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well. i guess c. one person is killed and 5 are injured in the shooting at the federal security service building in central moscow witnesses have described it's. urgent at 5 or 10 minutes past 6 the gunfire began and it was not just a few shots came in bursts you saw officers taking cover behind the cars and the last minute attempt to disrupt russian gas supplies to europe u.s. senators of want a swiss company that crippling sanctions will be putting it out of business if it doesn't stop work on the almost completed. pipeline and the british government
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rejects scottish demands for another independence referendum after the scottish national party made big gains in the u.k.'s recent general election. hello there just call me a day here in moscow he watching the international investigators are still trying to establish the identity of the attacker who opened fire at saad the federal security service building in central moscow last night he killed and f.s.b. officer before being shot dead himself 5 other people were injured. it was usually means if the when we heard 3 sounds we needed him to realize that we should hide then we heard someone in the street shouting go back go back.
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to those signals and you'll listen when the man who wasn't shooting randomly and i think we heard him shout out something but we didn't manage to make out what he was shouting. at. them when i'm with them in the city in a basement we're watching now when a guy came and could just going outside and he told us there was a shooting out i'm certain into pos and he told us the injured party had been dragged into the cafe. wasn't calm last night at the f.s.b. building is just to the left of me and the whole thing happened at around half past 6 in the evening right on the opposite side of this main f.s.b. building of this f.s.b. had quarterlies according to an unconfirmed video which we can show you right now
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the alleged shooter took his position between behind one of the columns right again on the opposite side of this building he took aim armed with an assault rifle and he opened fire it seemed that he was specifically targeting f.s.b. offices coming out of the building one of his b. officer has been shot dead 4 of them wounded and one wounded was a civilian all those 5 people right now right now receiving medical treatment and medical care now just to give you an idea as to how busy it was here last night what you're seeing right now is putting my. ation compared to that because this is the heart of moscow it's the very center of the russian capital it's a trendy and hip area with plenty of baa's cafes and restaurants so at 6 o'clock it wasn't just the end of the work shift it wasn't just the end of the word they wasn't just people leaving their offices offices out on the streets but also plenty
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of people just out and about plenty of tourists i mean if you just look over there christmas decorations are already up here so people were doing their christmas shopping there's a st regis hotel right across the street from me so there were literally hundreds of people out and about on the square and they were terrified by the shooting but initially many of them were confused because with christmas right around the corner many of them mistook the 1st burst of fire with well fireworks. i was sitting with my friends at a bar when the shooting began and it was the sound of a kalashnikov assault rifle i know what it sounds like my friends were like oh it must be firecrackers but i told them no way it's not firecrackers and then we saw people running down the street it was scary at 5 or 10 minutes past 6 the gunfire began and it was not just a few shots it came in bursts we saw officers taking cover behind the cars.
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left work met up with my girlfriend and when we heard some dull sounds in the distance i thought at 1st it was fireworks or some firecrackers but as the sound continued we realized something was wrong traffic police who were in the nets can bridge as usual b.n. evacuating people they barely got on to what was going on people started running we heard the gunfire while the security services right now looking to establish the identity of the shooter as well as his motives but the timing i should say the timing of the attack is well it's suggestive not only did it coincide with latimer putin's main media conference annual. and of the media conference but it also happened on the security services state the official security services day there was a celebration over they the kremlin and there were plenty of members of security services there and vladimir putin the russian president he was there to to congratulate them
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on their official on their official day so again plenty of details are missing right now no more official information as of yet we do know that the russian president is being kept in the loop of this attack right here in the heart of moscow. you were reporting there were charges she bridges security analyst and former british army officer gave us his appraisal of the situation and told us where things could go from a. well other place in the security services would be looking really to establish 2 aspects of this is an absolute priority the 1st of course is the identity of this person and they may well already know that and of course will give a very good and a very strong indication i think of what they were to version in this case was what it was political or personal or indeed some other aspect that was driving the motivation here and 2nd of course even though they've said it's from according to reports that nobody else was involved in this attack they will want to be sure that nobody else was actually involved in any planning aspects or in terms of assisting
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the government and that may take some time for example the examination of mobile phone records of any c.c.t.v. records and of course any. e-mails communications and so on that might be held on the suspect's computers and elsewhere and of course that would require house searches and so on but the fact is i think that even if you were going to have the most annoying government the most benign state in any country the word you will get some people a lot of. process of that a lot of on it because of policy because of instance or background or the circumstances of their own personal lives. u.s. senators have resorted to bullying tactics threatening a swiss company with sanctions that could cripple its business if it doesn't stop working on the construction of the north stream to pipeline europe is livid with washington over its last minute attempts to disrupt russian gas supplies to europe . it's not how the u.s.
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is trying to blackmail its allies when it comes to energy policy. they say politics is a dutch a game and its players can be selfish greedy and on f. the cold but for the most part these pretend they're in it for the right reasons and a playing by the wrong. ols i think someone might have forgotten to tell ted cruz you fisa binary choice stop now and leave the pipeline unfinished the express intention of the sanctions legislation which we all heard were make a foolish attempt to rush to complete the pipeline and reese putting your company out of the business forever so what's gotten elected u.s. senator so riled up that he's sending out letters with the distinct whiff of blackmail to them how did you guess it's russia almost specifically north stream to the 1225 kilometer pipeline running from russia to germany that's on the brink of completion the us though isn't its greatest fan the united states commands all our
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european partners who have taken a strong stand against north stream to. and we commend others to do the same germany is totally controlled by russia because they were getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from russia and a new pipeline this pipeline if completed would make europe even more dependent on russian energy would generate billions of dollars for putin billions of dollars that would follow and the russian military aggression. we don't want your energy supplies to be defended. but america couldn't risk letting people make the decisions time's running out of to rule they decided to get it down in writing and possibile which will require don't try to impose sanctions on any foreign companies and individuals who are lending a helping hand in building the pipeline like the lucky recipient of cruises let's all see is a company of a 6000 kilometers away from washington in switzerland and like you'd expect from
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a politician at that level the latter is filled with all the signposts of a moderate person who's just ready to sit down and reach a compromise for the next decade your company and personnel will be entirely barred from the united states any transactions will be blocked all property will be frozen now clearly this is a matter very close to cruz's heart because earlier this month he introduced another piece of legislation protecting europe's energy security act that's despite some in europe not actually wanting any protection european energy policy must be decided in europe not the us we fundamentally reject outside intervention and sanctions with extra territorial effect but cruise thinks he knows better he needs to save poor europe from falling victim to those devious forces in moscow it would make europe even more dependent on russian energy and that makes europe susceptible
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to economic blackmail europe depended on russia is not good for europe it's not good for america i won't waste time in pointing out the irony and it's not even a cheeky one off blackmail kind of thing earlier this year u.s. ambassador to germany richard grinnell previously described by a german politician as acting like the high commissioner of an occupying power and persona non-grata also thought he'd flex his muscles we emphasize that companies involved in russian energy exports are taking part in something that. prompt a significant risk of sanctions now there's not being a fine of something and then there's going to these kinds of lengths and causing diplomatic disputes it's almost as if the u.s. has something to lose from nordstrom to going ahead it helps american jobs much better for european energy needs to be satisfied by american natural gas that creates jobs here in america rather than fueling putin's military how much and that we have it americans who propounded the virtues of the free market aren't happy
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about some healthy competition especially when the competition is providing a cheaper and faster alternative though i'll admit it does have one thing missing with the us in another year of record setting natural gas production i'm pleased that the department of energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of u.s. freedom to be exported to the world and does cruise the like his freedom gas in fact last year alone he liked $765000.00 of it that's how much in donations he got from the oil and gas lobby making him the sector's top recipient in all of congress but really that's just by the by. what we spoke to and he's the executive director of the eurasia center this just in the u.s. is trying to pressure its allies into buying liquefied natural gas from america.
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it's an economic issue more than any type of the security issue i mean i find it interesting that that the u.s. they're trying to dictate. economic development energy policy to europe and europe needs this energy both from reducing their coal and nuclear percentage of power as well as well to provide an engine to their economic growth and you know russia has been a very reliable and i think it's i think it's basically an economic way to get back at russia but also they're going to be sanctioning their own allies to trying to twist their arms to buy more u.s. elegy gas but europe does not make them competitive to pay anywhere from 50 percent to twice the amount for energy an elegy is not reliable you've got weather conditions you've got shipping conditions you've got everything else so from a european perspective the most secure way to ensure an independent energy policy and energy security from my perspective is completion of nordstrom to
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. you can government has rejected demands for new scottish independence referendum that after the 1st minister nicola sturgeon made a formal request to hold another valued use ronnie picks up the story. so the british prime minister took his place in parliament once more following the events election victory last week a very convincing one for boris johnson winning a strong parliamentary majority and as a result of that he was able to lay out his legislative agenda going forward over the next parliament now one of those issues which is a result because of that election is the question of scottish independence and the british government saying. they're not going to even entertain it as they of course want to maintain the union we should resist because of those who would break up the united kingdom we should politely politely and respectfully. partnership and
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you know all of this has been brought into a close a focus following last week's general election the s.n.p. doing very well winning 48 seats pretty much a very overwhelming majority almost all of the seats in scotland while the tories won a majority south of the border and elsewhere and so as far as the s.n.p. a concern what happened off the braggs it and the results of the election are a clear indication that the scottish people want to have another say when it comes to scottish independence he must have the right to consider the alternative of independence the question of independence must be to say good by the people i know what by politicians scotland made very clear last week that it does not warrant a truly government led by boris johnson teaching is 8 of europe and path that we haven't chosen. but that is the future we feets if we don't have the opportunity to consider the terrorists of independence now 5 years ago there was
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a scottish independence referendum the scottish people voted by 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the union with the rest of the united kingdom and so the u.k. government borrows johnson say that's it it's a once in a lifetime generation vote you don't get another say but for scotland the concern breaks it changed everything the scottish people voted overwhelmingly by around 2 thirds of the population to remain in the e.u. and with the u.k. looking to leave the european union by the end of next january moods are strengthening north of the border form a scottish mph on the sheridan believes that the recent u.k. election does show that only scotland can determine its political future. 2 things number one as at a junction of the tories clearly out of jackson and have been rejected no keith it is very important to bear this in mind that have been 17 in general elections of the last 60 years the charities in scotland of last every one of them they haven't
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won an election in scotland and so and and since 1955 so the tories despised in scotland however what the selection also was an endorsement of what scotland's rate choose it would be wrong and norman is saying this that the law says it was a vote for independence lose a vote leave also voting for school and right to choose the taming of the next referendum the utopian union would a high end of friendship a welcoming hand to the people of scotland 2020 is the year of scotland's democracy democracy destocking on january 11th we're going to be much in england school and we're going to be seeing the looting clear join since you have monday in scotland you cannot prevent us from having the right to choose. still ahead for you this could face jail time for trying to prevent the venezuelan
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opposition from taking control of the country's embassy in washington the story. just awful. you know world of big. law and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now we're watching closely watching the hawks. well it finally happened donald trump has been impeached by the house of
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representatives in complete opposition to what the founders that invasion the articles voted on were along party lines it is highly unlikely the senate will vote to remove the president from office so what is the point of this entire exercise. again not dozens of french so which is sometimes from of the units have joined jihadi groups in the middle east since 2012 according to a new a poll by the center for analysis of terrorists. the center identified around 30 former french soldiers who had been in syria or iraq or who had taken part in
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attacks in france after training for several months sometimes years the xix all jews made the choice to abandon the french flag and fight instead under the banner of a terrorist group. ok let's go to paris now and he's been following this for sure what else there was revealed in this report. well this study lifts the lid on more seems to be a role that just being issued in the french military forces it talks about former french soldiers who've gone to join terrorist groups see they're wrong and syria and it says that the french army constitutes a strict she checked the conflict talking for these terror groups because they're looking to find people who've got specialist skills you've got details of how military tactics work and who have been in the army and then disband that process but they also talk about the desire to have people who familiarize themselves with
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the right weapons so very very interesting stuff but it also shows that while this is a problem it's not a huge amount of soldiers around 30 in the last 3 years or so let's have a listen to what else the report has to say. during their time in the french army they learned how to handle weapons and explosives skills that enabled some of them to take up strategic roles within terrorist groups others having failed to reach combat zones determined to take up arms against fronts by planning attacks on different strategic sites typically of a military kind. but the reality is this isn't a new issue in france back in the 1990 s. and even in the early 2000 they were cases of former french soldiers who went and made jihad going to countries such as. and afghanistan to join up with groups to fight this report also goes on to talk about why these soldiers or these former
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soldiers the scene is being so important not just because of that military knowledge but because they can pass that knowledge on this jihad recruit so it may only be 30 individuals over the last 3 years but those 30 individuals could if trained hundreds if not thousands of others passing on that expertise knowledge and that is what the real concern is about this there was even some examples in this study of some individuals who had already decided they would going to make jihad and had decided to join the military after that so they could believe that specialist information could be used for terror groups in the future now the report does conclude that the french army has taken measures to try and prevent radicalization it's also got measures in place trying to detect but that might be taking place that's all well and said for those who are still in the army but it doesn't address the problem of former french soldiers who left the army and now
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prime targets for terror groups to make them but declines to. r.k. thank you charlotte charlotte forrest and his. russian president has held his annual q. and a session with the media lasting just over 4 hours and putin thinks of questions on both domestic and international issues here are some of the key points that were raised. what could be done is to cancel the 2 in a row amendment we have 2 terms in a row ules truly served 2 terms then resigned and had the constitutional right to return to the presidency because it was not 2 terms. the amendment confuses some of our political some. and public figures so it could be canceled.
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it's just a continuation of political infighting one party that lost the election of the democratic party is working for results through other methods accusing trump of collusion with russia then it's discovered that there was no collusion that can't be the basis for impeachment now they've come up with pressure on ukraine i don't know what's there your representatives have a better idea. of with girls and as for statements from certain people various political figures about russia about me as the head of the country i have been used to treating this accordingly but i know what the interests of my country are and that it doesn't matter at all what anyone else says there is absolutely no value in comparing what they say with the fundamental toss which russia is interested in solving congratulations to boris johnson nevertheless he turned out to be the winner he understood the mood of the british people better than his political opponents. for us activists could face
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prison time for their efforts to stop the venezuelan embassy in washington from being taken over by followers of that country's opposition they've raised concerns now that they won't get a fair trial after the judge refused to admit some of their evidence the activists were arrested in may after living in the venezuelan embassy for 37 days they say that they had permission from president nicolas maduro they are. now hear evidence that is bite into their case washington considers the presence of a deranged government in the venezuelan embassy in eagle as it recognizes opposition leader why don't price is to break out in january when quite a proclaimed himself interim president of venezuela with the support of the u.s. and its allies present accused washington. of all the striking. to be activists facing jail i v.m.c. protest kevin zeese an american lawyer and also
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a dream pine and academic at the american university any of my colleagues and i will quote spoke to the 2 activists what's being claimed here is that the u.s. is not recognizing mature as venezuela's leader and this is somehow playing a part in a trial how could this happen in a trial in the united states and the u.s. is sort of very strange rules in their courts one is that if the president says somebody is the president no other country that person is a president no matter what else the facts are so if president trump said mickey mouse was the president of venezuela and is a bastard it was donald duck and donald duck were just to leave and that was an order that we had the court will accept it's a very bizarre thing every sentence everybody in that courtroom. and in the government knows that would dural is the president and has always been the president use aleck to the president and he still the president come back to niger and why is it that you have lost faith in this trial well it's become
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a clear that it's that the conditions of the trial are unfair we are not going to be allowed to defend ourselves it has been narrowed just such a degree that the only question is did we are did we not just so day in order of the elites but the question of whether or not we were there legally is not even being addressed and that is really at the core of the matter because if the order itself was illegal then we did nothing wrong if those facts were allowed into evidence then it would be clear that we have not violated the law that we have in fact protected it so if these facts haven't been allowed into evidence and what you're claiming is that this child is being punished as sized then kevin who is it being politicized by well i mean obviously that. judges making the decisions and she is reading the law in a way that restricts what gets can be considered. what we have a right to
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a jury trial and a jury will be able to hear at least some evidence that will make an effort to explain why we were in the embassy and why we're there legally and how we were actually protecting the embassy and not interfering with the protective function we hope to get all those facts before the jury we're not giving up that effort the discovery motions that the judge ruled on last week certainly make it more difficult but we're going to continue to pursue as much of a jury trial as we can we think it's important for us jury to rule that we were in the embassy illegally and that recognize the president is in fact the president of venezuela. here with us he could have a company that's how things are looking more from us at the top and.
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i have a spare charts parents. and i have a little girl that died in the fire sent there collins. said by their soldiers that. were looking for a candy reaching. 54 years old and 21 years on death role model. for a crime i didn't commit. i always knew that it was it was at the rental place that nobody would listen. to how a. trial was pretty much a farce. they are having a guilty plea for that trial. not.
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forgiven him so. something. i knew she was there. people. sometimes there's no explanation. hello and welcome the crosstalk were all things considered i'm peter lavelle well i finally happened donald trump has been impeached by the house of representatives in complete opposition to what the founders didn't vision the articles voted on were along party lines it is highly unlikely.

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