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uganda's president de-claired the winner of an election marched by vote rigging allegations t ♪ >> from doha, also ahead on the program: the worst tropical cyclone ever reported in fiji in the south pacific islands? >> i believe we will be safer. >> britain's prime minister urges staying in the european union. >> plus free at last, one of
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america's longest serving prisoners released after 43 years in solitary confinement. >> officially declared the winner of uganda's presidential election, one of africa's longest serving leaders. the opposition alleges thursday's poll was rigged. they have put the main president under house arrest. it's the fourth time in a week he has been detained, to prevent any further unrest. he is calling for an independent audit of the results. >> the european union's chief observer for the elections criticized the actions. >> the electoral commission failed. it was not transparent.
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it was very badly running things. the fail you're concerning the vote stuffing or rigging they did not confirm. they didn't witness any of these things which you mentioned. i have to speak on the findings which they have in the region there. >> mal. >> malcolm sent us this update from kampala. >> the election announced results for the presidential elections. just over 60% of the vote and the runner up was the main opposition leader who they say got just over 35 they say this
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is a restriction, protesting guess this result. police say he made arrangements to try to stop unrest, violence in uganda's capitol. >> the islands of fiji in the south pacific are being battered by the strongest storm ever recorded there. sigh colon wins with the equivalence of a category 5, with speeds of 325 kilometers an hour. more on the state of emergency from carolyn malone.
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ism posed a lot 6:00 p.m. many opted to stay at home rather than go to government shelters. many buildings are flim see and may not withstand such powerful winds. >> with the support of the red cross have been constantly in contact with the communities with the anticipation of the highly likely basis with the cyclone office. iji is an archipaelego prone to see flooding. this is slow-moving and likely to dump rain on land destroying
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crabs further along the coast, the 7s team helps create a sandba goosan sandbag barrier. they have prepared as best thing. >> most of us are helping locating all of the catch thing. only so much islanders can do to prepare for such a massive storm bringing full force to some of the most populated parts of fiji overnight. richard has more on the impact of cyclone winston. it's a little donut. outeriges of many such cyclones do. it tends to keep its path.
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same winter very high powerful gusts. it continues to move away towards the west. in the coming hours, it will remain windy and stormy. rain will continue for quite some time. flooding remains a major issue. big, big seas all around the coast. grad bi we should find it easing away opposition groups say they are ready. fighting continues. nation of hostilities. . >> reporter: the opposition saying they are going to agree to a two to three week that should be renewable. stopping the air bombing
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campaign, aid to be delivered to the besieged areas the seiiege should be lifted as well as vulnerable prisoners released. the opposition is demanding that the al-qaeda-linked el nusra front is included. they believe the very fact that it is excluded from the deal gives russia an excuse, a pretext to target other rebel forces on the ground. this is why they rejected the initial proposal that was agreed in munich because at the end of the day, nusra operates on the ground. they feel russia could target the moderate rebels and blame -- and say they are targeting nusra instead. these are their conditions. we have no reaction from the russians. the u.s. and the russians have been holding intensive discussions over the past few days. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry saying they have been constructive but he is saying key issues need to be resolved because this is a complex
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operation but this is in regard to a cessation of hostilities, but undoubtedly on the ground, the war rages on. >> a tragic outage as the date set for british people to decide whether it's in or out of the reunion. following eu leaders agreeing to british demands for reforms. he is going to campaign to keep the uk in the eu and brazen will be safer and better off. >> we are approaching one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes, whether to remain in a reformed european union or to leave. the choice goes to the heart of the kind of country we want to be, and the future that we want for our children. this is about how we trade with neighboring countries to create jobs, prosperity and financial security for our families. >> anti-eu campaigners want britain out. dominic kane has more from
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downing street in london from where the announcements was made. >> a concern will be what kind of solidarity he will be given by his cab nat colleagues. there are some who will definitely be campaigning for britain to leave the european union and the chancel occur, mr. osborn and the home secretary who are staunchly with david cameron, the question will be how many other members of the government will likewise be staunchly pro-his plan, his deal from brussels. of course, those the united kingdom independence party, the party which the has greeted this deal from brussels with disdain and said they don't believe this speaks to the concerns of a very large group in the electorate. the question will be whether the two sides of these -- of this campaign will be able to fight campaign they want and we will know the answer in 124 days'
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time. >> mean leaders in brulingsz have been discussing ways to ease the refugee crisis. the french president and the greek prime minister met to talk over the issue after greece threatened to block the new deal for britain and let other eu states promise to keep borders open. minors seeking asylum have often faced dangerous border crossings. speaking to young refugees about the risks they run. >> reporter: they set off from their home lands with their teenage dreams of a better life inspired by the images they have seen of refugees streaming across europe. soon, a harsh reality sets in. >> i went to macedonia five times, reached serbia once but each time i was sent back to greece. >> only syrians, afghans and iraqis are allowed to continue their journey.
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europe remains close to recognizing migrants, not refugees. these boys are stranded on the greek side of the border, unprotected and vulnerable. many wanted to remain anonymous telling us their stories but not their names. >> translator: there were four of us. we were trying to cross and we found mafia guys in front of us. we ran. the youngest among us was caught and took into a house and they raped him. i saw it with my own eyes. we through stones. he escaped and they left him behind. >> no one knows exactly how many are traveling alone. >> they declare that they are adults or relatives from other adult members. and they were traveling alone
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like adults or alone people and we had minors from 12 to 14 years old who were alone. >> that's the story of zadun, a yaziti boy hoping to go reach germany. he was will you knowy enough to end up in a shelter here in greece. >> it's very scary. you never know what a smuggler will do to you. they can take you into the forest, rob, rape, or kill you. it happens. it happened and will continue. from my friends who were robbed and beaten and have now disappeared. >> a 16-year-old nigerian said he lost contact with his travel companions. they have gone silent on social media. it's a story many told us. still, despite the risks, these young travelers will try to sneak across borders, walking undercover of darkness and
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hoping that by daybreak they will be safe and one step closer to their destination. al jazeera, on the macedonian border. >> coming up on the program. silent protests. a ban. defying security threats. the history festival. ((úz@úx9
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these are top stories. uganda's e legs have declared the president the winner. his opponent has rejected what he calls a sham result. he is was house arrest pacific islands have been battered by the strongest storm ever recorded there. a category 5 storm. >> the 27th of june is the date for deciding in or out of the european union. serbia's foreign minister says two staff in libya, serbian staff members have been taken hostage that's where the u.s. struck isil positions killing at least 40 people.
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doctors and medical staff in egypt are staging a sit-in protest against what they say is abusive behavior by the police. the demonstration at the hospital in cairo is being held in silence to highlight a government ban on public protest. another sit-in to curb police abuse. at the doha institute, he said there is a long history of police brutality in egypt. >> i think there has been a marked increase in the abuse at the hands of the police over the last several years since the ouster of mr. morsi in 2013, but, of course, police abuse, excessive use of violence the police deem above the law and so long is a long-standing, widespread issue, and torture has been systematic for decades. and, in fact, that was one of
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the reasons why people took to the streets specifically on january 25th, 2011, to protest police day. so, i think one has to understand the historical context but the specific marked increase over the last couple of years since morsi's ouster. >> at least one person is dead and almost 80 injured as protests continue in india for a second day. >> the agricultural community demands more benefits. india's constitution has affirmative action to help people discriminated against. the protesters want to be added to that list giving them access to more government jobs. >> an attack in kashmir. it's reported the gunmen took over a government building, holding at least 15 people hostage. 5 candidates including two women taking to the campaign
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trail in the philippines ahead of a presidential election on the 9th of may for the first time, voters will beability here the candidates debate the issues live on television. the personalities count for a lot, too. >> campaigning is underway for the post of the philippines president and people seem to know what they want. >> helping children have a decent education, reduce crime and solve the drug problem. we need a sincere president who will solve our problems. >> there were five candidates to choose from. the vice president is attacked by his opponents from all sides of allegations of past election corruption, he decided to fight on the anti-corruption platform. the current president and the former interior minister has the president's party, the united national alliance as a support base but will voters back him on polling day?
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there were two women candidates. one is running for president for the third time, a respected politician with a track record for good governanceance and anti-corruption policies. >> po is the adopted daughter of a famous philippine actor, a popular senator, popular with young voters. >> another is mayor of the southern city of darvo. prompting to clean up criminality as he did in his home city. each candidate has a larger than live pers live personalty which has been seen in the past as an advantage at election time. >> philippine elections have always been conducted through the lens of popularity. it is something to do with the lack of strong political institutions, notably pro-democratic parties that could present a plan of action or vision for the country. >> reporter: the issues the next pets have, many working abroad send money home. the global slow down may be more
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return home to the philippines. will the economy be able to absorb them? the next president will have to work with china amid a background of territorial disputes. the new president has to find a way with lasting peace. analysts say the t.v. debates represent an opportunity for candidates to raise the tone of the campaign. >> there is a lot of negative campaigning, agent of mudslinging, a lot of criticism between one another rather than really having a presentation of what their vision is for the country. >> this is the first of three televised debates is scheduled over the campaign period. filipinos love television and high tension and drama. this is expected to be all of that on sunday evening, attracting huge audience figures. for the voter, it's an opportunity to be better informed. when the vote comes around in may. al jazeera, manila. >> china's chief security
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regulator has been forced to step down after months of turmoil. state radio said he was removed after a series of policy mistakes. he oversaw a free fall on china's exchanges on which trillions of dollars were lost in the price of shares. >> republican voters in the u.s. state of south carolina are deciding okay their choice for u.s. president. millionaire businessman donald trump who won the new hampshire primary is expected to won again. i with a winner senator ted cruz is expected to do well. there have been mixed reactions to pope francis's latest comments on birth control. on wednesday, he implied catholic women might use contraception in areas affected by the zika virus. the catholic church's official stanchion is birth control is unacceptable. the pope suggested there could be senses. david mercer reports from guatemala. >> in the center of antigua,
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like every city in town in guatemala, you will find a catholic church with millions of devout followers, catholicism has shaped this country but if you thought pope francis's suggestion that contraception might be condoned during the zika crisis would upset catholics, you will be wrong. >> i was surprised the pope said this, but i think it's a big victory because he governs the church. it's a big change. it will have an impact on the whole region. >> i think this method he talks about is good. it's the children who suffer because of this illness. this way, women can take more care. >> reporter: while it may appear the pope's stanchion on birth control might be softening, far from the vatican, little appears to have changed. father eric monzona assure us that pope francis at no time supported the use of contraceptives but simply hinted that using birth control might
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be a lesser evil than abortion. the catholic church's position on contraception, father eric says, is clear. >> we are never in favor of abortion or in favor of contraceptives. the church is always against them. the pope also knows this. >> reporter: inside this public health clinic, women say they hope their children won't have to suffer the way they have, with one of the regions highest fertility rates and more than half of guatemalans living in poverty, some say it's time for the church to lift their ban on birth control. >> the church's position is we should have how ever many children god gives us. i think it's more sinful to bring children into this world who will have to suffer from hunger. i think it's better to use contraception. >> reporter: an exception to the church's contraception ban due to the zika crisis could have enormous impact.
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for some of the church's followers, it's a step forward they are ready to take. david mercer, al jazeera, antigua, guatemala. one of america's longest serving principlesers has been released after 43 years in solitary con finalment. many believe he was kept in isolation because of his ties with the black panthers, a movement accused of using violent means to fight for racial equality. jonathan martin has this report. >> reporter: on his 69th birthday, albert wood thoughts walked out of the louisiana state penitentiary a freeman. he had been convicted twice of killing prison guard brent miller, sentenced to life in prison without parole. both convictions were over turned on appeal. the judge ordered his release. a federal appeals court decided he had to stay behind bars while
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the state of louisiana challenged the release. his release friday comes after the state dropped a threat of subjecting him to a third murder trial. in turn, woodfox pleaded no contest. he said although i was looking forward to proving my innocence at a new trial, concerns about my health and my age have caused me to resolve this case now and obtain my release with this no contest plea to lesser charges. i hope theents of today will bring closure to many. he was one of the so-called a angola three. he spent long stretches in solitary in louisiana's only maximum security prison. many angola 3 believe they were political prisoners being held for involvement with the black panthers and because they fought for better prison conditions. >> they were the scapegoats. it was opportunity for the prison administration to continue in the federal efforts to destroy the black panther movement. >> in a statement friday, he
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thanked herman wallace and robert king for their support. king was released in 2001, after having a separate conviction overturned. herman wallace was released in 2013 after more than 30 years in solitary confinement. he died two days later. >> woodfox's attorney said friday albert survived the effects treme punishment of 40 plus years of solitary confinement because of his extraordinary strength and character. these inhumane practices must stop. new orleans. artists and poets from 40 country tries are defying security threats to take part in a literary festival in pakistan. organizers in lahor who were forced to change the event, they say it is to defy an environment of fear. >> reporter: there are few people in pakistan who know art and literature as well as
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73-year-old sal e-mail mahashmi. she began her career more than 50 years ago and has plenty of experience with political instability in pakistan. she said her journey hasn't been growing but growing talent gives her hope. >> one has witnessed great upheaval, social, political and artistic. but the thing that continuously amazes one is the ability to innovate against all kind of odds and a surprising way of remaining free. >> activists say freedom of speech doesn't come naturally to pakistan and other parts of south asia. from new d delhi, artists have suffered a clamp down from the government. hoping the region's freedoms won't continue to shrink for
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long. >> india and pakistan are bigger followers in terms of ideas and, you know, localized government can only clamp the situation down for a certain point. >> one of the many delegates from 40 countries from the festival. book launches and performances as well as multiple sessions with foreign delegates. this is a rare treat because previously alerts meant there are few open discussions. >> organizers say it's crucial to stand up to fear and intimidati intimidation. >> we did defy the ideology of . there is no turning back for us. tens of thousands are expected to attend the yearly event that has become part of the cultural calendar. this year's festival was almost shut down because of a security alert. similar events have taken place
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