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in broadcasting live direct from the heart of moscow this is r t i'm sean thomas let's get right to your top stories in northern kosovo nato peacekeepers have used to shoot to kill threats to break a roadblock by serb protesters on the border earlier attempts to remove it this week failed and left several serbs injured the senior united nations official in kosovo has urged restraint on both sides and called for new talks artie's sent us this report from the spot on friday the case for troops to remove one of the barricades which the serbs the cause of the set up in order to block the police and the k. four troops from gaining access to the area and we understand that more than one hundred k. four troops came over there pointed their guns at this bloke aiding this particular area and ordered them that they should leave the serbs obeyed and retreated
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peacefully with no violence and set up another a manmade checkpoint to large trucks on a bridge thus blocking the road the access for troops into the northern part of course there was still more than ten people remain in local hospitals in me that i would say in the town of. after being injured in tuesday's clashes with a k. four troops we managed to pay them a visit and ask them what exactly happened on tuesday. that is. we were standing by the barricade when the soldiers started shouting and shooting at us i didn't know what they were shooting with so i got scared and started running away and i was hit on the shoulder and it turned out to be a perforating wound of my lung. the most interesting fact here is that the k. four troops and nato have been trying to convince everybody that they only used rubber bullets and tear gas grenades against the angry mob to pacify them but
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doctors in local hospitals told us that they those people who were injured in those clashes were delivered to hospitals carrying gunshot wounds to his room. seven men in heavy condition gunshot wounds fractures and bruises there were not wounds from rubber bullets not a single of them had a rubber room all those wounds were caused by regular bullets which we extracted from their bodies now the serbs may have lost one of their checkpoints but they have lots more around the area we've counted more than ten different checkpoints the determination of the sort of people is very strong now to show that they do not want to be part of the course of a republic. on the whole that they are telling us to leave but we have no way to leave this is because cost civil is our land our home and our life it seems to be on our own now and we will stand our ground. there has been very harsh
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international response on the actions of this week here in kosovo with the united states accusing the cost of a service of provoking violence and the russian foreign ministry expressing deep is the concerns over the situation here saying that this may seem as a small as a minor border crossing dispute but in reality this could destabilize the situation in the whole region. due to their recent actions in the kosovo standoff nato peacekeepers have lost their impartiality that is according to belgrade based political analyst alexander. they've totally and openly stepped out of the un mandate and there really really now just like during one nine hundred ninety nine during the bombing when there was the air force for the albanian separatists are now acting as their infantry so this is what we have this is a clear breach of the u.n. charter and of resolution twelve forty four it's totally destroyed their standing
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as any sort of mediator. and i don't know how they are going to reclaim it the only way they would be able to reclaim their role would be if they actually. encourage things to go back to a good way they were before but they've made it clear that they're not going to do that so in the absence of that everyone is just going to look at nato here as being firmly on the albanian side on the side of what serbia considers to be secessionists so we don't really have a mediator here anymore and that's even more dangerous. archies alexy is in kosovo and we'll be bringing you updates as and when they happen. meanwhile you can head to our tease it free video page to get the freshest pictures of this border dispute you can watch them there or download it and broadcast quality for free check it out on free video dot r t dot com.
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critics free. free. free free. free. free. free. videos for your media. free media. hundreds of people have hit the streets of portugal's the two biggest cities to protest against austerity measures the debt ridden country had to ask for a seventy eight billion euro rescue package in may to avoid bankruptcy under the bailout lisbon agreed to implement harsh cuts but is still fighting to reduce its budget deficit and another struggling eurozone state greece is trying to convince international inspectors it deserves another portion of its bailout the greek government has pushed through pension cuts and extra taxes to try and please its creditors however financial journalist and blogger dimitri kovtun us says the more bailouts greece it receives the worse it gets for the economy. if they get the
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money the debt burden continues because they still run a primary deficit which means that they have to borrow money from their creditors to pay back their creditors the interest on their debt which means their diet grows and at the same time they're cutting the public sector which is a huge part of their economy the contraction of their g.d.p. which makes the debt burden grow more and more relative to the g.d.p. ricardo's makes it harder for payback i think at this point being you or a lot of the people in europe are beginning to realize that at least greece and i think also at portugal and ireland are into big trouble to simply can. they need to address the problems piecemeal the way they've been doing it i think that at this point they need to have a structured solution for greece for ireland for portugal i think spain also and then figure out what we're going to do with italy i don't know that's a much bigger problem but i think that in late late this year early next year some sort of solution and we could be devised that incorporates greece ireland portugal spain perhaps in a total kind of restructuring package either that or greece is going to have to
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unilaterally default tensions are also brewing across the atlantic in new york thousands of protesters that have been camping out near wall street have spilled onto the roadway causing part of the brooklyn bridge to be shut down according to reports five hundred people have been arrested during the demonstrations. brings us the latest developments. this clash and confrontation between and why he d. the new york city police department and thousands of protesters took place on the brooklyn bridge now these protesters that have held camp down by wall street have been demonstrating for about two weeks this demonstration started by wall street and then the protesters rally towards the brooklyn bridge when they got on the brooklyn bridge the police showed up and basically cornered off both sides of the brooklyn bridge and started to move in on the protesters to make arrests for blocking traffic and disorderly conduct that's when things got ugly to say the
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least the protesters were were banging drawing drums and chanting the old world was watching police moved in they were paddy wagons brought to the scene and things got very physical last weekend we saw demonstrators get maced in the knees five police officers police officers using netting to our rest demonstrators that have been camped out on wall street as i mentioned the brooklyn bridge what was closed down a when this incident erupted today and for those that don't live in new york city let me explain to you that is a very very big deal for something like that to take place and there were i guess you can't even count the amount of police officers that went down to the scene and the caution erupted and they got violent and as i mentioned even journalists were among those who were arrested this is a group occupy wall street if our viewers are nowhere a group of americans that have called on all those that are frustrated about the
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economic circumstance in america right now to come down rally and voice their opposition and that is what has been taking place for the past two weeks but as that demonstration that's been taking place we've seen this kind of crackdown that's been you know on the side of the. new york city police department against these protesters and this is the evolving week by week and clearly getting much more confrontational. the overall demands is that they're there they're speaking out and corporate greed and social inequality this can cause been criticized by the mainstream media for not having one unified message what do they want a lot of critics say what do they want and i think a lot of them want different things union members have come down there to join the demonstrations we've seen we've seen you know scholars professors octave this someone like michael moore even go down to the crowd to join them and one supports
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i think what what brings everyone together is their frustration over the u.s. economy over the fact that there are people are losing their jobs people can't get their jobs people are struggling to find to find money to make ends meet also some have noted and some have said that they're americans are now taking inspiration from the arab spring protesters that that swept through. north africa the middle east and these americans are now saying this is their their american spring and there are they are planning to stay down there through the end of the year and i can tell you this week by week this group of demonstrators that you know call themselves occupy wall street this group is getting bigger and bigger there's no doubt about that. coming up we ask a new yorkers if they think the decade long fighting in afghanistan has brought any results. i don't see a goal and really see anything changing even if we stay there another hundred years
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for a war there for that long it better be for something you know we better because of that it the thing that's going to happen now. more opinions on the afghan war from the big apple in just a few minutes. also ahead a suicide epidemic hits a bankrupt farmers in india as. the country faces one of the worst droughts and years we see why families at think it's not nature to blame but rather the government. to libya now where thousands of people are protesting against the forces loyal to the national transition council that have taken over the capital locals argue that the presence of troops provides a little security as they follow no particularly orders and fire their weapons indiscriminately and as robert perry the editor of internet investigative that magazine consortium news and says the people currently in power have suspicious links with terrorist cells. there is evidence even going back to the very beginning that the eastern part of libya was
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a hotbed of islamic radicalism some of these people have been connected to al qaeda one of the al-qaeda leaders who was killed recently a chief was a libyan and he came from this general area and now we know that one of the leaders of the rebel forces that took tripoli was also considered very close to al qaeda and was indeed detained by the united states for some time before he was allowed to go free so it appears that the people with the guns on the side of the libyan rebels are now the government are people who have this very mixed background and it's not clear how that turned out when you get down to the point of once the country's under the control of this of this force which side of this force will will be predominant. libyan revolutionary forces say they have surrounded the city of syria take it off the stronghold thousands of people have been fleeing the besieged city driven from their homes by fierce fighting and a lack of essential the chairman of the national transitional council said his
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forces have called a two day truce to let civilians leave but still heavy rocket and mortar fire continued anyway meanwhile aid workers from the international committee of the red cross have brought medical supplies to the city robert lyons a deputy editor of the independent online magazine spiked says that nato intervention in libya has turned things from bad to worse. this is the inevitable consequence of the think things that i got rolling back in february the kind of half hearted intervention was always going to end up with lost time by khadafi forces who fight is this is the kind of lost on that we expected in tripoli a few weeks ago that never happened and it was clearly there's a lot on that and the thing about the role of the international community no could be making things worse not simply by bombarding the city but boy actually having made such a fuss about civilians being injured or even by the hated houses but by saying that
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if given the khadafi forces a real offensive to keep keep the civilians in the city probably against their well i'm sure many of them would like to get out of there no. affectively become a kind of shield by which the they can stay there for. going for a bit longer. dimitri medvedev his latest interview has dominated the russian press in the last few days during a meeting with the chiefs of the country's three biggest a t.v. stations the president explained why he has decided not to run for the office a second time r.t. if you want peace can offer tells us what he said. of the president's interview with the heads of the three biggest t.v. stations in russia did focus on some of the most important to latest political events in the country such as his decision not to run for a second term in office his recommendation off prime minister of egypt for the top job and to the sudden dismissal of now former finance minister aleksey who didn't so there's lots of analysis and opinions in saturday's press in russia opinions
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both positive and not so positive let's start with the crimean sun newspaper really was well known here in russia and it's published an article to try to show you this . is the title of what were you after your ambition and the analysts that the newspaper was talking to have been saying that even though the need to do it has finally announced his political winds and the plans of his stunned them with the prime minister was doing fortunately there's still a loss of uncertainty since the official political programs for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections still have not been announced however this point of view is not shared by the analysts that this did newspaper a school to this rather well known big newspaper in russia it's published an article under the title of how significant is the timing and its analysts have been
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saying that the media has finally managed to cool always a deal list of the biggest. during that upcoming presidential election next to more choice now or loss of focus is definitely on the sudden dismissal rolls now former finance minister aleksey couldn't. who is always thought to be the key ally both off the government and off the president's administration the come a sun newspaper says that step to dismiss him like receiving more questions into what else could happen while need if he's still in office however there are analysts who say that the dismissal just shows that the president is serious in his ambitions just too much of the parliamentary election will be held in russia in the g samurai and the presidential blow will be held next to more cheney thing can happen still and according to the movie if it's still going to be up to the people to decide who gets to run the country next despite daily recommendation that he
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gave me a symbol or two zero one of peace can offer reporting for us fair enough sticking with the same story political analyst. told r.t. that made his decision not to run in the upcoming elections was dictated by common sense with putin having a better chance of success but now i think this situation is pretty logical. and mediator for both representing this same political force united russia not being completely similar and not being twins in politics and they're still pretty close here logically and politically at this point has matured if explained. is more popular then we did it himself and the question is about winning the next presidential election that will not go automatically would be if i'd. put it as more equipped to lead the united russia in their fight in the next presidential struggle at the same time he did it is keeping his position as an important
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political figure has potential prime minister and potential leader of the united russia which makes him a politician with great perspective in the future. and for the full version of the interview you can always log on to our website or t dot com. now for a brief look at some other international headlines for you. somali pirates have reportedly kidnapped a wheelchair bound french woman near the kenyan resort of lamu the navy and police chased the boat carrying the victim but feared an attack could end with the seventy five year old woman drowning the kidnapping comes less than a month after somali pirates abducted a british woman and killed her husband in the same area. the second typhoon in just a week is a battering the rain is soaked northern philippines forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate the first cause that landslides across the region and left at least one person dead forecasters have predicted the typhoon will become more powerful as it
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heads towards vietnam. a light aircraft has crashed into a ferris wheel at a festival in eastern australia leaving it to children trapped on the ride for hours amazingly no one was seriously injured in the incident just before the crash happened rain had forced the majority of people off the ride the pilot said he never saw the wheel before smashing into it. indian farmers are being driven to suicide by one of the worst droughts in living memory and many thousands left with no harvest and huge debts say the government is doing next to nothing to help parties pressure either reports. the sun is shining on these farm lands in southern india commonly known as the country's rice bowl they may look watch but the grass is far from greener out here farmers are killing themselves in the thousands gone there was a well thought all of this most of the farmers are committing suicide due to the
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influence of the other farmers who committed suicide romola husband is one of many who succumbed to drought and debt and took his own life some of the driest seasons in decades and an increase in pesticides and fertilizers have rendered their land bare for the grieving families left behind the future is ground. how should i carry on with my life nothing is good for me and my children and there is no one to help us how do i bear this trouble someone needs to help us. while the government has attempted to deal with the high number of farmer suicides by compensating two thousand dollars to affected families many families say they haven't received any money and even those who have say it's not enough studies show that during the ninety's farmers were able to make around sixty dollars per acre of land every year today just about forty dollars for almost four acres of land the government has
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pledged billions of dollars in relief package is to farmers and promised to increase the minimum rate on certain exports but many believe the farmers are being ignored. the government is neglecting agriculture basic information like wind power will be their own is not available to the farmers the government is not providing sufficient loans which is forcing the foam is to knock on the doors of money lenders. those who've tried to beat the drought themselves took out huge loans to dig wells but for many it's in vain. we are losing by making these wells but we are surviving because we are determined not to come. suicide we are leading a very sad life just sinking water levels mean these walls are useless but have left a deep hole in farmer's pockets the state banks turn their backs on those who couldn't repay their debts the loan sharks are now demanding high interest rates and won't take no for an answer we have the money lenders and financiers are frequently
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visiting our home and torturing us we want to be huge sume widows like rama lux me are now the broad winners tending to two acres of desolate farmland and rolling cigarettes to earn money to feed her children like her late husband she has no one to turn to and no way out a lonely life even though there are thousands just like her preassure either party tell i'm gonna india. ten years after the us invaded afghanistan its troops are still there and still fighting with decade old war has left thousands of nato soldiers and afghan civilians dead or harshness to ask a new yorkers if they think the campaign has been worth it. it's been ten years since the us bound to afghanistan as a prelude to an ongoing war a decade later has it been worth it this week let's talk about that four wars as no
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benefit so what are they still doing there for ten years i don't know what the heck they do and i don't know it's probably another vietnam. war where the problem is not a we're not. going to win it's just a case of more and more americans and others dying it seems clear cut see that it's not worth it i don't see a goal and i really see anything changing even if we stay there another hundred years it was worth it to hunt down al qaeda but i think we did there at the start with our special forces and for the past nine years i don't think we've accomplished much at all a very controversial question and there's pros and cons to the situation what are the pros the pros is i think that we have to make a statement that we aren't able to. seek things sitting down that we have a voice and whether it's there's more peaceful ways to present that probably how does that go on for ten years that you take a stand for ten years it's
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a hornet's nest there's no winner over there. we're in there with them but what do we have to do. well eventually we got to bring peace and i mean that's such a nebulous thing right like why we really bringing peace to afghanistan well only time will tell you know i don't really know enough about it to say whether it was worth it don't you think that's crazy that your country's been at war for ten years and you don't know anything about it that is a problem here. but yeah do you think most americans feel that way you know i'm sure a lot of american pro and anti i look at this well i mean for for a war there for that long i mean it better be for something and we better be. it's a bit out of it you think that's going to happen. it seems like most people don't feel like the u.s. war in afghanistan has been worth it unfortunately no one in power seems to be listening.
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in broadcasting live direct from our central studios in moscow this is. i'm sean thomas let's take a look at your top headlines nato peacekeepers are ready to enforce a shoot to kill orders in the northern kosovo in the potentially explosive standoff with ethnic serbs over disputed border posts but two crossings that link of the enclave it with serbia were seized by pristina and two weeks ago sparking new trouble. and the u.s. demonstrations on wall street against corporate political influence a spill out onto the brooklyn bridge shutting down traffic in one direction around four hundred people have reportedly been detained amid allegations officers used excessive force when making these arrests. and protests break out in tripoli as residents anger boils over at the behavior of armed anti could often true.

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