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>> hello i'm lauren taylor. this is the news hour live from london. coming up. germany frees ahmed mansour the man detained two days ago at egypt's request. and grave abuses that could amount to war crimes. demonstrations in athens as the e.u. welcomes greek
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concessions as a positive step towards a debt deal. plus... >> we're here ate a moment of unity in our state without ill will saying its time to move the flag from capital grounds. >> lawmakers announced they'll move the confederate flag. >> i'm robin adams with the sport. neymar has decided not to appeal the ban. >> ahmed man southland mansour was released from the german
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prison. >> news that the berlin prosecuteor was throwing out egypt's extradition request excited those outside of the jail. but it was another two hours before mansour himself emerged. the al jazeera reporter. >> then there were chaotic scenes as he went through a crushing well wishers into a waiting car. he would reflect on the past
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three days. >> i prepared myself to stay a month in jail. if you prepare for the worse you can take the best. >> his arrest on saturday was always going to be much bigger than a simple view additional matter. he's a my profile al jazeera presenter. within an hour of his detention 20,000 people had signed a petition for his release. and his joint british-egyptian citizenship meant that the u.k. consulate also became involved. while he whiled away the hours a real storm was swirling around his case, acknowledged by the berlin prosecutors who said that
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legal procedural concerns they had from the documents from egypt there were diplomatic concerns could not be erased despite assurances given. mr. mansour was sentenced in abstention charged with torturing a lawyer in 2011. but mansour was not in egypt at the time of the alleged crime and there were concerns that the charge were politically motivate as part of a wider crackdown on media. rather than trying to expand their car on journalists they should free the free the
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journalists they have on trial and in jail in cairo including baher and fahmy and end the action against those tried in absentia. i'd like to place on record my sign sear thanks to everyone who interview seen on behalf of the ahmed, including diplomats politician,s ngos and the thousands who signed the avaaz book. >> just before we came on air i spoke to ahmed mansour i asked him about how germany handled his case. >> i told them that i have release from interpol. i am innocent. no onei had this paper for them. after four hours of discussion between me and them and my lawyer and them, the police told
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me this is a position from germ government. i asked if you have any anything government to surround anyone they want. she told me no. i say why did you take me. you didn't have the interpol. today or tomorrow morning some newspaper will publish the corrupted--the corrupted element between german government and egyptian government, and they say--they asked german
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government if ahmed mansour comes to your question, stop him and surrender to us. >> do you think--sorry to interrupt you--do you think this was linked to travel to germany a few weeks ago. >> this may be element when my lawyer at the airport when he spend two hours to talk to police and another police. he told me, i'm so sorry. it is a shame for germany. i think that it is secret element between german government and egyptian government to surrender you to
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they now send you to egypt. i look now and in front of a government. and what does this happen here? my lawyer he said i spent one hour with the general attorney and asked him who is signed the order to stop ahmed mansour. who made this order? now for people in germany the politicians, and opposition and everything, why they stopped me and released me without an
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investigation. >> u.n. investigators have released a new report stating that israel and palestinian may have committed war crimes. israel staging 6,000 airstrikes and palestinian armed groups firing 1,000 rockets. 2200 died on the palestinian side and 73 israelis died. >> should there be war crime crime charges? that's the key question brought by the u.n. commission of inquiry into the war a conflict that killed well over 2,000 people. the panels findings criticized
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palestinian armed groups for collaborators. but there was particularly strong condemnation of israel's indiscriminate bombardments. >> the attacks on homes and families which led to large numbers of families members dying together when their homes from struck in the middle of the night when they would gather for the iftar meal. >> the united nations human rights council has a singular obsession with israel. in fact, it's passed more resolutions against israel than against all the countries in the world combine: israel treats
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this report as flawed and biased and it urges all fair-minded observers to do the same. >> in gaza there was criticism too, from hamas. >> it's a mistake that all the time that they tried to be balanced, and they tried to make a quality between the killers and the victims this is something that has got to be accepted. >> this latest report comes two months after another internal u.n. report, which said that israel was responsible for attacks on seven u.n. buildings. the time something significant. earlier this year palestine became a member of the international criminal court. the chief prosecutor has already launched what was called a preliminary examination of process to decide whether to launch a formal investigation and in the next few days she'll have even more evidence to sift through as palestinian diplomats are expected to hand over a
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patch of documents. james bays, al jazeera, the united nations. according to the u.n. one of the highest losses of palestinian lives since the 1967 six-day war. more than two thousand gazaens were killed be, and 10,000 were wounded. the united nations up to 75% were civilians. tens of thousands were forced from their homes. in israel, 66 soldiers and five civilians died. more than 260 civilians were injured. in israel, 89,000 gaza proposal damaged. now point to go serious violations by both sides what do you think the israel government should do about this report, and how should it act in the future as a result of this?
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>> it's nice to see you lauren. i think there are a couple of things going on. for once, mr. netanyahu's rhetoric is exactly right. the human rights group does have a focus on israel. if you look at some of the work that iran does, north korea does against their citizen there is aren't the same kind of condemnation that israel receives. the second thing that israel needs to recognize going forward is the fact that now with palestinians making an icc move there is more the need to cooperate with the sort of investigations. sort of carté blanche responsibles. we're not going to participate in this because it's not going to be fair. for the most part that is fact fully correct. but there is a need to participate and exchange information. >> on that point so far they've been asked to giver further
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information because they said that they, for instance, included the targeting of residential homes and use of artillery and loosening of troops rules of engagement. they say they ought to address the specifics of it, but do you think they will do? >> well, southern california if you take a step back, israel disengaged from gaza in 2005. they pulled out all their civilians and their troops. you know, it's sort of like if you're the kid in the class who gets picked on and you keep getting your ear flicked, at some point you have to turn arnold and do something. this cass a defense save war on israel's part. >> regardless of whether or not it was defensive or in the report is what happened during the war regardless of how 2 started. on those issues there are touch retention homes. what is your response that the government should be doing in
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how it's supposed to operate if it's going to operate like this. >> right so every single civilian death is obviously a tragedy for both sides. it is incredibly tragic the amount of life that was loss "p" some of the targeting not having the israeli side you have to look at what they were targeting. hamas was launching rockets from very urban areas. they could have launched these foxrockets from fields next to nothing. bill clinton himself said that hamas' decision was specifically to launch from specific areas so children and innocent people could be killed so israel would look bad. >> on that point the report pointed to the fact even if there were these attacks as you claim coming from civilian areas, that didn't make it legal
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for the israeli forces to attack those areas. >> you know, it's sort of international law is a big question mark. you're trying to avoid civilian deaths. i can assure you that the israelis were trying to do that. if you look at the straight numbers there is a system industry of power between the hamas militants and israel military. israel could have easily flattened gaza and hundreds of thousands would be dead. i use this word very unfortunately, only a few thousand people were killed is pretty good point of how israel conducts itself. it is trying to be as specific and targeted as possible. look gaza city is the most densely populated place on the earth. it makes new york look like a golf course. there is really no avoiding civilian deaths when you're doing this literally going from house to house and from open
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space to open space and the israelis have very strict rules in place and they're going have to improve them. >> thank you very much, indeed. coming up in this news hour the brief attack on the afghan parliament as it endorses a defense minister. heatwave kills more than 400 people in southern pakistan, and in sport after jordan spieth breaks another record. he sets his neglect target. >> talks between european leaders are still going on and now it's believed that any break
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through will come later this week. we have more on how the day unfolded. >> the perfect way to start the day. it seemed that greece's prime minister alexis tsipras had a lot to grin about. this was a man with a plan. to get his country the bail out cash it desperately needs. the smiles were not to last. first the finance minister turned up 5 minutes late, and then greece's creditors said it could not accept the proposals yet because they had not been given enough time to digest them. although the president future as positively as they could. >> it's a welcome step and we consider it a step in the positive direction. it is a possibility of ability to get that deal in week 37. >> two people at that press conference but christine lagarde stayed behind the scenes the boss of the imf one of those greece has to pay. at the last meeting on thursday
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it descended into something more heated. she kept out of sight this time although officials were key to pray downto play down the know-show. the cameras were waiting. while they catch up over dinner they won't be able to toast any lasting deal. this is about showing solidarity, being slightly bullish, convincing the world the eurozone is strong. this waiting speculateors from pulling out of greece. so now we wait. next stop here thursday. that's when finance ministers would have digested the athens plant. it's the last time that the officials will meet lear before the end of the month before greece has to make it's toughest choice before the eurozone potentially faces it's biggest shock, the like of which it has never felt before. al jazeera at the european council in bruce he wills. >> and as the talks continue in brussels this has been the scene
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outside of parliament in athens where pro european protesters have come out in the thousands. they're demanding that greece remain a part of the eurozone. we have the latest from athens. >> we've seen hundreds of people in this process to break through the police barrier in an attempt to reach the walls behind me. that was something echoed previously. the sense of tension by the fact these same people openly clashed with a rival demonstration that arrived on the square by pro government demonstrators who were caring barns encouraging the government not to compromise. not to make a deal with creditors in brussels. these two groups did come to altercations. they did come to blows. the police had to intervene in order to separate them. at the moment what you're seeing
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is the crowd dominant on the square. certainly dominant in numbers. this was after all the evening they had planned 0 hold this process. now they try to force the government or at least press it into reaching a deal on aer rather than later. the frustration is mounting. it is not just depositors pulling their money out from banks. it's the political frustration the fact that talks have continue ford five months, and the fact that greece has engaged in pointless exercise or at least using wrong arguments and may ultimately not win any kind of meaningful victory, at least not at an political cost.
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it is we are now sinking back in recession. people want jobs. they want the economy to get going again. they want greece to get back on track. >> there have been several arrests in athens for the government to keep greece in the european union. the protesters call the implementation of financial norms. >> the united nations has condemned the taliban offense as yet another attack on civilians. earlier the armed group targeted the parliament building while parliament was still in session. seven of the attackser were killed. jennifer glasse reports from kabul.
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>> the parliamentary session was just getting under way when this happened. there is confusion. it's just an electrical problem says a speaker. but it was acal ban suicide-bomb outside of the gate, leaving cars in flames. we were discussing money laundering. the minister of defense was in parliament and wanted to come to the session when the explosion happened. >> police and special forces quickly arrived removing mps and people from the building. >> the car bomb came in south of the parliament next to the ministry of trade and detonated. when the car bomb exploded.
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>> in northern afghanistan the armed group controls two districts. thousands of taliban fighters are involved and the government has sent in more than 7,000 soldiers and police. tens of thousands of civilians had been displaced in nearly two months of fighting. that's when the taliban so-called spring offensive started. it has launched assaults all over afghanistan. and the afghanistan security forces have been struggling. the attack on parliament seemed a direct challenge to the afghan is government who was scheduled to nominate their defense
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minister. >> south carolina's governor has called for the terrible confederate flag to be removed from the state capital capitol grounds. there have been calls for the flag's remove since nine black people were gunned down on wednesday. >> 150 years after the end of the civil war the time has come. there will be some in our state who see this as a sad moment. i respect that. but know this, for good and for bad, whether it is on the state house grounds or in a museum, the flag will always an part of the soil of south carolina, but this is a moment in which we could say that that flag, while an integral of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. the murderer now locked up in charleston said that his action was start a race war. we have an opportunity to show not only was he wrong, but that
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just the opposite is happening. my hope is by removing the symbol that divides us we can move forward as a state in harmony and honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven. >> let's get more now from patty culhane. patty, this has become an issue since the shooting, but it has been an issue in the past. what is the change? >> there have been calls for decades that the flag should come down. so what difference now is that dylann roof, he linked the confederate flag to the murders of those nine african-americans in their church n a sacred place place. south carolina is a very religious state. and these were pastors senators, and a grandmother. and we have seen prominent republicans come out saying that the flag has to come down. those who said it was a flag
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honoring heritage, many had to admit that it was a symbol of anger and hatred. now the governor has made this call. she's saying basically that the legislation needs to take this up immediately. they were supposed to adjourned after this week. but if they don't take it up she'll call a special session make them debate t but she bus have to get it passed by the legislature, so it's not clear if the flag will be gone. >> president obama has been criticized in circles for using very blunt language. what has he been saying? >> he's been talking more and more about race. he went in and did an interview with a comedian in a his garage for a podcast. the president said this: we're not yet cured speaking of racism it's not just a matter that it's not polite to see the n-word in
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public. that cannot be the measure of racism exists. he did not say the n-word, he used the actual word. the white house said he was not deliberately trying to provoke more discussion on if it, but he has done that. a lot of people are talking about that now. >> fatty culhan--patty culhaneye . thank you. >> taylor swift got apple to rethink a plan. >> and in sport one of the modern greats rethinking captaincy.
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>> two lebanese prison guards arrested accused of torturing inmates. the jail was built to hold 1500 inmates. but now it's holding twice as many as that. a warning you may find some of the pictures disturbing. >> these pictures of inmates being beaten in lebanon's prison have shocked many. and made this crowd angry. in the northern city of tripoli.
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they say torture is common and accused the military courts of courts. they talk about the level of abuse that goes on in prisons. >> there is a prisoner who lost his sight because of torture. there is an inmate who was forced to rape his fellow inmate. the fortunate majority of people do not know these things. >> a full investigation is underway. the minister of interior announced two policemen have been arrested. it's the prison is the biggest in the country and it is overcrowded. it is also where some inmates charged with terrorism are jailed. in april there is rioting and there are videos that show what happened during that time. but some believe the release of
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these videos is to score point. it has highlighted the flight of those facing terrorism charges and those subjected of having links to alomide. families say that their trials are delayed because of secretary sectarian reasons. >> an aerial attack targeted a build where many were gathering. this video shows the area. >> apple may reconsider not paying music artists for releasing music in its music
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service. taylor swift pulled her music off the platform as she has with spottify but she has welcomed apple's change of tune. >> sir, are you surprised by this quick change of heart from apple? >> thanks for having me. i wouldn't say that i'm surprised by the quick change of heart. i'm not so sure that it was actually a quick change of heart. i believe that eddie qu once said in a billboard interview that they had been talking about changeing this policy for a week now. i think it was taylor swift's open letter that forced the issue or at least gave them an opportunity to go public with it. >> but interestingly that they listened to her.
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would they have listened to others, do you think? or she has quite a lot of clout, andthan other artists? >> i think that's a good question. i actually think they probably would have reversed this policy either way. but i think that because taylor swift is obviously such a prominent public figure and because her opinion carries so much clout it gave them an opportunity to be--not exactly get ahead of the story but to react to the story in a way that gave them a lot of pr. i think it would have been inevitable. i think they would have changed that policy either way. >> do you think that idea of free streaming of music was popular at one stage it is now not going to be something that we'll see in the future, or do you think there is some potential for that being there?
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>> well, so when you say free streaming of music, i don't know i don't knowi don't think free streaming of music is going away. pandora and spottify offer free tiers. i do think that a lot of listeners are willing to and happy to pay to stream music without without advertisements, but i don't think you'll see either pandora or spottifi's free tier go away any time soon. i think those are set in place. >> what about the artists? it seems that they are the one who is missing out on what they can do in this world where everything is out there and you can just get your hands on it.
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>> well, spottify and pandora do pay royalties. they pay smaller royalties on music that streams without on the free tier. i think that there is a lot to be said for the expose that's provided by spottify and pandora pandora. so i think obviously artists would prefer to get higher royalties, but i think that a lot of consumers just aren't going to pay the premium tiers. i think you'll probably see a mixture of both. >> okay, michael nelson, thank you for taking the time to talk with us. >> thank you. >> now with 16,000 homicide last year venezuela is one of the world's most dangerous countries, and the police themselves have become victims of crime. we look live from caracas latin america as a whole is a violent
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region what makes venezuela stand out? >> well, yes it is the second most murderous country in the world. it comes second only whatever honduras. countries like honduras, for example, doesn't have that really consolidateed gang culture like el salvador has. it's not going through a drug-relateed conflict like mexico or even colombia. the government does not regularly take figures and government officials have been known to blame the violence on people wanting more. the police have been increasingly murdered for their weapons. we spoke to several police, who
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are feeling discouraged from doing their job. we spoke to several criminals who said that they basically were, indeed targeting police. and they were accusing them of having been just brutal against them and also they said that they basically would remain undeterred in their pursuit of police who were both abusive and corrupt. >> killed by gangsters. the 35-year-old is one of more than 100 police officers who in venezuela have become the recent target of crime in 2015 alone. >> i always prayed to my god to protect him. my son would tell him to relax that he knew how to take care of himself. >> his relatives say that he was ambushed by thugs who stole his weapon. his death leaves a grieving
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family and a fear among his fellow officers that they might be next. on night parole patrol that fear is obvious. >> when we're off duty the risk is higher because people recognize us and they know that we carry guns. >> according to crimologists killing police officers has been on the rise since 2012 thanks in part because local communities have very respect for a force that could be abusive and corrupt. this is one of the most dangerous places in the world yet police here are often under staffed. >> weapons have contributed to a rise in crime. >> we have become victims because we are armed. in the country there is no sale on guns.
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because criminals don't have access to weapons they kill officers. >> incidents where armed gangs use grenades to attack police points to an ongoing confrontation with no end in sight. >> how bad is the crime rate in venezuela? >> the figures can vary widely. compared to who you speak to. the government on the other hand says that it's more close to 39. and then the "world health organization" says that the figures are more close to 58 per 100,000. and so again, the figure varies widely. but what is true is that venezuela is high in the murder index, and people are being killed daily and now there is this sort of new evolution of
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violence targeting police not only for their weapons but also recent hand grenade attacks. >> thank you very much, indeed. russia is prepareing to extend it's embargo in retaliation for continued eu sanctions. prime minister said that certain foreign trade transactions would also be targeted. the e.u. made a decision to continue its transactions until january. the sanctions had not stopped an inflow of russian investment in european countries. lauren lee reports from london. >> this is the list of people subject to sanctions in the united kingdom. sum are russian government ministers involved in ukraine. some are linked to the separatist movement. the aim is to surprise any assets that they have in london. how this would effect, for example, the education minister
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in the donetsk republic is hard to see. >> i think the point and president obama said is several times, to change the call the the calculous. to make the rationale the economic cost will be outweighed by whatever benefits could be seen by either destabilizing ukraine, potentially gaining new provinces. >> still this year is set to see record amounts invested in london. so it appears many extremely wealthy well-connected russians see its risks. it is also useful for russians who want to move their wealth through off-shore tax havens. meanwhile the biggest russian
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countriescompanies continue to be listed on the london stock market without threat. the sort of thing that would hurt moscow. it was clear from the point when they started constructing it's sanctions program that big return money was not going to be affected. that seems partly to be designed to protect patricia interests. and also one assumes in the interest of the financial services industry as well. the big question is whether the right people, the most important people have actually been targeted by these sanction. >> it's u.s. has taken a tougher line targets people accused of involvement in the murder of. that his line taken on sanctions has proved ineffective. >> it's the herds cat problem. you add onto that the corruption problem and the corruption problem being that there are
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certain people in europe beth in the european parliament and in different european governments that are on the payroll of russia. >> in recent months they have suggested that more sanctions might worsen the collapse in relations with russia. but given the easy way in which russia. money washes through the city of london the sanctions program does not look particularly threatening. >> still ahead on the program including why north korea athletes in south carolina won't be repeated at next month's university games. robin will be here in just a moment.
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entertaining. talk to al jazeera.
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only on al jazeera america. >> we have more on sport. >> thank you very much. maynard is on his way home after the result decided to appeal their captain and star players the suspension binging that the barcelona staff would not be able to play in the tournament even if brazil reached the final of south america's international football championship. as punishment for an incident last wednesday an attempted headbutt after the final whistle in the defeat to colombia. this is neymar leaving the brazilian team hotel in the santiago. he admits he learned a valuable listen. >> that was a small hope we could reverse the decision but
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now that's gone. now it's time to reflect and take it as a learning experience. not just for me but for everybody. it's another thing that which i've learned a lot. >> so the format goes on without neymar but it's now on a two-daybreak before the quarterfinals begin on wednesday with host chile against uruguay followed by bolivia peru and it's all pa are a guy on saturday. argentina football legend will run for fifa cap. he said that blatter is no stranger to controversy himself. fifa meet next month to decide the date of the election, which is not likely to happen before
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december. russian is moving $500 million of its budget from the world cup part of the germ cut in public spending caused by the low oil prices and the fall of the value of the ruble. the savings will be made on holt construction. just over half of the total new budget they put $8 million provided by the russian federal government. the new u.s. champion jordan spieth at the top in world rankings. with the victory at chambers bay he's the youngest to win the masters and the you u.s. open. there is a chance he could over ache mcilroy next month.
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he's part of the young generation of golfers along with mcilroy and ricky fowler. >> it's kind of cool. i think to have two players hold the four majors and ricky having the fifth. it's awesome that the game is in young hands. i don't think much of a rivalry. i've said that from the beginning. i don't think much of a rivalry. rory has four majors and dozens of wins, and i'm just start out. i'm quite a bit younger than he is. i'm just happy to be this and to be chasing that number one spot. >> in india's cricket the captain said that he's willing to give up his captaincy. he has been leading the team since 2007. he gave up the test captain seat
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in december. they're happy with the host tv broadcast being linked with rival new 20/20 lead. the series which will include three one dayers. it's scheduled to start july july 10th. the olympic committee has announceed the short list for inclusion in the 2020 games. including bowling, squash, even surfing. and softball, sports that are very popular in japan. the short list deliberation also take place in august. and the decisions will be mated in august of next year. >> we have taken into consideration the sports level appeal for young people, the populate for 2020 olympics and
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universally around the world and active involvement by the international sports considerations. >> alberto salazar is expected to make his first public appearance since being accused of doping offenses two and a half weeks ago. salazar was at the center of allegations. he did he denies doping allegations. salazar has been dragged into the story even though he's not been accused of any wrongdoing. pyongyang is not happy about the decision to investigate human rights abuses in the north despite technically still being at war. north korea has been sending
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teams over the border. pyongyang accusing south korea of attempting to undermine its leadership. that is your sport. thanks so much for watching. >> thank you very much, indeed. now a harry moment on a routine flight from an aviation flight from french guiana. a minute if after the plane left the ground the pilot announced there was a feline stowaway napping on the wing. don't worry. it is fine she has earned her stripes. she looks pretty cool about it. that's it for me. i'll be back in a moment with a full run up of today's news. thanks for watching.
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>> germany frees ahmed mansour the al jazeera journalist freed two days agojournalist detained two days ago at egypt's request. the war in gaza says that both sides committed grave abuses, which could amount to war crimes. demonstrations in athens as the e.u. welcome greek concessions toward