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arrest or asylum british authorities are ready to. breaching his bail conditions. currently staying at the ecuadorian embassy in london while the country considers whether to accept him as a political refugee. egypt's former president hosni mubarak is said to be in a coma and mounting tensions over who will succeed him after the presidential runoff. and the mainstream media goes all out against those opposing intervention in syria with hyped up reports warning of imminent war games to be held in the country involving thousands of warships jets and.
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it is a pleasure to have you with us here on our t.v. today. live in moscow and julian assange is facing arrest british police say the wiki leaks editor has violated his bail by seeking sanctuary at the ecuadorian embassy in london and the world's most famous whistleblower has asked for political political asylum in the latin american country to avoid extradition to sweden. at the embassy while our reporter laura smith is the very nature of scotland yard joining us both now in the program sara first to you how often is at the embassy any indication at this point that a song's might actually be granted the asylum he's looking for. and julian assange is taking refuge at the moment you can see some of his supporters have gathered outside here this morning now still no clear indication of exactly
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what the decision is going to be of course a huge amount of speculation at the moment now a little earlier on investigative journalist government body and from city university had come out of the building and he had spoken to some of the reporters here and said that the atmosphere inside was warm and that there would be a statement later on today saying we're less speculating at the moment of course the embassy here. valuating his request it wasn't going to be long before julian assange was going to have to present himself to the british authorities and then he faced extradition to sweden where he faces questioning the sexual assault allegations that he's never actually been charged in all at the end of last month after the u.k. supreme court rejected his appeal against the expedition really a stunt in his legal team we're running out of options now the next big question that everyone's asking right now is why ecuador again
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a lot of speculation that we do you know that julian assange had previously met the president of ecuador he interviewed him for a show the runs a nazi and it seemed to hit it off in that meeting just take a listen but now i. think. it is really a pleasure to meet you julian least in this way and. to the club of the persecuted . thank you you. thank. thank you. yes thank you. that's something we have to avoid every day. but you heard the president he's expressed that he's a fan of wiki leaks saying welcome to the club of the persecuted but will in the songes period first. this well we're going to have to wait and see or not but of course he could face arrest a breach of his bell conditions so the stakes remain extremely high here for julian
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assange cars are thinking about more over to you know what to do tell us what are the u.k. or thor he's saying at this point. well mainly that if he steps outside the ecuadorian embassy they will arrest him as he was saying earlier he is in breach of his bail conditions which are very strict he's been under them for the last eighteen months and one of them states that he has to spend the night at his registered address which is obviously not the ecuadorian embassy and he has been there since yesterday spent the night while inside the ecuadorian embassy he's of course the police because it's a sanctuary. the moment he steps outside we understand that there are police officers waiting for him they don't exactly know what they're all dissolve but they know that they have to stay there until something happens according to reports says it's working with the u.k. to sort this situation out whatever that means but of course this is not unexpected it was that we didn't think that julian assange would just be able to go to the door without any kind of repercussions and this is really
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a last ditch move for him and a very unexpected move of course we know that he's exhausted all his legal options here inside the u.k. he took his case right up to the supreme court which offered him for him an appeal but then rejected it at the last moment so now his only recourse in the legal system is to go to the european court of human rights but he evidently doesn't expect that the european court of human rights would be able to help him and of course this is all because of him being wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual assault in sweden no charges of course of being brought there looking to sweden looking to extradite him just for questioning and he has always feared that if sent to sweden he would be extradited on from that to the united states he's pointed out that the united states is a country where the death penalty is still in force and they have also been reports all through this eighteen month process confirm that the u.s. is already building a case against him for espionage. he feels as he said on the steps of the
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ecuadorian embassy yesterday that he has been abandoned by his own. country or train yeah and also abandoned by the u.k. and sweden and so that is why it has taken that way but as my colleague sarah said that the stakes are very high in this it's really a last ditch attempt to avoid being judged this case is it coming to a claim of being all right or all these are laura smith i need to scotland yard and r.t. sir further by the ecuadorian embassy folks in london thank you. for just a bit earlier here on r.t. we actually spoke to julian assange just mother christina songs you told us it's his son being abandoned by his native country that's now led to this current time offense i would like to say in history in government stand up and had some independence from us foreign policy and to say no. what you're doing is persecuting a journalist has not been charged with anything under your own system in meant as
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done nothing wrong that should have stood up should have a carpeted the swedish ambassador to the fact that the greeks troll around and they display sion and take their europe in a response when they shouldn't they should have protested in that way to the. u.k. government it's disgraceful display during the hearing the ship existed to the us the calls are being made to incite litter upon my son i should have protested all of those things they'd done nothing in fact that i did in the base of the us in persecuting my son. now let's discuss this further here on r.t. what's next for the world's most famous was a blow out with a loss kay who's the leader of the pirate party in the u.k. now joining us live from manchester good to see you today why do you think assad resorted to such what many might call desperate means asking for political asylum rather than for example appealing to the european court of human rights which he still has time to do. well indeed it's extremely regrettable that julian sound just
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really felt it necessary to take this step of applying for asylum essentially he has always maintained that it seems that the australian government has been either unable or indeed unwilling to give him the kind of support and actually the kind of protection that he needs and frankly that he's entitled to as a citizen and how about this latest twist in the extraordinary ixion saga i think has indeed taken everybody's by surprise and indeed not least some of his kind of closest supporters as we can as we've heard in the program that the current situation is that argument is now negotiating the ecuadorian not to try to bring unfortunate situation to a close and indeed the latest news from the united kingdom is that the police are saying that because he's reached his bail conditions that he is now liable for rest
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but really frankly this whole situation should never have got this far and i'm sure we will want to see actually a satisfactory resolution to the current and last well as as you were saying a moment ago at the latest from the british authorities saying that julian assad has now violated his conditions of house arrest however according to the latest our legal experts it says here that if a if granted asylum is entitle to protected passage out of the u.k. if indeed that is the case why in your view. has he chosen ecuador as the country where he would seek refuge. clearly it's also in response to some of the sure that he's received in the ecuadorians but really it's up to the ecuadorians now to actually assess the current situation as they promise that they're to do was leave the problem that they have is that they cannot seem to be interfering in terms of
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the judicial process. as you said there are still options open for today and. looking for example. on the european level which i think will probably be more fruitful way forward but it's important to remember that all of this is happening within a context and that is the context that also the u.s. and fear and. british human rights lawyer helena kennedy has currently heard from the swedish law that he has been warned that once that if he's extradited to sweden once the swedish investigation is completed that he will be handed over to the u.s. authorities now remember that there has been talk so getting him on an espionage charge and this carries the death penalty the swedish authorities could have
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a really useful hand in actually defusing a very difficult situation well now. you say the swedish authorities have have a great hand to diffusing actuation but again you know assad has been on house arrest for roughly five hundred days or swedish legal authorities have not played a legal hand to question him in all this time when allegedly he hasn't even been charged in the in the first place i mean if i may for a moment though what about the are going you know since sweden has not questioned a sign she hasn't been charged surely he has nothing to be afraid of you know if indeed he's innocent why. is he fighting this extradition so hard let's get down to the brass tacks here well it still goes back to be interference of the of the united states who have muddied the waters the real thing that that that swedish of parties could do to diffuse this difficult situation is to absolutely issue assurances. that he will not be extradited cranley in the european union
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to the united states on anything that also that actually carries the death the death penalty after all that would seem to be only a reasonable reflection of the current european union commitments and i think christine the sounders also right to say but it's also the british government have tried to duck responsibility here and frankly it's because they want it they've been wanting to avoid the embarrassment of the difficult situation that they've trying to pretend that nothing is happening in my view that irresponsible also they should have been working to it to work with the united states for it is to to get suitable assurances i'm afraid i'm afraid it's kind of typical of the coalition government that we have here in the united kingdom that they actually try to duck their own responsibilities and appoint a difficult situation and it certainly does seem that there might be some politicians and involved who don't want to see any scandals or up on their watch or
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laws pirate party leader in the u.k. live in manchester many thanks for coming on r.t. today thank you. all don't forget that julian assange has a very own interview program is being broadcast here on r t throughout the day it's the latest edition coming up next hour for you of course if you've missed any of the previous episodes they're always available on a special section of our website that's a songe dot artie dot com. julian assange. it is true of wiki leaks expose the world secrets these documents belong the united states government being attacked by the united states strongly condemned. illegally. hundred days now i being detained without charge. doesn't stop this. today we're on a quest for revolutionary ideas that can change the world tomorrow. live from
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moscow this is our role re sushant now egypt's ousted president hosni mubarak is in a coma and that's the latest from the country's security officials amid uncertainty of his condition it comes as the results of the presidential runoff are due to be announced on thursday with both candidates already claiming victory now. with this report from cairo. the fundamental question that we're asking just top people in town here feel about the news that mubarak has died away otherwise is the question of whether we're not his death would make a difference to people here on the streets in the gentleman's who is actually you know so people people he came out and called for him to step down from power last february mubarak for them is did whether he is dead physically or not makes little difference he's dead in the hearts and the minds and he's certainly not a political player here egypt is changing from day to day you have the presidential election that happened just last week and you have these conflicting reports of
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mubarak you have demonstrators back on the streets of tokyo and we do get a sense that there is going to be some kind of showdown if not on tuesday when those he makes an assault on mounds in sometime soon after that the showdown is likely to be between the muslim brotherhood and the ruling military and it's a showdown that's been some time in coming the muslim brotherhood has been around and waiting for eighty years the only question at this stage that cannot be answered is when will that showdown happen and to what extent will it be and will it be a massive demonstration when it was all to violence it will be something that is more controlled. reporting right still ahead for you on the program here on calls to crack down on iran for fraud you nations to toughen sanctions against the country despite the leadership in tehran for concessions to cooperate. quarter extends punishment for political punk rockers known as pussy riot who were
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arrested for performing at moscow's main cathedral find out how russian society is rather split over. now you want to say they are committed to completing their mission in syria so you know key to ending violence despite the earlier decision to hold it because of security risk. observers claim they've been given safety guarantees by the syrian government but not from the opposition there's been a spate of fighting in the country with a major media war also gathering pace now artie's maria has the story. the head of the united nations supervision mission in syria general robert mood briefed the u.n. security council on the state of syria and more importantly his decision to suspend the mission's activities according to general mood supervision mission in syria can resume once he feels that the observers will be safe and secure as they
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monitor syria he says the government has made a commitment to ensure the safety of the u.n. workers but so far the opposition group has not the commitment of the government the opposition to the safety and security and the freedom of movement will be observers the government express that it clearly in the last couple of days. statements from the opposition to it as the head of the u.n. mission in syria was briefing the international community about the crisis taking place in the country media outlets many of them were reporting stories indicating that russia was sending or attempting to send attack helicopters to syria a claim that russia has denied there was another somewhat outrageous report about some legit military exercises that were scheduled to take place between russia
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syria china and iran now the reason i say outrageous is because when you listen to the numbers of this report claiming that ninety thousand soldiers would be participating one thousand tanks one hundred warships that sounds like a humongous exercise to take place between countries and of course to include one country in the midst of his own conflict now the russian foreign ministry immediately denied this report saying it had no merit there were no facts to it and also russian officials say that those reports. being unleashed by many western media outlets are part of a false information campaign being spread about syria so it is more important than ever right now with this considering the state of the syrian crisis for the information that is being provided by media outlets to be factually
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supported so here we see that the international community is not just dealing with an escalating conflict in syria there's also an escalating information war taking place outside of the country and most recently it is being aimed at russia by many western media outlets not its marina for not reporting well with a full scale media war taking place outside syria we've been talking to one of president assad's main political and media advisers she shared her views on the crisis in the country on the way the turmoil is being covered you can watch the interview in full in just about a ten minutes time. there are. tens of. the channels who made themselves part of the war on syria and citing sectarian war. thoughts about what's happening in our country it can do a lot of them in the media war because when your. religious men fighting
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sectarian head to among the three of them people there are many people who fall victim to do this incitement unfortunately the media would throughout history could be very damaging. but effective. we will see marina with the business shortly for now though france is urging the e.u. to toughen its sanctions against iran and to fully apply an oil embargo from the first of july this as iran says it will fully cooperate with the international atomic. agency but only if all sanctions placed on the country are lifted to iran's chief negotiator has offered the deal to the group of six world powers during their two day talks in moscow in a bid to bring more transparency also stressed her on is not going to give up the enrichment of uranium to twenty percent something the world powers don't want to
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agree to now hopes are high for a technical meeting of nuclear experts that is shared you will for the third of july in istanbul and the political crisis between iran and the international powers has been the subject of intense debate in today's edition of cross talk. policymakers have said going to go clearly they've been affected you suggested the sanctions on affecting the policy that's what i think i was. going to be like no but i think germany is you know we did use will sanction. for its regime change there i mean that's the difference of opinion here and it probably won't happen ok so alone won't do that well i'm not sure about that but i'm talking more getting communicate clearly i'm talking about the injustice of it i think it's incredibly uncivilized to hurt innocent person a so innocent person they will go after a guilty person potentially guilty person b. . this is our
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duty now in moscow court has prolonged the detention period for a member of a notorious band who was arrested for singing a political punk song in the capital's main cathedral the case of the group pussy riot has triggered flare ups and deep division among russians. is outside the court for us right now. this decision by the judge it doesn't seem like it will exactly ease tensions around this case. well the moscow court just behind me is being trying to decide whether three women accused of being the members of punk rock collective pussy raw. conducted a demonstration inside moscow's major concede your earlier this year should be released from police custody now that demonstration took the form of a government punk prayer it was called and it certainly splits elements of russian society today outside the courtroom we've seen heated debate occasionally spilling
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over into small scale acts of violence between all the docs christi and all those christian groups who say that the their actions were blasphemous alongside those who support the actions of pussy riot and say that these women should be released no the investigators have said that they should remain in custody saying that they have the potential to escape investigation should they be released also saying that they could destroy evidence that they hope to to gain to enhance their cases well and that they could be the protests taking place now one of the women has already been told that she will remain in custody until the twenty fourth of july it's expected that all three will face charges of hooliganism which in russia brings a a sentence of up to seven years in custody all right. thank you. for starting with greece so let's get into the aussie world up a for you now a three greek parties who support an e.u.
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bailout have agreed in principle to form a coalition government and are now negotiating a final details of the agreement comes after a lengthy discussions following sunday's election between the conservative new democracy party the socialist pasok group and the democratic left party as well as the coalition would end weeks of political uncertainty after fears that anti bailout parties would win sunday's vote and have greece leave the eurozone. four people have been taken hostage inside a bank in toulouse france by a man claiming to be linked to al qaeda the area around the bank has been cordoned off and there are no reports of any injuries police say the man did fire one shot after his demand for money was denied he also asked to talk with a police unit who killed islamist government mohamed merah in march killed seven people in three separate attacks in toulouse before a police sniper shot him dead. a former star time to cross over to marina
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business there's good to see you today it's a day full of anticipation isn't it what what are the investors focusing on now or they're focusing on the lot of talk a little action because that's what we're seeing in these days there are a lot of vent summits taken place but very little is actually coming out of that basically what i'm talking about of course is the g twenty summit in mexico and investors were really hoping to see some concrete measures been announced but all we hear is that policymakers are saying that they will do everything they can to resolve the situation now let's take a look at the latest figures coming out from europe we'll see more see a more against both for the footsie and but not march and that's because again as i said we're waiting for concrete action but we do have some positive news and those are from the u.k. unemployment there fell to by fifty one thousand to just over two point six million and that's the thirst for three months through april and according to the office for national statistics the jobless rate is now at eight point two percent the
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number of people in the work rose to just over twenty nine million making it the largest quarterly increase since august of two thousand and ten. ok now from the positive ride back into the negative italian banks are struggling to raise cash to save guard against europe's debt crisis it's in these economies in recession then there's expected to contract one point four percent this year and this makes it difficult of course for borrowers to group a loans in this forcing lenders to increase capital to save themselves to shore up its banking system italian banks may need the next forty two billion dollars of capital and that's according to morgan stanley. also europe aspersion so i first take a full bailout package worth ten billion euros resists in the countries it's time to limit the emergency aid to its banking system the lender in focus is the second largest lender which is sort of fish popular bank and it took
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a heavy hit due to its exposure to greece involved considering the bailout from europe cyprus has also asked russia for direct loan signalman both. the u.s. markets will open in about two hours from now we have the futures to focus on and they indicate what we might see when they finally open and we can see both the dow and the nasdaq off point and of course and that's because investors are waiting to hear from the federal reserve policy decision and they expect that you are the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke now and wants the easing but i've read reports from analysts and they say that that will be a disappointment and in that case we will see the figures go into the red territory all right let's move on and take a look at currencies so it's happening with the euro which is now gaining against the u.s. dollar when it comes to the ruble it's losing against both major currencies mention the ruble might as well take a look at the russian markets where you can see this sort of black loss of performance as i said investors are cautious and making risky decisions while all
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these events as they can plays a ball sure that we'll see a more positive more reaction after the u.s. markets open but the russian markets well of course they're reacting to that now on thursday all right now we have some local news. that involve gas problem and what we know is that russian gas exports are expected to hit every record high of two hundred twenty two billion cubic meters this year about three quarters of this amount which is worth about sixty one billion dollars will go to europe which is of course russia's a key and partner and separately gas from has reassured its northern says the painting any problems with the phrase paying bills for gas and oil. all right boy that's what i have for you i just want to say that after that football match with greece i doubt that russians would want to give anything to greece what about now but let's see this is the financial world at the end of the day. thank you my dear see you. back in just a moment with the headlines and then the ongoing syrian crisis that comes sharply into focus in just.
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