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at midnight for moscow afghan outrage over the deaths of children in another american airstrike but makes officials insist it was an operation to disrupt insurgency we report. the u.s. secretary of state says syria is a magnet for terrorists and head of the peace conference in geneva as moscow brings together rand and syria's foreign ministers to try to help with the groundwork for the talk. and see eye to eye on this spice hoax fade from germany and the u.s. in a deal to stop snooping on each other as the route of a bugging the pearly leadership rumbles on.
this is r.t. international my name is kevin zero in a very warm welcome so if you just joined us this morning our top story afghanistan's president hamid karzai is no order of inquiry into the u.s. airstrike that 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 had seen from r.t. the 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. her as a's office they have asked the americans to give an explanation still such as the environment specific area for the past few weeks it has shorn kinds of resentment and fighting between the not of forces and of our forces in one side and the taliban forces and
the other side but the bombardment has not. hit any kind of taliban house or any type of our leaders in that area it's only has. targeted the civilian and the casuality has been civilians according to the statement by the car as a for its part has direct refutable presidents karzai claims saying only two civilians died he would describe as defensive support to afghan forces and military chiefs who quick to spread the blame to for the deaths saying that quote local district in provincial officials were informed in advance of the operation and so the statement reads from the international security assistance force it also says the operation was meant to disrupt insurgent activity foreign policy and his color told us the afghan government shouldn't buy that and instead demand justice for innocent victims. that's always the argument that the foreign powers make they always make it sound like they're invading
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 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 made so much money off of the destruction of the people in afghanistan and so many other countries in the world of going to stone and schools in the u.s. to stop bugging civilian has been falling flat presidential aide recently spoke asking how many more innocent enough to have to die before it gets the attention of u.s. officials and quote with the issue of cho a casualty is
a cold especially to how it's been looking to the outside of it. just last week an accidental shot by u.s. special forces on the dry bloodiest day in ground about ghana stems helmand province a four year old boy troops say they mistakenly shot the child and dusty weather while 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 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 collecting the data about civilian casualties is difficult u.n.
figures do not represent the true number of children killed by foreign forces. mounting civilian casualties from american military operations and put the us afghan security part of a very shaky ground to washington's draft pushes for thousands of its soldiers to remain in afghanistan after their combat mission ends later this year although the role is supposed to be support for local forces the u.s. still wants his troops deal to carry out attacks and raids on afghan homes crucially while being immune to afghan prosecution to president karzai is reluctant to prove that deal demanding that ending the airstrikes is a precondition to any agreement. in other news be chips military leaders get their way with a referendum lambs lie just a bit later this week hear from an activist on whether the vote was as democratic as his be playing. the next u.s.
secretary of state john kerry has called syria a magnet for extrude may sue speaking just but hour ago and urged the syrian opposition to attend next week's peace talks it's due to vote on friday about whether or not to participate in it let's get some more details from middle east correspondent paula sleep hi there paula tell us a bit more about what the u.s. secretary of state had to say about these much anticipated talks that. well the u.s. secretary of state john kerry statement comes ahead of a meeting and by the opposition at which they are expected to decide whether or not they will participate in the geneva two summit later this month now kerry is urging for a u.s. decision that will see them participate in this conference kerry also saying that the syrian conflict has given rise to extremist groups that are now able to operate more freely in syrian territory that ultimately what we're seeing happening there is radicals coming to the fore the world needs no reminder that
syria has become the magnet for jihadists and extremists it is the strongest magnet for terror of anyplace today so it defies logic to imagine that those who bruges who whose brutality created this magnet how they could ever lead syria away from extremism and towards a better future is beyond any current logic or common sense. well this statement is raising our brows because we haven't in the past seen such harsh statements coming from washington in terms of the rebels fighting against the syrian president bashar assad what is unclear though is that when kerry makes reference to what he calls the brutality created that has created this terror magnet in fact he is holding responsible for this is that assad who is a countries like saudi arabia who reportedly has been lending list support to these
extremist groups now what we are hearing more and more in the international community is that it is syrians themselves who need to decide their own future and that any means being put forward need to be supported by both sides the opposition has repeatedly said that they want the syrian president assad to step down but what is not clear is who will then be the figure to be the country out of crisis will it be someone from opposition and if yes in who exactly will that person be because even now as we're hearing from the u.s. secretary of state you have your extremist groups that have come to the fore and that are essentially be yielding even more and more power amongst those fighting assad's forces. paula big worry about the potential power vacuum or co frankly up there much appreciated policy or a middle east correspondent or maybe some the syrian government has officially confirmed its participation the geneva talks but one of the main syrian opposition groups is game saying it's refusing to take part in this long delayed conference
moscow for its parts but hosting the syrian foreign minister is trying to pave the way to those elusive negotiations covering up all scott has been following this fresh round of diplomacy in moscow. 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 and the make up of the two delegations is still unclear but one side who does want to attend or might not be that is the arraignment 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 the foreign ministers of both iran and syria have been in moscow on thursday 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 well scott well after the high level meeting in moscow iran's foreign minister talked about to sophie shevardnadze he says syria's future should be decided through voting at the opposition's demands for assad's removal as 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 of the negotiations if the 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 wishes on the syrian people sooner or later they see the failure of that process. i. am on the ground in syria of a thousand people have been killed during into rebel fighting with radicals connected to al qaida no waging war more war against more moderate groups they would base political analysts a massive spoke to us and says the opposition's reluctance to take part of the peace conference will do no great harm those since the talks are going to focus on the role of international players the dialogue should be between the regime and the opposition in syria not in geneva or in our any other state so whether they boycotted the geneva or not it will have zero influence because geneva two it will
be an argument it will be an international accord that will divide the participants and the states that will participate in geneva two like to stop the funds and arming the syrian opposition and the terrorists in syria and also to look at the borders because we know that from geneva one into june of zero two. there are a lot of new brigades has been formed in syria like the islamic state in iraq and the eleventh and also this logic front this law make front is made by saudi arabia so when the united states and other parties are asking iran to abide by geneva one day we also have to ask saudi arabia to also accept geneva one which says to stop any kind of funding and sending terrorists into syria. ok something different next if you've been texting any mobile phone chances are the n.s.a. and g.c. h.q. know all about it now the guardian in the u.k.
and the u.k.'s channel four television used snowden's leaks to find the there's a program called dish fire which apparently gathers billions of messages from around the globe meantime beilin appears to have hit a dead end negotiating a no spy deal with washington across germany america's global surveillance has drawn comparisons indeed to the infamous east german secret police artist peter all of a met with some of those stars the veterans to find out what they have in common or not with the n.s.a. . on finding out that the united states attempt a private mobile phone call 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 quoted 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 can now absolutely this is exactly as illegal as some of the tactics 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 i would 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 communist leaning 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 its abundant now but back in the day this post with ears to listen in only private phone calls of thousands of citizens and both the east and the west of the city.
then it was thousands of calls now it's millions sometimes tens of millions of data connections that are tracked and logged it in the movie the way they do it now is much more intensive your web browsing history credit cards they can build a profile on you way easier than was ever possible in my day. didn't have access to this type of technology they rely on developing personal contacts. even those who are 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 human those fyrst my superior officer is there any technology we have that they can use to stop eavesdropping on my calls yeah answer 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 point zero by critics looks set to continue for some time yet peter all over r.t. germany. president expected to unveil a proposal this week to spring clean the n.s.a.'s activities but critics are expecting much later in chief of the german global current affairs magazine composite 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 treaty with the humiliating condition suppose that it's not acceptable the attempts of the truman government and of the american government to cool dawn
the discussion. have failed. to the situation all for let's say october last year after. their liberation to abolish the spying on them or by foreign oil for transamerica. discussions will heat up in in the next weeks i think. the worldwide race the top of the world's gathering steam has the out to go melts new roots in brazil says one thing up never showed its mother we'll look at how that's paving the way for competition worryingly even war. previously peacekeepers for a president who are concerned with monitoring peace deals in a post conflict environment nowadays they're increasingly asked to operate in a high risk obama while being violent still illegal to stay.
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it is in spades wealthiest province a vote it was madrid if they can go it alone catalonia not only has its own language a distinct culture it's also responsible too for a fifth of spain's wealth this is such a move to see this direct challenge to prime minister raju previously vowed to thwart a referendum on constitutional grounds and iraq for the european partnership for independence told me catalogs can't be prevented from having their say though. more than eighty percent of catalans wish to express themselves either if they want or not want the death of months of catalonia so we are talking about the more pressing obviously and there is certainly no one democratic institution that can hold to a majority of the citizens of european citizens to not express themselves in the ballot box and we actually think that the governance of catalonia is going to be a benefit for the ten or the other for spain and for europe because for us it's not
a question of money is about that we are a nation we know we are a nation we know our rights and we are browed to prove that we know that and that we want to restore this state that we used to be with our constitutions our institutions so we can decide either about our own policies. or the results from egypt's referendums just overwhelming backing for the country's new constitution proposed by the military backed interim government while leaders call it a political road to democracy supporters of the ousted muslim brotherhood boycotted the vote calling it illegitimate and forcing to challenge the result one activist told me earlier this vote is just more proof that the country sliding back to its dictatorial past. the majority of jit egyptians decided not to go to the ballot box because they actually have lost all hope that this military junta can actually conduct a constitutional process with foster cool let alone a real one this was conducted in an atmosphere of fear repression and intimidation
we've seen more than five hundred egyptians arrested just because they said no to this constitution it's understandable this is the return of the mobarak regime again and again the number is very similar to what we've seen in the mubarak era when all votes ended up being ninety nine point nine percent yes so whatever the results are this is an illegitimate process and the results are irrelevant more the big story tonight brief suicide car bomb struck a hezbollah stronghold in lebanon near the syrian border has killed four people at least twenty six others were hurt there explosions near a local government building apparently hezbollah's deployment of fighters to help president assad's nose in violence spread from syria the attack came shortly before an international tribunal against for hezbollah members to over 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 are blamed from us for all cross border missile fire local residents have broken as you can see at the sound of explosions and then began inspecting the rubble around. the arctic spinning ice is gradually opening up access to massive oil and gas reserves hidden under the polar sea bed but with an increasing number of states i mean to exploit the region's riches getting everyone to agree on how to divide it all up could prove tricky turns out is more important i's got the story. melting ice caps in the arctic have ignited a military build up over the world's smallest ocean and the 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 and 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 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 five countries bordering the arctic sovereignty rights to resources within two hundred nautical miles of their territorial waterways but a growing op a type 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
resources that we don't know yet to which country belongs which could be of course of interest to many countries i do think that. smaller things could spark both tension and maybe more tension that we would like to see marina port r.t. new york. you know that's the worry for the future but. there's a good side to look for a nice is a setting up access to potentially new a very profitable trade routes we've put them up to. that they show you the northern theory it says short cut for russia and europe to ship goods to either their age or their it goes in blue the whole journey and from the atlantic to the pacific they say could be reduced to just three weeks really good news if you want to get goods from that of there on the other side of the arctic there's another attractive trade route too as you can see in red that one is the northwest passage through canada thick ice is until now to prevent anyone getting through there navigating that passage but it is changing a bit of christopher perry
a former british naval officer he told me disputes the look at the head over the arctic will inevitably arise if it is where i think we could have some disputes is there are 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 have the northern see 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 face each other across the north pole that icy waste are going to have open water for quite a few months of the year and that will introduce different perspectives different geometries and you're going to see canada and you know these states also entering
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 will be getting ready for that of course in the years leading up to the. we should be following all the twists and turns you can count on. now the commission good news for you if you want your phone calls to say private with that n.s.a. spooks listening in highly encrypted for a says it's developed smartphone technology that lets users dial up with discretion if you want to read up more about that you get the details. and also the to much more sobering note american troops may have withdrawn from iraq two years ago but abuses continue to hold the country was more gruesome footage and picture is emerging of the rings disposing of dead iraqis at the infamous abu ghraib prison again that's a poem generating a lot of interest. ok will all disappear for half an hour but in the next news bulletin just about thirty three when it's time next and after that united nations
officials for peacekeeping operations talk to examine worlds apart. the international. the majority of congress are now millionaires for the first time in history 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 a special in the cost of a campaign to get in the 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 so it is no surprise that people like you or me can't get into the lawmaking business without selling at least a little piece of our soul. 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 and as you average folks know once you're in debt they've got you by the throat well that's just my opinion . alone welcome to wealth a part of the u.n. peacekeeping budget has never been larger and with the race missions around the
world keeps on growing but the prospect of global peace seems to be more lucid and africa is preventing voice still the best strategy for keeping peace what to discuss that i'm now joined by harvey. the u.n. undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations mr let's the state you very much for your time but you are the fourth frenchman in a row to hold this position i wonder what is it about the french diplomats that gets them selected so often for this role i don't think it is. a problem i mean it's just that the secretary general sort probably that was a suitable person for the job but you know it's more about doing the job done that is what it's about so you don't think that the french diplomats bring anything special to the table in this regard i think maybe experience because well professional diplomacy is.