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this is why you should care only dot com. you're watching r t tonight afghan outrage over the deaths of children in another american airstrike but nato officials insist it was an operation to disrupt the insurgency we report. a key syrian opposition group refuses to take part in next week's peace talks as moscow brings together iran and syria as foreign ministers to try to help with the groundwork for the conference. and can't see eye to eye on this spy case hopes fading for germany and the u.s. on a deal to stop snooping on each other as the route of bugging the berlin leadership rumbles on.
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over again even just after nine pm here in moscow just as the new money was kevin now in our top story afghanistan's president hamid karzai has ordered an inquiry into the u.s. air strike which killed eight civilians seven of them children the night raid targeted a residential area north of kabul despite the government's pleas for american forces to stop hitting villages he did from artie's arabic channel reports from the region. as a result of american barman's in afghanistan there have been a lot of civilian casualties one women worst was killed and seven children along with one civilian is injured according to the statements by haim it karzai is office they have asked the americans to give an explanation of such of the environment specifically an area for the past few weeks it has shorn kinds of resentments and fighting between the knot of forces and of our forces in one side and the taliban forces and the other side but the bombardment has not actually
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touched or heads any kind of taliban house or any type of our leaders in that area it's only has. targeted the civilian and dick as well if he has been civilians according to the statement by the car as a of for its part maters directly refuting what president karzai claims saying only two civilians died in what he described as defensive support to afghan forces and military chiefs who quick to spread the blame for the deaths saying that local district in provincial officials were informed of this operation in advance so the statement reads the international security assistance force it also says the operation was meant to disrupt insurgent activity foreign policy on this kind of move had told us the afghan government shouldn't buy the earth's and instead to demand justice for innocent victims here. that's always the argument that the foreign powers make they always make it sound like they're invading
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a country just because they care so much about the people that are under attack but all over the world you can see the fruits of us foreign intervention and these kind of massacres are really built in to foreign interventions you can see it wherever this happens whether in the middle east africa asia anywhere the result is poverty misery suffering they've never improve the lives of the people in the people have the right to run their own country a president karzai if he represents the afghan people should be demanding that reparations be paid to the people of afghanistan for the so many crimes that have been committed there for all the people killed for all the lives lost for all the poverty and misery created by u.s. intervention and those reparations shouldn't come from ordinary working class americans it ought to come from halliburton it ought to come from general electric and all the military contractors that have made so much money off of the destruction of the people in afghanistan and so many other countries in the world. go to schools on the us to stop a budding civilian it is unfolding flat presidential aide recently spoke of how many more innocent afghans have to get the attention of u.s. officials the issue of child casualties is of course especially to auntie's been
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looking into that. just last week an accidental shot by u.s. special forces on the dry bloodiest day in ground about ghana stands helmand province a four year old boy and troops say they mistakenly shot that child and dusty weather well the toddler's death is a painful reminder that there are still serious collateral damage since the afghanistan invasion began more than a decade ago april twenty third seen an airstrike killed eleven afghan children and the coup in our province in the east here of the un numbers in two thousand and nine one hundred thirty one children in airstrikes twenty two died in nighttime raids by two thousand and eleven one hundred ten children killed in two thousand and twelve seventy four children died and so far the hundreds of children's deaths at the hands of foreign troops have not perpetuated a single political actor on the world stage to change the policy on the ground will that's until now while collecting the data about civilian casualties is difficult
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when u.n. figures do not represent the true number of children killed by foreign forces. corresponding modern how civilian casualties from american military operations of put the u.s. afghan security on very shaky ground washington's draft is pushing just foundations of its soldiers to remain in afghanistan after the combat mission ends later this year although the role is supposed to be to support local forces the u.s. still wants its troops to be able to carry out attacks and right afghan homes at the same time being immune to afghan prosecution president causes reluctant to approve the deal demanding that ending the airstrikes is a precondition for any agreement. in other news tonight egypt's military leaders get their way a referendum a landslide but not everyone is convinced about the next constitution coming up later than we hear expert opinion on whether the current regime will do previous
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government is it going too far change. one of the main syrian opposition groups is again refusing to take part in the long delayed peace talks jewel for a week's time moscow's hosting the iranian and syrian foreign ministers trying to pave the way to those elusive negotiations artie's paul scott's following the fresh round of syrian diplomacy the syrian national coordination committee has decided that they won't attend the talks on syria in geneva starting next wednesday now they're not one of the most influential factions in the opposition movement but there are hopes that there isn't a domino effect with other opposition groups deciding not to attend the make up of the two delegations is still unclear but one side who does want to attend or might not be there is the arranging in government russia believes that their influence in the region should give them a right to attend along with another influential regional player in saudi arabia but the foreign ministers of both iran and syria have been in moscow on thursday
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they met with russian president vladimir putin and also met with russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov who says that successful talks are in the interest of the entire international community and that iran has a role to play like the syrian people and the people of iran we want to eliminate the hard bits of terrorism on syria's territory this is our unified position so it seems that with these talks now just days away the diplomatic wranglings have already begun for scott well after the high level meeting of moscow iran's foreign minister spoke to r.t. sophie shevardnadze he says syria's future should be decided through voting that the opposition's demands for a sad removal is a precondition for peace talks makes no sense. it seems that there is a great deal of insecurity among those people who are setting conditions for even negotiations this should happen and that should happen this should be the outcome of the negotiations here that should be the outcome going to go she asians if the
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people have confidence in their ability to attract the syrian people if they believe they are present in the bishes of the syrian population then they should be ready to go to the ballot box why do they need to set preconditions and it's awfully down to the site at the end of the day no country other the syrian people can decide what will happen in syria and if they try to impose their riches on the syrian people sooner or later they'll see the failure of that process i. i. you can see more of that interview in sophie's program in the now meantime on the ground in syria over a thousand people have now been killed during into rebel fighting with radicals connected to al qaeda now waging war against more moderate groups where the opposition group still undecided said generally on its participation in peace talks the conference without them is still better than nothing says foreign affairs
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expert yan van achen he spoke to me earlier. there's so many huddling and infighting in there i can't judge who is going to go and who's not going to go so from the different opposition groups or do you have to screwups whatsoever i can't say i think some of them will attend and some may not but you know that's really guesswork if you want to discuss peace olution for the whole of syria then you need to involve all of the syrian fractions whoever is fighting there are so if some parts are missing like the kurdish then what very difficult to find a solution for all of it but even if some one coming i think it's too worthwhile to have the geneva talks even if we only have a partial. solution it's better than nothing. reports from germany say the talks with the united states to get a no spy agreement looks set to fail lengthy discussions have been ongoing since america's n.s.a. was exposed snooping on its allies at the very highest levels even germany furious
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and comparing it to the notorious east german secret police one veteran of the organization spoke to artie's peter oliver about whether the two organizations really do have anything in common. on finding out that the united states attempt to private mobile phone and gloom urkel confronted president obama with this claim. former offices in the east german secret police which was known as the stars e of a warning for the n.s.a. if they think must surveillance is the solution to a nation's problems who quote if it's even the best qualified and most advanced secret service cannot save the state we showed you that away from the professed shock of the politicians at the n.s.a. spying ability how does it compare with the actions of the east german secret services during the cold war. this is exactly as illegal as some of the tactics
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that the stars are used to employ it is a breach of human rights but the government machine is so powerful that you can't stop it edward snowden's leaks about the shape and scope of n.s.a. surveillance show in germany as one of the top targets for u.s. snooping again. on top of the commonest meaning to devil's mountain life the remnants of the last major n.s.a. spying program to look into the private lives of the people of berlin or it's a bond and now back in the day this post with ears to listen in normally private phone calls of thousands of citizens in both the east and the west of the fifty then it was thousands of calls now it's millions sometimes tens of millions of data connections that are tracked and logged. the way they do it now is much more intensive your web browsing history credit cards they can build
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a profile on you way easier than was ever possible in my day. the didn't have access to this type of technology they relied on developing personal contacts and even those who were working in counterintelligence in the west were ours even they said it we were pretty good even then the fear of being listened into is taken seriously as one former officer charged with looking into nato told us. i asked my superior officer is there any technology we have that they can use to stop eavesdropping on my calls yes just don't pick it up these veterans of the spy game might be impressed by the capabilities of the n.s.a. but they're cautious about the quality of the information collected for lessons yet they relied too much on technology that technology might let you locate a person or listen to their cause it doesn't let you know what they think with the usa doing all it can to justify its intelligence gathering the operation dubbed two
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point zero by critics except to continue for some time yet peter all of a r.t. germany. or meantime president obama is expected to unveil a proposal this week to spring clean the n.s.a.'s activities but critics are expecting too much the editor in chief of the german global current affairs magazine compound isn't convinced that washington will ever agree to give up spying on berlin. the americans are not willing to do. any good press perhaps they give a kind of humiliating. that is not accepted by all the attempts of the government and the american government to cool dollar the discussion. have failed. now we are back to the situation all for let's say october last year after all snowden came out with. the spying on the mobile phone off transamerica.
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discussion of will. in in the next weeks i think coming up the worldwide race to the top of the world's gathering steam as the arctic ice melt routes and resources you can say with me kevin know it because we're looking at how that's there for paving where the competition may be in the future conflict well after this break. we speak your language. use program some documentary some spanish matters to you. turn it into angles stories. here. the spanish find out more visit.
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with almost all the votes counted early results from egypt's referendum suggest overwhelming backing for the country's new constitution proposed by the military backed interim government supporters of the ousted muslim brotherhood boycotted the
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vote though calling it illegitimate and promising to challenge the results the first day of voting so levon killed and scores injured in clashes between anti regime protesters and the police for the month long military crackdown in support of the deposed president mohammed morsy protests without police approval while the muslim brotherhood was declared a terrorist group by the government in late december the president of the arab lawyers association told me that egypt sliding back into its dictatorial past he thinks. as a lawyer i've read the constitution the present constitution and the one before this present constitution the biggest problem it has in it is that it puts the me and the armed forces above the state and above the constitution people would have to understand that egypt is the only out of country that the army actually is in control beyond any other country all the people who rose against mubarak are now being offered and you mubarak situation in every sense of the word and even
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a harsher mubarak regime the at the present moment i think the government in egypt at the present moment it's gone way beyond the previous regimes in its treatment to the citizens who do not support it. so world news in brief a suicide car bombers struck a hezbollah stronghold in lebanon near the syrian border is killed four people there at least twenty six others were hurt in the explosion near a local government building as well as deployment of fighters to help president assad to see violence spread from syria but a tug came shortly to before an international tribunal again for hezbollah members of the assassination of former lebanese prime minister. palestinian medical sources say israeli airstrikes on gaza wounded a woman and four children israel claims it struck in retaliation after intercepting five rockets from gaza and blames her mass for all cross border missile fire local
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residents woken up to the sound of explosions and began inspected with damage. the arctic's thinning ice is gradually opening up across massive oil and gas reserves have been hidden under the polar sea bed under the ice but with an increasing number of states having to exploit the region's riches getting everyone to agree on how to divide it up could prove tricky turns out his report on the story. melting icecaps in the arctic have ignited a military build up over the world's smallest ocean and the royal riches buried beneath it the arctic circle is believed to contain thirty percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and fifteen percent of its oil the future of the world economy to some extent is dependent on the arctic and i think you know russia canada the united states and norway and denmark are very interested in exploiting these resources last month canada abruptly claims that it owned the north pole
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while the united states with its alaskan outpost has plans to boost its military there claiming it lacks operational experience and needs to police the thinning ice as it's replaced by fuel filled maritime traffic but that's not all. actually u.s. submarines are deployed not too far away off the norwegian coast it would take us missiles sixteen to seventeen minutes to get from there to moscow so we really hope that with all the things that have been happening in the world over the past few decades we put the cold war confrontation behind us in all of five countries bordering the arctic sovereignty rights to resources within two hundred nautical miles of their territorial waterways but a growing up or take for a bigger slice of the pie is what many fear can inevitably spark a twenty first century cold war in the frozen waters there are also unexplored
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resources that we don't know yet to which country belongs which could be of course of interest to many countries do you think that smaller things could spark. tension and maybe more tension that we would like to see marina port nine r.t. new york. not for the future because of following polar ice is to get new perspectives for trading but i look at it the northern see euro is a shortcut for russia and europe to ship goods to asia there it is going across the whole journey from the atlantic to the pacific could reduce to just about three weeks and on the other side of the. another attractive trade route to that's the northwest passage through canada it goes that way thick ice has until now prevented navigation through that passage but things are changing i spoke to christopher perry he's a former british naval officer he says it's never never to be going to reste a conflict maybe at some point in the future if things. where i think we could have
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some disputes is there a number of other interested countries such as india china korea japan all getting very interested not just in the northern sea route but also in the resources that exist up there in the arctic already the chinese are operating in greenland to places like that and i think there will be a scramble by some of the other countries for some of those resources when the ice does recede so you're not just going to hurt the northern ca route across the top or russia and the northwest passage across canada you're also going to have a route around twenty fifty straight across the top of the north pole and that means that the countries that in the past of faced each other across the north pole that icy waste are now vocal in water for quite a few months of the year and that will introduce different perspectives different geometries and you're going to see. states also venturing into the arctic so it's going to be an interesting situation g.g. point of view probably around twenty forty five twenty fifty but people were
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getting ready for that of course it in the years leading up to that cheery another possible spot brewing leaders in spain is the wealthiest province of voted to ask madrid now if they can go it alone catalonia now they has its own language a distinct culture it's also responsible for a fifth the spain's wealth from the european partnership for independence and joining me now from catalonia is key city barcelona a very nice place to be as well for a good evening sure hi there i mean spain's constitution says that it's over the central government that can let anything like this happen anyway so catalonia is wasting his time in it. well that we have to bear in mind and highlight the fact that there more than eighty percent of catalans wish to express themselves either you've they want or not want the davenant's of catalonia so we're talking about democracy we're talking about the principle of democracy and universal rights as it
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is the universal right of self-determination so the constitution of spain a spanish constitution sometimes is a little bit kidnapped by the legal interpretation that the different spanish governments do from it obviously does no democratic constitution that can oppose to a majority of citizens of european citizens to not express themselves in the ballot box us doesn't make sense at all so it's a time for the spanish state to decide if they're going to be part of this positive democratic process of catalonia or even if they're going out to exclude themselves to put outside of pausing themselves to even the ones that they don't want the dup and that's can express them so i got you but i would have to justify that i got you but of course above you're a poor a spanish neighbors and some of those poor regions have a signal it's not about that it's because you rich and it is the richest region in
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spain you rich catalonians want to keep all the money to yourselves no. well there are now told is no it's not a question of economy it's not just of money actually spain maybe it's not that poor won't put on the have we actually think that the doubletons of cuts alone has going to be of benefit for catalonia for spain and for europe and the us i don't have any doubt that we are not about letting spain go bankrupt so if it's a question of money we will help we do whatever it's possible because for us it's not a question of money is about that we are a nation we know the a nation we know our rights and we are proud to prove that we know that and that we want to restore the state that we used to be with our constitution and our institutions so we can decide either about our own policies and be in the world without direct an official voice here in our own scotland you're hearing
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a similar thing from scotland as well right now because the country argument is it sounds great but are you really strong enough to be self-sufficient should we use the euro was the safety in numbers here yeah well yes we are actually catalonia. has a good economy we actually have a supermarket with europe as financially has a that's is stronger with your own you have big numbers don't mean the healthy healthy economy we have a lot of countries in europe denmark exactly right that they have the last numbers that we have so we don't have any and in any doubt about that or a lot of losses it's a night of thanks very program for the european partnership for dependents legs europe thank you you thank. there's chicken we've got online tito comb good news for you if you want your phone calls to stay private without and if they spoke this thing in if you were in a white check out
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a web site encryption firm says it's now developed a smartphone that lets users dial with discretion. to find out and also that two american troops may have drawn from iraq two years ago but abuses continue to hold the country gruesome pictures of the marines disposing of dead iraqis at the infamous abu ghraib prison get a lot of clips that want to see it so it's it's online. about with more news about now it's time for the straightforward honest one to one with sophie shevardnadze it's next after the break. the majority of congress are now millionaires for the first time in history
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according to the center for responsive politics which sounds pretty insulting when the average american is not doing so well financially this seems bad like a bunch of rich guys rule the country which they kind of do but one could argue that congress isn't rich enough first off due to inflation a billion dollars is not as much as it used to be especially the cost of a campaign to get in a congress costs around one million six hundred thousand dollars so yeah a million dollars of net worth may sound pretty rich to you or me but the expensive game of us politics these guys can't even afford the costs related to getting the work electoral campaigns are a big money affair serves no surprise that people like you or me can't get into the law making business without selling at least a little piece of our souls to someone who has very deep pockets so again the problem isn't that congressmen are wealthy it is that many of them have to get constant financing in order to maintain their positions. it is you average folks know once you're in debt they've got you by the throat well that's just my opinion .
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still in oregon is suing nike for one hundred million dollars claiming that the company failed to include a warning on its air jordan stickers that they could be used as dangerous weapons after a used his own pair to be. another pimp this from the pacific northwest a bill gates continues to pimp out your privacy and data to the n.s.a. and many other forgot the spy agency want to give a few bucks but rather than use a sneaker the boy says companies software products including skype as a dangerous weapon against the constitutional rights of unsuspecting customers of the products will gates to himself when he gets caught.
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hello and welcome to surf and co i'm surfing shevardnadze the foreign minister of the it on this in russia had of the next round of syria peace talks when the nuclear negotiations finally progress and tehran is seeing diplomatic doors open can't help solve the syria question what is being discussed with moscow and we'll hear read name in richmond continue we caught up with mr soueif to find out the answers first hand. drawn is on the verge of a diplomatic breakthrough with decades of deadlock over terrorists nuclear program may be over. the group of crippling sanctions seems closer than ever and world powers are even asking for iran's help with ending the war in syria on top of that there is a new billion.

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