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today's news on the week's top stories. show of solidarity. for syria. the u.s. . crew is getting hit with. government protests. pleading for unity.
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with the top headlines of the week today this is the week. the war in syria may be a painful stumbling block. community there's the g eight summit in northern showed there's always. focused on peace efforts for the embattled syria never mentioning any issue in forced regime change. reports. eight world leaders about press and an army of police watching
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that this northern irish g eight went smoothly but inside the fortified resort where the talks are being held a split over syria i don't think we should we should this person we this is just seven plus one in the run up to the conference the u.s. had claimed that the syrian government had used chemical weapons and pledged to provide the opposition with arms i think it's right that the americans have civil they said and i wanted to back that up with the information in the involvement that we've heard in that the system and assessment of russian side said didn't find convincing. on the eve of the g eight putin said that peace talks could be the only way to solve the crisis and cautioned leaders considering arming the rebels. as regards who has the blood of the children and peaceful citizens of syria i believe you will not deny that the blood is on the hands of both parties i believe you will
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agree one hardly should support those who kill their enemies and it's their organs for the public and media to see during the talks and or quite meeting between the leaders of russia and the us that produced no breakthroughs but we do have different perspectives on the problem but we share an interest in reducing the violence. the leaders couldn't even agree on how to wave a nephilim of the photo it looked like seven plus one was ringing true but then a turnaround after an informal dinner between all the participants that sources said when better than expected a joint statement on syria was issued it called for an independent investigation of chemical weapons use in syria something the russian side had been insisting on. and it turned out that not all the leaders are convinced by u.s. claims that the syrian government used nerve gas. but you know i'm sure my colleagues will confirm this it was
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a discussion somebody would agree some two would argue about certain issues but it was never a case that russia was alone defending its position on syria. the focal point of the statement a peaceful resolution to the syrian crisis but it didn't mention what chemical weapons cache our side stepping down or military support to the opposition the journalist used to david cameron's anti assad rhetoric was stumped why was it so vital in your view to keep president putin of russia on board and why were you prepared to pay the price of abandoning a declaration that syria's president has said should go one thing that everyone agrees on is that the only way to solve the syrian crisis is through diplomacy and peace talks and that's exactly what this has been talks about more talks more than a date for geneva two penciled into the calendar leaders might well be leaving
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a lot hern wondering what it is exactly they've achieved twenty boyko r t northern ireland and foreign ministers from a syrian opposition umbrella group that includes the u.s. as well as its european and arab allies they've signaled arms shipments to rebels would increase in the gulf states are thought to be funneling weapons straight to the opposition anyway i would fight in saying they have received a fresh batch of ammunition and she wore activist jim brown he says this costs a big question mark over the grievance of the g eight. different parties have different interests and without giving up those interests you cannot resolve the situation and i mean there is the fundamental question of sovereignty which those who wish to arm the rebels violate because they themselves have set are concocted you might say a coalition that wasn't even concocted in syria itself so the intervention in the
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interfet internal affairs of syria is quite blatant and not the fundamental principle nevertheless it is of course perfectly possible that international corporation could solve help to solve the problem. but i don't think that's what's happening i think that what's happening is that there is gross intervention and there is arming of a rebellion and so on and that has to be fundamentally addressed. now the g. eight in the u.k. was overshadowed by revelations british and in american intelligence spied on world leaders and officials in a broader meeting in london that was four years ago some g. twenty heads of state including ben president dmitri medvedev apparently had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted the evidence which came from and as a whistleblower edward snowden suggests fake internet cafes are also set up to gather the data this however has not surprised glenn ford a political analyst and former m.e.p. of the m a nine hundred ninety s.
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he raised the issue of a secret u.s. project targeting e.u. citizens called echelon and believes the u.k. has long been america's tool for harvesting information. in the past we we've learned that. military friendship. we do have to be irish and some spots who are great with france about. the european union absolutely can beach but they're not going to be going through with the g. twenty is. a given it's a connoisseur contract the operation why understanding is that t.c.h. even get to see what it downloads for the americans to look to satellite so i actually just failed to read in the united states we get so big to beat back so we're working because the circuit directors came up with us and of course you get green you want to wish to do the same thing why we should join you or anybody else
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. is completely diesel was going to be under the information in it to be a little bit industrious you know where the chinese are right he is right is the best there. and the united states are now threatening serious repercussions if hong kong doesn't arrest and extradite n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden and the man that exposed washington's colossal spy network is believed to be holed up in that city as the hunt for him gets underway in earnest some question of what it is that he's actually done wrong this reporter wattis guy in a church account. america is split on edward snowden traitor hero mix in between but we guard lissa what anyone thinks about snowden his revelations have shed impressive massive spying program even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded former n.s.a. employee william binney was prosecuted as a traitor when he blew the whistle on the government's sweeping collection of data
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and communications it's setting up a tele tarion state. when the government has that much information they can do those things they can use the i.r.s. to intimidate people or anything else they can send the f.b.i. . what they did to me and some others bradley manning too is being prosecuted as a traitor although it's so here's your logs that the public learned about the. collateral murder was committed in iraq the obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the espionage act than all previous administrations combined but it was a lower say stop government persecution that they fear the greatest fear that i have regarding the outcome. for america of these disclosures is that nothing will change the administration is not trying to convince the american people that government secrets programs are a trade off they have to make in the name of national security they always have the same stories about you know science manning is known you know psychological stories
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what is wrong with these people cause them to do this i mean the real question is what is wrong with everyone else from who doesn't see what they can see but whistleblowers are not the only targets there is an obligation both moral but also legal i believe against a reporter that was the chairman of the house committee on cutting teligent and terrorism peter king calling to punish the journalist who exposed the government surveillance programs in its hunt for meeks the obama administration has already targeted its it's trying to set the precedent for the communicating with the media is the same as communicating with the enemy and it's a death penalty offense the administration doesn't have to go after her or he certainly it's enough to create an environment of fear but will that fear stop information from coming out here is that we're snowden's answer to that question. kone and response is simply build better whistleblower. in washington i'm going to
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stick around. and in the latest leak edward snowden revealed not only u.s. telecom giants were targeted but chinese ones as well charlie mcgrath founder of the current affairs website wide awake news he believes it's time to take action. they're worried about more information is coming out more information coming out so i've absolutely no doubt that there could be more leaks but what else do we need you know what else do we as a people as a planet need you know we have our government collecting foldout of collecting electronic data on its citizens all in the name of prosecuting a war on terror that has been going on for over a decade i you know will more information come out absolutely because we are it marching steadily towards a tyrannical police state do we need anything more information to come out to be outraged i say absolutely not we should all be furious at what we know already now this week also marked a grim anniversary for america's other whistle blowing nemesis and wiki leaks guru julian assange she's now spent an entire year confined in the ecuadorian embassy of
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course in london he's been given asylum there over concerns that sexual assault allegations against him a trumped up and a front for an american witch hunt the answering questions and giving interviews songe appeared upbeat when he said he didn't expect to leave the embassy any time soon one smith gave us songe refuge at his mansion after he was released on bail back in two thousand and ten things washington's actively looking to make an example of a prominent whistle blowers. the mistress you know hasn't be as and seen a ray of sunshine in the. most prisoners will see sunshine most days so he might as well be in a prison he's also been there for a year and the need you know unfortunately it worked he sent to sweden. for some reason and proof if you. allege to have done something but you know if that materializes allegations materialize he would be very little likely receive
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a years in prison and but he's in effect. i believe there is a real risk of extradition i think america wants to make an example of people like a son. and the highlights of julian assange his latest interviews available for you right now at odds he told com you can also read more about the progress of washington's war on whistleblowers. from now here on our very own camera crew in turkey felt the full force of the police this week after it became the target of a water cannon and government unrest has been plaguing the country's biggest cities as police unleashed their non-lethal arsenal to quell the public anger. reports from the tear gas streets of the capital ankara the smell of gas is you can see the water kind of busily working surrounded by you know thin them with stones trying to clear barricades on the central ankara streets. this convert danger
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really exploded just shortly ago when the police charged in trying to clear this barricade the protesters ranged against the police who they say a brutal brutal police and the government for their part say these are no longer of protesters that were there and gave the park in istanbul these are hooligans however along the street no shop windows have been broken a lot of the local people throwing out mattresses and helping the people to build barricades to then set fire to try and stop the police the positions on both sides in french and the result is unfortunately a lot of violence across turkey as you can see in my report resistance that's the word demonstrators are using in turkey as protests continue three weeks after they started resistance to a government and police force widely accused of war for a tarion ism and brutality ersin is still recovering from the early days of those protests we went with him to the very spot in central ankara where as the crowds
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fell back to what he describes as a reign of gas canisters he found himself trapped with only a flimsy wooden board to protect him. the it was not twenty or thirty meters distance you know. they fired the tear gas capsule on a barricade and explored. pays doctors had to operate to remove splinters from his eye and fix his broken nose he spent days waiting for the swelling to recede but sin was lucky compared to etan said a civil killed in a protest in the same square a preliminary autopsy found a metal fragment likely a police bullet lodged in his head at a memorial gathering we spoke to at thames greeting brother we are sure we can find no meaning in all of this this feeling of burning inside but what hurts the most is that nineteen days. to his death the authorities still have not even tried to
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arrest my brother's murderers there has been international condemnation of the police crackdown on the protests that initially started as an attempt to save istanbul's kizzy park here in the capital ankara parliament is only a short distance from the more raw politics of the street the chip tired urge of one's governing a.k. party is keen to defend its actions if you attack police forces but with stones that are not a multiple cocktails course you will get a response there have been incidents of excess by some protesters the government condemns vandals adik streamers dozens of buses burnt shops smashed and police officers injured but i as a reporter wasn't doing any of that the turkish police decided to turn on my camera and me to come the police to break up another night of protest here in ankara and here's the water cannon just coming in as well it's not known whether these protests it's not know whether these protests are what the government also says the
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situation is now calm not what we witnessed as we tried once more to record our report water cannon and gas vehicles and just charge into this square if we look down at my legs now not even the media safe i just got nearly knocked off my feet by the water cannon but just moved on there it's not known how long this kind of to and fro between protesters and the police is going to go on in ankara in turkey in general or whether it will change the political situation here but it's one thing's for certain it's souring the mood around and his party on barton r.t. ankara turkey. still to come here crowds of protesters. towards the authorities in brazil's major cities. we report on how a rally against corruption forced a million people to the streets of the day. i'm barack obama shows a change of heart towards the. washington plans to work out
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a peace deal that's following a decade long war against the terror group. sometimes you see a story and it seems. you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything. is a big picture. this
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is arts he with me rule received and the weekly of the u.k. government is doing all it can to get people in scotland on side it's in the lead up to its historic referendum on independence william hague has given a speech in edinburgh warning even the famous whisky industry that could take a hit if it splits from britain as r.t. sarah further reports the foreign secretary has only added fuel to the explosive
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debate over scottish independence. sounding the battle cry of. independence seven era politicians and campaign is a like a cranking up the volume on the debate this is your mission you could carry on thursday and it was the turn of british foreign secretary william hague foreign secretary william hague in edinburgh today to give his speech outlining why in foreign policy terms the u.k. is by the together nothing to take it off from her i think. the talk was given to an audience of around a hundred and fifty people it's the foreign secretary said that he was not in scotland to issue diet predictions and dark warnings and he laid out the clear reasons why he felt scotland should vote to remain in the union they were saved by
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the audience high unemployment and tough economic times but not that many in scotland are becoming more receptive to the message from independence campaign is that being the westminster is maintaining a stranglehold on scottish resources and the scots with benefits from taking back control before against its independence. well you know they're my party for you make me see. richard you would say yeah i don't just think. you came to go there unionist parties and i think the freeing of ignored scotland for a long time. and it's on the way now when they're scared they're going to break up the dream and they're actually worried in which go despite the fact that those calling for independence the polling significantly lower right now the s.n.p. and yes campaign is a far as we can see in people here to be better off on that on the pendant. in
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scotland not just. the here so wealthy country. as long as not well she had very evenly and more evenly just low and working class people the majority in scotland just as we are and i am one of the determination if the present dependence campaign is and the great uncertainty about exactly what an independent scotland would mean when it comes to valuable resources like north sea oil have let some in westminster perhaps feeling a little uneasy that the country that's been part of the united kingdom for more than three hundred years could seem to be down to a very different scene. and the state of social services just one of the issues that have got many in scotland wild up campaigner for independence jonathan shafi feel social services are being run into the ground by a government lacking a mandate. says
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a measurably entertain that the tories intervene into the debate i mean there's a reason there's only one elected to what we have just knows we have. the most brutal package of a state that this country's ever seen so our public services are being decimated. overseas are being privatized and there's a democratic question is will i mean no one has given the. minister to do this to score when given the tories the mandate to counter the sorts of measures the. scotland we want to put forward a progressive agenda which actually puts people at the center of the to be rather than the million heroes in the tories and the people who've been running our society into the going for too long. now police have been using tear gas and rubber bullets on crowds of anticorruption protesters in two brazilian cities hosting events to mark next year's fifo world cup now the clashes come against
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a backdrop of nationwide demonstrations against the expense of the football showcase and the country's economic policies in general the government's pledge to carry out reforms has done little to win people over artie's ignacio has more on how a simple transport free protest in sao paolo snowballed into a nationwide movement. the week of protest in brazil saw its biggest rallies in a decade ending up in two dead what started as protests over transport first has seen more than a million take out to the streets across the country the government later reverse its decision to increase public transport first but the u. turn seemed to have come too late to appease demonstrators protests how far stern into cow think straight bottles those scenes were injured and two people died in the unrest one of the big concern eighteen year old man has died in the state of south paolo after a car crashed through a barricade people vent their anger at the government for high spending and hosting
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next year's football world cup while health care and education remain civilly and the fund it doesn't you root by we are fighting for a country that is more dignified more honest less corrupt country with better hospitals and decent public schools for security and safety. inspired by the new york market by wall street movement by wall street rios marches against corruption and excessive spending on the world cup police used tear gas and rubber bullets to quell the unrest some of the demonstrators torch cars and threw rocks at police use harsh response also in brasilia when demonstrators tried to torch at the building of foreign ministry president dilma rousseff broke a week of me or so. islands on friday i'm building a serious of reforms in an attempt to end antigovernment protests she promised to drive the blind to benefit public transport and that all oil royalties will be used
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in education however protesters say it's not enough promising more rallies to show how angry is brasil. this is r.t. and president obama made a diplomatic surprise wrapping up the g eight summit this week by saying that he's preparing to work out a peace deal with the taliban and this comes after a decade long war against them which has left afghanistan and he says he supports scott office some analysis. president barack obama has described the prospect of talks with the taliban as an important first step towards reconciliation now that is in contrast to this statement in two thousand and nine when the president declared it's impossible for us over pakistan to have impunity with folks who kill women and children over sixteen thousand civilians are estimated to have lost their lives in a five year period from two thousand and seven to two thousand and twelve now despite this figure and the thousands of nato troops who have also been killed it appears the objective of the invasion to rid the country of the taliban has not
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been met and that raises the question whether the lives lost have been in vain now this quote from obama last year highlights a shift in thinking we're pursuing a negotiated peace in coordination with the afghan government and with the taliban we made it clear they can be a part of this future but it's not just president obama who has had a change of heart over dealings with the taliban four years ago then secretary of state hillary clinton said the taliban poses a mortal threat to the security of our country and of the world however before leaving office she also decided that talking to the taliban was the way forward we committed to afghan reconciliation our only goal is to open the door for the afghans to sit down with the other afghans so that they can work out the future for their country the taliban have their own choice to make but the united states is prepared to work with all afghans so what sort of country will nato be leaving behind while at the moment it's an extremely poor one over forty percent of the
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population thought to be living below the poverty line and with such a high rate of poverty the illicit production and sale of opium has become a major problem afghanistan sells more of the stuff than any other country in the world it pumps out three hundred and seventy five tons of heroin every year now that is ninety percent of the world's entire supply the booming black market leads to accusations of vast corruption estimates suggest afghans pay to. five billion dollars in bribes last year that's the equivalent of almost one quarter of the country's entire economy the question now for america is whether the six hundred thirty five billion dollars that it spent on the afghan war so far on the thousands of lives lost of all been worth it it's good to have you with us here in. moscow and just a moment the latest installment of worlds apart here want to see. the .
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