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this is why you should care only on the dot com. scene with opposition members is one thing but taking part in rallies that's interference in domestic offense russia's prime minister calls for you politicians to stop meddling in ukraine's business as police in kiev give pro e.u. protest as a deadline at the de camp from government building. tributes pouring out for the death of nelson mandela we'll look at his journey from ostracised rebel to a global symbol of compassion and equality. houseplant children my wife my job my self-esteem. all gambling machines that are getting increasing numbers of brits hooked we discover bookies who keep the cash coming in as government regulation flounders.
new center in moscow is kevin owen here this is just after ten pm delighted to have you company if you just joined us our top story the protesters in kiev are being given five day to stop disrupting government departments opposition activists have been blocking most key institutions for much of the week it's a topic that would have been tough and i guess to avoid for the country's president victory on a covert shoes made his russian counterpart in sochi as tense and to talk about economic revival with the latest on that meeting then he isn't really going to. the meeting was a short see a working meeting and the two presidents have discussed largely the economic aspects it really is no surprise economy is something that is why the importance of such was this top of a flight for the ukrainian president on his way back from china where he has met with his chinese colleagues and. carried on the quite productive economic talks in fact the korean president said that he has signed
a number of deals amounting to roughly eight billion dollars in investments now while unocal which was trying to figure out a way for ukraine to solve its financial issues here in the year of the independence square that was essentially teeming with foreign dignitaries. european as well as american officials have shown up to take part in the always seem meeting which was taking place in kiev and they lost no time to come by examine the tent city. essentially talk with the protesters and meeting with the opposition figures especially with the likes of beachgoers the darling of the ukrainian opposition at the moment and the western politicians it seems that we've had german swedish the. foreign minister of the netherlands all of them were here last night i know that the tension that the western officials are showing to
the ukrainian protests has raised a number of i browse and there is quite a few observers who are saying that this type of attention from western politicians to the protests in ukraine is simply just not quite appropriate in the given circumstances. well those concerns have been echoed by russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev during his traditional q. and a with russian journalists earlier. tell them a couple of but i can imagine how our german partners would have felt if russia's foreign minister decided to attend a rally that was being held against german rule i don't think they would consider it a friendly step out of a meeting with opposition members is one thing but taking part in rallies that's interference in domestic affairs analyst at the national political analyst exam to publish a told us of some foreign politician position it just doesn't tally with the democratic standards. this is.
even more so this is something that should be unacceptable. you just have to have call our country to make its own choice and western diplomats are just not doing that. really concerning themselves about your actual situation or the benefit of the country or the people. you're just looking at it from the economic standpoint you were there was nothing to. slow it's about democracy human rights. so it's really just a big. game and it's pretty simple actually. the world's mourning the loss of one of the twentieth century's most iconic leaders nelson mandela who has died aged ninety five after
a long illness so the africa's first black president of the man who led the country out of decades of apartheid to democracy spent his final years being nursed at home in johannesburg crowds gathered in the city to grieve and celebrate the legacy of the man they knew as madiba after a state funeral on december the fifteenth is expected to be buried in a private family center treated his home village in accordance with his wishes world leaders praised mandela as a hero of a time and a giant for justice some of the most glowing tributes and come from united kingdom where laura smith reports. here at the south african embassy in london and a public buildings all around the city flags are flying at half mast to mark the death of nelson mandela there are around half a million south africans living in this country and some of them have come here to the embassy to lay flowers and pay tribute to the passing of mandela and of course tributes flooding in from elsewhere to the royal family prince william for example has called him an extraordinary and inspired. the queen has paid
a personal tribute talking of the great she feels when she thinks of mandela saying that he worked tirelessly for his country and that his legacy is the peaceful south africa that we see today and political tributes of flooding in from all over the world lead in this country by david cameron he called mandela a towering figure a true global hero and says a great light has gone out. but this is all of her around if we look just at the conservative movement for example in one thousand nine hundred seventy margaret thatcher who slammed him as a terrorist the a.n.c. could never rule south africa anyone who thought so it was living in cloud cuckoo land david cameron also around that time made a trip to south africa as a rising star in the conservative movement and they were low being against sanctions on the apartheid movement so most certainly. now it's not clear whether
david cameron was personally involved but certainly the organization he belonged to was and it was a similar picture in the us but actually even more delayed in terms of his rehabilitation if you like mandela was on the terror list and he and his associates were removed from the database intil as late as two thousand and eight nine years after his presidency of south africa was already over now my colleague paula says there has been looking at this in more detail at mandela's life over in south africa. 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 revenge and i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation in the last three decades the world timelessly polished the image of nelson mandela and image recognized around the world only coca-cola is better 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 been leader of a struggle. a radical. someone. in braced for violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture and 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 arrested put on trial and sentenced to life in prison 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. these gentlemen who were on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people on in the dark as slowly 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 only to turn the 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 evoke the next point r.t. johannesburg south africa. and you can read more about the fight for fairness which defined nelson mandela's life as well as reactions to his legacy and death at r.t. dot com. they're gambling devices which can drain all your cash in seconds but in britain the booming however rules to tighten up on fics dogs betting machines down as the crack cocaine of the high
street these days are floundering and the sarah first reports next that means payday for the bookies. they're the high risk high stakes gaming machines this in the u.k. betting industry more than a billion pounds each year. to shore fix. the machine. and comply. to one hundred every twenty seconds this is a twenty second repeat cycle every twenty seconds. you could feasibly. three hundred pounds my children my wife my job my self-esteem. ok. the government's two thousand and five gambling act limited the number of. high street 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 that among some leading high street 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 full machines which are the ones that. are. in a statement about the store. this shop was a concept shop and there are no plans to a pin any further the 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 low point was a day when. my mom my dad and my little brother he's actually taller than me. and just said. we've got to get you out of here. and i was just crying and. that's when i lost all my pride. and i was completely humiliated but it's great because that was the day that i realized my recovery happened justin's written a book about his experience and is helping others on their raids to recovery but with scant research into the effects of these machines and as the industry seeks to maximize profit campaigners warn that not taking action eva is one gamble person can't afford to take surf the london
just ahead the shale gas struggles abroad resume in romania we've got details on that plus why there's a fast food walk out of the state just after the break. i know that the government of afghanistan has been following the so-called peace process for the past three four years and that is all that they got from this peace process was more assassination more killing of our leaders a more violent turn a suicide bombing. unless peace results so i think the cut in peace process set up on the sun needs to be revised. i think we have to bring more digital powers onboard and especially those countries that they have actually been supporting terrorism and extremism they have been turning them they
have been providing with. namely in this case pakistan we need to talk to them. again from the operation in the central african republic curbing a surge in sectarian violence there earlier u.n. security council resolution authorize french troops to join an african peacekeeping mission the latest clashes between rival militias in the capital bungy killed over one hundred people rebels who seized power in march of fighting christians who support the ousted president and this is part fears the conflict could expand into
a full blown sectarian war sometimes branded the police one of africa from says indeed remained active on the continent ever since the colonial era saying i'm out there of france's former colonies now over the. decade alone france has led interventions in the democratic republic of congo ivory coast chad and most recently of course mali that's the cyprus evolved in libya as for the current conflict france refused requests to intervene from the central african republic during a rebellion earlier this year said then it would not back a corrupt regime however seems the recent bloodshed has prompted paris to pledge immediate action this time foreign affairs columnist simon tisdall from britain's guardian newspaper thinks the french are taking on a highly dangerous endeavor nonetheless the french are keen to reestablish some authority and some national interest in areas where they will fall in the colonial era interventions are very high risk it much easier to get in than to get out there
and sending another thousand troops out of fourteen hundred troops in total that's the french contingent when this deployment is complete for a country which is much bigger than france it's and the chances are that you know who was the rest more more men more material on all resources will do so in the conflict will intensify in mali for instance or go an interventional soon as opposed to quote short turn again you can you know the french are still there in quite some numbers and the journalists the militants the armed gangs that came aboard from sudan and chad and so on are still not mostly intact and suggestion is of the french to back only it's not just resume their attempt to take over the country. you know chevron has resumed searching for shale gas in the remaining villages be the center of anti fracking protests for over two months now this is what happened earlier this week as police clashed with demonstrators more action tomorrow to a local newspaper said to forty campaigners would be by police for setting up camp
next to the fields targeted for drilling gases extracted by pumping toxic fluid into the ground the fear is that the chemicals it contains accumulated in the soil in the water table in the water even in the air to evaporate into the atmosphere environmental safety campaigner george barda told me that big business and government to close the never however over shale. what you see essentially is this battle between big business and the interests of the people and a consistent pattern both in the u.k. and remain here where you're seeing major figures from the energy industry moving into into government directly david cameron as i came to came to power on the promise of being the greenest government ever and what we've seen is exactly the opposite in rumania it's exactly the same scenario we say. no to fracking because the people want it and then when he's in power he starts dancing to the tune as a these major players like chevron and what we've seen recently is this very brutal action of the peaceful protest camp that have been there for
a number of months in romania all the entrances to the village were shut off it was a military style operation none of the press was allowed to go in there though there were reports of incredible brutality george the problem the bottom line here is that the general public not as may be. involved no not even a little concerned about the environment that got kids to bring it they got called to run they got jobs to do they want cheap fuel this is one of the lawyers being both here and in romania that you know. maybe it will poison your children but it's going to give it to the people in neighboring plots of land don't pay the ones that have to suffer the consequences the huge increase rates of cancer of all sorts who are spiritual problems thousands of families are being forced to move out of their areas and one of the reasons that we're not hearing more about the specific stories of. this is that in order to get any kind of compensation from these fucking companies they have to settle out of court because they can't begin to fight the legal battles that sharon can afford. cover stories get
a lot of hits home from tiffany blake and a caravan cruise is a decade long spending spree by dozens of russian diplomats and america's old they could now find themselves in trouble being blamed for the fraud in the u.s. medicare system to fund their lavish lifestyles read more about those allegations online from us and details of how small good schools have seen classrooms have banded in eastern china as a long running problem but now they're thinking about artificial rain maybe could be used to dilute the country's suffocating problem that. right see. first rate. and i think you're. on a reporter's twitter. instagram. a
radical islamist rebel group in syria has given its terms now for releasing twelve kristie and nuns held hostage since monday in exchange the extremist want the syrian government a free one thousand women from prison so far there's been no comment from damascus regarding that demand for another season of monsters or an opposition assault dominantly kristie in town their islamic extremist of an increasingly targeting the christian minority in syria the country's ambassador to the u.n. told r.t. that some foreign powers have influence over the kidnappers. we ask the security council members and the secretary to act immediately and to shoulder their responsibilities in order to make a push out on those states and governments who may have influence over these terrorist groups so that they would be released without any condition. and the orphans we should make a petition actually on the saudi government. and the qatari government as well as
a cook as government these three governments are deeply involved in escalating the situation in syria through the operations conducted undertaken by terrorist groups . will do to a brief now suicide bombers killed at least nine people in an attack on to pickup trucks carrying members of a maritime police unit in northern somalia thirty seven officers were also injured in the attack no groups admitted carrying out assault bell should be seen as the most likely culprit has been false from its strongholds the al qaeda linked insurgent groups been trying to gain control in the country's north. in pakistan's capital hundreds have protested against american drone strikes the rally was staged by the terry care in the south party led by the former cricket star in rome can demonstrators chanted anti us slogans and demanding an immediate end to all drone attacks in the country strikes a deeply unpopular in pakistan but american officials say they are crucial in the
fight against terrorism update on the extreme weather battering europe the wind there with the u.k. of in-born the worst of it thousands of people had to move to safety of the last twenty four hours as the worst tidal surge in sixty years swept the east and british coast across the continent meantime the disasters of them killed at least seven people many homes have been left of the tricity in sweden and norway in germany's homburg flood waters rose to six meters the highest level there in decades. thousands of fast food and retail workers in the u.s. stage a national strike on thursday calling for an increase to the minimum wage president obama had pledged to push for higher salaries in the industry back in february but critics say that will be done since when important 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 major 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 somebody 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 as one of these we will four million dollars yeah so for right to take it a family where the single people would nest america away and i believe all fall there's invision a country not full cooperation before the working man by mother make way too much money for us to be treated like this where the one will give them the money back with the one earns and then it's like we're not earning that 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. . we're covering an addition of retail and fast food are among the fastest growing sectors in the u.s. economy now what these protesters are demanding is that minimum wage speed raised
fifteen dollars an hour so far only one city in washington state has met those demands so this crowd around me they're doing so to fight for a basic a decent living wage an opportunity to step one foot into the worlds of the so called american dream reporting from new york arena for nial artsy. thanks for being with us none of the next full news bulletin with me kevin zero in on t. international just about thirty four when it's time to forget if you are a p.c. or you used to use it was twenty four seventh's don't call next sulfa codebase the future of afghanistan with the looming nato pullout from a woman's perspective a program shows that.
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 force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the time 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 while 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 protesters are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the. stone age like in libya serbia and 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 winds of buildings less than
a month ago i might be 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. wealthy british. it's time to. go. to the. markets. find out what's really happening to the global economy. look at the global financial headlines to cause a report. hello
welcome to sophie and co i'm sophie shevardnadze afghanistan has been a black hole swallowing people and the resources of anyone brave enough to step in after years and years of battles for the soviets and the americans still end is still locked in strife is afghanistan hopeless well there is one person that definitely doesn't think so. to be born you know afghanistan. plot could be a harder lot for a person as a baby she was left to die in the cell and not to have to suffer or her life but she survived and advanced and believes in the future of her home. once more than just to improve the fate of women in afghanistan she wants to be the first woman president in the history of her. and our guest today found zia koofi an afghan politician running for president in two thousand and fourteen so
great to have you on our show today first of all let me just say that i admire your courage to do what you are doing in afghanistan i'm aware of the situation with women's rights in afghanistan is far from being perfect it's almost a curse to be born a woman there but still there seem to be optimistic about changes to the lives of afghan women what what goes through how exactly have things changed for women in your country since two thousand and one it's a pleasure for me to be in your show thank you so much for what you have say. well i think for the woman's life i can see colorful picture like there are some green zones which talks about progress women have heard both in terms of politics. compared to the taliban government or the taliban which was actually a nightmare for woman enough on the sun i was living on the situation myself.