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twa world cups they crime the post of the 2012 world cups had covered to pay f.i.f.a. millions, as a way of being awarded the competitions. the south african press is suggesting that there has been an enormous focus on qatar. you do wonder since the americans say in this has been going on for the best part of quarter of a century, there has been so many world cups into the
190s and the -- 1990s, and the 2000s. you wonder if they thought if f.i.f.a. was this corrupt. you know they have no chance of winning the bid. that's why in the fullness of time it will be so interesting to see what these people indicted by the americans have to say about the process. it lends a different light to the mind-set that must have gone through the bidding countries, because if it's that corrupt. there was no need to buy it thank you, laurence lee reporting from zurich. he was talking about russia hosting the 2018 world cup. what we'll do is cross to moscow charles stratford is joining us from there. tell us what the reaction charles, has been from moscow. to everything going on in zurich and with f.i.f.a. >> the russian president came
out in typical fighting spirit in support of sepp blatter, making accusations towards washington. certainly the u.s. investigation now. i'll read you out some of the things that he has been saying. this morning, the u.s. f.i.f.a. was a latest attempt to extend jurisdiction over another state. he said that he supports f.i.f.a. head blatter's approach to running the world cup, and was fully behind him in the campaign to head f.i.f.a. he said the arrest in the run up suggests the u.s. may pursue m.e.r.s.anry ends. fairly inflammatory words from the russian president. this has to be put in context in relation to what we have seen in terms of the relationship between corey washington and moscow in recent times.
analysts across the world describe relations as being the worst they have seen. allegations by the u.s. with respect to russia's annexation of crimea, they were very angry about that and to moscow about their role in eastern ukraine in support of separatists there, a role that moscow denied. it's not surprising that vladimir putin came out with the fiery language. there's a lot at stake here though. this is one of the big projects for the next three years, the build-up to the games. the stadium building has started. to cost up to $50 billion in 11 cities across the country. seemingly an embarrassment, these allegations made towards russia's role in the bid.
and throwing into jeopardy or doubts over the legitimacy over the approach in the bidding campaign to host the world cup. >> thank you for that update from moscow. key sponsors as we are saying of football's government body watching the sandal. the big named sponsors ad-eid as coca-cola, sony and collectively they bring in 1.6 billion. coca-cola reacted to the arrest saying this tarnished the mission and ideal. credit card visa said it is disappointed and there was concern was profound. and adidas said it was committed to creating a culture promoting the high standards of ethics and
compliance and we expect the same from our partners. let's speak to andrew woodward. he's joining us from sydney. andrew world cup sponsors in an walk hard position. they distance themselves from a corruption scandal, and the sponsorship is lucrative. >> absolutely if you look at it none of what we are hearing in the last 24 hours is new to any of the f.i.f.a. sponsors. this is something that has been gouge on for 10 -- going on for 10 years or something. many sponsors are olympic sponsors and have been through this at the olympics in the mid to late 1990s. the big sponsors they are used to dealing with this kind of stuff. nothing what we have heard in the last 24 hours comes as a surprise. there'll be a bump and then it
will be back to business as usual for them. >> what do you mean back to business. how likely is it that they'll pull out? >> i wouldn't expect you'll see sponsor pull out of f.i.f.a. at this time. for the reason that you know all of these companies have invested hundreds of millions over the last you know four, eight, 12, 20 years in football. so at the - at one instance, there's no logical reason to you know withdraw from the sponsorship. you would be wasting a lot of money. marketers around the world are smart. if there was to be a vacancy in your category for sponsorship, in the hottest property in the world. plenty of companies will line up to take your place, and competitors. you'd buy a lot of money, but could be letting competitors in. >> you said andrew that
sponsors would be had to dump the organisation and you say that change is needed. what kind of change is needed. how do you see them go about that. >> sure, the key pointed is it's not dissimilar to the comment you made about adidas. they see themselves as being part of the solution rather than creating a problem. you mentioned a moment ago 1.6 billion is spent by sponsors. let's say they pull out. let's say they pull out and we have a situation where, you know football around the world is 1.6 billion. it hurts the kids that play every saturday and sunday morning at football fields around the world. it doesn't hurt the big guys. i don't think we'll see any change here. i think we'll see the sponsors get on with business. in a year or so.
>> it's a question about credibility when if comes to the sponsors. it's something that is questioned and talked about f.i.f.a. credibility is at stake. >> credibility is a large issue for the organizations. you take the example of a television station. if i was a sponsor, and i said you guys could run the television station, you'd tell me to go away get lost mind your own business what right does a sponsor have to tell a company how to operate the business how would the company feel if a company or sporting body was telling a credit card company how to run its business. it doesn't work that way. sponsors have a place. they are in the - in the whole sports presentation mix. but they are not the be all and end all of sport. >> andrew woodward thank you for speaking to us from sydney. we are getting comments from
zurich from the chairman. english football association. let's listen. >> translation: well i was like everybody else here it was like a piece of show biz, wasn't it. i mean here you have this - it was an interesting day. for those of us that think it's time that f.i.f.a. mr sepp blatter step down from f.i.f.a. you could argue it was a good day. >> reporter: (inaudible) - that the election should be postponed. >> there's a u.e.f.a. meeting and we'll discussion what the u.e.f.a. position will be decided by all of us. >> reporter: what is your own decision? >> personally i think probably not. >> reporter: why not? >> i think another could win, and we have achieved what we came to do say goodbye to mr blatter. >> reporter: (inaudible). >> f.i.f.a. took a battering.
it now needs a totally different leadership and therefore the most important thing for f.i.f.a. is that mr blatter, after many years, steps down and someone else takes his place, someone that believes in transparency and honesty. >> okay thank you very much that happened in zurich. you're with the al jazeera newshour and we have more coming including the european governing body meeting to discuss the fall out from the f.i.f.a. arrests plus - after the flooding is clean-up. crews face a massive task in houston. >> and stealing the show how the n.b.a.'s player of the season. steph curry, was overshadowed by a 2-year-old. details in sport. first the malaysian government things 139 victims of
trafficking may be buried in makeshift graves on the thai border. 28 abandoned camps were found in a remote jungle on the weekend, where forensic experts have been exhuming bodies. 12 police men have been questioned. smugglers avoided police by operating in ina.b.c.ible areas. -- inactionable areas. >> we see inaccessibility, from the border 200m the supply. it goes into the camp. it's seeing militia isolated from the whole structure. and then because it's on the top of the hill normally like what i said earlier. i patrol and don't normally go on top of the hill. we ski on the side. normal people are not normally on top of the hill. >> hundreds of demonstrators
marched through myanmar's largest city protesting against foreign criticism of treatment of rohingya muslims. the group is calling on the government to resist pressure from other nations to recognise and grant rights to the rohingya. by the end of this month, the rohingya will face more uncertainty in myanmar. their temporary registration cards are due to expire. the ethnic minority is not recognised by the government. and with no legal status many are wondering if they have a future at all. we have this report from western myanmar myanmar is the only country that this woman has known. she has seen her status go from being a citizen to no citizen at
all. >> i have already given it up. i don't know what will happen now. >> reporter: she used to hold a citizenship card. in the late 1980s, the government took it back from the rohingya ethnic minority to which she belongs. the government sees them as illegal migrants from bangladesh, even though many have been here for generations. they were promised citizenship documents but were registered temporary cards. they had some rights, including the right to vote. now that is gone. this is an office set up to collect i.d. cards. it's in a former school building. they are not allowed to travel cinto town. the muslim rohingya is segregated from the ethnic buddhist community. three years ago there was fighting between the two sides. it was partly the animosity causing the government to revoke temporary cards known as white cards. with elections scheduled for november and a referendum on
constitutional reform, human rights activists accused the government of pandering to a buddhist electorate. >> mostly the motivation is really to strip the last remaining rights, the right to vote, from the rohingya. in so doing, they are disenfranchising thousands of others eligible for citizenship. it's an anti-rohingya drive that is motivating it. the government says there's nothing sinister behind the decision. >> translation: we'll accept white cards until may 31st, white cards until may 31st, after that those that gave them up will be granted identity cards. >> many doubt they'll be granted citizenship, saying the government let them down in the past. for now they remain a minority, unrecognized and unwanted so that was florence louie in western myanmar on the flight of the rohingya there.
let's go to northern bangladesh where as many as 4,000 people are believed to have been trafficked. >> it's been six months since this man came home. where he'd been was terrifying. he was tortured by human traffickers. they beat him with a pipe when they couldn't give them more money. >> me and the others were starving and were throwing up because of the torture, everyone smelt terrible. it was like our skin was rotting. i saw two people die. >> reporter: he was lured to thailand by promises of a better job and life. 4,000 people have been trafficked from the home district according to migrant rights researchers. the boats are filled with ethnic rohingya escaping violence but the bangladesh migrants are trying to press that is economic
and environmental. they are home to some of the worst in the country. many lost their homes several times. >> reporter: our research found that 20% of those who left knew how to sign their names. that shows the traffickers are targetting uneducated people who are easily fooled. unlike the rohingya spending days sneaking through fields and forests, other begin in a simpler fashion. they hop on a train or bus to take them to the boat. often with little thought about the danger that awaits. it's been six months sibs this woman heard from her husband. she is expecting her third child. >> translation: the last time i spoke to him. he was about to get on the boat. he called and said "don't worry,
i'm in good hands persists. -- hands." i asked who was taking him. he said "it's an agent. alka." she is due any day now and the only question in her head is will her baby see its father a referendum on whether to stay in the european union in britain. queen elizabeth opened parliament. the conservative party wants ants in or out vote before the ends of 2017. prime minister david cameron is touring the european capital before renegotiating as improved the term of the membership. let's talk to the director of the european council on foreign relations. joining us what message is david cameron going to take to the european capitals and
officials? >> i think he comes with a huge agenda and important topics. the major challenge he'll face on the continent is what he has in mind and what he promised the voters is not the same as what other european foreign policy makers and head of state have in mind if it comes to reforming the e.u. especially issues including a treatie change unpopular in other european capitals. >> that's what i wanted to ask you. how do european capitals see a possible british exit. do they care? >> absolutely they care and there's no appetite i think in no other capita to see the brits leave the e.u. for mainly two reasons. it's a simple rational analysis. great britain is the third biggest country.
the third biggest. of course, this is a lot of money which is bound to the british membership. on the ordinary hand it's a political argument with the accent on great britain and greece. this would come with a danger. at least from a perspective, the political project is a success story like the stairway to heaven. it's a 1 way street. integration is going on and going on. there's no way to see anybody leaving. it's not here in berlin a question of choice it's more once you are part of the family the club you ought to stay. and david cameron, of course is challenging this kind of approach, saying no the e.u. is being more rational. people sharing the same interest and it's not really a family.
thank you very much. for speaking to us on berlin. severe weather continues to pound part of the u.s. state of texas. several injured when a tornado struck a gas-drilling rig near the town. and a major clean-up in and around houston. gabriel elizonda reports. >> heavy machine ray brought in to clear the roads after the flooding receded. crews are out in force as it's clean-up time in houston, this is why. record rainfall made highways impassable in the city. hundreds had to be pulled to safety as cars were engulfed by floodwaters. >> i tried to open the door and it wouldn't open. i went for the windows, and cotton the roof. they came over and helped me out. >> houston, moment to 2 million people is america's forth largest city every part was swamped with water. then there was this disturbing scene. a casket with a woman's body inside. unearthed by floodwaters by a
nearby cemetery. it was discovered by a man riding his bike. >> i was a little scared. i'm what the heck. >> they are in clean-up mode. this is a major underpass shut down because it was flooded. i want to give you a sense of how high the water levels went. they wept all the way up to the -- went all the way up to the top of the retaining wall. people have not seen flooding this bad for decades. >> because of flooding 46 counties in the state of texas have been put on states of emergency. in the town of wemberley, one of the hardest hit several are missing and dead. with forecasters predicting rain people are on edge hoping it won't be another night of scenes like this. >> now, we check on the weather with richard, there's no sign of any let up over an indian heatwave going on there.
>> it's looking grim across parts of india. these are the counter temperatures around the region. 41 in delhi. knappor is the worst of it 47 degrees. but at least the humidity is low, down into single figures. as you get further towards the south-east under-pradesh. where you have a combination of heat and humidity. taked hyderabad. that's five days of temperature in excess of 40 degrees celsius. night time temperatures 29-30 degrees. in you don't have aircon you are going to suffer in those conditions. the excitement with showers pushing up from the south. they'll affect many areas in the next day or so. it doesn't make much north ward progress over the next day or so. there's rain from a monsoon affecting parts of southern
china. the shots come from g wang dong. you can see the weather front producing a massive amounts of rain. the rain is easing off. the rivers take time to respond to it. it looks like the rain will pick up heading towards saturday still ahead on the nouri al-maliki on al jazeera, why protesters in brazil want their president impeched. >> i'm harry fawcett in nepal, where the vast potential for hydroelectric power is seen as a route to economic recovery after the earthquake it's highlighted the risks posed to installations like this. >> and in sport, a must-win game for the chicago blackhawks in the n.h.l. playoffs. details of their clash coming up a little later. is there such a thing
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hello again, the headlines on the al jazeera newshour sepp blatter avoids appearing in public following allegations of massive corruption at f.i.f.a. and pressure on him to stand down. he pulled out of an opening event in zurich. it was claimed because of turbulence. >> sponsors are concerned. coca-cola said it tarnished the missions and ideals of the f.i.f.a. world cup taking you back to the controversy surrounding f.i.f.a.
and the european body. it is meeting in zurich and that is where it's expected to decide whether to boycott the f.i.f.a. presidential vote crossing over to laurence lee. joining us from there. and they just began the meeting. if they decide to boycott the vote. does it call into question the credibility of that vote? >> yes, it would. it would be a huge thing for u.e.f.a. as a representation of european football to boycott that. these things could never happen. i don't think they are going to. in the last hour it will be clear as the delegates arrived. the scottish football association will arrive with informal meetings last night. what they are trying to work out
is whether to get enough votes, and potentially processed votes from people in the past that might have supported sepp blatter to get prince ali of jordan elected instead. i believe i'm right in saying that u.e.f.a. are going to have an unscheduleded news governs in the next couple of hours after the meeting, in which they'll outline what it is that they are proposing to do. if you think about the options, it's difficult. the easiest thing would be if sepp blatter were to resign and if he was the head of a corporation undoubtedly the shareholders would have forced that to happen. if they are not, it seems to be a route they are suggesting they are going to try to go down or try a third option which clearly would be boycotting the voter trying to collapse f.i.f.a. from within and trying to potentially set up a separate
body involving the european footballing nations and any others that want to join them. none of these things are brilliant, and the easiest thing for them would be if blatter decided to go. he's maintaining silence, and as i was saying earlier on he's probably becoming clear at the opening ceremony if sepp blatter is going to go. if he turns up. it means he isn't. if not, it means he is. >> lawrence lee reporting from zurich. the leader of the al nusra front has accused the united states of coordinating with the bashar al-assad regime in bombing areas under its control. the u.s. does not want the bashar al-assad regime to be toppled. >> there's no one air space for the two war planes. in the civil aviation, there should be coordination. how about the american war planes they are out, and saudi
airline takes off, and a turkish airline is to follow. do you think there's a u.s. war plane flying at the same time with another war plane, and there was no coordination. >> translation: do you accuse america? >> translation: yes, we have documents to prove it. it's self-evident. we have pictures that there were u.s. and syrian war planes flying at the same time. >> let's talk to joseph from beirut a senior writer at "gulf news." thank you for coming on the newshour. what do you make of the claims first of all. >> i'm not sure if they are credible. i doubt very much that the united states and the syrian air forces are flying together or coordinating activities the opposite is true and the
coalition forces of which the united states is assuming the largest burden is not doing as much as a lot accepted it would do. the record of the coalition air force attacks against i.s.i.s. and against al nusra front and other groups in syria is nothing to brag about, really. it's been going on for too long and not been as effective as most assume you say the u.s.-led coalition air strikes have not made a difference whatsoever? >> well i'm not whether they haven't made any difference at all. let's be realistic about this. there's a coalition of upward of 15 countries that have been systematically bombarding targets inside syria and throwing tonnes and thousands of tonnes of ordinance on i.s.i.s. al nusra and other targets, and so far nusra and
i.s.i.s. groups expanded their control areas and they are continuing to fight in unison. it seems that every day that passes, they gain more strength so therefore the evidence that they are talking about is the opposite. we don't have credible evidence that the coalition is making inloadsin inroads inside syria, or anywhere else where we see them falling. there's a lot of murkiness going on. we should not give it more credibility than it deserves. >> let me ask you about the statement made about the mission in syria. this is what they said the down fall about the regime. you know what has been going on over the past couple of weeks. how do you see it playing out in
light of the comments made? >> well he is actually banking on the fact that the regime will fall soon. it is considerably weakened despite the help that the hezbollahs are providing, despite the help that the iranian providers are providing. there's no doubt the battles are not going as well as people assume. as al nusra and others are putting up a fight, and they are gaining ground. we are far from the fall of the regime. in the past several months... >> just a point. when you say the regime is significantly weakened. earlier this week the syrian foreign minister said that iran and russia would never give up their support for the regime. presumably the regime is getting a lot of support from iran and russia. >> well i am not in a position to criticize, and i don't know
what kind of interest with each other or secret negotiations. in international affairs, if i were in a position like in damascus, i would not count too much on tehran or others to come to my assistance when the chips are down. at this point, the regime is not falling, but it is significantly weakened. and the best evidence for this is the fact that al nusra and i.s.i.s. and others are, in fact making inroads, not just in syria, but in iraq. therefore, i don't think that we should give this kind of claim or claims the kind of emphasis that perhaps he would like us to give. we will have to wait and see whether moscow and tehran will really back them when the time comes. i'm not there yet. i would not bet on it. >> thank you very much for joining us from beirut. >> last month's earthquake in nepal is having a devastating
effect on the economy, which was in bad shape. hydroelectricity has been seen as essential to power change. building dams has been slow. something think the quake could be a catalyst for change. harry fawcett reports. more than a month after the earthquake and the hydro electric plant is out of commission. the may 7.3 aftershock or both ise it is out of action. it could take nine months or more to get online. >> the bridge was damaged. the hydro was damaged. >> there are other threats to the safety of the facilities. >> what is interesting about the damage you can see is much of it
was not caused in the earthquake, but caused by flooding, after a landslide that happened last year. it's a sign that the geology that gives nepal potential for hydroelectric power threatens it. further upstream a chinese company building this project stopped work on the day of the quake. the government is telling would-be investors that this is the time, after the big seismic event, to put money into nepal. >> that's what i tell the developers. they haven't had earthquakes for 80 years, looking back at the history, every 7-8 years, earthquakes have been in nepal. hopefully they can be confident. >> a landmark deal signed with india points the way. the agreement sees an indian company build a 900 megawatt plant. nepal receives energy in the short term and export it the other way in the long term.
hydro-power expansion has been the subject of political wrestling. not just are there concerns about what it will do it the natural environment. but fears that a sovereign resource will be sold down the river to a southern big brother. . >> investment is not a problem. >> hydro-electric engineer and former minister says india would get regularized water flow free, and electricity on the cheep. >> if you export electricity, the factories will be set up. they'll have to go. they'll have to do that in india, in 50 degree heat. >> nepal has used 1% of the estimated 82,000 hydroelectric potential. there's agreement that the power resource needs to be harnessed as part of the recovering. how it should be done is a divisive issue let's cross over to india and speech to the former indian
ambassador to nepal, joining us from new delhi. so you heard harry's report and some in nepal are concerned that hired power expansion will ruin the natural environment. workers will got get jobs in nepal. in return india would get regular iced flow. is it fair? >> no that is not true at all. it was true that these are the fears, that a certain section spreads, you know the hydroelectric question using the potential, it's export to india, which is the only real market has been made a political football. the potential is widely accepted that the potential for producing hydroelectric party, as much as
50 megawatts. and on the moment. this is nothing to do with the earthquake they produce a little over 400 megawatts. kathmandu before the earthquake suffered from 14 hour power cuts and important electricity as a crisis measure. there are fears... >> sounds like according to you. there are benefits for nepal to work on the hired power expansion. for india, what is at stake if nepal doesn't do that? >> well as a matter of facts, we have explained to the nepali government and let me say without any fear of contradiction, that the nepali government fully understands and sympathizes almost you know different governments at different points of time understood, that nepal could be the richest nation in south asia
if it uses its potential, that there are technologies that would address every kind of environmental issue, as far as india is concerned. if nepal is in a position to export, we'd welcome it. and we would like to work together with nepal on it. if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen, we go our own way and produce our own power for which plans exist. infrastructure building in india, seen as one of the key obstacles to fast growth is one of the highest priorities. and most experts in nepal understand that. except for a few that are locked into the time warp of the old days when "big brother" was a useful scapegoat. >> ambassador we'll have to leave it there. this is a developing story. i am sure we'll speak to you at another time in al jazeera. thank you for joining us from new delhi. >> thank you still ahead on the
she's connected to a fraud scandal. >> reporter: these members of the free brazil movement walks to close it a month from sao paulo to brasilia, to hand deliver a petition demanding that president dilma rousseff be impeached. there's a demand of their 1,000km journey. >> we consider the mounting pressure coming from the people, sooner or later leading to impeachment. the generation is evident. the government is no longer sustainable. we believe that even if it doesn't happen now, it will happen in the near future. the legal framework is there, the population wants it, and all we need is the opposition to listen. >> reporter: though small, ctoday's protest is the third time that the brazilians took to the street demanding that the president be tried for corruption.
a similar process in sao paulo a similar process in sao paulo last month was attended up with half a million people. what might have seen like an outlandish request is slowly gaining with brazil's radical groups. >> this is proof that people are dissatisfied with the way politics have been conducted, and by a government that is resembling a dictatorship. >> there's a movement believing change must come through impeachment. not everywhere agrees dilma rousseff must leave government but they want to see a change in the way politics is being done in brazil. political reform is discussed in congress, under consideration of the elimination with private firms. as well as the question of compulsory voting. change is slow to come in a country that has been under the same party rule for more than a decade. no evidence linking dilma rousseff to any wrongdoing in relation to the scandal has been presented.
to many though, the rampant corruption inside the state-run oil giant shed light on how disconnected the political elite has become from the people that elected them to power let's get an update op all the sports news with raul. >> thank you. to zurich where we are a day away interest votes in the f.i.f.a. presidential elections. in the wake of the arrestsers several high-ranking officers had doubt about whether the boat should go ahead. u.e.f.a. have been meeting to decide wh whether o to boycott. vote. one of sepp blatter's fiercest crit. >> the u.e.f.a. president called for the elections to be postponed in the wake. u.s. and swiss investigations
looking at core ultimate within f.i.f.a. i'm joined by gavin hamilton. how likely do you think it is that u.e.f.a. will go ahead with a boycott of the congress? >> they are threatening a boycott at the moment. they may move back from that position i think, because there is a vote and blatter stands against the election and they would want to cast the vote in favour of prince allie, they are the look of votes. blatter will call on votes from asia and africa. if u.e.f.a. were to pull out. they'd hand the victory on a plate. they have been hearing that prince ali thinks the chances are getting better and better.
if the election goes ahead. do they have a beater chance considering what we have seen in the last 24 hours. >> i think it does. it's assumed that they would walk the election. they allowed a sole challenger. it depends on how they approach the voters and encourages them to vote. if they say don't vote for me but ab stain, i'd say have another election with a lot of candidates. if he can offer alternatives and a reform process and election we may see an interesting outcome. >> if the election goes ahead and sepp blatter does win, as expected but without u.e.f.a. being part of the vote would
the presidency suffer from a lack of credibility? > i think so. i think we have seen it in. hours following the arrest yesterday and the words and statements from the sponsors. if he wins the election and has the backing of the majority of members of f.i.f.a. it's unclear whether he has the backing of the sponsors. fund the structural control. if the sponsors withdraw. blatter has a serious problem. if others follow visa expecting concerns about the situation, and if more sponsors add to that voice, i think sepp blatter could be in trouble. >> thank you for your thoughts. thank you well moving away from the f.i.f.a. crisis the n.b.a. the
golden state warriors booked their place, beating the houston rockets in game 5 of the western conference finals. the mvp steph curry had 26 points, eight rebounds as the warriors downed houston 104-90. reaches the finals for the first time in 40 years claysing the claves -- facing the cleveland cavalierses. while steph curry was the stand-up the real star was his 2--year-old daughter riley. have a look. >> we are very resilient, and the story line throughout the play-offs and things you have to get through to you know win a championship. everyone has to be locked in and, you know determined to whatever comes our way, we have to fight through it. >> a star is born. the chicago blackhawks forced a decider against the anaheim
ducks with a 5-2 win. chicago had to win this to keep the season alive. incredible stick work from duncan keith to keep the puck off the line. andrew shore scored twice to send the series into a game 7 decider. that takes place in anaheim on saturday. >> that is all the sport for now. the latest from the congress coming up. >> we'll talk to you about it. thank you. >> plans by pope francis to declare a roman catholic priest a saint is proving to be controversial with native americans. they say the aggressive efforts to convert ancestors amounted to genocide. from california melissa chan explains. >> the vatican and its new era under the progressive leadership of pope francis. one of his missions - bringing the church closer to the people. part of that strategy the canonization of serra.
he would be the first latino saint in the united states. the missed fatherhood of serra were beautiful places. for some native americans they were prisons, essentially forced to work in the fields for the missions, forced to stay in the missions and forced into christianity. the mission settlement wiped out local population, whether by disease or the barrel of a gun. best estimates say 100,000 indians died in the decades following. for indians, the impending canonization of serra is an affront. >> we talk about serra in the negative. there's no one that talks about serra in the positive. >> reporter: they are tribes vastly downsized as a result of european arrival across the continent. gatherings like this allow american indians to celebrate, and also, in many ways, cling to what is left of their culture.
>> for us it's different. we look at it as our people were devastated, you know, what happened. it affected our culture and whole livelihood. >> by choice or by force, some 5,000 indians were baptized during sara's administration. during serra's administration. >> mission delores, the 7th of the 21 missions in the state. and where andrew galvin, a descendent of those missions that father serra converted, works as curator. >> he is calling us to be saints. >> galvin's is the minority voice. >> i believe he was one of the champions of native people, in protecting my ancestors, because he founded mission san francisco. >> vincent disagrees. it's a bit of a family feud. he's galvin's cousin.
>> it's amazing, for me i see a horrible place of colonisation, where there was suffering, pain, degradation, death, diseases. >> criticism of the pope's decision prompted a response from the church. the archdiocese published the following: >> the two sides look at them through vastly different lenses. pope francis declared this year a year of evangelization. serra's sainthood would fulfil c=that spirit. one of men that brought for better or worst, christ to the new world. thanks for watching the newshour on al jazeera. we are back in a couple of minutes with more news.
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