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the deaths of hundreds of civilians increased taliban attacks as well as nato fears that pakistan and iran are backing the insurgency as cross to our correspondent for both sides of the atlantic tonight laura in london christine for those in washington laura first year for may why is this so much fuss about this leak today u.s. officials on one hand claiming the information is at least seven months old and it doesn't contain anything highly sensitive anyway. well there certainly is some suggestion that this is nothing new we knew this before we knew that there was corruption running right through the war in afghanistan. and we knew that this was going on but certainly to see it black and white particularly represented by as you say more than ninety thousand separate documents is something quite extraordinary what happened was that julian assange the founder of wiki leaks released this information ahead of time to three newspapers one here in london the guardian one in germany desh spiegel and also to the new york times they then looked at that
information and assessed what they wanted to write about it and whether the information was genuine and he then held a media conference here in london and talked about it and one of the things that he said was he was pressed by journalists on war crimes whether he thought there was evidence of war crimes hare and eventually he said that he felt that it was for a cool it's of course to decide what constitutes a war crime and whether this did but that he said looking at the documents that he has seen felt that there was evidence of war crimes having been committed during this war and as far as the details go we're really talking. some of these documents about civilian deaths going on reported. to pick out one that he found it was difficult to do that he said it's the continuing normal events we're seeing a war that we don't necessarily know about when we read about seen these papers that say shocking going deaths of children the deaths of civilians the deaths of
servicemen which add up he said to the every day squaller of war but there was an incident that he picked out in two thousand and six where one hundred mace and one people died and he said but what happened according to the documents with that call great pains to cry out for three hours essentially picking off people as it went through no documented evidence of sixty two people having being killed and it's not clear what happened to the rest of them another thing that he says is shown by the documents is that pakistan which is. being given a billion dollars a year by the u.s. government to help them in their fight against afghan insurgency is in fact not helping but hindering that members of the spy service are meeting with taliban leaders and and organizing the militant groups that are fighting u.s. soldiers pakistan of course the last event tonight. that one of the most interesting things about this is that this is not the end of this story there are already as we've said ninety thousand documents but. there are fifteen thousand
more that he has yet to assess but he is going to put out there when he judges the time is right let's hear what he had to say. we will release. but some of them may need production some of them may need. for you. to feel richer will be released. situation you know going to. be held back. to. make sure that we should be repopulation you know going to. publish today will to christine result kristie that this leak compromises u.s. national security how hard did they come down on these revelations today. well given they're coming down very hard on many levels as you said the national security level they say that this makes the fight against extremist much harder to
have this information out here they're also coming down quite hard on wiki leaks just a couple minutes ago the white house briefing press briefing wrapped up with president obama's press secretary robert gibbs he says wiki leaks is not an unbiased media source something interesting to note here. no point even though a lot of the questions i would even say the majority of the questions to mr gibbs were about this week you leaks not once did he necessarily dispute the content of it he did sort of try to say again that wiki leaks was not totally credible and he really disputed how this came about that this is a breach of federal law so certainly the white house coming down but in addition to this criticism they are also really really downplaying what has been released on wiki leaks they're saying that you know this is from a period of time the majority of which president obama wasn't even in office it was a time that he wasn't overseeing the war and that since december two thousand and nine which is sort of when this picture that's painted in the documents and that
the relationship between the united states and pakistan has gotten much better he says also sort of trying to turn this wiki leaks story around he says you know some of these atrocities that you see in these leaks well these are the reasons that president obama saw to throw more money he said that it shows that the war was underfunded that the strategy was sort of on the wrong path and these are reasons if nothing else that the president got in there and threw more money to have the troop surge happen so really trying to shift the message here from the white house in terms of what's happening cabin a correspondent christine from washington and. london thank you both pretty sure well more fool to vote today story brian becker spoke to us he's director of the american antiwar coalition who said he feels the u.s. government's quickly tried to twist the truth. well the obama administration's pronouncement is like an alice in wonderland turning reality upside down they are the ones who are putting american soldiers and afghans lives at risk and in fact
taking those lives every day in a war that they know can't be won and yet when wiki leaks and people who are whistleblowers tell the truth then this sort of explanation from the white house is that these people who are telling the truth exposing the lies are the ones putting the people's lives in danger i mean that is so ludicrous such nonsense but because of the tepid character of the prophet again the nature of the u.s. corporate media that line will be promulgated time and time again today and tomorrow and in the coming days but i don't think the american people will believe that they want to know the truth. political analyst christopher hole still says the u.s. is using really don't do this to accuse pakistan of playing a double game. ninety one thousand documents coming out of we could say it's very clear that without some kind of test account tested ok from u.s. institutions leagues would not have been able to publish anything and what we see
here and what we have to make of this is what the new york times writes pakistan aids insurgency in afghanistan reports a surge that is what on page a one the new york times carries this morning and they use the whole week you leaks information to accuse pakistan of a double game and the dreadful and on and on for ten pages with new york times with axes ations of double game against pakistan and what i accuse the new york times and what i think use the american institutions of lying all the time in the in that they draw pakistan into that and i don't know how they managed to read the ninety one thousand documents and find out this truth in them but explicitly do they talk about it we can meet and that is something which i find very astonishing and it reminds me in fact of the practice of nine eleven when an american knew within
seconds that this was a bed. some of bin laden killing american citizens and what we have here somehow is making use of these leaked documents to make a case that pakistan is not playing straight in this war in this so-called war against terror and that's of course wrong what i see is and i have proof for that and i've written three books on it america itself is playing a double game and it's forcing pakistan to play this double game alongside america that's what's going on right now and all the rest of this is a dirty lie and we should not believe anything of it. because there are political analysts christo horse to give you some more perspective we also talk to robert fisk he's the middle east correspondent for the british daily the independent he says in stories like this the internet is stepping on the toes of newspaper and t.v. journalism these days we've got all these expensive newspapers with huge investigative staffs watching and the new york times in london in france and yet we didn't get
this story it was the internet that got it this is the most important proof so far that in many ways newspaper journalism is retreating and going along with authority please can i be embedded i mean i'm not in bed but please can i be embedded can i go with the tenth mountain division can i be with the british army and these reporters are not getting the story and these people this week leaks organization which i have some serious concerns they have managed to do it on a mass bulk scale that we've never seen recently in modern newspaper journalism or television journalism this i think is one of the lessons for us journalists. this is our team from moscow still to come. this is a baby box if a mother wanted to leave her child or she'd have to do would be to pull on the handle and put the child inside it's designed to save him from his lies but critics say it's encouraging women to give up their children. moscow is
struggling with its hottest day since records began one hundred thirty years ago and there is no end in sight it seems to the scorching weather plaguing russians as the president heat wave in the country sizzles on all smelling smaug from burning paint bogs and spreading right over moscow as emergency teams struggle to bring the flames of the control but earlier a spoke to r.t. as jacob grieves who braved the sweltering streets of the capital for us. people all over the world let's face it love to moan about the weather is too hot is too cold just how bad is it maybe. well i might be the first a minor me i much rather be in your nazi air conditioned studio than out hey braving the he how she said but it is cool down slightly at the moment but yet today was you said it was a record breaking day the hottest day in moscow ever really a record breaking month in july it was temperatures soaring into the high thirty's they just had problems as well as kicked up the swimming season but already across
russia in july there's been a thousand people who drowned as it were swimming season starts has also been a lot of people just suffering in the intense heat and earlier on we got to speak to some of those people who have been suffering when i woke up in the morning and failed the smell of smoke and it was very difficult to breathe. it seems to me that moscow's move to africa it's the third week since we have no it a brief the only relief can be found at the lake and it's very uncomfortable to live in this small breach different smells it's like leaving me a garbage i'm gasping for breath. i live in the countryside and try to go to the city only for three nasseri today came and now i feel bad i have to take special medicine to be able to breathe in the city it's not just the heat it's also been a big bear was smog around moscow today now that came from peace and fires that were burning on the outskirts of the city the emergency ministry said there will be sixty such fires today in the last twenty four hours and that's covered the area of
over seventy hectares or thirty football pitches all predictions that temperatures could reach into the forty degree celsius towards the end of the week so there may not be any rest by store and it's also been just to add to the woes of people living in moscow they could potentially be tornadoes on the outskirts and moscow region so tropical conditions really all we know and even a doctor has been warning that because of the lack of oxygen in the air there is a necessary precaution that if you're at home to the coat it gets wet towels put the over windows to increase the option levels in the house. how practical what children need ok well the one place we can be sure to escape the heat is space the international space station crew say it's a great retreat in summer they're currently celebrating ten years since the i assessed became habitable and they sent their greetings to us earthlings to mark the occasion. square. is the best window view
so no traffic jams on the way to work there are not many people around space aliens having visited us yet whenever a ball is crushed and luckily we are far away from the. well i assess became inhabited when new russian and american life support systems were installed they also made more search can be carried out too at the time r.t. shaun thomas went to witness some of the wonders of space engineering up there. it circles 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. the i.s.a.'s is a major contemporary space project and 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 space station we work hard to ride cymbal to news operation of both the 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 and 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 all the systems were would be pointless since the module consisted largely of life support systems the module made it possible for their crew to stay in both the station it 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 good with being 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 their career had been composed of experienced cosmonauts with you. ten years on the i.s.o.'s is approaching the record for a structure being continuously inhabited in space in honor 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 but 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 station is good things. you know ensuring a continued international presence in space for many more years to come john thomas archie moscow. abandoned babies are often found in strange and indeed sad places sometimes even discarded like rubbish in the czech republic though it's five years now since a special facility was set up for women who give away their newborn children the so-called baby boxes sparked protests though from clergymen and even doctors who claim it encourages mothers to abandon their babies. they're all
around the czech republic at first sight they're just long 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 ever 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 there 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 for now so maybe books as soon as the babies placed inside the door locks on the outside and then the alarm is settled i remember running to the books for the first time to see the baby inside and showing it to the doctor to be examined like a special i think it is an amazing invention here.
the baby books and learned 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 i though the baby books is high tech with three hundred twenty parts special places to leave unwanted children exist even in ancient times. but the government was wary of the baby books and didn't provide funding is if i was encouraging people to get rid of their children up life with no the perception has changed. but it is love and christina have dated for two years and run a hostel in prague although they can have children of their own don't also like to adopt a baby box child. come from a big family of four brothers and three forty presidents who refuse to live with me so i like to do they do not know where or when but sure enough it is
a matter of time before someone that want the child will become a welcome addition to their family. r.t. prog. so will use a brief for this monday evening in pakistan a suicide bombing close to the border has killed seven people and injured twenty five the blast happened at the home of an anti taliban politician man hussein was thought to have been the target the bomber approached his house and detonated the explosives as police try to search him saying frequently ten scenes of attacks and last week it only son was gunned down by suspected islamic militants. in the netherlands a train's service train has crashed into a public square after it failed to stop at the end of a line travelling one hundred metres on the tracks it ran through a sailing equipment store and went on to hit recycling facilities police say they were seriously injured there investigating the incident. activists in new delhi have staged a demonstration to protest the arrival of members military ruler general found swayze in india on a five day visit exiles and activists accuse him of trying to snuff out democracy
in. the german chancellor has demanded an investigation into the deadly stampede at the love parade music festival in germany nineteen 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. inter minutes we talk to british journalist alan haas he spent decades covering the arab israeli conflict that's to come shortly but first all the latest in the world of business tonight with daniel bushell after this quick break. i'm great for the full stop we've got it. the biggest issues get invoice face to face with the news makers.
welcome to business b.p. is expected to announce the replacement of c.e.o. tony hayward before its quarterly results on tuesday and did a new twist haywood could be given a directorship at the company's russian joint venture that means he would effectively swap roles with the american robert dudley who was head of b.p. until two years ago hayward is expected to leave his post as chief executive in october he's been widely criticised over the gulf of mexico spill which has cost the company forty percent of its market capitalization but his replacement is no stranger to conflict robert dudley left russia two years ago after
a dispute with local shareholders of b.p. there have been reports b.p. could sell lucrative russian venture t.i.n.k. b.p. the state's own gas from all rolls in after but oil and gas unless alexander nazar from metropole says the deal wouldn't make sense. no i don't think so and prime reason is there probably is not there is no buyers there are the market but the reason is that he doesn't need to sell take a v.p. right now because the now an excellent assets for b.p. because b.p. needs now a lot of cash in order to sell down all consequences of the spiel in the mexican gulf he's an excellent cash cow and it generates several billions of dollars every year as a difference for b.p. they're actually that what b.p. needs now exactly. last several months was rumored not as an acquisition target but seeking an acquisition target primarily in downstream and retail
now the furnace ministry is planning russia's biggest sales 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 rosneft power generates a ruths hydro and top lyndon b. and burbank the government could keep fifty percent plus one share of these partially listed firms it may later sell stakes in unlisted organizations like russia's rail monopoly. the stress test of europe's largest banks has given a boost to the euro despite claims to tough enough the banks which failed the tests already being bailed out by their respective governments while german banks were criticized for withholding information or their exposure to soviet markets shrugged off those doubts. russian markets have demonstrated quite a humble reaction on the european banking stress but that comes as no surprise that
analysts say they haven't been expecting any serious implications for the russian markets i have to remind you that last friday in ninety one european banks under one stress tests designed to show how europe's financial institutions would behave in case of another financial downturn the banks have been asked to estimate how much additional capital they would need in adverse in areas such as continuing recession and additional sovereign shock now seven out of ninety one banks failed the exam but that's less than expected the banks that failed include german mortgage bank real estate bank of greece and five spanish savings banks now critics say the test wasn't tough enough as it didn't look at what would happen if one of the members of the euro zone defaulted 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 the task is believed to to help restore confidence in the european banking system but a market players say that the test such task can only work if the market believes it's credible. rules in the finished more than three percent. of the reporting. thirty seven percent in the first half of the year. percent as the process of low sweet. there's a barrel. and the 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 a bank which was an early victim of the financial crisis. the plans to make the purchase with an undisclosed russian state lender the state's estimated to be worth eighty million dollars. to improve standards on russia's stock market.
rising oil prices have boosted russia's budget revenues the state budget to one hundred twenty two billion dollars from the first half of the year that's up thirty percent from the same period of two thousand and nine the low in share represents tax payments on oil and gas production. and daughter make again as has shot its factory in nizhni novgorod for a fortnight blaming the record heat produced to sending thousands of workers on paid leave after a month of temperatures topping thirty degrees centigrade the company's own by tycoon pascal there's that for me you can find more stories on our website that's at the dot com slash business.
hello this is r.t. from moscow kevin i mean to say with the top stories this half hour embarrassing exposure the biggest leak in the u.s. military history reveals major cover ups over the war in afghanistan including a reported civilian deaths and pakistani support for the tell about. a space to call home it's ten years now since the international space station first became habitable but the russian module with life support systems docking of the older two at the time. and abandoned to be adopted looks at the concept of baby boxes where mothers can anonymously leave a new home for a better life. israel is yet to respond to an official request to cooperate with the u.n. human rights council's investigation into the deadly attack on a gaza bound aid flotilla next tonight we take a closer look at the story with veteran british in this.