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four hour and. twenty four. with our cheat. breaking news dominated this hour on our team to national and terrorist attack in the russian city of volgograd kills fifteen and injures dozens more an alleged female suicide bomber targeted the city's main railway station. the week's top headlines this hour mass rallies in turkey to demand the government step down over a wide ranging corruption scandal and that with a tough police response. and we'll also look at the stories that shaped twenty said seen again that source cia contractor turned a whistleblower edward snowden expose america's far reaching and global surveillance.
international news life from moscow international with me thanks for joining us and we start with breaking news this hour fifteen people have been killed in a suicide bomb blast in russia's southern city of volgograd that number has been revised down after earlier reports suggested eighteen were dead dozens more were injured by the blast which was detonated at the city's central railway station across life. is going on for the details right now hi there you go so what more do we know about the blast was the latest or the worst was caused by a few more suicide bomber at the checkpoint at the entrance to the central train station right now it's been confirmed that fifteen people were killed including one policeman and dozens of others were injured the policeman tried stopping the woman from committing the attack and all this happened queue of passengers were standing
there waiting for their luggage to be checked right now investigators are working there on the scene the brother. and sent his representative to volgograd to control the situation on the spot reportedly the blast was very powerful several stories of the train stations buildings building were damaged in it and here's how witnesses describe what was happening. i was inside in the waiting hold i was seeing my friend off to moscow i heard an explosion i didn't realize what had happened but then i saw the giant entrance door was completely ruined and people were coming out with their here and bodies burnt they were severely hurt then they started to carry out people and everything was in ruins covered in plastic broken during the explosion was very powerful the emergencies ministry has been on standby ready to send planes to going to to provide medical assistance to the injured and possibly
to evacuate some of those who need more sophisticated medical help to moscow and it's already been announced that generally first second and third will be days of mourning in the region and it was the second terror attack on the sixth day in the past few months was at or exactly just around two months ago and we're told were another female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on a public bus killing herself and six others and wounding over thirty other passengers well this just shows that even though people are alert witnesses have also been saying that everybody is alert and cautious after that attack and fortunately that's still not enough to prevent these things from reoccurring. the group is going to have live from central moscow you are with many thanks indeed for that. there's been a lot of reaction to the rants involved right on social media on twitter for example eyewitnesses have been posting their reports on the scene and here's some
of them let's now take a look here at photographer who lives nearby twit had that the blast was so powerful they must see the doors of the railway station have been completely blown out another witness reports that people immediately a riot at the scene to help the victims there while the deputy head of the city twitter overall the grounds top officials at the scene right now there and senior lecturer at moscow state university mark. he explained why he believes this is he came under attack it's an easy and close target to the south of the caucasus just yesterday there the russian security services reported that a principle to the self-styled amir of the caucasus dog. was killed in darkest on by security forces i think we can look at this attack today as for more than likely
a very rapid reaction revenge attack for the killing of this. and there are reports a policeman who was killed trying to stop the suspect just before the bomb was detonated about it says that great efforts are put in place to prevent such tragedies that. surety has been in a heightened condition regarding the threat of terrorist attacks for the last year as we approach a countdown to the sochi olympic games the. several services of russia have already announced that they have stopped a large quite a large number of terrorist incidents throughout the last year and are constantly reporting on a number of militants they have killed however this obviously it only takes one to get through and this is what we've seen a most recently in. and now in volgograd and with
political observers sergei struck can enhance believes the nature of that point said al qaida cells operating inventions north caucuses what is already clear now that they was a suicide bomber let me just recall one of the if statements which was made by the media to turn terrorists adore kumara who if i'm not mistaken last year came up we would just. appeal for terrorists just to come up with a terrorist act so i think that most probably says the part of the file which is leading to chant on the ground and terminus and fred with their threat of global terrorism is a common risk that all countries should deal with to get their. i think terrorism president nature to be. the motivations of the woman and strap explosives on on her cell phone and walk into
a crowded train station like that it obviously comes from somewhere and each analyze that but at the same time i am not i kept the only person wishing international would get its act together and cooperate much more. in dealing with these these kinds of threats. and will be closely following the developments and we'll bring you all the details as we get them and you can also call for a minute by minute timeline of the events in belgrade. and now to the week's top stories thousands gathered in terre cass capital ankara to demand the resignation of the country's government that's after a violent dispersal of protesters and a stumble on friday night where police used tear gas and rubber bullets against the crowds they run by a corruption probe that's led to major combat over shuffle and arrests of government officials. has been falling gave france.
it's not uncommon site so they stumble streets and hear the steam box by widespread protests but this time the rallies taking place in the wake of a corruption crackdown that's what the government the threats to prime minister. not just in the streets but from within using hasi the turnout for the demonstration was significantly smaller than that seemed to some of them the last of the clashes break out between these protesters but other times been in power for such a long time has maintained control a lot of people said that a lot of good things stirred the country why now the. mood actually it has become very good for protests throughout. this summit that is looking for that is not the this is a victory though to still. be too publicly out of the protests the prime minister
remains defiant and continue to blame the corruption probe well the foreign conspiracy you know if you can a second wave of detentions may still be possible that the tide being in deadlock for mainz with the police the prosecutor publicly accused of the enforcement being in the government's pocket by refusing a court decision to carry out will raids government officials and their families as that political drama continues to unfold arguably the biggest test now facing the embattled prime minister who lies ahead of him match. test for mr rather i am. extremely crucial. bad. as. the future.
may be very difficult. and. and it could well be that when these local elections take place that the full impact of the corruption scandals security. served. is that both. pas and for all mogilny hail holder koskie says he is now on a mission to help his child a serious kids and their cases until the witnesses and victims say they're rarely get their voices heard in the western media that's just ahead after the break. the siege of st augustine the strategic mission to try. and undercover team of journalists trying to release wiki leaks documents some out there how the united states is trying to. be a local media more pro-american they encounter fear ignorance and pressure.
the country blocks the way to information freedom. media stuff on our t.v. . they don't want to tell us all on earth have accepted the fact this is our planet and that we have the right to run it but they're very very concerned that they don't think we're good stewards of our planet we're not we're cutting clear cutting our forests were polluting our rivers and our lakes and we're dumping sewage in the oceans we're doing all sorts of things which are not what good stewards of their old school should be doing and they don't like that and they've made it very clear as a matter of fact this have given us a warning. here watching the we can all see international while combined with the new year just
around the corner where looking back at the biggest stories of twenty first seen. hailed as a hero and condemned as a traitor cia whistleblower edward snowden revealed to the while just how much the u.s. is spying harvesting information and storing huge amounts of phone and internet data with every new delete and i say sabrina's appears more and more far reaching and she is going to check out looks now at how the revelations are changing the world because still whistleblower. edward snowden says george orwell's fictitious big brother is no match for the u.s. national security agency the tiresome collection of book microphones and videotape stevie's that watches are nothing compared to what we have. snowden revealed that is secret court rubber stamps warrants for telecommunication companies to hand out
the data of millions of their customers he also leave to the programs that the government uses to track virtually anything anybody does on the internet and also store that information. and he showed how the u.s. government had lie about mass surveillance does the n.s.a. collect any type of data. on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. no sir while most americans think to edward snowden the u.s. government techmeme is a spy and a traitor the united states government classified its evidence of its own criminal misconduct its its violations of the bill of rights what we're doing is said to caving to tell what terry in procedures which is gathering information about all the individuals in the world. the former intelligence contractor is now in exile knowing for certain that he'd go to jail should he return to the us like bradley and now chelsea manning who was sentenced to thirty five years in jail this august
so we can be smelling released many thousands of diplomatic cables and video proof of us involved thinking and want to find. another man who found himself in jail this year was john key the first u.s. official to confirm the government's use of waterboarding to interrogate carry suspects i caught up with him shortly before he went to have served his two and a half years sentence i have never believed that my case was about a leak i have always believed that my case is about torture in the hunt for whistleblowers journalists have been targeted as well u.s. authorities secretly tapped the phones of dozens of associated press journalists the partner of glenn greenwald who broke the story about in the states the valence was detained in london while carrying materials from edward snowden to british authorities so closely cooperate with washington now accuse him of quote terry's.
karen swartz was neither a whistleblower nor a journalist well it was a champion of the free internet fighting against censorship he fails and advocating the online when the use of. as much information as possible on the government on january eleventh the twenty six year old committed suicide. prosecutors wanted to put him in jail for up to thirty five years for downloading academic articles from a subscription based research website at his going to versity with the intent to make them available to the public this was somebody who was pushed to the church by what i think of as a kind of bullying by our government a government for treated him as if he were nine eleven terrorists edward snowden's revelations showed with the kind of surveillance that governments are doing i would seize out the window but this year will also learn what happens to those who embrace this new age of openness and accessibility of information showed that while
governments in the u.s. government first and foremost won their populations to be open and transparent they themselves become increasingly secretive in washington i'm going to check on our team. let's now take a closer look at one snowden expose about n.s.a. surveillance its collection millions of phone records in america every day and it also has access to internet giants like google facebook and microsoft and is harvesting online data around the globe on top of the security agency targets european citizens and even topsy you need is but at the same time germany and the u.k. along with australia and canada actually closely collaboration with american intelligence latin american governments and companies are a major target for you are spies plus the n.s.a. is collecting data from fiber optic cables that carry most of the world's internet and phone traffic former cia officer ray mcgovern believes those violating privacy
should face justice betty. i am delighted to hear that ed snowden on his desk in honolulu had a copy of the constitution of the united states of all dog eared because he used it to argue with his and his compatriots there it is say as to whether what they were doing was illegal whether it was constitutional whether it was a crime for them to be corrupt to be cooperated in using their technical expertise to violate america's privacy right and left the question should be why those who are aided and abetted this whether they should be in the spose peached in their case and brought to trial for the use of gross violations of their solemn oath to. support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies throughout the day. showing. a road movie about we can make socks and it's on
a mission to wear veil sensitive secrets at six pm g.m.t. will have a live discussion about that project with a panel of guests talking about the challenges and dangers whistleblowers a facing as well as their role of the media in channeling their revelations stay with us. st augustine. strategic leadership. over team of journalists trying to release which leads documents about how the united states is trying to. meet the local media more pro-american counter to your ignorance and to pressure. the country blocks the way to information freedom. media stuff are today. and online for you right now breaking records an open space and our website
says a breathtaking video russian cosmonauts on a shuttle space walk which turned out to be the longest in twenty thirteen. and also that fast and furious hundreds of teenagers from the new york shopping center crushed windows and putting customers on stop in a panic to find out more about the you've gone wild have trotted out called. newly freed me will dedicate himself to helping what he calls political prisoners the money who until very recently was russia's most high profile inmate says he wants to pay back his debts to the people who are still incarcerated but as aussies paisa auto reports their cases have little to do with politics after ten years in jail. there's no decided to do freedom and some of these plans have caused a few raised only bros. some of my comrades remain in jail they
are my fellow sufferers for example my friend platon lebedev alexei protrusion there are still other political prisoners in russia not only those related to the u. cos case i am free now and i'm asking you to think of it as something which symbolizes that the efforts of civil societies can lead to the release of some people who no one thought would be able to walk free to chew good was the head of security for his daughter called these oil company you cos he's currently serving a life sentence for five counts of murder. in two thousand and seven a court convicted ordering the shooting of blood in me a pet you call the mayor of a town in siberia you call four hundred clashed with you can also over his insistence that the oil giant pay taxes due to his tone the court found no link between the murders and the head of you cos however because widow believes this was a crime that went to the top of the american by the us was registered there so when
it came to tax revenues it was answering to the mayor a nifty you got it before they depended on him and that was the only reason why he even imagine it only time will solve the mystery surrounding my husband's murder but i just like how do you have to keep your consensus and clear his conscience. while on trial for the murder of pair of legs the pitcher going with already serving twenty years in prison for the attempted murder of former holocaust good byes are all good cause dinner after quitting her post with you cos she went on to work is the head of p.r. for the mayor of moscow it was then that a bomb was placed in her moscow apartment fortunately it detonated while no one was home. sees the holocaust these comments about political prisoners as self-serving. how to craft a hostage of his own party he can't act differently now if he ever. recognizes what
his security forces were doing but he will automatically become responsible i think now you fears that. may start talking and what the third ucas case could potentially be is a further investigation into those murders and assaults which the company security forces carried out of the four hundred he has no other choice he will continue to insist people from the security department are political prisoners that are and he will pretend to be pushing for release the delusion being heaped upon mr holocaust years left some of those watching feeling that only half the story is being told he thought a lot of oil not physically a bar by means of for a score many pollution. kind of businessman in the worst who had done the same waterfall thought that in prison of this story told in the worst. peter all of a of berlin and later on sunday
a rescue ship should reach a trapped russian research vessel which is stuck in thick. is heard the australian ice breaker will be able to reach this trended academic schakowsky after failed attempts by french and chinese ships just by being stuck in the ice since christmas their scientists on board the ship are said to be in good spirits and continuing their work. and out of some other stories making headlines around the globe this hour in the libyan capital tripoli protesters besieged the foreign ministry building demanding the government step down its comes a few days after dozens of armed men blocked a portion of the capital and entrance to the central bank they drove up to the building in trucks and allowed staff to leave because the relations are demanding the resignation of the country's prime minister down. israel has shelled neighboring lebanon after two rockets struck its northern territories
witnesses say over twenty shells hit lebanese border areas no injuries or damage have been reported on either side the frontier between the two countries has largely been peaceful social movement hours and sex but tensions escalated earlier this month when lebanese army snipers opened fired calls the border and killed an israeli troops. and recount now breaking news story of fifteen people have been killed in a suicide bomb blast in russia's southern city of volgograd dozens more were injured by the blast which was detonated at the city's central railway station. i was inside in the waiting call but i heard an explosion and i didn't realized what had happened to them and i saw the giant engines do was completely ruined but you know people were coming out here it's not just what we. just said to have been stormed by a policeman before same time that's all the taxes and the entrance to the railway terminal last was extremely powerful causing the doors and windows of the station
to be blown out completely. up next how getting classified documents into the public domain is even tricare rather than finding them in the us. although i have gone duck hunting a few times i've never seen the duck dynasty t.v. show but gosh i heard about the scandal involving one of the stars of the show phil robertson who got suspended for making what many consider anti homo sexual comments in an interview this celebrity scandal is creating a lot of arguments about freedom of speech on social networks many people who believe that robertson deserved to be booted from the show for what he said argue that freedom of speech means that robertson can't be arrested by the government for what he said but the any t.v.
channel has the right to fire whom they like the thing is that if the situation were reversed and robertson was fired for making pro l.g. p.t. statements then people who are currently defending any right to hire and fire as they please would all be bashing the t.v. channel for violating the stars freedom of speech think cry that firing him would violate his rights and i'm sure some websites would make him into a hero or demand a boycott a closing of forever very few people actually believe in freedom of speech for all they just believe in freedom of speech for people who agree with them but that's just my opinion. one of the twenty fourteen olympics was this boy's life and why is it so special as the russian resort prepares to open the world power the games should be in the city's present and future but most sochi will bring it this is a moment they're reporting from a very cold snowy windy mountainous stuff yet beyond the olympics
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