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from pirates to russia reduces the controversial charges against thirty greenpeace activists who tried to board an oil rig in the arctic last month but we talking to our correspondent about this in just a couple of moments here on r.t. . italy loses patience with the controlled flow of illegal migrants by the arab spring demanding that its fellow e.u. countries share the burden the country's badly hit economy is bearing. also the americans demand police held to account for the excessive use of force as crowds take to the streets nationwide in protest our top stories this hour.
from our studio center here in moscow this is r.t. with the twenty four hours a day a russian court has dropped piracy charges against a group of thirty greenpeace activists who attempted to board a drilling rig in the arctic last month were not. here in the studio with me to give us more details what do we know so far about this from marina all the latest information as of course the charges have been reduced so instead of piracy we now have holder going isn't and this carries the maximum sentence of seven years instead of fifteen which is what of course if they were in the charged with piracy this is what they would there would be facing and we're talking about thirty activists here from eighteen different countries and there's been a lot of speculation as to what would happen in this case so this is what we know right now president putin of course did say that they shouldn't be facing piracy charges did he pressurised the quarter of the court totally independent of what the
president of the court is completely independent and this is something that also has. part of the bait because vladimir putin throughout this whole case he has always said well i don't see why they should be charged with piracy in fact he was supporting a different decision and we even had eleven nobel prize winners riding suv lattimer putin urging him to drop the charges and he always said well i was never the one who of course said to the court or indicated in any way shape or form that they should be charged with piracy the court the court's decision is their decision it's not mine it's not the government's decision and now just to take you back in fact as soon as to what happened over a month ago these thirty activists they tried to abort arctic sunrise because they claimed there were protesting the drilling activities in the arctic now investigators have something completely different to say they said that well in fact they ignored security warnings they breached the five hundred metre safety zone for the for the arctic sunrise and also they said that they pose the real
threat and danger to staff and crew members on board that vessel and these are charges which of these are activities which are normally punishable by law which is what they were trying to do but again perhaps not with piracy charges would of course greenpeace are saying they were doing nothing wrong nevertheless these hooliganism charges carry a sentence possibly of up to seven years even if that happens that's not going to soften the international reaction to this is it because there has been a bit of a diplomatic fallout over this of course yes of course we heard a lot about it and in fact the head off greenpeace if you can remember yourself even said will take me in exchange for all of these activists on willing to go in there behind bars and serve the time if that's what it takes but again what they were trying to do what most of these protests were about was about the piracy charges this is what they were focused on and if we just take that aside well now it's going isn't charges which let's not forget i said this carries
a maximum sentence of seven years but they could get away with just fines and where . talking of fines for resisting line for cement for of course posing a threat to staff members which is what criminologist and investigators have said from day one which is something that they had there and in fact we can see it from the footage when they tried to board that bus or there were some illegal activities involved well they've been detained for quite some time now but the court now will obviously be hearing the case so this could go on for a few more weeks perhaps yes of course until we hear in fact what it is that they will get there the verdict the sentencing and how they proceed what they get seven years behind bars or perhaps a fine of perhaps three thousand rubles. thank you very much indeed ortiz mean of course for that. already has been following the story since it's very beginning of course and if you're interested we've got massive amounts of information on the misadventures of greenpeace activists on our web site right now including the story
of the russian media's coverage of the arrest of the russian photographer do log on to r.t. dot com for that and plenty more covering this story. italy is the model of the e.u. takes emergency action on the migrant crisis that has hit the country rome wants an overhaul of europe's asylum policies as well as for other block members to take responsibility tens of thousands of flooded italy many fleeing from conflicts and revolutions that have shaken the middle east and north africa many make the perilous journey on dangerously overcrowded boats and never make it the latest disaster so more than five hundred drone italy's prime minister has warned his european colleagues this tragedy will not be the last well here's a detailed look at the routes asylum seekers are taking many syrians travel towards greece via turkey and the majority of north african migrants head to the italian islands of lampedusa and sicily algerian moroccan national survey to france of
spain now france is among the most popular destinations alongside germany and the u.k. but it's only in greece the burbs. and as according to you laws asylum seekers entrant without authorization are obliged to remain in the country they first arrived in and here's some numbers for you official statistics suggest migrants from outside the e.u. amount to more than twenty million in italy every twenty of man is a registered immigrant fails and are believed to live there illegally in greece the numbers even higher at more than seven percent of the population the amount of asylum applications in italy has increased by more than one hundred percent compared to last year what is your position of reports on those who prefer a life in limbo to the chaos of home. they want to buy food from if your puter saddam than traveled to libya and finally reached sicily after what must have been the most nerve wrecking ball right off their lives these three women are hiding their faces from the camera since now they're risking being sent back when we were
at sea now the boat with refugees sank into a three hundred people die but we were lucky and in sicily we managed to void getting registered it's illegal between need to go further north there is nothing for us here under regulation all newcomers must seek asylum in the country where they are right and under italian law any one of voting registration is sent home but nowadays more and more newcomers are ready to take their chances don't register to try to go to northern states where there are more opportunities probably when you arrive here they give you the very minimum there is no jobs no school and you sleep in the street for six months in italy is one of the worst european states in this regard youth unemployment has exceeded forty percent while the economy is in the worst recession since the second world war international obligations and plain human principles can't allow italy to turn away refugees since for many is the only chance for survival but the situation has now reached a point when this duty has become too heavy for it to handle on its own the e.u.
has pledged italy would receive an additional thirty million euro or just over forty million dollars to deal with the refugee crisis but how will this help to distribute the more evenly throughout the union and integrate them into the economy is not clear they have been so on ideas so far they cherry they may be some positive. and i see embodies a lot of. good hope but no concrete ideas and as governments and international organizations brainstorm the solution one thing is certain flow of refugees is only going to continue work is going to italy. and earlier we talked to philip klein is a member of the european parliament about how the e.u. can address the worsening migrant crisis and he says while the laws must be tightened the e.u. should also help the regions where the refugees are coming from. i think we have to see to many of these people people that are really
a real refugees that they should be held in their region that would be the most ideal situation because it's just not possible for the e.u. to accept all the refugees coming from syria from sudan from all these countries that have serious problems we tend just not have them all coming to the european union what we should do is help these countries help these regions to to to to accept refugees there to help the refugees there so that they can go back to their own country as soon as possible as soon as the problems are being under control i mean one another migrant community that's already made its way to the e.u. is taken to the streets to defend its right to stay. chinatown hundreds of march to protest against a recent increase in raids by border control officials local businesses laid down
their tools and joined the rally going whistles and waving banners organizers of the walkout say the raids of course considerable hurt in their trade and distress among legal migrants. nationwide protests against police brutality have been held across the u.s. activists are calling for an end to impunity for officers accused of abuse who human rights groups claim often shielded by the so-called war on terror and i started checking the reports now from one of the rallies. in new york and dozens of other cities across the west a national day of protest to stop police brutality repression and the criminalization of a generation this is a time when it's the eighteenth time these people gather for the simple message it's not a job to be how they treat us they shoot us like animals and that's completely unwarranted it's literally on warranted when something breaks through like trayvon martin grimm our league re-emerged sean bell it gets treated in the media like this
is a isolated incident something that rarely happens and then more often it's not reported at all organizers have been documented cases of what they call the stole lives project they say just over the last two decades thousands of killings have taken place by the hand of police officers they say the majority of these cases have been under reported or brushed aside hundreds every year were killed by the police that the majority of them were unarmed and not involved in any criminal activity when they were killed and also the majority of them were young and either black or latino in the mass media is a very good propaganda saw a lot of people under the impression that people are being stopped their friends who are being gunned somehow criminal one of the major concerns for these protesters seems to be the lack of accountability when it comes to gun violence police brutality and even killings that are currently under the hands of law
enforcement they see the justice system continues to neglect these cases of violence thus not doing anything to improve the system and bring about real change you have to go through hell and high water just to get a conviction of the officer and what he's convicted for doesn't meet the crime to he's accuse anyone so if not being found guilty even if he's convicted he gets out on good behavior after serving minimal time activists and families of victims called police who were tallied in the u.s. a pandemic they say considering the unite. states lectures the rest of the world on human rights it's time that it begin to follow its own example by not just words but deeds. are what you do you can. still to come on the program this is the day of the tragedy. it was right here at about two pm local time that a blast ripped through the bus twenty nine. six dead dozens in hospital
reconstructs the timeline of the volgograd bombing attack and looks at the new face of terrorism. as the outcome of the friends of syria meeting we'll be talking to a former pentagon official to assess whether the geneva peace talks might be on the threat that is coming our way after the short break. but i will only react to situations i have read the reports for. the no i will leave that to the state department to comment on your latter point to say. the security is on the docket. thank you no more weasel words. when you need a direct question be prepared for a change when you when you should be ready for a. freedom of speech and. now the freedom to.
right. and i think the. news continues here on r.t. an agreement reached at these so-called friends of syria meeting is jeopardizing efforts to hold the geneva two peace talks now that's the warning from russia's foreign minister ministry eleven countries making up the group and representatives of the syrian opposition met in london on tuesday and although they endorsed the
idea of peace talks moscow says that some clauses contradict those intentions while the document adopted at the meeting clearly states that assad should have no future role in syria it adds that the government alone bears responsibility for the conflict and reiterates that there's no doubt the regime was behind all this deadly chemical attack moscow says such wording aims to provoke damascus into backing out of the conference let's now go live to washington and discuss this with former pentagon official michael maloof do you agree then with moscow that indeed these talks are provoking a sad perhaps scupper these future peace talks. i think that. the fact that the peace talks are occurring will go ahead i think they're almost bound to they have to. in fact the not notwithstanding the internal difficulties that the. that the western powers are now having to try and get the opposition to
to come on in and and be involved but i think talks are going to have to take place i think the united states and russia ultimately are going to do determine what the outcome is going to be and the other countries are going to be told to follow the main problem still remains the the foreign fighters how you deal with those how do you deal with them and no amount of talk is going to curb saudi arabia's support for them and and in fact i think there are the saudis are going to probably intensify their backing of them and this is the unfortunate development what do you think there is opposition forces if if they do attend will actually represent a huge element of those forty against the assad regime the extremist elements so is there any point of having that moderate opposition represented at those meetings when we could see the extremists continue. well it's going to i don't think the moderates if there are moderates are really have control over the extremists now
they're not going to have any control over in fact the extremists have announced their opposition to and forming their own elements to to to oppose the the the moderates and so there's this infighting within the opposition i think al assad that president assad needs to do is hang tough stay the course and and i think that with with the persuasion of the russians i think there will be more of. a subtle meant in terms of. assad basically remaining in power and keeping his forces active and because if it's goes it's really going to be a greater turmoil particularly because of the extremists i don't need the moderates are not in control at all and you talk about infighting in fact the friends of syria meeting they were saying they would prepare. weapons to help those rebels
fight the extremists and this really isn't the mission it's not just infighting this is basically two wars happening then how is it. oh yeah you have fighting within fighting absolutely and the question is going to be what do you do with the we're with you how do you how do you how are we going to deal with the extremists and the united states cannot be caught in the position of giving arms to the moderate so-called moderates when in fact most of those weapons would go to the opposition they just take them away you know the out the extremists already control about seven of the eleven palestinian camps already and in in syria and they're using them as a base of operations and they're intimidating the moderates in the moderates of course are can't stand up against the more extreme elements and they just don't have the the capability in the fight in the fighting fighting power to do that i'm like well you raise a point about saudi arabia just briefly here's saudi arabia disappointed with the
fact that washington didn't go ahead with its bombing campaign and said it's going to go ahead and and those rebel forces now that that breakaway as it were from the policy approaching syria just how significant is that briefly now. i think it's i think it's very significant i think that the saudis have have telegraphed this position for quite some time ever since we failed to back mubarak back in egypt and undertaking their own independent course at the same time the saudis are going to still have to depend upon the united states for its arms shipments which i think are something like six billion dollars which just approved. that they just purchased from the united states so there's i think even though they're going to have to rely on the u.s. for its weapons program they're still going to try and undertake an independent course and that's just going to set off the united states as well as the russians because the russians are very concerned about the extremists as well former
pentagon official uncle miltie thank you very much indeed for joining us live here on r.t. great social relevance. a roadside service has been held for the victims of monday's suicide bus bombing in the russian city of volgograd six people were killed while doctors are still fighting for the lines of those critically hurt in the blast well he's lindsey france has been reconstructing the events of that fateful day. october twenty first started just like any other monday here in boca gras people woke up with places to go and things to get but heavily using bus stations just like this but for several people needing bus number twenty nine they could never have foreseen how quickly their lives would change when they took that ride. the route ran without incident from morning till afternoon until one person got on board thirty year old why you don't see all of that is when things took a tragic turn anastasio the very on the boy was on her way home from classes at the
university laughing and talking with the other students crucially it was in the middle of the bus which say trade life. when the boss hid everything around me when flying and from that moment i don't remember anything on there recall being thrown onto her window then suddenly finding myself on the street and in a panic i realised something had happened to my hands i was covered in blood. it was right here at about two pm local time that a blast ripped through bus twenty nine filled with about forty people first responders thought it was perhaps a malfunction of the buses fuel systems but aside from the shop they felt to ask themselves if this was a gas explosion what was the fire. and it was the same rock was there in the car everybody in the blast was touching their faces and heads asking what happened what happened there was a lot of blood on them and a lot of flesh everywhere i was very afraid i let out of my car and i saw the head
lying there i mean my friend took a young boy and his father to the hospital the remnant of an explosive device told the tale shrapnel t.n.t. and a grenade the accident site became a crime scene while. harvest from republic of dagestan became the central focus of the investigation and then the story took another twist the attack wasn't meant for volgograd at all as the oliver had apparently taken a detour. she had purchased a ticket to moscow and boarded an intercity boss that passed through volgograd when the bus was almost at the city limits of our gado and went back to downtown volgograd right now investigators are trying to find out whether this move had been planned in advance or are over altered the plan along the way looking for a place packed with as many people as possible also under suspicion are three men believed to have helped in the plot to attack the russian capital two from dagestan
wanted for twin terror attacks there in two thousand and twelve were said to be waiting for her in moscow on his way there was a c. all of us has been dimitri sokolov an ethnic russian convert to islam missing since two thousand and twelve some reports suggest the couple had an argument shortly before the attack which may have caused a last minute change in her deadly plans authorities will be keen to find her husband in the hope he may have the answers lindsey frantz r.t. in volgograd. more stores available for right now on our website including the not so secure high security u.s. bunker that's after it's revealed staffer pitiably left the door to a control center wide open you can get the full story right now at r.t. dot com plus. facebook users team up and arrange a private phone concert by the scorpions lead singer for a russian hospice patients making his lifelong dream a reality in less than twenty four hours the touching story for you right now on
the. melting ice in the arctic may be of huge concern to scientists but it's a huge appeal to commercial shipping the northern sea route running along russia's north coast has opened up as global temperatures rise and is likely to prove quite a draw to vessels from asia and early in my corner to get a shot of a top business presenter kitty pilgrim about why it's such a big deal. well there's two main reasons for this the first one is the potential to save billions of dollars in shipping costs because the route is much shorter than say the suez canal so talking less fuel the more business trips that can be made throughout but it secondly it reduces dependency on the suez canal which is always prone to destruction or because of tensions in the middle east as we know even even pirates and who's going to benefit ok well this is the interesting part because one of the biggest benefit is will be russia and that's
because russia has the advantage of where it sits on the map and will be able to see actually the route that it's going to be taking and it will be travelling across all these shipping towns will be able to see a ship bobbing along just there and that will enforce. really is in the structure i'm talking about the multiplier effect as well because money will be brought into these regions and of course benefit also russia has expertise in terms of ice breaking as well which a lot of these countries that do want to get into the region don't have so they can take advantage of all of this means in the long competition and more commercializing the arctic in the long run and it's no wonder that you've got the likes of south korea china india is lee all these countries wanting to get a hand in a piece of the pie because we know this part of the world has a quarter of all the oil and gas reserves as well and in some other global
headlines the greek for right golden dawn party will be stripped of state funding that's after the country's parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill suspending payments to parties involved in criminal activities recently the leaders of the far right group charged in connection with the killing of an anti fascist musician to death sport violent protests across greece the movement the noise the accusations. thousands of taking to the streets in tunisia demanding the resignation of the islamic led government amid talks with the opposition in september the country's prime minister said his cabinet would resign and clear the way for a caretaker government following months of unrest in a country that was the birthplace of the arab spring was sparked by the july killing of a prominent opposition leader. felice in madrid a broken down barricades blocking the entrance of one of the city's universities schools that students have been protesting against the rising cost of education amid tough sturdy and budget cuts it's estimated around thirty thousand students have been priced out of universities due to high fees. and iraq has been hit by
a fresh wave of violence after several blasts were reported in and around baghdad explosions targeting markets in a commercial district in the morning russia left nine dead and injured around twenty incident follows yesterday's attacks on police checkpoints that killed over twenty officers more than six thousand people have lost their lives in violence across the country this year alone at the brings up to date for the moment i'll be back with a new city with more from just over half an hour from now in the meantime we continue our report on the homeless in america after this short break. this is the media leave us so we leave the baby. by the sea oceans secure. for your party visit the. issues that no one is asking would be guests that you
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