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no you wouldn't even mountain is. beyond the olympics but. on our team. it's ten pm here in moscow tonight the u.s. sends weapons to iraq to help fight extremists it says but washington's readiness to negotiate with radicals in syria draws accusations then of inconsistency. of fresh immigration initiative in the united kingdom slammed ethnic profiling by the un who fear it could trigger a sweeping crackdown on workers and asylum seekers who are there legally. rather may unfreeze an accelerated snoo clear program if washington introduces new sanctions something that could undermine that historic geneva agreement seen as a key breakthrough twenty thirty. legal cases brought against russia. to be reviewed and moved by the country's highest court could then lead to previous
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sentences being overturned you've got the latest a developing story to tonight. very good evening delighted to have you company if you just joined me it's kevin i would hear it r.t. tonight our top story hellfire missiles drones and fighter jets the iraqi military is about to get an upgrade from the united states the lethal aid is meant to help baghdad fight al qaeda linked groups who are gaining territories both in iraq and crucially in syria too and she can reports. the iraqi prime minister asked for help because al qaeda is not just active in iraq but it's gaining territory to an extent that they're talking about in the islamic state the us is now rushing dozens of hellfire missiles and surveillance drones to the iraqi government to combat this
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jihad insurgency there the cia is also reportedly helping them with targets inside iraq but al qaeda is gaining momentum in iraq largely because they've been able to establish a strong foothold in the neighboring syria so you have let's say jihad is a group called the state of iraq and live beyond controlling territory both in iraq and syria although this regime in syria is is worse that was critical in that regard the syrian government of course cannot count on washington's help in fighting terror of quite the opposite these radical groups have taken advantage of the arms that the so-called friends of syria were sending to the syrian opposition and now washington is talking about negotiating with these lawmakers in syria which includes groups that demand their hard line shari'a state washington says the u.s. can engage with them because they've not been designated this terrorist by the state department but does that mean that they don't share similar goals as those who are designated this terrorism and so lots of questions and overall it's
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a tricky situation where extremists in syria have benefited from u.s. actions and get washington is now up in arms trying to help the iraqi government essentially fight the same forces. the lower spoke tool for journalists go to coleman who's been covering the middle east extensively tilby washington's policy on syria is inconsistent. in syria it's very clear that nato and the united states have been sponsoring the terrorists from the very very start the bulk of the opposition the so-called opposition in syria is composed of al qaeda and al qaeda linked groups so it's not a secret even been admitted by the u.s. state department for example so it is quite surprising that the u.s. would be trying to get rid of al qaeda in iraq when in fact the card in iraq is one of the bases of the so-called insurgency in syria that the u.s. is backing the u.n. has denounced the new immigration bill in the britain as
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a recipe for stigma misunderstanding and ethnic profiling if passed this law could trigger a crackdown on refugees and temporary migrants leaving the mobilises and expelled from society. as the details of this draft law. well this proposed immigration bill contains measures that would make the landlords liable to fines if they're found to be renting out properties to illegal immigrants that would also have banks from opening bank accounts for people who are in the country illegally and it would also make temporary migrants liable to payment for medical for medical treatment on the national health service now all this according to the un's refugee agency would contribute towards a climate of misunderstanding and ethnic profiling in the u.k. now in practice they're simply worried that for landlords and for banks it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between a legal asylum seeker and an illegal one and sometimes it's very difficult to see
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through the documents to understand these documents and understand migrant status is and they're worried that some people here in the country genuinely who are in a genuine need for these services for housing are simply going to be denied even though they're in the country completely legally well mark harper the u.k. is immigration minister has said that this bill would stop migrants from abusing public services and it would make it easier to remove the people from the country that aren't supposed to be here but the government's really got to be seen to be tackling the issue of immigration that really is in terms of public opinion the number one concern a lot of people are very wary of uncontrolled immigration about the perceived strain that it's causing on public services schools hospitals housing and of course the conservatives are leading up to it and election year and they've got to be seen to be tackling the issue but according to the un's refugee agency they were perhaps
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a little bit overzealous in the way that they've drafted this law and in fact it's not the first time that the u.k.'s policies social policies have come under fire from the united nation. it was earlier this year to end the show investigator on housing and warned that the very quote for virtual bedroom tax that came into force earlier this year was causing to quote shocking hardships in certain parts of the country. we can't share with you case they just immigration plans and see who are they going to affect we invite you to go to our team dot com. turkey stands on the brink of a full scale political crisis tonight as the country's cabinet reshuffled over a high level bribery scandal but even that didn't pacify a massive protest against rather official corruption with the opposition to manuel government steps local reporter got the details. it all started on the seventeenth of december police arrested the sons of in meirman interior any qana me minister
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who's claiming that they were involved in a corruption probe that was worth millions of dollars and right after that turkish prime minister made an announcement saying that he was behind his ministers and for about a week he said that this was a political plus he was meaning the police arrest he says that this was a political ploy that was or organized by the exterior forces but yesterday morning these three ministers announced their resignations and during midnight to turkish prime minister after meeting with president putin for about two hours reshuffle the cabinets and changed ten ministers but the opposition and especially the leftist groups started campaign since yesterday and they are asking the government to step down and they want the government to resign so they started their protest campaigns on social media and they're asking for the citizens to come out to the streets yesterday night it started in five different cities and we're expecting some more
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protests tonight and especially tomorrow and the weekend both in ankara in istanbul and some of the different cities of turkey we are expecting big protests from the turkish citizens asking for the government to step down. if it happens we'll be covering it p.m.o. their words popularity is plummeted since on to government protests began in spring this year with the opposition critical of his apparent appetite for more power earlier we spoke to international relations professor hussein but she says the corruption scandals dealt a fatal blow he thinks the prime minister's reputation here. it is the biggest political corruption in our history and if it is the case it is more than one hundred billion euros. some sources say i think the turkish government is having difficulties to. cover the prime minister is very harmed by this and i think the internal reactions aren't ever from abroad there will be more strong accusations and the turkish government. will somehow try to defend the lost
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a lot of credit in the eyes of the electorate and also in the international the public opinion coming up tonight here in r.t. international death for blasphemy or saudi blogger imprisoned for making anti islamic posts on social media is now facing possible execution for allegedly rejecting islam we've got a story. and we expect spartans a shopping like crazy it seems despite the country's us territory dr weil studies say they're going to be paying for the christmas splurge well into the new year that story a few minutes to. but next a rainy lawmakers demanding that you rainier enrichment be brought up to three times the previous level if the u.s. imposes new sanctions on the country's crippled economy the move apparently come in retaliation to u.s. proposed legislation that authorizes tougher reprisals if iran breaches that
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historic deal that was reached in geneva last month while the landmark agreement seemed to have put an end to the decade long standoff over to rand's nuclear program and indeed became one of the most significant achievements in global affairs this year. let's remind ourselves of the timeline if you look back at the history of the failed talks and the penalties it becomes clear why that deal i was talking about there was hailed as a story u.s. intelligence initially suggested iran's nuclear program was aimed at building a bomb almost two decades ago and it all started in the sunshine that resulted in crippling sanctions year after year talks ended in deadlock then more penalties piled up to run for its part responded by resuming uranium enrichment then the un security council followed america's leader and also approved sanctions against iran three years ago the country started reaching uranium to twenty percent level that was followed by a series of assassinations of iran's nuclear scientists this ping pong but was
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a forward of a threat some warning seemingly ended then with a sound rouhani came to power which led to a resumption of nuclear talks at his really political reports on the results than how the deal was far from welcome by everyone media iran's new leader. iran is the anchor of stability in the region he's trying to convince the west he's not out for blood. of the iranian threat is imaginary and used as an excuse for others. and he thinks a nuclear free middle east is the key to peace and stability urgent practical steps towards the establishment of such as zone a necessary. that sounds good too but not everyone believes iran could have changed so much new year's a war in sheep's clothing a wall full thinks it can pull the eyes the wool over the eyes. of the international community israel the only country to middle east that hasn't signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty remained determined to push its point across to
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iran's minutes away from developing a nuclear bomb and blowing up the world with israel being first one of the first of targets this rhetoric however maze served to cover tel aviv's real fears it's not about nuclear weapons not really it's about who's going to be the power in the gulf you've got three contending parties here you've got the saudis and the g.c.c. the gulf cooperation council you've got israel with the united states behind it and then you've got iran really the only stable state in the region other than israel then there was the first time leaders of the u.s. and iran spoke to each other directly in more than thirty years the phone call that really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way but to cure early in the u.s. where the president had to deal with a lot of furious lawmakers both republicans and democrats who still think within the brackets of the cold war era a bad bad bad interim deal iran is
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a threat to peace in the world and it's not only the issue of nuclear weaponry it is their entire behavior of spreading terrorism throughout the region a lot of us have very tied his hands are tied their people and lobby groups in the united states do not want to see the united states and iran after thirty four years of demonizing the country to have relations rapprochement novembers eighteen hour long talks in geneva seemed to have brought a final breakthrough iran agreed to significantly slow down its really respond process in return for easing of the non-chord sanctions that joy was short lived you have senators in the u.s. senate that. writing new sanctions laws. the israeli government. trying to sabotage this first agreement and then we have
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the media outlets that are in line with his own lobby in the united states and that is trying to scare. the american people of the europeans about iran or about the iran's intentions but judging by the messages that come from the very president the intentions are to live in that others live in peace a change in attitude that doesn't seem to be welcomed by many old school politicians in the west even going to school right. now as proof you take a look shall we at exactly what that landmark deal with iran involves iran agreed to reduce your item in richmond from twenty percent seen as too close to bomb making capability at the time down to five percent for the next six months and also to deactivate its advanced centrifuges two and also agreed to freeze work at one of its most contentious facility facilities the iraq heavy water reactor and then to allow u.n. inspectors in and he did ok in exchange the western agreed to unfreeze millions of
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iranians assets and ease some sanctions against the country now whether this interim agreement though grows into something long term of course we're just got to wait and see as we head into twenty fourteen. these are. braving the elements in order to stand up to us oil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that summed up the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which yemen is just one of the front lines.
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this is the international return just a few minutes with a report about a future review the legal cases against recently padma cocoa to cope. if you. know opportunity. to start to construct your own. don't want to be bad give don't want to be gangsters you don't want to be drug dealers they don't want that blow with the time that a kid came be we can see. you just needs a hundred dollars and i was in the hood a.k.o. somebody with thirty round clip. but it felt like. i said. i don't want to die i just really do not want to die young young.
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this is the media leave us so we leave the baby. bush and secure. your party physical. issues that no one is asking with to get that you deserve answers from. politics. and again imprison saudi blogger rush pradelle he may be facing a death penalty offer judge recommended that he's charged with rejecting is less the activist was spelling buzz since june of he was sentenced to a seventy eight seven six hundred lashes for making supposedly anti islamic statements on his website even rights activists halla of decelerates holders his case that was not about faith is purely political. he has been denied
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information really. charges basically because there is no charges clear charges or evidence there is no. real information relayed to him as what is his sentence has access to lawyers has been denied and when york agents his lawyer haven't been able to communicate with the regular business or the term he has been a concern for interrogation for over a year in general there is no space to fix things that's a state. based on on the brakes there is nothing except that a general. description of his attitude as unacceptable so we will believe that this is a political i can see more than anything with a concrete evidence this is the first time saudi authorities have come under scrutiny for human rights abuse executions for sorcery i don't know the country indeed any would respect beheaded there are three suspected of witchcraft last year so women flogged for driving that's something that only men can do pro-reform
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activism or anti monica campaigns can also learned you in jail for years usually bring flow before and to the situations even worse if you're an immigrant worker in the country they're often left to risk prison if they complain where they can be tortured and even raped visit r.t. dot com for more details now talking of which caught in the antarctic for christmas you know sort of for these guys seventy passengers on board and a stray and ship hoping for a really good once in a lifetime adventure sadly the weather got better they got more the bargain for the sea ice closed in behind them on the vessel list so they could be. selling virtual gold and swords to your fellow orcs and elves you know you were in an online game can land you with a very real life prison sentence at least that's what happened to several chinese gave this recall this story as well if you want to catch it r.t. dot com. russia's
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supreme court will review the legal cases that were brought against because khodorkovsky the recently released for more oil tycoon and once russia's richest man if previous sentences on the cases that are mitigated khodorkovsky business partner could also walk free. discuss this latest development without her skin off we've been following the proceedings for us even though her of course has just been important by the president and he's currently in berlin and he's still millions and millions of dollars in taxes to the state and he says that he's not playing to come back to russia until these taxes claims are lifted so theoretically we could see that happening and when it comes to. well we could see the man just walk out of prison sooner than his sentence was supposed to what exactly prompted the supreme court to review this case in the first place or the cases were initially being reviewed by the european court for human rights which did find that they were not
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political but there were various violations in the way these cases proceeded and so one of the russian constitution now that's court decided they have to review it russian authorities after the review it as well a process which has now been started by the head of the court and judging by his statements the man also all things that there were. including the fact that the courts didn't take into account the easing of penalties for economic crimes. probably will do stories in brief and a police officer has been killed one hundred people injured as anti-government protesters battled security forces in bangkok for a second day police fired tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators besieged the registration center in a bid to hold upcoming elections there the opposition said it would boycott the polls and vote more rallies against the ruling party which they consider to be corrupt. security forces in indian administered kashmir have battled islamist insurgents killing one of them kashmir is capital cities soon to go was also put on
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high alert after intelligence reports of armed rebels the militants were fighting to establish an islamic state in asia of often targeted army and police forces in the region. tis the season to be jolly but don't forget the debt you might be racking up the experts say once again the warning that the buy now pay later revelers are going to have a hard time repaying their rising credit card debts for now nothing can stand in their way as laura smith found out. people are in the grips of a buying frenzy last minute shopping last minute spending and last minute going into debt british families are more likely to start the new year buried under a mountain of credit card debts than almost any of the europeans only remain ians and turks splash more plastic britons are also taking on more christmas debt in two thousand and thirteen than the year before which has prompted fears about the wider economy the bank of england says
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a recovery has firmly taken hold but these debt figures raise the possibility that the recovery's actually being fueled by borrowed money other nations do have other forms of dad says i n. g.'s senior economist credit cards have particular pitfalls critic can soft be expensive the interest rate on it furthermore critic tends to get mixed up on various and she's taking part take credit card and you pay for do that and you also pay for more precise things such as a present which you need to pay back over a number of number of months for example critic card it can be particularly useful for a number of people but we must be aware of the pitfalls if you don't keep yourself under control for now though the most you hear on regent street spend today and deal with the consequences later or not in fact only one in four britons said they
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had any intention of paying the money back but the high interest rates on credit cards mean debt can easily spiral out of control and tough economic times potentially spell a less than happy two thousand and fourteen for the indebted. course as is usually the case in line for months debts in the months bonus and those marks and stacie pumps the norm some of the run tactics of the financial world. the united states we have over and over jamie dimon and a and j.p. morgan's critical time at the crime it's a crime of crime they've they've paid a dozens of fines this year for various crimes so you've got like jamie is begging to be imprisoned some people i've had this experience when i worked on wall street myself a lot of people they beg to be wiped out financially and my role as a stockbroker is to euthanize their accounts jamie dimon is a guy who's begging to be euthanized and i think as a country as a world we should get together and answer his wish he wants to become one with his
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maker he says look i broke the law please arrest me i want to go to jail and be abused by hundreds of thousands of inmates and some on godly way that's my goal in life i'm tired of being free put me in prison i beg you so he breaks more and more laws but unfortunately the law breaking becomes the basis of the g.d.p. for a country like america and they can't put him in jail because i need him out there breaking the law so they can pay themselves huge bonuses at the end of the year so he's really is an existential crisis that's as christmas wish but nobody will feel it's christmas wish oh it will do a. little. good for the pics in sochi less than two months away now and as the athletes are counting down the days team russia has been presented with the food in the games that is the creative say it's not just about clothes it's about how the rest of the world will remember the russian athletes too and it's the training intensifies we caught up with some competitors who prove that nothing is impossible. this is my
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second family thirty six year old by d.m.c. lukin is the captain of the twenty fourteen russia sledge hockey paralympic team and this training base as his home. we're here almost every day at this training base morning till night training and while the games are just around the corner the athletes are training even harder than africa most. every day is the same we get up we have breakfast and we train on the days that we have a game to play we arrive at the stadium an hour before we spend some time to get ready and then we go and fight. but things haven't always been so crystal clear for him but team lost both his lacks while serving in the military and changed man. i remember everything like it was yesterday i was completely lost i didn't know what to do next my friends from the army supported me i got into sport first i
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tried swimming they're not let ix. in two thousand and four he launched a sport club for ages able to sportsman his daddy kishen to slash hockey began five years later at that time slash hockey was barely known in the country and there were no team snow coaches' snow experience but these guys managed to change that sassed and fearless just like the plea. for them to get to work with it was strange at the beginning i remember there were very few of us at first training we tried to hold the sledge we could not handle the thirst we were falling down constantly now the newcomers use us as an example. of patience commitment to training and outstanding determination you know these guys have it all to turn their lives their around and become a leaf haslett to make it to the national team and then the big challenge is to be the best at saatchi winter paralympics. it's very important to be determined to win
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want to grab victory and never let go of my you know question until a region r.t. . and we've been keeping up with the team and that russia's paralympic team for a while now as they prepared to head to sochi would bring in more cash or previous reports about them on our website and also our you tube channel very much like a vote a cover and i'm done with this and now a further twenty days during the whole thing will bring you the opening and closing ceremonies and daily updates as well you can be with us at some point. in time but to present a look at the latest breakthroughs and gadgets in the high tech world next in our latest technology update word innovative robot partly trace its roots back to a nineteen seventy's plan to settle ahmad's the next program.
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although i have gone duck hunting a few times i've never seen the duck dynasty t.v. show but gosh i heard about the standoff involving one of the stars of the show phil robertson who got suspended for making what many consider anti homo sexual comments in an interview this celebrity scandal is creating a lot of arguments about freedom of speech on social networks many people who believe that robertson deserved to be booted from the show for what he said argue that freedom of speech means that robertson can't be arrested by the government for what he said but the any t.v. channel has the right to fire whom they like the thing is that if this situation were reversed and robertson was fired for making pro l.g. bt statements then people who are currently defending any right to hire and fire as they please would all be bashing the t.v. channel for violating the star's freedom of speech think cry that firing him would violate his rights and i'm sure some websites with make him into a hero or demand.

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