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>> edward snowden says the u.s. is unlawfully denying him the right to political asylum. hello and welcome. hour, theis half crowds grow on the streets of cairo as the muslim brotherhood calls for more anti-government protests. a qaeda linked fighters kill free syrian army commander. behind bars in new zealand.
inside the only unit for old age prisoners. edward snowden is accusing the united states of waging a campaign to prevent his receiving asylum. the former cia analyst is calling for help from human- rights groups to fight back. the u.s. accused china of undermining its efforts to extradite the whistle-blower. china says its actions were legal. >> when we encounter differences or sensitive issues, we need to address them directly in consultation with one another. that is why we were disappointed with how the authorities in beijing and hong kong handled the the snow case, which undermined our effort to build the trust needed to handle difficult issues. >> the central government of china has always respected the
hong kong government handily. the way they have handled the case has been beyond reproach. >> let's go to moscow. what is mr. snowden saying today? is beingl say he persecuted by this campaign by the united states prevented him from gaining asylum in a foreign country and preaching his human rights. we have more news on the nuts and bolts of the meeting. it is due to start in 2.5 hours. l. b. snowden leading human- rights leaders, a u.n. representative from the russian federation, amnesty international, those sort of people, of course russian lawyers. we have just spoken to officials at the moscow airport. after that, he is planning to meet with the media. airport authorities are granting us access to the second floor of
the terminal building three he is said to have been for the last three weeks. he will speak to the media at around 6:00 local time, about three hours from now. >> any reaction to all of this for human-rights and asylum? have obviously green light to this. he would not have the reaction you are getting from the airport facilitating the meeting if the kremlin was not in favor of that. the press spokesman for putin was asked if they had been if they've would have attended. they said they have not been invited. he said whether they would have attended is neither here nor there. putin has maintained snowden is not their problem anymore. >> thank you.
let's move to egypt. the muslim brotherhood is calling for mass protests after an arrest warrant was issued for the leader. the crowds have begun to build in cairo. these are live pictures. across are calling for the deposed president to be reinstated. michael johnson is there for us. nicole johnson is there for us. tell us what we can expect to see today. already wean see, morsithousands of pro- supporters. the crowd looks larger than it has. that no doubt has to do within muslim brotherhood calling for a big show of support today. it is also the first month of which is likely to bring more people out on to the streets.
camp will hold their own rally in tahrir square. it is still relatively quiet there for the moment. expect more people will start to come out later in the day toward sunset, especially after people break their fast. two big rallies planned in cairo today and other parts of the country as well. it will be interesting to see whether we have another outbreak of violence. that is what happened last friday. last friday, we have running street battles behind me at the bridge. thousands of people from both sides hitting each other with sticks and rocks. it went on for about three hours. a number of people were killed. hundreds were injured. >> thank you. fighters anded killed the commander from the syrian free army. he was shot in the head at a checkpoint. his brother was also killed. a spokesman said they are accused of being infidels. the killing happened in western
syria. al qaeda is threatening to kill more rebel leaders. is the middle east security analyst. he told me syrian groups fighting the regime have been divided for some time. >> the opposition has been divided and characterized by what it is against rather than what it stands for. this time last year, the opposition was on the offensive in damascus. now we see them in retreat. they might abandon homs. perhaps the stress of the retreat of playing on the divisions between the ssa and the extremist groups in hierarchy of al qaeda. ssa commanders have not just said a carter commences killing
but also that they will respond and why the floor with them. when you speak against yourself, it makes things harder. >> tell us more about this group. it is called the islamic state the group claiming responsibility for killing sfa leaders. tell us about the size and kind of hold in-house. 40,050mates are between 40,050 thousand. they tried to increasingly unified. i think the fact this was an organized meeting that turned into a bloodbath and a week said one of their leaders was decapitated shows you organized attempts at trying to counter attack are descending
into a bloodbath. byigious legitimacy is used these groups. you are seeing a lot of opposition fighters perhaps move over because they seek greater activity and a more legitimate type of leadership coming from these groups. i think it is definitely one to watch in the coming weeks. >> in brazil, police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at demonstrators. the demonstrations were part of a nationwide spirit -- strike involving tens of thousands of people. >> it was billed as the largest work stoppage in brazil in 25 years. labor union, members took to the streets in what they called a national day of struggle. in all states there were work stoppages, sometimes shutting down ports, post offices, and blocking interstate highways.
while it was peaceful in much of brazil, it was not in rio de janeiro where a small group of protestors not affiliated with the unions set fires and had to be dispersed by police in scenes that harkened back to last month. like the other protests recently, union members had a long list of demands. fore want all oil royalties education. we're here to reinforce and strengthen the fight on the street. education andor health. brazil is behind on these issues. protests the other where hundreds of thousands took to the streets on consecutive days, these union marches did not bring out nearly the same number of people. perhaps because the unions historically support the political party currently in power. party has been in power for over a decade.
they owe their existence to the labor unions. the unions were the foundation of the workers' party when it was founded. as protests sweep across brazil, labor unions have been silent until now. there are thousands of labor unions in brazil and equally as many divisions. >> the unions will have to decide whose side they are on. if they are going to support the workers because they will fight with or without them, where if they will continue on the side of the government. >> it is was a date for the unions to test their own ability to again retake the streets and mobilize, something they have shown they can do even if on a smaller scale than predicted. the harder task might be remain relevant at a time when all brazilians feel the need to protest, not just those in unions.
>> more than 100 prisoners are still on the run in indonesia after a jail riot. security forces have retaken control of the prison. five people died. protests began when the water supply was cut off. 15 officers were taken hostage. their offices were set on fire. we have the latest developments. >> the rise was triggered by a power blackout that knocked out electricity and also the water pumps. that left the inmates without water supplies since thursday morning. they held a protest. as the day went on, the protests got uglier. some managed to break out and overpowered officers. they took them hostage and said the building on fire. five people were killed. more than 200 inmates managed to escape. some have been recaptured. there is still a major security operation at the moment. military personnel have been deployed to the area from neighboring provinces.
there, in the area conducting checks. the top priority is to recapture all of the convicts. some have been convicted of terrorism. there is a concern they may be able to rejoin the old networks or recruit new members if they are allowed to remain at large. countersigned a spotlight on conditions in indonesia and princes -- indonesia and prisons. particular one is more than two 2% over capacity. this country goes to the polls and less than 24 hours for only the second time in its history. the pakistani teenager shot by the taliban is taking her fight for education to the united nations.
welcome back. these are the headlines from around the world. human rights groups say they have been invited to meet with edward snowden at the moscow airport where he has been for almost three weeks. the invitation was posted on facebook. thousands of supporters of deposed egyptian president are rallying again in cairo. they're protesting about a series of arrest warrants targeting the muslim brotherhood. the u.s. says the arrests are counterproductive. on the runre still in indonesia after a prison riot. security forces and taken control of the prison. five died in the violence. it started when the water supply to the inmates was cut off. shot bystani teenager the taliban is to be honored by the united nations. she will address the u.n. youth assembly. she will call for improvements
in global education. she was shot in pakistan trying to make her way to school. we have this report on the country's struggle to educate young women. >> bright and early the school day starts. for these children, she is an inspiration. but these children are in the minority. the vast majority of pakistani children do not have access to education. they are the other side of her dream of universal education. they are the forgotten ones. they have to work from an early age to support their families. littlecation drive means to them and their daily lives. was with herd and when they were attacked by the taliban are going to school. her family fears for her safety and has applied for a british visa but have yet to hear from
the embassy. is addressed she in the united nations. i am happy about that but sad that i am in pakistan while mr. getting an education in the u.k. but not everyone wants to criticize her efforts. not everyone is optimistic. the education department and is cautious about what can be achieved. >> i hope she brings focus and money to the fight for education in pakistan. we've lost too many schools to the taliban and flooding. >> the pakistani taliban destroyed girls' schools when they took over in 2007. the majority have been rebuilt. the drive to educate all and in particular young girls is a noble effort. in pakistan, it faces immense challenges. for families, the education of young girls has not been a priority. they have not been able to get
the kinds of low-paying jobs to support houseless. because it has not been a priority for them, it is not a priority for the 40's. united nations in new york is a world away. this new government faces great challenges on the economy and terrorism. on theon is not high list. it is unlikely the petition will change that. those forgotten will continue to struggle, unrecognized and uneducated. kingdomall himalayan goes to the polls in the next 24 hours. it is the second time the people will have the chance to elect a government. we have this report from the capital. young people are hoping the election will change matters for them. she is one of the country's brightest credit reports -- brightest graduates. she is one of the first woman
from this country to graduate from oxford university. having been back home for a year and with all of her qualifications, she cannot find work. there is the problem of brain drain. if i do not get a job here, i will have to work outside. i would like to be here and do my own thing. if i am not able, i will be looking outside. >> according to the international monetary fund, this country has the world's fourth fastest growing economy at 9%. much of that is because of hydroelectric power sold to neighboring countries and a thriving tourist industry. below the population is the age of 30. this analyst says the government is moving in the right direction to encourage growth, but it will take time.
>> there is a policy in place to theurage and promote building of the industry and manufacturing base. we have a policy in place. they also have provided a lot of generous tax breaks. >> he is a graduate from india. niche in waste that has increased sevenfold. >> the next government can do in ahing extraordinary much better way than what the current government has done. his company has an annual turnover of $100,000. he is exempt from taxes for the next 20 years. the young people seem to know if they are going to make their
mark on the country, they need the newly elected government to listen to their hopes, dreams, and aspirations, and help them. if it does not, future generations may leave and take with them any hope of growth or potential this country may have. >> thousands of mourners gathered in northern england for the funeral of the british soldier, lee rigby. he was killed on a london street near his army barracks in south london. two men have been charged with his murder. the scene today. ireland, women are to be allowed to seek abortions in cases considered to be life- threatening. a new law has been brought in. arlen is a deeply religious country and there are divisions. we have the story from dublin. the moment the
bill finally passed with a clear majority and plenty of relief. it has taken decades for the irish government to bring this bill to parliament and dozens of hours of debate. at times, proceedings were rambling and of relief. early thursday, one lawmaker grabbed a female colleague and pulled her onto his lap. he apologized for being inappropriate and disrespectful. the video went viral and disgusted many in ireland because this is the most historic legislation in a generation. >> this the first government in 21 years willing to address the of the case related to a young girl's suicide who tried to get an abortion and became suicidal. the supreme court decided she was entitled to have an abortion in ireland.
>> it was also the death of this young woman that pushed the government to finally clarify the law on when doctors can terminate a pregnancy without the threat of prosecution. she was denied an abortion despite miscarry and and her health being at risk. she later died from lead poisoning. outside parliament, anti- abortion campaigners refused to give up guided by their catholic belief. abortion is illegal in ireland and they want to keep it that way. >> the bill will have to be approved by the senate before it is signed into law. that could happen as early as next week. this could give some clarity to doctors. it will not affect the thousands of women who choose to have abortions abroad every year. al jazeera in dublin. >> in portugal, protesters have anger of parliament in its handling of these financial crisis.
demonstrators threw football's calling for politicians to resign. the debt crisis is feeling political uncertainty. the government is edging closer to collapse. despite having one of the world's fastest-growing economies, ethiopia is facing a job crisis. half of the young people are unemployed. many are risking their lives migrating abroad illegally in the hope of a better life. we have this report from the capital. he thought living in another country would mean better job opportunities. three years ago, if she paid a smuggler to take her to lebanon. >> there were people who died. other girls were raped. others vanished. >> these people are going the legal route. they are waiting for medical tests. if they pass, there will be able to go to the gulf region for
work. she wants to go to kuwait. >> i want to go there because i have tried everything and failed. i want to see if i can make money to help my family. >> this registration center receives an average of 5000 people a week. to savethose we talked the are no opportunities in ethiopia and they're looking for different ways to survive. the government wants to find new ways to keep people in the country and away from smuggling rings. >> the main cause of the problem is there are a lot of brokers from the local area. this has to be broken. -- brokers will be x courted exporter. >> exposed or ignored. they are offering up to $27,000
for any group of young people that come up with a good business proposal. they hope it will be enough to discourage many from resorting to smugglers. they help young people start online businesses. they say money is not the only problem. >> we need a lot of support like educational support. we need to make things easier with licensing and all these things. >> ethiopia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. with close to 85 million people, it would seem the business opportunities are limitless. it will take an aggressive and effective government campaign to change the minds of the thousands of job hunters who just want to get out. al jazeera, ethiopia. >> taiwan is bracing for a powerful typhoon making its way toward the island. come ashore later
today. the chinese capital is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. population isison getting over. in new zealand, between 2,000 and 2009, there was a 94% increase in prisoners over the age of 50. prison where a special wing has been opened for the elderly inmates. >> many have difficulty getting around. for some, this is as exciting as life gets. this man has dementia and does not know where he is let alone why, which might be just as well. this is not a retirement home. it is a unit for old age prisoners. are 18y opened, there men in the facility. most are in their 60's and 70's. if you are in their 80's. they've all of the health problems that come with old age.
>> i am had six heart attacks, diabetes, and now cancer. to looke special nurses after you. feedpose if you cannot yourself, they probably do that. >> the unit is needed because as the general population ages, so do the prisoners. at the moment, this unit is the only one of its kind in new zealand. as the prison population ages, this sort of facility is going to be needed more. nationwide, there are one of the 64 prisoners over 65. the number has more than doubled in 20 years. that is partly because tougher sentencing keeps people in prison longer, but mainly sexual crimes are catching up to people in their old age. dna has helped. so has the fact that a victim's abuse in childhood are going to police as adults. all but one of the prisoners
here are serving cries for sexual -- serving time for sexual crimes against children. we have been asked not to show their faces to keep from upsetting their victims. prison, thee in best we can do is to look after them humanely. same care.ns the we get in regular persians -- same care they would get in regular prisons is estimated 1/3 of prisoners in the united states will be over 55. a study in japan is asking prisoners worldwide about the needs and expenses. people everywhere will seek out their senior years behind bars.