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just a few minutes after we heard this report, we found the main stage of tahrir square announcing that the army is protecting the entrances to protect the protesters. to protect them from any attacks like what we saw at cairo university, where morsi supporters have clashed with protesters. the casualties rose to 6 officially dead. we expect more casualties and over 50 injured. one of the tourist sites, clashes have happened there as well, about 14 are injured. this comes as a series of clashes spread all over the country and still is spreading as president morsi spoke to the nation today. during his speech, he insisted that neither the opposition nor
the supporters would clash with the army. >> do not ever wrong the egyptian army, whether you are a supporter or opponent, because this is what enemies want. protect the military because it is a main asset. protect the army because it took a long time for us to take this strong form and it will take more time for it to be stronger and stronger. you not ever go against the army or use violence. >> the clock is ticking. what is your best guess on what could possibly happen when we reach that deadline? >> the army announced that it will have an official statement tomorrow at 14:30 gmt, 4:00 local time. it will give its report exactly after the 48 hours end.
there will be no extensions, according to the army. from the sources we spoke to, it president of the supreme oort -- court, or the supreme constitutional court as it is known in egypt. if the president steps down, the prime minister should take hold of the country. this is according to the new constitution that the muslim brotherhood has formed. as this constitution was proven unconstitutional from the beginning, it seems that the army will refer to the 1976 constitution, an older version that states that if the president steps down, the president of the supreme court should rule the country temporarily until further elections. this judicial authority is responsible to monitor the presidential elections. >> thank you for that update.
we will see how the scores of people there react as well. he world is watching events in egypt with increasing concern. elements are urging dialogue rather than violence and demonstrations, warning against intervention by the egyptian military. >> the size and scale of the demonstrations against president morsi caught most of the world and washington by surprise. it is also the anti-american nature to the protest. the u.s. secretary of state was in the region, but his focus was on restarting peace talks between the israelis and palestinians. he was led to questions about the obama administration's priorities, especially as the rest of the region simmers. washington is now responding to the crisis.
president barack obama called the egyptian president late monday night. on that call, he stressed that democracy is about more than elections. he said it is about ensuring that the voices of all egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the any egyptians them straight ine throughout the country. the tone is a -- demonstrating throughout the country. the tone is different from last year when they were brokering a cease-fire, a role that is threatened by the domestic turmoil. officials in washington are suggesting that the 1.3 billion dollars in annual aid to the military could be at risk if it intervenes in the crisis. >> there are conditions on aid that you are all familiar with. our focus today, as you can see by the calls i have read out over the last 24 hours, is on communicating and what our concerns are to the government.
>> that maybe all all the leverage washington has right now. the other countries cannot do much more. >> we appeal to all political forces in egypt to go down the path of dialogue and compromise. >> this underscores how it different the middle east washington is dealing with now is from years ago. now with regional powers like egypt and syria wracked by internal divisions and instability, diplomacy may not be enough. >> what are the potential international impact of this crisis? >> we have morsi with the muslim brotherhood government. they have close ties to hamas. him brokering the cease-fire helped foster a unity.
that is one thing. remember, moris gave a speech -- morsi gave a speech recently about egyptians going to syria and helping. that rankled many in the media. that could mean more trouble for the syrian rebels. it is also the added instability in the region. when egypt is the anchor, the rest of the region will suffer. >> stay with us for just a moment. we want to get insight on the united nations. the united states has taken over the rotating presidency of the security council. while egypt is not on the agenda, the u.s. added a permanent representative and told reporters it is an issue we are watching. stephen joins us live. not too much was said about egypt. >> that is right. questions did not come until halfway through the press conference.
rosemary dicarlo, president of the security council, said that members were watching with concern and it would continue to watch escalating tensions in egypt. as she mentioned, it is not on the agenda this month. there are quarterly consultations on the middle east peace process. egypt will be likely to come up. she is a u.s. diplomat and did reaffirm support for democracy, not one side or the other. >> demonstrators criticized the u.s. ambassador to egypt. she sided with president morsi. any comment on that? >> patterson and dicarlo are old colleagues. dicarlo said that patterson has been standing by the u.s. line, appealing for the right of protesters to demonstrate. she said any accusations of bias were ill-founded. >> i want to have you and nathan both weigh in on this.
nathan, you spent such a long time at the u.n.. it has been a long, slow moving process. why does it take so long? >> you have to let egypt decide. you also have the general assembly, 193 countries. also, countries are reticent to get involved. that is a big thing in the united nations. when it comes to situations like this in egypt, which do have regional dimensions, they generally try to wait until the regional dimensions are filtering out before considering. many feel that acts of sovereignty outweigh what is going on right now internally in egypt. >> i want to get your last word on all of this and the mood at the u.n.. what is your take? >> i can only add to what nathan
has said. if we look at the agenda, it addresses issues like sudan and mali. these are transnational issues that threaten peace and stability regionally. the security council is reticent to get involved in issues like this. that does not mean they are afraid to use their bully pulpit -- bully pulpit. moon addressed it and said he stood by the rights of protesters, appealing for the safety of women protesters. a spokesman said that it is time for egypt's president to listen to his people. >> thank you both for your reports. still ahead, the search or the latest on edward snowden. >> nsa analyst and leaker edward snowden still on the run, getting equal parts praise from venezuela's president and now
>> edward snowden, the former intelligent systems analyst wanted by the united states on charges of leaking secrets, has officially requested asylum in 21 countries around the world according to the website wikileaks. some of those countries include china, italy, russia, and india. snowden has received rejections from some of the countries, including poland, norway, spain, and austria. others have not given a response. many countries say they will not consider the request until snowden arrives in theirs -- in their respective countries. one of the countries snowden is considering is bolivia. a short time ago, a plane with bolivia's president was diverted
among rumors that snowden was on the plane. >> we do not know whether that plane did kerry edward snowden even though there was plenty of suspicion and talk before bolivia's president left the meetings that he was coming from in russia, which is where edward snowden has been holed up at the moscow airport. the plane that the president of bolivia was riding in was diver did and not allowed to land portugal or france. it was diverted to spain to refuel. that is the story that the foreign minister of bolivia is telling. he is quite upset, saying that we do not know who invented this lie with regard to the allegations that edward snowden is on board. we want to announce to the world this injustice. that coming from the foreign minister of bolivia. it is a caper that we will be keeping on top of. we do not know where this story lies. the bolivian president is now at
a hotel in vienna. we do not know where edward snowden is. if he is not in moscow, we will have to see if he is somewhere else. >> snowden is being called a hero with renewed support from his very own father. can you talk about that? >> i want to show you that -- the letter that his father had to post online through his attorney. it is not a particularly fatherly letter, but it does affirm his support for his son and what he calls his sons are avery, heroism -- bravery, heroism. he compares him to paul revere. he said, you got this conversation started and really gives him a lot of kudos. there is a part where they talk about some legal defense for what has happened. i want to read you a portion. "the history of civilization is a history of brave menu refusing
wrongdoing or injustice. we believe your actions fall within that, a conviction shared by many." you may recall in march that the american director of national intelligence testified before congress. he was asked point-blank, has america been spying on millions of americans? he unwittingly denied that it was the case. he has written a letter admitted -- admitting to dianne feinstein, senator of california, that he gave her erroneous information. we would not really know the extent to which he gave erroneous information had it not been for the nsa leaker we know as edward snowden. >> new, updated information about evo morales staying at a hotel in vienna. let's talk to scott baltimore --
oswalt. welcome back to the show. we have had you back a couple of times since this broke. >> tank you for having me. lex i want to ask about these latest developments. how much of this game of political hot potato is complicating this case? >> what is interesting is the statement he made yesterday. he said that the united states is using the citizenship as a political weapon, that he is in exile, a stateless person and that the united states is violating article 14 of the universal declaration of human rights. i think each of these statements , including his final statement, where he pronounces again to be a whistleblower, are all demonstrably false. they are simply incorrect. for example, this issue of being stateless. the united states has simply revoked his travel document. he
remains a citizen of the united states. he has the same rights and protections as you and i have sitting in washington dc. he simply cannot travel. that is the only consequence. he said that he is marooned in the airport in russia. he reality is that the united states have indicated they will issue him a travel document. >> straight back to the united states. >> and certainly to a criminal prosecution. that is the natural consequence of what he has done. >> he is coming out with these statements being released through wikileaks. he has been very active on social media, on twitter. saying all sorts of things, answering people's questions. how does that affect his case? >> i think it hurts his case. it is more difficult to demonstrate that what he has done is truly political in nature.
that is the asylum claim under the universal declaration of human rights. he must demonstrate he is engaged in political disclosure. there is a clear distinction between political disclosure, engaging in political activity and being persecuted for that, and simply being prosecuted under criminal law. that is what mr. snowden has done in this case. he can accept the united state'' travel document, he can return to the united states. the united states has not prevented him from exercising his rights under the declaration. we found out today that he has filed for asylum with 19 additional countries in russia. the united states has not stopped him from that effort. yes, we have waited on the validity of those applications,
but why should we not as a country? if the allegations are proven, he has made very serious mistakes that constitute violations of criminal law. or those reasons, what the united states is doing is what any country would do under similar circumstances. the problem with mr. stoughton -- mr. snowden is this. his legal-sounding pronouncements oil down to a shaky understanding of international law. that is why he finds himself sitting in the terminal in russia. >> thank you so much for your insight again. the story ongoing, not going anywhere soon. when ecuador granted asylum to julian assange, it elevated the president's global profile, making him second to only hugo chavez in his defiance of washington. while it seemed like his
eventual safe haven, that has changed in recent days. >> many would describe ecuador's relationship with the united states as a love and hate affair. after granting asylum in august 2012 to julian assange, it was more hate than love. while it may come as a surprise for some, crrea does not conceal his affection. >> i lived for four years in the united states and they were the happiest years of my life. >> ecuador has been backing away from edward snowden's request for asylum in ecuador. they say it is now in russian hands and ecuador will consider any decision based on international laws. it is easy for outsiders to dismiss his politics as posturing for a domestic audience. some of his sharpest critics can see he has some influence, good and bad, the on ecuador's
orders. >> to be a leader of business groups in latin america. >> his relationship with the u.s. is complicated. one of the cables leaked reveals that diplomats accused him of turning a blind eye to police corruption. he was granted asylum to wikileaks founder julian assange. that relationship got frosty after the attempt to orchestrate snowden's asylum in ecuador. when he does something that displeases washington, analysts say it is not a knee-jerk response. >> thinking that ecuador is undermining our sovereignty or harboring fugitives. there are a good number of people in the united states that support what snowden did. >> ecuador's relationship with the u.s. is not guaranteed to get warmer. and u.s. congressman threatened
sanctions between ecuador, his government delivered a trade agreement to prevent the u.s. lacked mailing ecuador into submission. >> with snowden's options narrowing, venezuela might still be the last and best prospect or political asylum. some see president maduro's of fer as payback for washington's refusal to extradite several clinical prisoners to caracas. -- political resume errors to caracas. >> venezuela could be the best option for the man who revealed explosive u.s. are balanced secrets to the rest of the world. the president of venezuela has stopped just short of calling edward snowden a hero for leaking secret u.s. documents about america's electronic use dropping. >> what he has done is tell a big truth to prevent wars and
prevent a mat you lead from taking over the world. nobody can spy on the whole world or control the whole world. he deserves the protection of human rights and recognized as a young man -- >> many countries have already rejected his request for asylum. maduro has virtually assured him. snowden has yet to file an asylum request with caracas. many countries fear economic and political repercussions. venezuela may have the least to lose. relations are already strained while it is unlikely the u.s. would stop buying venezuelan oil. some say that venezuela is punishing the united states 49 extradition -- four denying extradition requests.
>> in international and diplomatic relations, what is important is agreement. when veiled -- when venezuela solicits the united states to return these criminals, the united states rejects it. the logical answer is also to reject the request. >> on the streets of caracas, many people think maduro should focus his attention on back home. >> it is just a way to cover the internal problems we have in venezuela. the universities are close, classes are falling apart, and the professors do not have a salary. violence is becoming a part of day-to-day life or venezuelan's. >> he is giving his options open. in an interview with an international news network, maduro said he will leave the decision to the people of venezuela. >> next up, a preview of the business day ahead as the hong kong markets open.
>> we are keeping our eye on austria, where there was suspicion that edward snowden may have hopped on a plane with bolivian president evo morell is. we will keep you posted. that does it for world news. the let's send it over to you. >> let's go to asia for a check on the markets. more money, more problems and the same seems to be holding true for china. here is cap the yang in hong kong. >> this just in. in what appears to be a broadening of the slowdown of growth in china, data shows the services sector sagged to its weakest in nine months in june as construction activity slowed. the data came on top of the greek official pei results from china on monday. renewed volatility in china's money markets.
investors wanted china central bank to put more money into the financial system and they got their wish. the people's bank of china let $5.9 billion flow through the system of open market operations. funding costs fell on tuesday, as expected. some analysts forecast money market rates normalizing by mid july. it has triggered a selloff in chinese bancshares. among the biggest losers, i cbc. trading lower from the banks listed shares. an economist at bank julius advises investors to stay clear of asset classes in china be -- until the volatility has passed. china is facing what he calls the broader emerging markets challenge from developed markets. in japan, not just forecasting an even weaker yen, but a solid
win or abe's administration on july 21, and promises to live japanese stocks higher. the index saw a fourth straight day of gains on tuesday. back to you. >> that is going to do it for us. thanks so much for watching. if you have comments or suggesting, you can e-mail us. we will see you back here again tomorrow night. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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