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very warm welcome to you well the massive leak of over ninety thousand secret u.s. military files has exposed cover ups over the war in afghanistan classified documents were handed to three newspapers by the whistle blowing web site wiki leaks think reports on the deaths of hundreds of civilians increased taliban attacks as well as nato fears pakistan and iran are backing the insurgency. now joins us live from london for more on this. what if we found out and what's been the reaction so far. well rory this is essentially a detailed account of the last six years of the war in afghanistan to begin at the beginning of two thousand and four and right at the end of two thousand and nine and there has been quite a lot of criticism and skepticism about these documents criticism from the white house which says that the release of documents like these could lead to danger for the personnel who are there on the ground and compromising operations and
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skepticism about whether this is really new information the military experts are saying that we've always known that there was corruption going on in the war in afghanistan and that this is this is nothing new essentially but nevertheless these ninety thousand documents many of them refer to the toll that the afghan war has taken on civilians. one hundred forty four details incidence of the deaths of civilians during this conflict some of them have been from controversial as strikes that we've already seen a lot in the news in that the afghan government has complained about what some of them also were forced from something as simple as troops shooting at all gnome civilians on the streets either the drivers of cars all the drivers of motorcycles because they wrongly thought that they could be suicide bombers those details in these reports of one hundred ninety five civilians killed and one hundred seventy four wounded but that's considered to be a massive underestimate that there are we assume all the. have not been revealed by
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these documents also something very worrying about pakistan now pakistan receives the billion dollars for olmert the us government supports the fights against afghan insurgency but what we're seeing from these documents is in fact that the pakistani spy service appears to be holding secret meetings with the taliban in order to organize the militant groups that are fighting u.s. soldiers to those are just some of the things that we can see in these documents or lower so the details of the documents now hitting the press waves around the world but the wiki leaks founder has been holding a press conference in london what did he have to say. he rebuffed to a lot of the criticism that's come from the white house and less so actually from the ministry of defense here in the u.k. he said that he was expecting that people. would come out and criticize him essentially shooting the messenger and he also denied the fact that these leaks
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would cause any kinds of operational insecurity or danger for the troops that are on the ground is that all the documents that he's really still seven months old and so have no real bearing on what's going on operationally in afghanistan at the moment he said that he had to haul minimization process that those were his words that's what he called it. all this material was no longer relevant essentially thought that he wanted people to in their eyes now he was all sed what's the single most damning incident that he had exposed was and he said that it was difficult to pinpoint a single incident he said this is really the story of what he calls the every day squalor of war children being on necessarily killed servicemen obviously in with that and what i've just mentioned the killing of civilians so this is really the story of the whole war he did mention one incident that took place in two thousand and six during which one hundred eighty one people died he said that there was an. area for three hours and picking off people as they went along killed sixty. people
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and he also talked about what he's calling kill or capture squads which is set up to see taliban leaders and to bring them to account and essentially to kill them without due process if necessary he says that people are recommended to be put on that list by local and sometimes unreliable sources will say that there is no property diligence legal process that goes into that he also defended the reliability of these documents is that there are instructions on the within the websites about how to re these documents obviously we should take some exercise caution while reading them but he's confident that they are all accurate account all right artie's correspondent laura met live from london thank you well to some in afghanistan the revelations haven't come as much of a surprise afghan m.p. doe out of sultanzoy so the information was available years ago it's not a surprise because. the material in these documents could be of two nature one
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could be some are some are probably facts and some are just unprocessed raw material or reports of one person or one side so everybody is making it as bigger than it is i think some of these facts are known to us pakistan's involvement in afghanistan iraq and involvement in afghanistan. the way the taliban are trained all these things are or how the pakistani intelligence elements and their involvement we were talking about this several years before the u.s. and nato and others accepted the fact that taliban are not mushrooms they don't have parachutes to come from mars they are naturally being supported and they did well for more insight into the exposé my colleague kerry johnston spoke to our two years of military analyst you're going to for a long with our cross talk host peter lavelle. oh it says is that how culpable
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mainstream media has been covering these wars got less is what i say most of this information you could have found out yourself if you just tried a little bit talk to witnesses the internet exist oh my goodness these stories are out there it's the government confirming to us that we've been lied about this war and we should listen to people on the ground so i'm not surprised by this but it shows that mainstream media has been reckless in covering these wars i don't know why the context it also says or some of these documents suggest that there's pakistani support for the tone of the super. you know. just watch crosstalk. we know about the need to rethink. one of the main challenges during the anti-slavery just out what the pakistani involvement pakistani has been sop contracted their intelligence services by side by the cia and that's the whole point of the whole trouble in afghanistan regarding the insurgency and i saw that
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the insurgency anti-american whatever anybody insurgency in afghanistan has been perpetrated directed and funded by the united states central intelligence agency their their partners. they're just in cahoots thirty years ago and the same thing you know it's time for the neighborhood to mend itself this was an abject failure the u.s. should get out now no more review in december this is the review the review is it's a disaster how did afghanistan. my colleague carrie johnson talking to you want to use military analyst you're going to. cross the coast. now if that because of the program here on. this as a baby box if a mother wanted to leave her child all she'd have to do would be to pull of the handle and put the child inside it's designed to say you've been friends' lives but critics say it's encouraging women to give up their children. plus. as russia faces
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a record heatwave the capital moscow is quite literally smokin hot for more join the race nationally in just a couple of minutes. a military exercise between the u.s. and south korea is underway off the korean peninsula despite threats of a nuclear response from north korea the four day drills involved around eight thousand troops two hundred aircraft and twenty ships america currently has twenty eight thousand troops based in south korea and fifty thousand more in japan tensions have been running high in the region after an international commission blamed the north for sinking one of the south's washouts back in march it killed forty six sailors these are all accusations are pyongyang strongly denies the u.s. also included unilateral sanctions against the north a lecture on korean studies at sydney university elated petroff believes pyongyang will never strike first. north korea never threatens first north korea as
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a small distant you for impoverished struggling pariah state so i believe that for north korea simply reacts or sometimes reacts to the threats which comes from outside if united states decides to go ahead and execute an invasion or regime change i would be surprised if you're at some stage decided to use the nuclear capability of nuclear deterrence against whatever in the me is closest to solve korea's going to be the first victim of the. well the u.n. has ordered a human rights investigation into israel's deadly raid on a gaza bound aid flotilla in may arab countries have undertaken efforts to get help to the palestinians spoke to a british journalist alan hart who gave us his view on the relationship between palestinians and the rest of the arab world. i'm inclined to the view that it's more p.r. it's a little gesture that says you know we really with the with the pelosi that's what
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president carter world's called b.s. bullshit or not. and you can watch this interview in full in fifteen minutes time right here on r.t. . well there is no end in sight to the scorching weather plaguing russians unprecedented heat wave in the country sizzles on july become the hottest month on record and now thick smoke from burning peat bogs is spreading over moscow as emergency teams struggle to bring the flames under control. braved the sweltering streets of the capital. the russian capsule is now a college with a veil of brothers six smoke as you can see behind me visibility is rather low and yes the resist traum smell of burning in the air something i can right now feel this it is skyscrapers and high towers and buildings one you can probably see over there or you could not see because all of them are barely feasible and all that cause of smoke of course and all those has been closed by puppy bowl cut fires in
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the most courageous then i was struck in the city it first the southern and eastern district so most could have been hit but not out of the smoke has already reached kremlin which is in the very center of the city and if it is continuing to move to the north which is ministry of emergencies is now reporting that over seventy peter and forest blazes broke out they small one in the areas around in most cases covering almost sixty have tears which is the area equivalent to you. that. you can see the area that is quite huge old the ministries now reporting that all of the fires have been assisting bush doesn't speedballs us to smoke and the consequence is all this record to pay twice a russia is now facing bad and draw the serious people have been literally pulled should by over thirty degrees says says temperatures since me june was seven
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temperature records have already been registered in russia within the last two months and people are suffering most of them were forced to move closer to me about . the rivers and pools and that hasn't praise the number drawing does no rational and the last month a thousand people have died but these heat hasbro's and posh roadways it's their war city and century of the brought which has destroyed and damaged tens of millions of crops in the country so rush is now. risking not getting any hard as they see a. phenomenal reporting there now it's ten years since the international space station became suitable for crews to both live and work new russian and american life support systems also meant more research could be carried out sas assays or sean thomas went to witness some of the wonders of space engineering. it circles
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the globe about three hundred fifty kilometers from the earth's surface it is the largest construction in space it is a marvel of modern engineering which is approaching a crucial milestone on. the i.s.a.'s is a major contemporary space project it has a huge mass of around three hundred eighty tons it involves a big number of program participants including the united states canada european countries belonging to the european space agency and japan and the station is being used as a big scientific laboratory. though it is a prime example of international cooperation now the roots of the station stem from the apollo soyuz program thirty five years ago when two rival space programs of the u.s. and soviet union integrated technology for the first time twenty years later russia and the u.s. expanded on that shared experience with the goal of creating a permanent space presence. we've done a lot with in the mir shuttle program which was the ancestor of the international
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space station we work hard to write similar news operation of both the mir orbital station and preparation for the launch i remember those years the most interesting period of strenuous work which finally did to this great result during the link up there were no hiccups everything went smoothly. this is the mark up of the capsule which is where astronauts and cosmonauts come to train at star city who are traveling to the international space station and it is in here that you get a sense of the significance of this capsule in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight the zarya and the unity capsules worldwatch but it wasn't until ten years ago when the capsule was attached that the space station became livable. i'd say was a foundation of sorts for the rest of the station if the module had failed then other systems work would be pointless since the module consisted largely of life support systems the mod. well made it possible for the crew to stay in both the
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station would be impossible to build the station at the pace it was constructed that without the special part of the infrastructure was now in place it was up to the station's first crew to get everything in motion. the first two weeks were critical since a lot of the systems were being activated for the first time some russian system segments were merged with us systems those machines had never seen each other in earth and that was the first time they would work together there's sponsibility was huge and that was why the crew had been composed of experienced cosmonauts. ten years on the i r s s is approaching the record for a structure being continuously inhabited in space and on are currently held by russia's mir project and while it was originally only supposed to be in service until two thousand and fifteen it looks like a bright future for the international space station which i think a part of us are in and out of my assessment has decided to prolong the station's use until twenty twenty and possibly even longer if the technical state of the
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station is good for. ensuring a continued international presence in space for many more years to come john thomas r.t. moscow and we have greetings for you from the current crew of the i r s s for your daughter your chicken and russian flight engineer tells us mere feelings about the advantages of working in space. square glad to be working here in our space office is the best window of the traffic jams on the way to work and although there are not many people around and space aliens haven't visited us yet we're never bored and luckily we are far away from the heat. you're watching r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital abandoned babies are often found in strange and sad places sometimes even discarded like rubbish in the czech republic though it's five years since a special facility was set up for women who give away their newborn children the so-called baby box has many opponents who claim it encourages mothers to abandon
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their papers. they're all around the czech republic at first sight they're just descript metal doors on the sides of hospitals and government buildings but they've already helped to save dozens of lives this is a baby box if a mother wanted to leave her child or should have to do would be to pull on this handle and put the child inside now it doesn't just the metal container an infant would be able to survive here for several hours but usually they're rescued within several minutes by those on the other side the first one was placed in this private hospital it's still the most popular with nearly fifteen children left here in five years now so baby books as soon as the babies placed inside the door locks on the outside and in the llama settles i remember running to the box for the first time to see the baby inside and showing it to the doctor to be examined like that special i think it is an amazing invention. the baby
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box inventor is not a doctor but a writer and horse breeder but his idea was not immediately well received with protests from some clergyman and even doctors now a cloud though the baby box is high tech with three hundred twenty parts special places to leave unwanted children existed even in ancient times. but the government was wary of the baby books and didn't provide funding as if i was encouraging people to get rid of their children now the perception has changed. but it is life and christina have dated for two years and run a hostel and prague although they can have children of their own don't also like to adopt a baby box child. come from a big family i have four brothers and three forty cousins. nephews new to me so i like to know they do not know where or when but sure enough it is a matter of time before someone that want the child will become
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a welcome addition to their family either unnerve artsy prog. it is twenty minutes past the hour here in moscow soon daniel will be here with all the business news for the meantime let's check out some other stories making headlines all around the world at this hour and in pakistan a suicide bombing close to the afghan border has killed seven and injured twenty five a blast happened at the home of an anti taliban politician meon hussein who was still would have been the target the bomber approached his house and detonated the explosives as police try to search him. frequently attend scenes of attacks and last week his only son was gunned down by a suspected islamic militants. massive floods and landslides are plaguing china rain continues to fall the eleven day deluge shows so far left one hundred eleven people dead more than one hundred sixty others are missing in the northwest the latest losses bring the death toll from this year's floods to seven hundred and
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forty one the worst in a more than a decade. the german chancellor has demanded an investigation into the deadly stampede at the love parade music festival in germany nineteen people were killed and three hundred forty two injured as vast numbers of party goers packed into a tunnel which was the only way in or out of the event the organizers of the parade have already announced it will never be held again. and the business news is next with daniel stay with us. welcome to business p.p.s. chief executive tony hayward is expected to step down later on monday he's likely to be replaced by robert dudley because it is man in charge of tackling the gulf of mexico oil disaster response but b.p. says it's made no firm decision yet its borders should rule to meet on monday head of announcing second quarter results among other things b.p. set to discuss the timing of hayward's exit the embattled chief executive been
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widely criticised over the gulf of mexico spill which has lost the company forty percent of its market capitalization as for the man to take over robert dudley has more than thirty years experience in the oil industry including five years as c.e.o. of b.p.'s russian joint venture t.n. k b p he left in two thousand and eight after a shareholder conflict the stress test of europe's largest banks has given a boost to the euro despite claims that the tests were not tough enough the banks which failed the test already being bailed out by their respective governments the real losers may be those banks which only just scraped through for more i'm joined by our correspondents all over outside the my six stock exchange in moscow but i'll have the stress tests reassure the financial markets today. hello danielle yes well we are here monitoring the russian markets following the european banking stress
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test and i have to say that the reaction has been quite home both the dynamics has been rather positive during the day both. traders in the black european markets are having quite a mixed day now i have to remind you that last friday ninety one european banks underwent stress tests designed to show how europe's financial institutions what perform in case of another downturn the banks have been asked to estimate how much additional capital they would need in case of another recession in case of continuing recession and only seven banks out of ninety one failed the exam which is less than expected however many critics in europe say that the stress wasn't tough enough as it didn't look at what would happen if one of the members of the euro zone default they also point out that the members of the european union didn't even consider the possibility of a sovereign debt crisis at the same time it's believed that the test should restore
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confidence in the european banking system however market players. say the test can only work if the market believes it is credible. yes daddy always we spoke to some russian analysts and many agree that there will be no direct impact on the russian market following the european banking stress test they all agree that will be no serious implications but they say that now the european markets playing players are looking forward to seeing the reaction of the european governments and according to chief investment analyst at the main question now is whether the european governments decide to scrap up stimulus measures or not . it is because it's all about whether the european authorities and the european central bank in particular will stay with the measures they need for post-race the
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support of the banking sector. or we will wait for oil and gas sector data from the us also g.d.p. data for the second quarter is going to come if the data is bad the federal reserve system may decide to inject additional liquidity in the market in this case you've continued support measures. i cannot tell you that was our correspondent outside the my six stock exchange in moscow let's have a look at the markets now they are six or edging up in the afternoon the country's top oil producer rose nifty is around one point seven percent higher forces after the russian government repeated plans to sell part of its stake also favorites russian joint venture which is rumored to be under the hammer. blow into the black in the last hour but smith kline is fooling reports it wants to. genzyme the former joint is a top loser on the foot almost two percent u.s. stock futures are also down suggesting wall street will open lower next hour.
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european bank of reconstruction and development is in talks to buy a ten percent stake in the russian stock market is buying the state from kit finance which was an early victim of the financial crisis plans to make the purchase with disclosed versions. state bank estimates it to be worth eighty million dollars this says it aims to improve standards for most of the market the finance ministry is planning russia's biggest asset sale since the early ninety's the government aims to raise up to thirty billion dollars over three years to cut the budget deficit minority stakes in ten companies are up for grabs including russia's largest oil producer rose neff to power generator rose hydro and top lenders vitti be ans burbank the government could keep fifty percent plus one share of these partially listed companies in my latest. listed companies like russia israel monopoly. the record heat is forced
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a leading industrial joint to halt production find out who nextel.
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you're watching. headlines now. the biggest u.s. military history reveals a major over the war in afghanistan including. support for the taliban. the ongoing. turn for the worst with. people's misery. ten years. while israel has yet to respond to an official request to cooperate with the un human rights council's investigation into the deadly attack on a gaza. israel has shunned.


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