might try it later tonight. great to have you with us as always. >> thank you the eiffel tower in paris was closed because of pic pockets. workers at the french landmark walked off the job protesting a rise in pick pocketing in the area. the tower draws thousands of tourists and the french government ace crimes against tourists dropped drew to video civilians and greater police presence. as tensions ease between cuba and u.s. some are benefitting.
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largest festival of light and soundful this year it leaves a smaller carbon footprint, using light powered by renewable energy now a global view segment, a lock at how news outlets are reacting to various events. under the headline "march under the i.s.", saying they cannot live forever. but it warns without action by all the forces i.s.i.l. will "leave more brutal trails of destruction in its wake than it has until now." turkey's daily paper criticizes coverage. the headline - falling on deaf ears. violence against sunnis and iraq are not covered in the face of covering ideological attacks. >> and the t of the editorian --
and the text of the editorial cartoon saying "we hate to see terrible pain and suffering at sea. we plan to disrupt the smuggling networks and stop the boats before they depart." then your terrible pain and suffering would be safely hidden abroad." renewed diplomatic relations between u.s. and cuba are having a profound effect on the arts scene. cuban art and artists could be the next big thing. as andy call agger tells us sales have -- gallagher tells us, sales have taken off. >> this man is an emerging talent in the art world. he defected six years ago, taking odd jobs painting in his spare time. his work is becoming highly collectible thanks in part to the changes between the u.s. and cuba. his pieces sell for thousand.
>> i feel lucky. it's a lot of work. so i thing -- think the time just came. historic changes are at an early stage. the long-established art galleries are getting busier. in the past jeer tales have doubled as interest grows. we are seeing a curve moving up. and it's rewarding to see the recognition that cuban art deserves. >> reporter: a process of buying cuban art will get easier. this private collector says cuba's new generation could benefit from change much. >> the new artists, emerging artists are the ones who are
going to blossom if there is an opening, vis-a-vis the u.s. whilst private collections are too expensive. each others a world north americans are not used to. that is a driving force behind interest in cuban art. the art world is looking for the next big thing. his work is unique and could potentially receive global exposure. >> finally tonight - warming up for the eurovision song contest. >> the finalists are in place. and the big event will be held in vienna. representatives will compete in the show.
10,000 will see it in person. 2 million are expected to tune in. >> that is it for this international hour. >> i'm barbara serra, thank you for watching. >> see you again in an hour. on a special eldition of "america tonight", honouring the broken soldiers. >> i want people to know that the war doesn't end when the guns are silenced. i want them to know that a long time coming but a salute to disabled veterans. also tonight - how did a veteran's hospital become the center of a great disservice to our nation's bravest defenders. christopher putzel insid