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>> president museveni has been declared president of uganda while the main opposition leaders remains under house arrest. hello, i'm maryam nemazee. you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, the state of emergency in fiji as a powerful cyclone strikes. david cameron votes on whether to leave the european union. robbed, beaten and vulnerable. teenage refugees stranded on the
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greek-macedonnen border. and nevada prepares to hold its caucus. uganda's president is celebrating his fifth election victory while his main opponent remains under house arrest. the president won 60.8% in thursday's election allowing him to extend his 30-year rule. his main rival, kizza besigye had 35.4% of the votes and declared the election a sham. we have this report. >> police surrounded the house of opposition leader kizza
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besigye as results are announced. opposition leaders from placed under house arrest. the electoral chai election chairman announced the results. >> the chairman acknowledged some problems and said that things largely went well. he said that this was rigging local observers say there has been strong criticism from the european union and the commonwealth observers. >> the electorate commission failed. it was not transparent. it was very bad at organizing things. and loses the trust of everyone here that we were speaking to. i would say it's a failure of
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the electorate commission. >> while the votes were read, some lived on the radio. others watched football. police and soldiers deployed heavily in some neighborhoods. back at bezigy arabs house, his party members tried enter, but they were not allowed in the house. >> for those who was working with him are scared to death. >> while supporters of president museveni prepare to celebrate, opposition supporters wait for their leaders to make their next move. >> yoweri museveni is on the list of longest presidents in power.
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also on the list, the president of angola, joseph eduardo, who has been president for 36 years. and robert mugabe is the only surviving african leader to have continuously been in power since winning independence. he became prime minister of zimbabwe in 1980. that muts museveni in fourth place with 30 years in office. well, one african country which will get a relatively new leader is central african republic. the presidential run off with 62% of the vote. it's hope thad his election will restore democracy and help end inter-religious violence. an ally defeated another former prime minister, who won 37% of the vote.
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>> a state of emergency has been declared in fiji which is getting battered by one of the strongest storms ever erred in the southern hemisphere. tropical storm winston has packed winds 190 kilometers an hour as it makes its way across the pacific. that's the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane. caroline malone has more. >> racing to get out of the way of cyclone winston, the strongest storm on record to hit fiji. it's been battering the outer island with high winds and heavy rain. the nationwide curfew was imposed at 6:00 p.m. local time. many opted to stay at home rather than go to government shelters. but many buildings are flimsy and may not with stand such powerful winds.
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>> we have been in contact with the communities. of the highly likely bases of a cyclone like this. >> rough seas across a wide area are also endangering boats and ships. fiji is an arc peel low of 300 low-lying islands prone to sea surges and flash flooding. this storm is likely to dump lots of rain on land destroying crops. water was was crashing over the sea wall in suva earlier in the day. further along the coast, they help the resort create a sandbag barrier to prevent further damage. and they've prepared as best as they can.
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>> locals are getting all the cash they can from the bank. >> but there is only so much that islanders can do to prepare for such a massive storm bringing its full force to some of the most populated parts of fiji overnight. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> al jazeera's presenter has been looking at why the cyclone is so powerful. >> meteorologist: well, it remains a very potent force. it looks like it will go into denuts here. it does not have bands of clouds and rain as many such cyclones do, and it tends to keep its power longer in this type of storm. there are incredibly high and powerful gusts but thankfully it will move away to the west. and as it does so it will take the worst of the wind and rain with it. it will remain very rainy and storming. flooding remains an issue. big seas all around the coach of
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fiji, but we should find winston easing away in the coming hours. >> syria's opposition has agreed to hold a two- to three-week cease-fire if russia holds off on its campaign. it's pledged to keep backing syrian forces against what it calls terrorism. we have more on the turkish border with syria. >> the opposition are saying they're going to agree to a two- to three-week truce that could be renewable, but they're attaching conditions. russia must stop its air bombing campaign. aid should be delivered to besieged areas. and vulnerable prisoners released. the opposition is demanding that the al-qaeda linked al nusra front is included in this hostilities deal because 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
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ground. this is why they rejected the initial proposal that was agreed in mu nick. at the end of the day al nusra operates on the ground where the moderate rebels operate. and russia could say that they're targeting al nusra but targeting the moderates instead. they have been holding discussions over the past few days. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said that they have been constructive but they are saying that key issues need to be resolved. this is a complex operation but this is in regard to a cessation of hostilities, but undoubtedly on the grown the war rages on. >> russian airstrikes have killed eight people in homs in the west of area. al jazeera understands that two separate raids were carried out on friday. a vacuum bomb dropped killing win and children and on friday a
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bomb dropped on a mosque during friday prayers. >> tell us what the solution is. we're killed on the roads or killed here. we're hit from the air, the ground, everywhere we go we're slaughtered. >> every time we hear a plane which hide. look, mostly kids how do you expect them to live normally. people are going crazy here. the world has gone mad. for god sake find a solution for us. >> serbia has confirmed two enbasscy staff abducted in libya were killed in airstrikes. the operation targeted an isil training camp west of the capital of tripoli. they have yet to confirm the deaths and say up to 30 people were killed in the attacks. serbian authorities. >> i want to say clearly to everybody that serbia has done everything it could to free our citizens. if there hadn't been a bombing i don't think it would have come
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to this because the interest of those who abducted them ean certainly was not to kill them. no demands other than financial ones have been made, and i think these were impossible to fulfi fulfill. >> the northern indian state is in lockdown and five people are dead after an escalation in the ongoing protests over strikes. the community is demanding the same quotas in jobs and education offered to lower castes. we have reports, and they're not backing down. >> a shoot to till order has been imposed to control the protest its with thousands of military forces on the ground. the troops had to be air dropped as protesters blocked all major roads entering the state. into the heart of the protest buses, community halls, and even the residents of the finance minister were set ablaze.
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in many areas the protesters ignored pleas for calm. they want status that will give them priority for government jobs and quote in state education and institutions. they tried to appease the community saying if it was up to them they would grant it. >> we agree with all the demands of the community. the government has already said that it stands by the community in resolving all the constitutional, legal and institutional hurdles that stand in the way to meet their demands. >> but the chief minister's words have drawn nor anger--more anger. >> we've been given false securities. this government is bad in particular. we'll be sure that this government is overthrown and we'll boycott it. >> the community makes unnearly 0% of the voting population in hariana. they're traditionally farmers with a strong political
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representation and "n" government and not seen as being under privileged. at the border was the capital of new delhi. mobs set up blockades. >> until the government reaches a decision in our favor we're going to stop water supplies, block roads and disrupt new del. >> i many crossed on foot for fear protesters would carry out their threat to attack and slash the tires of vehicles. the agitators have formed a committee that has reached a list of demands that they want the government to fulfill. if not, they warn of more disruptions. this is an issue that has been swimming since the 1990s. the community has been promised reservation status in various election campaigns. the concern is that it not be limited to this state but could spread to other parts of the
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country. al jazeera. hariana. >> also to come for you, the row with the pope, but donald trump still looks to win the south carolina republican primary. also coming up, free at last, one of america's longest serving prisoners is released after 43 years in solitary confinement.
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>> welcome back. you're watching al jazeera. a quick reminder of the top stories. uganda's president has been declared winner of the presidential election extending
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his 30-year rule. but e.u. observers and the opposition have criticized the pope which was marred by political violence and allegations of vote rigging. fiji has declared a state of emergency as it's battered by one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the surgeon hem steer. and syrian opposition groups say they will agree to a temporary cease-fire but only if russia stops bombing the country. britain will vote on its membership of the e.u. in a referendum set for june 23rd. david cameron agreed a new deal with european leaders late on friday which clued a special status if it stays a member. while they're urged to stay in the block it has caused divisions in his party. six ministers already campaig campaigning to leave cameron said that britain will remain stronger and safer if it remains in the e. >> our plan for europe gives us the best of both worlds.
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it's underlines our special status. through its families across britain get all the benefits of being in the european union including more jobs, prices, and greater security. but our special status also means we're out of those parts of europe that do not work for us. so we will never join the euro. we'll never be part of eurozone bail outs. never be part of the no-borders area or european army. or e.u. super state. >> dominic kane gave us this update from downing street. >> a key concern for david cameron now will be what kind of solidarity he will be given by his cabinet colleagues. we know there are some members of his cabinet, who will be campaigning for britain to leave the european union. and while there are some on the
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government side they 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. and then of course there is the united kingdom indians party. the party that has greeted this deal from brussels with disdain and don't believe the speech to the large group of the electorate. the question is whether or not the two sides of this campaign will be able to fight the campaign they want and we'll know the answer in 124 day's time. >> another issue discussed at the e.u. summit in brussels was the refugee crisis. many arriving in greece are u uncompanied children. up to 10,000 have now disappeared. we spoke to teenagers on the greek-macedonian border about the risk think face during their journey. >> they set off from their
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homelands with their teenage groups of a better life. inspired by the images they've seen of refugees streaming across europe. but soon a harsh reality sets in. >> i went to macedonia five times. reached serbia once. but each time i was sent back to greece. >> these days only syrians, afghans and iraqis are allowed to continue their journey. europe remains closed to other nationality while regarded economic migrants not refugees. so these boys are not stranded on the greek side of the border. unprotected and vulnerable to criminal gangs and smuggler rings. many want to remain anonymous, telling us their stories but not their names. >> there was four of us. we were trying to cross. we found guys in front of us we ran. the youngest among us, 15, was
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caught. they took him into a house like this one, there were three of them, they raped him. we through stones but they pulled knives so we ran. >> many who reach the greek shores are children but nobody knows how many are traveling alone. >> they're traveling alone without adults or unknown people and they have minors from 12 to 13 years old who were alone. >> that's the story of a i can't did yazidi boy who traveled with his family to germany. he was lucky to end up in a shelter. >> it's scary. you never know what a smuggler will do to you they could take
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to you the forest and rob, rape or kill you. many of my friends were robbed and beaten, now they have disappeared. >> they have lost contact with their companions, and they've gone silent on social media. they will continue to try to sneak across borders walking undercover of darkness hoping by daybreak they'll be safe and one step close for their destination. >> nationalists demonstrate necessary ukraine have vandalized two russian banks in the capital. the protesters in kiev threw rocks through the windows of the bank buildings as well as offices belonging to the country's richest man. tens of thousands have been marching to mark two years since the deadiest day of anti-government protests that resulted in ukraine's former
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pro-russian president. >> it's another dig--big day in the race of the white house, the poll suggests that hillary clinton and bernie sanders are neck and neck in their first test in a more racially diverse state. clinton has the tight 2.4 lead over sanders, but nationally the former secretary of state seems to have edged slightly ahead with clinton leading sanders by more than five points. meanwhile, the republicans in south carolina are also getting ready for the race. donald trump is hoping to repeat his success in new hampshire. the test for him and the other presidential candidates are the significant number of black voters. donald trump has the lead with ted cruz an marco rubio battling for second place and jeb bush
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way behind on 5%. alan fisher joins us live now. alan, it's been, well, it's been a bit of a negative--we've seen negative ads in south korea. how is this going to affect the turn out? >> well, they're expecting there will be a record turn out here in south carolina. but this state is known for dirty politics. if you the history of it here. it's been no different from this time around. what you've seen on tv is almost every single ad is an attack ad. marco rubio is the target of most of them, which would seem to suggest that he's doing quite well. but the candidates, too, they coach their criticisms in diplomatic language, they're not quite out there with the things that they say although reading between the lines we all know what they mean. but here they've been calling one another liar. they've been calling one another cheats.
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the gloves are off. they know how important south koresouth carolina is. if you can win here then you can win anywhere. and all the candidates left in the race want to have south carolina winner next to their name. only one will have that, of course. >> and it could really establish donald trump's position as the frontrunner for the republican nomination. >> well, if you look at the polls he's going to win. the margin of victory is interesting to see. most of the voters here in south carolina identify themselves either as evangelical christian or very religious. now remember over the last few days he's had to start with the roman catholic pope. we suspect that donald trump has gone through this campaign
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almost a as a teflon candidate. it doesn't matter what he says, it's had very little affect on his poll numbers. the big thing to watch is who comes second and third. ted cruz is sitting comfortbly in second, but the rubio campaign believes they've built up steam, and with a bit of wind at their back and good turnout they might sneak second place. if they do that is bad news for ted cruz. even if rubio finishes third, while he can't say that's a victory it would be a defeat for jeb bush. he spent a lot of time campaigning in this state. he has used the bush name and he has had his mom at the event. he would hate to see that the only person who loves him in south carolina is his mom. if he finishes fourth there is a prospect that someone from the republican party establishment will come along, tap him on the
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shoulder and say we need to get behind an anti-trump candidate. it's not going to be you. you need to step out of the race and marco rubio will be the anointed one. this will whittle down to three men chasing the republican nomination and one of them will be the one who will face the democratic nominee in the general election in november. >> alan fisher, thank you very much. one of the longest-serving prisoners in the u.s. has been released. albert woodfox's murder conviction was twice overturned, yet he still remained in custody, spending 43 years in prison confinement. some say that he was kept in isolation because of his ties to the black panther movement. >> on his 69th birthday albert woodfox walked out of the louisiana state penitentiary as a free man after four decades in
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solitary confinement. he was convicted twice of killing a prison guard. he was sentenced to life to prison without parole. both of those convictions were overturned. but he was ordered his release, but he had to stay behind bars while the state challenged the release. friday they dropped the threat of subjecting him to a third murder trial in turn he pled no contest to lesser charges. woodfox said: wood it will fox was one of the so-called angola three. he along with robert king and herman wallace spent long stretches of time in solitary in angola, louisiana only maximum security prison. many believed that the men were
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political prisoners being held for thinks involvement with the black panthers and because they foot for better prison conditions. >> they were the scapegoats. there was the opportunity. but for the prison administration to continue and the federal efforts to destroy the black panther movement. >> woodfoxed thanked herman wallace and robert king for their support. king was released in 2001. wallace was released in 2013 after more than 30 years in solitary confinement. he died two days later. woodfox's attorney said friday that albert survived the solitary confinement because of his extraordinary strength and character. these inhumane practices must stop. >> now, at film festival, "fire
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at sea" focuses on the life of a young boy living on the italian island of lampedusa. the director spent six months filming on the island. >> we have to stop telling the lies that we tell about who we are. we celebrate our history of slavery. we celebrate our era of terrorism. >> stevenson has spent his career fighting racism in the criminal justice system--the legacy of slavery and times of


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