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in broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is r t certainly glad to have you with us first a development in the boston bombings investigation we are getting at r t u.s. law enforcement officials say russia warned the f.b.i. two years ago that one of the suspects was a follower of radical islam more on this from artie's an associate churkin a near boston. on saturday information has emerged quoting to local law enforcement officials who say that in fact the foreign government that had requested the united states question the older brother to me. was according to them the russian government saying that this older brother should be looked into in terms of his any possible links with extremist groups and from what we know the f.b.i. did in fact question him they took him in for questioning they were in fact tracking his social networking sites for quite some time but as we found out and discovered obviously the f.b.i.
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did not deem necessary at the time to keep following this young man because they did not find anything suspicious in his behavior back in two thousand and eleven we certainly know that obviously the arrest of the younger brother took place they're going to try to find out more about this exactly how soon and what exactly kind of connections the older and the younger brother might have had to extremist groups possibly outside the united states so we do know that the older brother twenty six year old to maryland did in fact traveled to the north caucuses back in january two thousand and twelve and he stayed there for about six months and there are certain suspicions that that could have been the time where our kind of his behavior changed and maybe his links to certain extremist groups increased the younger brother remains in a hospital in the boston area he is being treated last night we heard when he was arrested that he had suffered serious injuries there were certain rumors possibly
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that he had suffered some kind of spinal injury in the standoff between police that lasted for about two hours and we do know that he's in hospital right now and that all the legal proceedings will in fact kick off as soon as he gets all the medical treatment that's necessary for him to be able to function in this investigation. associate going to reporting for us there now some of the most dramatic and a member bill pictures from friday's men and boston are available at our two dot com. now the news of the terror suspects capture sent a wave of public you fear through the boston area those dramatic images are there in our special photo section where you can also now see how the standoff unfolded in an exclusive interview with the mother of the two alleged bombers she told r.t. that one of theirs was her son's had been hounded by the f.b.i. for several years but there was no way that either of the two brothers could have
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been involved in any terrorist attack or he's been you know coaching of a travel to get stand in south russia where the mother now lives to find out more about the family's back story. the investigation into the background of this have knives brothers has brought us here to this part of the capital of dagestan now this is the house where their parents live however as we try to reach them this morning it turned out that they fled to the neighboring region of chain to their relatives to avoid all the attention meanwhile this morning i managed to speak to the mother of the two brothers and she told me how devastated she is and that she still can't believe that her son may have been involved in the bombings in our house nobody talked about the terrorism my son. or what they got involved in the. you know. i really do believe that. here's ago he was told by a b i like by five he knew that they knew what my son was doing
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they knew what action what. he was going how could this happen how could they were conjoined we. never ever this is not my two sons are in and those neighbors we spoke to are shocks they said that it was a very nice and a very quiet family. i know the brothers very well from the childhood we used to live in chechnya together. then we moved here i know they couldn't have carried out the attack and they couldn't have been involved in it they spent most of their lives in the us. they didn't have any links with one another. the youngest brother john had on his plate of the social network back to mansion at this school number one in the high school and one of those places where he used to study however here are very few people remember that saddam lives brother's.
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family came to darkest on in september two thousand and one with the boys. then they apparently managed to get papers. believed i could stone to the left in less than they didn't spend a long time here and they didn't grow up they first entered the school together with their two sisters back in two thousand and one however for a very short period of time and in two thousand and two they left to the united states. now moscow warned against classing terrorism as either domestic or foreign right after it emerged that the alleged bombers have links to russia's north caucasus region new york's former mayor rudy giuliani has already admitted that the u.s. has for quite some time turned a blind eye to terrorism in the north caucasus western media have tended to portray the armed groups in the mountainous region as freedom fighters as alexey explains. when news broke of an unexpected north caucasus traced to the boston bombings
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literally every global media outlet was quick to put the word into their headlines told a source that they fled the russian caucus to chechnya he is an ethnic chechen brothers are said to be ethnic chechens lived in kurdistan and dagestan before coming to the u.s. the two suspects were branded as coming from a russian region close to chechnya indeed many may need reminding of the name and location of republic of the stand where the two supposedly came from but the word certainly rings bells probably because of the media headlines in the nine hundred ninety s. and at the beginning of the new millennium that's when russia had a military operation in the north caucasus. russian troops deployed in the republic can finally be drawn the rebels fighting for independence all go have been trying to get reduced it scores the church of independence had no become the ultimate jihad that conflict often went beyond the borders of the chechen republic let's remember apartment buildings bombed in moscow a theater siege in the russian capital and
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a school takeover in russia's north thousands of civilians were killed but the men who had blood on their hands were often described as freedom fighters and rebels by the western media at times it even sounded like a romantic image the reality is that in the north caucasus russia has been fighting the same war which america embarked upon after the twin towers were brought down against global terrorism mosco never made a secret that those fighting on the side of the chechen militants were closely tied to al qaeda and were financed from abroad by terrorist organizations worldwide but it's only after nine eleven the transport bombings in madrid and london that understanding the notion that terrorism has no nationality has started to appear in the global media from freedom fighters to armed dangerous terrorists most wanted man in america years have passed media labels have changed the question is whether it change in attitude towards a common enemy will follow in due course. lots of attention has been paid to whether these two acted alone or were part of a larger group glenn carle
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a retired cia agent says that access to bomb making techniques is widely available on the web and it doesn't prove that the suspects have links to terrorist groups it's it is known that this kind of. privately made improvised explosive device is described on an al qaeda web site in english. and it disappears and i do not know that the terrorists in boston may have learned it that way but but this is a widely available kind of technique to kill her so that doesn't prove that they would have direct associations with agents of this was or terrorist. sympathizers with a certain cause and. leaks from this time it is clear that direct associations may actually be of secondary importance in any event because the fact is that they. will tell us what you think about the boston bombing in
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about the investigation and how it could unfold now at dot com right now you can have your say let's take a look at the images right now on the screen more than half of you sixty percent vast majority think that the truth will never be revealed as of the second suspect will actually die in the hospital then seventy seventeen percent say investigators will prove that the brothers were guilty and acted on their own then twelve percent in this orange bar here you can see that a. third suspect will be sorry excuse me that a master of mind will be revealed and then in the eleven percent slightly fewer expect that a third suspect will surface taking the investigation down a completely new path of course you can head to our web site and have your say.
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and anti-government protesters and call on the international community to stop ignoring human rights violations in the kingdom ahead of the formula one grand prix this weekend more on this story and others coming up after a break. a clear image of iraq a. trip through the country. the roads are. clear evidence from north to south. of iraqi tragedy. after the war waiting for peace.
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and twelve twelve in the morning here in moscow you're watching our team. iraq's first election since u.s. combat troops pulled out over a year ago has been overshadowed by attacks reports of blasts and mortar fire near polling stations are mounting at the end of a campaign that has seen a spike in violence in recent weeks was more than a dozen candidates assassinated and a sectarian tensions are rising it doesn't look like of
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a new beginning in many hoped for as a loose accounting of reports from baghdad. there's been about a dozen small explosions in northern cities in iraq in three different areas as well as several rounds of mortar fire that have landed in several cities polling stations targeting polling stations south of baghdad we're hearing that there have been injuries but no casualties confirmed as of yet now this comes amid incredibly tight security restrictions here all across iraq even getting to the studios here in baghdad we have to pass multiple checkpoints and what these attacks indicate is that despite these security restrictions determined insurgents are still able to carry out waves of violence and of course this comes on the heel on the heels of numerous attacks that have rocked iraq in recent months and weeks now what we're hearing from voters here is that the corruption is really the number one concern they feel that of corruption was addressed in these kinds of attacks wouldn't
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really be taking place so much well most of them have been blamed on the insurgency the revived insurgency of al qaida in iraq there are it's clear by talking to voters that there are plenty of other parties and political interests that are vested in this wave of violence and we do know that elections have been postponed in a third of iraq's provinces including the controversial ambar province where large scale demonstrations have been taking place over the past three months against this government we here at r.t. had a chance to get into a very difficult journey despite the roadblocks despite a ban on journalists to actually enter the area but we want to find out what the people there have to say about these elections and about the situation in iraq today and let's play you that report right now this is rather a dangerous area for me that's why i'm dressed like this i'm trying to not attract as much attention foreign journalists have been banned from covering these protests from entering the anbar province altogether and al qaeda elements are still here in
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fact among the crowd you'll see from black flags later on when we go into to the crowd. which have been associated with al qaeda groups the protesters have been demanding more equality they feel like they've been discriminated by the shiite led government of nouri al maliki they want a change in power in politics they want more rights they want more quality they also want a different political system now the amber problems force has been the heart of the insurgency and the war now it's the heart of the anti-government protest perhaps a fault line of sorts that threatens to divide iraq let's go and talk to some of the people. who don't believe in this election we don't believe in it because it's sectarian sectarian. who we go to all the candidates for the government the system is unjust which is why we are promising here we are demanding change to the constitution and this government
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these people will not be turning out to vote for saturday's provincial elections that's the first election since americans have left from the country in december of twenty eleven the government has postponed elections and several sunni provinces the anbar province where we're located right now as well as the provinces the government says this is because of security and indeed attacks have been escalating over the past weeks and months but most of the iraqis that you speak to here say that this is not the case it's politically motivated of course the recent weeks have proven to be a bloody backdrop to the elections numerous attacks all across the country have killed scores of civilians there's been political assassinations of candidates running for office political gatherings have been targeted on thursday a car bomb took place in baghdad in a largely sunni area in a cafe internet shop where a lot of young people tended to go out it's a situation that's reflective of the state of iraq today
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a country that has been torn apart by war but doesn't seem to be and closer to healing the wounds and the divisions that have been unleashed during that occupation. are reporting for us there in iraq now r t takes a closer look at what life has been in that country since the american troops left revelations from across the spectrum in baghdad taxi a documentary is coming up here on our team in about ten minutes time. mirror image of iraq story facial. twenty day taxi trip through the country. the road to danger. here evidence from north to south. the reach of iraqi tragedy. after the war waiting for peace. talks e r t as sunday's formula one grand prix in bahrain
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heads for the start line of the pro-democracy protests are also revving up tens of thousands have turned out in recent days accusing the event of racing on their blood they blocked roads with burning tires and hurled petrol bombs at riot police who responded with tear gas the bahraini read g.m. is also getting tough on foreign journalists trying to cover the crackdown the british t.v. crew is the latest to be deported from the country there have been more than two years of protests in bahrain often ending in violence with more than seventy people killed on both sides the country's most famous human rights activist not be is serving a jail sentence for posting anti-government messages on twitter activist mohammad also and off he spoke to me about why excuse me spoke to my colleague about why protesters are so furious at the formula one race being hosted by rain. this government doesn't does their hold events like the grand prix this is they were and have been all. this systematic torture and they have gone faced discrimination
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against people we have a majority of the people so distributed beyond sanctions that should not be awarded events that the gram agree or any other and they talk about using it to good projects what's happening now is not the link with bridges that's happening that is bringing that asked me seriously in this prosperity we're now living again in this security situation just because of the ground that they want to support that. that they don't make mistakes by doing more mistakes and i'm presuming peaceful activists like what you will only get really get this creation or some bahrain. and of course you can head to our to dot com to see our special section on bach rain with all of the latest on the run up to the grand prix race stay with us as we provide full coverage over the weekend as the events unfold. now also while you are
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at our you can read about the natural disaster that has struck china the huge earthquake in the southern part of the country it left about one hundred sixty people dead and the death toll continues to rise you can learn more on that story and follow live updates. plus spa treatments gyms and television hall saudi arabia is pushing forward revolutionary views on treating jailed al qaeda extremists for more details you can head to our web site. the u.s. secretary of state has announced a one hundred twenty three million dollars in non-lethal aid that will be sent to the syrian rebels john kerry also says the u.s. is going to expand its military assistance in the country all during a joint media conference at a friends of syria meeting in istanbul a meeting of eleven allied states is potentially a turning point for the rebels who expected their international backers to turn
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promises into action they wanted their western and arab allies to provide the arms they needed to topple the regime of bashar al assad but the meeting comes against a backdrop of mounting concerns over extremist groups within the rebel ranks as are teasing or if the notion of. the meeting in turkey comes when the situation around syria is heating up dramatically and the countries will decide to go are losing patience and well their gender is unclear the raw indicators that a military solution could be discussed in istanbul just ahead of the seventeen nation group conference britain and france informed the un but they have credible evidence that syria used chemical weapons at least once while the u.n. investigation over the issue is stalled two major european powers have stated that soil samples witness interviews and opposition sources prove nerve agents were used in and around the cities of aleppo homes and damascus it hasn't been specified to reach sites did it but president obama had earlier made it clear no matter who's
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going to. utilize chemical weapons once it happens to be a red line and while u.s. officials have stressed the deterrent effect of such remarks many have taken it as a clear signal of possible military intervention the mission in turkey also comes just days after america's defense secretary said around two hundred u.s. troops will have a sense of jordan's border with syria to both of jordan's training and defense capabilities as one jordanian minister late to commentate they have also been confirmed reports that the u.s. agreed to deploy to pay for it missile batteries at the border his response today in authorities and syrian opposition requests in another significant twist the judge put a looser front to the most effective force fighting to topple assad recently confirmed it had links to al qaida something america claimed months before blacklist in the group as a terrorist organization but even after these revelations they had of the syrian national coalition them rela united political and military opposition groups and recognized by the majority of the friends of syria group referred to as brothers
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russia has warned the meeting in istanbul could have a negative effect in promoting dollars between the sides of the conflict and in its hopes common sense will prevail refresh not seen from middle east. and now let's take a look at some other news making headlines around the globe for you this hour. hundreds of people in new delhi have been protesting after a five year old girl was allegedly raped tortured and to body for nearly forty hours we saw the rest of the man over the attack the girl is in a stable condition but medics fear she will need surgery due to her severe injuries and there have been months of angry protests over the mistreatment of women in india sparked by the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in the capital last december. more than five thousand opposition supporters have marched in montenegro claiming that the recent presidential vote was rigged chanting anti-government slogans and carrying banners the protesters called for
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a new ballot. the opposition candidate. was the only challenger to the incumbent president felipe of h. who was declared the winner by the electoral commission montenegro's opposition continues to boycott the parliament launched a day after the election. tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of stafford in england to protest against the withdrawal of the hospital services demonstrators marched from the town center to the hospital claiming that the cuts will lead to losses of life and what other local hospitals under strain stafford has faced criticism over poor standards of health care and has been blamed for hundreds of patient deaths but marchers say the hospital has greatly improved and they are optimistic about the future. serbia and its breakaway province of kosovo have reached an e.u. brokered deal on normalizing ties between the two countries belgrade which is striving for you membership agreed it to cede its control over northern kosovo but
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its police and appeal court will remain in the region the move has been condemned by the country's opposition which calls for the country's political neutrality and demands that the e.u. bid to be dropped kosovo unilaterally declared independence in two thousand and eight the region has been highly volatile for decades with years of ethnic violence along its nose in border serbia. and up next a decade after the u.s. led invasion of iraq we take you on a trip across the country baghdad taxi it's next here on our team. oh no lazy bureaucratic trivial censorship strikes again but. this time in russia
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a bill has been signed into law that will put fines on individuals and legal entities for using vulgar in the media one major flaw of many with this is that they really don't know which words are going to be considered vulgar i guess these words are so awful that they cannot even write them down i'm not naïve there has always been and will always be censorship but this where word list is just silly there's a common expression on the russian internet that russian mainstream media conducts more and eyes ation of society russian t.v. does have all the bloody violent action movies as well as scandalous talk shows which are kind of more like freak shows and plenty of reality t.v. where young people pretty much act like subhuman animals in a cage they've got all that so the government is basically saying that if some guy on t.v. because there are twenty people blooded limbs flying that that is totally ok for television unless they come out for bid swear while doing it you can show brainless materialistic dimwits sleeping and fighting with everything that moves on
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a reality show but if they say that one magic three letter russian word then it is over the line this is not a logical way to conduct censorship but that's just my opinion. on the road to bass for this morning the u.s. army is beginning to withdraw from iraq. in december twentieth after nine years of
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occupation the last american troops are finally leaving the country. every car got in it but if i may add a bit of the iraqis anger towards the departing invaders who once dreamed of being liberators their departure resembles abandonment and escape despite the optimistic speeches. cease. a. little.
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april twenty twelve and i'm back in iraq and so on the border with turkey. i have an appointment this morning with the lebanese taxi. the united states said they would make a democracy out of iraq in the heart of the arab world. but iraq i see today is a country on the brink of chaos torn between three groups.

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