several others injured we've seen more tension. >> palestinian had argued that the measures that israel was taking to enforce security are actually measures that could threaten the security that israel claims that it wants, in particular the closure and blockages of several neighborhoods in occupied east jerusalem. this has caused you a great degree of anger among palestinians, many of whom have another two hours now to get to work or university or to get to prayers in the course of this friday. certainly, these measures being
put enforce. other measures we expect to see in the day ahead, including the demolition of specific houses, not those who carried out attacks in recent days, but the israel army had said that it has already been looking at the demolition of homes of people who carried out attacks back in 2014, so there is a ramping up of what palestinians reward as punitive action by the israeli government in the wake of this gave of stabbing attacks that we've seen this month. >> tell us about the situation where you are in the west bank. >> here, there have been confrontations between youth and israeli sell injuries. i cannot tell you how many youth are here simply because in the
whole area is a mixture of tear gas and at the moment, there is some israel soldiers in front of us. once in a while is a cat and mouse game that keep on going, soldiers come out. you hear that, that is probably rubber bullets and youth go back and a few minutes later come back. that situation here, we hear about larger clashes going on in bethlehem. young people have gone to the same streets where there have been daily confrontations in the past week.
>> tensions are mounting by the day, it appears. >> these are very young boys. some are as young as 15 years old, probably the oldest i talked to was between 25-27 years old. they are fearless, frustrated, angry, not only at the occupation, but also about how things are carried out by the palestinian authorities. they say they are really, you know, i asked them more than once shouldn't you follow your studies? they said that is important but for them, the most important is to stand firm in the way of the
israeli occupation. >> with plummeting popularity, is there anything that the leader of the palestinian authority, abbas can do. >> he had a speech a few nights ago, very brief where he did not speak directly to the youth. he did speak to the palestinian people. i asked them are you going to listen and they shrugged it off. after the speech, and most had gone about their lives, they didn't listen. they say that this has actually only brought the worst for them, nothing better. they say for years, the youth know nothing about resistance. they want to carry out their own
uprising. they want to make their voices heard. you ask them about intifada, they say no, at the moment, it is a youth uprising. >> what do we know about the feelings of the older generation? >> the older generation is standing by. they are not very comfortable about the idea of intifada, some of them. all they say is things got worse
and worse. i need to get out of here now, apparently. >> ok. get yourself to safety. thank you very much. >> that's our correspondent. this is the scene live, you can see in bethlehem, and this has been the scene of confrontations between palestinian young people in the main and israel forces for quite a few days. today, it was quiet to begin and as you can see, things are gradually building up, tensions burning tires, and israel forces responding with tear gas. that's the scene live in bethlehem. >> russia has hit more than 380 isil targets, the aerial bombardments have also helped syrian government troops in their fight to retake territory
from opposition forces. we have this report from beirut in neighboring lebanon. >> russia's aerial campaign in syria is in its second phase. airstrikes no longer target just weapons storage areas and command and control infrastructure. air power is being used to assist the syrian army and its allies recapture territory. >> it's clear that putin wants to protect assad. it's clear that he wants to stick his finger in the eye of the west to really position himself as a key global leader and to get the west to speak to him on the terms that he wants to dictate. >> operations against the opposition are proving to be difficult. rebels are fighting back. russian airstrikes may have been effective in hitting vital targets, but so far, the syrian government and its allies appear to have made no significant gains on the ground. >> government forces are on the offensive in the countryside of the northern province of hama and nearby province of idlib opinion the syrian government
announced a major ground operation in the northern country side of homs on thursday. friday, their forces moved into rebel territory south of the divided city of aleppo. the area being targeted is close to a main road that would link aleppo to government controlled areas further south. >> the latest offensive comes as russia's offensive enters its third week. russia succeeded in containing the opposition. they no longer threaten the government in its strange hold. vladimir putin has said that political solution is his goal. >> rebel groups, as well as the main political opposition in quite a while, the syrian national dough litigation refuse to be engaged in any piece process. they are calling on supporters to help them counter what they call russian aggression. >> putin wants for the process to start, but so far, there is refusal from the syrian rebel side to take part in any peace
talks. russia, i think will separate the prior support. >> the counter offensive that has now expanded is about eliminating threats to the government, and defeating what is called the moderate opposition. russia then hopes it can persuade the west of the need to work with president bashar al assad, not just to fight isil, but to bring about a political settlement. al jazeera, beirut. >> the turkish military said it shot down a drone which strayed into its air space close to the border with syria. earlier this month, two russian jets violated air space. the russian defense ministry said all its drones have returned to base and all drones are operating at usual. live president obama bernard smith in istanbul. how seriously is the turkish government taking this encroachment of its air space?
>> >> they haven't been able to identify where the drop is from. there are reports coming out of the u.s., coming out of washington, d.c. that the americans suspect this is a russian drone. this has always been the danger of all of thieves different aircraft flying so close to turkey's border. it says that its fighter jets engaged, gave three warnings, verbal warnings to the aircraft to move. it didn't stray off its trajectory, carried on flying in the direct was flying in and was shot down. it's only about two meters or so across, but what is really worried the turks is that its air space is getting violated again, as you mentioned, two russian jets did it earlier on this month.
>> nato then on that occasion met, didn't it, in session and condemned the russian violations of turkish air space. clearly any infringement of a nato member's territorial sovereignty is an affront to the entire alliance. >> the russians have subsequently apologized for those two violations of turkish air spares and said they sent a working group with the turks to try to make sure this doesn't happen again. remember, this is the first time since the second world war that nato and russian aircraft have been flying combat missions in the same air space, that air space over northern syria. there is a real fear that if they don't coordinate or communicate with each other about what they're doing, then there could be some accident where one ends up shooting at the other. this is why all parties, really, are trying to make sure that that doesn't happen much.
>> denard smith, live in istanbul. we've got a lot more to come on this al jazeera news hour, including the e.u. offers turkey aid in a bid to stem an unprecedented flow of refugees. >> the race for the arctic's untapped oil reserves despite one firm canceling exploration. >> the new york mets, what happened in their game five decider in their championship series against the l.a. dodgers. >> president obama said the u.s. soldiers in afghanistan will stay on through 2007. president obama had hoped to
withdraw almost all troops, leaving about 1,000 by the end of next year. now he says more than 5,000 soldiers will stay. president obama says the extension is necessary because of the fragile security situation. we have this report from washington, d.c. >> it was the central foreign policy issue that helped then senator barack obama stand out from the crowd of candidates. he was opposed to the iraq war from the beginning and vowed if he was elected president, he would end the wars in iraq and afghanistan. in 2008. >> we will end this war in iraq. we will bring our troops home, we will finish the job. we will finish the job against al-qaeda in afghanistan. >> during his reelection campaign in 2012. >> we are bringing our troops home from afghanistan, and i set a time table, we will have them all out of there by 2014. >> then this in 2014. >> by the end of 2016, our
military will draw down to a normal embassy presence in kabul with a security assistance component, just as we've done in iraq. >> now he says that isn't going to happen after all, but the president is trying to down play the significance. >> this decision's not disappointing. continually, my goal has been to make sure that we give every opportunity for afghanistan to succeed while we're still making sure that we're meeting our core mission. >> the white house says keeping the status quo is proof the strategy is working, but many analysts just don't believe that. >> i don't think that you can easily call this the result of a success. i think, again, the fact that the timing comes in now after the fall of kunduz makes it look more like it was a reaction to as opposed to if this same decision has been made in march, when all the things lifted, a
cooperative government, were all in place in march. >> it will now become a campaign issue, with the majority of republican candidates expressing a willingness to stay. >> i think it's pretty clear that when we precipitously withdraw and we can done in iraq, a dangerous situation becomes more dangerous. >> president obama has had some foreign policy suctions, but when he leaves office, critics point to guantanamo bay still open and we know the war in afghanistan will still be going on, the longest war in u.s. history left for his successor to deal with. >> the increasing instability in afghanistan has been the focus of a regional summit of russia and centrallation she been nations. president putin and his counterparts are meeting, agreeing to a joint task force
to defend iraq's external borders. mr. putin reiterated concerns about russian fighters fighting in syria. >> terrorists of all kinds are becoming more powerful and do not fight their chance for further suspension. one goal is to push into the trail asian region. it's important that we are prepared to react to this scenario together. >> we can go live to our correspondent in moscow. what kind of form would this joint task force take? >> there are a couple of pertinent documents that have been signed in kazakhstan today, on friday. the first is to do with greater military cooperation between all the different c.i.s. member states. the second one is a little more relevant to this. if i can read from the announcements of the signing, what it essentially does is allows for a grouping of border
forces and other institutions from c.i.s. member states designed to resolve crisis situations on the external border, so basically that would allow these countries to react faster to threats coming from outside the c.i.s. member states. now, there are plenty of questions lest about exactly what this force would entail, would it be a standing body of troops that is always ready and always there to repel any kind of attack, or would it be more like a facility or an agreement by which different states could cooperate and could contribute to a fighting force to do that. we don't know yet, but we are getting some kind of idea about potentially what it might entail. russia does seem to be considering at the moment sending its troops back to the
afghanistan border. this was of a border that it controlled up until 2005, when the agreement that allowed for that to happen ran out and it was canceled. russia does seem to be considering sending troops back to that area for the moment. >> it needs to be pointed out that the focus of this insecurity, as far as moscow is concerned is afghanistan, which is not terribly far away from russian territory. >> that's right. the taliban advance into kunduz has worried russia, it's worried other central asian states. in fact, putin has said that they should be prepared, everyone in that region should be prepared for fighters from afghanistan to try and push across the border north. that's one thing that worries them. of course the other thing that worry's them is what is going on
in syria and iraq and general instability in that region. vladimir putin said he believes 7,000 people from russia and the c.i.s. countries are curveball fighting for isil. the fear they have is that those fighters might at some point return home and create instability in their own countries or just attack anyway. if you get an idea of the general worry that these situations have for these countries, you can get it from statements, if i can read from what he said earlier on, international terrorism isunder mining the established foundations of the world order. >> live from moscow, thank you. >> in the first serious incident involving asylum seekers in bug gar i can't, an afghan man died. border guards spotted refugees. bulgaria deployed more border
police and is extending a security fence along the turkish border. >> refugees have drowned after their wooden boat collided with a coast guard vessel off the coast of greece. a baby and three children were among the seven dead near the island of lesbos. 31 others were rescued. >> a new emergency plan is being worked out between the e.u. and turkey over how to deal with this growing refugee crise. turkey has currently said 2 million syrian refugees, most asylum seekers arrivinging europe now come via turkey. hosting that may be people is pretty expensive. turkey has already spent around $4.5 billion on its response to the crisis. adding to uncertainty is the political turmoil following last week's bombing attack in which 97 people were killed in ankara. there are demonstrations ahead
of the parliamentary elections. we report from the e.u. summit in brussels on why the e.u. thinks turkey is the key to solving this refugee crisis. >> european leaders arrived in brussels facing multiple challenges, the war in syria, conflict in ukraine and the greek bailout saga have put the block under mounting strain. it's the refugee crisis that continues to dominate european politics. more than half a million people, many of them refugees from syria have arrived in the e.u. this year, a large number traveling through turkey to europe's shores. now a preliminary agreement with turkey to help reduce the number of people attempting to make it to europe. >> we received a report very early this morning that there had been an outcome of the negotiations and we were able to reach an agreement this evening with reward to the exact shape of the joint action plan.
>> under the draft plan, turkey would receive $3.4 billion in aid in return for clamping down on the numbers of people crossing its territory heading towards the european union. the money would be used on titlenning security, but it would also be used on creating greater incentives for people to stay in turkey, greater levels of integration, and better living conditions, also. as well as the money, there's also talk of liberalizing visa restrictions on turkish nationals entering the european union, conditions not everyone in the e.u. is prepared to accept. >> including the french president francois hollande. >> we cannot have a situation where in exchange for turkey helping us to hold back refugees through its territory we lib rammize the visa system with no conditions attached. allowing visas for people whose identity's we don't know and
can't check. there will be a process with conditions attached. it's normal to discuss with the turks but france and other countries will pay attention to make sure conditions already set are respected. >> with pressure to a solution to the refugee crisis, the e.u. may have little choice but to concede to turkey's demands. >> it reflects a certain level of desperation on the part of a number of member states that they would like to stem the arrival. turkey is geographically speaking their best option. >> european unions promise to start talks with turkey about eventually joining the e.u. in the short term, there's the question of where billions of dollars in aid to turkey will come from, the e.u. still feeling the effects of the euro zone crise.
they may have to dig deep if it wants to maintain controls over its borders. >> a man was killed in his car when a river near rome burst its banks. two people died in the eastern region, two others killed near naples. italy said environment minister said there hasn't been enough work done to prevent floods. >> in california, mudslides forced the closure of several major highways. state officials warn those at risk to stay from flooded areas. they are preparing for more rain and flooding as an el niño weather pattern heads towards the drought stricken state. we have this report. >> stranded mostists in california had to trudge through a sea of mud to get help. quinton and his wife kim were stuck for more than four hours
on a mountain pass. the grape vine, known to millions as a gateway between central and southern california had come to a standstill. >> all we saw was just a mountain of boulders and dirt and stuff coming right for us. it pretty much lifted my car up, and spun us around like it was nothing. >> dozens of rescuers were sent to help rescue a stranded mostist. one nasa climatologist is calling a gargantua el niño. >> waters are four degrees warmer. all the mainly evaporated, so whatever you just had and we know what you just had, think of it lasting longer and falling more heavily. >> the last significant el niño weather phenomena to pound
california with relentless rain happened 18 years ago. two dozen people were killed, more than 2,000 houses were destroyed. thousand was people were forced to evacuate their homes. the 1997-1998 el niño caused half a billion dollars of damage. back then, state officials said only a quarter of the population took weather warnings seriously, and few bought disaster supplies in preparation. >> what's different about this particular el niño year is we're starting out from a position of extreme drought. this is the most extreme drought in california said recorded history. what that memes is that soils are really dry. it means we've seen a lot of tree death. we're having wildfires that are burning a lot of forest, and all of those conditions on the surface make for a greater potential of flooding, greater potential of problems with excess water. >> los angeles county wants people to be ready for more
flooding, mudslides, downed trees and blackouts. there is an expected benefit. scientists think el niño can help alleviate california's severe water shortage, but california needs several consecutive years of heavy rain before the golden state's aquifers are replenished. al jazeera. >> we've just seen rob there talking about the problems in southern california, and now, he's here to talk drought in iran. >> this is a rare occurrence, happens once or twice a year. do you remember, oh, do you remember, let's talk to you. remember the cyclone we were talking about in the arabian sea about a week ago and it fell apart? when it didn't disappear, this cloud top remains that cyclone, eventually hit the land mass of east oman.
it is prone to flash flooding. when you get 65 millimeters, 65 to 80 falling fairly short amount of time, you're likely to get some sort of flooding, and that was the case. the are the conditions were bad enough. there were four fatalities as a result of this. these are the conditions that we may be used to, but not so much in oman. that didn't go down so well. you funnel that through the narrow bodies and you tend to get it all coming up in streets and a lot deeper. these are pictures from various places aroundese oman as a result of that recent amount of rain. it's possible these clouds are building once again today. thunder rumbling over here in the studios and thunderstorms around in the area. i don't think we'll see a repeat performance tomorrow, but it's just about possible. >> thank you very much. still to come, a new study shows
al jazeera n gunfire ] >> in gaza, medical sources say one palestinian's been killed during clashes with israeli troops. israel has been responding to stone throwing palestinian youth with tear gas in bethlehem and ramallah. >> russia has hit more than 380 isil targets since launching airstrikes three weeks ago in air i can't. bombardments have helped syrian government to retake territory from opposition forces. >> the turkish military shot down an unidentified drone along the border with syria, saying it violated its air space. russia said all its military planes in syria have returned to base and all drones operating at planned. >> dozens of people have been killed in two separate bombings in northeastern nigeria. two female suicide bombers blew themselves up after vigilantes challenged them as they tried to enter the city.
earlier, two suicide attackers targeted a mosque in the city, killing 30 people. no one has claimed responsibility, but the armed group boko haram is suspected of carrying out the attacks. we have this report. >> the multi-jurisdictional task force are still awaiting the u.n. mandate to launch. so far, the nigeria military has kicked out boko haram in most of the areas they occupy. it has bombed their enclaves, chased them into the forest and some of them are even rumored to be sighted along the shores. cameroon also is stepping up operations. niger similarly and chad is also stepping up operation. over the past few weeks, what we've been seeing is that boko haram is stepping up it's operations as the military ramps up attacks against boko haram. boko haram is using bombs like this, suicide bombs and roadside
bombs placed at strategic locations where people, a lot of people gather, so as to cause maximum damage. we've seen these in a number of ways. what people are hoping now is that with the presence of the american troops, and the drones there, probably there will be better intelligence, better surveillance and they hope that this will be shared with troops of the region in their fight against boko haram. >> on that as i say parties have withdrawn from the electoral pros after repeated fraud allegations. the lead up to sunday's vote was marred by violence. >> vote counting in guinea is slow and frustration rising fast. the population needs to troop about the election results.
they asked to postpone elections but they refused. we gave national election commission 24 hours. if we don't get the proper response, we will burn the city. we are not going to listen to the lies of the result. >> preliminary results show the leader well ahead of his main rival and other candidates, a growing number which voices are alleging widespread fraud even before the final results are in. >> guinea's opposition demands a rerun of sunday's poll. this is only the second democratic presidential election since gaining independence from france in 1958. tension has been growing in the past week, even before vote tock place at least two peoples were killed in fighting between the main party and opposition. there is renewed worry violence could spread. the european union calls on aggrieved parties to take any potential battles to court
instead of the streets. hospitals with medical workers who fault so hard to work the ebola virus work overtime to prepare for the consequences of political instability. at the end of the day, they will have a lot of injured people. that's why we put in place this additional system and coming in support to the hospital. >> another fear that ethnic divisions will deepen as election results trickle in. al jazeera. >> two people in guinea have fallen ill with ebola just two weeks after of the world health organization confirmed there had been no new case there. new research found that the ebola virus can remain in the body fluids of survivors for months, and that it can be sexually transmitted.
we have these details. >> two studies confirm ebola can exist in the semen of survivors. in further outbreaks by sexual transmission cannot be ruled out. a lie berrian woman was likely to have been in effect by a survivor six months after he was infected. another study by the c.d.c. and sierra leone government found traces of ebola virus in semen samples from a group of 93 survivors. >> clearly this is something that does not happen extremely frequently, especially considering how many cases there have been in the epidemic, however, we do want to really make sure that this is something that is really addressed, as much as we possible can, because
any new case of ebola could spark another epidemic. >> the study is on going and more conclusive results expected later. researchers cannot say how long signs of ebola mist exist or if traces of the virus were live or infectious. >> we are looking at things like sweat, oral fluids, vaginal fluid, breast milk. we would like to look at all of those fluids to be able to understand if virus might be present in them after a person has recovered from ebola virus disease. >> there's been growing concern about relapse after a british nurse who survived the ebola virus in sierra leone fell critically ill again. >> it is unpredictable. >> she is being treated as an exceptional case. doctors have not recorded any other survivors who has had to relapse. the ebola epidemic killed more than 7,000 people.
for people who lived through the outbreak, the fear that the virus may return still remains. al jazeera. >> now to kenya where workers who toil in back street factories fear they are going to lose out to government plans to modernize the economy, and they are worried about teaching boats flooding in from the economy. >> ruffle 5,000 men and women spend their days pounding in this black smith market in a suburb. it has created a one stop shop for affordable household and commercial appliances. >> joseph sells his metal boxes and wheel barrels. they sell at an average of $20 and $50.
>> the government is helping us to acquire loans and machinery to be better for that of the market. >> kenya employs 7 million people. >> some here have been doing this for decades. the government wants to make them part of the plan to reform kenya to an industrialized country by 2030. these men say that they are now facing competition from cheap imports from other countries. >> some economists say it will be hard to grow small businesses if they continue facing unfair competition. >> there is a possibility that the countries that then export those goods that end up on our restale shelves might dangle a little bit of their billions to afghan governments to look the other way and go back to the same challenge of ignoring their
own citizen ins terms of how to grow their capabilities. >> this rail ray line is meant to connect kenya to other african countries. the government promises incentives for industrialists who set up shops in the hub. >> the cultural set up of the country is not supporting capability to industrialize. we are looking at a cultural set up where the kind of education system we inherited or said that we were supposed to produce employees. >> at the market, the black smiths keep doing what they have done for years. they are a big part of the 2030 plan, but they want the government to help them upgrade their operation to make it easier and feaster for them to do their job. >> different ways of doing
business in north korea and china are being laid bare a the an annual trade fair. chinese businessmen and women have lots of different things on sale, but some north korea traders have nothing at all. >> the trade fair which brings together businesses from both sides of the border illustrates just how far apartner. chinese stalls are bold and brash, chinese consumerism on show. the north korea stores in contrast still mired in a world of strict ideology, a virtual war time economy with little to sell, and it looks like not much sense of how to sell it. sometimes with nothing to sell at all. still from the crowds attending this year's event, the hope is north korea is learning from china's relatively free market ways. >> these are the biggest crowds
i have seen with more business people than ever before. >> i think from now on, there will be more trade between china and north korea. >> shower head salesman said trade is brisk. >> we have sold a lot to the north koreans, business is good. >> all around there is evidence of development, but little of that business drive seems to reach the other side of the river, and into north korea. it is home to the kern friendship bridge, an economic lifeline that helps north korea survive. a new bridge project further along the river remains stalled. the by this stands as a symbol of the troubled relationship between the two neighbors. work on it was completed a year ago, paid for by cline in a. by now, traffic should have been running across it. today, there is still no sign of it opening. >> the infrastructure on the chinese side is complete.
the slight images from the north korean side show the bridge ending in a field. chinese businesses at this event know this will not be a quick sale. >> we came here to sell to north koreans. we have the right machines and are hopeful we will sell. >> this is a bustling partnership of unequals at the moment. al jazeera, china. >> the artist hired to write graffiti on the set of homeland have written mentions critical of the show. they were asked to add authenticity to a so-called refugee camp in lebanon. producers of the show didn't check to see what was written in arabic. one message reads "homeland is racist." another said "homeland is not a series." another reads black lives matter. one of the artist involved said
it sends a message against stereotypes. >> there is no doubt the show is produced with great actors but that is beside the point. it's still important to address this idea that stir yo typing and an entire region of people, a huge region of people to a very shallow and one dimensional perspective is something that's potentially dangerous. we wanted to use this opportunity in a way to claim back our image. >> still to come on the program: >> reviving relations between america and cuba through music. >> it is a great honor. >> real madrid legend raul has a big announcement. all the details coming up.
>> iceland is hosting a top level meeting to discuss how to protect the arctic, one of the last pristine ecosystems still left on the planet. shell has abandoned controversial plans to drill for oil and gas there. other countries could be about to try their luck. we have this report. the arctic, remote, breath
taking in one of the world's harshest frontiers, a front line in a battle over the future of energy and climate change, temperatures here are rising twice as fast as the rest of the world, but the arctic may hold 13% of the world's undiscovered oil. >> what about an oil spill in the arctic? >> i do believe if and when that event occurs, it's going to be differ to deal with. it's a fairly short operational window, something long playing out like say if it occurred here, it would be a disaster. >> ice typically begins forming toward the end of october. in early july, techno reached out to shell about its exploration plans in the arctic. shell did not agree to an on camera interview but in an email response to questions seemed confident of its ability in arctic conditions. on the issue of oil spilled in
ice, shell wrote through large scale research trials, we have found that with the suite of tools available to us, including dispersants, arctic tests and boomers, and burning, we can effectively recover oil in a variety of arctic conditions, including broken ice and slush. shell made a stunning announcement, it was ceasing all arctic operations. they released this statement: as shell was abandoning its probable, the italian oil firm announced a plan to drill for oil by the end of 2015. >> time for the sports news now. here's farrah.
>> talk so much. seth blatter played down concerns over the 2011 payment he made to michael platini, saying the two of them had a gentleman's agreement. speaking on swiss television, blatter added that he thinks the presidential elections will not be delayed. they were band by the fifa ethics committee, both being investigated over a payment made on blatter's authority for work done between 1998 and 2002. >> suspending its support for platini to become the next president, new information was discovered about the payment which led to his suspension from fifa. >> to major league baseball, the new york mets beat the l.a. dodgers to advance to the national league championship series. the dodger had home advantage for the game's five decider in their first round of playoff
series. the go ahead home run in the sixth, giving the win. they will face the chicago cubs next with their opener on saturday in new york. >> you knew it was going to be a close game. you know, a lot's been said about you are not hitting, look who we are facing. we came into a five-game series and you saw kershaw twice and again key twice. that may not be fair. we'll take what we got. we got the wins need and we're going to go party for a little while and take a day off and get ready for the nlcs and it will be a lot of fun. >> it's disappointing no matter the situation. you work too hard, put in too many hours, you travel, you do things that guys go through to get here. it is extraordinary, and it comes to a crash and you can't -- i don't think there's any way to soften that blow. >> nadal proved too strong, reaching the semifinal.
just one hour to crush the world number four in four sets 6-2, 6-1. it's the first time in over a year he has beaten a top five player, looking for his fourth title in 2015. >> what i believe is in playing weeks in a row, playing at solid level, and that's what i feel i am doing, better and better. >> he had to tougher time getting through, beating south africa's kevin anderson in three close sets. the world number 15 is looking to win his second title of the year. >> former world number one mcilroy is one of the big names chasing the number one. he has only 1p.g.a. victory. the americans fired a round of 63 to put himself one shot clear after the first round.
rose i see still in contention, recording a five over 67 in a decision way tie for seventh. mcilroy is in 13th, five shots off the lead. he recorded a four under par 68. >> i felt like i played pretty well, got off to a bit of a slow start this morning, but gradually got into the round and started hitting, hitting some better shots and giving myself plenty of chance to convert many of them. still a pretty solid score, and being in good position going into the next three days. >> thee time defending champion ahead of the australian in moto g.m.,entlying out by five hundredths of a second. >> more football now, former spain striker and real madrid legend raul will retire next
month. he currently plays for the new york cosmo who compete in the tier below major league soccer. he will stop playing once the season ends, retiring with plenty of honors. at real, he won the champions league three times on top of six la liga titles. >> it was difficult decision, but i think in one moment and i think now i feel is the right moment now. now i need to have more time with my family, with my kids to win more time in the weekends at home. >> for all the latest, check out aljazeera.com/sport. >> that's all your sport for now. >> thank you very much. in the latest sign of much improved relation, some of cuba's best known musicians have taken the sounds of havana to
the white house. tom ackermann managed to get an invitation to see the club. >> more than 500 invited dignitary's swayed to the rightments as it opened with their signature tune. the white house staff coming midway through what the group is calling its farewell world tour. >> for nearly two decades, this group has been a symbol of the strong bonds between the american and cuban people, the bonds of friendship, culture and of course music, so i just hope they enjoy their stay and i hope i look at good as they do in a few years. >> a 1999 documentary that won an oscar nomination brought the group international recognition. it sparked a revival of view ba's golden able. the troop has performed several times in the u.s., not without attracting anti castro
protestors and even bomb threats. the command performance at the white house follows last july's restoration of dull diplomatic relations and reopenings of embassies in washington and havana. a delegation of high level officials went to havana doug for both countries to take more steps toward improved economic relations. nine governors backed obama by urging congress to lift the trade embargo for the benefit of american farmers. meanwhile, the havana government has signed a deal allowing sony to distribute over 30,000 cuban recordings, including cat local for worldwide sale. >> we'll have the very latest to come from the palestinian territories in just a little while. don't go away.