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four american mercenaries involved in a massacre in iraq that left seventeen people dead their convictions and sentences overturned. also this dozens of russian speaking children are found in an orphanage in iraq parents legend who died fighting for terrorists we hear their stories.
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right here. germany is sending almost four hundred asylum seekers back to greece after a six year suspension. comes just a month before germany is set to hold elections. come july from moscow you are watching our international company our top story this hour the legal battle over a massacre in iraq a decade ago has returned to the u.s. courts judges have ordered the recent unseeing of three operatives from the private u.s. security contractor formally known as blackwater indicating that the sentences were too harsh. the fourth face is
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a complete free trial where the four guards opened fire and with machine guns and grenade launchers in baghdad's unsourced square fourteen unarmed civilians were killed and seventeen others were injured the guards argued they were under fire from insurgents but no witnesses support that claim the carnage drew widespread condemnation and raises serious and questions too about the trees accountability in iraq i wondered. if. there were dead bodies everywhere and. the only t.v. viewers who are among the dead bodies lying on the street those who are. seven years old.
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during the period the firm was known as backwater it was billions of dollars from the u.s. government and secured a contract bonanza after the two thousand and three. invasion of iraq operating as part of the us occupation authority blackwater going. overage conduct. and also disciplinary problems following the massacre the company rebranded but he's still operating scandal has done little to dent the u.s. government's appetite for working with military contracts is who are still thriving . explains meet erik prince the founder of blackwater
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a private military company with a controversial reputation with its legacy you might expect prince's career to be over but this cannot be farther from the truth there's no backlash for him no shame the man's gun for hire business is booming what i care about is a taxpayer is that large you wasting food sixty five billion dollars a year in afghanistan i don't think it's appropriate to pull out completely with all the wars the us is waging abroad times are lucrative for private security firms yet you'd struggle to find one with an untainted slate dyna corp for example for over a decade the u.s. state department was giving almost seventy percent of its funding for afghanistan to this particular firm this company's record features a sex slavery scandal in bosnia a male prostitution scandal in afghanistan and also there a botched seventy million dollar worth construction project were also means big business first sally port global who were paid nearly seven hundred million dollars
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to secure an iraqi base they allegedly turned a blind eye to outhaul smuggling theft security violations and allegations of sex trafficking and then fired investigators who uncovered wrongdoing that's all according to an associated press investigation the list of controversy goes on yet private security firms are doing just fine and filling their coffers with the spoils of war. r.t. washington d.c. political analyst dan glazebrook believes the case does prove the u.s. allies impunity for its own forces and mysteries. well i think it's part of a broader move by the west and especially in britain and the usa to really make it absolutely clear to the rest of the world that they have impunity so i think this is really the broad trajectory of proving to the world showing to the world that british us forces have impunity and them and that extends to their mercenaries as well remember it's really interesting this this trial in the us is it was from two thousand and seven when the u.s.
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forced on the iraqi government an agreement that their troops and their mercenaries would not have would not be able to be tried in iraqi courts so they had to make some semblance of some kind of show that they were going to try soldiers in u.s. courts and now even that seems to be being rolled back a very very troubling development i think. forty eight russian speaking children are currently stranded at an orphanage in iraq after they were rescued during the battle to liberate the city of mosul from islamic state and he's been to the shelter to visit them. good. humor this is going to follow. the leader of the court and move things words. as you saw some of the children do appear to be unsure of their own names and how old they are it's believed they were taken to
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iraq by their parents who joined islamic state and i appreciate that russia iraq and jordan are working trying other family members some of the children have been describing the hour in the day which they enjoy what you might find some of them upset to listen to. see. and hear that it was time that the. families let. us leave one sigil of the boy don't need mom. up that's one none of us. are going to know solution and was sure a stretch to me just get good looks and does just look it up which. i mean the list. she's too early to get. i need. to fill. it should. not on
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a not only can we only see. it only a week. only a buck but. on one week it. was still. sure but in case could still find someone who knew. it was real money but we know that. on the day or two to has more heartbreaking stories which have imaged. there are two stories that have come to light in particular that really paint the horrors of what's happened and how innocent victims particularly children and i were bound and in a foreign country with those and the kitchen papers what will happen to them they got no support of anybody no adults the first story i came across has a happy ending it involved two years of hell for the mother and her husband
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a native czech and call the cops on target of he went to fight alongside islamic states. and basically he first went to syria and then to iraq and he actually kidnapped their son and took the son along with him that was back in october twenty fifth in now four year old mother had not seen him for two years so you can imagine the trauma that she's gone through she had no idea whether he was dead or alive and actually she coincidentally saw you tube video with her son on it and she contacted the russian authorities and you actually have the end of this near my share still but. there's a slab a good look at their list there's got religion is there but so much that. can you do more to. do with national. stand in effect beast. well you know.
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but russian authorities are now seeking to cooperate in trying to repatriate a lot of those children there are dozens of them apparently there who are russian speaking whose parents decided to join isis and so you know at least something is going on and happening hopefully some of those children will also be saved now the second story is equally harrowing it doesn't have such a happy ending it's about a girl called howie she got married in two thousand and nine and six years later her husband decided to move to turkey they had three children at the time and then later michael contacted her parents of the children's grow. and parents i'm told that tell them they were moving to iraq she gave birth to a fourth child there and she apparently cried when she contacted her parents and said that her husband threatened to take the children away from her which is why she went to iraq she then stopped calling her parents so they didn't hear from her
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after that and apparently her husband was recruited by ice or he had a month's training and he was sent off to fight and then michael was told that he was killed in action now the grandparents have contacted the russian authorities playing for their help now and they want to find their daughter and grandchildren they know nothing about her they don't know where she is would serve some clue. is that i knew. that this was. a moment since. the two. new deal. and. i'm used to neutral cynical you would you call with. me. to an appropriate it was more to do. so as you can see there that's an example of a not so lucky family and now i would imagine there are a lot is like that dealing with this situation who knows but. just an example of how horrendous the situation is right now. there are two there when we got in touch
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with iraq's child welfare commission which says that it believes the children of iceland militants are victims. i doubt that some children have broken legs or hands this is because they were abandoned by their parents and for a long term has stayed without any further care and them there are the iraqi children of easy the mothers the right attention children chains there is one friend all these children have been placed in the shelters they are treated with care and attention there is no difference between them and the others our aim is to guarantee them a safe environment we consider them to be victims they are not guilty of anything if the child's father is from i still of course the child is not to blame. now germany is to regime sending asylum seekers back to greece ending its moratorium returning nearly four hundred newcomers and the e.u.
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rules which do dictate where immigrants should be processed the move comes a little over a month before germany's general election peter oliver has the details we understand is that three hundred and ninety two asylum applicants will be returned to greece under the dublin convention. it will only affect those that have a rival here in germany and of made up locations for asylum since the beginning of the middle of march of this year well back in twenty eleven the constitutional court here in germany ruled that migrant asylum applications would not be returned to countries like greece this was simply because in the ice of the german constitutional court greece could not cope with the numbers that the situation in camps wasn't up to standard well that has changed in the announcement that germany would be returning asylum applications to greece was made on german television by
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the greek migrant minister. we accept there was pressure from several you countries on greece to resume returns i understand that e.u. governments want to show some results to their voters does seem there just a month ahead of germans going to the polls here to elect the new chancellor what we're going to see is germany going back to the dublin treaty and returning those asylum applications it finds in the country but the situation in greece well it was deemed unfit back in twenty eleven it hasn't really improved so far so we're still waiting for the reasoning why germany has taken its decision right now to return those almost four hundred asylum applications to greece. leader over there will stay with germany because german football club hand over ninety six has promised to fully cooperate with british police after violence marred one of their pre-season games over the weekend the match against english premier league side
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burnley saw german fans attempting to attack their home supporters and the game was abandoned at half time on the advice of local police or smith has more. the german club hundred ninety six is taking it very seriously and they have now issued a statement saying that they're going to fully cooperate with british police to bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice violence has no place on have a football club together with the british authorities one over ninety six we use all legal possibilities to identify and limit potential violators well how did this unfold it happened on saturday during a pre-season friendly between the lancashire team but only a german side had over ninety six about forty minutes into the game we understand a small number of fans have started throwing missiles including chairs into the home fans this doesn't like an impromptu piece of violence because the hooligans were apparently wearing last gumshield some of them reportedly carrying even the
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game was then called off half time one police officer was admitted to hospital with a head injury and three other people were injured as well now the police had intelligence that something was going to happen but unfortunately they weren't able to prevent it and they ended up having to draft in reinforcements from elsewhere here's what they had to say about although robust policing operation was in place for the match based on pre-game intelligence additional resources have now been brought in from across the country to ensure no further disorder occurs of course with the football season starting later on this week this is bad news for bosses police and of course fans were smith reporting you watching r.t. will be back in two.
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are. clear. the field we go into. the world should be period. and you'll get the old rolling. according.
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again. i saw a terrorist it was captured by government troops weekend in is being regarded as one of the most significant victories in recent months we spoke to the tsunami's information chip. military units of encircled in the suburbs mira in advance in the last stronghold they may still be snipers are still terrorists as usual leaving behind land mines and unexploded shell making it difficult for the syrian army to move forward troops monitoring the city and tracking every movement the ice and snipers and the syrian military is quite true to last i saw a terrorist from the city as soon as the operation to wipe out the militants is over the syrian armed forces were officially declared the liberation of the city. video news agency has filmed from inside the time providing us with exclusive video
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. the last islamic state stronghold in homs province recaptured town is about fifty kilometers from the border with the as old province which is still mostly under control. explains the importance of syrian war geography the south east is where the color coded key is least complicated government controlled red vs i still held the black divided by won't long desert front line and it's just shifted to the right of a town called no. there is plenty to so great for these pros troops and their commanders saving. edges them closer to their ultimate goal in this part of syria dare as zoar where one to two hundred thousand people are completely surrounded by islamic state and
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a few more months the siege will have been ongoing for three years in strategic terms is the last stop on the way to dare as province taking control of this province will mean why being out i sold impromptu or production no more cash for the terrorists from. the government troops can also push to the north and if they can we not. with fellow soldiers in the rock a province i saw as forces will end up kettle in the geographical heart of syria. is definitely the beginning of the absolute end of isis in syria where there are definitely two potentiality of superman is only fifty kilometers away from the retaking particular city is of vital importance to actually reopening the route on the road to their resort now the other option is to actually link up with the forces coming in from the northwest now that would create
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a huge pocket of remaining isis forces i think the army will potentially link up with what's left of the other forces and at the same time they will push for their daughter in the quickest to form possible we've seen the syrian army gaining ground and then relinquishing some tough lessons in war geography have been learned those trapped in the arizona or can breeze momentarily with relief but there is still a long way to go as i mentioned they did resort has been under siege for years locals told us about the dire conditions they face living in the shadow of isis. however i learned very late in the navy as isis terrorists raided our house my thirteen year old cousin was staying with us i hid her in a water tank so that the terrorist didn't take her as a slave terrorist from iraq execute civilians in the streets and leave bodies lying there for up to five days i secretly drove my sons out of the city otherwise isis
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militants would recruit them by force inject psychotropic substances and later use them as suicide bombers to billions don't have access to regular good to commodities to services planes aren't always able to reach their lives or iraqi power through the equipment or the food which is needed as orders on the outskirts is one large front line you've got thousands of syrian forces fighting our time of day to day basis they're in constant need of resupply. north korea has lashed out at the u.s. over the latest round of sanctions imposed on young it says washington will pay dearly for what the king regime sees as crimes against the country and its people. this is the root of the nuclear issue on the korean peninsula and the deterioration of the situation lies with the united states as long as the united states refuses to stop its hostility and nuclear threats towards the deep dark eat the deep yorkey
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will never bring the nuclear and ballistic missile program to the negotiating table . on saturday the un security council unanimously approved sweeping new sanctions against north korea they restrict its exports of coal metals and food to other un member states and they also mean countries will not be allowed to increase the number of north korean laborers they employ and foreign investment will be blocked too it is thought the measures will dent in north economy by around one billion dollars per year. or given the growing tensions have korea is now seeking permission from washington to develop more powerful but listing missiles under a bilateral agreement between the u.s. and south korea seoul can only develop missiles with a range of up to eight hundred kilometers and with a maximum payload of five hundred kilograms on sunday though south korea's president did ask president trump to change those restrictions and the pentagon has indicated that it's likely to accept the request we discuss this with security
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analyst and former u.k. army officer charles to bridge. some talk amongst the in the south and even amongst. us politicians and military that south korea should be encouraged even not let alone allowed to actually develop its own nuclear arsenal there is some talk about that in the last few days and again of course that again would no doubt ratchet up tension increase instability but of course can count as a as a deterrent or could possibly kind of deterrent against the north assuming of course that the north ever intends to use its weapons and of course assuming that the target of those weapons would be the south rather than perhaps targets further afield they will lash out rhetorical verbal and will i'm certainly not put a halt to the. missile and nuclear weapons program at least not for the forseeable future. hatefilled graffiti has been sprayed outside twitches offices in the german
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city of hamburg but it's not the work of far right vandals it is part in fact of a stunt to highlight the abundance of offensive posts on twitter and the company theming reluctance hatley the artist behind behind it real tweets of racist and semitic and homophobic messages to make his point clear artist shapiro says he's reported three hundred hateful tweets to twitter but says the social media giant has failed to delete most of them and that prompted him to take radical action to get the company's attention. the law forces companies like twitter and facebook to delete those kind of comments after twenty four hours or to at least process them twitter is a huge company and they have a bunch of wrist resources and i think considering how much how many resources they actually have i feel like they're not doing everything in their power to stop this
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problem which is the big problem isn't it interesting that i have to spray those things on the whole street for people to actually notice them while those tweets of those tweets it's been on have been on twitter for years the only response i got when we were darr was after we sprayed everything day someone from the building i'm not sure if it's twitter or one of the other offices that are there they hired someone to clean up but he cleaned up only in the front so we only cleaned up the entrance to the building while all the other hate comments were. were still there and i thought it was a it was a nice symbol to how twitter approaches things. well we have a twitter full i reply although we haven't had a response i think it looks. back and.
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it was you know provision on my back when i wanted to. join us as you know what i was going to say. you know just i mean. i remember. if it up as well i must. get up on. my bed and we've. already. seen
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plenty. of charlatans on wall street and around the world that are pushing on. public securities that are not going to last and it will cause a rift. but it's enable by the central banks thank you. so the cost is always going to. chemical discoveries over the last century made every day life easier but at what cost this is syria is exceptionally sick. no wonder it's. cysts as the years old industrial giants
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reap the benefit ignoring the caused by chemical production. as if these people are just experimental animals decades later the toxic environment continues to poison lives and we found these astronomically high levels of dioxin levels that my staff think maybe some of the highest levels in the united states for almost thirty years this very serious problem had not actually been addressed what will that investigation into the chemical industry secrets revealed. to the. ratings and so you take a shit. as the cloud.

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