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the headlines in r.t. to people who say it's troops made to exercise after president urged one says he was labeled an enemy of driving a wedge between ankara and the military alliance also to come to which it cracks down on a number of far right public figures in an effort to tackle extremism and hate speech questions are raised over its methods and rebellion in the ranks one hundred former supporters of the french president who just stinging attack against his centrist movement saying it has no respect for democracy. i. welcome coming to you live from moscow you're watching r.t. international now our top story this hour to use pulling its troops out of
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a nato exercise after president says he was branded and then a me in the alliances internal messaging network norway's defense minister has already apologized for the gaffe which further worsened relations between ankara and nato as poor sleep reports well this is a perfect example of how small things can blow up and add to deteriorating relations in a powerful military alliance that happened during a nato training exercise in norway where a poster was unveiled of enemy countries and the last thing you would expect is for the name of the turkish president as you are to be on their poster bearing in mind that turkey is a key player in nato now the turkish president added one has responded by saying he's pulling out the forty turkish soldiers who were participating in this exercise . they used an enemy chart in norway in that shot that was my name and after took a picture. i gave instructions to immediately withdraw the soldiers there can be no
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alliance wiped out. turkey is the second largest nato military force and also a key american ally in the middle east so it's not clear how this incident is going to affect relations the secretary general of nato has apologized saying that the mistake was conducted by a civilian contractor and not an employee of nato that it certainly doesn't represent their views an investigation is under way but it is perhaps ironic because the secretary general is himself from norway where these military drills were taking place so he's having to apologize for mistake in his own country the relationship between nato and turkey is already shaky you have the turkish president at the one criticizing concerns that were expressed by nato of a military deal between turkey and russia involving this four hundred empty air defense missile systems at the same time nato has repeatedly criticized the ones
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apparent what they say is an apparent autocratic tendencies and there's also been a lot of scrutiny regarding turkey's rule of law and democracy particularly when it comes to nato membership so the last thing the relationship between turkey and nato needs is for something like this to happen even if nato is insisting that it was a mistake. twitter is cracking down on far right groups and individuals it is stripping them of their verified status over fears the blue badge could be seen as an endorsement although critics are saying the measure is not being applied consistently. as more details. up until this week verification illustrated by a blue tick on twitter was a symbol that a user's account is genuine so if you take the account air don't old trump the blue take care to notice that yes these really are the words of the u.s. president it's a bit like a certificate of authenticity for a design a handbag or
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a hologram stick on the back of a box containing a computer game and high profile users like trump might have hundreds of fake and power into the accounts hence the blue tick but twitter says that somewhere along the line this verification became known as an endorsement verification has long been perceived as in the months this perception. open the benefit for public submissions and the people who. the blue tick perch started after twitter was criticized for verifying the account of this man jason the organizer of the deadly white nationalist rally in charlottesville an organist eventually twitter came up with an extensive list of the new guidelines the reasons for removing the symbol include intentionally misleading people
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promoting violence inciting harassment and the list goes on nearly detect uses include tommy robinson the former leader of the u.k.'s english defense league and white supremacist richard spencer ordinary twitter users have expressed confusion over the new policy. what about accounts like these mohammed al a reef a conservative sunni muslim cleric from saudi arabia banned from the u.k.
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in twenty fourteen his blue tick remains intact twitter says it's conducting a sweeping review of its verified accounts and it's possible that accounts like this may not have come up for review yet but even before the rethink twitter had been criticized for refusing to verify certain accounts that of wiki leaks editor julian assange for example or project various ass found james o'keefe both journalists with anti establishment views twitter didn't answer our t's request for more information regarding its policy review in recent months twitter has faced mounting criticism for failing to combat it stream as m. and hate speech it's not clear how making itself the arbiter of right and wrong with a seal of approval is going to fix that police boyko r t london us republican party activist john griffin told us why he sees the move as problematic
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so the idea of you know firing twitter accounts on the basis of hate is is more to me of a of a symbolic gesture towards preventing dialogue leads leads to you know more hateful discourse i think that what's being done is being done primarily because of top down political pressure to try to centrally silence some discussion but the the accounts that have been that have been blocked for hate speech frankly i don't think anyone has a problem with blocking them but the idea that this could create been to something where one side has an unfair advantage in most political discussions that's certainly a question that i think needs to be asked and looked at honestly. meanwhile facebook has also rolled out a new tool as part of its efforts to root out fake news it's introduced what are called trust indicators and they are supposed to help users distinguish between
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reliable publishes and those peddling misinformation online well for now it does cover only a small group of outlets but it will be expanded in the future the feature details the organizations editorial policies fact checking abilities as well as ownership structure but it's actually up to the companies to provide their own information we heard from a political activist who believes the social networking giant has let down its uses . facebook has the right to put whatever indicators it once but in doing so it's currently doing a major disservice to its clients it is essentially misleading them because it's basing its trust indicators on the completely flawed idea that what most of the us and mainstream media is reporting is basically true so by putting these indicators it is essentially giving a in in correctly a high level of trust facebook is
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a sort of unscientifically assuming that the currently accepted mainstream media is also trustworthy it is not trustworthy and so allowing these people that they've assumed before even beginning any kind of real review or any kind of real experimentation that they are trustworthy and then deciding to let them show that they're trustworthy by basically saying so is completely backwards. now arrogant and undemocratic that's how the french president's political movement has been described from the inside one hundred members of his centrist political group are quitting after publicly expressing contempt for his policies and actions show it to be in ski has more details it's only six months since emanuel met gone came to power in france on the back of a wave of his new movement on march but already the shine of the young french president and his political revolution is fading one hundred members of what is now law republican marsh say they quitting the party because the party which promised
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democracy isn't they say democratic and they say it's iraq and the movement launched by emmanuel macron in april twenty sixth started with the slogan the french people should be at the heart of political life not each decade. now the one hundred of us can't stay with a movement or party without a clear political line and that has failed to be based on the pillars of democracy denying with contempt the intelligence of the people the party leadership has dismissed the anger on the streets of france again and again just on thursday there were major protests held by the trade unions in france who fewest with reforms of the working directive and the latest poll suggests just how unpopular mr conne has become meanwhile mr man who is being accused of being the president of the rich
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says he doesn't know what the means and says he is the president of all french citizens commission is a difficult. thing for some forsake the system failed don't have offices or for save lives over that only shut down with every one hundred people leaving his own party may just be a drop in the ocean the reality is that many people in france are becoming incredibly unhappy with the young jupiter who had promised so much when he came into office. we spoke to the human rights and civil liberties activists yesterday who are to you says that mccrone should listen to the people. he's running his party in the same way he's running the country with oregon's and disdain for all evident i agree with him we shouldn't forget and i repeat myself the said here are a few weeks ago mccord came out of nowhere he was elected what fifty one percent of
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the french people abstain from voting during the a parliamentary elections fifty seven percent of the french also abstained from voting so this person has only two sets he's age and the stock market and that's also used to biggest liabilities because he has no deporting the french political system and he's also perceived as the president of the rich is stuck in the in that seat by the us it's on him to show more openness to was of french people and to listen to this street people want security but he sending them the police what depriving them of the jobs and you know the financial security people who want to are equal and fair access to job opportunities. the u.n. security council has been more chance to extend a joint investigation into chemical weapons attacks in syria japan has submitted a new draft for consideration and voting on the resolution is expected to be later this evening that's after russia and america stalled each other's attempts to
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extend the mandate of a group is on thursday kind of mopping has been following the story the usa had put forward a resolution it was blocked russia had put forward a resolution it was also blocked and there was quiet heated exchange of words inside the council chamber let's look at some of the highlights from yesterday's meeting russia has acted to stop these investigations public pressure is being blamed for everything as usual russia has helped to bury the truth legitimate trying to disparage our country russia has played games with human aggression is not playing games you are trying to play games with russia wants a mechanism but not an independent one would produce a protest against this blatant unprofessionalism russia has. killed the joint investigative mechanism. those who voted against russians draw for a solution are responsible for the find of the joint investigative mechanism to stop operating. the investigation was looking into constant
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coom in the city of concha kuhn back in april eighty people were killed in a chemical weapons attack now the united states their resolution will put forward essentially to just continue the investigation as normal now russia they put forward their resolution they called for reforms and changes in the manner in which the o.p.c. w was investigating the attack they pointed out that the syrian government was being blamed by the o.p.c. w. officials yet they never actually visited the site of the attack and they were relying on samples from third parties and that there were a lot of problems with the way the o.p.c. w. investigation was being carried out now japan is putting forward a resolution that would extend the investigation for thirty days now we've heard from the russian foreign ministry they have said moscow sees no point in technical extension of the mandate of o.p.c. w on syria without correcting the existing shortcomings it's interesting also to note that yesterday nikki haley claimed that u.s.
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officials were trying to reach russian officials and that somehow these calls were not being connected something was wrong with the phones now we've heard a response to those comments from russian's foreign minister sergei lavrov knew it was to dispose of. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations has claimed that will the recent attempts to reach our representative vasoline happens here to discuss a common text or a draft resolution that was supposed to money with you and i guess it means we have a new phenomenon in international relations not only do we have faith we also know how if we take diplomacy issue frequently diplomacy so it's same as the voting will go on taking a blaze on japan's resolution we'll be keeping our eye on the u.n. security council chamber as it seems the whole world is wondering what's going to happen next with this chemical weapons investigation that seems to have so many leading countries divided. well as callup mentioned there is they did indeed show
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some striking divisions in the u.n. security council russia's transparent use of it security council status to block this investigation again shows that as a party to the conflict it cannot credibly play a leading role in the political process such as convening the syrian parties in such. the british ambassador to the un revealed you want no place for russia in syria's political process but the need there it is this is the reason why this backhanded story goes on to question russia's role in the political process that's ridiculous but russia evolved from the problem to be a sort of terrorist safe passage from their former stronghold of russia the coalition was not for this agreement which unable to foreign fighters were among them boy and some of them have already might have fled the city we followed these buses as they departed if an opportunities presented themselves to conduct strikes
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against any potential isis fighters were and we would have we would have provided civilians are a part of their convoy leave the cities and go and say with a one hundred percent certainty that every single fighter was identified coming out of rocca mark arm and the rector of the crisis research institute believes that this latest divide in the coalition is down to the growing ambitions of the french leader. prompts on the president is playing a more assertive role in the middle east to try to mediate the lebanon crisis with relations between saudi arabia and iran but of course that crisis is a reflection of the syrian crisis the struggle for influence over syria in which iran is on one side and the saudis are very differently on the other and so the french don't particularly like the idea of radical isis fighters several hundred who may be from france and belgium escaping from syria and perhaps returning to western europe to wreak mayhem and the french also would like to be able to
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influence policy because they think they have expertise traditional role in the region in the levant and lebanon and syria in particular which gives them insights which perhaps they think the americans of. investigators are still trying to establish why a light aircraft crashed in eastern russia on wednesday killing six people however the incredible story of one girl just three years old he was the sole survivor has captured hearts worldwide. we're. we're. and the same deal as it related to shoulder the covert she was far liner back in the shin into
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the endless close games with just lately china with its. we're lucky that the miracle. that israel's top military official says his country is willing to share intelligence on iran with saudi arabia three mosques could further complicate not only the ongoing standoff between taran and riyadh they have a shared interest in pushing back iranian influence in the region but over the last year or two it's becoming more and more obvious and these latest comments by the israeli military's chief of staff essentially saying that admitting that israel and saudi arabia are ready to exchange information and share intelligence on iran and
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its allies in the region and it's thought that this is something which has been. perhaps to beer in the past something which saudi leaders haven't been able to make the case to their own populations but now feel more comfortable to do so and it appears the rule of the middle east is that my enemy's enemy is my friend so those two countries increasing very cooperation. in order to push back what they say is rainy and expansionism in the region now of course the situation here in lebanon has been somewhat more tense over the last couple of weeks we've seen that resignation by the lebanese prime minister saad hariri live on television from riyadh from saudi arabia here knows that resignation and many of the political actors in this country the hezbollah political party even the president michel aoun not accepting that resignation because they say according to the lebanese
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constitution it needs to be made in person and sad to really hasn't returned to lebanon since he made that announcement leading to some speculation that he has perhaps not been returned against his own free will well over the last day or two we've seen an invitation being extended by french president emmanuel macron the french leader and he has said that assad hariri is welcome to come and visit him there are many political analysts both inside lebanon and outside who say that that could be the first step to unraveling this political deadlock and seeing him return to the country and what other analysts say has been the failure of saudi arabia to try to divide the lebanese political establishment surrounding their will riyadh has long been a supporter of former prime minister hariri however the lebanese president is a known ally of hezbollah a political party with a military wing backed by iran during his visit to moscow lebanon's foreign
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minister gave an exclusive interview. what we are facing today are further attempts at creating hot beds of chaos and instability which in turn lead to the rise of terrorism is chaos and instability that gives rise to terrorism we're seeing the same scenario in lebanon that's why we chose russia as our final destination on this tour russia has long been on the forefront of the battle against terrorism. we may implement a constructive policy but there's still no guarantee there will be no hostile actions towards our country as in the surprising situation with mr hariri anyone can wage war in lebanon but i still doubt that this scenario is likely because the consequences would affect those starting this sort of war. starting in the region humanitarian groups are calling for lifesaving supplies to be allowed saudi arabia has been involved in the country this serious crisis with millions of people in
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dire need of basic supplies. that has left saudi arabia's main ally questioning its role in the yemen conflict and u.s. ties representatives has agreed to back out of supporting the side led coalition in a non-binding resolution that acknowledges that washington's go in the middle east is to defeat eisel and al qaida that for supporting riyadh in yemen does contradict that target america's involvement in the region is considered to be a part of post nine eleven war on terror but he revels to remain the main target of
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saudi attacks are not recognized as terrorists that for america's backing of saudi operations in yemen might have affected the bloodshed that's the thought from inside of the us senate this horror and i'm not sure it's hard to see is caused in part by our decision to facilitate a bombing campaign there is murtha's provided saudi arabia and its allies support also included refusing flights for coalition warplanes investigative journalist dave lindorff says u.s. officials are beginning to change their minds on the situation in yemen for seeing that maybe the images coming out and maybe the world opinion that's starting to shift on yemen is leading these people in in the congress to use abused since it was passed practically to do the same thing.
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agency has admitted that right sport and politics comments follow claims by russian sports officials that the country's and drug body was suspended on political grounds impossible dream isn't it because of the face israel straight to the force minister had to say in the wake of why this decision these two demands are obviously of a political nature we want dialogue not addict at david larkin an international and a more level playing field or geo political importance is in sport unfortunately that's not reality there are some i mean sport is an enterprise with competing interests what we don't have right now is a procedural and we will go framework that neutralizes those completely because of that it's still a factor in sport so that brings you up to be more news for me at the top of the.
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book. because. i mean you called me a useful idiot a useful idiot useful idiots go expressing my opinions there are thousands of us doing it behind his record is assume. we attack persons instead of talking about what's next why stop me from getting this close to the white house i'm with the group code pink why not ban the color pink one hour stretch i should be sent to the town of london because i'm a traitor brick me although we'll put up with a lifetime of this sort of nonsense you don't scare me and i'll continue to voice my opinion i'll continue to speak out good company i'm in good company with me you want to do this because we are free thinkers.
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