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you glandsa's main -- uganda's main opposition candidate is under house arrest hours before the result of the presidential election is expected. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters here in doha. also ahead - a huge tropical cyclone bears down on fiji packing wind seeds of 300kph -- wind speeds of 300 k/hr. david cameron prepared to call a referendum over whether
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britain should stay in the european union freed at last. after 43 years in solitary confinement top story for you. police in uganda put the main opposition candidate for president underhouse arrest. it's the fourth time in a week that he has been detained. police say it's to prevent unrest after the opposition vote rigging in the poll on thursday. professional results showed that the president is on course to extend his 30 year rule. the e.u.'s chief observer for the elections says the extent of force used by the police is unacceptable. >> it was not transparent. it was very badly organising things. and it took the trust of
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everyone here in uganda that we were speaking to. i would say it's a failure of the european commission. vote stuffing or rigging. we got that information from the media. we ask our observers all over the country, and i have to say that they did not confirm - they didn't witness any kind of these things which you mentioned. i speak on the findings that they had in the region there. live to kampala and al jazeera's correspondent. in a week or so when the dust settles, difficult to see how the election will be reviewed as being completely free and fair. >> lots of people say that it's not. the commission says that it had been. the opposition and supporters, of which there are many here in kampala are disputing that.
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the president of the opposition, the main opposition party a short while ago said that he not the best candidate. but they put out a statement saying the ugandas should not accept the results, saying that the results were expected to come from the commission in a couple of hours from now, that they were fraudulent. it's likely that we may see that hearing. that's why the police say they surrounded the house, and they are not letting anyone in or outside. it's a measure to stop violence and unrest here in kampala. >> there's a generation in uganda that nose him as being in charge. why is he, like a lot of world keen on the idea about staying in power. he's been there for 25 years
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plus anyway. >> he says he's planting a banana plantation. others say it's more about keeping an elite group in poverty. a big part of politics is jobs. all of the people working in government come with one presidential candidate. it's a network of people that have been employed. the the opposition leader had a network of people. a whole lot of poem would aspect access to all the perks in civil service in a country where there's a massive shortage. the guarantee of loyalty involved in the government.
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who support the person say they feel it's someone else. they'll lose that precious means to income. the other privileges that come with it. you tend to get a loyal system and regime around the incumbent. a lot of people are here, particularly those that don't have jobs. the opposition support, for the opposition. >> thank you very much fiji is in a state of emergency. battered by a strong storm system recorded in the southern hemisphere. cyclone winn sfon is a category 5. the latest from caroline malone. >> reporter: racing to get out of the way of cyclone winston, the strongest storm on record to hit fiji. it battered the outer island.
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nationwide a curfew was imposed. many islanders opted to stay at home rather than go to government shelters. many could not withstand the powerful winds. >> most have been in contact with the communities, where the anticipation of the people is that the cyclone might hit. >> reporter: rough seas in a wide area are endangering boats. crews within 550km have to check in every couple of hours. fiji is an arcy pello of more than 300 islands in prone to surges. this storm is slow-moving and likely to dump rain on land.
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>> we are scared. >> people living in the third-large et cetera city prepared as best they can. >> most of them are closed. there's pictures. they are getting out cash they can from the bank. there's only so much preparation for a massive storm. >> let's take you live to the heart of the story, the fijian capital. just explain for us who you are, what you have been seeing and hearing. >> well, it's night here in suva. it is above 200km from the eye of the cyclone at this time. police reports that it had been seen on low-lying areas in
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centers which had been open. across the country. >> it's a song that there would be a huge part of discussion left. it will be visible once. there are reports coming in. there has been reported one death. >> do you have other powers. is the water okay as well? there is nothing across the
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country. >> it is shocked. to ensure that there are no accidents. some checked our phones earlier in the day. for the best part. authorities were ready for this. you seem to be telling us that when those people have been displaced, when the decision is taken to return home, chances are they may not have a home to go back to. >> chances are there will be - they'll be without homes tomorrow morning.
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they'll make preparations, but they have been aniesy. it's low lying areas. >> you'll keep us posted. thank you very much in the meantime serbia's foreign minister says two staff are believed to be among those killed in a raid. the serbian ambassador were near tripoli. an american air strike hit a building killing 48 people.
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a negotiation conditions on the ground. a major point of contention is the shelling of kurdish divisions. the security council is calling for an end to the spelling. >> the fighters made gains on the border. russian air strikes in support of the regime hit hospitals. united nations issued a stark warning, russia's actions made things worse. it was led by the regime.
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issuing support to bashar al-assad. it could be dangerous. >> the french president said the actions put it at risk of war. russia plans to hold a round of peace negotiations in geneva. they were postponed. the u.n. syrian envoy said no dates were set for talks. russia called an urgent u.n. meeting drafting resolution, calling on them to protect its territory. stop interfering in affairs. >> there were elements. repeating every word. in consultation out here, so i cannot imagine how they could review that. >> there's little chance that it will come to a vote, and the
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u.s. ambassador to the united nations said existing rev looses on syria were good enough. >> this is an atransactions. we have a resolution on the books, we committed ourselves, and we need russia to do the same. >> it's too early to say international diplomacy failed, as tensions increased. getting the talks in geneva will ease the situations somewhat. more escalation and fighting will push a peaceful solution further away than it has been for some time the british prime minister david cameron is choosing a date, we understand, for the referendum on whether to stay in the european union. 10 downing street will announce earlier. he was in brussels. he was discussing the details of
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the deal. he was with the u.n. world late into friday. that'll redefine the countries within european union next on the programme - protests in egypt > venezuela - petrol price rises of more than 6,000%.
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welcome back. you're watching al jazeera, coming to you live from doha.
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the top stories, the police in uganda put the main opposition candidate under house arrest. they say to prevent unrest the fiji islands in battered by strong tomorrows. the curfew has been enclosed. the prime minister will announce a date in london. they are expected to announce a deal. life pictures coming from 10 downing street. the meeting of the cabinet taking place inside. it's going on longer than thought. it was scheduled to go on. does it mean david cameron is having a difficult meeting, perhaps. we don't know. june 23rd, there'd been speculation it would be the end of the year. the paperwork for the referendum
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is in existence because the conservative work in london spent a long time. sidestepping the issue of whether they go with a loud call for an in-out referendum. it came down to two main sticking points. talking to people like the german chancellor, french president francois holland, and they wanted to get e.u. group put together so they were not committed to the closer integration within the european union. we'll carry it for you live here when david cameron steps out e.u. world in brussels were talking about ways to end the crisis. the chancellor and greek prime minister had to talk it over. greece blocked the deal and
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other states promised to keep borders open. >> unaccompanied minors saking asylum in europe faced other crossings. we spoke to the young refugees on the greece macedonian border. and the risks taken. >> they set off from their home. in spired by others. >> i went to macedonia 5-times. each time they were sent back to greece. these days only syrians and iraqis are allowed to condition the journey. europe is close to economic migrants and not refugees. those boys rean on the greek side.
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many want to be anonymous, telling us their stories, but not their names. >> there were four of us. we were trying to cross. we ran. those among us were lost. they took us into a hut like this one. there were three. they raped him. they escaped and left them behind. >> an estimated third of those on greek shores are children. they are adults or relatives from other members. they were alone like adults. and unblown people, and minors from 12-14 years old who were alone. >> reporter: this is the story
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of a boy escaping from sinjar in northern iraq. hoping to reach his family in germany. he was lucky to end up at the shelter in greece. >> it's scary, you never know what the smuggler will do to you. he can take you to the forest and rob and kill you. some of my friends work hard to get money. now they have disappeared. >> a 16-year-old said he lost contact with his companions. it's a story, despite the risks, the young travellers will keep trying to escape across the border, walking under the cover of darkness, homing that they'll be safe and a step closer to their destination. medical staff in einteript stage a sit-in protest.
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the demonstration is being held in slains to highlight a ban on public protest. >> ner sit in is being reported out of other areas. there has been reported attacks on doctors and the shooting death of a taxi driver. >> reporter: it's scenes like this president abdul fatah al-sisi is hoping to avoid. the funeral of a 24-year-old taxi driver shot and killed by a police officer during an argument. i want the government to bring me justice. the president himself, why would the policeman shoot my son. what are they guilty of. >> as long as there's chaos, no one will be punished. there's no justice. enough is enough. >> the president wants new laws
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to curb police brutality. any police officer that assaults citizen should be held accountable for their actions. the abdul fatah al-sisi government brought in laws of banning demonstrations. only a week ago thousands filled the streets outside hospitals. mediation accused police of beating up two doctors during a dispute about treatment of an injured officer. >> when thousands came in to protest against brutality. the initial element was against police brutality because of the death at the hands of the police. >> what you see is a return to mass demonstrations against police brutalitiry. >> reporter: the doctors protest will continue on saturday. it will not be in the streets. they've agreed to hold sit-ins in silence.
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an associate professor at the doha institute for graduate studies says there's a long history of police brutality in egypt. >> there has been a marked increase in the abuse at the hands of police over the last several years, since the ouster of mr mohamed mursi in 2013. of course, police abuse, excessive use of violence, police being above the law is a long-standing wide-spread issue, and torture has bg systematic for -- has been systematic for decades. it was a reason why people took to the streets on january 25th, 2011, to protest. one has to understand the historical contact, but the specific increase over the last couple of years. china's chief security's reg u lautors has been forced to step
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down. he was removed from his post after a series of policy mistakes. last year he oversaw china's exchanges in which trillions were lost on the price of shares. >> motor wrists in venezuela surprised. it is the world's cheapest fuel. venezuela is a major oil producer and petrol is heavily subsidised. it's an economic blow they have had to endure. >> this man is buying his first tank of petrol at the newly set prices. >> the ghost announced the fuel would increase 1,000%. and 6,000. the numbers may be dawning. it is still cheap to fill up. now it's only costing $2.50. and yet from the perspective of
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a bus driver, seeing the costs rise, without the fares doing the same, the hike didn't go far enough. >> it sold too cheap. it's a give away. >> despite the hike, it's the cheapest petrol in the world. yet this presupposes that everything else will cost more. when first to feel the impact of petrol is bus drivers. the address will be felt across the board. the entment is that it could make matters worse. >> no matter how large or apparent. there are no changes in the pol city. at the macro and the microlevel.
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the institutions that have been generated that venezuela is facing. >> a price increase on its own does little to watch price control. it's vulnerable sectors that feel it the most. >> it was so abrupt, effects will be huge. >> in a country with chronic shortage of goods and service, where it is the norm. and run away inflation, the full-effects of the price rises have been calculated by venezuela's government and its people. >> one of america's longest serving presenters has been released after 43 years in
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solitary confinement. many believed he was kept in isolation because of ties to the black panthers. here is jonathan martin. >> reporter: on his 69th birthday, he walked out of the louisiana penitentiary a free man. after more than four decades in solitary confinement. >> he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. both convictions overturned on appeal. >> a judge ordered release. the federal appeal's court decided it had to be behind bars. the release came after the supreme court subjected him to a third murder trial. he pleaded no confidence. in a statement. he said although i was looking forth to improving my sentence:
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woodstock was one of on-goala three, he and roberts king and herman spent long stretches in solitary in anning goal a, their own maximum security prison. the men were believed to be political prisoners, held for their involvement. they fought for better conditions. >> there were the scapegoats. there was opportunity. the prison administration to continue in which to destroy the black panther movement. >> in a statement on friday, they thanked robert king for their support. king was released in 2001 for having a separate addiction. herman wall as was released after 30 years of solitary confinement. albert survived cruel publishment.
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