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else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight. uganda's main opposition candidate is put under house arrest hours before results of the presidential elections are due to be announced. hello. welcome. you're watching al jazeera live from doha with me, peter dobbie. also in this half hour, fighting continues in syria as friday's truce deadline passes with little progress on how to implement it. fiji braces for a cyclone to
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pass at winds of 320 km/h. david cameron says he has a deal for the u.k. to stay within the e.u. ewe began dan police-- ewe ugandan opposition leader has been placed under house arrest for the third time this week. provisional results is on course to extend his 30 years. >> reporter: the police have
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said that this is a preventative arrangement because they need that besigye may call supporters to the street or otherwise dispute the official result coming from the commission expected in a few hours. it is illegal for any group to announce competing results is illegal. they tried to announce some of the results from their tally centers to the press. that is when besigye was taken away by the police along with the two party officials who he was with. the police also said it is illegal to announce and only the electoral commission is allowed to do that we understand the u.s. secretary of state john kerry was on the phone to museveni talking about issues of transparency. that must have been an awkward conversation at least.
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would that have got any traction at all with the president? >> reporter: a journalist reported that he had spoken to the president following this conversation and the president museveni says that it was - he said to john kerry that he had - that the election must be carried out with the rule of law and he said the opposition to be breaking the law, so that had to be enforced. he also said that america should stay out of uganda's internal affairs. uganda provides the bulk of the force in somalia. uganda as benefited from a lot of military funding and training from the u.s. so this is all, of course, a key part of the relationship when it comes to issues like contested elections as far as the voters are concerned, is there a victim in
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this process? is the victim, perhaps, trust for what they think about how the system operates? >> reporter: yeah. of course it depends who you speak to, but for people in the opposition and the supporters, for which there are many here in the capital, their trust was eroded probably quite a long time ago, possibly in previous elections because opposition leaders have said those previous elections were rigged, although the electoral commission and ruling party have denied it. this time besigye urged his voters to come out early, stay at stations and guard your votes. there were some issues on polling day. there were delays in opposition areas and also ballot stuffing and tampering with the results as they were compiled. the electoral commission denied all this but it has undermined
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for a lot of opposition supporters, they do seem to have lost confidence in the protest. that is added by social media have been blocked by some carriers. so that seems to bring into question issues of transparency. the government says it's a security measure that they've had to take to prevent unrest thank you. the u.n. brokered syrian peace process is in danger of complete collapse. the deadline for essayings of fighting passed on friday. battling is still on the ground. russian planes continue to strike syrian targets, particularly in aleppo as forces supporting the government pushed towards the country's largest city. turkey is keeping up its shelling of positions in the
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north. this is a major point of contention. russian has drafted a u.n. security council resolution calling for an end to cross border shelling. our correspondent has more >> reporter: fighting was supposed to ease across syria by friday. instead it intensified. fighters main made gains along turkey's border. turkey responded with intense border shelling. russian air strikes in support of the syrian regime hit hospitals as well as rebel targets. at the united nations a stark warning from france. russia's actions were making things worse. this millitary escalation is the direct result of the brutal offensive in the north of syria led by the syrian regime and its allies and here russia must understand that it is unconditional support to bashar al-assad is a dead-end and a
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dead-end that could be extremely dangerous. >> reporter: french president francois hollande said turkey's actions put it at risk of war with russia. plans to hold another round of peace negotiations in geneva were postponed and the staffan de mistura said no dates were set for resumption of talks. meanwhile, russia called an urgent u.n. security council meetings and drafted a resolution calling on syria's neighbours and others to respect its territory and stop interfering in syrian affairs. >> there is elements in the resolution, elements repeated by everybody, in the council, in consultations, in stake out here. so i cannot imagine how they could refute that. >> reporter: there is little chance it will come to a vote according to britain and france, and the u.s. ambassador to u.n. said existing resolutions on sir why were good enough and had this rebuke
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>> this is a distraction, from the core fact which is 224 needs to be implemented. we have a resolution on the books. it is the right resolution. we have committed ourselves to it and we need russia to do the same >> reporter: it's too early to say diplomacy has failed but it is on the ropes as tensions increases between russia and turkey and fighting intensifies in syria. talks in geneva will ease the issue somewhat, but more fighting on the ground will push the agreement further away turkey blaming russia for the stall in the talks in an interview with al jazeera, the turkish prime minister accused russia of ethnic cleansing in syria. >> the purpose of russian air attacks, they want to have an ethnic cleansing. they want to send all forces groups, all sunnis, kurds to
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arab not important to them and all of those who are against the regime, so, in fact, we - based on humanitarian grounds, on we are receiving refugees a group carried in turkey says it carried out the attack in ankara. the t a.k. says it was in response to military action against kurds in the south east of the country. y.p.g. was previously accused. both groups say they are separate. fiji is being hit by the strongest cyclone ever recorded on the pacific islands. it is packing winds of 290 km/h with gusts of more than 320. the equivalent of a category 5 storm. airports are closed and a state of emergency is in place. earlier in the week it caused
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damage to tonga. we have a representative on the line. how long until this storm system moves away from the islands? >> it is anticipated that by 9 o'clock the mainland fall is going to happen and it might take four more hours to get it here just to be clear, that means that it hasn't begun to demonstrate its massive destructive power as of yet, not completely >> not completely, that's right as far as your people are concerned, the destructive power here that will probably be on display is going to be huge. >> it will be huge, and this is
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one of the times which fiji has never experienced before fiji has been through cyclone storm systems in the past. is the level of preparedness on the part of the authorities doing everything it can do? >> the level of preparedness in this cyclone has been remarkably very, very satisfactory. a lot of messaging was happening within the communities and it will have been taken precaution and have prepared the houses. at the same time they have also stocked food so they can stay in house until this cyclone has passed so far as you can tell from where you are, the authorities would appear to be ready. can they cope? >> it is very difficult to stay, but the-- to say, but the level
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of preparedness, what they have taken, is the best preparedness as we have witnessed in the last other cyclones. the levels are preparedness are fantastic and we hope that we can cope thank you for that. plenty for still to come for you here on al jazeera, including from climate change to health care find out why some major policies. policies.
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is welcome back. ewe began dan police have put the main opposition leader into house arrest again. provisional results show the president is on course to extend his 30-year rule. the deadline for cessation of hostilities in syria passed on friday. russian planes continue to bomb aleppo. the pacific island nation of fiji is being battered by the strongest storm system ever recorded there. winds of 320 km/h. extensive damage has already been caused in neighboring tonga britain ace prime minister says he will announce a date for the e.u. referendum in london in
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a couple of hours time they will discuss the details of the deal reached with e.u. counterparts late yesterday. that will determine the u.k.'s role within the e.u. emma haywood reports from brussels >> reporter: after weeks, days and hours of negotiations david cameron wasted no time in hailing this deal a victory >> i have negotiated a deal to give u.k. special status inside the of the e.u. >> reporter: he says he was won this fight >> i believe that this is enough to recommend that u.k. remain in e.u. having the best of both worlds. we will be in the parts of europe that work for us, influencing the decisions that affect us in the driving scene of the world's biggest market and with the ability to take action to keep our people safe, and we will be out of the parts of europe that dount work for us.
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out of the open borders, out of the bail-outs. >> reporter: support for the deal had to be unanimous, but reaching that point was tough. breakfast became lunch and then dinner while the talks rumbled on. cameron's critics back home have said he was asking too little for the deal was hollow, but many leaders said he wanted too much. in the end he has secured an opt-out to the e.u. principle of closer union or more integration. new restrictions on accessing the u.k. wealth fair system and also safeguards against regulations being imposed on britain's financial sector. >> i don't want there to be different rules for the london financial markets than for other european markets. when you've had a banking and financial crisis like we had in 2008 you can't take any risks. >> reporter: at the heart of this summit the role of britain, one of you're's biggest economies in the e.u., with cameron promising to hold a
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referendum in the european union >> the final decision is in the hands of the british people. i love britain and i love brussels. >> reporter: this was a big political gamble for david cameron. at times it was felt it might end without agreement. he goes back to the u.k. knowing that he has to convince the british people that he has got a good deal. david cameron will meet his cabinet on saturday, some of whom were already preparing to campaign against staying in the e.u. after that he is expected to confirm that the referendum will take place in june. the hard work, it seems, is only just beginning staying with european, ways to ease the refugee crisis is being discussed.
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non- >> members macedonia and serbia have closed their frontiers. austria will only allow 80 refugees a day into that you are kin. many are stranded on the border between greece and macedonia. >> reporter: the main issue issue for greece is the domino effect of imposing quotas on the number of refugees allowed into a country like austria. that will have a domino effect. you will have more people waiting in slovenia i can't, croatia, macedonia and all the way back to this country. greece has already a problem with the so-called economic migrants. those are people from north after, from iran, from pakistan, who came here who are not allowed to cross the border at the moment because they're not considered as refugees, so try tried to sneak in either by
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their own or using smugglers. we spoke to many of these people over the past few days and they say that even if they make it across one or two borders, if they get caught by police they will be sent all the way back to greece and that is a huge concern for this country because once they're back here, either these people try to leave again or they're stranded in greece. it has its own economic problems. at the moment it certainly cannot have this issue growing on its territory. many of the people here would say our borders are very unique in the sense that we have these hundreds of islands that people just come across from turkey and land randomly on these islands. so maybe if you want to impose real controls, that should start on the beaches of turkey sit-ins are being planned by egyptian doctors over allegations of police brutality. it is to be held in doors
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because of a public ban on dissent. >> reporter: it's more scenes like this the president is hoping to avoid. the funeral of a 24-year-old taxi driver shot and killed by a police officer during an argument. >> translation: i want the government to bring me justice. the president himself. why would this policeman shoot my son? what was he guilty of. >> reporter: all they care about is to rob us. as long as there is chaos no-one will get but punished. enough is enough. >> reporter: the president now wants new laws to kerb police brutality. he said any police officer who assaults a citizen should be held accountable for their actions. the sisi government has brought in laws effectively banning
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demonstrations, but only a week ago thousands of medics filled the streets outside their hospitals. they queues police of beating up two doctors during a dispute about treatment for an injured officer. >> when thousands of people come into the street to protest against police brutality. this is unsettling for the regime. the initial moment of the january 25 revolution was against police brutality because of the death of one at the hands of the police. so what you're seeing is a return to mass demonstrations against police brutal ultimately. >> reporter: the doctors' protest will continue on saturday, but they won't be in the streets. instead, they have agreed to hold sit-ins, in silence thousands of yemenis have demonstrated in the capital to support houthi rebels fighting the government. houthi supporters say they will march and fight to retake it
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from the president's government and the saudi- led coalition. more than 6,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed in a year of conflict. iraqi forces have launched an offensive to retake the area 30 kilometers of the west of baghdad from i.s.i.l. it is part of an attempt to break i.s.i.l.'s control of the area around fallujah, which was the first iraqi city to fall to islamic state in iraq and the levant in 2014. attempts by the army to recapture it subsequently failed. the u.s. president obama has paid his last respects to the supreme court justice calia in london where he was lying in repose. the judge's death earlier this week left issues. some of mr obama's key policies are up in the air. >> reporter: with the death of this justice, a conservative champion, the u.s. supreme court
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is now evenly divided between appointees of republican and democratic presidents. that balance carries mixed outcomes for some of obama's high priority cases which are pending before the court. including the loss of labor union privileges, added restrictions on abortion and contraceptives, legalizing the status of undocumented child immigrants. the stakes may be highest for obama's plan for power plants to cut carbon emissions. in keeping with the u.s. commitment that helped clinch the paris climate deal last december. >> we then led by example. we have set the first ever nation-wide standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution power plants can dump into the air our children breathe >> reporter: that has been challenged by more than half the states which are charged with carrying it out by shutting down their coal-fired generators. days before the justice died,
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the high court issued an unprecedented order to freeze ail action on the emissions rule >> the supreme court has sent a message to all of the states, put down your pencils because the e.p.a. has no authority to issue and force this illegal rule down your throats >> reporter: had he still been on the court, it seemed likely to over turn the emissions plant >> if the supreme court were to throw out the rule, first of all i think that would be disastrous from an environmental perspective. i think that stepping back climate change is so clearly the issue of the day >> reporter: as long as scalia assess seat stays empty, possibly until the next president takes office, the outcome remains uncertain >> reporter: the court has one of two options in deadlock, to hear the arguments a second time or let the lower court ruling stand. if the court chooses that second option, it would mean victory for obama's environmental agenda
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china's chief security regulator has been forced to step down after months of turmoil on the stock markets there. he was removed from his post after a series of policy mistakes. he over saw a free fall on the money exchange last year in which billions of dollars were wiped off the value of chairs. in his final match before retirement, the cricket cap tan reached a milestone and his innings against australia in chift church included 14 fours and four 6s. the best selling italian writer has died at the age of 48. he became famous with the book the name of the rose was turned into a movie. his later novels highlighted his
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fascination with language. harper lee spread the message of racial tolerance with her novel to kill a mocking bird. she withdrew from the public eye until the sequel. she was 89 when she died in her sleep on friday. >> reporter: pictures of life in america's deep south. it was a world she called home >> we didn't have much money. nobody that had any money. we didn't have many toys to play with. nothing was done for us. so the result was that we lived in our imagination most of the time. >> reporter: her childhood was reflected in the narrator of her best paraceler, to kill a mocking bird. in atticus finch, that was
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brought to life in a 1962 film adaptation. >> now, gentlemen, this country the courts, are the great levellers and our courts all are created equal. i'm no idealdist to believe in our courts and jury system. that is no ideal to meechlt it is a living working reality. >> reporter: set in the depression years, it fuelled the civil rights movement in part in the 1960s and thereof >> this is before the black panthers. it was a time when civil rights were becoming very visible, were
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controversial and fortunately the book was no scalding, it was not blaming. it was an engaging compassion eight look at an-- xagsate-- xagsat learnings look. she received a medal of freedom from george w bush >> it cannot be over estimated how popular this book was. it sold some 40 million copies. it was the subject of a beloved move ee. many, many people tell me it is their favorite book. >> reporter: it was her sole publication for 55 years until she released go set a watchman. >> she was trying to write a tribute to her father whom she loved very much. her first attempt completed in the late 1950s was full of
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anger. the second attempt, to kill a mocking bird, was more understanding when it was told through the eyes of a girl who admired her father a great deal. >> reporter: her enduring classic will live on in illegality rae history-- literary history a reminder you can keep up-to-date with all our top stories at congo. it's one of the least developed countries in the world, but there's an estimated $24 trillion worth of minerals here. tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold have all been linked to violence in eastern congo by rebel groups and the congolese army. >> millions of people have been killed in the congo over the past decade.


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