join me every thursday on the alex simon, sure. and i'll be speaking to guest of the world of politics, small business, i'm show business. i'll see you then. the man widely considered to be the greatest footballer of all time. diego maradona has died at the age of 60. donald trump continues to pardon a number of key aides before leaving office with the latest being former national security advisor michael flynn. doubts are raised over the astra zeneca vaccine. as a u.s. study claims, it doesn't work well on older people and european partners and russia as north stream 2 gas pipeline. slam u.s. efforts to derail the project. we hear from germany's energy chief u.s.
pressure. this reached an unprecedented high. it's an attempt by the americans to economic interests. actually, this behavior reminds me of the matter. if you were ever you are whatever you are, whoever you are, it's time for the news on r t international. i'm down the corridor here joining in the studio. thanks for joining us. now the death has been announced of the argentinian football legend, diego maradona. he was 60 and he died of a heart attack just 2 weeks after having brain surgery for a blood clot. maradona was considered one of the greatest footballers of all time and was a colorful character both on and off the field. as peter all over reports, diego marriage dollar was hero to many a villain to some the devil that played football like an angel. he will be sadly
missed as a character, but he certainly lived a life 60 years old. fit more into those 60 years than most people would do in a 100 lifetimes. he started his football in korea at home in argentina, but it was in europe that he really burst on to the scene in 1982 he signed for barcelona for a day and world record all feet of just over 7 and a half $1000000.00. he spent a short time with the catalan giants his time. there was marred by fights on the pitch off the pitch with the club's management, with the club's owners hierarchy directors, anybody who he could fight with. he pretty much did. he did win 2 trophies while he was there as well, but he later moved on to napoli and to italy, where put away again, a world record for this time. for just over $10000000.00 the 198-6287 season. he pretty much won the italian league for not believe by himself. he played in
a team that was a very good team, but it certainly, i don't think it's for think it's fair to say wasn't the greatest team in italy at that time. but him being in that site, he was the talisman. he was that mecurio player, he scored the goals, he made the goals he put the tackles in. he raised the spirits and he drug that's not police. cite to the league championship in 87, they won it again. in the 8990 season as well, while he was there, he picked up also some european success as well with the u.a.e. for cup internationally though he is argentina's favorite son, and i'm including messi of course, the current incumbent of that number 10 shirt. i think it's fair to say, particularly on this day, everybody's thoughts are going towards towards diego maradona when it comes to who is that greatest? argentine number 10, it started out his international career in the 82 world cup. it was and a great one for argentina in self found himself pretty much mogue by the italians during a group stage much that was as far as tina went in $82.00 in spain,
but it was $86.00 in mexico. that was mara, donna's world cup, coming from england myself. it's the quarter final against england that comes to mind immediately. he scored one goal. it's known as the hand of god, wary. well, he put it in the back of the net with his hand, but his 2nd goal in the $21.00 victory against england goes down as the greatest officially. the greatest goal of the 20th century. as maradona picked the ball up inside his own half beat 5 england players before dropping a shoulder and leaving the england goalkeeper peter shilton lying on his back side as he slotted into the into the goal in the final against west germany. mara dollar was mocked heavily through that game. it would still known in german football journalism shaw in german football journalism shorthand as maradona marking what they did there. they had 2 people on him at all times, trying to stop him from playing. one of those was low to mattel. yes. regarded as
probably the best defender of his generation. marathoner was still able to get that half a metre of space and play through the ball that resulted in the winning goal. as argentina won $32.00 in that world cup his international career came to an end in 1900 for the world cup in the united states, where under a cloud of some sought see tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and was sent home into scrapes even taped up until the day he died, that it was, it was taken by accident that it was something that was in a supplement that was different in the united states than it was in argentina. books, he did have his problems with substance abuse from the 1980s. he struggled with cocaine addiction, also troubles with alcohol as well, and they saw him leave napoli's the club where he was loved and still viewed with religious zeal in the southern italian city. he left there under
a cloud in 1992, after a time on the sidelines following up on for testing positive for cocaine, you have to remember he struggled, big change in football. at the time he started. the way to deal with him was to basically kick him and stop him from playing. he was able to get around that and still when he then moved into the time in the ninety's where real professionalism came into world football and the game saw the change would. how would he stand up against a messy all rinaldo? in today's game, i still think diego maradona would have the ways to beat them with the sporting and wider world reeling from the shock announcement of his death fans everywhere are mourning their hero here in the italian city of naples. as our correspondent mentioned earlier, he's a cherished icon membered. as the talisman of a napoli side, that twice won the league title for the 1st time in their history, and people have been pouring out onto the streets all evening to bid farewell.
while the city's mayor has already announced that the stadium will be renamed after maradona, former real madrid president, calderón revealed what players he worked with thought about the late stone. i saw him many matches here in spain, when he was in the league for 2 years with barcelona. it was in the best time for him. but despite that, he played to very, very quick much is he led to the idea that we were on we were watching the very, very incredible player. and i remember a nun nick though to know who was with me a real madrid they are, didn't deny who with our coach and our play year war for him that martin mexico with him. when he scored that goal in 86 against england, he worse he told me that he were running close to him all the time. he was asking
him to pass the board. and when they were in the dressing room, the chair where he said no, i was really trying to pass through the ball. but a so many england english players were trying to tackle me. i would have liked to triple them. and then i found myself in front of the goal or, and i don't have any of the option, but to score i talked to many players that played with him. and he said that he could win a match by himself. and everybody knew when they were playing with him, that the moment they were in trouble or if they gave the ball to cream, he could score, he could change completely. the paid to a much an argentinian journalist we spoke to says the whole country has been devastated by the news. the whole country is live in really special the only what is really,
really you have to understand that it's like the argentinean here. no matter which sport you are from my own a rib resents the argentinian sort, there's even goes beyond that. i would say in d.c. there's no one like there. one of the one he represents. it's the argentinean in every, since some people are saying, god, how dying. because some people believe in much of the intellect like something else . because many people in argentina, you know, are, especially in these times with a lot of people are suffering. they find in someone you know, that that gives hope to other news president donald trump has issued a full pardon of his former top security advisor, michael flynn. flynn was caught up in the federal probe into discredited claims of
trump, russia collusion. and he had pleaded guilty to lying to the f.b.i. with more details here a scale of mopping. the long drawn out legal battle surrounding donald trump's former national security advisor appears to be coming to an end. michael flynn, formerly trumps national security advisor and a figure within the u.s. military had pled guilty to charges that he lied to the f.b.i. . however, the white house has issued this statement along with a full pardon for michael flynn. the president has pardoned general flynn because he should never been prosecuted and independent review of general flynn this case by the department of justice conducted by respected career professionals supports this conclusion. in fact, the department of justice has firmly concluded that the charges against your move, flynn should be dropped this full pardon achieves that objective. finally, bringing to an end the relentless pox exam pursuit of an innocent man flynn his, his interview from the f.b.i.
stemmed from the robert mueller special counsel investigation into allegations of trumped russia. collusion. it was alleged that michael flynn essentially misled the f.b.i. about russian contacts. however, at this point, we did see previously moves from the u.s. department of justice indicating that they might be dropping charges. they said that the interview that was conducted with michael flynn was untethered and unnecessary in regards to the f.b.i.'s counterintelligence investigation. the deal, geez, not persuaded that the jury 24th 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis. and therefore does not believe mr. flynn statements were material, even if untrue. moreover, we do not believe that the government can prove either the relevant full statements where there materiality beyond a reasonable doubt. now the judge overseeing the case chose to continue proceedings against michael flynn, despite what the department of justice said. however,
at this point, the presidential pardon makes michael flynn a free man, joe biden will not be able to bring new charges against michael flynn when he takes office. now this pardon for michael flynn is just one of many pardons that have been promised by donald trump. as he prepares to leave office at this point, the transition process and which the biden administration will be moving into the executive branch has already begun. concerns have been raised in the u.s. over just how effective one of the new coronavirus vaccines is. a new study of the astra zeneca shot appears to show it doesn't work so well on older people. that's despite its british swedish developers, claiming this week that the shot is 90 percent effective years out of has more. so essentially, this whole thing is about the discrepancy between what the manufacturer of this vaccine is saying, and the claims made by us research,
as in us specialists who also had a look at the ceremony. so when on monday astra zeneca published a press release saying that the average year that on average this vaccine is 70 percent efficient. and they gave an explanation to this figure as to why. essentially they said that there were 2 groups of people who participated in the clinical trials. one group of people was given 2 full doses of the vaccine, while another group of people got a smaller dosage. and they are saying that in this 2nd group, the vaccine was actually 90 percent efficient. while in the 1st group, it was only 62 percent efficient. some people asked questions as to how exactly a lower dosage of a vaccine can be more effective than a larger dose of but now americans have had a chance to examine this ceremony as well. they're saying that it has nothing to do with how much of the vaccine a person gets. it was more efficient,
the 2nd group that got a smaller dosage. they were aged from 18 years old to 55 years old, while the 2nd group were the vaccine turned out to be less efficient. had some participants who were over 55 years old. and so they're saying that this is the main reason and not the amount of the sarah, and that each person gets is how they put it. there are also differences in the age brackets present in the quartz in the 1st received those and fooled those who lose had a cap on the asia at the age of 55 when they're older, people included in the city that received who lose and who lose. i have to say this is how vaccines often work because a younger person tends to have a stronger immune system and therefore, stronger immune response develops more antibodies than in all the person on average . so it could be it's, but the question is rather why would astra zeneca leave out this information about
people being differently aged from its initial report and why we are learning this from a 3rd party astra. zeneca is looking for f.d.a. approval because the us is a huge market for the vaccine with a huge demand for the vaccine. so the american side said that this difference in dosage. yeah, you know how much each group of people was getting of this vaccine apparently was an intentional. according to the u.s. specialists, it was just a mistake. this was a change in the way the quantity of vaccine the amount of put in was tested. and when they, when they realized that there was an error or a change in their approach technique used, they corrected it. astra zeneca has been losing value on the markets. a lot of people are skeptical because we've had our scientists have had really little time
to study the virus. and so people will be asking questions. what exactly they are suggested to be injected to be injected into, into their bodies. so it's sort of a message and a lesson to every producer over vaccine that the more transparent they are, the more details they give out right away, the better it will be, because people don't want any more surprises and they want to feel safe. discuss the issue of transparency surrounding the race for a vaccine with medical ask experts these companies last present all of their data very clearly out front. we had dissipated that with all the different vaccines being developed, some may work better in some populations than others. and at least the early reports suggest that this may be true of the astra zeneca. actually we have a huge proportion of the population that's under 65 years of age, or under 50. that would still be ending. norma's contribution of this vaccine that
could add to the total. that's a nation effort. this is absolutely essential that we have transparency up and down the line. that is the only thing that will engender trust. and if we expect people to come forward and roll up their sleeves and be exact needed, we need their trust. and the only way you can get trust is to be honest, straightforward, and transparent. and when that happens, then i think we have the trust of the people will need to be actions under they really are remarkably unaffected by the virus itself. so you know, the population who were trying to protect elation here are liable to die for all infection. are this very group really is that it's got to work with a bit of
a prevailing remarkably small numbers 100110 people to the point where they release results. i mean, these are known to be considered very early stage, every testing rather than a major trial. i mean the design of the trials? no, no, no, actually it's an issue to look to over 2022 and the pfizer one until it would be pretty to say these trolls are up here only all of them are in very, very early stages. so i think it's a relief for the other companies to anybody else to be jumping on time saying, you know, it doesn't work or not. it does still had the human cost of the recent territorial conflict between armenia and azerbaijan. that's right after the break.
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i'm show business. i'll see you then. welcome back to the program. another district of the disputed nagorno-karabakh region has been handed over to azerbaijan. the last armenian soldiers have now left the area as part of a russia brokered peace deal, and civilians have long since fled their lives for ever changing by 2 short months of conflict. more aghast. you have reports. every way you goo there is only desolation, despair, empty, burnt, and abandoned villages. rusty trucks piled with furniture, kluges, and who police cells. there's no one left but the old, desperate stragglers it so painful, unbearably painful, your entire life. you have been billed in step by step, trying to make it
a little more comfortable so you get something good sound only a tool has just disappeared. gun a little it and her husband, eagle for 17 years have made a living in the mountains raising cattle. when the barrow visited by john, the artillery became too much, they left everything but they shipped a dog and fled. as did everyone they returned to find the village empty bund and looted, littered with dead pets and animals who starved to death when the humans left. those that survived came begging for food and will be filmed, limited to eagle for 3, desperate days as they try to salvage what they could of their old lives belongings . they feel even empty barrels, things that many of us would see as trash. anything that would help them start over
. there's no choice for armenians to stay after the region has had to do that too. is it about john? they claim it could be that death sentence. if a dog is killed or mistreated in europe, the whole world condemns it. what was our crime and what did we do with it? no one even objected to all the civilians being killed here, where all the humanitarian groups that to cry and fall over animal cruelty, but have done nothing about the massacre here. little it was forced out of her home twice during the war in the ninety's when both armenia and azerbaijan accused each other of massacres and ethnic cleansing, the both deny that this is the 3rd time she's lost, the house. she isn't a hateful person. she's a teacher, a mother, and most people would burn their houses so no. is it about johnny gets it? she couldn't stomach the thought. yes, i don't want to burn down my house. if someone wants it,
let them have it. even burn it for fun. my children were born in this house. they grew up on to this roof. i can't burn the memories. i can burn that part of my life . all the good and all the bad. it was all here. we are leaving tomorrow. but we don't know who will get the house to hell with them. i'm going to bunny down with bunny white town. a little it couldn't bear to watch. we found a weeping behind the house is the 5 is spread. what do you call this? is it sad? is it devastated? having to burn down a house you built? you loved you tended and raised 3 children in for 17 years because of the shape
of your face, the color of your skin, your creed, your culture, your faith. everyone here understands what's happening. this is the price i mean, eons of paying for backing down accepting peace terms. despite their resistance, the thousands dead may have prevented a massacre and preserve some territories. but for a little it in the eagle, it was the end of life as they knew it, everything they had nude burned and gone. there's nothing comforting you can say nothing to ease or dulled the pain. it's terrible to think anyone driving but to them. this is just another house. they won't even bat an eye. off the rule, dozens and dozens of villages have burned over the past week. of course, the season, just another house. it had a life, it was happiness and there was joy. there were tears and there was sadness. now,
it's all over. more i guess the of from katie by jar region. i was headed by john in while the armenian prime minister says the russian peacekeeping mission to the disputed region could last longer than the planned 5 years. nicole paasschen jaan also stressed the importance of guaranteeing security and stability there. russia has sent additional support to with specialist equipment teams and patrol vehicles . earlier. moscow supplied 45 tons of building material to the capital stop on occurred along with 300 tons of humanitarian aid. demining operation is also underway. there. washington's behavior has been described as mob like by a senior german energy official. he was talking about the u.s. efforts to derail the nord stream 2 gas pipeline project between europe and russia . last month, the u.s. state department intensified sanctions on european firms involved in the scheme.
and we spoke to the head of the german energy committee about that it's going to be for secret affording only the currently u.s. pressure over north stream 2 has reached an unprecedented high. and it's an attempt by the americans to lobby their economic interests to go behind the backs of their supposed partners. actually this behavior reminds me of the mafia, matthew c. come to the restaurant and say, we must protect you. but if you don't pay for this, we will smash all your places. and it's the same thing here. the americans say they protect us from the russians. but in fact, we don't want this protection. we want to trade with the russians, we want russian gas. and then they say, if you don't let us protect you, we will kill you. in other words, they impose sanctions on companies, threaten them with economic collapse. and this is what's actually happening. but we must reject such methods, simply objecting to them is pointless. only real action will help you need power
and other finance. but do you agree with you in a paris statement that this is all about undermining europe's energy security and an infringement on its independence. we cannot allow a country to dictate to us what to do with our own energy supply. this is not about our security. this is about the americans who want to sell us their liquefied gas shale gas that harms the environment. moreover, that type of gas is more expensive, they have problems with sales. they have too much gas and prices a so low that it's not profitable. and here they want to impose their gas on us. of course it's way easier if we don't have an alternative. that's why we avoid this, because otherwise we will be stripped of alternative, sellars, in my opinion, the pipeline will be finished at the same time, i think for now the e.u.'s key goal is its own sanctions against the u.s. . my suggestion is simple. we introduce sanctions, tariffs on american liquefied gas. they think they have
a right to dictate to us where to buy gas. we'll show them with a tit for tat move. we can divest and declare, how would that affect transatlantic ties, boss? what do you mean if we're talking about sanctions they might make the americans realize that it's unacceptable to treat us as a colony and that they better treated as an independent part of them. maybe they'll be a bit confused, but if they want to carry on trading with us and maintain economic ties and cooperation in different spheres, they will have to accept the fact that we have interests and that we follow them. only this approach will lead us forwards. any of them to deadlock russia has also been critical of washington stance on north stream too, and has ruled out abandoning the project despite u.s. sanctions. a reminder the project will pump russian gas directly to germany through the baltic sea. from the outset, washington has been hostile to the idea claiming it threatens european energy security. just last year,
the us introduced further sanctions when the project was nearing completion and we got the thoughts of austria's 4 and former foreign minister. last stream to a business project, i have always said you don't build a pipeline. and in order to annoy somebody, ultimately somebody, it's all about supply and demand. unfortunately, this business bronczek has become a political topic. in general, it's difficult to, to separate politics from very important oil and gas infrastructure is this is a given. we have seemed all over the world. and it's regardless whether we speak of gas pipelines between and between germany and the russian federation. a little we speak involves large infrastructure projects which at a company does it in the middle east. it always has a political dimension, no doubt about that. but nevertheless,
it's not up to search parties to get involved to the degree that we have been going with small stream to over the last 2 or 3 years. we have seen ever since 24, seeing a decided by the u.s. industry to, to have a foot in the door. and this has definitely increased with the drug administration . and i'm pretty sure what you know, and next u.s. administration will stick to this goal. for more of your top news stories, make sure to check out our website, r.t. dot com and follow us on twitter. i'll be back with more at the top of the hour and i hope to see them