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tonight eavesdropping on allies the latest and i say leak shows the agency has been monitoring the german chancellor cell phone for over a decade adding fuel to europe's frustration over u.s. surveillance practices also this week. i remember flying out of the window and suddenly i was in the street and in a panic talks to survivors of that suicide blast that hit a crowded bus in the russian city of volgograd. america's heartland killing machine pistol condemnation from amnesty international and human rights watch to say the drone strikes in pakistan and yemen may constitute war crimes. plus the syrian government presents its plan to destroy its chemical weapons opposition groups refused to attend the long awaited peace conference in geneva.
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over a good evening who just joined us it's eight pm my name is kevin o. and this is r t and it's the weekly a roundup of the top stories in the last seven days first the german chancellor has been the target of u.s. surveillance for over a decade according to a leaked n.s.a. document obtained by german media follows those early reports of american spies tapping the phones of dozens of world leaders well in a phone call to president obama merkel said the monitoring would be a breach of trust if confirmed she also said that spying among friends just doesn't work now reportedly apologized and reportedly claimed to have had no full knowledge of such practices however germany's build newspaper goes as far as suggesting he actually. courage the bugging of merkel's phone leaked documents no show that her
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number was on the n.s.a.'s watch list from two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor former french prime minister dominic de ville parr says he never expected american surveillance to go this far we knew that. some practices were existing but the search and overall system this came as a surprise for everybody in fact what we are seeing today is that the incredible privileges of the u.s. administration over the control of the world system we knew that the u.s. were controlling the financial system through the banking dominance of some big banks through the dollar currency as a reserve currency but controlling internet controlling the information you know world this is a privilege in monopoly if we are going to follow up in the same direction then confrontation might be in the lead to bowl so leaders are demanding explanations
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then from washington france and germany are pushing for a new deal on trends that landtag surveillance and get over those reports that the n.s.a. has been tracking the phone calls of thirty five world leaders need to statement warned a lack of trust could harm its partnership with washington and germany's teaming up with brazil as well now to push for a u.n. resolution restraining u.s. surveillance from the new american foundation think tank told us the spy scandal is dealing a huge blow to america's image right now. this has. created a massive reputational crisis for the united states the entire populace is now in essence on edge about what is the united states government doing what is the n.s.a. doing what is being surveilled and so in essence what we're saying is everyone's a suspect everyone is being surveilled and this is probably not just france and germany and mexico and brazil this is probably globally certainly we've lost a lot of credibility as an ethical internet steward course domestic shock waves are
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being felt to thousands rallied in washington d.c. on saturday venting their anger against the n.s.a. and demanding reforms of federal surveillance laws the protest was billed as the largest pro privacy demonstration in american history has gone into cameras there. thousands of people gathered here on the anniversary of the signing of the patriot act twelve years ago they believe that was the day when in the name of fighting terror their rights have been taken away from them they believe that the tradeoff between security and privacy is a false one people here say that they're tired of lies that the government has been telling to cover up their mass spying after all just a year ago the director of national intelligence james clapper said no when asked whether the n.s.a. was collecting data on millions of americans edward snowden's revelations of course confirmed that was a lie and the latest i've heard was that just within a month the n.s.a. spied on more than one hundred and twenty four billion phone calls worldwide
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that means that every single person on earth is facing the risk of being caught up in the n.s.a. dragnet and the person edward snowden thanks to whom this protest is happening is now holed up in russia because here in the states he would sure be in jail by now people at this rally dows of people in fact demand a meaningful surveillance a long way for him they came with a petition signed by more than five hundred thousand people demanding congress investigate the n.s.a. spying programs the senate judiciary and intelligence committees planned hearings on those programs so they want to make sure that their voices are heard actually one of the main messages of this rally is watch the watchers but the question is is there really possible because so far any light that's been shed on the watchers was through whistleblowers in washington i'm going to. come for more details
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more updates on the battle for privacy right now as well as expert analysis on the n.s.a. leaks of the outcry the triggering. big news in the week a suicide bomber killed six people in russia's southern city of volgograd a monday dozens more injured when a bomb went off in a parked bus lindsey france retraced the events of the day. october twenty first started just like any other monday here in volgograd people woke up with places to go and things to get done 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 and a stop to the very on the ball was on her way home from classes at the university laughing and talking with the other students crucially it was being intimidated at
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the bus which say training life. when the blast hit everything around me went flying and then i don't remember anything but i remember flying out of the window and suddenly i was on the street and in a panic i understood that something happened with my hands i was covered in blood but 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 bus fuel systems but aside from the shop they felt to ask themselves if this was a gas explosion what was the fire. and exactly zero was the same rock or that 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 got out of my car and i saw a headline there and he had my friend took a young boy and his father to the hospital the remnant of an explosive device told
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to change shrapnel t.n.t. and a grenade the accident site became a crime scene while edgy hottest from republic of dagestan became the central focus of the investigation authorities will be keen to find her husband teacher so cool off an ethnic russian convert to islam missing since two thousand and twelve in the hope he may have the answers lindsey france r.t. in volgograd. just around the corner of you when home becomes a war zone. whatever happens i will not leave my house again i would like to destroy the walls and build them again. r.t. reports of the devastated syrian city of yarmouk mixed families infused abandoned houses that. america's ongoing unmanned aerial strikes in pakistan and yemen should be regarded as war crimes as according to a report released this week by the human rights group amnesty international it's a spike the u.s.
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government attempts to play down these civilian death toll from its drone campaign let's take a look at some of the numbers show we are on the news wall here that say it pans out all began in two thousand and four under the bush administration the number of drone victims and saw dramatically when almost a hundred people were killed in two thousand and six then another escalation came along in two thousand and eight seventy five lives were lost he goes on two thousand and nine reach two hundred sixty two the year barack obama took office records and the record number of unmanned jets were recorded over the next twelve months hundred twenty two as you can see in the news wall where the death toll continues the strikes continue the obama administration's responsible for ninety percent of all the strikes carried out in fact since two thousand and four most of thousand civilians have been killed including up to two hundred children according to some estimates the total number of drone fatalities in the region tops three thousand next started to see caffein off looks into the latest report and from amnesty international. the predator drone remotely controlled and heavily armed
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it's the weapon of choice in the cia's undeclared war in pakistan that's where the u.s. is believed to have launched more than three hundred strikes since two thousand and four the target suspected taliban and al qaeda militants the white house says better drones then boots on the ground and justifies the covert program as both affective and legal america does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing imminent threat to the american people not so according to amnesty international and a damning new report the human rights group warns u.s. drone strikes could amount to war crimes documents recent killings in pakistan's northwest tribal areas and the lack of transparency surrounding drones this is a secret program in fact in our case we've found at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians and some of these cases might be war crimes that really concerns us one such case is that of sixty eight year old be killed by a u.s.
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drone last october she was picking vegetables with her grandchildren when that attacks took place a double strike the children miraculously survived. first it was so then i heard that. the first hit and the second hit my cousin. but her grandmother's body was pulverized these missile fragments are all that remain of amnesty documents other such cases but its main point the need for transparency and accountability the u.s. must explain why these people have been killed people who are clearly civilians must provide justice to these people compensation it must investigate those responsible for those killings now in a separate report a un investigation looked at thirty three drone strikes around the world not just in pakistan that violated international humanitarian law and also resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties that report also calling for more transparency and
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accountability from the united states reporting from moscow i'm lucy catherine of. coming up a convicted terrorist free in spain following a european court ruling apparently it's all in the name of human rights. protests sparked by that controversial decision in bringing you some of the latest analysis right after this break. down on the final. day. and the rest. is really.
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good lumber tour. to build. anything. to teach me why you should care about. why you should care only. in madrid thousands of people are taking to the streets to protest against a court ruling in favor of the separatist movement the european court of human rights has ordered spain's release of the tories member of the group. who've been
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in jail since the late eighty's and rolling twenty three killings the spanish government accepted the call. decision but warned that it sets a dangerous president john laughlin from the institute of democracy in cooperation told us the stroudsburg court is doing the opposite of what it was created to do. it's incredible isn't it that a european court of human rights should intervene in this way to alleviate the sentence of a woman who has been convicted after due process of the murder of more than twenty three people this woman is a mass murderer and the idea that a body european court of human rights which was set up to safeguard citizens against the abuses that could be committed by states against their own citizens that such a body should now be as it were in to in favor of people who have themselves grossly abused the rights of citizens by murdering them and the problem with the
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european court is that having been set up to safeguard basic human rights it has now become a militant political organizing mission which is ensuring a sort of dictatorship of the minority over the ranks of the majority in this case in this case of peaceable citizens who do not go about committing murder unlike the defendant them sort of take a decade says distrust but. the crypto currency big battle for mainstream acceptance is gaining momentum lot over the line for most of the first every g.m. allowing customers to turn their records into hard cash now it's been launched in canada if you want to read it more about that it's at r.t. dot com. and the profits may be skyrocketing but they're managing to stay clear of the tax man find out what tools the richest corporations in the u.s. are using to do that on our website. the syrian government has submitted its plan to destroy its chemical weapons meeting an internationally imposed deadline however peace efforts in the country of been dealt
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a setback nineteen opposition groups and are refusing to take part in the long awaited geneva conference which was supposed to have brought all sides the negotiating table together former pentagon official michael maloof told us the rebels including extremist factions have been emboldened by continuing western support the united states cannot be caught in a 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 if you know the at the extremists already control about seven of the eleven palestinian camps already and. in syria and they're using them as the 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 meanwhile there's no letup in syria's civil war which is increasingly pitting ethnic and religious groups against
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each other kurdish government has seized a key crossing on the border with iraq fighting back islam is true groups fall asleep as in the water own country she's been investigating the plight of another minority to the palestinians whose own homes are become a battle front line. this is young walk south damascus ten months ago it was home to one point two million palestinians today ten percent remain the price of world this is how it's acutely here where it's divided families and pitted brother against brother. they betrayed us we cannot trust them anymore eight days ago abu movie and his wife came home for ten long months they'd lived on the streets not once giving up the hope they'd return this is what way to them and the welcome we are coming to kill you bashar scribbled on the walls. whatever happens i
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will not leave my house again i would like to destroy the walls and build them again it could not be worse than this for one year syria's palestinians managed to stay out of the conflict but the infiltration of foreign fighters with big dreams and even bigger promises of money forced the residents of young to choose sides and take up arms against people they know their whole lives. from friends fighting on the other side they're not friends anymore the ones who displace those from our house and destroyed our homes are not our friends. with. each day abu movie leaves to fight them but not before he struck furniture high against the windows to protect his family from snipers life inside these political riddled walls is as dangerous as it is outside his two sons as vulnerable as their mother every time the father walks out the door but it's always a painful farewell all movie carefully helps her husband prepare for battle she
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knows he needs to go but each time he leaves behind the same unanswered question. every day when he says good bye i wonder if you will come back on not like when he got injured he didn't come back i want to find him in hospital there are a lot of men like him and women like me but not a lot of fighters have bought their families back to your mork the snipers are in shooting range and three days earlier shrapnel from a bullet blinded up to maurice lift eye but the thirty three year old doesn't have a choice he has nowhere else to move his family and while the southern part of your milk is still in the hands of the rebels his home or what remains of it has been freed by palestinians who like other more we are fighting alongside the syrian army and. when i go to the battlefield my mind is always with my family and i hope i will come back safe to them to take care of them and i pray that if i get more
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teared they will find tender people to look after them. the frontline is near two streets away but for other movie and his comrades the battle hits closer to home each time they take aim to secure the streets for the families often it's a neighbor friend and sometimes even a brother who is pointing a gun back at them point to see artie yarmouk syria. and world news in brief tonight a series of car bloss across the iraqi capital killed at least fifty four wounded dozens more most of the bombs were planted inside parked cars and hit predominantly shiite muslim districts the deadliest explosions in the city of mosul killed twelve were iraqis in the midst of its worst ethnic bloodshed in years almost a thousand people died in violence across the country last month alone. apartment in brooklyn became a scene of carnage when five people were left dead after a stabbing attack the identities of the victims four children and the thirty seven
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year old woman have not yet been released one suspects been arrested. at least eighteen people have been killed by a roadside bomb in afghanistan's a gazan a province the victims were mostly women including one child two they were on their way to a wedding celebration the taliban has denied any involvement in the attack. the curtain is about to fall of mikhail saakashvili is decade long rule in georgia as the country likes a new leader with voting now over the ruling party candidate margo's fairly head in the exit polls and leaving the candidate representing mikheil saakashvili his party trillian second place alice say the country's moving closer to a parliamentary democracy we keep ours being handed to the prime minister's office but is still far from overcoming political stability nonetheless of his wife a national the go divisive a legacy successfully is leaving behind she explores it now. they are among the maze determined detractors of georgia's outgoing president.
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they follow me how selfishly everywhere to leave him in no doubt of where they stand. circus really was the once popular leader of the rose revolution the first color revolutions which saw power change in posts of his republics. in the last days of his near ten year presidency even former allies on the attack. after his successes started building an authoritarian regime the media was attacked one million people fled one quarter of the population went through the penal system they were either arrested or interrogated in two thousand and seven police used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters one thousand cycles phillis government to resign. in two thousand and eleven they did it again.
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boudin i'm ugly people were afraid to express or even have their opinion if they faced injustice they feared to report it as it could affect their families. told me his brother used to run the state audit office and claims he was tortured in jail when he took his case to the human rights cotton strasberg told me he said. as he was arrested over a fabricated case becoming another recognised political prisoner. i got eight and a half years if it wasn't for new premie ivanishvili i wouldn't have got out in just one week i saw they took out four dead bodies from jail they said those young men died from diseases but that's nonsense days before last october's parliamentary election videos showing yun inmates being humiliated and beaten became the last straw for the georgian people second shrews party lost but this georgian media veteran says the public euphoria of a circus his defeat is tempered by how much the people had already lost
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individually and. promoted georgian people are still ended and the nation with history and we started to live in it we started moving away from our soviet past b r he was a p.r. genius he managed to convince then tile world and under the flag of democracy we got fascists as george's electoral votes for many here it's less about welcome in the future but saying goodbye to their past the law prevents macao circa srila from running for president again now has a mission is life far away from politics in the wine business but the public sings in no mood to simply let him fade into the background there is a strong desire georgia for circus related to big broad justice and it seems his detractors want to stop until that thirst is quite just. r.t. tbilisi georgia. another thing we are going georgian president could be remembered for his call to boycott the sochi twenty fourteen winter olympics is lake's
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comments indeed came early this month right after the kickoff of the games torch relay a problem russian t.v. presenter of georgian origin by the way to come to cali was among the team carrying the flame through the streets of some petersburg she believes sports and politics should be kept separate. georgian does not have many winter sports compared to say it's the people who have been working hard to take part in your winter olympics had nothing to do with politics so no matter what politicians say i'm absolutely sure that sport is beyond political games georgia and russia will certainly lead the friendship and i hope that no one and nothing will prove that in georgia from taking part in the winter olympics in sochi. european leaders are facing some tough choices on immigration coming up the series of deadly shipwrecks involving refugees has failed to migrants fleeing poverty and conflict and we got some insight into that shortly before the next couple of minutes the
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week's business news in late edition a venture capital. for . great hopes for freedom and democracy. substituted by great disenchantment. what was expected to be a blessing to the country. turned out to be its course. georgia the story of a disappointment. wealthy british study. that
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was the. market why not. why not what's really happening to the global economy with mike's cancer the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines. is a report on our. carlos welcome to venture capital so this week's pay a man is to drag itself out of recession but is it too early to get excited when i get tax cuts now this isn't just a moment or two i would say bring a real spine years into the studio to get his take on the situation as well as that spying allegations are true in the u.s. and europe could affect
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a multi-billion dollar trade deal we got corporate news to come as well as mr shawn thomas our in-house investor he talks to us from singapore we'll see how he's getting on with his trades still to come but it starts with. spain's economy is officially out of recession after more than two years growth in the euro zone's fourth biggest economy grew no point one percent driven by exports with the country's main stock index having gained over a fifth this year with foreign investors becoming attracted once again to the nation's market's associates but when it comes to the real economy the story is quite different domestic demand from mains fronts and even though unemployment house fallen slightly thanks to a busy two receipts and over a quarter of spanish people are still on employees and one in two young people are still unable to. get it jump so to get a better idea as to what's happening to the spanish economy i'm joined right now by
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steen jacobsen from sachs a bank so stay tuned as we know the spanish economy managed to drag itself out of recession. we've got a growth of no zero point one percent now can i just get your view what do you take from that no zero point one percent growth. absolutely nothing you have to remember it is very easy for a country like spain to create a little bit of growth because the base the number you compare with was already very low so everything being equal it's good that spain is seeing positive growth but point one can be revised into a recessionary number next time we have the first fruition so you know everything being equal this is just another story of how hard it is to get any traction insurance of growth when you don't we're gone real reforms and when you don't work on the rich supply side of the economy so would you say that the excitement.


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