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the deliberate attack on press freedom. that's what al jazeera is calling the sentencing of three of its journalists to at least three years in prison. mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed are heading back to jail after retrial found them guilty of broadcasting false news. broadcaster meter peter peter greste, who was sentenced in abstentia said that it was political. >> hope and then heartbreak as two journalists return to bris. the retrial was supposed to give mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed and peter greste a second opportunity to clear their name. instead of justice was denied yet again. >> i don't know how i'm going to survive this without him.
he has done nothing. >> the judge said that he wanted to make clear to the people of egypt that these men were not journalists and doctored videos for air. then he sentenced them to more prison time. three years for mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed, three and a ha half. they already spend more than a year behind bars. >> this is out ja outrageous. this is devastating. >> journalists inside the courtroom describe a tense and angry atmosphere after the verdict. the case has been called a sham. leaders including president obama has called journalists across the globe condemning it. the men have been convicted of aiding the muslim brotherhood, which the egyptian government now deems a terrorist group. >> they were arrested on false charge. they were convicted without a shred of evidence. at no point during the long drawn out retrial did any of the
allegations stand up to scrutiny. the canadian government is dehan demanding fahmy's immediate deportation. now that it's proven by politics, it's time for the president to pardon the men. >> this sends a dangerous mention that there are judges in egypt that will allow their courts to be used for oppression and propaganda. >> for now the legal fight continues. but peter greste said that they need the global community to fight with them by continue to go promote the free aj staff with them. >> we cross now over to james bays in london. he's been monitoring international reaction to the verdict. what is being said, james? >> well, international reaction continues to come in statements from governments around the world, and i can tell you every single one of these statements condemns the verdict that has
come through from cairo in the last few minutes the last statement comes from the european union who said today's sentencing of the al jazeera journalists represents a setback for the freedom of journalism in egypt. and peter greste's sentencing in abstentia is a breach of international law and other countries who have nationals involved in this process. julie bishop, the australian minister of foreign affairs, she has condemned the verdict. of course, peter greste is an australian. and a statement from canada, too. disappointed with fahmy's sentencing. he has given up his egyptian
citizenship and is no kept his canadian citizenship. statements where they were disturbed about these sentences and the pressure on journalists who are just trying to do their jobs. >> what can now be done. the egyptian government has been immune to this case so far. >> some diplomats i've spoken to over this long period that we have would our journalists in jail and then under threat have said that they're not sure that the public pressure actually helps. it may actually make the egyptians firmer in their position against al jazeera. and it's clear that they're taking a position against our network because this clearly is not based on justice because if
it was it would be based on facts. countries are putting pressure on the egyptian government. and senior arab diplomats at the united nations said they thought this was all working. egypt just wanted this to go away. clearly it's not going away now. journalists are back in jail, and this remains a huge issue that will continued to be raised by diplomats and also al jazeera itself. >> thailand's authorities say that they're found bomb making materials and arrested a man in an apartment on the outskirts of
the capital. he is the first person arrested in the attack on a shrine that killed 20 people. it is unclear if it is the same man found on video. >> we were able to arrest a foreign suspect. we charged him with possessing explosive materials an. >> several in malaysia have gathered to call on the prime minister to lead off. guilty of corruption and mismanaging the country. >> they charge what think want their government to be bershi or clean the demonstrators gather
at key locations around kuala lumpur,ing ignoring the laws that protesting is illegal. >> this movement has staged large rallies before calling for things like electoral reform. it's run the country since independence in 1957. but they were given extra motivation this time when allegations surfaced last month. the prime minister had taken almost $700 million from the state investment funds. they deny the allegation and said that the money came from a private middle eastern donor. regardless the they decided it was time for the prime minister to go. >> they control the best thing
for the country. we feel that this thing has to change. >> this cuts across ratio lines. >> they come right to the heart of kuala lumpur. this area has been the focal point of so many political protests over the years. >> the protest leaders say they won't try to go inside the square itself, which is ready for celebrations on monday. al jazeera, kuala lumpur. >> the italian coast guard brought in 600 refugees after they were rescued at sea. two died in a wooden boat. more than 2,600 people have
drowned this year trying to reach europe. recording the deaths of 71 refugees in ra refugee in an abandoned truck. >> walking in the sweltering midday heat. most have run out of water, but they still have the will to carry on. they're so exhausted they don't even realize the white post they're passing marks th border. they have walked more than 15 kilometers in this searing heat. even though now they're crossing into the european union their problems are not over. these people are like hundreds of others, haven't tried to run
away from the hungarian border police. they are taken to registration camps. women and children get priority. and the bus leaves behind people who are frustrated and who are not sure what is happening next. they have made two attempts to cross the area by sea. the first he was detained. the second time he was rescued by the cost guard. >> this one, this--you know, this that we have up from the greek border to here, it's the most upsetting experience i've had in my life. >> the buses full of refugees and migrants spent four days in registration camps are arriving, they're grateful for food and water. but they're confused about what is going on. >> they don't have enough
information. before they cross the border they also don't have enough information. they cross the border. they step into the european union, what will happen? what are their rights? >> these refugees don't know their rights. like everyone else this young woman from syria gets a travel paper. but within hungary only. she fears she'll be taken to a camp and detained. instead of taking a free train ride she looks for a taxi to take her to the capital of budapest. she's traveling with her 13-year-old brother. they're preparing the way for their parents. >> you want to get your parents. >> yes, yes, and my mother. >> it's highly likely they'll end up crossing the next border using people smugglers, as they leave more arrive. so it goes on 24 hours a day.
>> the judge in egypt has found three al jazeera journalists guilty in their retrial. mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed and peter greste were sentenced to at least three years in prison. the men were accused of helping the now banned muslim brotherhood. >> police in thailand have arrested a foreign man said to be involved in the bombing in bangkok. they found bomb-making materials and several passports when they arrested him on the outskirts of the capital. and gathering in kuala lumpur calling for resignation. they want electoral reform and transparency in politics. turkey said that it's fighter jets have carried out at
a base close to the syrian border. in syria fighting between pro government forces and rebels resumed in a number of key locations after a cease-fire ended. the 48 hour truce has held in the rebel-town of zabadani. talks resumed after talks on a broader deal and evacuation of civilians broke down. the lebanese capital of beirut is waiting for more protections due to begin in the next hour. they began more than a month ago when rubbish began to pile up in the streets. >> it would appear that lebano lebanon's rubbish crisis has been sold. but a few minutes drive away and
you have to start holding your nose. the smell is revolting. authorities seem to be trying to resolve the problem, or at least make it go away. waste is taken off the streets, but the question that many have been asking is where to since the mind landfil mainland fill is closed. meter after meter rubbish as far as the eye can see. the capital's waste is being dumped by the sea next to beir beirut's ports. now it is being lined with rubbish. beirut is surrounded by mountains and greenery from mount lebanon, the nature here is breathtaking. but that, too, is under threat. >> we're on top of one of the dozen of mountains surrounding beirut, lebanon's natural
habitat is something that attracts so many tourists each year. i have to put this mask on now, the reason why i have to do this is the scene in front of me. the smell is disgusting. piles of rubbish that authorities have been dumping here for several weeks ago. the amount of rubbish here was three or four times as much. locals said some of it was burned. others they claim was dumped into the sea. but the amount that is still here is huge, and this scene replicated across many other mountains in lebanon. this is what is putting lebanon's natural habitat at real risk. one of the activists calling on people to protest against the government's failure to deal with the rubbish. he's hopeful that saturday's demonstration will not only help to resolve the issue but usher in a knew phas--new phase for
lebanon. >> even those who belong to political parties know tha that they can demand for something new. they can demand for their rights as a lebanon citizen. for their nation. at the end of the day we don't have the basic standard of living. >> changing lebanon's political reality could take years if not more. right now, however, a solution has to be found to deal with the country's rubbish because the environmental damage that can be caused could very well be irreversible. al jazeera, beirut. >> tension between colombia and venezuela has gone up another notch. both countries have recalled their ambassadors and more than a thousand colombians have been deported since the border crossing closed last week. >> at a rally on friday venezuela's president nicolás maduro announced the closure of
yet another crossing into colombia. >> to clean our country of par paramilitary activity, crime, smuggling and trafficking. this is why i have decided to extend the closure to sector two. >> the closure of several border crossings began what has been a continuou continuous continuou continuous escalation. both countries have recalled their ambassadors. people continue to line up for hours waiting for scarce food to arrive. >> closing the border has done nothing. it's us venezuelans who do this to ourselves. because selling cheap goods was so profitable it became a way of
life. >> we have subsidize the socialist goods. everybody is leaving for columbia. food, petrol and everything. we tried to reach a quota but it was impossible. >> venezuelan authorities report mass seizures of illicit goods, and they've called the praise a success. but mass deportations have angered the government. they insist that it's colombia colombian's lack of cooperation has brought it on. for others who live and work meters away the impact of the political dispute has come at a huge personal and financial cost. >> this was an animated town. colombians and venezuelans have lived here for decade like
brothers. now my colombian employees fled. they were either deported or left in fear. >> the border crossing remains closed. construction on this new and bigger bridge just kilometers away. on the border between venezuela and colombia. >> drop can storm erikia's heavy rains triggered flooding, mudslides and destroyed roads. >> george w. busch said he was in the state of louisiana to mark the ten-year anniversary of
hurricane katrina. busch at the time was widely blamed for the slow response to the disaster. and as andy gallagher reports the process of rebuilding is far from over. >> when hurricane katrina hit new orleans a decade ago it was too much for the aging levy system. the flood walls and levies led to the submergence of the almost the entire city. new orleans has invested $14 billion in new pumping stations and higher flood walls. it's supposed to bring 100 years of protection, and it's a project many are proud of. >> it affords us a greater protection than we've ever had before. before we had a system in name only even, yes, am i happy with it? yes, i'm happy with it. >> but outside of the relative safety in new orleans it's a different story, fred everhart
said that he grew up on the coast and said it's a unique landscape that is changing fast. >> that low point right there was a ditch. you could not fit this boat in. it was all land. all land back there. all they had was this one little ditch that once through here and over the pass. this is all gone. it's destroyed. >> land loss is a critical issue in louisiana. it's home to half of the nation's wetlands. erosion is blamed on oil explorations, storms and bad management, and it could have more deadly consequences. billions of dollars are being spent on coastal restoration projects, but they can barely keep up with the pace of land loss. that's significant for new orleans because these barrier islands act as a buffer to storms. if they go, it leaves new orleans exposed. >> families have been working these waters for generations, but now they feel that their way of life is under threat. john and his father lost 200 acres and say this just may
be the start. >> of land, yes, it will be a while. but it will go. there's nothing to stop it. >> new orleans now has state of the art levy system that should prevent the flooding in the future. what is happening beyond meese walls could be the biggest threat in years to come. al jazeera, new orleans, louisiana. >> now family members of those who died in 9 in the ferry that capsized rally for the recovery of nine bodies that are still miss. people in myanmar will go to the polls for a general election, the first vote in 25 years to be contested by opposition leader. it will also be the first since the civilian government took
over from the military four years ago. >> civil rights groups are working with designers to get key messages out to the public. all of them esolve around the upcoming elections. voter registration, voter rights, and why it's important to vote. >> my vote can change the futu future. mayb >> they're harnessing the power of technology. youtube videos are calling on people to vote. this is myanmar's first election since the government took over in 2011, and in nearly 50 years of military rule. the last election five years ago was considered a sham by the international community.
the military leadership ignored those results and continued to rule. and they're still powerful. the ruling union solidarity and development party consists of many former generals perhaps aware of the perceptions against it. the party has unveiled some new faces such as lin. >> i think being young and female many doubt i can do the job, but at the same time this is a great opportunity. >> the constitution guarantees that 25% of seats in parliament and gives an effective veto power. the main opposition power the national league for democracy has spearheaded the campaign for constitutional reform. >> we wanted the democratic society. we don't want to participate in the politics.
>> he said that the process of reform will take years even if the nld wins a big majority as many predict they will. they say the winning party will have to have talks with military leaders for meaningful reforms to continue. >> there will be a process after the election where there is a bargaining to determine how much political space government has to operate within, and whether constitutional reform can be on the table. >> myanmar's transition to a democratic form of government is only beginning. >> usain bolt has won his third gold medal at the athletics world championships in beijing. having already won the 100 and 200-meter individual titles. he anchored james in the 4 x 100 relace. this is the fourth time he has won the title and third time he has won three golds at the
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