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. . a deposed president on trial. mohamed morsi faces court in egypt, accused of inciting murder. person myself myself >> hello from doha. we have comprehensive coverage of the mohamed morsi. the u.s. secretary of state arrives in egypt. >> the m23 rebel leader declares a ceasefire in the democratic republic of congo, as the army bombbards their mountain
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hideout. >> another victim in peortooo pt , islanders -- peurto ryk j. >> mohamed morsi arrives in court in cairo for the first day of his trial. egypt now has two former presidents on trial, on almost the same charges. this is what we are seeing outside the police academy in cairo. the crowd has increased in the last half hour or so. 20,000 police and soldiers deployed around cairo in anticipation of violence for what is happening at the police academy today. there are, we should point out, another 14 muslim brotherhood members who are on trial as well as mohamed morsi, and the anti-coup alliance is there in
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support of them. >> this is the home town of mohamed morsi. protests from earlier. this is an hour or so ago. hundreds of people there in support of a man who they support, the president who was deposed back in july of this year. let's check in with our correspondent live in cairo. it bears repeating, sue turton, we said it in the last discussion - this is picking out old wounds. egypt going around in circles, another president on trial or the same thing and the people as angry as they've ever been. >> looks like on the streets people are angry. we are seeing growing numbers outside the constitutional court - which is in the center of cairo, and where the court room is, where the trial was used, from a prison set up in readiness in the stra -- center
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of cairo, to the court from two years ago. that's where we will hopefully see pictures later on today of the former president mohamed morsi, now also giving evidence. we understand, as i say, the groups outside of the courtroom, in the vicinity are growing, and we hear five muslim brotherhood supporters have been roasted so far. those outside the constitutional court blocked the road, causing a lot of disturbance. as you say, we know 20,000 personnel have been drafted in, army and police. we see on the ground apcs and members of the armed forces utilised to keep the peace. we don't know the plans of the anti-coup alliance. we spoke to them last night. they had big plans when they thought the trial was happening in central cairo. they are looking to get as many
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people out on the streets. they emphasise they want the protests to be nonviolent. they want a showing because they want to say to the authorities here that they don't believe this court case is fair. they think it's a mockery of a trial, a kangaroo court, a political trial. that is the message from mohamed morsi's family. >> his son talked out saying this shouldn't happen, these are not fair charges and his father released and reinstalled as president. >> these are the first pictures of mohamed morsi to emerge since deposed as president in july. leaked by an egyptian newspaper, they thought to show him during a meeting with for an dignitaries. he said he was ousted by the military in a move that was illegal. it's a legal crime. i'm the president, according to
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the constitution of the country. a strike against the state institutions. this issue is the basics of these institutions and the definition of an institution. the contrast with the inauguration is stark. it was a moment that seemed to suggest egypt's transition from dictatorship to democracy. >> the arrival of a freely elected president in a government session and emotionally in tahir sqare. the crucible of the revolution itself. less than 18 months later mohamed morsi is out of office, in detention and facing charges of inciting others to commit murder. the prosecution case against mohamed morsi relates to violence against his supporters and opponents last december.
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mohamed morsi doesn't recognise the court's right to prosecute him, and will not appoint a legal team. a lawyer who will be in court has told al jazeera that the charges are baseless. >> there is no evidence that mohamed morsi committed any crime. trials of a political nature in the atmosphere of a coup are usually - they are never neutral, transparent or fair. >> 20,000 security forces will be on the streets to prevent protesters disrupting the trial. >> anti-coup alliance called on supporters to stage mass demonstrations. opinion is divided on the streets, before the trial. >> i believe it's a good thing. mohamed morsi was as bad in one year as what happened in the past 30 years, he should be tried. mohamed morsi did not fulfil his promises, during the time, there was no security. >> i believe that this trial may
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leave to a wave of revolution, and people will take to the streets again. >> mohamed morsi's family has been object speak to him only once since he was detained. they will not be in court on monday since, like him, they reject the court's right to try him. are we'll go back to sue turton in cairo. away from the protests and politics, this is a legal trial. the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove insightment, in the end. >> indeed. that is the charter, the charge against mohamed morsi, insightment to commit murter, as domenic explained, this is all to do with events outside the presidential palace last december, when a sit-in of oint mohamed morsi supporters was clear. for this to be due process, a
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fair trial, really they should have had access to lawyers. we are hearing from the legal team that they've not been allowed to see him before today or the trial. the former presidential candidate is heading up the team and they are furious, all the lawyers are furious, to do with all 15 defendants. authorities have given 10 permits out for 25 lawyers who wanted to be in court to put the case for their defendants. they are also furious that they only got the documents, 7,000 pages, relating to the trial a couple of days before the trial begins. already complaints that there hasn't been due process or a fair chance for the defendants to create a pace against these charges. of course, we must remind ourselves that president mohamed morsi doesn't recognise that there are charges to answer. he has, importantly, said he
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doesn't want to talk to lawyers - we don't know if they were prevented from talking to him. he hasn't had legal representation or conversation before appearing in that cage in the courtroom today. >> thank you, sue turton, live in cairo. bringing us up to date with the trial of mohamed morsi. this is outside the police academy in cairo. we know mohamed morsi has arrived. nothing further on proceedings, but the crowd grew in the last hour, 45 minutes to what you see on screen. the latest on that as and hep it happens. >> in the meantime other new, the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in saudi arabia trying to mend strained relations there. riyadh is the second stop of john kerry's trip across the middle east. he's unhappy with his u.s. ally and plans to talk to iran over its nuclear program. >> saudi arabias don't have much
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choice. >> they say we will walk away from the united states. this will not happen because in this reliesship it is the saudi arabia monarchy that is dependent on the united states securedy guarantees. the u.s., although keen to maintain the relationship and protecting the relationship can do without it, if push comes to shove. the united states could abandon saudi arabia. because the u.s. has other options. the saudi arabia monarchy does not have. >> monday is the 34th anniversary of iran storming the u.s. embassy in tehran. there is a rally held to commem race that -- commemorate that event. the take over led to members being in prison for more than a year.
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>> dozens of iranians support this day. remembering the hostage taking and the take over of the u.s. embassy in thai ran. a large compound. the crowd is stretcheded past the embassy, down the street. thousands here. less than in previous years. the sentiment is one of the science regardless of what is going down on the international political stage. people here see the united states as the great statin, and they do not support the normalisation of relations with america. now, in the positive diplomatic atmosphere, the phone call between president obama and the iranian president hassan rouhani, and nuclear talks and optimism surrounding the talks. most iranians support relations with the united states, as i said the people here, the thousands of iranians here are 100% opposed to the united
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states. >> the leader of the m23 rebels declared a ceasefire in the eastern democratic republic of congo. they want the political process to work. his rebels are on the run in the mountains after the congolese army took over their stronghold last week. malcolm webb following events from rumanagabo. >> the government has been fighting with m23 rebels on three hills, close to the border with rwanda. you can hear the sound of fighting - if i hold up the microphone, you can hear the rockets and bombs landing. the hill is one of three hills where the rebels still are. there's about 300 left. they are at an advantage on the top of the hill. the government has a lot more men, tanks, helicopters. fighting up hill in this terrain is difficult. the m23 level's political wing
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in kampala put out a communique saying they should cease fire and stop fighting. there's no sign that the military agreement is in place. over the last 10 days government troops took over positions in the area held by the m23 rebels. they found a few nasty survivors. close to here a number of dead bodies were found, that looked like people who were executed. >> we are in south africa in the next few minutes of al jazeera. >> stars come out for a new movie about former president nelson mandela. and we are rapping in cuba. that guy, not me. is the potion man a threat to the communist leadership. that and the headlines in a moment.
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so the top stories once against on al jazeera. egypt's deposed president mohamed morsi arrived in court in cairo, along with 14 other defendants. ner facing charges of murder -- they are facing charges of murder and insightment. >> john kerry is in saudi arabia trying to meant relations there. the action in syria and talks with iran angered the rulers. >> in democratic republic of congo, a ceasefire has been declared by the leader of m23 rebels. they are on the run in the
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mountains after the congolese army took over their stronghold. >> more on the top story - the trial of mohamed morsi. we have a professor of political science at qatar university. >> let's look at what is happening outside court. when you see the numbers out there, there's holding pictures of mohamed morsi there. there's no way of knowing how much support there is for either side of the trial. it shows how important it is to egypt, the fact that it is going on - coming on for three years since the revolution, and it still draws the people out. >> the state of egypt could be better. i think it's a huge polarizition in egypt has gone on. it's dangerous for the future of egypt. no one is accepting the rules of the agreement.
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the pro-mohamed morsi want the president to be reinstated. this will not be accepted by the new government of abdul fatah al-sisi. here we have two forces - a force that is in power and calling the shots, abdul fatah al-sisi and his groups, and people in the street. they are banned by the abdul fatah al-sisi government. they cannot disappear, they have forces there. obviously this year, if you look in the past few months - sips the military coup, there's a lot of protests, i think, in the streets, and even now after the opening at the university, you see in almost every university in egypt. >> as long as all this is going on, and i suspect how the hosni mubarak trial is going on, egypt can't move forward. it's locked in a cycle of 2011 revolution, and 30 years before that even. it's locked in a cycle.
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how does it get on a footing to - dare i say - elections and another democratic leader. >> the sadness of egypt has increased over the past four months. unemployment has increased too. a lot of egyptian economy depends on tourism. with the situation now, not a lot of people will feel safe to go there and international development will be hesitant to go there. this will endanger the prospects in the future of egypt. regarding economic development and political development. >> the political process. >> there was a lot of promises that there would be a presidential election, and dates were set and after the military coup took month. >> you'd suspect the people can't have faith if the
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elections started again. people running for president would think why would i run if i could be deposed again. >> yes. we went to an election, elected the president. the military coup took over, and if we have another election maybe we'll have the same result and maybe another president and same president will face, i think, the same result and the same fate as mohamed morsi. >> we'll talk later. hopefully proceedings will get under way and we'll hear what is happening at the trial for mohamed morsi. >> about 5,000 people marched through thailand's capital to protest an amnesty law. parliament passed a bill granting amnesty for crimes. the opposition accused former prime minister thaksin
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shinawatra of being behind it. >> a ferry has coped. 200 rescue near pat jirks a. the boat had enjoy trouble and flipped over as passengers rushed to the top deck. police are searching for the captain. >> the bodies of two french journalists kidnapped and killed in mali have been returned to france. >> violent crime is a change puerto rico is facing. bloody scenes are common, the murder rate is six times higher than that of the united states. the first in a 3-part series. we have this report on the efforts to stop a crime wave on the caribbean island. >> on the outskirts of san juan mourners say goodbye to a much-loved resident. the man stood on the street
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corner selling lottery tickers. the 71 -- tickets. the 71-year-old was shot and killed for the few dollars in his picture. shocking many. >> we have lost a friend, father, a good person that helped everybody. we are sad that our country... >> with a murder rate six times out of the continental most are powerless to stop what is happening. last year's operation, caribbean resilience led to the arrest of hundreds of people. bloody crime scenes are common as drug gangs fight for control of a cocaine trade. in 2011 puerto rico broke its own records. the rate has fallen since, but the rate is high. this is the man who, for the
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last 18 months has been charged with the insurmountable task of tackling crime, in a few days this man will step down as police chief, but not before what he calls institutional failures. >> i get angry and i let it out more often than i should. it bothers me that because of inaction, people are killed here every day. >> but his son has heard enough talk and wants his father's death to bring change to an island. >> we want to stand up and deliver the message. it's the only way. if the person is dead - it these continue. >> stopping or containing the violence here may be the biggest challenge puerto rico is yet to
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face. . a plane crashed on landing in bolivia killing nine people. another in my opinion escaped the burning wreckage at the airport near the brazilian boarder. residents rushed to pull passengers out. it's thought the plain had a technical problem. more than 1,000 entrepreneurs are taking part in cuba's international trade fair at havana. the event seeks to improve and diversify cuban's foreign sprayed. spain, venezuela, brazil are among those with a presence there. >> translation: we are working with a lot of dedication towards foreign investment, convinced outside capital should play an important role in economic developments. >> trade is not looking bad, but
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descent can land you in gaol. youngsters are finding ways to express themselves and are telling the government what they want with rhyme. >> this man likes to rap about his life, family and cuba. his artistic name means "the potion." he says that here his music is perceived as a threat. >> i think that hip hop is not convenient for the government. our society had the same system for the last 50 years. our songs can open the hearts and minds of people. we represent what fires are about. >> in the land of sals sea, rhumba and cha, cha, cha, hip hop arrived in the 1980s.
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but it was only in the 1990s when the deposit authorised the first rap festival. >> this is the place where the rap was born. even though rap is not the most popular type of music, young people here tell us that they turn to it to express frustrations of daily lives. >> this man is a graphic designer. he's a government employee. an example that authorities are more open to criticism when it comes to music of. >> hip hop is a culture of prot test that is difficult to -- protest that is difficult to develop. >> i have to do everything myself. the problem we face is the lack of information. there's almost no internet, and that is a big problem for young
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people. >> in spite of the criticism in the lyrics, rap is hardly a threat to the government - main by because it lacks promotion. >> this man is trying to change that. >> in cuba everything is difficult. there are obstacles all the time. we built the studio with a lot of effort. i'm working so that wrappers can get more promotion and wrap can be heard all around the island. that's what people would like to see, so that young people here can use wrap to get their message out. now a film on the life of nelson mandela had its premier in south africa. on the red carpet were three generations of the family. >> i am prepared to die. >> "long walk to freedom" had a tough task - documenting the
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life of the world's most famous antiapartheid leader. from the days committed to the struggle of racial equality. the film spares no detail of his 27 years behind bars - a time that history and the film proved made the man and his cause stronger. >> your struggle, your commitment and your discipline has released me to stand before you today. >> we should remember where we come from, that this freedom was hard and it was one at a very, very heavy price. >> the $35 million film bears the inner working of the mandela family, attempting to show some of their private struggles. >> when i watched the movie it
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was an emotional time for me. >> the film marks the day in 1894 that south africans went to the polls, and mandela was a man who spent so much of his life behind bars. >> this story is bigger than me and everyone else. >> nelson mandela is being treated at home after spending nearly three months in hospital. but his granddaughter thinks the film would get his seal of approval. >> movie makers hope he'll see the finished film, a tribute to a leader admired for his life-long sacrifice. >> have a look at this. the sun and the gone put on a displace, the type of which won't be seen for 159 years. it is a rare hybrid solar eclipse, wowing watchers in
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north america and africa. some saw the total eclipse. few were in the best place, that was in the atlantic ocean. very spectacular to look at. all the news at aljazeera.com, breaking news, headlines, live streaming. 24/7 at aljazeera.com. in limbo between the living and the dead. these patients are the infected - victims of a contagion so lethal it kills almost one and a half million people globally every year, and infects a further nine million.

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