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fifa is set to vote on sepp blatter's leadership amist the greater corruption scandal in the history of world football. hello i'm jane dutton. isil claims responsibility for the second bomb attack on a mosque in saudi arabia in a week. myanmar says it will tackle the root cause of asia's migrant crisis as a another boat carrying refugees is discovered.
and nigeria's new president is sworn in and wows to take the fight to boko haram. ♪ fifa's 209 members are due to cast their vote in a presidential vote which is widely expected to grant sepp blatter a fifth term. the ballot comes as football's governing body faces the worst crisis in its history with the arrest of seven top officials. sepp blatter addressed the congress congress on friday morning. he says he still believes he is the best man for the top job despite calls for him to quit and he is facing a challenge from this man. europe's football body is backing his candidacy. and in a separate development as the congress was kicking off
protesters briefly interjected they were calling on members to support a palestinian motion to suspend israel from world football that motion has now been dropped. let's talk to andy richardson live in zurich. what are we waiting for? and how much of a threat is batter under at the moment? >> well the vote is going to take place in the next hour or so. you would suspect in a city where just a couple of days ago seven top fifa officials were being arrested the man at the top of the organization might be feeling a bit of pressure but there is still a lot of support for blatter in that congress. of course the head of uefa has said he has urged the european countries not to vote for him.
the voting process is quite archaic. one by one the associations will go to a ballot box and pop in their vote and we'll get a count, but it could take up to two hours. in the first round blatter will need two thirds of the votes to get the majority. if he doesn't get two thirds it goes toing a second round where sample majority is enough. >> what about the palestinian bid to get israel suspended from football. what happened there? >> this is interesting and still ongoing. there is a bit of chaos. the palestinian football head said i'm not going to push forward the vote to have israel suspended from world football. they are unhappy with the
restrictions put on their players, and also the fact that they say illegal israeli teams in the occupied bank where they have their stadium, he said he had taken a lot of canvas from football associations around the world, but is still very determined to have those amendments removed. now the israeli football association has taken to the floor as well and sepp blatter said we'll set up a committee to discuss these amendments the palestinians pant the amendments voted on. we had protesters breaking into sepp blatter's opening address to make their point, so while the vote to have israeli being fully suspended isn't going forward, it is still confusing
as to what exactly will happen in the situation. >> andy thank you. the islamic state of iraq and the levant says it is is -- responsible for a bombing at a shia mosque in saudi arabia. it happened in the eastern city during friday prayers. a man wearing women's clothes is said to have blown himself up at the mosques gate. last friday a suicide bomber killed at least 21 people in another province. myanmar's navy has seized a boat packed with 727 people off of the country's southern coast. it comes a week after it found a similar boat carrying around 200 migrants. myanmar's ministry of information described those on board as bengalis, and they say that illegal migrants.
they get on boats in bangladesh falling into the hands of human traffickers who demand a steep price for package. once they reach southern thailand they are typically held for ransom. myanmar says it will now tackle the root causes of the migrant crisis in southeast asia. it is being urged to take full responsibility for all of its people. the u.n. refugee agency is calling on myanmar to recognize the minority as citizens in a bid to try to stem the flow of migrants fleeing persecution. veronica is in bang kong where delegates are attending a conference. >> reporter: this meeting is a test of the ability of the governments in the region to
deal with difficult issues that are transnational in a culture that has been based on non-interference. that's why the myanmar government responded very bluntly when the representative of the u.n. high commissioner for refugees said any ultimate solution to the migrant boat crisis has to include citizenship by myanmar. myanmar responded that the unhcr is not well-informed. the fact is that this meeting is coming very late too late for thousands of people who are said to be still stranded on the high seas at the hands of traffickers. those who have survived have spoken of immense deprivation and abuse. there is a complicating factor in that there are bangladeshi migrants involved in -- on the boats with myanmar muslims roan
as rohingya but the myanmar government refuses to recognize them as such and says they are bengalis and do not belong to myanmar. thailand is taking the lead by conducting this meeting in trying to find immediate humanitarian medium and long-term solutions with a comprehensive approach. the trade in people has affected the whole region. our correspondent visited one village in bangladesh that was a safe haven for traffickers until a cent police crackdown. >> reporter: from the mountains of myanmar it's a short hop across the river. tens of thousands of rohingya have been crossing the border and setting sail for malaysia. not anymore. with world attention on boats
packed with migrants off of the coasts of malaysia and thailand the bangladeshi government has tried to put an end to people smuggling. we went to visit one man's home. it is inside a large fenced compound surrounded by the homes of his associates. his third wife says she has six young children. his first wife is paralyzed and can't speak. unlike most homes his house is made of brick and the walls are painted, but his familiarly with and associates say he was a poor man who wasn't involved in anything illegal. >> the officers came and dragged my husband from our house and shot him. he didn't do anything wrong. he was just a poor hard-working man. >> reporter: the police say the alleged traffickers were killed
when they accidentally shot themselves while trying to escape. it has had a dramatic effect on the community. villagers say almost half of the men here worked in the trafficking business. many are now in hiding. >> translator: the whole society changed. ordinary people couldn't afford fish in the market anymore, because the traffickers had so much more money to spending. >> reporter: pretty much every section of society became involved in the traffic kkingtrafficking. this is where the road breaks down. we're told by local journalists that these people were involved in transporting the would-be migrants to the boats. the drivers deny that's the case. with increased vigilance by security forces trafficking here appears to have come to a halt. that may not remain the case once the spotlight as moved on.
nigeria's new president says his government will intensify the fight against the armed group, boko haram. he was speaking after he was sworn into office during thor is menny in the capitol. he said the military command center would be created in the boko haram strong hold. our correspondent joins us live from northern nigeria. is he the man who can beat boko haram? >> reporter: well most nigerians believe he has the capacity and goodwill to beat boko haram. remember this was a former military head of state, and while he was head of state in nigeria in 1983 '84, his government was able to crush a similar insurgency in this part of the country, the northeast of nigeria. he was able to crush the
rebellion then and sort out the problems. so people here believe there is the will and capacity and with the support from the military his traditional base he can deliver on that. >> what else has he promised in his inauguration speech and can he deliver? >> reporter: he has prom missed several things. root out corruption deal with the energy crisis and fix problems in the agriculture and education sector. the economy is in a very, very sorry state. he made mention of that in his speech and people believe he has the capacity. this is somebody who's records in office he is that he had the capacity to deliver, and people think such efforts, or such [ inaudible ] from the past will translate into actions while he is now an elected president, although you can argue that all of those times while he was
delivering he was actually military head of state or working under the military. but people believe he will bring some regulation within the system looking at education, looking at agriculture, looking at various sectors of the nigerian economy, and he also mentioned one of the biggest problems in nigeria, the power outages, and he promised that they will work to fix those. and nigerians at the moment believe him. because there is a lot of goodwill on the part of nigerians going for him at the moment. >> thank you for that. still to come captured in afghanistan at 15. we meet the man who is trying to rebuild his life after more than a decade in guantanamo. i'm catherine soi, with these people who are just starting their formal education. i'll be telling you why.
♪ top stories on al jazeera, fifa president, sepp blatter has told members in zurich they must help fix football's governing body as a corruption problem deepens. he is facing a challenge from the prince of jordan. the islamic state of iraq and the levant says it is responsible for bombing outside of a shia mosque in saudi arabia. four people have been killed there, and four others wounded. it is the second bombing in the kingdom to be claimed by isil in a week.
nigeria's new president says his government will intensify the fight against the armed group, boko haram. he has been speaking after being sworn into office. more on our top story on former fifa vice president jack warner has accused the united states of a witch hunt. the 72 year old left jail in trinidad by ambulance on thursday complaining of exhaustion. he had surrendered to authorities. hours later he was photographed dancing at a event in trinidad. >> the country that bid for the world cup and failed is america. they are the ones who are angry. and [ inaudible ] witch hunt so to speak. you are going to see a link that
america believes that they have some divine right [ inaudible ] and they believe qatar, a small country, a muslim country does not have the right to a world cup. hospitals in india have been urged to give emergency treatment to people suffering from heat stroke. our correspondent reports from new delhi. >> reporter: millions of indians have been struggling to live and work in sweltering conditions with temperatures reaching over 45 degrees celsius in some states. this unprecedented heat waive has killed more than 1300 people in one state alone. there are concerns on the ground in worst-affected areas that limited medical and water resources are being stretched to the limit at the moment. here in the capitol as well
there is growing concerns on part of doctors and experts that the high temperatures along with the dust is trapping dangerous toxins in the air which could have long-term consequences for millions. this heat wave is expected to persist for some days to come and it may be some time yet before the worst affected areas see an improvement in the forecast. there has been heavy fighting in yemen. houthi rebels have shelled several neighborhoods. on thursday about 40 houthis and their allies were killed in fighting. iraq's army is continuing to retake remawdy. >> reporter: for ramadi the scene was frightening.
an >> it feeds into this notion that isis is on the march. it's a sunni majority city in a sunni major city province and it's one step closer to baghdad. >> reporter: between 2003 and 2007 the strategic city is said to have become a base for foreign fighters who wanted to exploit sunni muslim anger towards the shia supported government. until the sunni tribes supported by the u.s. turned their weapons on them. with the fall of ramadi isil controls a seemingly open supply route to within 130 kilometers
from baghdad. analysts say it's no surprise iraqi army soldiers were ill equipped to fight, and point to the policy of [ inaudible ] following the fall of saddam hue contain. >> there were subsequent purges by the maliki government so a lot of their best talent for over the last decade or so has been pushed out of the armed services and into the private sector some of those people have actually gone and joined isis. >> reporter: experts say repression of sunni descent was for many a breaking point. >> all of the calls for unified government goes to the anbar demonstration two years ago when anbar asked for their rights
and their -- their -- their calls to be part of the unified government. >> reporter: during that time aggrieved sunnis accused the former prime minister of depriving and marginalizing him because of his sectarian policies. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: protesters were killed as government forces fired at them. since then anger and animosity has only grown. now the situation is even worse. as the united states and iraq engage in a war of words about who is to blame for failing to stop isil both also wage war on the streets against their common enemy, one still very much on the march. syria's al-qaeda affiliate, al-nusra front rebels have captured the last government held town in idlib.
a monitoring group says there was heavy shelling and rocket fire before it was stormed by rebel fighters. government armored vehicles were seen pulling out. the u.n. security council has been briefed about the continuing barrel bomb attacks in syria, some of them allegedly containing chlorine gas. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. says she has no down that the assad government was responsible. >> you have to assess whether going to war with the assad regime is likely to bring about the results that you seek. it's an extremely complicated enterprise and one ultimately that if the assad regime tests it would entail shooting its plains out of the sky. people refer to a no-fly zone as
a soft option that we're turning a blind eye to when it's a very complicated enterprised. >> you can see that full interview on saturday. the youngest person ever to be held at the military prison guantanamo bay has been talking about his experience and his future. he was interviewed for an al jazeera documentary in canada where he now lives. rosiland jordan has a special report. >> reporter: for many years this photo of the 15-year-old canadian was all the world knew about the youngest prisoner held in guantanamo. he is now 28 years old, out of guantanamo under house arrest in canada and learning how to move beyond what he says were ten traumatic years in american military custody. >> i was drugged, humiliated
water boarded, sleep deprivation. >> reporter: it is the first time that he has spoken publicly about his time in detention. he had been under a gag order until an canadian judge ordered him released on bail earlier this month. he is now trying to answer questions he imagines people have about his experience such as whether he is angry and why he was captured in the first place. >> the first few years in guantanamo i was all over the place emotionally, and ideologically. i was just a mess. i would be around a bunch of people i would start acting like them and talking like them and just doing everything they were doing, and then they place, and i would just adapt to the new neighborhood. >> reporter: he also talks about how he ended up at guantanamo in
2002 and whether he really through a grenade that killed an army medic near the house where he was living. under orders from his father he was working as a translator for al-qaeda operatives. >> nobody claims to have seen me throw the grenade, and this soldier testified that i was under the degree and it couldn't have been me. so i always held out hope that maybe my memories were not true. >> reporter: he is now waging several legal battles, the canadian government considers him a terrorist and wants him back in prison. he is suing the u.s. government to clear his name and the canadian government. >> for the longest time all i would tell to anybody is that i wished that i could just get out of prison and just be the next joe on the street who nobody
knows and nobody gives a second look or thought to. >> rosiland jordan al jazeera, washington. you can see that full interview on "witness" at this time on al jazeera. ten people in south korea are confirmed of having mers. the world health organization says the virus was transmitted by a travelering, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread. chinese authorities have destroyed nearly 600 tons of confiscated ivory. it is the largest importer of ivory tusks. to kenya now where grandmothers in the village in the west of the country are going back to school many have been looking after children who's parents have died of hiv aids. and they too are keen how to learn how to read and write as
catherine soi reports. >> reporter: vowels are today's lesson at this kindergarten in western kenya. these children are orphans. most of their parents have died from hiv aids. and a few classrooms away is a special group of students. grandmothers who have been left behind to take care of the orphans. they may be old and frail with wisdom that can never be taught in a classroom, but a few years ago they decided to get back to class and study arithmetic writing and reading. this is the oldest of the lot at 96, she proudly shows me her torque. she can write to ten. >> translator: being in class is very tiresome, but i have to keep coming to get smart and see how i can teach my grandchildren. >> reporter: they liven it up with music. here they sing about the
importance of education. >> most of them know their -- the benefit of education. so they would add their children to go to school to learn. >> reporter: after class some of the ladies slowly make their way home. this is where one woman lives with her six grandchildren. taking care of them is a struggle but she is now able to at least monitor their progress at school. so she's ready for them when they return. their parents died seven years ago, and she is the sole provider. >> translator: what pains me most is the fact that they rely on me but i am growing old and i'm not able to take care of them as well as i would like to. >> reporter: but she and the other widows operate a small business together. here hands that have weakened still have the energy proprepare
small rolls of dough for bakes. on this day they are making pastry which they will sell and share the profits. so much more on all of these stories on our website, aljazeera.com. winter put a chill on the economy, low temperatures partly to blame for a big drop in gdp. and residents in texas prepare for another stormy weekend. and this man faces charges of financial fraud.
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