award winning investigative documentary series fault lines the deported only on al jazeera america > it's the final day of voting in egypt's presidential election. former army chief abdul fatah al-sisi is on the brink of an almost certain victory. you're watching al jazeera. nigeria's army says "we know where they are, but we can't tell you." the defense chief claims to have found the missing girls. a symbolic meeting between the leaders of the pakistan and
india. caught in the crossfire - a report on the battle for control of donetsk airport. it was the second and final day of egypt's presidential election former army chief who led the coup against the muslim brotherhood looks set to win a landslide victory. the brotherhood asked followers to boycott the vote. the european union's lead election person says the detention of political journalists and activists is a concern. >> of course, one of the main things of the democracy is the freedom of speech. of course, we are extremely worried about the international
community, all the international community is worried about the hundreds of death sentences pronounced by a judge. this is not the scope of an election observation. we are politicians. we have our own political judged. we regret and condemn the fact that some of your colleagues, journalist colleagues, are in gaol at this moment. >> as you heard, press freedom is a concern in egypt. four al jazeera journalists remain in prison. their trial has been adjourned until june the ist. a fourth journalist abdullah
al-shami has been detained without charge for more than nine months now. >> alison bethel mckenzie is the president of the international press institute and is attending a catholic church -- a conference in doha. these elections are taking place while our journalists and others are in prison awaiting trial. this casts a light over the polls. >> absolutely. all our partners and colleagues that believe in press freedom hope that we'll see with the election a change for egypt, embracing the idea for a free press. immediately we are calling for the release of all journalists. al jazeera journalists and any other that has held in prison
currently. >> given the lead-up - given the fact that freedom of speech was suppressed in the lead-up to the elections, and as soon as mohamed mursi was deposed, give us an idea of what would happen if the suppression continues? >> well, unfortunately egypt would crawl higher into the pores place to practice journalism. >> what does that mean for the average egyptian, what does it mean for the country. >> oh, my goodness - democracy depend on press freedom. egyptians need to know where the money is spent. what decisions are being made. what relationships across border are formed and the best way to have the insight is via the media. it's been proven and is a fact that media holds up all rights.
everyone, average egyptians should fight and push for the eighty to receive information and, therefore, for a freed media. it's absolutely crucial. >> now, alison, your organization, the international press institute is calling for reforms in egypt to occur after the election. >> absolutely. >> how confident are you that the reforms will happen? >> well, we are kind of confident. we met with a number of egyptian officials who i think are beginning to understand that this is a problem that is not going to go away. the international press institute. al jazeera itself, committing to protect journalists. all of us will pound until we see the changes. we spoke to a number of egyptian physicists who pressured the government for an independent judiciary, for a clear adherence
and support of a constitution that most egyptians, the vast majority of egyptians themselves passed. this constitution calls for a free press and is one of the strongest that we have seen in a long time. now we are calling on the egyptian government and the people to push the egyptian government to live up to the letter and spirit of the constitution that was passed this year. >> thank you for the insight. just a reminder to our viewers that four al jazeera journalists remain in gaol. our colleagues, peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have been held in prison for 150 days. they are expected to appear in court again on june the 1st. a reminder that a fourth al jazeera has been detained
without charge for more than nine months now. moving on, and the nigerian military ruled out force to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped, but claims launching an offensive might get them killed. the girls were taken from borno state by boko haram fighters in april. >> we can't tell you, military security. leave us alone, we are working. we'll get the girls back. there are people from outside. they said we have al qaeda in west africa. i believe it 100%. >> we go live to the capital. have his words apieced an angry public and restored confidence in the army? >> well, it's not clear at this stage. the public are taking in this
developing story, and how it's moved forwards. defense are now saying that the authorities know where the girls are. however, some people on social media have been responding to the statement, saying that they have doubts about this, given some of the conflicting messages that calm out of the military since the story broke, since the girls were taken away in mid april. remembering the military said that a certain number of girls were taken, 129. they said they rescued the girls. the next day they did a u-turn and there has been a sense that there has been conflicting messages coming from different parts of the nigerian government. the explains for this confusion is that there has been different parts of the government, different bodies of government deal with the rescue attempt. for example, the military - the parents have been involved, locals have been involved et cetera, et cetera.
it has made the front pages. on the front of the "daily trust", it says "we know where the girls are." the leadership says "we have located the school girls." waiting to get a sense of how the public will respond to this, and more information from the authorities about what they'll do to find them if they know where they are. no response to the military chief's statement from the nigerian's presidency. >> reporting for us from the capital abuja. >> a sudanese woman who has been sentenced to death has given birth to a baby girl. meriam ibrahim was convicted of abandoning islam and marrying a muslim. according to the ruling she'll be executed after she finishes nursing her baby.
an appeal has been launched. >> men have been rescued after their vessel was rammed by a chinese vessel. china's state media reports that vietnamese's boat had been harassing the chinese craft before ramming it. >> as for whether we'll take retaliating actions, the fact of the incident proves it would be futile for vietnam to interfere and jeopardise the work of chinese fishing boats and eventually vietnam is damaging its own interests by doing this. >> thailand's former education minister has been arrested after denouncing the military coup. he was giving a talk at the foreign correspondent's club when soldiers burst in and detained him. the coup is not a solution and
will only make things worse. he's been on the run after refusing to turn himself into the military. >> the leaders of india and pakistan held face to face talks in over a decade. nawaz sharif met with his indian counterpart narendra modi on monday. they have more from new delhi. >> all eyes were on the meeting between prime minister narendra modi and nawaz sharif. every leader from the region that attended the swearing in of the prime minister was afforded half an hour. this meeting which finished after 1 o'clock local time lasted 15 minutes. there was no joint press statement. it is expected that both had discussed the issues of trade and security. it's an olive branch offered to the pakistani prime minister when he invited him here for
this special occasion and expected, lower down the train. the foreign ministers and foreign secretaries would continue the discourse, hoping both countries can find a way to thaw frosty relations, causing both countries to go to war on three occasions, and also inevitably led to both being nuclear armed neighbours. a peaceful south africa is what all wants. it's hoped a warm handshake and smiles behind closed doors will lead to a better relationship in the coming months and years. >> the nawaz sharif-narendra modi meeting raised hopes for better relations between pakistan and india. this may change if ties improve. we have more. >> reporter: business is not as good as it used to be at this tractor assembly plant over the
past few years. sales dropped by 30%. industry insiders say a crisis in rural areas is to blame. it made manufacturing, routine maintenance and repairs almost impossible. her father runs the lahore-based militaries. he hopes the prime minister's historic visit to india will allow his business to grow on the other side of the border. >> if opportunities open up. our company would have the ability to ex-band. nawaz sharif is the first pakistani leader to attend. he promised to help ties with the two countries. nawaz sharif released is a 151
indian fishermen on the day of the swearing in. most are fishermen straying into territorial waters of the other nation. many are in gaol despite the completion of their sentences. >> i believe... >> both leaders are focussed on reviving economies. they'll yield economic benefits. long-standing tensions are never far. >> nawaz sharif has been prime minister twice before. the last time he was in power, his attempts to improve ties with india were derailed after the attacks were held. he was ousted in a coup. while nawaz sharif wants to improve ties with new delhi, he'll have to do so carefully.
still to come - syria's cultural catastrophe. how the war is destroying historical sites and what is being done about it. >> the pope compares child sex abuse to performing a satanic mass - announcing he'll meet a group of victims next month. >> i was not a ham, i was ham & cheese... >> and turning it around... >> you don't have to let your circumstance dictate who you are
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al-sisi is expected to win the contest. he is facing off against leftist politicians hamdeen sabahi. the nigerian military ruled out the use of force to rescue more than 200 school girls kidnapped six weeks ago. it says it has located the girls but launching an offensive may get them killed. india-pakistan holding bilateral talks. the first talks at a high level between the two since 2002. it's unclear whether ukranian soldiers or pro-russian separatists are in control of the airport at donetsk. we have this report from kiev. >> reporter: they came from above. an attempt to regain the airport. the ukranian government launched its biggest operation against pro-russian fighters. it began in the early hours of
monday, when separatists seized control of the airport. it shut down. police blocked access to the entrance. ukranian authorities set a deadline. it came and went with no surrender. the crackdown came quickly. smoke rose over the airport as jets and helicopters launched attacks to root out the separatists. fighters arrived. this was not going to be an easy rout for the government in kiev, and the leader for the donetsk people's republic was defiant. >> with the latest developments unfolding so fast and aggressively, we have to appeal to vladimir putin and the russian people. >> reporter: one al jazeera crew
was caught up in the crossfire. they were on the road leading to the airport when shooting broke out. the crew escaped unharmed. >> they narrowly avoided an explosion as they turned back. >> do it. do it. do it, do it. >> reporter: by tuesday morning the fighting had calmed down. it was unclear if the military had complete control of the airport. the mayor urged residents to stay indoors. the man expected to be named president, petero poroshenko, compares the fighters in the east to somali fighters, outlaws that can't be invited to the negotiating table. he will make his first trip to the troubled eastern regions,
and will talk with russia, many of whom accuse of supporting the fighting there, in early june. >> e.u. heads of states are due to meet in brussels to discuss the results of the european elections. there was a surge for euro skeptics. they were beaten in the vote. he says that the e.u. has become too remote and complex. >> translation: i will rereform at the european council that the priority is growth, employment. europe is illegible. i'm aware it's remote and incomprehensible. this cannot continue. europe has to be simple, clear to be effective where it is needed and withdraw from where it is not necessary. >> a national front leader has been holding a press conference
in paris. her party securing the best result. she has strongly criticised closer european integration. >> a sat jpic mass - that is how pope francis described the sexual abuse of children by priest, making the comments as he flew back to italy after a 3-day middle east tour. he said he would show no tolerance to anyone in the church that abuses children. >> reporter: pope francis holding a mass in jerusalem. christians hold that jesus christ said "suffer the little children to come up to me." in modern times many believe the abusive acts of the priests tarnish that. inside the plane, taking him to rome, the pope addressed the situation. >> the priest who does this betrays the body of the lord.
a priest needs to lead children to safety. instead of leading them to safety he abuses them. it's like a satanic mass. >> pope francis said there's no place in the church for those that abuse children. next week at the vatican, he'll meet a group of victims. >> there'll be a mass with six to eight people that have been abused. after that there'll be a meeting with me. there'll be a meeting with those on the megs. >> in recent years there has been an avalanche of abuse allegations against the catholic church. procedures claim to have handled 3,000 abuse cases over the past decade. 848 priests have been unfrocked. more than 2,500 have been ordered to live a life of prayer or penance. the u.n. published a report
accusing the vatican of placing the preservation of the reputation of the church over the protection of child victims. >> this pope spoke of his personal compulsion to confront the evil perpetrated. with new cases emerging all the time. that is something he'll have a chance to do. the conflict in syria destroyed many of the country's historic buildings. all six sites are now on unesco's endangered list. we have more on the efforts to safeguard them. >> reporter: this has been fought over by government and rebels alike for three years. some of syria's valuable oil reserves lay beneath the ground. >> above ground there are treasures at risk.
cultural ones. traditionally a focal point for commerce, but bombs and bullets transformed it into an empty shell. >> translation: this is one of the most famous monumental sites. it was totally destroyed by the forces in an indescribable barbaric manner. this was the mosque in aleppo before the civil war. for almost 1,000 years, the minaret towered over the landscape until last year when it was blown up. >> what happened there was catastrophic. it will take decades to fix it. we need to do more. within the humanitarian effort, certainly give it a much higher
role. >> reporter: the violence of the last three years has taken its toll on religious and cultural sites across syria, when the minaret aft al omari mosque mosque was destroyed. it had been a sacred place for more than a millennium. and these are the ruins of the ancient city of pal mara, almost 2,000 years old. at various times the city was roman, bi-sen tine. now u.n.e.s.c.o. says the war between fellow syrians threatens this and other sites like never before. >> the u.n. secretary-general says an international tribunal could be the best way to prosecute those that committed killing themselves in south sudan. thousands have been targeted. we have this report from malabbing ou.
>> this woman and her family have to live in a flooded, muddy camp. they are safer here than in their home down of malaka in south sudan. in february they were sheltering in the hospital when rebel fighters attacked. >> there was a fighter, a tall one pointing out women and telling others to rape them. afterwards they'd kill them, they killed many. >> the town changed hands six times, both government troops and opposition forces killed people in their homes, targetting them for their ethnicity. many ran to churches and the u.n. base. hundreds sheltered here in the hospital, thinking they were safe, they wouldn't be targeted. u.n. investigators say rebels attacked and looted everything of value. almost everything in the ward is destroyed. survivors say pane were beaten,
killed, and some patients who were bedridden were shot dead. >> it's one of many instances where civilians were targeted across the country. the u.n. says both sides may be sfoeble for crimes against humanity. secretary bangui moonsays there needs to be justice. the u.s. called for justice. it's been a key political and financial supporter of south sudan. nobody has ever faced justice for the many atrocities committed in conflicts, going back for decades. >> one of the reasons possibly that there has been crimes committed is no one has been held accountable. for going forward in south sudan, as you said, with the level of atrocities, now is the time for justice to prevail. >> meanwhile, nearly a million people who fled the violence are stuck in the camps. the u.n. says south sudan's justice system may not be adequate for crimes to such a scale, and an international
tribunal depend on the will of the security council. it will be difficult to find a man who this woman saw killing and raping. she heard some things could stop the violence so it was safe to go home. u.s. musician ferrell williams commented on the arrest of six people in iran who posted a video online of himself dancing to his hip song happy. iranian laws ban women dancing in public or appearing outside. all six are believed to have been released. >> i was sad by it. they were just dancing. but at the same time, i don't live in that country, i don't know the laws. but i, in my heart of all hearts thought they were dancing, and they should express their
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