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the stories that shaped the swedes the death of another russian toddler in an adoptive u.s. family leads to allegations that have been killed soaking anger in russia. fresh rallies clashes and hunger strikes in the west bank the death of a palestinian in an israeli jail further fuels a week long protests against the plight of palestinian prisoners. and italians choose their parliament or one of the most unpredictable votes in the country's history which could see a comeback like showmen berlusconi for a breakthrough by a former comedian. grieving families speak out from the if you're watching on t.v.
and it's our weekly show capping off the top stories from the week well it's been revealed that another russian child has died after being adopted by an american family and it's the twentieth such death since the mid one nine hundred ninety s. the news that three year old maxim cruz man was found a bruised and dead at the home of a texan couple has caused outrage here in russia the boy's adoptive mother claims that it was an accident but there are some suspicions that maxim could have been abused and murdered his mistress or churkin it takes up the story. twenty russian children in the last seventeen years died in their adoptive american families most recently here in texas mark simkin meehan known to locals as max shadow just what i heard on the news. just the kid had some scratches. that's all i know three year old mark and his younger brother keel lived in this house with their adoptive parents in a rather secluded neighborhood it was from here that on the afternoon of january twenty first the boy was taken away by an ambulance never to come back his legs had
an internal organs were allegedly severely bruised. it could mean could this is confirmed as a result of the investigation that maxime's death was a result of certain violent actions but specific circumstances of his death have yet to be announced i can't get into because it would be speculative. for the results to the russian officials had no knowledge of the incident until almost a month after the boy's death it wasn't a little bit later that we started getting some suspicions of what was going on and that all developed from talking to the parents the people that live there it just took a little more time moscow says this is far from the first time it has been left in the dark about an adopted child stuff. even unfortunately it's usually months after russian child has died in the u.s. that the american side informs us about it and one case it was five years after a boy died. a probe is now being conducted in texas and russia has an ongoing
investigation of its own. if as a result of the investigation it is determined that maxine was killed by his mother for example if this is the conclusion of the investigation naturally those responsible for the death of the russian boy will have to suffer the most severe punishment meanwhile at the u.s. state department we obviously take very seriously the welfare of children particularly children who've been adopted from other countries according to moscow little cooperation with. until it was demanded. we're going to. come up with almost two dozen deaths caused by abuse and even manslaughter russia in a move often criticised recently imposed a ban on american adoption of its kids i've always believed that russia should stop these adoptions and i hope that they maintain this ban and don't yield to pressure autopsy and investigation results are expected to take weeks if not months to be
announced no arrests have yet been made the dead boy's younger brother's destiny is yet to be determined for now he continues living in the adoptive family where his brother died while the investigation is slow paced and the alleged information on the little boy's life and death extremely scarce one of the questions that demand an answer is why should it take a rigid push from abroad for the us to pay attention to yet another tragic destiny of a hopeless child to whom it promised a better life on its soil. r.t. after county texas. males who given from the pound legacy a group that monitors children placed with the new families says the case highlights shortcomings within the u.s. adoptive system. the united states has a very complex adoption system where the state department has federal responsibilities which it's. properly executed because adoption itself is performed at the state level in america the federal government has no control over actually
happens if. you need to have a proper system in place that checks. adoptive parents much better before the adoption which has posts monitoring all that is not really in place there is screening but it's not properly done most of the monitoring is impossible . especially in america it is impossible because a right to privacy well the treatment of russian orphans by their adoptive u.s. families and a subsequent russian adoption ban against the u.s. has sparked fierce debate rotate out com you can find more stories from all sides and can also weigh in it yourself on our web site. tensions are escalating in the west bank where the death of a palestinian in an israeli jail has triggered a fresh wave of violence thousands of palestinian prisoners are refusing food in a show of solidarity with the dead man palestinian youths have also taken to the
streets in protest the israeli side says the prisoner died of a heart attack palestinians insisted he was tortured during interrogation his death further angered palestinians who are already been rallying for a week against the conditions in israeli prisons and in support of hunger strikers the protest repeatedly ended in fierce clashes with israeli soldiers who had used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. the presenter issue wasn't the only thing divisions this week more clashes have erupted when george settlers attacked palestinian demonstrators in the north of the west bank shooting two people as policy or reports there could be no end to this confrontation as long as israel continues building on land considered palestinian its rugged and remarkable landscape largely empty but full of meaning this is one of the west bank's most sensitive pieces of real estate for fourteen years plans to build here have existed but were kept on hold but all of that changed last november less than twenty four
hours after the u.n. general assembly recognize palestine is a nonmember observer state tel aviv fast track to construction plans here prompting the palestinian government to call it a slap in the face of the entire world. this plan to build here is not legal according to international law which states that when one country occupies another change facts on the ground of israel is doing exactly this while also getting people out of the land for the benefit of the settlers. known as the one this controversial patch of earth exists between east jerusalem where palestinians aspire to establish the capital of a future palestinian state and the huge israeli settlement of mali are. it is the last remaining corridor between the large palestinian cities in the west bank and have plans go ahead in the israelis extend this area it would cut into a big chunk of the west bank effectively driving a wedge into the middle of any potential palestinian state critics have warned that
filling the space with jewish homes amounts to a doomsday scenario effectively striking a fatal heart attack to the two state solution but for now the plan is to build a garbage dump in this valley with the waste that comes from jerusalem and then in about twenty to thirty years when it's full to build a park on top of us here you can see that palestinians fear it's part of a long term strategy to extend the one and build new israeli settlements it's not surprising this is not the first time that such a plan is submitted it is a ongoing policy that has been growing for years now in at the end to grab palestinian lands but first the israelis need to get rid of the people who live here among them around three arab jerusalem neighborhoods and a hundred fifty bedouins for whom this has been home for nearly half a century tel aviv complains the bed when camps were set up eagerly without permits and stand in the way of urban planning but critics say this is just an excuse for
a land grab it makes me furious this dump site is going to harm the environment and it's going to harm the health of the people and they make it harder and harder to find a solution for the situation demolition orders have already been issued threatening to destroy the last remnants of bedwyn life in these hills and while israeli officials say the construction anyone if it happens at all is many years away it cuts to the heart of the israeli palestinian conflict which fundamentally is about the land and the fate of the people who live on it policy or r.t. in the west bank. well paul is closely following developments in the west bank updating us on the latest of her twitter feed if you want to follow her you can head over to twitter at policy or underscore for the latest.
europe is holding its breath on sunday and as austerity head italians choose their next parliament from a former comedian to describe prime minister silvio berlusconi there's certainly no lack of choice on the ballot but as our reports the outcome may well throw debt ridden into even more uncertainty. this italian parliamentary election offers plentiful options for the country's voters at first glance but dig deeper and you'll realize the choice isn't all it seems but the talons are confused and there is still a part of them who has no style jia for the good old times of mr berlusconi. you know they thought they could all become millionaires and this was the biggest loser
it wasn't the streets of rome aligned with posters from various political parties and candidates all smiles and bright colors offering the best future possible for italian voters. it seems like he. was becoming our. parents yes it. was he did. the programme loz not the leader but the face of a movement whose plan is simple to do away with the politics that italy has been used to for the past couple of decades and bring about a new type of rule the number said by my perfect don't feel protected by the state i want to state that is visible there is no state in this country just
a director see of laws that has replaced democracy there isn't anything left to among the crowds disillusioned with islamist politics is done nearly alison she started small by successfully challenging politicians in his small hometown in the south like many talents he does not trust the current political system if it were possible to be a lot easier than you think there will be that was ok i gave you that right you left you off the wall. but it is time for a change at least one hundred thousand people showed up to support close movement in the center of rome the biggest political gathering in half a century people say popular because it speaks clearly and they say it's one of the main thing to say so they have the wall or home. oh. yes they're finished this right because the the political class has lost in the in the influence on the population especially young people. the crisis in
which we have a political class absolutely unable to cope with the situation and the situation is a desperate one the longest recession in twenty years more than one third of the country's youth are without a job corruption that feeds organized crime and manages to siphon off as much as sixty billion euro a year by some estimates and a glaring wealth divide between various italian regions basically italy's huge a parliament will have a mouthful to chew to avoid choking on the problems which have accumulated over the years perhaps doing away with the old men in suits no matter how respectable they may appear in favor of a foul mouth but seemingly honest comedian may be just the thing to put an end to italy's political drama in rome it in a ghost. well there was a special welcome for a scandal plagued still available of scone at the polling station where as you'll see the video in just
a moment there it is the review topless activists protesting their candidacy i'm sure the scandal plagued president ex-president and quite mind more details for you on our website our dot com. egypt's president a struggling to appease protesters with promises while his long foresman tactics are causing more anger just ahead of the report on the along allegations of abuse and torture and abuse by local police while government is handing out weapons to the lowest ranking officers. plus america's new top diplomat john kerry sets off on a marathon foreign tour his first as the secretary of state well exactly where he's heading and why.
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dot com. if you kept them here you're watching our pain well that's further turmoil in egypt where the government is struggling to contain street violence president mohamed morsi has brought forward a parliamentary election as to april twenty second of the opposition leader is calling for a boycott of the vote protests have been going on for weeks now with the opposition accusing the president of hijacking revolution and backtracking on reform promises as are true reports the un ref has often been accompanied by widespread pardon me claims of widespread police abuse not to mention torture in his hometown of tanta the bill i'll give the point south twelve local you have renamed to streets after his son mohammed a twenty eight year old activist allegedly tortured to death by security forces two
weeks ago after protesting on tahrir square only to help them upon the first time i went to see mohammed in hospital i didn't recognize him seriously his face was covered with his skull fractured when i asked the doctors they told me this is mohamed odeh with a bullet would be although muhammad's injuries points to torture his mother says the official forensic report maintains he died after a car crash if you had to be up at the steps in what vehicle breaks teeth is there a car that stamps on a person with a shoe shattering the glasses and pushing them into his eyes what can only injures a person's head but not their legacy. right now egypt is witnessing unprecedented levels of police violence against protesters rights groups reporting with at least ten x. a judicial killings. by security forces since president mohamed morsi to power the worse the violence often occurs in places like this infamous security directorate
behind me risking being for mohammed's balcony however the most worrying trend activists say is the targeting of children in an impoverished district of alexandria up to explains how her thirteen year old son abdel rahman was detained for over two weeks for being a bystander at a demonstration. the police used violence against children my son has caused some of those years all over his body as a hound's young children because kim scantron away from them. if anyone cries to contact their family or friends they would beat us despite the scenes like these the interior minister denies security forces use violence against protesters and refutes that torture is systemic in the police force instead the government says it will arm low ranking police officers sparking fears of further abuses back during egypt's revolution a key demand was police reform but people here say there is no evidence of that
until there is crowds of thousands continue to push for change though many fear the worst is yet to come true for r t cairo. time for a world update and we begin with afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai has ordered u.s. special forces to leave the country is wardak province within two weeks the decision was made due to allegations of murder and torture of civilians a presidential spokesman said the troops were responsible for instability and insecurity in the region the move comes as nato is preparing to hand over responsibility for security to local forces by twenty fourteen. senate dick has delivered a final blessing before his resignation to thousands of people gathered at st peter's square in the baton city has announced are you going to step down earlier this month becoming the first pontiff to do so nearly six hundred years you were citing health reasons however critics of the catholic church claim the move could
be a result of the brewing sex and scandals. and also pile up at a nascar rally in the u.s. has left at thirty three spectators injured at least two critically and they were hit by debris that was launched into the stands the accident happened at the last lap of the florida race course as drivers towards the checkered flag. america's newly installed secretary of state john kerry has embarked on his first tour and tour of the country's top diplomat on the list is checking the boxes with key allies in europe as well as well as delving into the turbulent middle east or to his marina partner has more america's new secretary of state john kerry is on his first official overseas trip visiting nine countries in western europe and the middle east over the course of ten days hillary clinton's replacement will reportedly consult with allies on topics including iran in the arab spring countries and serious civil war secretary kerry is also scheduled to meet with
members of syria's opposition according to the state department the top u.s. diplomat thinks of this trip as a listening tour meanwhile in his first speaking engagement as u.s. second. mr kerry ran into some geography problems when referring to democratic reforms in the non existent country of cures ixtapa they fight corruption in nigeria they support the rule of law. they support democratic institutions and george kyrgyzstan is the country kerry should have said but unfortunately his speech was written with the mistake reporting from new york marina r.t. . well kerry's first stops will be major european capitals like london paris and berlin as more to digest reported but american foreign policy expert john reeves believe that kerry's mission there will stretch beyond just simple courtesy calls to traditional nato allies. it's always been very important for the americans to
keep the nato alliance together but they always want to keep it together on their own terms it's always been the case for instance that senior commanding officer in nato is from the american armed forces what the americans want to do is to shift the burden of military intervention on to the european powers put the people who control over the process and i think that we've seen that a number of times recently especially since the american focus is now beginning to shift towards the pacific to deal with the rising threat of china we are going to the europeans now have to take home a greater share of burden in respect of policing the arab world and north africa what we're seeing here is an attempt to convince the nato allies that they should pay more but have no more influence well on our website for you we have more disturbing pictures emerging of israeli soldiers as well as their treatment of palestinians. now if we pull up the pictures which we will in any second now
anyway in a few seconds hopefully you'll see the kind of images that have been appearing on the social networks they're pretty disturbing and we can show them to you now you going to have to log onto our web site r t v dot com to check that out yourself. all right also on the web site there we go some images china's economic boom is taking its toll on the health of the nation the government admits millions of people could get life threatening diseases due to pollution from factories nearby and. right now i have as knuckle dusters even firearms the tools of the trade for many an average criminal these items also are increasingly being found in the backpacks of more and more students across britain with the violence of schools seeing a sharp rise arching sarah furthur ports how the problem is being dealt with. that
said things you probably end up in a dead end job or in prison you'll be lucky to be alive when you're sixteen. you know our parent is gone our courage is not far no for teaching going to say anything about a stark insight into the reality facing some of britain's schoolchildren despite having one of the best education systems in the world the latest research estimates that up to full peoples a day with weapons in persists cools guns knives and knuckle dusters just some of the items confiscated by police are remember we're always searching the school and. gone to the school. gone turn around and i see this person was shot down about the fire or schools are supposed to be a safe secure environment where the focus is on education the thing is have revealed that hundreds of weapons are being seized in schools every year with the number of violent incidents on the rise the reality for many schools across the bay is that
your classmate can quickly become your enemy and the school playground can be a dangerous place it becomes normal to you and you you get sucked into this last thing to violence is the best approach. is it's just waking up in the morning and going for run yeah after a while it becomes normal to you stephen is now working with us charity x. lp set out in nine hundred ninety six after school stabbing founded patrick regan has been helping young people tackle gun culture and violence a member a kid coming up to me when a bullet proof vest underneath his school uniform he said i'll be dead by thursday according to patrick it's early intervention which is key in prison is forty thousand pounds a year a young person's secure unit is one hundred sixty five thousand pounds a year a murder can be a million pounds a year to investigate. so actually you know if we intervene earlier keep kids in
education keep that sense of a safe place an environment where they can grow and flourish the problem of violence in schools is no sinew one that it's not something you're likely to read about in a school prospectus and it's particularly a keats in the country's deprived in a city for schools on the whole do not want the public to know that they have a problem with children bringing weapons into the premises so they do not raise and they give the information so i guess the problem is significant well they teach is can now say it's people as if they suspect that carrying a weapon many theel politicians is still failing to sit up and take notice and until more it's done to address the problem the children who attend these schools will continue to learn these lessons and finally. see. well stay with us here at our tea after a short break we're going to watch the final part of our report on the life of