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new art exhibit in london has art facts from one of the world's oldest cultures. ♪ cairo court sentenced deposed egyptian president mohamed morsi to 20 years in prison and 12 others also got a 20-year sentence and he was egypt had a coup against street protest against it and charges against protesters during demonstrations outside the presidential palace in december 2012. he faces three other cases including one linked to his escape from prison in 2011. he was being held in custody after a round up of muslim brotherhood supporters and facing charges of spying and conspiring to commit terrorists
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acts in egypt with palestinian movement hamas and allegations he endangered egypt's national security by leaking state secrets to qatar and fraud in connection with muslim brotherhood with economic and social program for recovery and accused of insulting the judiciary after allegedly accusing a judge of over seeing fraud in previous elections. and we have an egyptian journalist who joins us in the studio now and good to have you with us 20 years, what do you make of that? >> well for me i was not shocked by the verdict because i expected even more harsh, the death penalty. i think the whole thing was calculated politically at this point of history in egypt. the whole thing had been calculated right from the start
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politically and in my estimation and the way i see it the trial itself the trials of morsi have politici ishgs politicied. >> you say it's political and discussing it earlier of very strange charges. if it's political what do you think the political messages is with this sentence? >> it sents a wrong message to the egyptians and also the whole world that there is no future for civil role in egypt. i believe that morsi has been used as an example that the do knots in egypt. and i believe it's the wrong message and it's very serious and ominous one.
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>> because the former leader he was also facing charges, his were overthrown what sort of message do you think that is. >> say again? >> also charged of inciting violence and it was thrown out. >> but then again i mean the other message that we -- that has been delivered in the last few months and with all these acting with another on the trials as far as the trials of the former mubarak regime says mubarak has never been out of power even after mubarak's death and now, today, with this conviction it tells even more about this mubarak regime staying in power, all the time mubarak regime have been in power. >> it was good to get your
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thoughts thank you. >> thank you. a captain of a ship that sank off the coast of libya has been charged with multiple currents of manslaughter in italy and more than 800 people traveling on board the vessel and victims on the way to europe but most died when the ship went down and we go to paul brennan at the sicily port and tell us about the captain. >> reporter: yeah it's the understanding we have at the moment, we have not been able to speak directly to the prosecutor but it has been reported quite widely now the captain who is a tunisia man is charged with reckless multiple homicide and in addition to that they have also been charged with what is called favoring illegal immigration. i suppose the most accurate translation into english would be like facilitating or propagating the allowance of
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immigration. so it's clear that the authorities have taken two people who were among the 27 brought off that coast guardianship last night and taken them to the police station and have charged them while the other 25 people who were taken to a reception center or in the case of young people or teenagers on board have gone to a separate place for minors. >> so they have been caught but yet there are still a few of the lucky ones paul do we know anything more about what actually happened and how those few survivors did survive? >> we are getting some rather harrowing testimony actually not directly from the survivors themselves because they were whisked away after the boat arrived at midnight last night, coast guard boat, whisked to a reception center and i spoke to a doctor and nurse on board the
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coast guardianship and from the malta group and accompany the coast guard on operations and part of the operation and gave distress ing distressing information in an interview which we will transcriptlateor and when it went down they could see nothing and only a couple of lights and the distressing part is hearing screams of survivors calling for help and not being able to see them in the blackness and there was no debris and the boat must have gone down extremely quickly and said the estimate of around 800 people around that believed that was certainly an accurate estimate and he said that the number of people that were brought on board who were saved were suffering from real trauma dehydration and hypothermia and thankfully survivors have now recovered to a large degree and will be fine. but he was shocked at just how quickly the boat had gone down and how many people had gone down with it. >> all right thank you for that
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paul brennan. let's go to yemen now where forces loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi say they have pushed back fighters and took positions at the aiden airport and stopped houthi advance and took parts of a neighborhood in aiden and while this was a scene in this neighborhood the street battles are between fighters loyal to president hadi who is in exile in saudi arabia and forces who support the long-term president salah and they targeted the sanaa and base on monday and at least 46 killed and 341 injured in that explosion. let's speak to mohamed live on saudi arabia's border, update us on the fighting on the ground at the moment. >> yes, what we know about this fighting is it's raging by the
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day and the popular committees and pap particular resistance committees in aiden are making progress and have seen chaos in the first few weeks of campaign when there was utter confusion and a situation of hate and houthis gaining ground along with their loyalists. now we see a reverse in that situation according to reports from aiden and we see a steady and what looks like a systematic gaining of ground by hadi loyalists and forces loyal to the legitimate president. we know that you know perhaps some factors behind this were the large defect shuns in yemen military in the last few days including the first division in remote and other divisions, we are talking now about, we are talking about almost ten divisions or ten brigades of the army they have loyal to hadi and not clear how it reflects on the
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ground but seems there is some support coming to the popular assistance committees and pushing the hadi and loyalists across the line of the presidential house and also part of the airport we still have a standoff in aiden five kilometers away from the city that is where the air base is that standoff is continuing so it's not a clear victory for the hadi camp but there is progress. >> what about the uss theodore roosevelt making its way there, what do you know about that? >> are you talking about the american navy ships? >> yes. >> i didn't hear the question. >> correct. >> yes. >> the u.s. has a constant presence in the gulf in the arab gulf and also in the red sea and in the ocean so here aiden is located right in the middle of that and they are aware of the importance of the strait where a large chunk of
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the international traffic of oil passes so it's an interesting and strategic location there in yemen and they don't want iran particularly to be able to control it. there were reports during the last few weeks of iran moving about a dozen navy ships to that area iran claims that yemen is not the target and the target is not to help the houthis. they said it's an operation against high-sea piracy with saudis and allies particularly the americans are very much concerned but iran may be trying to ship weapons to houthis inside yemen. >> thank you very that paul. in syria activists say they repelled a government offensive in eastern dara and 30 government soldiers killed in the fighting and 7 army tanks were destroyed. the syrian observatory for human rights say 24 rebel fighters also died in offensive. activists say rebels also
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captured a foreign fighter loyal to government forces. the u.n. says it needs $30 million in aid for palestinians stuck in a syrian refugee camp the camp near damascus is controlled by i.s.i.l. following intense fighting earlier this month, the humanitarian situation there has been described as desperate and in 1957 it was set up for palestinian refugees. bashar al-assad said he did not use gas in a t.v. channel and says aisles is iraqi export and blames u.s. invasion there for the rise of the armed group. >> created in 2006 under the supervision of americans and iraq i was not controlling iraq america controlled iraq and when you have chaos at your neighborhood you have to expect
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it in your area. >> reporter: more coming up, on al jazeera including the streets of guinea capitol turn into battleground as protesters face off against police. and on ward bound, we meet foreign workers returning to zimbabwe because they are too scared to say in south africa. ♪ when you see this symbol respected around the world it means you too can now count on all the things we stand for. aljazeera america.
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mohamed morsi to 20 years in prison and it's in connection to the deaths of demonstrators in 2012 and morsi faces charges in three other trials. the captain of a ship that sank off the coast of libya has been charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in italy and more than 800 people traveling on board the vessel and victims on their way to europe but most died when the ship went down. forces loyal to yemen's president hadi say they pushed back houthi fighters and taken control of their positions near aiden airport and also have been street battles in aiden's neighborhood. let's get more on the migrant crisis in the mediterranean and for asylum seekers to get across life can be tough and we met a man in rome who made the journey from libya narrowly escaping death. >> for the migrants crossing the mediterranean sea it's a journey that represents a new life a new start.
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and joseph got that new life five years ago. >> they say you enter italian water. >> reporter: joseph had to get out of ghanna made his way to libya where people smuggers put him on a boat for a price, destination lampadusa. >> the first time i was lucky and first time they promise me joe, you are moving today. i went there and they didn't take me. they say that the boat is full so i have to go. about one or two days then i see the boat sink on the sea. all of the people died. >> so you had a narrow escape. >> yes, the people, there were about 125 passengers, people
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all of them dead all of them sink with the boat. >> reporter: the boat he did board also got into trouble and had to be rescued and joseph remembers vividly the moment he arrived in europe. >> they were very kind to us and they were happy to receive us. and we all happy about them so they sent us to lampadusa and check us with medication and everything and treat us and after that they took us and we came to rome. >> reporter: but life has not been as kind as he had hoped joseph takes odd jobs where he can, he barely gets by. >> i struggle to get money to feed myself. >> you struggle to eat. >> yes, struggle to eat. and in italy we have a special
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room here and the jobs have been limited. there is little jobs. and people are working, if you are lucky you get some job, if you are not lucky you just pray and one day somebody will call you and work for them. >> reporter: he has a message driven to risk their lives to get to europe. >> better for them to stop coming here. stay where they are. >> reporter: the words of a man who has been there, is there now, but words that many will ignore so desperate are they for that new start. phil lavelle, al jazeera, rome. thousands of soldiers in guinea took control of the capitol after violent confrontation with antiprotesters and angry at an election timetable and are calling for it to be scrapped and we report. >> reporter: it's the second
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time in two weeks the guinea capitol has resembled a battlefield, and rock-throwing protesters were met with tear gas from the police and then there were arrests. hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets. they want a controversial election timetable to be scrapped. >> translator: the moment we enter the house of our leader we were met with large number of police shooting at us and reacted with stones and just now heard gunshots and was hit and responsible for this situation. >> reporter: last month guinea electoral commission said presidential election would take place in october but local elections next year and do not want to keep the local representatives they appointed and rather wants them to be appointed and he narrowly won the vote in 2010 the first time they held free election since gaining independence from france
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in 1958. but opposition parties accuse the president of keeping a tight grip over guinea's institutions. the government has criticized the opposition for protesting despite still battling ebola outbreak and several new cases are still being reported each week but opposition says its struggle is a just one. >> translator: the authorities in this country have decide to suppress opposition demonstrations the security forces that stop the people from expressing themselves the guinea people cannot express their disagreements freely. >> reporter: there have been attempts at talks of guinea government delegation met representatives on sunday but opposition said it will end protest if it's guaranteed imitation of a 2013 agreement that says local elections would take place before the presidential poll. >> translator: they are ready to negotiate if this illegal action is removed by the electoral commission and nec has
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no power to dissolve the act signed by the international community. it is only the opposition and its partners who can dissolve this agreement for local elections. >> reporter: at least three people were killed and more than 50 wounded in last week's demonstrations. and unless both sides can agree on a framework for elections, more violence is likely to follow i'm with al jazeera. hundreds of zimbabwe people who fled violence in south africa returning home despite south africa leaders calling for calm after a series of violent attacks on the immigrant community and the zulo king urged people to protect foreigners describing the tact as vial on monday has been blamed after he said foreigners were to blame for the high crime rate and spoke to some foreign workers who are heading back to zimbabwe. families have been on the road
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for about 24 hours and as you can imagine they are barely moving and now in zimbabwe and getting food the first meal in a long time. zimbabwe had a meal cooked with water and getting vegetables as well and a bit of meat and some of them are saying they fled south africa 407 crossed the border into zimbabwe the first batch of people brought in by zimbabwe government and for the evening they are going to have the meal and sleep for the night and in the morning they are going to see if they can head back to their families gathered across zimbabwe and when you ask them why they decided to leave they have terrible stories of what they went there and afraid african migrants they will be targeted and some of them have been taking jobs. >> picture bomb and i don't know
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and must go. when we knew they were coming other people did. >> translator: i left darban because of people and kill the foreigners and that is why i left. >> reporter: the center accommodated up to 1,000 families and here they are registered and verified and basically checked to make sure they are zimbabwe citizens and those who are sick are taken to a nearby medical facility and the zimbabwe government say more battles will be in a couple days and it's important to mention a lot of people in south africa left the country and left zimbabwe because they thought they could not make ends meet in zimbabwe and left for jobs and some say they were fleeing political persecution and 3 million zimbabwe people are living in south africa. not all of them are going to come home. this is voluntary repatriation and those who do not feel safe
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are free to come home but others deciding to stay and hoping the violence over there dies out. >> reporter: at least one person is dead after an explosion in afghanistan's second largest city and a car bomb went outside a police check point in kandahar and 14 others wounded including 7 police officers and 7 civilians. columbia's farc rebels will maintain a unilateral ceasefire and group leaders are in cuba for a new round of talks with the colombian government and two sides holding negotiations in havana for nearly 2 1/2 years to try to cobble together a peace deal and there was a setback when rebels broke ceasefire killing 11 soldiers. a court in argentina has thrown out a complaint against president christina fernandez de kirchner the late prosecutor had been investigating allegations
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that christina fernandez de kirchner tried to cover up iran involvement in 1994 bombing in buenos aires and said no crime was committed and this was in january and found dead the day before he was set to testify. daniel is in buenos aires with more on what this court decision means. >> reporter: this is the third time that the accusations that the government that christina fernandez de kirchner, president christina fernandez de kirchner was trying to cover iran involvement in that 1994 bomb attack on the jewish center in buenos aires and the judge and to courts said there is no case to answer there was no crime involved in this. although i think this is the end of the case legally, it's still not the end of the case politically. the country argentina very much split down the middle those who believe the case and those supporters of the government who believe it was all a plot to try to destabilize the government's
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name. there is still a case outstanding. that being how mr. nisman died and he was found dead with a bullet wound to the head the day before he was due to testify in front of a congressional hearing. some believe those who support the government believe that he committed suicide in general. those who oppose the government believe in general that somehow or other somebody loyal to the government had him killed so he couldn't continue with testimony. this sell shun year in argentina so one part of this case has now been put to rest legally and politically it is still very much alive and i say the country split very much down the middle. trophys picked up by captain james cook are at a show in london and talks about the cultural history of tourist strait island including
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contemporary indigenous art and examples the current life and culture and we have a sneak peak. >> reporter: this shield picked up on the beach by british explorer captain cook or one of his men when they landed on australia east coast in 1770 and the story goes they saw the white men, thought they were ghosts and ran so fast they dropped their shield and never been back to australia but that will change in november when the exhibition goes to the national museum of australia. the british museum is stuffed with artifacts from around the world and demands for much of it to be returned so should the 150 or so objects traveling to australia later this year remain there? >> certainly the fact they will be linked to australia many for the first time since then will be collected will be a very significant moment and understandably these issues will be raised and discussed. >> reporter: exhibition is a
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sweeping introduction to one of the world's oldest enduring cultures and this is familiar to many but most of the works including spear heads are unknown outside of australia. painters celebrate love of country and land and this has a watermark in current australia passports and culture endures because contemporary artists update their ancient themes and tourist straight island people have a modern take on baskets and one made from rope washed up on the beach. what makes the exhibition so unique is it includes contemporary paintings by original artists plus hundreds of artifacts collected by british explorers and brought back to the british museum in the 18th century but the exhibition also doesn't shy away from the ongoing discussion about discrimination of indigenous people. the organizers are hoping the art, the history, the beauty will spark a conversation a discussion of why the indigenous
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populations still struggle for their rights. jessica baldwin, al jazeera, london. if you are not lucky to see it in london i'm sure you can read it on our website including all the other news stories around the world, that's al horizon water rig in the gulf of mexico. before they capped the well it was the biggest spill history. what did the water do to mexico, bp and deep water drilling. did the company keep its promise to restore the gulf? it's "inside story". [