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here in moscow tonight protesters and police face softened the heart of istanbul as a high level corruption scandal takes the turkish government to the brink of collapse crew was called i'm am we've got the latest for you just coming up. as the first stage of syria's chemical disarmament declared a success we are on the diplomatic achievements the prevent to the u.s. strike on the country and look at how the civil conflicts transformed during the year. the u.k. government tax lowering drive seems only to be stuffing the wallets of the highest earners needed no reason for those on a basic wage to celebrate this festive period.
this is kevin owen here as just past midnight now in moscow on the breaking news this massive antigovernment protests is raging on tax and square in central istanbul over a high level corruption scandal that continues it's already forced the prime minister to reshuffle his cabinet one of our crew were caught in the middle of the demonstration when police used tear gas on protesters a correspondent sara firth was. police have the safety and the police to be trying to push them back using. the police to really be in fear for this protest and i think this is something. i think if i didn't think. the statistic. we've seen recently since we think think think think think think think think the economy is good we only see. the things. the cars do you see the first thing we see the biggest defeat thing
a challenge from the people who we believe see from within. a week. let's talk to jeremy sold his associate professor of middle eastern history and politics of university in ankara hi there appears a protest something started tonight corresponding with the police used tear gas rubber bullets to try to disperse the gathering crowds are you surprised at that apparently harsh reaction. no not a toll in fact it's not just in istanbul with people demonstrating we also have strong demonstrations in and also it is me and there's no surprise because the pa ministers reacting to the corruption inquiry and exactly certainly that they reacted to the protests broke out and as he talked just before summer and other works he's playing outside gangs inside gangs he's buying all kinds of people causing trouble for undermining attempt to distract social. so he's taking basically the same kind of aggressive defenses stance that he took as i said. over
the aggressive approach of aggression is because he's confident or aggressive because he's on a back foot here one could say that this is his style he is a very confrontational style when he when he when he's faced with a problem make a straightforward table one can say that because you talk for example of alternatives to the way he did it he didn't pick them up you went straight for him he said with the enemy and he's done exactly the same thing here i mean there's a very strong product as he tries but these corruption charges are well founded but instead of trying to contain the crosses he's just gone straight for the juggler of people he describes as the enemy is the other kind of treatment that the public in turkey respects or not the numbers they have for that kind of approach know what the president is speaking to i mean the fact is the prime minister has a very very strong hardcore supporters and they will believe anything he says so if he says the state is under attack and he says that we're fighting another war of
independence they will believe what he says it's going to take a lot to shake them but the country. has been ever since gezi park and for those people who don't like him and think he's leaving taking a lot of the power off but of course they don't place any fighting what to say what is the current strength of opposition to him. opposition quite frankly to help tenor this government as it's never really kind of got off the ground i mean it's not strong the problem in turkey it's not strong enough. and it doesn't really have a strong voice in the public sphere either and this of course makes the government's position only that much stronger is a big part of it is that because of your position even now even though the government is not running very much potential. the opposition is not strong enough to really kind of capitalize on it not yet describe us graphically how it reacted to the recent protests in the current ones over the protests as a same as appetite for power is the root of some of the problem here is becoming too authoritarian they have a point here of course they do and that's
a style of governing and has become more authoritarian of the last four years so you know one can trace many kind of milestones in their progress one be the last elections which one very very comfortably we saw for example the beauty of the arab spring the way that he had of the sunni syrian process was extremely aggressive and confrontational very beautiful and that these are the characteristics of his manner in dealing with a protest inside his own country he's just gone from kind of middle class people. have a genuine they have a genuine reason to protest government policies and he doesn't seem to understand them it doesn't seem to think that their protest is genuine they're all part of some kind of plot you know fermented from the outside by the pure we've got no time or thoughts what it really quickly ten seconds do you think if you went to a poll now what he would. show you how to say the situation is developing so quickly it's really kind of an hour by hour situation. probably he would he would lose a lot of votes but probably he'd still come out ahead or a german so much so c. professor of middle eastern history and politics of university and chris thank you
thank you we've got to log on to our web site for more pictures why witness accounts from tax him square full scope the latest tweets from people who saw what was going on the little bit earlier on as well with our own eyes. now something completely different it's been thirty three months of bloody civil conflict in syria and twenty thirty has brought no relief to the people of the war torn country there on the contrary from the conventional stand off between the government of the opposition the conflict grow multi-dimensional marked by infighting between various rebel groups. and the shia the opposition has grown more fragmented with many rebel groups increasingly dominated by radicals a study by a defense consultants in fact shows that out of one hundred thousand opposition fighters in syria more than half are extremists made up of jihadists and islamic hardliners the rest are more moderate but their voices are increasingly being drowned out by the radicals this year also in syria was marred by
a growing number of attacks on christians with the ancient times of my lula becoming a frontline and r.t. crew was right there right in the midst of the standoff between the government forces an islamist rebels here's a report that our correspondent reflection of fire at the height of the fighting. distance of. the mood is cheerful soldiers are smiling and relieved the jihadists have been booted out you know what some of them were killed some of them escaped but the. locals joined the army to defend the native town the soldiers in light colored uniforms of the so-called national defense of the terrain here is very difficult with mountains and caves but we know the area better so we are carrying on with the operation of that but we come across one grocery shop owner who we filmed back in
two thousand and twelve then he told us that the armed rebels hasn't come to their village and why would they this time he's armed with a gun and a monster and soldiers and he has some question is again the story of the thirty of syria is a land of history and of love they sent terrorists here from all corners of the world to kill syrians and each other why i asked the world why if the european citizen is so much just slapped across the face they'd be a scandal while in syria how many victims how many hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered why will it stop with quickly find out that it won't be today held by the militants for a week it seems that mountain tops of fear hotel still poses a threat that sufi hotel our goal was the liberated them push on to march tough them on a street that we couldn't do it their snipers are everywhere. is home to many
christian churches and monasteries as well as mosques everywhere we go here we see either crosses on the rents now added to these we see black jihadists flags. it's time to head back right. to trial in the car something goes wrong. we take cover in a place where we find dozens of army soldiers hiding from enemy's bullets. the main road is being targeted and if he's our only way out. we think over our chances when our engineer gets heat we've got about you know your corporeal that must. pressure. but. thankfully it's not serious. but it becomes clear we come to a to minutes more. remote
. when i'm stuck here in this corner and we're now trying to get out of here using this was. well no no no no. that was. the worst had been anything don't back then they go clear a lot. my focus off did you the boots did you hear them whizzing by. but now say that we really take area. yeah i mean you're
behind this. and you're told that this is the syrian army here. that's how do you make. sure you get there. and we leave while governmental forces continue their friends. which despite the claims remains under siege. see reporting from syria. of course the syrian conflict could have taken leave more dramatic turn this august when the u.s. bombing raids on the country it followed a major chemical attack damascus that killed hundreds washington the time you'll recall probably blamed the assad government for the atrocity but then failed to produce any evidence there strikes were shelved only after moscow intervened helping to negotiate the chemical disarmament deal that in turn led to the un resolution that kickstarted the destruction of syria's chemical weapons and production facilities the first stage in that process now they're saying it's officially been completed he's
a recluse explains what's next that we can see the first hurdle or rather task at hand which is destroying the facilities where the chemical weapons were stored and produced and then gathering all the chemicals together that that stage has been completed now we are at the stage two and that is the transportation of all chemicals to the port of latakia and now the there is a deadline for that and that was the stand by thirty first but again. that deadline is most likely not to be met because you don't have to transport the chemicals the route they have to go via the route from damascus to a talkie which of unfortunately is rife with various armed gangs populating the areas and that could present some danger although russia is helping out in that regard by sending its special heavy duty armored trucks and lorries in order to transport these chemicals now after they reach the port of latakia the chemicals
will be boarded on several vessels belonging to denmark norway and head over to italy where they will be transferred to another vessel this one is belonging to the united states there is also of course the issue of the actual just the destruction of the chemicals and there are two ways that could be done and the details are being tinkered figured out today in moscow by all parties participating in this rather difficult and very sophisticated task and according to the russian their present to the russian history of foreign affairs there are some kinks that they need along the way when talking to the representatives of the united states but again russia is remaining very hopeful that the talks today will be very productive and of course they're saying that they're smoothing things out along the way as they go you know the. course the peace talks had to exposure to take place at the end of january because whether the syrian government whether the opposition will find the table whether that would end the conflict only twenty four teams going to
shows. these are the results of being counted salaheddin braving the elements in order to stand on u.s. soil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that summed up dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which young and just one of the front lines . coming up here are not international julian assange and other big names in the world of freedom of information talking in a major. bug on the feature of how to protect yourself online but covering that
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off to. use or in russia here tonight a state of emergency has been announced in russia's southern city of p.r. to go there a blast killed at least three people because reporters have exploded next to the city's police headquarters is also injured passers by as well it was so powerful it told the car to pieces and shattered windows in nearby buildings investigators how
ruled out the possibility that it was a terror attack took place in the region there is a map which borders russia's north caucuses which is a volatile area where a similar attacks take place on a regular basis we'll keep you up to speed on the story as we get to find out more details the british government spending over backwards to slash taxes and raise living standards for its people the result rich individuals and big business is a stuffing their pockets of more cash while the public pays the price but despite criticism from pays the tax authorities are willing to change the status quo it seems reports. for many of those working here in the city of london two thousand and thirteen has been a year of prosperity thanks to a tax cut that kicked in earlier this spring the u.k.'s highest earners have been able to make even more money this year the rate of tax for people earning over one hundred fifty thousand pounds per year has gone down from fifty pence to forty five
so for every hundred pounds they earn over that fifty pounds used to go straight into the treasury but that figure has now been reduced and now they're only paying forty five pounds to the tax man from every hundred now all these save five as a rounding up in the u.k. is authorization labor party has done the math they say that collectively the u.k.'s highest earners have saved almost one hundred million pounds thanks to the tax cuts you have seen the longest fall in living standards on record you've got half a million people using fruit parents now you've got i think homelessness is up by around since two thousand and ten these are serious problems why is the government choosing to cut taxes at the front like this when the government's made such play of the need for saracens lisp is bizarre and there's very little evidence that it's benefits to be the u.k. economy so most people. have their tax cut they're not investing that money this
investment still on the floor they're just banking basically london isn't called a millionaire's playground for nothing you have more super rich individuals living in the capital than anywhere else in the world you have the world's most expensive houses here and butlers a back in fashion but away from the glitz and glamour thirteen million brits are going to be starting the new year living in poverty u.k. prime minister david cameron has been fighting off claims that his political party only represents the privileged few but this latest time. it's only benefits the richest one percent. see. the rich getting richer in the us is one bolder that with the wall street sort of your side partly nearly one hundred billion dollars for bonuses this year and activist fighting corporate dominance told is becoming straight to the taxpayers' pockets these big wall street
banks pay their employees a very high b salary usually in the range of like one hundred fifty thousand to two hundred fifty thousand but then on top of that they get this sort of performance bonus and the way that they're tallied is there's a number of surveys they basically asked the top u.s. bank how much money they had set aside for bonuses in two thousand and thirteen and that's how we arrived at the ninety one point four four billion dollars it is crazy right especially when you think about earlier this year there was this bloomberg article about how the government there is like a government subsidy of eighty three billion dollars so it's almost as if all of that government subsidy is just going right back into bonuses but this is just way that wall street has worked for a really long time before so we're going to continue to see these problems and that's why we're saying listen you shouldn't get to take these big dollars that you've gotten in this gotten ways and give them to yourselves you should give it back to the people that you've harmed. a couple stories online to a. news update about the arctic thirty greenpeace activists they just apparently step away now from leaving russia moscow dropped all charges against them for
trying to board an offshore oil rig they've also been issued with exit visas match and keep up to speed about one i doubt he will come. i'm reporting to attend the u. politicians hollywood big shots even vatican officials don't always practice what they preach when it comes to piracy it submerges they've been downloading huge amounts of the legal content wrote the story about it from the. first street. and i think that your. orders would. be in the. sands the wiki leaks founder who's been holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in
london for over a year hiding from prosecution also glenn greenwald the reporter who broke the n.s.a. scandal and whose partner was held in questioned in the terrorism laws not forgetting either jacob applebum the wiki leaks hack of detained a dozen times at the u.s. border they're all headliners at a major conference held in hamburg on surveillance and privacy all peter all of it was there to. well it's the thirtieth anniversary of the chaos communications conference here in how strongly more and more supporters people are made aware of just how fragile their online privacy actually is now i'm joined by michael ettlinger who is a online privacy campaigner michael thanks very much for speaking to me how are people started to take more of a interest in looking after their online security you know a lot of people do it in a different manner. some start to encrypt the e-mail is something that we would like to support tells people how to do it how to manage p.g.p. for example as
a ron's reducer communication on the internet whatever this is going to be a big impact for everybody's life and i think we're just looking at the beginning of a big thing for somebody like myself who's barely computer literate is there anything that i can do it to look after my own online security. of course start to encrypt the e-mails start to use open software start to change your system on your computer not microsoft not apple but use linux are you going to and anything except what people away a year ago before these leaks from edward snowden just how at risk we are online. normal most of the people didn't realize that some few people always were talking about it on the events like this once here by accident normally there would have been been a big voice an immediate now would you like to see edward snowden here perhaps next year as a speaker i would like to have him today it's as fast as possible and i would like to have a german government to give him a safe place and
a secure place here in germany i would prefer it this thank you very much that's michael ebeling who say privacy online privacy activist here talking about the thirtieth chaos communication conference. and that was peter all over in brief no three people are reported dead and over one hundred twenty arrested in a wave of morsi protests that are sweeping through egypt in cairo police fired tear gas protest as well stones at security forces the clashes followed the arrest of twenty three activists from the muslim brotherhood on accusations of inciting violence just days after the muslim brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization brotherhood themselves are promising more rallies. the taliban suicide bomb attack on an international military convoy in afghanistan has killed three servicemen and wounded six of the leads and choose the rockets were fired at the u.s. embassy in kabul followed by another attack that injured three police officers the recent spate of violence comes as president karzai considers allowing u.s.
troops to stay in the country beyond twenty fourteen. sterling story next it's a substance that literally devalues you from the inside and it's addictive in almost every case fears are being raised in the united states because of the possible spread of the drug known as crocodile after the first signs of its use were reported in september meanwhile here in russia the substance is also got his teeth into tens of thousands of drug users spiked it's agreed it's being restricted they are readily available if that is really a question of force. it's two years since drug addict alexina lost his best friend and every december his visits his grave. andrea was a group exact he was into advertising he was involved in several projects but the thing just killed him he couldn't get chased him to do that thing it was just some more of an extremely addictive opioid to be choosers and jacked as a better known as crocodile because it gives addicts skeel gangrenous skin as also
described as the flashes sing song b. drop it causes severe brain damage to your skin eventually falls off and kills addicks within two years alexi managed to escape the consequences of the drug but his story is more of an exception than the rule in reality those who try the so-called world's deadliest drug even ones pay dearly for the cheap oil and all too often they end up here or abroad and you've got to remember my friend couldn't work because of the drug he needed to inject again it became an obsession with in the end he was only working to afford the drugs crocodile is cheap costing just in terms of the price of regular herring and most worryingly easily manufactured home using over the counter chemicals. at the pleasure. one of the main factors widespread over to responsible decisions made about could be under the knife where
the hell's the meanest or it was new sales regulations or medicine which are called things called being alexy agreed to show us just how easy it is to get the vital ingredient painkillers just when you can but we were on our way to the drug store i don't have a new prescription but i believe i'll get everything i need that it's not a problem. it didn't take him just five minutes. alexy tells us. crocodile is made by income to look at the ordinary household detergents or invent gasoline's of it which i recently just taken from means not so many different really dangerous toxic ingredients in the get what they get in return is a very intense and very short time i was there dixon has developed so far faster than heroin this is a drug is poor so there's a condom who doesn't but he's the one getting it as one of the lockyer addicts has survived after quitting crocodile alexy has a stark warning the but i'm in the don't do it at this thing just turns you into
a monster you know it's you and so that it will be that so painful it's so scary you know that everything your friends your family and you know everything. i did a question our team must now go out twenty minutes past midnight in moscow more news that means thirty two minutes time thanks for being without international viewers appreciate it coming up larry king is here with more of his exclusive tour of the u.s. news history see you soon. ah summer break a time when all students rejoice and most importantly relax but in russia summer
break for male students could change dramatically and involve lots of guns currently male russian citizens have to put a year into the armed forces but the ministry of defense thinks that they can make things easier by having students spend their summer breaks in the military this training would tie in with their future professions such as engineering students being put into military engineering position now the question is does your summer break belong to you or other words does the government have the right to tell you what to do and make you serve in the army even if just for three summers during your college years i think the answer this really. depends on your culture in places which haven't been invaded countless times or have a strong individual ism streak any form of conscription sounds barbaric and oppressive but if you come from a country that is less individualistic and has been attacked invaded by pretty much every country that possibly could like russia then having a draft makes more sense i think this program could work and if i was in college i would be pumped to spend my summer vacation with some heavy artillery but this is definitely not a universal idea for all countries i don't think liberals are.