speaking to us of the world of politics this list i'm show business i'll see you the. breaking news just in after more than 3 years of deadlock and numerous rejections u.k. parliament finally backs prime minister boris johnson sparks that withdrawal agreement . also this hour one person is killed and 5 are injured in a shooting near the federal security service building in central moscow witnesses describe the attack. 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 a last minute attempt to disrupt russian gas supplies to europe and u.s.
senators mourning a swiss company about crippling sanctions put out of business if it doesn't stop working on the almost completed north stream through pipeline. you're watching our 2 international bring you your live news update from our studio here in moscow welcome to the program we begin with breaking news this hour 3 and a half years after the british people voted for the u.k. to leave the european union 3 prime ministers later and 4 deals rejected by parliament m.p.'s have finally given their backing to an exit plan the withdrawal agreement bill was passed and parliament in the last hour with 3 $158.00 in favor and $234.00 against all the bill still faces further scrutiny in the house of commons and also lords it means the u.k. is now on course to leave the e.u. at the end of next month i'll be crossing live to london for the latest later in
the program to stay with us. and other headline news an investigation is underway to identify the gunman who opened fire outside the federal security service building in central moscow on thursday evening he killed an f.s.b. officer before being shot dead himself 5 other people were injured in the attack local media have already named who they think the alleged suspect is. because usually when you get to the end we heard strange sounds we needed to realize that we should hide it then we heard someone in the street shouting go back go back. to the signals and the signal going in shooting randomly and i think we heard him shell tell it something but we didn't manage to make out what he was shouting at.
him but i looked at the city in a basement we're watching now when a guy came and we just cannot cite and he told us there was a shooting alchemy so and pos and he told us the engine had been dropped into the café. there's still no official statement on the identity of the attacker however there are reports the russian investigative committee has searched the home of a suspect and interviewed his family and friends he reportedly lived in the moscow region and worked in the capital we spoke to the neighbors of the alleged shooter. well he's a lawyer who worked somewhere in moscow he comes from a good family mother grandmother she was a good man she was always very polite attentive i can't say anything bad about him i can't believe what's happened doesn't you listen to the reason he was arrested
for the very calm quite quiet he was lonely no friends no girlfriend we found out about his hoby by accident he invited my husband to join him at a shooting range when he refused the topic was never raised again although we now know is what we've been finding out now from the media just. gone up has more now from the scene of the shooting. it wasn't calm last night here 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 quarter according to an unconfirmed video which we can show you right now the alleged shooter took his position between behind one of the colemans 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 pretty white desolation 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 wasn't just the end of the work they wasn't just people leaving their offices offices out on the streets but also plenty of people just out and about plenty of tourists i mean if you just look over their 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 it is over i was sitting with my friends in the bow 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 if you will she is left to 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 business could bridge as usual began evacuating people 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 plenty of details are missing right now no more official information as 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 security analyst charles to outline for us where he thinks things could go from here. well the police in the security services will be looking really to establish 2 aspects of this is an absolute priority the 1st of course is the identity of this person and i may well already know that and of course will give a very good and a very strong indication i think of what their motivation in this case was what it was political or personal or indeed some other aspect that was driving the motivation to 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 the government and that might 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 how such and so on but the fact is i think. even if you were going to have the most annoying government the most benign state in any country to what you will get some people. ali and i assume to herself that up just because of color because of for instance a little background to the circumstances of their own personal lives. we now return to our breaking news story for anyone just tuning in m.p.'s and the british parliament finally voted to approve boris johnson's deal we're not going to cross live to london and our team. one question on everyone's mind at the moment does this mean that it's finally happening. of the rights absolutely it does look to be
the case that brags that it's finally happening off the 3 and a half years of indecision and gridlock in the house of parliament which was cleared by last week's general election of the victory for the conservatives giving boris johnson the majority and it is that majority which has helped him to get this done because today m.p.'s of voted on the 2nd reading the prime minister's drooled agreement with the un they have. voted by a majority of 124 to pass the bill 358 vote in favor of the conservatives 234 against and so what that means is that by january the 31st the u.k. will be leaving the european union and out that point they will and into a so-called transition period with the european union where they hope a deal will be negotiated and we've seen a very mixed response from all different sides of the house.
is the emphatic lesson of the last call unlike members opposite and reject any. scotland could not talk been cleared of last week we did not call for breaks it you're coming to the s.n.p. with a greater monday shows still totally and utterly rejects break ca this tale is a road map for the reckless direction in which the government of prime minister adi term and to take our country the story story of the last 3 to how you will be at today and we would be able to move forward. now that transition period which would be entered into following the u.k.'s exit by january 31st only last until the end of 2020 the end of december 20 twentieth's so that leaves around 11 months for
the e.u. and the u.k. to negotiate a deal something which many experts have said is almost impossible really in terms of the length of time it takes to strike trade deals but boris johnson is adamant that there won't be any extension to that transition period and if needs be the u.k. will leave without the deal that could just be a negotiating tactic he's trying to use with the e.u. and that he would be willing to extend possibly if it looks like a deal could be made. but there are also others who read what nature of the talk of bridge will take has them concerned there was a part of this bill that concerned workers' rights been taken out by boris johnson leading to fizzle a little promises he made in the run up to that election about protecting environment rights workers' rights and so on actually going to be ridiculed by the prime minister. bringing us the latest live from london thank you.
u.s. senators are piling pressure on companies working with russia on the north stream to pipeline after passing legislation on wednesday to impose sanctions on moscow and its latest round of threats washington has also vowed to slap a key swiss company with retaliatory measures for their role in the pipes construction looks at how the u.s. is trying to blackmail allies on energy policy. they say politics is a does game and its players can be selfish greedy and unethical but for the most part they do is pretend they're in it for the right reasons and a playing by the rules 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 called an 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 is in its greatest fan the united states commands all our 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 the 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 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 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 does 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 us 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 and happy 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 account to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of u.s. freedom to be exported to the world and does cruisin 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. we spoke to professor han's going to a poll who is a spokesperson for consumer advocacy group and a b. he told us the u.s. is trying to force its allies to buy liquefied natural gas from america. this project is almost finished and america has intervened if they wanted to do something then they should have done it if the stunts it's clear that germany and europe would be dependent on russian gas and because of that america is right in saying that if europe becomes more dependent on russia then america's influence won't to crease that much is clear the other aspect is related to economic interests america would like to sell its gas in produced in their fracking location that's. still to come for activists could face jail time for trying to prevent the borders unfairness on the opposition taking control of the country's embassy and washington d.c. the details on that story and more after the break. well
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direct. what is true what is faith. in the world corrupted you need to descend. to join us in the death. or a made in the shallowness. welcome back dozens of former french soldiers some from elite units have joined jihadi groups in the middle east and 2012 according to a new report by the center for the analysis of terrorism trial devinsky has the details. this new study released the lid to what seems to be a very disturbing problem in the french forces it talks about former military personnel who have gone along to join the terror groups in areas like
a rock and syria the center identified around 30 former french soldiers who had been in syria or iraq or who had taken part in attacks in france after training for several months sometimes years these exile jews made the choice to abandon the french flag and fight instead under the banner of a terrorist group now it talks about the numbers it says around 35 have been logical eyes in the last 8 years while that number doesn't seem to be huge it does point to a very worrying problem french. a strategic point with ground for terror groups because they are looking to pick up people with specialist military in tactical and also weapons expertise 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 france 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 pows and afghanistan to join up with groups to fight this report also goes on to talk about why if these soldiers are these former soldiers the scene is being so important not just because of that military knowledge but because they can pass the knowledge on to nobis jihad the fridge so it may only be 13 individuals over the last few years but those 30 individuals could have trained hundreds if not thousands of others passing on that expertise knowledge. 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 were going to make jihad and had decided to join the military after that so they could glean
specialist information that 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 text but equalization 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've left the army and now prime targets for terrorists groups to make them but the closest. indians are defying a police band to hold the biggest anti-government rally in years they're protesting against the passing of a bill to grant citizenship to non muslim illegal migrants. you know you remember. this isn't ship amendment x. simplifies applications from neighboring countries but excludes muslims the
opposition say the legislation is both discriminatory and unconstitutional but prime minister narendra modi insists the laws reflects a culture of compassion. washington's muted response to any s. lop panned as explicitly anti muslim stance in stark contrast to the u.s. outcry over chinese treatment of its muslim minority youth. care deeply and always well about protecting minorities protecting religious rights everywhere and we honor indian democracy as they have a robust debate inside of india a massive crimes against humanity committed by the chinese government against the
weaker. the legislation would require the administration to categorize a report on the human rights abuses be committed by the chinese communist party we have to remember something that us foreign policy has never historically been about human rights whatsoever it's always been about securing 2 things u.s. to teach it interests in different geopolitical parts of the world 1st of all and secondly in opening up different countries to transnational corporates on a nation founded nation of human rights is simply a strategic instrument in the area and in the underlying u.s. us our foreign policy the united states chooses who it's going to condemn and who whose human rights violations is going to ignore so what we see is that the united states says nothing about human brutal human rights violations in for instance 100 years in saudi arabia in bolivia since the coup d'etat and now in india and yet it condemns human rights violations in china that it's well and believing it before
the coup because that's what determines who gets condemned for human rights violations whether that country is strategic and alight with u.s. interests or not. for activists who could face jail time over a protest at the venezuelan embassy in washington d.c. claimed they won't get a fair trial i thought for the judge refused to accept some of their evidence activists were arrested in may after occupying the embassy for more than 5 weeks they claim they were defending it from being taken over by opponents of election but as one president nicolas maduro that was after washington recognized opposition leader at one point though as the country's legitimate president the crisis was triggered in january when urged on by the us why don't declare himself interim leader president maduro accuses washington of orchestrating a coup. 2 of the activists are lawyer kevin zeese and academic adrian pyne earlier my colleague rosanna lockwood spoke with. what's being claimed here is that the us
is not recognising the jurors found as well as lida this is somehow playing a part in a trial how could this happen in a trial in the united states and all the us is sort of very strange rules in their courts one is that if the president says somebody is the president and other country that person is a president the matter what is the facts are so 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 then that was an order that we had the court will accept it's a very bizarre thing every city everybody in that courtroom. and in the government knows that would dural is the president and has always been the president use a letter to the president and he still the president come but you know adrian why is it that you have lost face in this trial well it's 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 to such a degree that the only question is did we are did we not just so day in order of
the police but the question of whether or not we were there a reason. really 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 are claiming is that this child is being politicized then kevin who is it being politicized by well i mean obviously the judge is making the decisions and she is reading the law in a way that restricts what gets can be considered. what we have the right to a jury trial and the jury will be able to hear at least some evidence to 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 with a 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 legally and that recognize their president you girl is in fact the president of venezuela. that's a global news update for the tower but don't forget you can always had to our website r.t. dot com for the details on all those stories and many more. understanding of shell is that it's a money loser from day one but it doesn't matter in the u.s. because all the creditors to lend money into the shell industry are constantly
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