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the torch relay. on our. european and u.s. diplomats stand side by side with ukraine's opposition while russia's foreign minister calls their reaction to the protest hysteria. to guantanamo prisoners repatriated to a jury against their will fear of persecution and further imprisonment after being refused permission to reunite with their families that now live in different countries. gambling reforms fall flat in the u.k. despite deep concerns about addiction to betting machines and high street bookmaker shops and those just growing and. that's when i lost the war probably. we hear the story of a man who lost his home job and family of six dogs machines.
which nineteen national coming to live from moscow with me marina joshing european and u.s. officials are voicing their strong support for grains opposition some were even spot of the tanning the anti-government rallies and key of the top diplomats are integrating capital for security summit not related to the ingoing protests are just going to go for us. usually there is plenty of people out here at night but yesterday we had to literally teeming not just with the ukrainian protesters but also with western politicians one of their own particular victoria nuland who has paid a visit to the tent city that was set up here by the protesters essentially expressing the u.s. support for the ukrainian opposition and for the protesters as well as the journal
and has also held close talks with the darling of the ukrainian opposition among others that we have seen among the protesters on the square were foreign ministers from sweden germany and the netherlands has hoped that the talks with europe will renew under a new president essentially hinting at the ultimate goal of the ukrainian protest and that is the current government and the president to step down the interests of western politicians in what is essentially ukrainian domestic affairs has drawn sharp criticism from russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov who said that this type of reaction is simply inadequate the statements that have been voiced today in ukraine i consider for the. especially the hysterics that some european countries have gone into after ukraine used right and decided this moment in time not to sign an agreement the agreement that the experts i'm a government found not profitable for ukraine however we haven't seen western
politicians attending a thousand strong rallies held here in support of. the current ukrainian president in fact a lot of observers are starting to raise their eyebrows at what they are calling a sort of an indignant behavior by western officials if western leaders have time to opposition rallies in countries such as this spain or portugal or greece where people are pouring out in the streets protesting against this terrorism measures that simply would be unthinkable. to a political scandal well ukraine's foreign minister is also commented on the. if limits involvement in kiev's affairs asking them to stop encouraging the protestors and there are calls for the government to step down a graham court has given the protesters in key of five days to stop blocking government buildings and to leave those that they have seen meanwhile opposition leaders have disrupted have disrupted the work of the country's parliament
demanding snap presidential election violence personal protesters last weekend has sparked more discontent in kiev where activists are rallying against a special police unit that's been accused of using excessive force we spoke to geo political analyst after william and dol and he believes it's likely the violence that erupted was bankrolled from outside the country. i haven't ports from ukrainian ordinary citizens that the contact with the students and the unemployed that are being paid something like twenty to thirty euros a day by who knows whom we can only speculate to come in to kiev and make a show of force and then the fact that the. people one of the most outrageous neoconservatives of the bush era the former us ambassador to nato comes and encourages the ukrainian people to demonstrate for freedom and join in the european you get this this is obviously online we've got more on the situation in cave including how extremist movements may be using the ongoing unrest for their own
benefit so had the article for the full story. two detainees from the door is going to a bay detention center have been sent home till jury against their will one of them was hoping to be reunited with his family living in bosnia while the other wanted to return to canada or luxembourg where he once lived and worked they both fear prosecution of further imprisonment in their home country as are teens and associates or get out reports. at a glacial pace u.s. officials attempt to move forward with the limbo known as guantanamo with endless excuses and a web of bureaucracy allegedly getting in the way of just closing the place down in the latest attempt to take baby steps to figure out what to do with its detainees the u.s. has transferred two prisoners to their home country of algeria out of one hundred sixty four the majority of whom have long been cleared for transfer or release this
server petri you should it was involuntary and took place this is why the detainees pleas to not have this happen as they feared mistreatment or torture upon their return home the lawyers of the two men. and ben siad both could some have described the move as political expedience callous since the prisoners had made it clear the fear of persecution back at home while countries in europe had been willing to accept them at the pentagon has stated however that humane treatment assurances had been made prior to this move this is the first transfer since two other men were sent to algeria willingly in august this year notoriously standard one tunnel neither of the men transferred were ever charged with any crime during the entire decade be spent behind bars at the scandalous detention camp the old jury and natives were brought there back in two thousand and two and taken to camp x.-ray which we've actually visited when reporting from guantanamo it's an area where some prisoners have been once controversially interrogated with no one actually held
there today the number of detainees at guantanamo is now at one hundred sixty two fifteen prisoners continue to be on a hunger strike years since obama had promised to shut the prison down on day one of his presidency and efficient and clear plan to close guantanamo yet to be put in place and if they said you're going to new york as a release of the detainees has brought the number of prisoners in guantanamo to one hundred sixty to eighty four of those still behind bars have already been cleared for release among the others just twenty are to face trial by military court five of them accused of involvement in the nine eleven attacks on america the rest can be prosecuted but are considered to be too dangerous to be released robert kurtz the lawyer of one of the clinton i'm old prisoners send back till jury a says it's very concerned about what awaits his client. he was opposed to going to algeria he wanted to go to a european country so that he could be reunited with his family he's been separated from his wife and daughters for twelve years now we're concerned that he's
essentially going to be dumped on the street as other prisoners have been who had no connection with algeria the second issue for mr benson is the fact that he lives he grew up in a very rural part of algeria part in the south southwestern area of the country and he is genuinely concerned that there will be fundamentalist islamic interests there who will assume that he supports them because he was sent to guantanamo and that they'll target him for some kind of violence when they learn that he actually does not have any sympathy with them it's our understanding the white house wants to be able to say look we've released all the rooms that we can it's the only country that's been certified we can't get anyone else out of guantanamo unless you loosen the statute for us so unfortunately these men were detained by mistake held because we wouldn't acknowledge our mistakes and now they're being sent to a place that they don't want to go in order to serve domestic political purposes
the world's grieving the death of south african anti-apartheid icon nelson mandela we take a closer look at the legacy and how he'll world opinion making the transition from being branded a terrorist to becoming one of the greatest freedom fighters in history. sounds is a fast food and retail workers in the u.s. staged a national strike on thursday calling for an increase to the minimum wage president obama pledged to push for higher salaries in the industry back in savagery but critics say little has been done since are just not was a protest in new york. what began here in new york city one year ago with just two hundred employees has exploded into arguably the biggest wave of protest in the history of america's fast food industry thousands of fast food employees in more than one hundred cities throughout this country have walked off the job thursday
demanding an increase in minimum wage and the right to unionize now this movement is being spearheaded by an organization called fast food forward and the fast food workers that have joined the strike work at meijer restaurants like wendy's mcdonald's burger king and k.f.c. now while fast food remains a two hundred billion dollar industry the median wage for the service workers like the cooks and the cashiers in the group nationwide is just eight dollars and ninety four cents an hour here in new york city it's even worse with the minimum wage being seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour now because of the low wages and many of the employees if not most employed at fast food restaurants are living in poverty i don't know five and by the grace of god i am. i am in a shelter trying to get out of there and i can do it because i don't get paid that
much some struggling you know and that's why i'm here as one of these we will four million dollars yeah so for right to take it if i'm to have a single people nest america away and i believe all fall there's invision a country not full cooperation before the working man and by mother make way too much money for us to be treated like this and where the one will give them the money back within one earns and then if they were not earning that because they're the one who thinks the money home to make matters worse this problem is only growing low wage jobs have accounted for the bulk of new jobs added during the so-called u.s. . harbury in addition to retail costs are among the fastest growing sectors in the u.s. economy now what these protesters are demanding is that minimum wage be raised to dollars an hour so far only one city in washington state has met those demands this crowd around me they're doing so to fight for
a basic decent living wage an opportunity to just step one foot into the worlds of the so called american dream reporting from new york marina arctic. and still is on the program the high price of easy money. is this person's great gamble with the number of high freq betting shops having exploded in recent years we're taking a look at one machine the cool thing huge concern among campaign is on whether or not. living up to the promise is the socially responsible behavior more on how betting machines are proving your resistible to both galleries and bookmakers in just a few minutes here on our. i knew the government upon the sun has been following the so-called peace process for
the past three four years and the result of the gods from this peace process was more assassination more killing go hold our leaders a more violent suicide bombing. unless peace. so i think the cut in peace process it up on the sun needs to be revised. i think we have to bring movies you know powers on and especially those countries that they have actually been supporting to the reason why the extra means that they have been turning them down have been providing. this. yes marcus thought we need to talk to them. all right.
back to watching r t international labor m.p.'s in the u.k. have failed to convince ministers to restrict stakes and prizes in betting machines installed in bookmakers shops the fixed odds terminals into which britons pump billions of pounds have been dubbed a crack cocaine on the high street parties are first reports on the high stakes diction. there are high risk high stakes gaming machines this in the u.k. betting industry more than a billion pounds each year for. a short fix of. a machine. and to comply. to one hundred every twenty seconds this is a twenty second repeat cycle every twenty seconds.
three hundred power my children my wife my job my self-esteem. ok. the government's two thousand and five gambling act limited the number of. shops allowed to have to four machines now more recently in response to both public and political concern the association of british bookmakers has released a voluntary code of conduct aimed at encouraging socially responsible behavior but we've seen evidence of among some leading. everyone seems to be playing strictly by the rules inside this labrat says a glass petition it enables the store to carry not full but eight full p. machines which are the ones. that you.
are. in a statement about the store said this shop was a concept shop and there are no plans to any further shops of this kind. in terms of. responsible behind a completely responsible ex army major just in ase well how devastating the effects of a gambling addiction can be a last point was the day when. my mom my dad and my little brother who's actually taller than me came and just said that we've got to get you out of here. and those just crying in. that's when i lost all my pride and i was completely humiliated but it's great
because that was the day. i realized my recovery justin's written a book about his experience and is helping others and their rights to recovery but with scant research into the effects of these machines and if the industry seeks to maximize profit campaign is warn the not taking action eva full is one gamble person come to food to take. on the london and r.t. dot com adoption swap allegations prompts russian authorities to take action. we intend to look at evidence that russian children have been trafficked online in america the full story is on our website what's. the future is almost here don't be surprised if you come across a robot instead of a sales man in a shop it's just google's latest high tech idea all these stories are just a click away on our t. dot com. and calls are mounting for
a broad international effort to secure the release of twelve nuns reportedly held hostage by radical islamist rebels in syria the women were seized from a modest or a jury in opposition assault on a predominantly christian town pope francis called for prayers for the nuns and the three orphaned young women who were moved to the nearby town of your brood syria's minorities including christians have mostly been siding with assad or remain neutral in syria's civil war often becoming a target of the rebels increasingly dominated by as lawmaker trimmest syrian ambassador to un bashar de faria told r.t. some foreign powers have influence over the kidnappers. we ask the security council members and the secretary to act immediately and to shoulder their responsibilities in order to make the states and governments who may have influence over these terrorist groups so that they would be released without any condition. and the
orphans we should make a petition are actually on the saudi government and the qatari government as well as a government these three governments are deeply involved in escalating the situation in syria through the operations conducted undertaken by terrorist groups. the world's mourning the death of nelson mandela south africa's first black president who led the country out of decades of apartheid mandela died at the age of ninety five at his home in johannesburg following a long illness reacting to the news of his death world leaders have praised him as a giant for justice and a hero of our time crowds took to the streets and john has worked to grieve mandela's death and celebrate his legacy announcing the news the country's president jacob zuma said his nation has lost its greatest son after memorial service expected to draw tens of thousands of mourners mandela's body will be flown to his home village and he will be interred on his family estate according to his
wishes are just fall asleep the legacy of the iconic leader. he's the man who pulled a troubled and divided land back from the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walks free from prison in his heart was not to avenge but i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world tightest he published the image of nelson mandela an image recognized around the world only coca-cola is bishan own but a man who struggle for racial equality again south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about now someone better than either of you know struggle. i read they call. someone. and brace violence as a as a necessary political instrument at
a particular juncture in our history and this house was the secret hip courtis of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were wasted put on trial and sentencing to life in prison at what was known as the rivonia trial in one thousand nine hundred sixty four mandela and ten of his colleagues faced the death penalty for sabotage nelson mandela was called a terrorist because he took up arms against their party government. governments lie to support the government they claim legitimacy the west had big investments gold mines industry the sea transport links to the east the cape route was very important they supported the apartheid government any opponent was there for a terrorist it's don't fall apart it would have lasted as long as it did if the world community hadn't closed ranks behind the white government british prime minister margaret thatcher denounced mandela as
a terrorist years later she welcomed mandela to downing street. washington also did a one hundred eighty degree turn although it was only in two thousand and eight that it was moved all references to mandela and his colleagues as terrorists from its database mandela was not alone in world leaders who endured a love hate relationship at the hands of the west darlings of the west one moment villains the next libya's moammar gadhafi egypt's hosni mubarak to name but a few south african journalist chris bishop believes the one nine hundred sixty four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. these gentlemen who were on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people on in the dark. transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa they became the freedom fighters they began the men of principle who were
standing up merely for the rights of others and it's turned world opinion around from reviled terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also a familiar tale of governments putting a garland of flowers around your neck one day and a rope the next. r.t. johannesburg south africa. for more reaction to. death of nelson mandela opinions and analysis of his legacy had to our website r t v dot com. france is the fans minister says military operations have begun in the central african republic after president along promised to take immediate action to curb the escalation of sectarian violence there earlier a un security council resolution authorized french troops to join an african peacekeeping force fresh clashes between local militias in the capital bangui have
killed over one hundred people muslim rebels who seized power in march are fighting with christians who support the ousted president this is sparked fears that the conflict could expand into a full blown civil war hundreds of french troops are already deployed in the republic and neighboring states of a human is a key were added to a pattern for the newswire says that improving the security situation in the country is not france's main goal there. i do not believe that france has the capability of normalizing the central situation inside the central african republic . is only pursuing its own national interests it's also competing with the role of the united states on the african continent the u.s. has intervened extensively over the last several years in africa and numerous countries there's the united states africa command in africa so for us as well does not want to be left out of this new scramble for africa people have to keep in
mind that the central african republic has a very important strategic resources such as goal diamonds in your radium which are essential to the overall international economic system so this is part of the ongoing imperialist rivalry between france and nine of states for control of post-colonial africa. now some more stories making headlines this hour in northern somalia suicide bombers killed at least nine people in an attack on to pickup trucks carrying members of a maritime police unit thirty seven officers were also injured in the attack no group has said they carried out the assault but all should be obvious thought to be the number one suspect after being pushed from their strongholds the al qaida linked insurgents have been trying to gain control of the north of the country. western europe is being battered by severe weather two people have been killed and
thousands moved to safety as the worst tidal surge in sixty years sweeps down the british coast around one hundred thousand homes are left without power in scotland and environmental agency spokesman says that six thousand properties in england and wales could be flooded. hundreds have protested in islamabad against american drone strikes in pakistan the rally was staged by terry can south already and led by a former cricket star imran khan and as traitors chanted anti-u.s. slogans and amanat and immediate and to all drone attacks the strikes are deeply unpopular in pakistan but american officials say they are crucial in the fight against terror. well you're watching r t n stay with us for a diverse opinion sowell observations and just straight talk with so sure nancy and so we go coming up next.
we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader while people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever sort of group of rebels protestors are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others
are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been storming of buildings less than a month ago i might be a conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. the. economic downturn in the final. days the london sank night and the rest because i think the case will be every week.
helen welcome to sophie and co i'm sophie shevardnadze afghanistan has been a black hole swallowing people and the resources of anyone brave enough to step in after eight years and years of battles first while the soviets and the americans still end is still locked in strife is afghanistan hopeless well there is one person who definitely doesn't think so. to be born you know afghanistan. could be a harder lot for a person as a baby she was left to die in the soul and not to have to suffer all her life but she survived and advanced and believes in the future of her homeland follows uku field once more than just to improve two thirds of women in afghanistan.