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every week. opposition members is one thing but taking part in rallies that's interference in domestic affairs russia's prime minister calls for you politicians to stop meddling in ukraine's business policing pro-u. protesters a deadline to decamped from government buildings. tribute sporran after the death of nelson mandela we look at his journey from ostracised rebel to a global symbol of compassion and equality and. house my children my wife my job my self-esteem talese all the gambling machines that are getting increasing numbers of brits hoped we discover bookies who keep the cash coming in as government regulation flounders.
it's eleven pm here in moscow very good even for me kevin know where we are watching around the world this is r.t. international now top story protesters in kiev a been given five days to stop disrupting government departments now opposition activists have been blocking most key institutions for much of this week it's a topic that would have been tough than to avoid for the country's president victory on a covert shoes met his russian counterpart in sochi a sensible to talk about economic revival with more on that than is a renegotiate the meeting was a short sale working meeting and the two presidents have discussed lightly the economic aspects it really is no surprise economy is something that is why the importance that this was a step or 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 president said that he had. 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 here we had this literally teeming not just with ukrainian protesters but also with western politicians one of them in particular victoria nuland who has paid a visit to the tent city that was set up here by the protesters essentially expressing the u.s. support for the ukrainian opposition and for the protesters as well as maternal and has also held close talks with. the darling of the ukrainian opposition among others that we have seen among the protesters on the square were foreign ministers from sweden germany and the netherlands has hope that the talks with europe will bring you under a new president essentially hinting at the ultimate goal of the ukrainian protest and that is the current government and the president to step down the interests of
western politicians in what is essentially ukrainian domestic affairs has drawn sharp criticism and i was a. traditional q. and a with russian journalists. 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. meeting with opposition members is one thing but taking part in rallies that's interference in domestic. political analyst alexander published some foreign politicians 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. really concerning themselves about. the situation or the benefit of the country or the people. you're just working from the economics. you were there was nothing to. slogans about democracy human rights. so it's really just a big deal. that's pretty much all. the world's mourning the loss of one of the twentieth century's most iconic leaders nelson mandela who died aged ninety five after a long illness south africa's first black president of the man to lead the country out of decades of apartheid to democracy spend his final years being nursed at home in johannesburg crowds gathered in the city to grieve and celebrate the legacy of the man that he was. after a state funeral on december the fifteenth he's expected to be buried in
a private family symmetry in this home village in accordance with his wishes world leaders praise mandela as a hero of our time and a joy and for justice some of the most glowing tribute some come from the 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 inspiring 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 chippies 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 own around if we look just in 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 belongs 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 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 i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world tirelessly 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 the need to struggle. a radical. someone.
embrace violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret hip quarters 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 sentencing 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 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 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 darling to. is around your neck one day and devote the next point to r t johannesburg south africa. read more on the fight fairness wish to find nelson mandela's life as well as reactions to his legacy and death at r.t. dot com. they're gambling devices which could drain all your cash in seconds but in britain they're booming but rules to tighten up on fixed all the spending machines known as the crack cocaine of the high street these days are floundering on the less than a sara firth reports that means payday for the bookmakers. 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. 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 of among some leading high street bookmakers not 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 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. manipulate. in terms of trying to train themselves to responsible behind a completely responsible. just in ase well how devastating the effects of a gambling addiction can be a lowest point was the day when. my mom my dad and my little brother
he's actually taller than me came 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 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 campaign is warning that not taking action eva for pity's is one gamble person can't afford to take surf r.t. london the shale gas struggles roads resume in romania details on that one plus why there's a fast food walk in the united states or become one of this quick break. the
hello again francis launched a military operation in the central african republic aimed at curbing a surge in sectarian violence there earlier a un security council resolution authorized french troops to join in africa. clashes between rival militias in the capital bangui have killed around a hundred people muslim rebels have seized power in march of fighting christians who support the ousted president this is sparked fears the conflict could expand into a full blown sectarian war something i was proud of the policeman of africa france has remained active on the continent ever since the colonial era in fact is a map of france is
a former colonies out of the past decade alone indeed france has led interventions in the democratic republic of congo ivory coast chad and most recently in mali that's aside from its involvement in libya as for the current conflict france refused a request to intervene from the central african republic during a rebellion earlier this year saying then it would not back a corrupt regime however something's changed the recent bloodshed 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 though 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 you send in another thousand troops that are going to fourteen hundred troops in total that's the french contingent when this deployment is complete for a country which is much bigger than from us and the chances are that you know who
is the rest more more men more material on all resources will do so in the conflict will intensify in mali for instance or go and intervention also exposed to quote short and again you can you know the french are still there in quite some numbers the journalist the militants the armed gangs the cameraman who are from sudan and chad and so on are still not mostly intact and the suggestion is of the french who are actually it's not just resumed their attempt to take over the country. you know i said as you joined chevron has resumed searching for shale gas in a remade village it's been the center of anti fracking protests for the past two months this is what happened indeed earlier this week police clashed with demonstrators there more actions expected to follow tomorrow newspapers say they're up to forty campaign is being beaten by police for setting up camp next to the fields targeted for drilling shale gas is extracted by pumping talks and fluid into the ground the fear is that the chemicals it contains accumulates in the soil water
and even the air after evaporating into the atmosphere environmental safety campaigner george butler told me that big business though you government are closer than ever over the shale and that is. 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 rumania where you're seeing major figures from the energy industry moving into into government directly david cameron as i came 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 see a leader that says says 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 fiction of the peaceful protests that have been there for a number of months and rumania 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 there were reports of incredible brutality george the problem the bottom line here is that the
general public not as may be about the 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 be cheap through the people in neighboring plots of land don't get paid the ones that have to suffer the consequences the huge increase rates of cancer of all sorts of respects your problems thousands of families are being forced. moved out of that area is 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 trucking companies they have to settle out of court because they can't begin to fight the legal battles that iran can afford as you know it's a story we're following more tomorrow i guess as well now i don't see dot com from tiffany bling to carol being cruises a decade long spending spree but dozens of russian diplomats in america's been.
taken over troubled being blamed for defrauding the u.s. medicare system to fund said lavish lifestyles read up more about the allegations online from us and details on how small grid school classrooms abandoned at least in china it's been a long running problem there but now they're thinking about using artificial right maybe to dilute the country suffocating pollution again so online it out c dot com . right to see. her street. and i would think that your. orders. radical islamist rebel group in syria has given its terms now for leasing twelve christian nun soup and held hostage since monday in exchange the extremist want the
syrian government to free a thousand women from prison so far there's been no comment from damascus regarding that demand the nuns will seize ramallah streeter in opposition and some of the many christian town islamic extremists of an increasingly targeting the christian minority in syria country's ambassador to the u.n. told r.t. that some foreign powers have influence over the kidnappers though. we ask the security council members and the secretary 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. and the orphans we should actually on the saudi government and the qatari government as well as a turkish government these three governments are deeply involved in escalating the
situation in syria through the operations conducted undertaken by terrorist groups . well buzi brief suicide bombers killed at least nine people in an attack on to pickup trucks carrying members of a maritime police unit in southern somalia thirty seven officers were injured in that attack no groups admitted carrying out your soul but al-shabaab is seen as the most likely culprit since being forced from its strongholds the al qaeda linked insurgent groups been trying to gain control of the country. in pakistan's capital hundreds of protested against american drone strikes the rally was staged by the terror the care in self party led by the former cricket can demonstrators chanted anti u.s. slogans and demanded an immediate end to all drone attacks in the country those strikes prove deeply unpopular in pakistan but american officials say they are crucial in the fight against terrorism. extreme wind storms continuing to pass a europe tonight with the u.k. adding are already born the worst of it over the last twenty four hours thousands
of people had to be moved to safety as the worst tidal surge in sixty years swept the eastern coast of britain across the continent the disaster is known to kill seven at least twenty homes have been there for the city of sweden norway germany's hamburg floodwaters rose to six meters the highest level there in decades. the streets of catalonia northeast spade filled today with both pro and anti nationalist demonstrators across barcelona there were flag waving protest both full against the region's independence which counts but a fifth of spain's economy despite the government of madrid wanted to keep the area under its control poll suggests most there are against it and out from the european partnership for independence explains why. fifty seven percent the ones that wanted the finance and only had twenty percent one simply don't want it and so obviously with these results now we have very optimistic we do care for our people and now
we just want to dance future for i will be there so you. can decide about. some policies like immigration cultural. relations like any other nation would have to say and that's what it's fair and that is what it's about democracy. thousands of fast food retail workers in the united states staged a national strike on thursday calling for an increase to the minimum wage president obama had pledged to push for higher salaries for the industry back in february but critics say little has been done since reporter 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 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 as one of these we will
four million dollars yeah so for right to take it a family where the single people would last america away and i believe all fall there's in vision a country not full cooperation before the working man and by mother make way too much money for us to be treated like this where the one will give them the money that they were the one earns and then it's like we're not earning that because they're the one who thinks 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. . sports coverage in addition to 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 speech brings 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
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 party. over american dream to maybe china's dream look at whether china can fulfill its growing up it was great topic of conversation going crosstalk let's dish and which is next you know now to international. 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 protestors 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 iraq some protest explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria. well there have also been strawman's 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. the british.
a critical view on the subject of buying u.s. dollar debt beijing is sending signals it will be respected and will act as any great power in today's world in fact china is tearing a page from washington's playbook it too will make rules to fit its geopolitical interests. to china's geopolitical interests i'm joined by my guest john feffer in washington he is an author and co-director of foreign policy in focus at the institute for policy studies. and in london we cross to martin mccauley he is a specialist on international affairs at the university of london thank you gentlemen for joining me crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much encourage it martin if i can go to you first we've been seeing the american pivot to asia at least it's been announced it's lost a lot of energy and over the last few weeks it's a little bit more focused with buy.