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european and u.s. diplomats stand side by side with ukraine's opposition while russia's foreign minister calls the reaction to the protests to syria. to guantanamo prisoners repatriated till jury against their will fear persecution and further imprisonment after being refused permission to reunite with their families that now live in different countries. france launches a military intervention in the central african republic saying it wants to protect civilians after scores are killed in renewed sectarian violence sparking accusations of colonial ambition. gambling reforms fall flat in the u.k. despite deep concerns about addiction to batting machines and high street bookmaker
shops and those just growing and. that's what. we hear the story of a man who lost his home job and family to the fixed pay alba sheens. is now i am in moscow you're watching ninety international with me marina joshie. european and u.s. officials are voicing their strong support for ukraine's opposition some were even spotted the tending to anti-government rallies in kiev the top diplomats are in the ukrainian capital for security summit not related to them going from tasks are just regular takes a closer look at how western politicians are growing increasingly involved in ukraine's domestic politics. secular liberal russia's foreign minister said that
the european reaction to the events in the ukrainian capital could be described as nothing short of a syria do that with the statements that have been voiced today on ukraine i considers them fitting for the meeting especially the old and all hysterics that some european countries have gone into after ukraine used its sovereign right and decided this moment in time not to sign an agreement the agreement that the experts i'm the government had found not profitable for ukraine and the foreign ministers of these we don't enjoy many other all and have all paid a visit to the independence square where the protests are set up ten of these western leaders will hop showed up to the ukrainian capital to participate in the o.s.b. meeting late here with their representative albeit creating an opposition and this incredibly bizarre before an official essentially participating or meddling in that
ukraine's domestic event there was also a rally basically around the corner in support of ukrainian president viktor yanukovych but not a single before and i think so have shown up there there are people who are saying that at the beginning of the protest there were some representatives from all of the world essentially openly free people to participate in this protest and there were others who were encouraging people to come out so we're looking at ukraine words investigation seems to be evolving more and more foreign nationals. court has given the protesters in kiev five days to stop blocking government buildings and to leave those that may have scenes meanwhile opposition leaders have disrupted the work of the country's parliament demanding a snap presidential election a violin dispersal of protesters last weekend has sparked more discontent in kiev where activists are rallying against a special police unit that's been accused of using excessive force we spoke to geo political analyst after william and he believes it's likely the violence that
erupted was bankrolled from outside the country. i haven't ports from ukrainian ordinary citizens the. contact with the students and the unemployed are being paid something like twenty to thirty euros a day by who knows whom we can only speculate to come in to kiev and make the short force and then the fact that the. people one of the most outrageous neoconservatives of the bush era the former us ambassador to nato comes that encourages the ukrainian people to demonstrate for freedom and join in the european union this is obviously online we've got more on the situation in kiev including how extremist movements may be using the ongoing unrest for their own benefit so had to r.t. dot com for the full story. to detainees from that it's or is going tobe
a detention center have been sent home till jury against their will one of them was hoping to be reunited with his family living in bosnia while the other wanted to return to canada or luxembourg where he once lived and work they both fear prosecution and further imprisonment in their home country as are necessary to reconnect now reports. at a glacial pace u.s. officials attempt to move forward with the limbo known as guantanamo with endless excuses and a web of bureaucracy allegedly getting in the way of just closing the place down in the latest attempt to take baby steps to figure out what to do with its detainees the u.s. has transferred two prisoners to their home country of algeria out of one hundred sixty four the majority of whom have long been cleared for transfer or release this sort of a petri you should it was involuntary and took place despite the detainees pleas to not have this happen is they feared mistreatment or torture upon their return home the lawyers of the two men. and some have described the move as political
expedience callous since the prisoners had made it clear the fear of persecution back at home while countries in europe had been willing to accept that the pentagon has stated however that humane treatment assurances had been made prior to this move this is the first transfer since two other men were sent to algeria willingly in august this year notoriously standard guantanamo neither of the men transferred were ever charged with any crime during the entire decade be spent behind bars at the scandalous detention camp the algerian natives were brought there back in two thousand and two and taken to camp x.-ray which we've actually visited when reporting from guantanamo it's an area where some prisoners have been once controversially interrogated with no one actually held there today the number of detainees at guantanamo is now at one hundred sixty two fifteen prisoners continue to be on a hunger strike years since obama had promised to shut the prison down on day one of his presidency and efficient and clear plan to close guantanamo yet to be put in
place and if they see it you're going to new york. their lease of the detainees brings the number of prisoners in guantanamo to one hundred sixty to eighty four of those have also been cleared for release robert kurson a lawyer of one of the going to a prisoner stand back till derrius as he urged the u.s. to resettle its client in another country he was opposed to going to algeria he wanted to go to a european country so that he could be reunited with his family he's been separated from his wife and daughters for twelve years now we're concerned that he's essentially going to be dumped on the street as other prisoners have been who had no connection with algeria the second issue for mr bence is the fact that he lives he grew up in a very rural part of algeria a part in the south southwestern area of the country and he is genuinely concerned that there will be a fundamentalist islamic system interests there who will assume that he supports them because he was sent to guantanamo and that they'll target him for some kind of
violence when they learn that he actually does not have any sympathy with them it's our understanding the white house wants to be able to say look we've released all the algerians that we can it's the only country that's been certified we can't get anyone else out of guantanamo unless you loosen the statute for us so unfortunately these men were detained by mistake held because we wouldn't acknowledge our mistakes and now they're being sent to a place that they don't want to go in order to serve domestic political purposes the world's mourning the death of nelson mandela south africa's first black president who led the country out of decades of apartheid mandela died at the age of ninety five at his home and john is burke following a long illness. looks at the legacy of the iconic leader. he's the man who pulled a troubled and divided land back from the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walks free from prison in his heart was not to
avenge or i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world titus lee published the image of nelson mandela an image recognized around the world only coca-cola is based on known better men who struggle for racial equality again south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about nelson mandela ventilator of a struggle. a radical. someone. embraced violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret headquarters of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were wasted put on trial and sentenced to life in prison at what was known as the rivonia trial
in one thousand nine hundred sixty four mandela and ten of his colleagues faced the death penalty for sabotage nelson mandela was called a terrorist because he took up arms against the apartheid government. governments lie to support the government they claim legitimacy the west had big investments gold mines industry the sea transport links to the east the tape route was very important they supported the apartheid government any opponent was there for a terrorist it's don't fall apart it would have lasted as long as it did if the world community hadn't closed ranks behind the white government but its prime minister margaret thatcher denounced mandela as a terrorist years later she welcomed mandela to downing street. washington also did a one hundred eighty degree turn although it was only in two thousand and eight that if we moved all references to mandela and his colleagues as terrorists from its database mandela was not alone in world leaders who endured
a love hate relationship at the hands of the west darlings of the west one moment villains the next libya's moammar gadhafi egypt's hosni mubarak to name but a few south african journalist chris bishop believes the one nine hundred sixty four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. the gentleman who are on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people on in the dark. transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa they became the freedom fighters they began the man of principle who is standing up merely for the rights of others and it's turned world opinion around from a vile terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also
a familiar tale of governments putting a garland of flowers around your neck one day and a rope the next. r.t. johannesburg south africa. a giant for justice a father of the nation hero of our time or leaders have praised nelson mandela reacting to the news of his death that is after a documentary filmmaker and author of a tizzy the many faces of nelson mandela got to know the historic figure in person it was very hard to distinguish between his personal life and his political life because he said the struggle is my life he organized himself around his commitment to free and to work in the freedom struggle to free the people of south africa he was very humble about that he was always clear that he believed in collective leadership not individual celebrity it's it's you know wonderful that the world is recognizing him at the same time it's almost as if nobody really want to discuss
his contributions before he die you know the whole story is about his death not about his life and his legacy and it should be his ideas for change not only were successful in south africa but they've been speired so many people around the world he changed the world and he changed me too because he gave me an opportunity to participate with them to be part of his entourage to document his achievements in many instances and it's something that i'll never forget but it's also something that the world can't forget. for more reaction to the death of nelson mandela opinions and analysis of his legacy had to our website r t v dot com. sauza is a fast food and retail workers in the u.s. staged a national strike on thursday calling for an increase to them minimum wage president obama pledged to push for higher salaries and industry back in february but critics say little has been done since argues merino work now i was at the protest in new
york. what began here in new york city one year ago with just two hundred employees has exploded into arguably the biggest wave of protest in the history of america's fast food industry thousands of fast food employees in more than one hundred cities throughout this country have walked off the job thursday demanding an increase in minimum wage and the right to unionize now this movement is being spearheaded by an organization called fast food forward and the fast food workers that have joined the strike work at meijer restaurants like wendy's mcdonald's burger king and k.f.c. now while fast food remains a two hundred billion dollar industry the median wage for the service workers like the cooks and the cashiers in the group nationwide is just eight dollars and ninety four cents an hour here in new york city it's even worse with the minimum wage
being seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour now because of the low wages and many of the employees if not most employed at fast food restaurants are living in poverty i don't know why by the grace of god i am. i am in a shelter or trying to get out of there and i can do it because i don't get paid that much some struggling you know and that's why i'm here to see one of these we will four million dollars they're asking for right to take you to a family who have a single people next america with and i believe all fall there's invision a country not full cooperation before the working man and by now they're making way too much money for us to be treated like this and we're the one who give them the money back with the one earns and then if they were not earning them because they're the one who takes the money home to make matters worse this problem is only growing low wage jobs have accounted for the bulk of new jobs added during the
so-called u.s. . carbury in addition to retail fast food are among the fastest growing sectors in the u.s. economy now what these protesters are demanding is that minimum wage be raised to fifteen dollars an hour so far only one city in washington state has met those demands this crowd around me they're doing so to fight for a basic decent living wage an opportunity to just step one foot into the worlds of the so called american dream reporting from new york marina hard to. sell it on the program easy money comes at a high price. if this person is kuwait's gamble with the number of high seat betting shops having exploded in recent years we're taking a look at one machine is causing huge concern among campaign is on whether or not high street busting shelves
a living up to the promise is the socially responsible behavior. more on how banning machines are proving irresistible to both gamblers and bookmakers in just a few minutes here on our team. i was thinking somehow i had to come back because mom was waiting for me. i just knew that everything would be fine for some reason we were so confident because we were going to get married officially after he came back how could he not come back the mere thought of it never crossed her mind. when the militants decided to try and break through her new guinea screaming grenade. explosions blew mulroney's back. and it was all over all of. we know that our comrades and our commander won't leave us no matter how tough it gets we're team. your boy is getting was
a senior in his military trio. rebuilt he knew that if he didn't smother that grenade with his body more of his comrades would die he gave his own life to save his friends. welcome back you're watching r t international french president francois hollande says paris will take immediate military action accounts to escalate in of sectarian violence in the central african republic earlier a un security council resolution authorized french troops to join an african peacekeeping force fresh clashes between local militias in the capital bangui have killed over one hundred people muslim rebels who seized power in march are fighting with christians who support the ousted president this is part fears that the conflict could expand into
a full blown civil tearing war hundreds of french troops are already deployed in the republic and neighboring states. out of her of pan-african newswire says that improving the security situation in the country is not france's main goal there. i do not believe that france has the capability of normalizing the central situation inside the central african republic. is only pursuing its own national interests it's also competing with the role of the united states on the african continent the u.s. has in a vein the extensively over the last several years in africa and numerous countries there is the united states africa command africa so for us as well does not want to be left out of this new scramble for africa. people have to keep in mind that the central african republic has a very important strategic resources such as goal diamonds in your radium which are
essential to the overall international economic system so this is part of the ongoing imperialist rivalry between the states for control of post-colonial africa. and an r.t. dot com adoption swap allegations prompts russian authorities to take action they intend to look at avenue that russian children have been trafficked online in america the full story is on our website. plus the future is almost here don't be surprised if you come across a robot instead of a salesman in a shop it's just google's a latest high tech idea all these stories are just a click away on our. labor m.p.'s in the u.k. i have failed to convince ministers to restrict stakes and prizes in batting machines installed in bookmakers shops the fake sods tournament also in which
britain's pum billions of pounds have been dubbed crack cocaine on high street their first reports on the high stakes diction. there are high risk high stakes gaming machines this in the u.k. betting industry more than a billion pounds each year for. a short fix of. a machine. and to comply. to one hundred every twenty seconds this is a twenty second repeat cycle every twenty seconds. three hundred pound my children my wife my job my self esteem. ok. the government's two thousand and five gambling act limited the number of.
betting shops are allowed to have to four machines now more recently in response to both public and political concern the association of british bookmakers has released a voluntary code of conduct aimed at encouraging socially responsible behavior but we've seen evidence of among some leading bookmakers everyone seems to be playing strictly by the rules inside this labrat says a glass petition it enables the store to carry not full but eight for the machines which are the ones. that you. are. in a statement about the store. this shop was a concept shop and there are no plans to a pin any further shops of this kind. in terms of.
responsible behind a completely responsible ex army major justin a's well how devastating the effects of a gambling addiction can be a last point was the day when. my mom my dad and my little brother he's actually taller than me came and just said that we've got to get you out of here. and those just crying in. that's when i lost all my pride and i was completely humiliated but it's great because that was the day. i realized my recovery opera justin's written a book about his experience and is helping others to recovery but with scant research into the effects of these machines and if the industry seeks to maximize profit campaign is sworn to not taking action if it is one gamble person come
to food to take. the london else take a look at some other stories from around the world in northern somalia a suicide bomber has killed at least nine people and an attack on to pickup trucks carrying members of a maritime police unit thirty seven officers were also injured in the attack no group has said they carried out the assault but. thought to be the number one suspect after being pushed from their strongholds the al qaida linked insurgents have been trying to gain control of the north of the country. northwestern europe is being battered by severe weather two people have been killed and sauza is moved to safety as the worst tidal surge in sixty years sweeps down the british coast around one hundred thousand homes are left without power in scotland and environment agency spokesman says that six thousand properties in england and wales could be flooded. hundreds have protested in islamabad against
american drone strikes in pakistan the rally was staged by the tare cannon soft party led by former cricket star imran khan demonstrators chanted and to us slogans and the magic and immediate and old drone attacks the strikes are deeply unpopular in pakistan but american officials say they are crucial and the fight against terror. calls are mounting for broader international effort to secure the release of twelve nuns reportedly held hostage by radical islamist rebels in syria the women who were seized from a monastery during an opposition assault on a predominantly christian town pope francis called for prayers for. announced and three orphan the young women who were moved to the nearby town of your brood series minorities including christians have mostly been siding with assad or remain neutral in syria's civil war often becoming a target of the rebels increasingly dominated by islamic extremists syrian ambassador to iran bashar jafari told our team some foreign powers have influence
over the kidnappers we ask the security council members. to act immediately and to shoulder their responsibilities in order to make pressure on those states and governments who may have influence over these terrorist groups so that they would be released without any condition the nuns and the orphans we should make a petition on the saudi government. and the qatari government as well as it could give government if these three governments are deeply involved in escalating the situation in syria through the operations conducted undertaken by terrorist groups . and coming up after the break politicking with host larry king here on ars you know national.
president obama strikes where this is called into question declining poll numbers show that americans don't have faith in their leader in chief just how far down as you fall on and can the improve his image before it's too late paul still frank luntz gives us the latest on obama's unpopularity plus p.r. strategist howard bragman and political commentator tanya acker on what the president mean. it's to do now to regain the confidence of the american people it's all next on politicking with larry i . welcome to this week's politicking
we're talking about the president's declining poll numbers and no one better to break it all down for us the real story with the pollster and republican strategist frank luntz one of my favorite people all right the recent c.n.n. poll of polls and frank by the way is a republican strategist a best selling author and he's been a commentator an analyst on fox news and c.b.s. recent c.n.n. poll of polls shows obama's approval rating at forty one percent fifty five percent disapprove the only people lower of congress who have faith what's going on franco first of congress has got it eight percent nine percent job approval rating khadafi had a fifteen percent job approval rating and that was among the people who killed him hitler had eleven percent yeah bug juice and so it shows you how far congress has fallen the i want to take it one step broader which is that we don't trust any institutions right now it's not just the presidency that's in challenges that's being in check and it's not just congress it's business leaders.