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a stand-off in a ufrt between police and five-- university between police and students in relation to five students charged with sedition. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead on this program uganda's opposition leader has been taken into police custody as the protesters plan to-- supporters plan to protest against the election. 21 dead in the cyclone that hit
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fiji. the bolivian president's bid to run for a fourth term appears to be headed for defeat the police have removed uganda's main opposition leader from his home and taken him into police custody. he had been calling on people to take to the streets in protest over his house arrest following thursday's presidential election. the opposition is refusing to recognise the re-election of president museveni for a fifth term. to our correspondent malcolm web. where do we think he might be being held? >> reporter: as far as we know he is inside this police station here. he was taken by police as he tried to leave his house just an hour or two ago. he said he wanted to go to the electoral commission in the city
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center where he wanted to collect some documentation which could potentially be used for a court petition, court appeal to petition the election results which him and his supporters say was rigged. the police say they issued a statement saying that he planned to form a procession going from his house to the electoral commission. when he does go to the house, it does become something like a procession because he does have supporters in and around the capital. with all the recent events, he has attracted a lot of attention, a lot of people here are keen to see what his next move is and likely to follow him around. the police say he needed to get permission to organise a petition to. he wasn't inside any so he is in that police station at the moment what is the president saying about this, if anything at all
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some is some >> reporter: he spoke yesterday to journalists from his country home. he denied that there was any rigging in the election. he said the electoral commission was, in fact, biassed against him. he slammed the opposition and people who voted for them and started talking about what he aplans to do in the next five years in the new five-year term that the electoral commission says he has just been elected for. he has already been in power for 30 years. the electoral commission said he won the election to stay in power for another five athanks very much. -- thanks very much. there is a tense stand-off going now between indian police and students. the president of the students union was arrested earlier and charged with sedition. that arrest sparked anger and
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outrage over freedom of expression against dissent for the government. >> translation: i am not a terrorist. despite not just - this fight is not just about us, but this university and all universities across the nation. it is about a society and what kind of society we will be in the future. in the past ten days i've learned so many things about things it that i never knew before. i've gone to two times to pakistan and i don't have a passport a report from the ufrt campus-- university campus in new delhi >> reporter: police showed up here early this morning after five students accused of sedition against india came onto campus last night. they were accused of protesting anti-government slogans.
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a sixth students has been in custody since that time. the five students over there say they went to hiding after receiving death threats against them and their families despite there being video evidence that the charges could be false. there has been groups who queues the students here of being anti national which has led to physical fighting. the whole issue those on the other side say this whole thing is being blown out of proportion and at the time the government cracking down on criticism against it. they say that freedom of speech in india is being threatened. the students here have been holding a vigil since last night. they're meeting with tabbing you will day and vice-chancellor as to whether police should be allowed onto campus. the students want to surrender to face the charges, but the students here will continue protesting those charges
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still in india, protests of a cast-e based benefits of spiralled into violence. 12 people have died in demonstrations by the jat community calling for better access to government jobs and education. they have been blocking roads and trains to the capital for three days now. the jats are the single biggest community in the state in haryana will nearly 8 million members. they're protesting the centuries old caste system. it gives that status to lower caste to help with getting positions in government and education in universities. they feel they're over looked being hurt economically. they want an assured share of the public sector jobs on offer. the protests have turned voipt. soldiers fired on demonstrators who blocked railway tracks and attacked ministers' homes.
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there was this update. >> reporter: protesters have been granted or allowed reservation status by the government previously, but the supreme court has stepped in and said that this cannot be so because of their status and because it tips the numbers of the number of people or the percentage of the population who get reservation status. you can only have 50% of the community and so giving it to the jats will give them more than 50% as they are a large part of the population. going to what is happening now, there have been sporadic bursts of violence, more protests where we have seen some of the biggest aggressions and that's where protesters have set fire to buildings and vehicles. this is despite thousands of army and thousands of para military troops on the ground over night twig to quell the violence.
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they had unblocked many of the roads but some of those blockades are coming back on. once again this is a have you fluid situation and pockets of protesters are saying they will not believe the government until they have it in written form that they will be granted reservation status separatist fighters in indian administered kashmir in a standoff for a third day. rebels in inside a government office. the police say all civilians have been successfully evacuated from there. several people have been killed so far. to fiji where the prime minister is warning it will take time to repair the widespread damage caused by the strongest storm ever recorded there. cyclone winston killed at least 21 people and flattened village $are saturday. flooding caused by heavy rain is hampering the clean up. repair crews are trying to restore electricity cables that
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were blown down by 320 kilometer an hour winds. >> roofing, iron, glass, electric wires and other that hazardous materials cause threats to public safety. we are working hard to make the streets secure once again but that will take time andrew thomas has been seeing the damage caused in nandi. >> reporter: you can see and probably here how strong the wind is even now but it was nothing to what the cyclone was at its peak. three modern houses totally destroyed there. the same is true with other homes across figi. suva and nandi were not in the direct path and the damage is relatively light. this is where the damage really begins. it gets worse as you drive north around the top of the main island in fiji.
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the real concern is the out lying islands because communes still hasn't been restored to those islands. there could be just aas much damage as this and more and there could have been loss of life. pressure little life thankfully on the islands that stand at the moment. the concern is those out lying islands. once news comes in of those then we will get a clearer idea of how devastating in terms of human life this cyclone has been i.s.i.l. fighters are claiming responsibility for bomb attacks in syria which have killed more than 120 people. at least 83 people died in a series of blasts in a southern suburb of the capital city damascus. earlier, 46 people were killed in twin bombings in the city of homs. the attacks came as government forces captured 31 villagers at a power plant.
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the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has reached provisional agreement in relation to the ceasefire. before yesterday happened the opposition were saying their official line was we're open to the possibility of talking after the events in homs and damascus yesterday is that completely dead in the water now? >> reporter: no. the position of the opposition is we are ready for a space pace cessation of hostilities but on condition that russian air strikes stop and that sieges on communities are lifted. the government we also heard from the syrian president say he would be ready to agree to a space pace cessation of hostilities, to a ceasefire if the opposition does not get resupplied and regrouped. so they don't eexploit a truce on the ground. those two statements hours later we heard the u.s. secretary of state john kerry say that they
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are close to reaching an agreement, a provisional agreement is what he said, on acisation-- a cessation of attacks. there was supposed to be a u.n. led meeting to discuss this that has been postponed because russia and the u.s. clearly are the main players. they're pushing ahead for some sort of a pause in the fighting. the warring sides on the ground really do not have much of a say when russia and d u.s. r ironing out the terms of this ceasefire. there is hope for a pause in the fighting, but undoubtedly gits yoeg go be a very difficult-- going to be very difficult to implement on the ground when the u.n. special envoy, staffan de mistura, when they make that phone call, that must be happening today or tomorrow one assumes. when they make that call, what is it the opposition want to hear that is unique that is new?
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>> reporter: they want to hear that the russian bombardment will stop and they want to ease the suffering of the people on the ground. half a million people according to the u.n. live in besieged communities across the country. last week we saw aid splidz reach 80,000 people. they entered five besieged areas. two of them government controlled territories surrounded by the rebels. so they want the suffering on the ground to ease. they say that there is no need or, you know, talks really will not lead to anything if the humanitarian situation is not improved. so for them it is very important to see that happening on the ground. they say that the syrian government and the russians, they are not interested in any political settlement and they have been pushing for a military solution to this conflict. that is why we heard statements from russian officials saying no, we are trying to push for a
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political settlement. the main divisive issues remain. the government is in no mood to compromise. they say that they don't want - they're not accepting to leave power, and will the opposition agree to share power with themment a lot of divisive issue but clearly the focus is on trying to find a way to pause the fighting on the ground, at least for the time being thank you very much. now to iraq where at least 16 soldiers have been killed fighting i.s.i.l. earlier this month. the iraq' government claimed to have taken back the last i.s.i.l. stronghold in ramadi. the group still controls big areas of iraq, including the cities of mosul and fallujah. still to come for you on this program, shalt erred hopes, al jazeera visits a detention center in germany where many are waiting to find out if they will be accepted as refugees. plus. still going strong, the 106 year old woman sharing her secret for
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a long and healthy life with the u.s. first family.
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welcome back. you're watching al jazeera. uganda's main opposition leader has been detained by the police when he tried to leave his home while being under house arrest. he says the poll was rigged. a stands off is underway in india police police and students. a student was charged with
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sedition sparked off the protest. 21 people have died in fiji during one of the strongest storms every to be seen in e-fiji. al jazeera has uncovered an illegal trade in illegal human trade. kidneys have been sold for money. three members of a syndicate have been arrested and local doctors have been questioned by police. >> reporter: at least 30 people who live here and in nearby communities have just one kidney. police say they sold their other kidneys to middle man for $5,000 each. >> translation: i was in a really bad situation. i have a huge debt, i didn't have a house, i couldn't pay my rent. for four months already. >> reporter: organ trade is illegal in indonesia but people
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can donate their organs to friends and relatives. he had to pretend he knew the recipient well. the middle man said he was 25 year old to increase his chances of being accepted. he had no problem passing the screening at the public hospital. >> translation: they told me to is a lot of money. so i could open my own business and someone else can do heavy work for me. >> reporter: police say they have so far questioned six doctors for possible collusion with organized criminals. >> translation: if we find the syndicate that works with the hospital, of course the doctors will be prosecuted. >> reporter: the hospital denies any involvement. >> translation: it is part of the process that needs to be refined, we need to look at it from case to case. this needs to be further investigated. if there are possible mistakes,
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which could be the case, then this should be part of the investigation. i agree with that. >> reporter: according to the health ministry, 150,000 indonesian kidney patients need a transplant. this man has been waiting for more than a year for an operation irngs we all know about the brokers. they have been around kidney patients for a long time. th we receive many email of people who want to paracel their kidney. >> reporter: he says he can't afford to pay a middle man up to $25,000 for a kidney. >> reporter: it is a story not many are willing to share. they are ashamed that poverty has caused them to paracel a kidney, which many reregret but that will unlikely to deter other poor villagers who are targeted. this man said he sold his kidney when he was 17 years old. like others we interviewed, he
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only received $5,000 for the 25,000 paid for his kidney. he said his health as deteriorated since the operation. >> reporter: i feel betrayed, but what can i do. i don't know the law. where can i go to, to file a case. i have nothing. i can only suffer in silence. >> reporter: in an effort to stop the trade in kidneys, parliament members have urged the government to establish a done nor bank where it will be regulated and donors properly screened the front runner starting to emerge to be the next president of the philippines in three months time. they have held their first tv debate. rob mcbride watched what happened >> reporter: the election rolls into town in a part of the philippines marred by decades of conflict. it is a crucial time.
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a peace agreement signed two years ago with muslim separatists hangs in the balance threatening a return to violence here. >> i am here because i love my country and i love the people of the philippines. >> reporter: playing to home advantage, the tough talking mayor of the city in the south. human rights activists have linked him to death squads, wiping out suspected criminals. he is promising to rid the whole of the philippines of crime in six months if elected and his supporters love him for it. >> reporter: should criminals be afraid of him? >> of course >> reporter: he is in third position in the thn polls with this man favored in manilla. it is the current vice president who is out in front together with grace po, the daughter of a former movie star, she brings some of that star quality to some of campaign.
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>> she has a good heart woman open to poor people like us. >> reporter: as a first time senator, she hasn't had time to be hurt by the controversys or scandals that march most of her rivals. >> reporter: will you make a difference? >> i am bound to make a difference. >> reporter: after this, there will be two more debates before the election on may 9. presidential campaigns often tend to be more about permanents than policies. they say it is especially true in the philippines. the candidate who emerges to become president, may not be the best debater, but the one would connects best with this electorate with then tens of thousands of refugees, questions are being asked about what makes a legitimate refugee. dominic kane reports on an immigration center in southern germany where asylum seekers are
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awaiting to be deported. this is the reception center, home to hundreds of people from the balkans who know they will soon be going back there. the center was opened last september and since then more than a thousand people have come and gone. germany says their countries are safe so they cannot claim refuge here, meaning this man is resigned to returning to albania soon. >> translation: after ten months living here i received a piece of paper that said transfer. then i went to the office 21 to get the documents i need to go back to albania, but they said i had to wait. my baby was born here. the problem is i do not work >> reporter: the children's classrooms with well equipped by frequently empty. the process of registration and checking identities has been stream lined since last year. every day officials check as
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many as 200 documents. >> translation: this is a relatively bad fake id card. you can tell by the size. it is significant lip different from the real id cards-- significantly different. we find as many as 10 fake ids every day. >> reporter: because the number of people coming to germany has placed a strain on facilities like these, this will be kept for 10 years and speed up the process >> translation: why a faster procedure? to make room for the people who are threatened by political persecution by countries at war. secondly, so those with minimal chances to star are not given false hope they can stay longer. >> reporter: some of the people fled the balkans wars of the 1990s. their families will have to go back one day. dominic kane australia's immigration minister says a refugee baby girl at the center of a deportation row will be allowed to stay for now.
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she is being treated for burns at a hospital in brisbane. doctors were refusing to discharge the one year old. there were protests outside the hospital in support of that decision. she and her parents were facing deportation from australia to a prison camp on the imd of nauru-- island. polling results show the president wants to change the constitution so he could run for a fourth term. the full official results are not expected for a week. if the no campaign is victorious, it will be a blow to his presidency. a report now from our correspondent. >> reporter: it is difficult for many people to remember a time when he wasn't president. it seems as though they have decided enough is enough. he won't be able to run again in 2019. he remains, however,
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>> translation: they've shown that is not all powerful. he was replaceable. this has shown him to be a normal human being capable of making mistakes. the country's first indigenous leader he came to power in 2006 promising radical change. he nationalised the oil industries and gave a voice to the women. his enemies would accept that he has had a huge impact on the country and the country will never be the same again. not everyone is screaming yes, yes, yes, believing that you could have too much of a good thing, that power corrupts or that a healthy democracy needs a
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change. the campaign looks bad in the east of the country. that was no supplies. it was also defeated in regions where previously he had enjoyed massive support. a sign that he has lost touch with the people who brought him to power. there is now a quality, there's no justice in this country. we have to change this government. >> translation: a lot of young people have seen how things in other countries and that's really influenced their thinking. >> reporter: the president gambled with this referendum. he will remain in power until elections in 2019 when the unchanged constitution rules that he will have to step down and take a rest seven members of the second largest rebel group in colombia have been killed in an air raid carried out by government forces. the el m targeted the area. the leaders are involved in a long running peace discussions.
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the colombian government is in talks with the largest group otherwise known as farc to end decades of a civil war. living until 106 is already a pretty impressive feat, but what this. >> virginia mclaurin. this is great. >> do you want to say hello to michelle? >> yes. yes. [ laughter ] that's virginia mclaurin after a lengthy social media campaign she finally got her wish to meet the measure's first black president. keep moving, she says. that's the secret to a long lif
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