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it's midnight here in moscow this is our take this morning a scandal in scandinavia now sweden is revealed to be enormous spying game helping the n.s.a. snoop on the russian leadership. dozens of killed in central sanaa as the cradle of yemen's military gets devastated by one of the bloodiest terrorist raids the country seat in recent years also this hour. be no doubt where the united states stands on this america weighs in on ukraine's ongoing crisis supporting the pro e.u. opposition as protesters give president an ultimatum and this is the latest from central kiev by the way where rallies continue taking place nonstop. i'm ready to pick up any keep forty seven and start shooting the look at ukraine's hardline
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nationalist groups to the claims that they are hijacking the country's pro demonstrations right now. if you just join us for a good morning children from a kevin owen here in moscow this morning this is our international top story sweden has been helping america's n.s.a. to spy on russia's leaders and provided washington with a list of high profile targets to swedish state t.v. sites documents leaked by whistleblower edward snowden the program which revealed the claims called mission investigate its chief editor told us what they found out . we haven't revealed that. very close relationship between the swedish defense radio authority f.r.a. and american counterpart and a say and. according to the documents. f.r.a.
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have spied spying on the russian leadership and they are passing this information on to n.s.a. we got access to these documents thanks to edward snowden so for we have don't have any details more than the documents are mentioning. that they're talking about unique intelligence they're talking about classic intelligence and they're also mentioning cables the spokesman of f.r.a. didn't give any comments but. when axed asked about being. seen as a leading partner that's the way they spell it in these documents for a is a leading partner to n.s.a. then he says ok that's flattering he say's so that's the only comment we have received so far while the swedish foreign minister has since commented on those
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allegations saying they would affect his country's relationship with russia our correspondent in europe peter all over also looked at what else is bit of. we tried to contact both the f.r.a. and president putin's spokes person both of them saying they don't comment on these type of matters now a separate document that was released was there was to address two n.s.a. personnel that were working with the swedes and i told them that they should thank sweden for the continued work on the russian target now all of this coming out showing this that sweden is just another part of the system of this this widespread global n.s.a. spying program that seems to be to looking into many other countries and has many of the countries working as partners with it and this information of course comes out on the same day as it's been revealed that the n.s.a. tracks the mobile phone records of five billion people per day those mobile phone
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records of course would allow you to know where somebody was moving around the world so it seems that months after we first heard from the leaks of edward snowden revelations continue to come out this time showing that sweden was helping the n.s.a. to spy on russia. so why sweden well eighty percent of russia's international internet traffic goes through that country and of course russia is not alone in being subject to the allegations of high profile snooping by the n.s.a. germany's the spiegel magazine revealed earlier this year that the agency had targeted chancellor angela merkel also reportedly on washington's radar is brazil's president dilma rousseff as well as the russian prime minister and former leader dmitri medvedev he apparently was spied on at the g twenty summit in london back in two thousand and nine with some help from britain's g c h q. where the n.s.a. reportedly harvesting data from hundreds of millions of ordinary people cell phones earlier i asked intelligence analyst general trainor harvey just what they're trying to get from all this information. the volume of information is extraordinary
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and remember it has to be stored and they have storage facilities both outside of the united states and here what they will do is they will discover let's say that someone is using a cell phone a mobile phone and it it's just like the. navigation system you have in your motor car that it's linked to satellites you can say we're at any given time that car is well you can also say we're a mobile telephone a cell phone is located you can pick up that if the particular phone is one that you have an interest in and you then know you see the pattern of where it's been in touch with avi those billions of calls probably ninety five percent of them . just go into the hopper they stay there because as you know the analysis goes back and you can see patterns emerging and so it's said that unless you revert to
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good old fashioned handwriting and live in a cave you can't hide these days you can be tracked anywhere seems so we're closely following this developing story with more expert analysis of course on air and online at r.t. dot com. yemen is defense ministry complex in the heart of the capital's been shaken by a car bomb or more than two hours of intense scum fighting at least fifty two people died in the attack which also left over one hundred sixty injured according to officials the government says that a relative of the president's among the dead the managing editor of the yemen times give us details about the tragic events in sanaa unfolded. the gunfire started following the explosion at the western gate of the ministry of defense and it was like that. the second car we are men we get many a military uniform they entered the compound and started shooting and started
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chasing soldiers yemeni soldiers and it was. a total chaotic situation i would say it was. country asli even more than two hours after the first explosion there is a hospital mustache what would the hospital or the and they usually be going to used for for a high ranking military man a yemeni and those people armed men entered the place and started shooting at the. medical staff and by now we have a report about at least two foreign medical staff are among the dead at this point we can't say that the been they were just targeting high ranking people but the place you ricci's kind of the heart of yemen's. security and
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defense. ministry i think the they just target they just wanted to target anyone at the place medical the staff soldiers high ranking military men all together earlier i our security analyst chose bridge he's a former u.k. time to terrorism intelligence officer for his thoughts on the roots of this violence. it does seem to bear the hallmarks of a q a p al qaeda in the arabian peninsula they have certainly the ability to carry out such well coordinated such detailed and very successful attacks from that perspective but also of course they have a continuing ongoing motivation largely. at the behest of the u.s. it should be said for better or worse in this case the. relatively new yemeni government has carried out a relatively in conventional terms at least successful campaign an offensive against al qaeda in specifically in the southern provinces of yemen the response to
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that of course is quite predictable well al-qaeda and of course all if you like islamist or any if you like guerrilla forces where they are faced with a conventional onslaught such as they faced from yemen and indeed from u.s. drone attacks over the past couple of years their response will be to move away from conventional warfare they will move away from occupied to towns and cities which is what they were doing until a couple of years ago these very effective. terrorist attacks on the way reporting on the worshippers caught up in the crossfire. that is a systematic time. on the christian community in syria religious officials played for action to protect syria's christians were a group of nuns are still being held by rebel forces will bring up to speed on the latest. next so take a couple of minutes to focus on what's happening in ukraine and russia's foreign
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minister sergei lavrov described the actions not his ations level that gives leadership by a government says it's terrible. are those the statements that have been voiced today on ukraine i consider unfitting for the meeting is specially the all in all hysterics that some european countries have gone into after ukraine used its sovereign right and decided of this moment in time not to sign an agreement the agreement that the experts and the government had found not profitable for ukraine . so they're expressing his concerns over how the preplanned regional security seven here was being used that's where several senior diplomats including assistant u.s. secretary of state victoria nuland are right now in fact share their encourage the opposition's pro. listen. this is ukraine's moment to meet the aspirations of its people or to disappoint them and risk descending into chaos and violence there should be no doubt where the united states stands on all of this
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we stand with the people of ukraine who see their future in europe and want to bring their country back to economic health and unity meanwhile the opposition ukraine's live in the ultimatum added to the president threatening to set up a round the clock blockade of government institutions unless an early elections are held but as ridiculous reports next the nature of the protests and shifting. oh lorie to crane glory to the heroes is deficient slogan of the hardly a nationalist movement known as the ukrainian insurgent army and the chant heard among the crowds in key of these days here is just a couple of these protesters cheerleaders mr electronically balk founder of the nationalist web or the party and the man inspired by the actions of the u.i. as wartime militias they took out machine guns and fought the russians the germans and the jews those who wanted to take away our ukrainian land and this is. another
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far right activist from the radical nationalists but that movement so we needs wall that's the main thing an organization like cars can't exist without war. is one of those suspected of arranging the bulldozer action key of over the weekend both men represent the ultra nationalist sentiment that is popular in western ukraine which has traditionally gravitated towards europe rather than moscow minho told we will fight for the european union until the end and even if they bring your tanks we will win unocal which must go i'm ready to pick up and keep forty seven and start shooting up to a thousand people go to kiev every day and our motto is together to the end our resistance for. consist of afghanistan war veterans and former security service officials recent polls show the country's sharply divided on the issue with more than seventy percent of those living in the western ukraine favoring the deal with
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the european union but that drops to less than thirty percent in the east in kiev what began as a campaign over trade ties with europe is now descending into rallying cry for ukrainian nationalism. good enough to know when these people are being passed off as innocent kids who suffer during the peaceful protests i'm sorry i've seen others there who clearly were non militant and then there were others with knives in their pockets why would anyone do that when going to a peaceful protest. yet it seems to be escaping some of europe and america's political heavyweights that there is a rowdy right wing driving force taking root in a ghost party. well they might be would ukraine right now but in a few minutes we hear about the struggle to keep its current citizens out of poverty. and crime is being compared to
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a lady of color on the one hand takes money from an all then i'll believe gentleman but one says spend her time with a handsome young man but sometimes you know you really have to choose i mean you cannot have both if you're using that kind of amount of force i think you should clearly separate the present existence ukrainian authorities which have been negotiated in a very embarrassing way was both the european union russia and ukraine a nation. dramas that can't be ignored. stories others the few who still know. this is changing the world right. so picture.
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from around the. block to. me. this is artist proposed midnight mayor of moscow calls mounting for a broad international effort to secure the release of twelve nuns reportedly held by radical islamist rebels in syria the woman was seized him on a street during an opposition assault on a predominately christian town and results he's paula slater reports next it's the latest in a series of attacks on religious targets in the country. twelve nines and three of the helpers who belong to the orthodox monastery of moola are believed to have been moved to brood now according to syrian opposition activists the woman will move for their own safety but earlier religious officials said that the women were abducted by members of the al nusra front which is affiliated to al qaida the syrian
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observatory for human whites says that the women were taken after several days of intensive fighting during which the front fighters eventually managed to capture the old quarter of moola and various reports point to the fact that these are mr fund fighters entered the orthodox monna street in the same tone of muna where these women were well there's a lot of concern particularly amongst christians living in syria as the attacks against their communities seemingly escalate we have heard from the pope who has recited a prayer for the safety of these women and earlier we at r.t. spoke with the international christian concern who said that they were extremely worried and extremely troubled by this incident in particular they have called on rebel forces to ensure the safety of these women and also make sure that all lines of communication with them remain open there are several muslim clerics who have
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also condemned the abduction in the strongest terms we denounce their deeds confirm that terrorism is a savage monster which wants to do with our all religious and humanitarian values they came to cuba and kidnapped a few muslim in moms and christian priests in our job of ships and the like they kidnapped priests and priestesses events and dangerous conspiracy to do in the role of the church in syria which they want to grab to the stone age genius or to iran for its allure for the country many christians have left and are now living as refugees elsewhere and i'm. ask us because they're so fearful of the situation the last time that i was in syria i visited the city of homes where both the syrian army as well as people who are returning to the question quarter so to me around advantage of churches and spoke about the fear that they to have as attacks on the christian community inside syria escalates while his video allegedly showing
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another rebel attack on a christian site in syria to this is mentioned off talks monastery to damascus part of the opposition just a for the assault with claims that government troops are using it is firing position so the rebels unleashed a barrage of the site and several people reportedly wounded in the i spoke to a priest who originates from syria he told me that christians are being used as cannon fodder as this conflict goes on. thousands and thousands hundreds of thousands of christians where this place from their homes and a lot of christians were killed we still have two bishops missing from from my left paul we don't know anything about them they are being used by both sides. as a political card because the regime wants also to feel to to show all that they are protecting the minorities specially the christians and they are begging for for the international community to interfere to release the nuns wear
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the the rebels they are turning the blind eyes to the al qaida and the islamists to target specifically christians there is a systematic attack on on the christian community in syria and and hundreds of thousands of christians were displaced. as the e.u. keeps the welcome mat down for potential new members it could be setting itself up for trouble ahead one of the impending threats is widespread poverty within existing member states with almost a quarter of the blocs population living on the brink of some fear the bloc won't be able to handle this burden and here's why bulgaria top of the list is one of the most impoverished countries with nearly half of its population living close to the bread legitimacy romania is not far behind where four of the ten find it hard to make ends meet in that country in bailed out greece look at the figures so much
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thirty five percent of the population struggle to meet ends meet and look at italy and spain two big economies they have roughly the same proportion of people under pressure from harsh austerity measures roughly about a quarter you could pissed off visited a food bank in rome where essential provisions are handed it to the city's poorest . marco used to work as a pizza your many italians used to call it the golden skill which would always get you work in rome but it didn't hold true for marco one day he was sacked and has not been fired since he's been living on the street for about four years now and says at forty six he sees little chance of fixing his life he asked us not to reveal his identity. when you live on the street survival is what takes up most of your time simply getting a shower is a challenge it takes so much time to take care of yourself like a normal person you reach the end of the day and you're exhausted and depressed
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with the talian economy going through its longest recession since the second world war over twelve percent of adults are unemployed while four out of ten young people don't have a job there are no official figures on the homeless we have any type of food that we can get for free from somewhere more italians are beginning to turn to charity and humanitarian aid for help two years ago we had about fifty five percent were foreign minister and the forty five percent today we have about sixty five percent valiant thirty five percent for the second computer. everything on the shelves is free given in exchange for points allocated to low income families by the global charity network. most of the food is near its expiration date except for specially labeled eight it's really similar to an ordinary supermarket you buy bread pasta dairy products that are doubles and sort of the one thing with really
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stands out are these packages with signs saying not for sale and this is humanitarian aid from the european union and altogether these products make up around a third of all the stuff here. caritas is now raising the alarm saying around one third of all italian children are at risk of poverty and are lacking basic essential such as protein rich foods heating and close the skin off r.t. rolled off more international red cross survey says europe's experience is worst humanitarian crisis in decades millions were unable to afford a roof over their head with a seventy five percent increase in people relying on food aid across the continent and did the organizations european director told us the number of people having to turn to charity is beyond their worst expectations what we have seen since we did our first survey in two thousand and nine and on to two thousand and thirteen is that the crisis are really taking root at community level at individual level and
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that household level to a different degree because people today has used all their savings there's nothing left we are seeing a rapid decrease in what we call the middle class people the british red cross what they are doing right now and what they lost more than a month is that is the biggest food distribution campaign since the second world war it is serious in even for the ones of us working in this business on a daily basis we were shocked when we saw their cumulated data across europe we are sleeping on troubles have been steadily changing the blocks political landscape if before liberals play the role of king maker in the european parliament times are changing with euro skeptics closing the gap six months before the next european elections laura smith and weighs the precarious balance between right and left.
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there won't have been many meetings in london this year where british membership of the european union was met with a huge round of applause but that's what happens here at the congress of the alliance of liberals and democrats for europe they reckon best still in demand but opinion polls and elections throughout the e.u. tell a different story in fact the continent appears to have made a significant lurch to the right with new policies emerging all over the place populists this new low it's made me but their hostility towards immigration austerity and the very idea of the e.u. has rattled the mainstream parties enough to cause them to step to the right to even you got to get to david cameron's conservatives for an example of that so are the liberals dying a slow death i asked said graham watson and me payne president of the audi alliance these important there is a party prepared to stand up to the far right when so many are simply moving on to
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their ground in the hope of recovering lost due to scripture says it was just sweeps year in opinion polls we see it in people's right to choose we have to convince people is that the european union brings us a lot of benefits but needs reform if it is to continue to bring us those benefits and committed to the race then but certainly swimming against the toy europe wide the liberals have just six months before the european elections to convince a skeptical public that further integration is a good thing meanwhile the rights will be working just as hard here in britain separatists you kipps nigel farage is talking about a landslide victory as if it's practically in the bag. laura smith reporting that the next. thirty four minutes time hope to have maybe a few company can then between now and then worlds apart next puts ukraine's on
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going public in the spotlight right. we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are forcing government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader wow people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever some group of rebels protestors are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or
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bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been strong links of buildings less than a month ago i might be a conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. to come. up with one thousand nine hundred six one thousand nine. hundred people from the sun even. i think that is the difference between the kind of.
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hello and welcome to worlds apart with every passing day ukraine's choice between closer ties with the european union or russia seems more like a choice between good and evil a democratic future and the authoritarian past but it is the choice really so stark well to discuss that van allen joined by andrey shift a member of the ukrainian parliament on a strong supporter of european integration mr shift chunka thank you very much for your time great to be with you first of all could you update us on what is happening in key of right now. well we are at the my done of independence right back from the parliament to where we had a no confidence vote for the korean government and there's you already know it failed. only one candidate in eighty six m.p.'s voted to put the government down there were two reasons to do to do this no confidence or first is the collapse
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of the association agreement was the european union and second it's the bloody police attack on peaceful protesters here on them i've done sort of the saturday morning as we can see behind your back people are still gathering in the center of here i wonder what do you protest there's really want right now and are they still rallying in favor of the association agreement or they want something else. as you can see the independence square is already full of people and people keep arriving as a consumer left and right this is the first reaction to this to this no confidence vote in the in the parliament we should wish failed actually i think after this we lost a good opportunity to start finding our way out of the political process and sunanda people here and i've done the clearly demand we want the president to step down
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that's the way to solve the political crisis that's the way to get closer to this decision it was the european union you mentioned earlier the brutal use of force by the police and we've all seen the footage from kiev and i think everybody including president you know calling himself recognise that the use of force was excessive and as far as we understand the investigation is underway and before that investigation was event completed the chief of police had to step down so don't you think that in demanding nothing last then the resignation of the president himself the opposition is being a bit excessive in its demands. well as of the moment we have heard some words not too many wars and we have seen no actions at all so not a single police officer has been punished or fired after this bloody saturday we have not seen the minister of internal affairs in the parliament he was afraid to come to see the.

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