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financial survival. housing. oh you mean there's a downside to artificial mortgage through carried away that's cause a report. in the news review of the week one signature away russia sanctions bill no need. to come into force we look at what's behind the move. also as russia can those proposals as illegal the e.u. threatens economic retaliation against washington over it to block fears its business will be bringing up to speed on all the. human rights watch says an iraqi army unit trained by the u.s. has carried out extrajudicial killing of suspected members involved. in the polls today to vote for a new assembly designed to change the country's constitution this after a few areas protest by the opposition at least the past week.
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hi there good afternoon from a. day here in moscow watching out international on the run for the big stories of the last seven days one that came in overnight. german police say that the gunman opened fire in a nightclub in the city of constance overnight was a thirty four year old iraqi known to authorities the shooting happened in the early hours of sunday morning it's left one person dead and three others wounded the attacker who reportedly had a machine gun and was injured in a shootout with offices and died later in hospital police say he wasn't in the solemn secret but had been living in germany for some time some special forces have been deployed out of the city as it's not clear whether the government acted alone still at this stage of the media saying the police are working on the assumption
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that the shooting is gang related. elsewhere and we've just gone a new round of anti russia sanctions is just a signature away as congress waits for president trump to put pen to paper the senate passed the bill on thursday washington says the raid responds to what they call russian aggression in syria and ukraine and for alleged meddling in the u.s. election but as. might be much more behind the initiative to the sanctions bill that was passed it targets many parts of russia's economy it targets mining targets finance and russia metal manufacturing but one part of the bill that was specifically singled out was the energy sector of russia's economy the bill penalizes any company that cooperates with russia's pipeline projects it's about sending a message to russia to hold mr putin accountable for his actions we will take tough action against russia the bill is targeting the construction of
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a key natural gas pipeline into europe citing what it calls detrimental impact on european energy security furthermore in the same paragraph the bill talks about exporting more of america's resources in order to create american jobs strengthen u.s. allies and strengthen u.s. foreign policy now that all agrees with a key component of u.s. energy strategy america's global dominance energy policy. is not just a vital element of u.s. economic policy but it's also a viable element of u.s. foreign policy and one of the most important actions we can take is to use our massive shale gas resources to begin shipping liquefied natural gas overseas so there you have it but what does selling gas to europe have to do with protecting the sanctity of america's voting machines the point is it hasn't got to do anything with the geo political sphere with the frozen conflict in the ukraine though with
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syria and it actually hasn't got anything to do also with an interference with russia as the us elections this has to do with the approach of the u.s. administration to make deals to get their economy going and so this is very economic growth then political u.s. leaders say that they don't like russia for all kinds of reasons but one thing they don't mention is that russia is a key exporter of oil and natural gas competing with the big monopolists america's european allies are now crying foul saying that the usa is interfering with their energy policies with these sanctions the u.s. bill could have unintended unilateral effects the impact the e.u. use energy security interests america first kind of mean that europe's interests come last at this point russia accounts for thirty eight percent of the european union's natural gas while the usa only accounts for two percent of the e.u. is natural gas imports you can bet some slick wall street syndicates would like to
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reverse that lineup so when you hear this explanation of the sanctions the mere fact that russia tried to affect our elections this stunning breach of all right as a sovereign nation decades of unchecked russian aggression whether it be in the ukraine in the crimea in syria don't forget about this one we must continue to focus on how we get our gas here in the united states our natural gas. to europe to our allies sure they're not so dependent on russia. the reaction came thick and fast e.u. leaders reacted angrily to washington's proposed new sanctions innocent attempt to free europe from rich reliance on russian gas they say their economic interests are being ignored germany in particular is even threaten the u.s. with counter measures and is one reason why europe's leaders are unhappy the sanctions could impact on the big nord stream to pipeline it's a major project between european companies and russia's energy sector firms in
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germany austria france the netherlands have invested a huge amount of money in any half of it almost five billion euros in this project once completed it's set to provide northern europe with russian gas according to reports multinational businesses in the energy sector we're talking b.p. exxon mobil for instance lobbying against these new measures in congress so to have manufacturers like boeing and ford peter all of us got more. well it's the potential impact that these sanctions could have on both the the business and energy sectors here in europe that has e.u. officials hot under the collar there are potentially huge fines for e.u. businesses that would enter into energy projects with russia many of those blue chip european companies of course are heavily involved there what we've heard from the german foreign ministry is them saying that it can't be accepted that the industrial policy of another nation be passed off as sanctions while the german
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government spokesperson also came out saying that e.u. industry can't be targeted and if there will be a response if the sanctions or when the sanctions go through it's not just the germans though the french foreign ministry issued a statement saying that well they believe that the sanctions impacted upon the rights of private individuals as well as corporate entities to an extent that they believe may go beyond international law the austrian chancellor christine care he posted online he said that politics and business should not be mixing when it comes to making decisions like this it's not excluded that they also follow that they also follow their economic interests. we don't complain about that unless it does not affect our own interests but right now it really affects our own interest negatively impact of do you plan sanctions notice
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a very negative form. especially for the energy sector because under sanctions under the threat of strings and especially energy pipeline exports from russia so what options remain for the european union when these sanctions or if these sanctions come into being the european union could decide to impose sanctions of their own on the united states now this could take the form of e.u. banks suspending u.s. companies ability to take out short term loans but let's be realistic this would be a nuclear option. meantime russia's patience is also wearing the president putin says that moscow can't tolerate offensive actions anymore so when the news of these sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of the world trade organization we're being very patient and very reserved but we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can
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be perceived as aggravation and i would even say exceptional cynicism so moscow's know already asked the u.s. to reduce the number of diplomatic staff it has here in russia it's estimated between two and seven hundred people are going to be sent home or fired at the american embassy hasn't given an exact confirmation figure there moscow says the number of staff must be cut to four hundred fifty five which is the exact same amount it has in its embassy over in the states russia's also said the two diplomatic properties used by washington will be seized next month will take back a warehouse in the south of moscow and the riverside retreat in one of the capital's parks it was used by staff members for leisure activities and get togethers. yet knowing is that this is a response to the unlawful actions v us and most importantly to the anti russian mayhem in the us congress the rest of foods are setting the tone on capitol hill and we're not ruling out any steps to bring them to the senses this bill is a tool of intimidation for the entire world it's
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a consequence of our own willingness to follow america's political course the u.s. secretary of state for his part explained the thinking behind the sanctions bill he says russia should take steps to improve its ties with the u.s. and hope sanctions won't be needed in the future of the russian embassy in the u.s. said it's puzzled by rex tillerson this statement about that about the sanctions we got some expert opinion it's not the most logical thing to say we want to improve relations therefore we are imposing sanctions next to listen his statement was trying to be diplomatic and less from the impact and be less insulting to russia than the he might otherwise have been for that i think of why you have a logical statement explaining these sanctions to which was not really any sensible justification at all we think about american foreign policy from like one nine hundred forty five forward it's tough to find many great examples of what we've accomplished what the american forces foreign policy it's stablish meant expected
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what they're trying to do you know i think it's time for a total and complete overhaul of how we conduct our international business. weeks after the city of mosul was finally freed from islamic state in iraq in the week more details of the liberation emerged and the report from human rights watch suggested one iraqi military unit executed dozens of suspected members of ice the without trial this is how international observers describe what they saw in mosul. a group of iraqi soldiers that fool naked men down an alleyway after which they heard multiple gunshots. through the doorway of a damaged house the bodies of a number of naked men lying in the doorway they said one of the dead men was lying with his hands behind his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rope around his legs to sixteenth division soldiers the school said one observe and showed the seven head of what the soldiers said was an american female isis
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sniper whom the had to capture sated it was not clear whether they decapitated her alive or after her death this is one of a series of reports that human rights watch has issued on the final weeks of the battle in mosul against isis and in these reports what we have seen is numerous extrajudicial killings by iraqi forces of men that they say were linked to isis without any judge without any file simply executing them on the battlefield really all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis have been committing rampant abuses including war crimes we have yet to see a single incident be properly ex investigated by the iraqis or any commanders to be held accountable. the report claims the executions were carried out by an iraqi unit the played a significant role in the liberation they received american training and assistance while fighting i still in twenty fifteen on saturday spoke with. a security
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official in baghdad province he told me washington bears some responsibility for the crimes committed by the sixteenth division the subsetting video coming up in the sixteen division was formed by the united states trained by the united states and controlled by the united states so definitely if there's any human rights violation it's very obvious that those who controlled or formed this division must understand all must pay some type of at least moral responsibility because i mean nobody here sympathizes with isis supporters or isis members so but from a legal point of view yes this is an issue that needs to be looked at there is an investigation but is it enough is it why do you know of is it deep enough we still state of war looking at what we know so far it can be very difficult to
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specifically accuse any of those american soldiers for for training iraqi soldiers specifically in the craft of torture but i think it paints a very poor picture it puts the americans. under a very poor lights in iraq generally i mean we've you know what are they doing there exactly i mean this sort of euphemistic advisor i think the miss has been busted i want exactly what those voices do in her rights should not forget that this is not the first time that an extraordinary human rights abuses have been documented by the americans in iraq we look back to two thousand and three and the abu ghraib prison torture for example you know this is coming around again it seems to be something that we should start to get used to in iraq. but the top stories the last seven days on the races this weekend you're watching the weekly here on out c international with me kevin a woman keeping a close eye on is venezuela in the news again this sunday there's a big vote for start today to elect a new assembly and that could be the crux for
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a lot more trouble on the streets they will keep an eye on that as a news of the week continues after the break. what politicians do to. put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president and she. wanted. to go right to be close this is what before three of the more people. interested in the waters in the . first city. in case you're new to the game this is how. the economy is built around.
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washington. voters elect a business to run this country business. it's not business as usual it's business like it's never been done before. i. again so as venezuela's embattled government prepares to hold a key constitutional vote today the country's opposition are calling for a further wave of protests all times of the now about quarter past by the morning says deliberately yet but it's despite a ban on street demonstrations which in the last week alone of already reportedly killed at least five people but the economic doldrums continuing their political deadlock to president with their own nose called on venezuelans to elect this new body today it will be tasked with rewriting the current constitution over five
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hundred representatives are said to be chosen from various groups in society but the opposition believes the president is simply trying to extend his powers here and to undermine democracy is a look back at how the country's crisis has worsened in recent months. i. know. this last week who brought you an exclusive interview then with the
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venezuelan president he told us that the opposition's tactics are alienating many people in the country europe we should do the research when europe if you know the opposition has been saying the same thing for eighteen years they used to say about hugo chavez you know about me for the last full use for there is no other way to resolve a conflict in our country than through democrats. it means. you are through and how few weeks starting him and the opposition to engage in a direct dialogue and join the national constitutional assembly but they refused since they know the only thing the opposition has been doing is taking steps back with me right now the situation is dire. political isolation i don't know if they're leaning towards the far right track in this strategy of local acts of violence restricting the movement of people in the very districts that voted for them the opposition is losing the support of the venezuelan people voted for them
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in the past. we also spoke to an opposition activist he claims that madeira was riding roughshod over democracy there and the door has been undermining democracy i was listening to his interview saying that a way to change democracy a man as well as their family through this new constitution that he wants to write it is very clear as we have seen in the past that the opposition won clear and save elections about two years ago where they won the majority in the parliament so there is no reason for him to write a new constitution when he writes another constitution he kicks out the opposition from power and he continues to do what he wants besides the fact that the national guard has been killing people on the streets i mean with the international community cannot just sit around and wait for him to do all these old take all these actions against his people the majority of the people but a swell i have a different opinion what is going on in the country the betting on what social
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sector they belong to. on monday italy's interior minister stressed there was no easy way out of the migrant crisis speaking at a gathering of european officials in tunisia for a common eve strategy about it there is no magic solution no nation can alone deal with my great reflux a new nation is sheltered from it. italy's of course being one of the most vocal over the refugee issue because it's on the front line it's received most of the new arrivals coming by sea from africa so far this year almost one hundred thousand of reach the italian coast trying to travel to the rural areas there to see how that crisis is impacting life there are still in bed to a small town in the mountains which after a government decision was forced to accommodate dozens of migrants. i hope the mayor of this town mr cheever talk explain the system to me.
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on giordano. the prefecture didn't tell us in advance that migrants were coming i thought everything would work out as the government told us that it would help us to cope with the migrants there are already many problems here like unemployment issues with infrastructure health etc that's why some people around here are angry because the government chose to invest money into the relocation of migrants instead of providing time with additional funds. this looks like the hotel we're looking for they entered through the gates but stayed outside because there was no electricity the hotel hasn't been used for years to host tourists my next step was to try and talk to the migrants inside but they wouldn't let me in behind a locked gate was a dodgy looking man he claimed to be from a cooperative that had been put in charge by the authorities known filming he said the mayor said that a very low percentage of people who are here are actually refugees most of them are
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economic migrants is not true no that's not true the migrants are well integrated the mayor has never even contacted me he is lying i went on to ask where the migrants were from the man claimed they were all refugees out of nigeria niger guinea became a fast food just as i was negotiating we saw a couple with a tray of sweets turns out some locals were indeed glad to have the new neighbors finally he let me in without the camera the refugees said they'd only got warm welcomes from locals and were ready to become sicilians i can tell you that the migrants and refugees have everything to live a normal life there the question though remains whether they will be able to integrate into the local society and whether all the locals will be ready to accept that number of refugees our journey continued to another small community where migrants haven't arrived yet but the government's intentions have. already caused
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quite a debate in the usually quiet neighborhood. a very small abandoned school or local government wanted to place sixty margaret's in that small building i think we have a chance to talk to the warrior who is representing the local community. first which is not a problem with out of the. border putting migrants here into buildings like this is racism the risk is that the shelter could turn into a ghetto because the migrants will have nothing to do here having blasted the rest of the. crisis italian officials seem to have taken up the strategy of a nationwide melting pot will be watching how it's put to the test of a drink your tea in sicily. jerusalem spread rocked this last week palestinian protesters clashed with israeli police over the implementation of strict security measures at temple mount also known as her rameau sharif hundreds
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of protesters were injured that holy site was cordoned off by israeli authorities after a deadly shooting metal detectors and video cameras there were in store and that sparked outrage in the muslim community as our middle east correspondent reports. i'm standing here in front of the dome of the rock which has been the scene of violent clashes for the past two weeks we are hearing that more than a hundred people have been injured the number of palestinians who've been killed in the last two weeks of violence has now climbed to six israeli police reinforcements particularly around the old city many of the arab east jerusalem neighborhoods were closed off and at the same time roadblocks in and out of the west bank will reinforce we're hearing from the israeli security officials that they will see a harsh response to anyone who throws rocks or stones at the israeli police israel says it will remove metal detectors that will put up after two security guards were killed two fridays ago but the palestinian president mahmoud abbas says this is not enough and he insists it is well returns to the way the status quo was. before that
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incident the latest measures are that only people over the age of fifty to come and pray here i'm talking specifically men and women of all ages are allowed some of the entrances to the mosque still closed in because of these measures the mood on the ground is still tense there is a lot of frustration amongst palestinians that i've been talking to some of even stated that if israel doesn't remove these last remaining restrictions they will be a third intifada or a food palestinian uprising but outside the temple mount compound the mood is jubilant people have been throwing sweets and chocolate saying that this battle. has been won by the palestinians. jerusalem. thank you for watching us today on. news and stories i'm kevin o. in this.
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