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leaked information reveals american spies based in the u.k. intercepted a top secret communications of former russian president dmitry medvedev during his visit to britain for a g twenty summit that's as world leaders meet in the u.k. this week the g eight. explosion has reportedly rocked the syrian capital in a neighborhood with numerous embassies in the bitchy airport while washington consider sending lethal arms to the rebels imposing a no fly zone over the country. smoked out with tear gas and flushed out by water cannon turkish police resort to harsh methods to break up defiant anti-government protesters gathering across the country despite the uproar over the crackdown istanbul's taksim square. and iran's
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new president hassan rouhani promise is a new moderate course as the west hopes for a major shift in the country's nuclear ambitions and its stance on the syrian conflict. the week's top stories on the very latest developments this is. it's been revealed that former russian president dmitry medvedev was eavesdropped on the in the g twenty summit in london back in two thousand and nine according to a report in the guardian newspaper other foreign politicians communications were also intercepted revelation emerges as britain prepares to host the g eight summit which kicks off on monday but you know i spoke to r.t. contributor ashton return is written has served as a surveillance platform for the u.s. for decades. i think that kind of blanket surveillance we're talking about fake
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internet cafe's of the jewelry being set up blackberries routinely monitored that surveillance is being used and of course with their other agents presumably they were trying to make those talks amenable to washington and british interest these kinds of revelations show that when governments such as britain and the united states come close to worrying they will use this to try and persuade different officials of different governments to sway the u.s. and britain there in this issue then so what role did the u.k. play in all this and in your opinion for many years britain knew or some british people realized that the national security agency was basically using the united kingdom and the largest spying outfit of the united states is here in britain but who runs the spying who or where is the sovereignty people realize that they are living in a state where their media and all institutions surrounding them all industrial
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aspects to civic society are under a kind of surveillance state that is not being covered in the news and alas it had to take this guy working in hawaii a former private contractor to reveal to the british people i have to tell you already i've noticed in the past few hours since the story came out very little coverage i want to have the british and american press will be covering this revelation you mentioned the g eight summit coming up of course this week i mean can this lead to tensions among world leaders if i think being monitored while all this is going on of course amongst world elites there will be i suppose a level of mirth as really the most expensive food in the world i suppose we'll get the details of those menus at least if not the negotiations but more seriously i think some of those world leaders should definitely be asking serious questions perhaps of the united nations as to how britain thinks it can get away with this. well ahead of the g eight summit syria dominated talks between russia's president
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l. and british prime minister in london it's the leaders said they shared common ground on the need for a diplomatic solution to the crisis because r.t. is probably going to reports from the u.k. capital differences still prevail. well the leaders very said that they are committed to having a diplomatic resolution to the syrian crisis they are committed to organizing this so-called geneva two conference which will see both sides come to the negotiating table in order to discuss a peaceful way out of the quite says but at the same time they both admitted that they have very different approaches and analyses of the situation in syria at the moment while david cameron says that bash our last out is to blame for everything that's taking place and that he must go suddenly putin says it's less clear and he thinks that both sides are to blame now you know that david cameron has supported the idea of lifting that you arms involved of sending military aid to the
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syrian rebels the british britain hasn't committed itself to that yet however they have definitely been discussing it they would think the u.s. taking that step now appears and isn't sure about what will happen if on this are sent to syria and if they fall into the wrong hands. when it comes to selling weapons to our says government and he's responsible for the blood including of children i don't think you'll deny that both sides are responsible there's always the question of who's to blame i don't think you deny that we shouldn't support people opening up other people's bodies and each in their entrails on camera do you want to support these people do you want to. live near putin in response to a journalist's question about why russia provides arms to syria he was quite frank he said russia provides defensive weapons to the syrian the legitimate syrian
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government it's not breaking any rules while it does so and he calls on every other government to act within the framework of international law so while we've got birth leaders talking about. seeking out a diplomatic solution on the face of it on the other side we've got some very different actions from the british government so at the moment it's unclear how successful even planning this peace conference is going to be at the g eight summit over the next two days. meanwhile in syria itself according to the country's state t.v. a powerful blast has hit a neighborhood in the capital damascus reports suggesting it could have been caused by a car bomb which detonated near the military airport which is also a hub for government indeed forces local media also indicate there's been numerous injuries at the scene of syria's civil conflict could soon enter phase with washington decided to own weapons this week and possibly impose a no fly zone the white house said there crossed
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a line by the edge of the using chemical weapons damascus says the evidence was fabricated on bashar expressed skepticism earlier my colleague match reza discuss the developments with nazis and. this week washington confirmed it has ample proof of assad's troops using chemical weapons against the opposition but the timing seems to be rather strange for that the incident in question allegedly happened in december last year but it's been brought up only now when the government troops are winning the battle after battle according to the russian foreign minister this makes no sense at all from the military point of view and the follow up statement by president obama that he wanted to see the balance of power is restored in the country and possibly even arm the syrian rebels is creating even more grounds for concerns in russia and in europe as well so we have russia being skeptical about it are they the only voice or are there others were skeptical about the u.s. evidence not everyone is buying it the e.u. the main allies of the united states they are asking additional checks from the
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u.n. investigators russia says that the proof gathering process itself was done with violations of international regulations you. know there are certain rules of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons which suggest that samples of blood urine or clothes and so will be classed as evidence only if these samples were collected by the organizations experts and these experts controlled the samples and rude to the board turris us colleagues will do the surest. these procedures were in here. so why do you think there's been a lot of resistance to accepting this evidence that the u.s. says it has well just let's look at the history let's go back ten years ago to two thousand and three when the u.s. state secretary colin powell was shaking a vial with allegedly anthrax in it suggesting that iraq has weapons of mass destruction chemical weapons we all know where this where and so the u.s. clearly don't want to step on the same break again the same time another rather
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concerning statements coming from the u.s. that they are considering implementing a no fly zone over syria which in many cases is the first step for a military and to venture and has certainly a striking resemblance to iraq a scenario almost a decade ago and so as we've seen the rebels themselves are kind of a very diverse group a lot of interest in a lot of different groups as part of the so-called opposition that they have in the syria are there allegations against them as well i've heard words of regret coming from the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov that all claims and allegations coming from the syrian government that the opposition used chemical weapons against them have never been investigated there have been scenes and footage of the opposition testing chemical weapons on rabbits more recently twelve people from al nusra front the syrian militarized opposition brigade were detained in turkey by the turkish police allegedly carrying vials of the rheem gas pains here but these claims are not being investigated for some reason mark almond who's
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a professor of international relations says harsh rhetoric by the west is unlikely to bring peace talks and a near. if you want to have preconditions which essentially say that one party to the conference is going to leave early and is basically going to exclude it and you've decided who the legitimate government of syria is going to be in its place then it makes it very difficult to hold a conference however david cameron and the americans face a great problem that they're not to talk clear who from the opposition side is going to come and so those are both serious doubt that in a sense the west is trying to stage a conference on its own terms without really being in control of the rebels who it wishes to see come out from that conference as effectively the approved. even the most optimistic analysis of the rebels would have to admit there are a variety of people not only fighting a sad but also fighting each other the whole idea that we can be confident that the weapons we supply even if we give them to people we train will stay in those have those homes won't turn again stars it seems to me to be extremely naive in practice
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of a trade the risk that the sort of people who were actually break use these weapons may initially be probably against assad but we've seen from afghanistan over the last thirty years to the present day the chaos in libya were american diplomats have been killed british attacked it's a very long war eyes to think that we really do control these people on the ground . of the unrest in turkey now and according to the latest reports thousands of people who had gathered on anchors kennedy at any and i've been dispersed by police forces tear gas and water cannons have been used to force the angry crowd out and destroy the barricades set up only by demonstrators who are attempting to block police armored vehicles or even a geisha is that police mixed pepper spray into water cannons they fired these are pictures of the alleged victims early on sunday turkey's prime minister gather an army of his supporters for a counter-rally held in istanbul are police fired tear gas and anti-government protesters another parts of the city this temple association of lawyers claims that
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up to three hundred ninety people were arrested in passes throughout the day. square the symbol of anti-government on rest was sealed off after special forces. demonstrators out the storage attempt returned. from istanbul. this point there are more of confrontations between the police and protesters taking place in other parts of istanbul they have been going on really throughout the night and the entire morning they're lesser numbers but it doesn't mean they're less intense than the were last night when clashes erupted after police decided started clearing out taksim square and gezi park an hour after prime minister erdogan has made another announcement that his patience has run out and he said the protesters have until sunday to leave but like i said just an hour later the police began their operation with tear gas water cannons even rubber bullets all of this was using taxpayer and against park literally bulldozers brought in to get rid off the tents in the gezi park at this point it's completely clear as well as taksim square gezi park is not open to any public whatsoever no media no medical staff no
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one is allowed there the protesters have congregated in the streets really close to talks and square last night adjacent to the square they were also dispersed by police pushed back into the streets and at the same time while the hearing about this thousands of people marched on to talk to the asian side obvious stumble but they were stopped by police on the bosphorus bridge again clashes erupted there again tear gas and water cannons this is written in turkey remains quite tense at the moment because a lot of people are saying that there is an increasing chozen between the protesters and those people who support the prime minister erdogan and a lot of people believe that he is a matter of fact is the one who is creating that she has and as we show in our report. clashes turmoil blood smoke and even death this has been to cause reality for the past two weeks as protests show no sign of subsiding prime minister erdogan shows clear indication he won't budge neither on the prospects of
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gives you the demolition nor on other requests coming from taksim square. made the tension between the two parties. more serious than it was before and. he travelled to his supporters telling spreading some design from ation about people drinking in mosques or people attacking have scarfs women and the like the people are killing policemen and most of those information is very incorrect looters alcoholics extremists foreign agents all bound to wreak havoc in turkey and this is the reality of protests according to our don and those some may believe him others remain critical of the prime minister. i'm against the brokers but i think the brokers come from foreign forces from other countries which are not happy with the success and development of turkey i'm really angry with the government i think the one acts like a dictator he does have
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a he wants he doesn't hear what other people think. i'm against the protests are the pork because things are getting out of control also the foreign press show it like a big event and this made the process even bigger but the government wants to make this work. so far however these efforts appear to have resulted in more clashes in istanbul than in karate throughout the week with numerous reports of police brutality we spoke directly to officers to try to find out their side of the story. from day one we were for three days without sleep or food when you can't eat and afterwards we can think about is sleeping we slept on the pavement on the grass or on our shields maximum one hour a day i didn't get face to face with the protesters but i had no access to any information my phone battery died so i had no idea why the protests got so big the
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only things i heard were alders from our commanding officers. the pressure on police has been so great that according to their union six officers have committed suicide while nearly a thousand resigned because of the protests as the protests continue with all participants of the conflicts going increasingly tired and desperate and the government making no clear effort to ease the tensions some begin to wonder where prime minister dawn who prides himself on a building boom in turkey has actually destroyed the very bridges within society in the country in istanbul the. pavey from turkey's republican people's party believes what began as a protest against the redevelopment of a park has exposed the oppression many turkish citizens feel from policies. this is a social explosion it's a cultural clash this is interclub i mean it is the youth protecting the part but its job the government is very rough response on them as something in the society
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that is about secular we mun standing against you know journalists who has been exposed has been shut down there is not freedom of press in turkey about lawyers who have been just arrested hundreds of them. which was followed by the push this aside to be released we are very concerned not only about the heavy crackdown that although the prime minister's words but also the which. may follow everything else in the long run. we are very concerned for it. iranians have chosen a pro reformist moderate president to take the place of the outgoing hardline presence backload that would turn into a son rouhani received over fifty one percent of the vote after promising to dawdle
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with the west and some of the most important issues may be beyond his reach for national expects. people have taken to the streets of tehran to celebrate the victory all of us on the hot and that is. that hot victory has provoked mixed feelings that man iran's comes into this is known as a reformist and so carries the hope of many specially in terms of greater freedoms boiron and surrounds diplomatic isolation the country has been on the top sanctions for years now over a spencer version of the nuclear program during his campaign rouhani has promised to prepare the civil rights structure resoled the economy and improve your relations with the west his criticize that many time for making remarks that cost the country it's pretty ability but at the same time assertively value here and
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there on realize that what the iranian system works with major power held by an elected supreme leader of the president can do little to change things dramatically the supreme leader has the final say on big issues like terrence disputed brother mole syria for example set of those safe bets that the next president can at least takes the time out of iran's dealings with the outside world moment chief nuclear negotiator is not for his consulting approach they could be. a hottie comes to iran but he'll have plenty to deal with left over from his predecessor here's my report on that let me just legacy or leave a baseline of her public like there has been in the real estate business for years in iran when we ask him to summarize the legacy of president. he talks about if you
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compare is the right speed increased by one hundred percent since last year we have no hope for the future of the economy is better than it's getting worse. one of the president's promises after taking office in two thousand and five was to make iran's vast oil revenues felt at the dining table of every single family was he leaves behind is a country hit by the worst financial crisis in the years but there are some who say it's not what it is just who's to blame for the downturn under sanctions were tough recently and it's hard to keep afloat for the president of the people and showed that iran is able to resist international pressure the iranian economy has been hit hard by a string of ever tougher sanctions imposed successively by the e.u. the u.n. and the u.s. over accuse ations the countries trying to develop nuclear weapon something which was never approved as a lot of ahmadinejad's has been able to stand up to the whole world over iran's nuclear program and the country is better off for it and have
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a battle the departure in libya will be remembered for is his rhetoric about israel and iran six resident relations reached the point when even war seemed very possible and while ahmadinejad has not exactly been friendly towards israel the way facts have been juggled about him has done more damage to his reputation than his own words years ago a statement was mistakenly streamlet it to him which was inequity translated as israel must be wiped off the face of the map actual words were that israel must vanish from the arena of time and didn't even belong to one in charge any way other than the objective is to make up when the kneejerk ability he stands for universal rights where every country would have an equal say but some powers want nothing but dominance and they focused on blocking the name of our president one of this year's presidential candidates doesn't agree say. during the two thousand nine hundred eighty the size doesn't visors and they were after
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a race that's not the best and most honest way to get the power. the deadly protests that raged across the country after they were. actions are also thought to have undermined our image the result many people were frightened of other let me not talk about our main job at all. even those who don't totally support us when i say there is little he can actually do here according to our constitution the supreme leader has much more powers in this country almost every step the president takes should be supervised and blessed by the ayatollah so despite all the controversies surrounding president ahmadinejad it looks like iran will continue to be a force in the region and therefore will remain the foolish side of the us and its allies mahmoud ahmadinejad's eightieth presidency provokes mixed feelings a very controversial leader he was equally hated the worship here in iran has been amazing the president's and the both public defender running policy problems today
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if iraq is open but his legacy will cost a shadow over the next president some time. race nationality technorati iran. or have more stories few online including join the military or go to prison some young israelis are choosing to spend time behind bars rather than serve in the country's military that's a lot you don't come for more on this story. plus our team wins top prize for best twenty four hour news program at the monte carlo television festival online we reveal the eye catching coverage that's got the attention of the jury. the man who has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the u.k. city of birmingham after four people were stabbed at a local mosque thirty two year old reportedly attacked to worship with a machete one policeman was also injured whilst trying to arrest them that all the victims are said to been a stable condition in hospital journalist are said berry told r.t. where he thinks the roots of such attacks not. in the people that carry out the
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attacks but also there's a climate of hatred that's been created over years by up. the titians in this country and even the media allow for islamophobia to take root the physical act the violent act is only the last step before that there's a kind of i did logical attacks that take place there's a language of hatred that's become mainstream and i think that the first the government has to acknowledge is that there was in iraq and afghanistan have radicalized people i think that's the first issue that they have to accept that foreign policy right to privacy is i think the other issues about equal opportunities exceptions as to the question of identity so there's so many things that the government can do but unfortunately politicians are unwilling to accept even the first thing which is that foreign policy is a right to close in fact to many young people and until they accept that they won't be any change some other world news in brief this hour barack obama has reportedly
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chosen a high powered washington lawyers the special envoy passed with the closing the prison at guantanamo bay if it slowly is believed to be linked to head the project responsible for transferring detainees to their home countries we want to belfast honest international to protest among a bomb or close a facility detainees at guantanamo bay or in the fourth month of a hunger strike against their own definite detention without charge. four men said to me shiites have been killed in an ambush in lebanon's bekaa valley they were traveling in a truck that was hit by a rocket propelled grenade civil war just a few miles across the border in syria has inflame tensions in the area a sunni muslim support the uprising against bashar al assad on shiites that the syrian president. so it for a minister has announced that he'll resign on monday off the days of political
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turmoil he's forced to quit but bribery and spine scandals pressure have been growing since his chief of staff was charged on friday with bribing members of parliament and ordering intelligence agents to spy on people to form and pays the next minister in the high ranking members of the military intelligence of also been detained on the check constitution the government step down. at least fifty one people have been killed and dozens wounded in a spate of bombings and gun attacks targeting shia muslim and neighborhoods across iraq follows a week of sectarian violence between sunnis and shias. takes an in-depth look now at what's behind a conflict there's left more than two thousand dead since april. may was the bloodiest month seen in iraq in the past five years a surge in sectarian violence that's raised fears of another civil war sunni versus shia one country two sects. iraq has been through this before and that divide
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never really field tensions are growing between the shiite led government and minority sunnis inflamed by the regional conflict in neighboring syria to understand the divisions we have to travel to an area off limits to foreign journalists the end our province following the u.s. led invasion this area was the heartland of the sunni insurgency today it's become the focal point of the anti-government protests. for several months now every friday this scene prayer on the highway to baghdad followed by protests against the baghdad government it's a situation that's reflective of the state of iraq today a country that has been torn apart by war but doesn't seem to be any closer to healing the wounds of the divisions that have been on the least during that occupation here the sunni protesters who have gathered behind me. i want a different kind of system they want to change they feel that the government doesn't represent them suffa is one of those protesters he's brought his son to
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almost every demonstration there for a residence but not by choice he says he was forced to flee baghdad for fear of arrest by the military and that his sect made him a target of one day a military brigade surrounded the area where we lived in baghdad and started making arrests they were targeting sunday residents and arrested two of my cousins so i gathered my family in a skate to flew jets and. the demonstrators complain of discrimination arbitrary arrests detention even torture under the rule of prime minister nouri al maliki charges that the government denies. the government systematically driving sunnis from baghdad this isn't a secret migrations is being done in the open cities are restricted in everything from where we live to the kinds of jobs we can have but in a shiite neighborhood a different version of the story fearful of retribution for speaking out this residential prefers to hide his identity he tells us of the dangers iraqi shia face
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from armed groups. we also have been displaced by threats from al qaeda and other militias this used to be a mixed area but people have started exchanging houses between sunni and shia families to safety. some analysts blame the united states for the divisions they believe the new system political system in iraq on the sectarian basis. like they made the proportions for the sun news for this den and for the dish this is very little. those divisions have taken a toll on a rocky youth a generation separated by the threat of violence i know that really affects causes a lot of problems between me and my friends especially if they're from a different six we can't work together we'll hang out publicly in some neighborhoods i could get killed for being seen with someone from a different religious group ten years after the war iraq is still struggling to find peace as the ghosts of its sect.

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