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the british media speculates on the kremlin involvement in the suspected poisoning of a former russian agent in the u.k. and despite the lack of hard facts the government is threatening retaliation. if those suspicions prove to be both foreign and it's going to take what measures we deem necessary to protect the lives of the people in this country. and. the us ground operations in eastern syria after its kurdish allies to the north of the country to repeal an incursion by turkey. and the ninety nine days to kick off our. team through some of the host cities preparing for russia two thousand and
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eighteen. broadcasting live direct from our studios in moscow this is r.t. international glad to have you with us. a sixty six year old man and his daughter are in a critical condition in the u.k. after being exposed to an unidentified substance the man is a former russian colonel previously convicted of spying for britain sergei served in russian military intelligence in two thousand and six he passed the identities of russian secret agents in europe to the british government he was later caught and sentenced to thirteen years in prison but in two thousand and ten he was released as part of a spy swap with the u.s. and flown to britain. now the russian embassy in the u.k. has contacted the british foreign office requesting more information about the
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incident involving sergei screwball and his daughter the embassy also expressed concern about the misleading reports surrounding the incident and what it called the demonization of russia has more on the reaction from the british government. well just goes to show how these stories can snowball now the foreign secretary boris johnson has had to answer an urgent question in the house of commons about the government's dances on surrogate power and boris johnson did say that it's not clear what happened and this is still an active investigation however if it's linked back to russia the kremlin is going to have to pay the sixty six year old man. i do thirty three year old daughter. were found unconscious and tried to move to shopping center on sunday afternoon and while it would be wrong to prejudge the investigation i can reassure the house that should evidence emerged that implies
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state responsibility then the majesty's government will respond appropriately and robustly well it is remarkable how this story has developed over the past few hours the media took the few facts that we had on this story from the police and it's now splashed everywhere security experts speculating on every angle of how surrogate script how his daughter may have come to be sick on that park bench in seoul's very there's not much new wants to the analysis it's got to be said despite this being an active investigation we've already got politicians waving their faced saying that russia can turn the u.k. into its own personal killing fields and on the other hand it's not surprising that this story is causing the for rory that it is it's got all the hallmarks of a spy thriller script hall was a double agent convicted in russia for selling secrets to britain swapped in two
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thousand and ten in that very famous spy swap for among others on the chapman that so-called femen fertile from russia who was on mosque in the us and it's all been conflated here with the case of alexander litvinenko the other former russian. spy who was poisoned by drinking radioactive tea back in two thousand and six of course script file is being speculated may have been poisoned by eating some pizza in a pizza place in seoul is very live in in case widow maria has been giving interviews talking about how russians in exile here in the u.k. need to be better protected that they might not feel safe air and suggestions also in the papers the big headlines about putin never having forgiven script for what he did and that. may have feared for his life in recent weeks after the death of his wife and his son take
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a listen to how the media is covering this sounds chillingly familiar russia under suspicion of planning and executing an attack two thousand miles away britain similarities will be drawn with that case which an inquest found led directly to the kremlin the broader question here is dealing with some sort of sophisticated plot. was poisoned it will move really do questions about kremlin involvement given that russian defector alexander litvinenko was murdered in two thousand and six using radioactive polonium well amongst all this there are still a few voices caution among them the former british ambassador to moscow also some commentators hesitantly adding that perhaps the kremlin wouldn't be so keen to murder someone who they themselves had given away many years ago and all this on the eve of a big presidential election british police chiefs have also confirmed that quote
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due to the unusual circumstances the counterterrorism network will be leading the investigation authorities say several officers in need of medical help after having worked at the scene where the two were found. sources in the u.k. mergence the services at first suspected the pair may have been exposed to a powerful prescription painkiller a synthetic a drug called fentanyl it is fifty to one hundred times stronger than morphine and has a similar effect on the body overdoses from the drug caused at least sixty deaths in the u.k. in two thousand and seventeen commentators we spoke to do not believe russia was involved i always ask myself in the circumstances would russia be stupid enough to carry out such an act two weeks before the russian presidential election and exactly one hundred days before the world cup in russia after all russia if it wanted to could have killed this man at any time
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obviously the shadows of the resonance in so many people's minds are going to be from the alexander litvinenko case because that dominated the british had lines for so long and it seems at least superficially that there are parallels here at least in the the russian intelligence angle. u.s. back to kurdish forces in syria have announced today are selling seven thousand five hundred troops to the country's north to repel a turkish military offensive the forces had been assisting the u.s. led coalition in the fight against eisel and now the pentagon says it has been forced to hold those operations because the kurds departure. some fighters operating within yes yes have decided to leave operations in the middle east river valley to fight elsewhere possibly aren't they're not fighting isis anymore and
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they're basically meant that they're not taking territory back from isis is quickly as they had been in the past the kurds america's most reliable allies in syria have ups and left go on to make war with america's fellow anti isis coalition member and nato partner turkey not the friendliest coalition in the world but that's besides the point you know you've got the. distraction of what's going on up front right now it distracts from international effort to ensure the lasting defeat of isis what is going on in a free and is taking away from the fight against isis it is a distraction as secretary mabus had called it is certainly not helpful problem is while america's anti isis coalition butchers and cannibalizes itself the war against the jihad has stopped the kurds all left to do their own thing and the guys still there in theirs or incapable it seems of beating the little isis on cleef
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left there so washington is building an entire new army one key element of the strategy to defeat isis is to train equip sustain and enable elements of the vetted syrian opposition these forces are projected to total approximately sixty to sixty five thousand. sixty five thousand these spared army would be bigger than the canadian or straightly and militaries and don't forget there are already three warring armies in syria the pentagon is planning on equipping and providing this puppet force with everything but there are underwear tens of thousands of new rifles machine guns mortars millions of rounds of ammunition thousand vehicles and don't forget this seemingly going to pay their salaries two to four hundred dollars a month it's all in the new counterterrorism fund request it says clearly once isis
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is the straw it this new army will stabilize and patrol the territory it holds near enough a third of syria which measures well with washington's plans to stay in syria indefinitely keep the country split up and prevent asaad from winning but there are questions like where is the us going to find thirty thousand more moderate rebels when it couldn't find ten can you tell us what the total number of trained fighters remains it's a small number. the ones that are in the fight. is we're talking four four five the last time the us trained equipped and sent forth a rebel army they all promptly gave up their guns and joined al qaida they spend hundreds of millions on that by the way was really embarrassing any way you look at
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it this means more war it says so in black and white the us will only train and equip vetted syrian opposition and hope that this time they don't all turn out to be islam mr radicals. political analyst of nicholas davies who told us the u.s. has a long history of supporting the extremists in the region the people they have supported all along have seen extremists until they. until they form this relationship with the. white and. this was the u.s. goal all along militarized the conflict to poor in foreign fighters and weapons across the turkish border and this is this was the u.s. policy a covert policy it's not the publicly announced policy but that that was the policy for you know the late from twenty eleven onwards. an international aid convoy has
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left the syrian rebel enclave of eastern good after delivering much needed food and medicine around four hundred thousand people are currently trapped in the district outside damascus which has been under siege by the syrian armed forces since may two thousand and thirteen forty six trucks entered the area on monday carrying enough food for twenty seven thousand people the syrian arab red crescent which is one of the groups involved in the aid delivery hailed the operation as a success. the look on the area where we are unloaded the trucks there were no attacks however we heard gunfire in the distance. because the operation was a success all of the eight trucks returned to the checkpoint and thirteen civilians were evacuated from the area including five children according to reports from international organizations months held up the humanitarian convoy for two hours the militants use civilians as human shields and are refusing. and the terms are
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offered to them. the football world cup will be the biggest sporting event of the year and russia two thousand and eighteen kicks off in ninety nine days there will be sixty four matches in eleven cities played in twelve new or revamped stadiums. all right that is the orld cup countdown clock to reach the one hundred day mark on tuesday events were held across russia with an official ceremony right here in moscow. you know what i do. question football officials world cup volunteers and fans are all that together to mark lee milestone with more on the tournaments and the build up here is daniel
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hawkins. it's a pretty chilly snow covered day here today in moscow but of course the world cup will take place in the heights of moscow's warm summer it seems so long ago now that russia won the bid to host the fee for world cup but as time has moved closer to the event it's really flown by and today marks the first mark a one hundred days till the start of football's biggest festivals preparations have been well underway twelve stadiums across eleven cities from khazan in the east to kaliningrad in the western fifo officials have been keeping a close eye on those preparations on those developments so far so good from them it's been a thumbs up this is very important for fee for and for the local organizing committee to make clear to everyone and every fan around the world that the walkup is going to be an inclusive event an open event a welcoming even for everyone respective of their background origin nationality
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gender sexual orientation or skin color it is an event which is for everyone and this is the year the commitment that we have made in the local authorities in the local organizing committee that are behind this together with us people have complete trust in the security preparations and the security concept people looked at by russian authorities through the local organizing committee and we had also a great opportunity to test all the security arrangements and the concepts during the confederations cup last year and everything went there we will promote what point of view now organizers have put fan comfort the. send so all preparations those tens of thousands of fans coming to russia from all across the world will be able to get a special find all idea long sought their tickets now that means they can come into the country visa free as what does get free travel on special transport between the host cities and in the host cities as well also of course giving them peace of mind
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about safety and security now of course the fines have been the main priority but it's the sports teams themselves who are taking center stage many of the world's greatest stars coming to russia and it's fair to say those teams have had requests which have been let's say a little bit more unusual. will
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come. will come once in a while to prepare the nigerian new is that he will enjoy them so that the boys can recall to him once in a while and be able to give you our best room to comfort you. very much full steam ahead here in russia as the countdown begins on what better place to watch all the action than tea with a star studded lineup of pundits and commentators bring you all the latest updates . and it's not just the players and fans getting into the world cup spirit these dolphins in russia's southern resort of sochi have been while going audiences with their football skills and having a kick about with visitors at the finished products center. here on r t international we will be bringing you all the spectacle of russia two thousand and
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eighteen with some of football's biggest names on board are former manchester united goalkeeping great peter schmeichel former liverpool and england striker stan collymore and one of the most decorated coaches of the modern game just what in your. for a world cup twenty eight team coverage we've signed one of the greatest goalkeepers of all but there was one more question and by the way he was going to be our coach . you guys i know you on the us he's a huge star and the huge amount of pressure come out you have to be the center of the beach but how would you go over great britain if you are the rock at the back nobody gets past you we need you to get down there we have to go. alone. and i'm really happy for joining us for the two thousand and thirteen world cup in russia. this special one come on both appreciate it needs to just read the
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review. the latest edition to make up as we go. look. north korea is willing to freeze its nuclear program if the u.s. engages in talks that's according to south korean officials returning from a meeting with kim jong un in pyongyang or just came up and has more on the surprise you took. it's been yet another breakthrough in the possible warming of relations between north and south korea we now hear an announcement that the democratic people's republic of korea would be willing to give up its nuclear arsenal if their security were protected if furthermore they have promised that they will never attack south korea and there is now plans in the works for a summit between north and south korea to north korea has clearly expressed its willingness to launch the denuclearization of the korean peninsula in the tweed don't trump talks about the possibility of peace on the korean peninsula now this
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is quite a different tone than he has taken in the past donald trump's tweet has itself a mixed message he talks about possible peace but then he also talks about the fact that the usa would be willing to go either way now we've also heard from rex tillerson you used some rather extreme words to describe north korea calling them an extreme threat north korea threatens the entire global community through its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs and political activities including its arms exports to africa so as there is a thaw in relations and the two governments on the korean peninsula seem to be moving closer toward each other and many are wondering what will be the next move as the united states remains a question there's a huge military presence by the united states in south korea and all eyes are on the negotiations that are taking place the world is anticipating and hopeful about the possibility of peace but what role the usa will play in antagonizing or
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intensifying the conflict remains in question the latest development the u.s. has just announced new sanctions on north korea for allegedly using a chemical weapon to assassinate kim jong un's brother in kuala lumpur last year studies professor christina hong leaves the korean peace effort will only work if the u.s. is on board. they didn't storage mary. after of a possible concession and let's look at the other part of what is stated in that it needs to have a security guarantee and the united states has to you in formal ways indicate that it won't have a hostile policy toward north korea so the real question is what does that mean for north koreans because the united states is posture historically has been one of regime change where north korea from the middle part of the twentieth century to the current moment. the turkish president is pushing ahead with plans to buy
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a russian as a four hundred anti-aircraft missile system despite the threat of sanctions from his nato ally the united states president or want to cues to the military alliance of double standards let those who criticize us for purchasing the s four hundred to fight terrorism look at themselves why they saw it about the s three hundred which greece has and they tell us that this is a wrong step what kind of alliance what kind of solidarity is this nato has repeatedly urged turkey not to buy russian weapons earlier this month a top official stressed that the ass four hundred does not integrate with current nato systems and the s four hundred would give turkey a new level of control over its airspace and beyond it is a surface to air anti-aircraft missile system and it can engage up to eighty targets at a time up to four hundred kilometers away it can also hit fast moving targets travelling at speeds of four point eight kilometers per second and turkish
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international relations professor hussain abaci told us needs russian weapons more than western support. we live. very interesting crisis between turkey and the united states of america in terms. of terms and by the three of terms i think the turkish position. is four hundred this is from the turkish defensive policy point of view russia seems to be one of the possible prognosis for a future of this fog if the. missile system is not going to the nato structure but this is one nine hundred ninety one source gulf war turkey is all that is the forte of this new structure is nato does not provide this. russian military cargo plane has crashed while landing at a syrian air base killing all thirty nine people on board. as details well the
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latest information that we're getting from the russian defense ministry is that there were in fact thirty three passengers along with six crew members aboard the plane they were all military personnel and they all perished in the crash now the incident took place as the aircraft attempted to land at the russian operated he made me an air base on syria's western coast it crushed about five hundred meters from the runway now the airplane itself isn't until nov and twenty six a military transport aircraft that was designed in the soviet union the defense ministry has also confirmed that the plane was not fired upon and while they are looking into all other possible reasons behind the crash initial reports suggest that a technical malfunction is to blame here. israeli border officer has been caught on video throwing a stun grenade at a couple carrying an infant in the west bank. the
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footage was released by an israeli human rights group has been reported that the palestinian couple were fleeing a confrontation in their village which soldiers targeted homes with smoke unaids stun grenade can be seen exploding right next to the i.d.f. responded by saying dozens of protesters were throwing rocks at troops in the area and the officers did not spot the couple were carrying a child the statement went on to say that if a baby had been noticed they would have acted accordingly and the right group which will lead to the video says violence by israelis against palestinians is what comes under occupation and little is done to prevent. the reality of the occupation the israeli occupation over the palestinians in this incident as well as in many many others in recent weeks we're seeing in the violence by israeli
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citizens or settlers towards palestinians in the civilians who are not citizens despite these many many incidents. public awareness is still low and more importantly the military is failing to provide provide. these palestinians the security that they are required we're seeing that many many of the violence of settlers and military personnel starts palestinians go without any trials without any investigations or with feudalistic nations and many of them close down there due to lack of the police failure to investigate as they should this is the case and this is the reality that we're in. and that is it for me this i'll be back with headlines in just over thirty three minutes stay with us this is. new when you don't. see these teachers what they did they could put it.
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what they need most through only ten. made. let alone they. said. no. but a. few speak french. yes. that's a new. cut up to. what politicians do something to. put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected . so when you want to be president. or somehow want to. have to go on to be pros this is what before three in the morning can't be good.
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i'm interested always in the waters in the. first. it's been almost fifty years since we've had human beings on the surface of another planetary body and i hope that we could actually put together an international new exploration initiative much like we have the international space station consortium and together the countries of the world cooperating with the private sector could afford to get back into real space exploration and i think that would that would create a real a lot of excitement. greetings
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and sally you should here in the united states besides the coal industry airplane engines and a whole host of poly murders and polyesters there was actually another form of energy currently being extracted from the great state of west virginia the energy of organization and protest of saying no more to corruption and demanding a livable wage this my friend is the energy of strike you see just over nine days ago west virginia's teachers and educators went on strike pressing the state legislature for higher wages and stronger funding for the state's failing public employee health care system and on tuesday this week their energy paid off with the state legislature and governor finally coming to an agreement announcing a five percent increase in teacher pay as cathy can call writes in for jacob in magazine and less than two months the movement has grown from a couple hundred teachers and school service personnel demonstrating at the capitol
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to a full blown strike it is seemingly caught everyone from union leaders to state legislators to the rest of the country by surprise by surprise. i and by storm because while our elected officials and cable news putman spuyten rant over whether or not to buy every teacher a shiny new glock educators around the country are instead calling for better classrooms better resources and higher wages you know little things that actually you know them tend to work you know to make a child's life a little better those things in oklahoma for example things have gotten so bad that even school district administrators who are generally not a teacher's greatest ally are actually throwing their support behind a potential teacher strike you know with the recent success in west virginia and the strike rumblings in oklahoma as that is the u.s. ready for their teachers to take a need to occupy and to cry out.

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