syria and israel accuse each other of cross border strikes damascus says three of its soldiers were injured. one point five million people signed a petition to sue the french government for failing to take action on climate change. fears growth. for full page. is the focus of. the children of local officials.
tonight welcome on the program now these really military is claiming to have shot down several and it's coming from syria damascus says three soldiers. to the west of the city. reports from tel aviv. what we're hearing from the syrian side is that they say they activated their ground to air defense missile systems in response to incoming missiles from israel what we are hearing is that they managed to intercept eight out of ten rockets now syrian state media says that they intercepted what it's calling hostile and in the meet targets that were aiming at
areas in the damascus region we are hearing that the israeli strikes have caused damage to an ammunitions depôt and that three syrian soldiers have been injured we have heard from the israeli side the israeli defense forces the israeli army has issued a statement in which it says it managed to launch its defense missile systems and that they intercepted at least one rocket that was fired from the syrian side now all of this is hot on the heels of the american president donald trump announcing that he was withdrawing american troops from syria you might remember that just two days ago the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said that we're godless of whether or not the united states withdraws israel would continue to act and act forcibly in syria. decision to withdraw two thousand us troops from syria will not change our consistent policy we will continue to act against iran's attempts to stop which military presence in syria and if the need arises through even expand
operations there certainly tensions between israel and syria are escalating. more than one and a half million people have signed the petition on law and development to sue france over clobbers an action show to do in school takes up the story. seems this was not the president the corn was hoping to find under his christmas tree on christmas day this petition is backed by four charities including two charities here in france and it's not just go on and move the one point six million signatures it's also being backed by french celebrities but we are simply going to sue the french state for its inaction and regarding climate change we're trying to force the state to drastically reduce emissions another headache perhaps of president gore who has already been having a difficult few weeks as the yellow fest protests continue they've been going on now for more than six weeks some of the weekends here in paris have seen would have
been described as the worst roit seen more than half a century. now they all started six weeks ago on nov seventeenth over plans to increase a tax on fuel here in france now that led to a president trump in the u.s. to mock president might call over that the paris agreement isn't working out so well for paris protests and riots all over france people do not want to be large sums of money much to third world countries there are questionably run in order to maybe protect the environment chanting we won trump law france for weeks off to
protest started president mike called turned round and said you know what ok i've heard your cries we're actually going to scrap that field tax increase all admission now the yellow vest protest is haven't been totally appeased by that and it seems that president might call. i'm good environmentalist's by making that decision many people saying you cause sit on the fence when it comes to climate change how can you scrap a fuel tax which is meant to be used for money to improve the environment and say at the same time that you're fighting to protect the environment the international community remains committed to the fight against climate change fronts and your must show the way the fight goes on and this comes amidst bad pollings for president michael as well a current polling suggests that he said twenty seven percent far lower than when he came into office when that was around sixty percent so it seems the festive period not so fresh if the president might corn and it seems the french president is on
many people's naughty list this year of the yellow vests spread to several other countries as well a member of germany's left party has urged people to rally like their neighbors. there should be more resistance in germany we need more people to come to the streets that's how we will achieve our aims let's pressure the government the politicians to bring about social justice need equality issues in germany i even worse than in france because the new your liberal policy is that it is moving forward in france have already been passed in germany. so we are seeing the facts first hand german establishment is scared because they know that their position is untenable they know what they have done to this country and they know that the people are angry one of the problems in france is that the movement is not a party nice to know but they are just starting out and forming leaderships in germany we already have been understood leader of the movement which is the next
she has credible political experience and she can provide that leadership to guide us to a change in our country. we are coming that's the chilling warning in a bizarre full page gun magazine adverts in the name of one of the world's most notorious must three army split quarter top private military contractor blackwater was by and from iraq in two thousand and seven after numerous horrific reports of massacring civilians makes that even stranger is that blackwater was renamed to academy leaving many to speculate that the infamous name is plussing. but i don't remember her car. they were dead bodies everywhere and it's already been done about it with. among
the dead bodies lying on the street they said which was in the road of seven years old. we've requested comment from both the magazine and the company that now owns blackwater well you know when we get a reply like walter found erik prince recently published plans to replace u.s. troops in afghanistan with a massive private army it was repeatedly turned down by defense secretary jim mattis but he's now stepping down trump last week announced he's calling the number
of pentagon troops in the country and also put to putting the military out of syria all together eating some to think it does pave the way for most of the return in a big way the co-founder of the international antiwar movement code pink benjamin but he's not privatizing war is a dangerous idea. i don't think the american public would stand for a company that has been so has committed so many crimes in the past and just the idea that we would be paying who are people who would be fighting for profit we've privatized so much of our military are ready but it's been all of the services that the military needs not the actual fighting itself but let's be clear about one thing erik prince and mercenaries make money by continuing wars not by ending them so this certainly would not make any sense for an american public who has shown through different polls that they are very tired of war is that we've
been in in in the case of afghanistan it has been over seventeen years so rather than pass this on to private military i think the american public would be much more inclined to say bring the troops home get out of the world altogether and that that would be an incentive then for peace talks to actually become effective. british newspaper the times has named and shamed scoffed at the russian media outlets offices in the u.k. after a politician accused the organization of spreading misinformation hounding of the outlets john must go has been met with indifference spawn media protection groups. and initially it was it was a bit of a shock on the other hand it's kind of hardly surprising given the anti russian sentiment there is you know travel in all your key newspapers just a bit it's yes not nice to see your picture up there with your name except under the headline of being part of a frame when stooge but as i say you know it's very much part of what's going on
just saying you carry the sunday times has been so thorough in its reporting of the threat of so-called russian descent from ation that its latest story about the russian funded radio stations putin it which has a bureau in edinburgh carries the photographs of the journalists that work there labels them kremlin stooges and quotes a politician who suggests that their assets should be frozen i would good for school harassment i think putting the pictures the hotel graphs of people who work on a newspaper like that i think is tantamount to almost it might put those people's lives in danger i'm a member of the national news journalists and are we write into my unit in the new year to ask what do you need is planning to do about these journalists working for russian media organizations here in the u.k. have had to develop a thick skin over the past few years as tensions between london and moscow have heightened articles calling for outlets like r.t.
and sputnik to be banned have become a regular occurrence but recently the big papers have gone a step further and they started singling out the journalists working for russian media outlets this is the london bureau chief for russia's channel one more series of last month he did some filming outside the gates of a british military base first story about the british army's cyber warfare unit aimed at fighting so-called russian propaganda he didn't break any laws gave his press credentials to all the security guards he met and left several weeks later the u.k.'s daily mail newspaper printed. his personal details and accused him of being a spy the story was reprinted by a plethora of papers it ratcheted up so much that the u.k.'s defense secretary issued a statement for citizens to stay vigilant and. we sent an inquiry to the defense ministry there's a form on their website but we didn't get any response filming near the base is not
illegal it's a public area public land you don't need permission to film there you need permission to get inside talk to the stuff we didn't record our interaction with the security personnel we didn't try to penetrate the base the b.b.c. correspondent did the exact same thing as us it was broadcast and no one thinks of punishing him there's nothing illegal and you don't even have to work for the russian media to find yourself in hot water just expressing views that the mainstream is enough to be labelled a kremlin stooge putin's poor or useful idiot in the information war nowadays you have extreme language and if you find someone with an opinion which you object to and you don't agree with you then abuse them or her by causing by causing them a stooge or to use the famous explosion about lenin there were useful idiots the sputnik story isn't the first time the sunday times has used the naming
and shaming tactic back in october the paper to came at the tongue in cheek i see why in my you tube channel which is funded like r.t. by russian taxpayers and fronted by yours truly the paper didn't shy away from printing my photograph and labelled the project the blue peter of russian propaganda the times didn't request a comment from r.t. or myself it seems that naming and shaming doesn't carry a right of reply. r.t. asked several media organizations to comment on what's happened among them the international federation of journalists the international press the suits and the o.c. we'll let you know when we get a response. and german magazine der spiegel a says its reporting one of its former top journalists to the police over allegations he stole donations made to people who featured in his articles class is already
mired in scandal after he admitted last week to fabricating over a dozen stories the spiegel or since fired the award winning writer suspects he may have faked more stories than he's owned up to one man who's popularized the term fake news is donald trump here's a look back at some of the year's biggest fake stories. you are fake the level of dishonesty is that if it were me. i realize. who she is and how fake. risk can be very fake that one from famous catchphrase fake news has dominated the headlines ever since he first uttered it why does it drive his detractors so crazy well some would argue that it's true false information and deceptive reporting seems to be everywhere let's review some of the fake news of twenty eighteen. well one of the most outrageous
examples was the cover of time magazine it depicted a sobbing toddler representing donald trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents however it turns out that the girl in the photograph was not separated from her mother. who was not separated from her mother but yeah she's the face of this immigration problem and she has helped to create awareness. but let's go through some other examples now folks had a good laugh when it was revealed that the washington post that actually cited the satirical publication known as click call when reporting on the fact that british people were trying to make the song american idiot by green day go through the charts when donald trump was visiting the country and in other instances we've seen journalists just straight up making things up. for example a reporter for the web scene known as the mike claim that maria know who's just
pled guilty to charges of being an unregistered lobbyist for russia was in a meeting at the oval office i thought this was a photo show but it's not this is memory of the receipt for the in the russian spy in the oval office with trump turned out that she was wrong the person in the photograph was actually a national security council staffer but in the journalist defense they both do have . red hair and we all know that all of us gingers look the same. how about a paper on canine rape culture in dog parks or a feminist rewrite of hitler's my struggle it turns out that this year fake news was used to make a political point people were submitting fake research in order to expose what they believed was a bias in ak and damia some of the fake research got through. closely . or.
both. and one trend we saw throughout the year was fact checkers retracting their fact checks what could be more embarrassing those who claim they are stopping the spreading misinformation actually spreading misinformation themselves and admitting to it based on what we've seen throughout the year it seems pretty clear that fake news will be while alive in twenty nineteen. r.t. new york china's accused the u.s. . over its spying activities and more still to come so. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy. let it be
an arms race. spearing dramatic development the only relief. i don't see how that strategy will be very critical. to sit down and talk. the greek riots occupy wall street arab spring these are the beginnings. of the protests across europe today it was all connected it's all based on the exact same concept of bankers printing too much money creating this wealth an income gap and it's a delayed or deferred riot you know should be there violence was baked into the cake and now leaders like black hole are getting their just desserts.
swati scandal has hit a russian town off of the children of city officials travel to use the money donated to a children's charity was in a question of a picks up with. a group of children from the russian town of clinton say five hundred kilometers from moscow went on a trip to turkey the journey was organized by a charity foundation which helps children with severe illnesses and those caught up in difficult situations he. these go to the consumer. who are in the mood with them good at the who today it's cool cool to look at their form dream a new car out of a well turns out some of those children work kids city officials local media discovered a video where the town's top officials try to explain why this happened went viral
but you cannot you cannot mean you thought that they needed to go to the clinic we need. to. look for you. but you might. be just it gets even better or rather wars the mayor's daughter was also among the lucky ones to go to russians were outraged and many of them went on social media to vent their fury these super arrogant officials are fully confident in their impunity. they must be fired a government official is a duty not a privilege are officials are the neediest people in our country the poorest. but it's not just ordinary citizens who are up in arms officials have also come out strongly against of the incident calling and immoral and noxious after this scandal erupted so they had of the city administration explained that the children of local
officials work as volunteers and some of them are gifted members of society. talented children they are volunteers this world and it was the year of volunteers there was a special meeting where the candidates with chosen just as the formed to do the had of the charity foundation says there were no violations you ring the selection process she now plans an official complaint against the local media but the flames of a scandal have already been lit the governor of the region says he will investigate what happened and ask for the local official who loved one being asked about the consequences the willing to put in your book of which it was weakness and one of the first folks to get your response to the lady well we've learnt that you no longer works there the matter of the town under fire has now reimbursed the full cost of sending the children of the officials on the trip. china has
highlighted what it calls hypocrisy over u.s. claims of spying by beijing accusing washington of using its embassies around the world for covert surveillance. well the u.s. accuses china for tagging cyber security but the latest wiki leaks release shows the u.s. is guilty of throwing stones in glass houses and the statement came after wiki leaks published a list of u.s. embassies purchases reports highlighted spy gear reportedly made for syria and national security agency global operations beijing claims u.s. embassies are being used to spy on foreign missions around the world including washington's own allies diplomatic compounds or so to have brought various spy equipments they include cameras the skies the spartans and caps embassies also purchased microphones light vision gear and even secret g.p.s. locators the u.s. has yet to respond to any of the claims and network security expert benjamin shell told us this would be not just
a violation of international law but also of agreements with beijing the now infamous u.s. eavesdropping of its alley's is already common knowledge to the world president's office ellie's had openly criticized the us on the use of similar equipment before a sudden spike in behavior are right oh right by legions of international laws and agreements not to mention mention trust for example the u.s. and china have signed agreements a few years ago or on stopping spying activities for commercial purposes the more than china is a peaceful country and we believe in limited situations through trade but at the same time china is becoming very well equipped in mordor warfare exposure in bending the country in electronic or. tennis legend martina navratilova is in the spotlight after getting broiled in a twitter spot over transgender people participating in the sport as women. clearly that can't be right you can't just be claimed herself
a female and be able to compete against women there must be some standards and have competing as a woman would not fit the standard of the tweet provoked mixed reaction online including from cyclist mckinnon who lost their became the first transgender athletes win a world title that's transformed it genitals do not play sports what part of related to tennis i hope you see your way to regret and how you've handled this never to have a suit is just another variation on someone saying that if you have a piece you're not a woman let's get real and stop pretending she isn't trans phobic just because she's ridge and famous and effect woke like pretensions you're the real hero hero martina the truth is painful to some but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be spoken it's incredibly disappointing that you've been intimidated into backing down from telling the truth. seat of our is considered one of the greatest tennis players over all time she's also widely known as an. activist following the spite of
criticism she apologized and deleted tweet the issue of transgender athletes and sport is generating huge debate more views on the issue at our web sites. is that. next it's the documentary child with my home it's christmas and if you're watching us and. it's watching the whole. i want to get it. so when you want to be president and you.
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