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. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, this is the newshour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes - fury on the streets of beirut. one person dies during anti-government demonstrations as lebanon's economic problem deepens europe's refugee crisis escalates. macedonia moves thousands as italy warns the soul of the e.u. is under threat shelling in syria - hundreds
feared trapped under the rubble in duma and protests against the president calls for the guatemalan leader to resign over corruption claims and i have all the sport. usain bolt is officially the fastest man in the world. he was not the favourite but was good enough to win a third title in the 100 metres. we begin in lebanon where one died and several others wounded during anti-government protests if the capital beirut. clashes are ongoing in the lebanese capital with security forces using tear gas and live ammunition. more than 30 officers have been wounded. some are in a critical condition. it's the worst unrest in a month of demonstrations triggered when
rubbish began to pile up on the streets. as lebanon's economic crisis deepened, the prime minister warned it could become a failed state and hind -- hinted he might step down. >> do you know in the future we may not finance our debt and it may lead to our country being classified as a failed company. all this i will put on the cabinet next week. if we don't make a decision, it will make things worse and make the collapse more problem ail. >> live to the capital beirut. you spent time out on the streets today. tell us about what people have been saying to you, why they are so angry? >> well, they say that essentially they are fed up. these are mainly young lebanese people that say they've been patient in the past few years as
a country - as the country has deteriorated in several respects from corruption to the economy to basic services. the latest crisis being the rubbish or garbage crisis where the mainland fill was closed off. the government knew that it would reach its peak in terms of how much it could actually maintain and although they knew that a year in advance, they were incapable or unwilling to find an you'll ternive. that, they say, was essentially what pushed them over the edge, that they came out because of the rubbish at the start, but they are trying to express their opposition, and their dissent towards many different factors in the country from the corruption to water shortages, to problems with regards to the energy and electricity sector, to the widespread corruption, and the kind of stagnant nature in which lebanon finds itself as
a country. the economy has not grown. unemployment is a major issue, all of these things have made them take to the streets. >> you mentioned there are many young lebanese out in protests. can you tell us more about who is involved in the process, who is leading them and how they are being organised? >> yes, i mean these are very unique protests at least in terms of the make-up of these demonstrations. they haven't been called for by any particular political party. in fact, all of those that we spoke to said they reject any political party coming. in fact, on saturday evening when the protesters had gathered there were members of parliament who tried to join them. they were rejected and expelled from the process, because the demonstrators said they do not want party politics to play in
this. it's important to know despite scenes of violence scene on the screens in front of them, by a large extent the protests were peaceful. it was after the organizers said that they believed infiltrators or thugs infiltrated the protest, and called on the peaceful protesters to go home and come back tomorrow, that things turned violent. so a large part of the protests were peaceful until the violence broke out later in the evening, until now. >> thank you very much. live for us in the lebanese capital bye route. joining me from dayton ohio, a director at the middle east institute, a u.s.-based nonpartisan thank tank. thank you for speaking to us. how difficult will it be to resolve the crisis in lebanon, given the paralysis in the country, which could get worse if the prime minister resigned? >> i don't think we are going to
get to that point. the majority of lebanese will look at the scenes on their tvs, and will be worried about things getting ot of control, about getting too close to the brink, and they might decide to step away it. the fact that the process organizers called for people to go home, leave the streets so that the thug, they thought they were dealt with by the security force, is an example of how things might happen. it will be interesting to see if what will be the next move by the government. i think we'll see a push for a political dialogue between the government and the representatives of this process, as well as other groups in society, in order to come up with some kind of roadmap to deal with the garbage crisis to start with, and maybe create
momentum for the government also, and put pressure on the government to deal with other problems, such as electricity shortages, such as water shortages. >> water, electricity shortage, this has been long running. lebanon for many have not invested enough in basic infrastructure. the government is divided. how difficult will it be to get the dialogue going? >> it will depend on whether you can keep the bottom pressured. if it process fizzles away, it will lose momentum, and lose a key to a large swathe of the lebanese population, then the political class will feel less pressure to do something, to overcome the differences that have divided them so far, and do something in terms of providing the basic needs for the population. we will see how things go.
but it's very important going forward, and the next few days will be critical in the ability of the organizers to make the kind of appeal, the message, the kind of argument that can keep the larger groups of lebanese in tune and supported of their movement, and of their goned. >> thank you very much for -- demands. >> thank you very much for sharing your views on the story the italian foreign minister warns that the deepening refugee crisis could rip the soul out of the european union. the chaotic scenes on the greece-macedonian order represent a threat to the free movement of people. many have boarded trains and buses to take them to the border with serbia, saming to head north to hungary, a member of the european union, thousands
that reached serbia headed to a packed refugee center. that's where they have to apply for asylum. it's a race against time. with hungary building a fence to prevent people coming in. andrew simmonds has this report for us from the bas donian boarder -- macedonian boarder. >> there's no end to the suffering, the exhaustion, it's a different place, a railway platform. at one stage police were blocking the train, but now they are organising people to cross. in the crush there was tension. a trab arrived. there's no way everyone can get on board. there doesn't seen to be any system on telling these people whether we have a right to board
the train or not. people are pleading with soldiers to let them on board. they begin to let people through in orderly lines, the anxiety turning to smiles of relief. some of the security forces are helpful and considerate. but any resistance to their orders is seen as provocation. one another was heard telling a refugee "if you don't like this, you should go back to syria", and this man said even though he had the right papers, he was not allowed on the train this woman from afghanistan is trying to guard an extended family of 12 through all of this, and says she's been separated from some of them. >> my family are there.
my grandfather, children, uncle's children. my husband. we don't going. >> reporter: some people have gone to extraordinary links to get this far, parting with children on the border, so they'd be allowed in. >> they put their children under the wire. afterwards we would reunite the children. this should not happen anywhere, to anyone. >> reporter: as more head from greece to the border, the latest political moves, like others across europe, failed these people many of the refugees are trying to make their way to germany. it's a 15km journey from macedonia, people need to pass
through czech republic, macedonia and hungary, which is building a fence along the boarder. we go to where many refugees arrive. >> a group of about 4,000 refugees arrived by crossing to the border. they formed several kilometres long lines. south serbia has a difficult situation. these people came from macedonia, where the police dant allow them to cross the greek-macedonian border until yesterday. the refugees enter from serbia without problem. they get water, but not foot. from this place the refugees receive asylum and organise transportation to belgrade by rail or the bus. yesterday, they had the right to stay in serbia for 72 hours.
everyone hopes the destination is hungary. among them are syrians, both young and old thousands of rescued refugees arrive in augusta. authorities wore protect mficlothing whilish -- protective clothing. the navy responded to several calls. crews were tasked to 22 operations and rescued nearly 4,500 people. the italian navy was called to rescue more boats on sunday. >> month old, the german chancellor angela merkel is meeting french president francis hollande to meet e.u. quotas. thousands crossed the mediterranean, many hoping to gain refugee status. many thousands crossed the e.u.,
and those from the balkans. the nation with the highest number of applications is sweden with 29,000, hungary with 67,000, and germany, which received over 170 thous applications so -- 170,000 so far, but expected 800,000. >> france and netherlands agreed to the next, the u.k. received under 9, 500 to examine this further i'm joined in the studio by barrister and law professor from london. he is author of "international migration and global justice." good to have you with us. let me ask you about countries which appear to be the most popular destinations for asylum seekers - sweden, hungry and germany. why is that the case? >> they have a refugee policy. they are amenable to accepting refugees. they are countries which have full employment, jobs are
available, and they've not been involved in the war on terror. that's a significant factor. speaking as set out to demand solidarity with iraqi nationals at the forefront. they have accepted refugees for some years already. >> give us a sense of the protest many have to go through, seeing harrowing pictures in the last few days, particularly on the border of greece and macedonia, not everyone boards, but the aim is to get onto a train or bus and head north into europe. what happens after that. depending on where they go, the journey lasts for several more weeks, where do they go, the process of applying for asylum seekers, if they reached a country like germany. >> i'm glad that germans are asking the refugees what they are fleeing from, the question has hardly been asked. what you hear are the harrowing staries, once they come, the
member states with responsibility to access claims. regulation 3 is not being followed, essentially because what happened is that greece doesn't have the money, resources, and has not got the time to process the application. they simple swish them along. through they come to macedonia, and it's declared a state of emergency. from there on they go to serbia, hungry. and there to germany, france and and. which has proper proench. there's a risk that they were attracted by welfare systems, untrue, because many others come from better welfare systems. >> particularly germany. of course, we see more of a backlash in germany. >> asylum seekers are not entitled to welfare.
they are sucked into the economy, and the numbers vary from half a million in this country to a million. >> do you see tangible steps taken to open up legal safe routes for people to apply for asylum seekers in europe without embarking on dangerous journeys. >> that is the answer to open up other routes, when asked the questions, why are so many legal representatives coming. this country. >> the majority of migrants tend po be legal, that entered lawfully and stay. if you open up categories, work permits, you'd have few coming in as asylum seekers. the other thing is the migration crisis is a crisis of politics and lij maties. the -- legitimacy. the question has to be asked whether they have the right to revolt against the government,
syria, arab springs. once it is arrived the question is to what extent can they use legitimate aims of revoting and use the resources of u.s. and the u.k. all requires an analysis of why people engage in revolutions. unless that question is determined, one is not going to deal with the question of migration, one views it as a migrating crisis. >> we could keep on talking. thank you for putting it in context for us, and give us a sense of deeper roots of what is playing out. >> there's more to come. reunited. iran and the u.k. reopen their embassies. also in sport - lewis hamilton reaches another milestone by winning the belgium grand prix, that story coming up as well.
many refugees making their voi are way come from duma. which came under heavy bombardment. hundreds are thought to be trapped under rubble after buildings were shelled. a syrian town north of the capital is under government siege. relief agencies are being blocked from entering the council. erica wood has the latest. >> reporter: with food supplies blocked, the children are doing what they can to find something to eat - scavenging through the rubbish on the streets. >> this man and his children came to escape a siege in another city nearby. now they are living under another one. >> translation: we were sitting in issue home
in our home, there were air strikes over our heads. i have four children. they get scared. fighting was in front of our house, that's when we decided to flee. >> thousands came here hoping to find security and food. they found neither. >> they have been under various levels of siege since the start of the syrian war. the residents started peaceful protests against the government earlier on in the uprising, but that was when the town's buildings were whole. they never imagined what would follow would be four years of hardship. they have had intermittent access to basic necessities like electricity and water. now that the town is under siege, aid agencies like the red crescent are unable to take in crucial supplies. >> all entrances are closed off. no basic medical supplies can enter. the situation is getting worse, because of the growing shortage of basic materials. >> the clinics are having to shut down because they don't have the medicine to treat
people and as the routes in and out are blocked, the residents are going hungry it's been reported that dehli from islamic state of iraq and levant destroyed the 2,000-year-old ball sharman temple in palmyra. the syrian observatory for human rights said the armed group blew up the temple in palmyra about a month ago, but news of the destruction just reached them now. i.s.i.l. controlled the area around the u.n.e.s.c.o. world heritage site for the past three months for the first time in four years britain and alarm have reopened embassies in each other's capitals, coming weeks after a deal was reached kerbing the programme. paul brennan has our report this is the first visit to tehran by a british foreign secretary in 12 years zhrks a sign of the importance which britain taxes to
re-establishing -- attaches to re-establishes the relationship. july's agreement to curb the nuclear programme allows for the progressive lifting of sanctions, and britain is one of many anticipating multibillion business opportunities horizon. >> i hope that as the nuclear deal is implement pd and sanctions -- implemented and sanctions are lifted off and iran reintegrates into the international economy, we will see a thawing of relationships between saudi arabia and iran. >> reporter: it's less than four years since the british embassy compound was over run by angry protesters, the mob burning a car. in retaliation iranian documents were expelled from london. >> things have changed since the removal from the political scene, and the advent of hassan rouhani brought about a different outlook.
>> the reopening of iran's embassy in london was low key. staff shuttled in and out of the building, and together with one of iran's deputy foreign ministers strolled a short distance from the embassy to host a private ceremony at the diplomatic residence. >> how are you. >> significant day for our country. >> yes, for both countries. >> reporter: some 400,000 iranians live in the u.k., and representatives are looking forward to consulate help. >> the major problem was the visas, especially for the shia muslims that want to go for the holy shrines in iran. they had to go flow a lot of hassle to get a visa to go through holy shrines in iran. we hope that in future. >> the doors to the embassy is closed to the moment to all but officials and visiting dignitaries, it will take months
before functionality is restored. after a gap of four years, the embassy here and tehran are open for business. a hard vard university scholar and representative from the council of middle east joins us now. how important a step is this... >> great to be with you. >>..is this to repairing relations between britain and iran. >> i think it's important, the development. first of all it's good news for the iranian people. i've been talking to people on the ground. they found there was another reason really to celebrate, iran, with that approach. it's an important development when it comes to the diplomatic ties between preston brown and london. i think we shouldn't conflate our hope with analysis. this might improve some economic
ties between iran and the u.k. in my - they might cooperate tack takely when it comes to some several issues in the region, regarding syrian conflict, regarding the islamic state. but i think there are still some fundamental gaps between u.k. foreign policy and iran, particularly with iran's reason position pon bashar al-assad with iran rolling in iraq or with irgc rolling the region in generate. it's been a fraught relationship at times between iran and britain. some of the gaps in foreign policy, perhaps the cause of existing mistrust between the two countries as you point out. why has this long-standing antagonism over decades going back many years, why has that been so difficult to resolve? >> you mean between iran and u.k. i think it comes more to the -
iran's revolutionary principaled, which -- -- principals, which every country follows its own national interest. the goren policy is -- foreign policy is unique. now iran is putting ahead its national interest, but it's still pursuing the revolutionary values, like anti-american. >>, or opposing american imperialism or opposing israel, or supporting some groups that in the region that the briefing may not agree with. i think it goes - if you want to look at the root of the problem, it's the revolutionary value, that the iran supreme leader is holding, and he does not want really to give up the values, because it's a cornerstorm of the republic. we should look at the positive sign, which iran is putting
national interest for the first time ahead of revolutionary interests. >> thank you, good to get your analysis. president of the international american council on the middle east. live in los angeles. >> well we have more still to come for you on the al jazeera newshour. >> i'm catherine wambua-soi in one of kenya's forest land. i'll tell you how that card is helping people get clean water cheaply also, pedal power - a bike scheme helping people get around the traffic in columbia. >> and we have the news, how eo sports and facing a battle to stay drug free. free. transnational company.
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>> we gonna bring this city back one note at a time. >> and overcome hard times in the big easy. >> we are bigger, we're better, we're stronger. welcome back, you're watching the al jazeera newshour. an update of the top stories. one person died from anti-government protests in beirut, where protesters have been out on the street in anger over the government's failure to tackle the rub lish that is
piling up. hundreds are trapped under the rubble after forces bombarded the rebel stronghold of duma after declaring a state of emergency and battling with stun grenades. macedonian authorities let people pass on their journey to the e.u. jonah hull filed this update. >> what a difference a day makes, saturday afternoon refugees in their hundreds from blockaded here at this point, pressed up against razor wire in front of armed macedonian police when they broke from here, evaded police station lines, and sprinted off across the fields with screaming children and stun grenades exploding around them. now this point is open again. they are allowing people to walk down along the railway lines, towards the train station inside macedonia. they are allowing them through in small, controlled and ordered
groups. so that the blockade here has been lifted and now groups ever people who arrived take type of to take shelter in the shade. there's aid organizations at work. food is beak distributed, clothing. there's doctors as well offering medical attention, as and when people needed. it's a humane, ordered situation that these people find when they arrive. make no mistake, people are arriving all the time. down the tracks in the other direction, we are looking down into greece, we are looking all the way down to the islands in in the south, where people are crossing the agean sea, getting on to small boats, arriving from the i would say, shuttled daily from the islands in. 2,500 arrived. they are coming every day and making their way up here to this point. so they can continue the journey deeper into the european union.
>> three american men have been thanked for their role in disarming a gunman on a train in france. >> spencer's space bears the bruising and cuts from a desperate struggle. the arm was bandaged. all three americans hailed as heroes for overpowering a gunman aboard a paris bound train. stone reacted first, and led the charge to disarm the attacker. >> he came up, grabbed the gun out of his hand. while i put him in a chokehold. seems he pulled more weapons left and rite, pulled out a handgun. took out a box cutter, started jabbing at me with that. >> we are not worried... >> new footage of the moments after the gun attack have been released. bloodstains, weapons and ammunition showed. the gunman tied up face down on
the floor of the carriage. authorities in francaise the man, the 26-year-old moroccan attended a massacre. one passenger was shot and wounded, and spencer stone saved his life too. >> went over, saw that he was squirting blood out of the left or right side of his neck. i was going to use my shirt. i realized that would not work. i found what i thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped. >> a gunman would have been successful if my friend spencer had not gotten up. i want that lesson heard, in times of terror like that, to please do something a photograph of the gunman emerged. he has been named in the media. investigations are going on into his background, motivations and whether he was acting alone.
spencester stone and his friends are adjusting to their unexpected fame. the holiday is on hold at the moment. and at the moment they are hosted by the french president there has been an explosion at a u.s. military facility in japan. the blast occurred at the depot, south-west of the capital. several fire trucks have been sent to the facility, said to be stored food and ammunition. there are no reports of any injuries. guatemala's president faces pressure to step down over corruption allegations. the attorney-general is seeking impeachment. the president denies the allegations. the former vice president has been charged and is under arrest. david mercer has more. >> reporter: thousands of garden state plazaans were on the --
guatemalans were on the streets on seat as the crisis deepened. protesters raising the flag filled the plaza, demanding the country's president resign. thieves, you are disoig our country -- destroying our country, you need to go to gaol. >> on friday, former vice president was arrested and taken to a military prison. he is suspected of fraud, bribery and illicit association nection to a criminal network that allegedly stole millions. the attorney-general said on friday it was probable that the president also participated in this scam. prosecutors have asked the courts to begin a process to strip the president of his immunity. in response to the news, two cabinet ministers resigned, adding to the list of senior government officials whose have quit, been fired or arrested because of the corruption
scandal you know what has led to this and what was announced by the public ministry and u.n. backed commission. we are disappointed by the results and consider that under the principles and values we maintained in our positions, throughout the almost four years, because of the same principles and values, we are no longer able to continue in our positions the president came to power in 2012, on promises of eliminating corruption, while he's denied wrongdoing, guatemalans think he must step down. >> reporter: the president should resign, i think that for the good of guatemala, and the peace of guatemala, he should resign and put himself to the justice system. it's the only way out left. >> general elections are two weeks away, with members of the political party accused of
corruption, many say that their system needs a change the saudi-led coalition carried out more air strikes in yemen, forces targeted houthi rebel positions around the port city. previous raids were criticized by the u.s., e.u. and the u.n. the port provides a key route for aid delivery to northern parts of the country. the spokesman for the saudi-led coalition spoke to us from riyadh. we'll bring you those comments a little earlier on. let's bring you another story. thousands of experts gathered in stockholm for world water week. the theme is water for development, making sure resources are used efficiently. they have reported on better access to the crucial resource.
>> the card has never been more important for people in the township, apt the outskirts of nairobi. after family during the day used 120 litres. in an area for water, they are welcome news. >> it helped me . we used to go far to look for water. now if there's no water from the city council, we can get water
here. >> this is a slum of half a million people. the nairobi water company, which provides water to the city's residence has installed four dispenses, facing competition from the illegal vendors who divert the water to sell. >> see that water point there. that's an illegal connection, it appears to be busier, the many water points here in the states to be operated by landlords and vigilante groups. those that live here buy water by the cartels at illegal points at twice the cost. >> we don't have the facilities. because we don't have resources. it is open. >> reporter: local community workers are used, including skeptics to buy the cards. this woman has brought one and says local community waters convince the community members to buy the card. this woman bought one, she said though the new points are cheaper e they're an inconvenience. >> the water points are few, the water pressure is low. we have to queue, wasting a lot of time.
the water provider hopes to install 1,200 water dispensers to reach all those in the slum. until then they have no option but to operate alongside the cartels. stealing from it it was known as one of the most dangerous city in the world, but in columbia they have been trying to transfer that image, in the final part of our global city of global transit. cities on the mood. we have a report on the bicycle sharing programme. >> reporter: after two years in amsterdam, a student returned with an idea. help turn the car-crazed city into a bike-changing environment. she sold it to the local
administration. >> translation: at the beginning they said here comes the crazies, the hippize. we were attacked on social media. it's still an issue of controversy, but defenders understand the benefits it brings. >> the system started with a few bikes to public transportation. it has 50 stations across town, more than 20,000 have signed up for the problem. as another well-known bike sharing system, you sign up on lines, pick up the cart and you are ready to borrow the bike for an hour, before turn it to a station. unlike those systems, this one is free. >> translation: nobody knew what a public bike system was, there was no infrastructure, and it was perceived as dangers. being a free service, people
tried us and started to use it. >> in recent years they gained attention, and it's the only city in the country with a metro, and it's built innovative tram ways and escalators in notorious slums. despite a master plan of 400km of bike routes only 40 have been built. and few respect the cyclists on the road. >> there's not been the will to focus on bicycles. more needs to be done to educate people and we have seen change happening. there is a new generation of citizens, not waiting for the government to act. thousands take to the streets wednesday night to do just that. like the public share programme, they show navigating the week. even a car-choked city
fruit and vegetables, with much of the produce destined for the united states or europe. they earn a fraction of what agricultural workers were paid in the u.s. and endure terrible conditions. john holman has more on this now. >> reporter: these children are on their way to work. they are part of an army of poor mexicans moving across the country to pick crops. it's illegal for 8-year-old eduardo to hear about vest the tom art yes, the -- harvest the tomatos. his sister wants to study. >> i have to buy ruck sacks and all those things to go to school. >> she has missed a year of glasses. -- classes. reality is families rely on every pair of hands to get by,
often relying on every member of the family. the workers are free to come and go as they please, and are paid daily, in many fields, they are virtually captive with their ideas and wages held illegally until the end of the harvest season. >> in week authorities rescued 300 pickers, including 78 children staying in rat-infested rooms on the farms. workers and supervisors say it's rare for authorities to check what is happening in the fields. the governments come to vote. after that they don't come here or think about anyone working here. years of neglect led to one of the biggest agricultural strikes. farm workers prized local concessions from the government and producers. but pickers around mexico
continue to work for as little as $6 a day. the youngest, like eduardo spending childhood in hard labour sanaa is here with the sport. >> thank you very much. usain bolt is officially the fastest man in the world. bolt winning gold in the 100 metres at the world championships. despite the relaxed attitude at the start, bot had has looked too impressive during the heats. justin gatlin, an american that served two suspensions was the race favourite, but produced when it mattered. he ran slower than he did in the semifinal, bolt winning in 9.97 seconds. his third title. >> for me, i live for competition, i told you guys.
i look forward to it, because it's more fun and makes it exciting. for me, justin gatlin was running fast. i was the underdog, it was a great lead up jessica won a second world title. the olympic champion finishing off the seven discipline event with a win in the 800m, and until recently returned to action, after the birth of a first child, and it was a late decision by her and the coach to even compete in beijing fennize, roger federer beat novak djokovic in the since final to claim his 7th title here. novak djokovic aimed to become the first to win all nine masters, 1,000 titles, but it was not to be, winning the first set 7-6. the swiss won the second, 6-3,
meek they'll be the second seed. >> women's world number one claimed his second straight title at the cincinnati masters and her fifth. americans beat the third in the final earlier. next up for williams is the u.s. open where she's bidding for history and attempts to complete a rare calendar rer year grand lamb. >> real madrid failed to win an opening match, drawing 0-0. the champion's barcelona are off to a winning start, beating atletico. that's despite the main man, lionel messi missing a penalty in the first half. it was left to luis suarez at the end of the day manchester city move to the top of the premier league are, winning three out of three, beat egg everton, 3-0.
chelsea picked up a third win, winning 3-2, with a new signing making a debut with a goal. >> many top players come to england, and they don't perform immediately, and then people "is he the right player", can see adapt. many of them. there were examples in our club. a lot of examples in other clubs. so very, very, very nice for him to come and straight away to perform the way he did the ittialian juventus had a disastrous start, winning at home, bidding for a fifth strait. it's a tough start for the gins, as they begin life in syria, without two of their players. formula 1 now. lewis hamilton won the belgium grand prix, it was his 80th
finish, equalling the amount achieved, putting him fourth on the all-time list. this was hamilton's fifth win of the season, helped and slipped from second on the yid to fifth. the britain leads the championship by 28 points. competitive video gaming may or may not be your idea of genuine sports, but the prize money on offer is very real. it's predicted the east port market will generate a billion worth of revenue within the next few years. with high stakes comes the temptation for gamers to cheat. >> reporter: productions of this magnitude are usually reserved for global music and sporting
superstars. but there's a new player exploding on to the world stage. welcome to the world of e-gaming. >> a lot of more people are knowing your face and the brand you play for, even at my home town people come up and ask for autographs and photos. it's a bit much to take in. at some point. it's a bit of a nuisance to be known as a superstar. >> opinions remain fiercely divided on whether competitive video gaming is a sport. but it's certainly trying to present itself as just that. one of e-gaming's largest organizations drug testing players. >> we began working with the world anti-doping agency and the national anti-doping agency in germany to come up with policies allowing us to police all events at the highest levels. gamers have been accused of taking stimulants to improve concentration and reaction time.
stakes are high, with prize money of 250,000. at this event, in the german city of cologne. >> we had an example where a player came forward. >> we had bans on drugs. we realized that we didn't have the tool set needed to police. >> it's irrelevant in this situation. we wanted to support on the one hand and improve the feeling on drug free gaming on the other hand. we are kind of - yes, arbitrator, referee. >> career gamers appear to be taking testing seriously too. >> we are playing now for thousands of euros and dollars. bringing more professionally, taking things seriously, doing things like that. i have no problem about that. it's all good to me. >> with predicted revenues set to top $1 billion within
two years, organizers are hoping it's game over for drug cheats and that is it for me. >> thank you very much. now, edinburgh is hosting the world's largest art festival. and comedy shows play a big part. comedians across the globe play a part showing humour can transcend language and logistic differences. >> this is a safeway to get everyone to say - i don't know... >> reporter: poking fun, preconceptions. this is a big celebrity in south africa. in the u.k., he's an unknown comedian, charming a tiny audience with his observations.
he believes comedy can unite people. >> i know in south africa, with 11 official languages and more cultures, i have definitely seen it transcend. >> reporter: papa cj was voted the best stand up comedian, performing up over the world, but tailors his material. >> the first thing i do in a new country is find out about their history, politics, culture, scandals. the first 10 minutes are about them. with that, you bring them in significantly, and you sake them beyond their borders. >> when i travel to different parts of world people treat me differently, what is amusing is how exciting american comadians were, they were like oh, my god, 10 million people watch this
programme. i was like dude, i come from india, if i open my bathroom window, 10 million people will show up live international comedians do brilliantly well says the critic kate, because of being foreign. >> when you are outside something, you see things that people on the inside don't see any more. everything is odd and strange and interesting and quirky, and that is the cement and the bricks. this festival proves that comedy is universal. audience is passion and sincerity. they will find you out. >> everything we are covering on the website. aljazeera.com - i'll be back with a full bull fin of news for
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