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top stories. from liberty groups. question 3 journalists. in the yemeni conflict. human rights kids raise the alarm over the. proposal for british. for criminal offenses sets a dangerous precedent. the united nations warns of fresh fallout from a former u.s. . pacific ocean. of the marshall islands.
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the cleanup of the entire. fleet that is just of course radiation. a large amount with. 7 pm here in moscow this friday evening thanks for tuning in the world of news and views coming your way this is our to international our top story leading rights groups sharply criticized they're calling. on press freedom in france fears are growing that 3 journalists who leaked a classified 17 page dossier on the use of french weapons in the yemeni civil war could be set the. prison time with the latest on what we know. the question that's being asked now is press freedom under attack fronts and that
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question is being posed not just by journalists but also by human rights activists who are hugely unhappy about this investigation that's going on now back in april we covered a story here an r.t. which was that a number of french outlets had revealed and uncovered a secretive military dossier which was allegedly showing that french weapons sold to saudi arabia will you being used on the front line in yemen a french government has always denied it but this dossier has said that the french government was made aware of this fact now as a result of that an investigation was launched by the domestic intelligence services here in france and 3 journalists were hauled in as part of that investigation to be questioned about their sources and some say to be pressurised to reveal who their sources were which is of course is something we as journalists considered to be absolutely sacred well our assistant channel r.t.
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france has actually been speaking to one of those journalists from disclose who is now under investigation of course for we were very surprised that we were summoned because it's unusual for journalists to be treated in this way we were summoned yesterday morning for disclosing national defense secrets we were told from the beginning that we were not there is journalists and the case would be decoupled from our role as journalists i think the freedom of speech needs to be supported by as many people as possible this is not an isolated case there have been many documented instances of intimidation especially during rallies. so why was this revelation so controversial not just because the french government according to that dossier knew that these weapons were being used by saudi arabia on the frontline in yemen it also showed how they were being used and suggested that french ships were actually being used to blockade yemeni ports which meant that much needed medication and humanitarian assistance in terms of food was not getting to the civilians who are being hit by this war and this was been going on since
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2014 it's been described by the u.n. as the worst manmade humanitarian disaster it's seen thousands of people killed and millions of people pushed towards the brink of starvation and human rights organizations have said that in june this should be doing this kind of work this should be revealing things like this that are going on and governments the undersigned n.g.o.s consider the information on veiled by disclose and its partners to be of essential public interest the threats of prosecution against the 3 journalists constitutes an i'm acceptable threat to press freedom and the protection of journalistic sources the fresh government has repeatedly denied that its weapons that it sells to saudi arabia are being used on the frontline in that conflict and even last week we had reassurances from president not gone that he had spoken to the government in riyadh and they had once again confirmed that that was not the case but the reality is here on the ground many people aren't seem to be
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believing that in fact so much so that last week saudi cargo ship was due to pick up arms from the french port of laugh it had to leave because there were protests by people who just don't want any more french weapons to be sold to saudi arabia possibly being used to implicate the country in war crimes well the crisis in yemen which the u.n. called the test over this week is continuing to worsen claiming lives in the process. on thursday a wave of saudi led coalition airstrikes hit the country's capital killing 6 people and injuring over 50 the attacks reduced several neighborhoods to rubble it's thought for children were among the fatalities the bombings were apparently in retaliation for hooty rebel drone raids against saudi oil pumping stations despite the evidence to the country saudi arabia says it only targeted military sites operated by the no. we won't the voices and shouting the only thing now left
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of the building is a column everywhere there was destruction and dust i dozed and children were shouting our neighbors were running towards us there were more strikes and other buildings nearby that help arrived and we were taken to hospital shouting how about the holy month of ramadan and didn't even stop them this just didn't both of them suddenly a bomb hit the house why why us we weren't hiding anything in our home we are normal simple people just look at us god will punish them i hope their own lucky i hope they suffer the same fate. as. they are killing us saudi arabia the emulator in america chasing us ad of our homes what have the people there killing done. living on the 1st woman to serve as the u.k.'s defense secretary penny morton's has got her term off to a controversial start she has drawn the ire of a misting international by proposing to limit the authorities ability to investigate and prosecute british veterans accused of war crimes whilst on active
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duty it would be utterly disingenuous to have a presumption of non-prosecution for abuse yet at the same time claim justice is being served british soldiers who break the law must face just like everyone else these proposals potentially set a dangerous precedent. human rights group isn't the only organization concerned about the proposal either protect penny more wants to extend protections to troops who served in northern ireland well with more on the controversy years polly boyko the new boss in here has proposed a new law or one that would presume soldiers innocent of any offenses committed throughout the course of june abroad more than 10 years ago although that rule could have exceptions for example if new evidence of alleged crimes were to come to light it is high time that we change the system and provide divide legal
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protections to make sure the decisions how service personnel take in the battlefield will not lead to repeated or unfair investigations down the line for the new defense secretary the new legislation is about making the system fairer and preventing what she called law fare repeated and unfair investigations against former soldiers this is not about preventing someone who's committed a crime from facing justice this is about stopping an industry that surrounds these processes which is not about the pursuit of justice i had at the iraq historic allegations team spent 7 years trolling through allegations of torture wrongdoing at a cost of 60000000 pounds to the taxpayer none of the claims resulted in a prosecution and in 2016 the unit was shot down just because i competed 72 is the norm or with the infantry or associated units i lost
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many men. and i was involved in fatality shootings i was investigated along with others. the investigations were. aggressive a bloody awful to go through so well former soldiers and members of the military say that the amnesty doesn't go far enough that it needs to include northern ireland 2 human rights groups are concerned that the government's desire to better protect its former and current servicemen and women will effectively place them above the law it's reported that there are around $150.00 investigations looking into alleged abuses by british soldiers in iraq and afghanistan the question is how the victims of those alleged abuses will ever get justice if these new proposals become law because so many detained so many killed the troops are the reason for
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the total destruction that the fate of those detained by them remains unknown to them. of course some against an amnesty because of the systematic killing some of the blood they said since no one cares we have to demand our rides through international courts because we're just simple people who just can't go by as selves to get our voices heard on the one article there is great concern here that the crimes will be forgotten many people haven't received any compensation for the damage those who lost their homes or became disabled what they're trying to do is create an exemption from europe here. for soldiers on the battlefield that's obviously really dangerous because obviously the battle is one place where there's lots of very wonderful people civilians on and others who might not be after that whose human rights need to get those soldiers should have understood what they need to say just sr if you committed you or if we should you get punished if you haven't
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you don't so there shouldn't be a blanket amnesty or exemption for anyone anywhere couldn't find an easy way to say that we will now bring all of these veterans back into the court. and this will be on. from this. interview on the multinational human rights body the council of europe has moved towards restoring russia's right to vote the organization only 5 member states voted against the declaration including ukraine igor said on off now reports on why the other 47 said yes. dozens of foreign ministers from all across europe have flocked to finland helsinki to participate in the summit of the council of europe when it comes to the russian delegation to their participation it is proving to be quite productive apparently the sort of flavor of the day if i may say so have become the potential return of the russian members of the parliamentary assembly of europe to well fulfill their
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duties. we very much appreciate that are consistent line on the restoration of justice was supported by both the secretary general of the council of europe toward me on the ag land and the responsible delegations of the member states as a result there was a decision made which clearly confirmed that as the statute states each member state of the council of europe has equal rights and equal responsibilities just a quick reminder as to why this is important not just for russia but for all of europe the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe is a body that has a say on a number of cornerstone decisions when it comes to european security and stability for instance the members of the parliamentary assembly elect the judges of the european human rights court so it is quite a significant organization back in 2014 and by another decision in 2015 russian parliamentary seats were stripped of their rights to vote on such key
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issues it was over the situation in ukraine and so that was done despite russia was paying all fees it was jus to the body and that situation had gone on for years now back in 2017 russia stop the cash flow to the body saying that this situation was unjust it was unfair for those we have been continuing to pay our contributions to the council of europe in good faith and on time for almost 3 years warning every time that it would continue forever and that we would have to freeze the payments of. contributions if the rights of our parliamentarians were not restored which we finally did i do not in any way encourage everyone to resort to blackmail but if we had not done this our partners might not have realized the inadmissibility of the situation created by the illegitimate decision of the parliamentary assembly well and according to russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov today ice may have finally broken and russia's parliamentary is may be on the way to being reinstated in their
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rights in the assembly apparently in the course of the meetings and the talks with his counterparts most of the member states of the council of europe have supported the idea of russia returning as one of the key members of the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe and it could happen as soon as this june is good that we have reached an agreement that russia should remain in a parliamentary assembly of the council of europe this way millions of russians can see protection of the european court of human rights russia belongs in the council of europe with all of the rights and responsibilities that go with it. to turn intentional to a nother story radioactive waste from a u.s. atomic bomb test site in the pacific is an immediate danger of leak into the ocean not according to the secretary general of the united nations. there is a risk of leaking of radioactive materials that are contained in
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a kind of coffin in the area the consequences of nuclear tests have been quite dramatic in relation to health in relation to the poisoning of waters in some areas for the marshall islands we march from the colonial period or want to and they impacts of nuclear testing conduct of more than 60 gates of all the. only 27 years later and now facing the consequences of climate change yet the nuclear tests in question were carried out from 146-2958 far away from american territory on the marshall islands in the pacific after the time they were under us administration the tests included the most powerful dissemination of an american hydrogen bomb which was about $1000.00 times bigger than the atomic bomb dropped on the japanese city of the russian many islanders were forcibly evacuated from their property and resettled and for those who remained there's been some
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serious consequences the clean up of the entire at all was not complete that is just a portion of the radiation that exist on the apple a large amount was dumped straight into the ocean the entire atoll is contaminated not simply ruin it dom and the radiation affects us on a daily basis then we have many illnesses in our community has that only as a mother the finitely impacts me because when my children get sick i i wonder is that something more than just a cold or a flu that worry is constantly there the island us have always attempted to bring attention to the fact of what has happened and what continues to happen to our no way and including petitions to the un court case. regarding environmental law and they are met with silence. ok well here on our news wall is
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a pretty evocative example a concrete dome built back in the seventy's on the island as a dumping ground for radioactive waste is now boggling to kate it's 40 centimeters thick more than 100 meters across covering a 9 metre deep crater now the vast hope will was created by the nuclear weapons test in 1958 the cover was planned as a temporary fix but due to a cracks it may be a bite to leak radioactive waste that's been exacerbated by rising sea levels on the crater has never been lined a u.s. government report also warned of the risks several years ago on the former worker there told us that people are suffering health problems related to this site. i'm nationalist to go to the march a lot and we talk of so one of the ones where i believe all 40 atomic bombs were dropped and the fifty's and i think into the sixty's i will say that in the forty's
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up to the sixty's to clean up everything there were on the northern islands which were the most contaminated they said any weeks art was contaminated the main alanah self but yet it was they were supposed to take up to anywhere from $6.00 to $18.00 inches of snow all transported from whatever alan ate they collected on to alan a run it place it and one of the bomb craters the blast great is that were created by tomic downstairs and then eventually kept that greater supposedly to contain it for ever they told us that we would not be exposed to any more radiation and have been maybe 2 or 3 x. rays a year which was a total lie there was no radiation study with. certain ones would lead out and they would have the. big jug of europe roughly about $8000.00 men went there many of them have passed away since then we are losing anywhere from $6.00 to $7.00 a year and as
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a very liberal number we have the facts without george and the government has no compensation for as we keep these really in 90 seconds time time for the short is a break stay with us. this in petersburg international economic forum is a unique event in today's business world. over the last 21 years the forum has become a leading global platform for discussing the key economic issues facing russia emerging markets and the world thousands of business community members attend a forum to address today's and vital issues. for just visual foreign coverage on r.t. . those are
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very well known case that was stolen in 69 in. a very important painting and somebody from the mafia just said a few years ago dead today has stolen and stored it in a bog and when they wanted to pick it up it was called because tourists had eaten it. but are to international nord stream to project a gas pipeline knots intended the pump russian gas to europe by we have the baltic sea as possible important milestone with over 50 percent of the construction work
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done and dusted we got exclusive access to one of the vessels laying the pipeline. the sea somewhere in between in helsinki and st petersburg and i have a valve to show you something that could cause a real scuffle between germany and its european code and the us it is a real gas pipes to get to the ship. this is where the nose to the project is born right to. the heart beat of the ship like a budget this gentleman controls the pieces the folds the kings the roof.
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what makes the solitary 5 quite facile real to the marble and the fact that to get the army here right on board. the 5 banks out to be protected oh well they have to. just imagine you are a real shopaholic you love going to all kinds of stores but then i hand out comes out what you do is you swipe look for the best things push the button and your shipment is ready so probably you're going to change your shopping habits a little bit but what if someone forces you not to do it this is probably not a perfect analogy but it does explain what's happening with the north st jude
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project if you will not supplying to someone else will but in the end. i am still would only get. so i could probably guess where this project is really low in washington they want american companies to sell liquefied natural gas to europe and send it there on ships america has literally been fully europe with all kinds of rights the american ambassador in germany put on president pressure on local companies sending out letters to them and just recently and draft bill has been proposed in the u.s. senate suggesting that companies and individuals working on north street could have their assets frozen and we could even receive travel bans to the u.s. can i do by the. end of the i think we all need. to come from somewhere when you hear these kind of things are you ever worried or do
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you ever think about it. to be honest i try not to think about it on the way to all of the world. political views shouldn't really come in at the end of the day. but no matter what there you have it what's probably going to be long is to get it straight and the world is making its way into the seawater and the pace is a. kilometer a day when this kind of performance the team is expecting the project will be completed by the end of this year. based. on hundreds of pages on the consulate is really organizations suspected of attempting to disrupt the elections across the world the social network behemoths sees the archimedes group spent more than 3 quarters of a $1000000.00 on the facebook and instagram platforms to quote disseminate their content artificially increase in gauge print i spoke earlier to our correspondent
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in tel aviv polis they are. well what we know is that this has been happening for years where you have fake accounts that i'm escalating are there as the locals or as local news outlets and they are either providing blowing information off forming part of a smear campaign regarding candidates who are standing in local elections and part of the tactic they use is to quote so-called and identified sources and leaked information now what we're hearing from facebook is that this has affected countries such as latin america and numerous countries across asia and africa where we centrally but try and swishes have changed the reality on the ground facebook saying that this is an extensive israeli run political influence campaign having said that facebook has not been that forthcoming and that is largely presumably because the relationship between facebook and israel is very close facebook in the
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past has taken down political advertisement that are considered in distasteful inconvenient by the israeli government the head of the facebook cyber security policy had that had had this to say today removed 265 facebook and instagram accounts facebook pages groups and events involved in coordinated behavior this experience originated in israel and focused on the gold and gold niger and tunisia along with some activity in late in america and some of these studies are now some of the pages boasted as many as 2800000 followers there were also a series of events that were advertised online but it's not clear whether or not those events actually took place more than $800000.00 is estimated to have been spent over the past 7 years on these advertisements aimed at deception and
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a lot of that finds its source in an israeli corporation that's called the archimedes group. now we have asked the group for comment but we're still waiting to receive a response from them at the same time a lot of the people or the organizations involved have concealed their own identities now there was a similar case with another israeli organization whose motto was to shape reality not it was forced to close its doors off to it was implicated in the whole investigation and it was criticized and came under fire for possible involvement in the donald trump presidential election so we need to wait and see how the story itself develops. this army whistleblower chelsea manning is back in prison just the week after being released the ruling was 100 done after the former soldier refused to testify before the grand jury over her contacts with wiki leaks. the
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case doesn't make sense it seems kind of bananas in comparison to the evidence that we that we got out i think i think it's going to be i think it's going to be very much a return to the conditions that i was in last week you matter what happens today whether i get into whether you know whether i i'm placed in confinement or not i'm not going to comply with this grand jury in march this year moment was jailed for 2 months for refusing to answer the grand jury's questions on wiki leaks founder julian assange manning was 1st the team back in 22 for sending thought of classified documents to wiki leaks she was sentenced to 35 years behind bars but then president obama later reduce the term to 7 years former f.b.i. agent coleen rowley believes the son is ultimately the main target. the current administration did not like the fact that the obama administration pardoned her so this would be an illegal you know punishment
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a 2nd punishment after already serving time for the case against julian assange is just that weak that they absolutely need chelsea manning's testimony in order to firm up those specious charges it's got to be one of the 2 things otherwise it makes no sense i have never heard of a jailing a witness this launch she's already been jailed for $62.00 days for failure to talk to a grand jury and she's really putting on a very brave face in the face of this additional what i would think is illegal punishment to be this struck home ian. live from moscow this friday evening this is r t international some more great programs coming your way in moments do have a great weekend also uses.
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a tense situation in venezuela is still all over the news the problem in venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been great only implement from the inside venezuela things are different we're going to announce sanctions against petroleum to venezuela so if you. in the store let's have a sample. put polling data to see on the people. going on. the whole story isn't new makes a hole in henry kissinger to tell him that it would not be tolerated in latin america and all part of the economic and social system could take hold and therefore the policy would be to make. the chilean economy scream so once in a.

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