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the ceasefire in the syrian enclave of eastern goose or fails for a second day as reports of terrorist shelling struck hundreds of civilians leaving the war torn area. facebook admits it still found no sign that russia interfered in the u.k.'s present vote just by a renewed efforts to dig up proof. down south africa's parliament passes a measure that could see the entire white population stripped of their land without compensation. thank you for watching the news headlines here at r.t. international broadcasting live from moscow i'm kate partridge. a humanitarian
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pause in the syrian enclave of eastern go to has apparently been broken by terrorists first second day safety corridors established by russia came under heavy shelling from militants preventing civilians from leaving the besieged district the situation was heatedly discussed at a un security council meeting as artie's caleb moore pin reports. the assad regime and their supporters have been pummeling eastern ghouta where four hundred thousand people live under siege and constant bombardment needs to be understood and still legitimate targets of military operations they are asking civilians to leave eastern good to on the false premise that they can then attack anyone left in the area as much as they would like. presets and once the civilians ambulances are there because we've been through this before we know what russia will say today when you know you don't know they will say that there are terrorists in eastern guta so the assad regime can bomb as ferociously and discriminately as it wants and
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want to ask what do you do to implement the resolution did you influence those who consider a moderate opposition did you persuade them to stop shelling and say can people hostage it was a heated meeting in the halls of the u.n. security council we heard from different countries addressing the council regarding the situation in eastern guta now we've also heard russia's president vladimir putin comment on the situation and point out that essentially this enclave in eastern guta is being used to attack civilians in damascus and that civilians in eastern go to are being used as human shields. and you know look unfortunately there are lots of extremist forces in the east and guta result is a range of terror organizations recognized by the un the shelling is continually coming from that area on some days the number of missile strikes and mortar shell attacks which is fifty to eighty they even reach the territory of the russian embassy should we tolerate this indefinitely of course not. there's been
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a large number of efforts to protect civilians in the area russia carries out a five hour humanitarian pause on a daily basis in the hopes of protecting civilians and allowing them to get out through the humanitarian corridor and furthermore the un security council has passed a resolution calling for a thirty day cease fire now a letter was sent to the u.n. security council by some of the opposition and rebel groups saying that they would honor this u.n. resolution however at this point always three hundred civilians have been prevented from leaving due to the tax they've experienced as they try to escape now the russian representative pointed out that these kind of humanitarian concerns and outrage were not being raised while the liberation of rocket was taking place because. when you have the levering rocco's. it's be months since. the city or through. the security council request the
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secretary general think speciousness and the mission who assist you with that in news that there was quite clearly a gap in the international media in the way the different situations have been portrayed when the syrian city of raka and the iraqi city of mosul were being liberated by the u.s. led coalition and a lot of bombing was taking place so we heard u.s. leaders saying making statements to the effect that civilian casualties are just a fact of life civilian casualties are a fact of life in iraq and in syria people are much more accepting that because it includes their city being liberated they understand what they were suffering civilians will get caught in the crossfire civilians will get hurt civilians will get killed if you want to liberate their towns and cities it comes at a price unavoidable part of war and commanders have to press on despite that the responsibility for civilian casualties in iraq and syria lies with isis
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that is on them not on us we are the good guys and munitions people on the battlefield know the difference. r.t. arabic correspondent bruny reports on the latest developments in eastern cusa. how much any account is the second day of the truce we haven't seen any civilians walking through the corridor it's known that there are many civilians who want to flee the enclave to leave through the one and only corner they were open for civilians from guta however militants prevent civilians from exiting and don't allow them to leave through the evacuation route to reach the road to damascus the militant positions are just three or four hundred meters from the corridor or near the camp or fall off a day in the syrian government has distributed leaflets amounts to brilliance of the militant controlled and place with detailed information and a map on how to get into the area on the government control you can see that everything is ready here to receive civilians and to deal with any difficulty momentary and situation. professor of political sociology dr saeed saadiq says
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it's the u.s. that's fueling tensions in syria by supplying weapons to various armed groups so who was playing with fire the one who was doing that was fun is all it was for voting weapons who is providing there is who is financing them who is called by the media coverage for them. and trying to show that that what is happening is is a must sardar is a big must let go of innocent people what they care about is the those whom they have supplied who they have finances who they have been breathing in the last few years and now they have lost the war but they don't have the same college to admit that they lost the water was due they just keep on bargaining everything all those claims. iraqi refugees in the countries anbar province feel safe in camps than in the homes they're being forced to return to and that's
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according to a joint report called the long way home from three humanitarian organizations well report says eighty four percent of refugees feel much safer in their camps only one percent assured they still have a house to return to while half of those questioned know their homes have been destroyed testimony is in the report appeared to reflect those figures. we didn't make it to this place without seeing death without a thousand times. we can't return to ramadi my house was damaged by isis i'm worried about the canned management telling us to leave and return home i heard rumors that he might close the camp but there's nothing official lots of my friends have returned back to ramadi but i can go i can't afford to repair my house. that.
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we are stuck in here like ship well last month an r.t. crew was filming in the iraqi city of mosul which was liberated from my soul over a year ago but as these pictures show the still little sign of the city returning to normal locals claim the authorities have no idea what the situation on the ground is really like. going to how many bodies have you removed since you started working in this area approximately five hundred because you are there any more yes in houses and on their odds when we're out and i challenge any member of parliament to live in the conditions we are currently living in here i bet they are even afraid of entering this area they have no idea how horrible the smell is or how critical the medical situation is. we haven't received any kind of aid or support since things finistere seven months ago on one occasion did i receive a small box of food no coupons my food nothing melanie markham from the norwegian
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refugee council who worked on the report says refugees fear traps and violent reprisals if they return home. there's a number of dangers i think one of the largest threats is that of unexploded bombs unexploded mortars and booby traps and in fact we heard one report of a family who returned home only to find their house be trapped and it killed a family member some of the other things that make it unsafe for people violence from the community around them people who even are suspected of having links of with isis particularly vulnerable but other people under the threat of violence by . members of their own tribal communities so there are a number of reasons why it's unsafe still unsafe for people to return home. the russian olympic committee has confirmed it's been reinstated as an official member of the international olympic committee artie's media cheered or has the
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details this is big news from russia as we all know the country's been at the center of a long running doping scandal accused of state sponsored cheating and the repercussions of this have been huge one of the biggest was russia being kicked out of the international olympic committee the i.o.c. so this latest decision to reinstate it to the club is a key milestone as the head of the russian olympic committee points out. through the statement was tied to the full doping check of russian athletes who participated in the winter olympics the letter we received today says the i.o.c. is able to confirm all remaining results of the olympic athletes from russia are negative. the i.o.c. has banned men to many of russia's experience their fleets were unable to compete at the winter olympics in pyongyang this meant of course that those who were allowed to compete should only do so under a neutral olympic flag and they were mainly newcomers nevertheless they won
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seventeen medals overall now if we go back to the events leading up to the decision to reinstate russia to the i.o.c. there were expectations that it would have happened during the winter olympics themselves but there was a problem to russian competitors failed drugs tests another consequence to those positive tests was russia being banned from waving the country's flag during the closing ceremony initially they were going to be allowed but the privilege was taken away however it's now hoped the past is behind it competition is planned to take place in russia and not in these threads. well for the concerns i'm prepared for those torments the rights which russia already obtained so russia is once again an active member of the international olympic committee but it is not the end of the road yet there are still two issues which remain unfulfilled situation of compliance was renewed the rosado is too long complying there's still
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a way to go because the russian anti doping agency restart it is still banned by the world anti-doping agency or wada we saw the last its accreditation and that is yet to be reinstated that's an ongoing saga as russia disputes the legitimacy of that mclaren report which detailed russia's alleged systematic system of state sponsored doping accusations russia has always denied and wada has been insistent that to move forward russia must accept the findings of the mclaren report this is stalemate and it doesn't look like either side is yet willing to back down but for now with the i.o.c. his decision it means russia's olympic athletes will be able to compete under their own flag and play their national anthem when they win medals a huge deal for competitors and the country they represent an idea or a tutor r.t. while the head of russia's world cup organizing committee alexis iraq in told r.t. host stan collymore that the i.o.c. has decision was the right one. justice prevails that's the only emotion thing
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that's it's only it's only just. that after we comply with the every requirement that was that has been put forward no matter what we think about this requirement but. russia has complied and just as has been done to us i'm very happy that our athletes will not complete to a complete compete with with their proper uniform and with their proper flag. afghanistan's president has extended a new all of branch to the taliban following decades of war more on last sound of the stories after the short break.
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welcome back facebook admits it still found no sign that russia linked accounts interfered in the u.k.'s breck's it votes despite her need effort to unearth some proof artie's rally has more. this is actually the second attempt by facebook to investigate and see whether russia was involved in any attempts to try to influence the brig's that referendum in december their investigations found that there were three adverts which were taken out by russian accounts but the budget for those totaled less than one pound it only reached two hundred people so not exactly extensive proof of russian meddling facebook vend went back and investigated again upon the demands of damian collins who's a leading member of parliament here in the u.k. and that's where that letter comes from again saying that there has been no
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additional evidence of any russian interference in the braggs that referendum now mr collins traveled to the u.s. to try to grill the officials from a number of leading tech companies and again the message was clear that russia has been interfering in the democratic processes there be looked at all advert has met with any connection to russia and we found no evidence of our services being used to interfere in that accept referendum a very small number of suspected research agency linked accounts forty nine such accounts were active during the campaign which represents less than not point five percent of the total number of accounts that these are very low level things now despite those testimonies that runs against what we've been hearing from leading politicians including the prime minister to resign may who insists that russia is up to no good it is seeking to weaponize information deploying its state run media
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organizations to plant fake stories and photo shopped images in an attempt to sew discord in the west and undermine our institutions so i have a very simple message for russia we know what you are doing and you will not succeed so all in all thought really frustrating for those who have been attempting to find a link between russia and the brig's it referendum and no matter how hard you try you just can't find something that isn't there. and breck's it isn't the only case in which russia has been accused of meddling similar charges have been made about last year's catalan independence referendum our colleagues at r.t. spanish spoken john in a return to a basket senator in spain's parliament he said the spanish government has also failed to show proof of russian interference. amid the stir that was caused by the spanish defense minister's statement made on january sixth we decided to send an
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inquiry to the government for them to specify the cases of meddling which are obvious according to the minister however there is no such station the answer that we received yesterday due to that fact we think that the purpose is to blame and external enemy for all possible internal problems since the answer has not been received in statutory terms the government will have to answer verbal ie to the parliamentary committee of defense when it is convenient for. south africa's parliament has voted in favor of new legislation that could see land for white farmers seized without providing any compensation artie's paulus lear reports . south african parliament has backed emotion in their calls for changing the constitution and allowing for lead exposure without compensation essentially white south africans will lose their land they will not be compensated this despite the fact that it flies in the face of the current constitution it follows the inauguration of the south african president oppose
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a two weeks ago he has said that he wants to speed up the transfer of land from white to black south africans now despite the fact that a party ended two decades ago you still have a situation in south africa where most of the land is owned by whites this is a hugely emotive subject for south africans the motion was bought in parliament by the economic freedom fighters party now it did receive the support of the ruling african national congress that holds some two thirds of the parliament the leader of the affair had this to say the time for reconciliation is over now is the time for justice we must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land malema is a controversial and somewhat radical figure in south africa in the past he has said that he's not calling for the psalter of white people at least not yet in recent years there has been a spike in the killing of farmers in south africa now those who support the motion
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say it will go a long way to restoring justice but those who criticize or say it will do anything but there are those who say it will lead to unforeseen consequences and also will be a scapegoat that the a.n.c. can use to explain away its own failures nonetheless it certainly seems as if we are far away from restoring racial tensions in a country that has so much history mired in them. afghanistan's president ashraf ghani has called on the taliban to join talks to bring peace and stability to the country he's also promised to recognize the terror group as a legitimate political force. taliban wishes to the taliban leadership and every other taliban member accept peace accepted with honor and come together so we can make this country safe and secure but well the taliban has yet to respond to the invitation but the weeks ago the group issued a statement calling for peace and urging u.s.
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congressman to pressure the trump administration into negotiations declaration that ruled out any possible around the time about there's no talking to the taliban we don't want to talk to the taliban we're going to finish what we have to finish what nobody else has been able to finish we're going to be able to do it. political analyst muslim shares that thinks the afghan president lacks the author already to propose peace talks with the taliban. why the taliban after seventeen years should come to the table with a government where the taliban say it didn't have anything to to do with their self otherwise the united states is going to decide peace and conflict off afghanistan and the other issue i don't. mean the special prison gani and in new jersey michel unity government can be tackled the ongoing issues because when you can't do and compromise with your cabinet ministers i mean prison ashraf ghani how you can convince a group like taliban years of the control of the two three four five years and now
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you have support of several countries to come to the table so the big question is do we have this opportunity to do forward besides. not because you know this is inside the country and they decide they should talk would have taliban or should fight with the taliban. germany's chancellor angela merkel has acknowledged the problem of so-called no go zones in her country it's the first time she's made such an admission artie's peter oliver has the details. we've seen an unexpected change of time. when it comes to talk of no go areas in germany. there should not be any no go zones there can be no places where nobody dares to go these owns exist and they should be named and something must be done about it. burkle had previously used the same injury phrase no go area
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to describe parts of the country with a high crime rate but the government's own figures released earlier this year point to a ten percent rise in violent crime between twenty fifteen and twenty sixty ninety percent of which is attributed to young male refugees there was criticism of last year of the way the german media covered the refugee crisis in a highly respected group of researches said this editors acted as public educators and that the whole refugee crisis in the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people was covered in too favorable a light. i've never doubted. that . the
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only people who had been talking about no go areas were alternative for germany and they were bound be mocked for doing so are common enough that all guns are lying can you as a woman walk alone on vaal show streets on a weekend evening would you dare will pause for show or nearby streets and then they say and make it look like we are the aggressive ones and say bad things about the city no what we do is look at things in perspective what we do is simply address facts and facts only ladies and gentlemen. that is the thing in order to secure a ruling coalition angela merkel has been trying to win over the right wing of her conservative alliance should try to secure that fourth term chancellor she may well be thinking that taking a step towards the. social policy of alternative to germany could help get those
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hardliners back on the side with peter all over. an orthodox wedding ceremony took place in a town in the u.s. state of pennsylvania on wednesday the congregation celebrated the not sure armed with semiautomatic rifles the church invited people to come to a mass wedding armed with a r fifteen rifles in an effort to show their willingness to defend their families and religion the ceremony prompted a local school to relocate their students to a different campus for safety reasons although the weapons were unloaded at the ceremony spot a counter protest outside the building criticized in the presence of arms after service the event was held two weeks after a nineteen year old student killed seventeen people in a florida school shooting using a semi automatic aof fifteen rifle. well for more on these and plenty of other stories that go to our web site r.t. dot com otherwise i'll be back with the latest headlines at the top of the sea that
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. ukraine is in a pre-collapse the situation or crisis there moment or do you really knew all of the ukraine agreement was the all region all just closure it's coalitional decries exactly because the some countries for the story go results of european countries are obsessed about the role of russian federation i can understand breaking off the greek.
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on. this is boom bust broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. i'm bart chilton and coming up we talk about puerto rico's recovery from the standpoint of the economy and how privatization is coming to the island kate long the founder of the puerto rico clearinghouse joins us and canadian real estate worth billions of dollars being seized by the chinese government alex mahela bitch tells us the story from toronto and boris iliescu and i talk about those toxic exotic trade funds that caused problems during the recent market volatility and
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their futures all of that on the program but first let's get to some hot headlines delta the atlanta based air carrier is facing pushback from some republicans in their home state of georgia after the airline canceled discount rates for members of the national rifle association following the deadly florida school shooting which took the lives of seventeen people georgia state senate majority leader and a candidate for governor casey cagle says he will quote kill any tax legislation that benefits. delta unless the company changes its position delta is the largest employer in atlanta and the hartsfield jackson airport is the largest hub for the company in related news dick's sporting goods has announced that they will no longer sell assault rifles at their thirty five field and stream specialty stores the chain ality ltd the chain initially limited sales of assault rifles to these stores after the two thousand and twelve massacre of twenty children six adults at
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sandy hook elementary school the fortune five hundred company also says that they will no longer sell any firearms to anyone under the age of twenty one and will discontinue all sales of high capacity ammunition magazines the corporate statement said that our thoughts and prayers are not enough and listed policies they urge elected officials to pass including universal background checks and a database of prohibited buyers this bold move is reminiscent of c.v.s. alpha's choice to stop selling cigarettes back in the day. the e.u. is demanding that the united can remain subject to the european court of justice the e c j for an indefinite period of time under the brics it divorce proceedings the move puts british prime minister theresa may into yet.

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