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research showing explosions have been heard near the libyan leader's compound as the fight for tripoli rages for a third day but no one seems to know where colonel gadhafi is and heavy clashes between the rebels and government forces have been reported in central parts of tripoli including around a hospital in the latest footage here from the capital we can see explosions possibly caused by nato bombing raids casualties are said to be mounting after intense fighting overnight for the electricity in tripoli has been restored after hours of a big blackout colonel gadhafi son saif made a surprise public appearance proving wrong reports that rebels have captured him he entered the hotel where foreign journalists are holed up earlier we did manage to speak on the phone with independent journalist lizzie phelan who saw saif gadhafi herself. we've been hearing over the past few days that the libyan government is crumbling opposition have claimed the rebels have claimed they have the control of tripoli so it was not surprised by the surprise of all the foreign journalists in
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the place where five hundred one showed up at the hotel. honeyboy i gave an interview he did and he also took some of the time with him for a drive through just to see where they were taken. by some of them say they saw thousands of people in this in the area and so forth that the libyan government that a number but it is a people from tribes across the country have come into the capital to put the struggle here against the rebels. very much relaxed and high spirit he says that the libyan government and volunteers are winning against the rebels and then we also have the news that mohammed gadhafi his brother and mom i could ask about the son who was reported to have been captured has been released by his daughter by the comments gadhafi i mean he apparently gave a speech on libyan television so of course these events just completely sign that that section of the wild about what's happening here in the capital on its
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side. meantime brian back up here is an anti-war activist a believes that nato is actions in libya are an investment in the future reconstruction of the country and future foreign bases. the nato forces the liberally stoked them provoked stimulated it armed the civil war that ended up destroying big parts of the country and then bombed huge parts of the infrastructure knowing that that infrastructure would be later rebuild probably by western corporations making lots of money you have to then strip nato of any positive performance in oppose khadafi libya i think in fact if nato stays they'll have noble humanitarian sounding sort of excuses and pretext for their role but ultimately it's that dominate this country remember before he came to power in one thousand sixty nine the u.s. had the air force base the british had two major air bases in libya it wasn't just
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oil it's about military bases it's about control of what was a vital u.s. and british fear of influence. reporter you authorize a kind. of the assault on tripoli what intelligence actions were allegedly in so that into libya to coordinate the rebels actions during the push to more military personnel are said to be on standby in the mediterranean that's quite live now to watch but more details on this and we've heard reports of sanction to covert missions into libya previously what are we what are we hearing this time. well more of the same really it seems the british did have a bigger hand in all of this than it originally let on the press here today reporting that a whole team of intelligence officials have been operating in the country for some time now. ever since it became clear that the rebels would need some help if they really were going to topple gadhafi so people like spies m i six officials on the s.a.'s offices to giving military advice and also non-lethal
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aid now it's important to note here that the u.n. mandate that nato is operating under in the country does not include a provision for ground troops and so the u.k. foreign secretary william hague has been quick to stress that. they've been supplying the rebels with has been non-lethal and therefore not in breach of this u.n. resolution however these missions have been very covert clandestine and off the grid so as not to cause any diplomatic issues and also emerged in these reports that. intelligence officials have been planning for some time now this assault on tripoli so as to catch gadhafi on the bank they've been smuggling weapons fighters even in front of even and also telecommunications equipment to secret weapons around the capital and then on the weekend following the bombing campaign from the air of
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daffy communications posts they got the go ahead for the final march on tripoli itself so the british government actually knew this was all on the cards for some time now but obviously they were surprised that they had everything happened so quickly yesterday so the british government putting weapons and certain tips and trash sites and dump areas around the libyan capital for the rebels to pick up on a m i six u.s. as you're saying involved s.a.'s involved spies involved if indeed the situation goes off course for nato allies is there a risk of a full scale ground invasion. well i don't think it'll be a full scale ground invasion that's certainly not the terminology the british government seizing however it did concede that it does already have two hundred troops ready to be deployed from cyprus as peacekeepers should the situation the transition they want descend into anarchy so they're prepared for that and also six hundred more marines actually also stationed in the mediterranean ready to be deployed in what the government terms as the role of support for the humanitarian
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cause so clearly downing street at the moment refusing to rule out the use of what could be almost one thousand ground troops should the situation call for it clearly there is some contradiction there to this idea of handing over control to the libyan people so they're in charge of their own future and clearly the british and also other european states are not that confident just see it that this transition will be as peaceful as they all want it to be. going to live in london thank you. are there may still be fighting in tripoli but the new self-proclaimed government is wasting little time in setting up its future cash flow european oil giants given the go ahead by rebel officials have already begun it moving in with. a company which had close ties to khadafi spearheading the return that was artie's at loreto ports this time its services won't come cheap. delivered as a promise but seen by many as more of a threat david cameron says nato will stay while libya makes the transition to
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democracy as allied forces lend support to the rebels to take tripoli to stop the war coalition warns libyans not to expect they're getting something for nothing but western powers don't do this without asking for a paper why is it that the head of the t.n.c. is running off to paris to meet with the french president well of course that is one very very important issue is why the western powers tony blair and others struck a deal with gadhafi in the first place it will be exactly what they're seeking to continue with with the t.n.c. to further explore those oil riches the british government makes no secret of the fact that it's motives in supporting the rebels aren't entirely altruistic last year alone and the u.k. exported around forty billion dollars of goods and services to north africa and the middle east but it's black gold that's the key libya has the largest oil reserves
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in africa western powers look at the region they talk about humanitarianism all democracy but they think about oil greg martin says it's impossible not to draw a comparison with iraq he's written a book about the aftermath of the iraq invasion in which he maintains western powers imposed a democracy which played on sectarian divisions that ensured years of tribal struggle but also meant the allies retained control of the oil supply while the u.k. government insists lessons have been learned from iraq western oil firms move into libya even before the fate of tripoli is sealed the great oil grab is already beginning b.p. has a contentious oil and gas exploration contract in libya which the u.k. government will be anxious for it to resume italian oil giant e n i. is the first to send back to libya and it says rose on their knees french towel and.
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we also did well as investors hoped they'd soon be able to resume production in libya but at what price to the libyan people the great fear is that just as they did in iraq that creates a democracy which serves british interests or the west's interests or oil companies interests and does nothing for the people of libya nor emmett's. meantime enjoy the times correspondent. believes as soon as western countries get libyan oil contracts they'll want boots on the ground to keep them secure. this is the cover story in this story from the beginning was r two p. responsibility to protect that was the basis for u.n. resolution one nine seventy three there is that bathes of the agreement between the u.s. and saudi arabia we get a resolution based on your fake arab league gold nine countries out of twenty two and you can do any you want with bahrain or in saudi arabia itself but this was the cover story sold to american any european public opinion especially the chinese the
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russians many being brazil for that matter they're not buying it they know it so us need to coordinator operation without them there will be no victor just would be a still no don't go for ever and we have the international community sort of basically deaf lantus is ours taking sides in a civil war so when they knew that they could go on for months or maybe years on that it's ok let's try to take tripoli in one day and they did it because they blow basically going the whole city and the way towards you know what this reminds me of i was there at a time because mission provisional authority in iraq in two thousand and three this is the same seeing we're going to have a western goods on the ground and we're going to open up. libya for a hired corps no holds bar to little capitalism with no rebuts ration of profits you know what let's get their oil as soon as we can the best contracts possible are not that this is completely crazy if this is the way we don't know yet that u.s.
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and nato goals we're going to have reracked two point zero. now france plans to hold a high level meeting next week to discuss libya's political future the top libyan opposition leader has been invited to attend paris bushell reports from the french capital. most every e.u. state has now declared it wants to take an active role in libya's development while at the same time saying it was the libyan people to decide their own future so exposed they were raising the question what does europe want does it want to continue interfering in libya's affairs or let them democratically decide their own future even poland's foreign minister has said that poland wants to take part but france has really taken the lead president sarkozy will meet the rebel leader mahmoud jibril on wednesday in paris defense minister gerard longest says that they will build a road map for the future all of that country diplomats here are explaining the
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e.u. and nato see an opportunity now to play a leading role in the future of north africa with america the united states taking a back seat for the moment for political reasons over in washington nato head on this for grows most and says they will continue with their mission of protecting civilians in libya german leader angela merkel said gadhafi is money must be secured in the name of the libyan people but it's very unclear who will control that money and how it will be used. he's done a bushel right scenes of excitement and jubilant celebrations across libya over cold those from cairo's tahrir square in february but the high expectations are for the revolution have given way to this illusion meant and dismay he's gonna look at how the latest events in libya have parallels in history. the cadets the regime is crumbling. the rebels are cheering. the.
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same cheers and tears could be seen in egypt in february as the nation ousted their longtime leader hosni mubarak but six months on many egyptians say their hopes have been crushed by reality. you know i loved the revolution when it happened i welcomed it that looked at the time we call life at the end of the tunnel we see it's not getting better we have nothing to eat just don't tell me about democracy for hungry people it just doesn't matter the egyptians now are not governed by who they chose as their leaders instead it's their army that's in control the army that has strong ties with the us and is sponsored by washington the military regime that the edifice the institutions that were to be as since the fundamental essence of the mubarak regime those remain and we can see the thousands of people have been brought to military trial since the end of the popular revolution that ousted
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mubarak in tripoli the body taking over is the national transitional council also not chosen by the leaving people yet the council has been recognized as the legitimate government of libya by all allies who've been helping oust gadhafi many leave ians are outraged by the fact that foreign powers are effectively making vital choices for them there is too much wealth and geopolitical strategic value to libya to only become reformed in democratic gripes and universal participation by the citizenry. western powers need to implement a western economic and military agenda and therefore the people who will eventually command the political situation in libya and the military situation in libya will indeed be supported and buttress by western powers western powers have thrown all their support behind the league in national transitional council giving them billions of dollars and weapons to gain control but the rebels are far from being
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a united group what libya's going to face after that is a period of prolonged chaos nobody knows the outcome this is as i said in the beginning this is tribe against tribe this is not democracy against totalitarianism revolutions in libya have developed under different scenarios it was an on armed uprising millions in libya it's been an insurgency flooded with weapons by the west and those weapons are still in their arms and they're not going anywhere and many analysts are saying that we could find themselves in a much worse situation than the egyptians because on top of power crisis similar to the one egyptian is are having. could be facing a fresh violence at the hands of the armed mom. reporting from washington hard to. fighting in libya as reporters who have reached the country's border with tunisia where heavy gunfire has been heard in recent days the. presence along the frontier amid reports that libyan infiltrators illegally crossed the border correspondent i
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mean it was right there on the spot for us. well violent clashes have been reported along with unusually been border over the weekend it all started on friday when local resident has reported that near the town of reportedly several vehicles with libyan license plate carrying arms men have been spotted afterwards clashes have been erupting throughout the weekend between the tunisian border patrol and the even men we can talk with certainty about their identity now you have to remember that it was in tunisia where the events of the so-called arab spring have started transfer to transpire this year with the ousting off the tunisian president and the unrest which started in tunisia has essentially been caught like a fever throughout the middle east and the northern africa and the result is that what we are seeing in capital right now now back then in the spring of this year
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thousands were fleeing from tunisia to europe in order to escape the mayhem which was going on here and now a similar situation is happening to libya but now libyans are fleeing thought over the border with tunisia into tunisia and of course what we could be witnessing is yet another human catastrophe in the region with thousands of refugees trying to escape from me how of course we do not know whether or not those refugees will try and make their way into europe which dealt with that crisis and now may be facing another one with the ongoing clashes in libya. just to remind you we've got extensive coverage of the situation in tripoli on our website i just it was called for the it is video analysis you can also get up to the minute news from the region on our twitter page or just follow us on to underscore. the unceasing violence in syria between protesters and government forces has drawn
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the attention of the u.n. human rights council it has ordered an investigation into alleged violations the city of hama has witnessed some of the most severe clashes and. trouble to assess the aftermath. the city of hama around two hundred kilometers north of the capital damascus religiously conservative sunni dominated city it's been one of the century's old religious tensions here in syria for many years in one thousand nine hundred eighty two during the current president bashar assad's father rulon the city saw a bloody massacre according to amnesty international over ten thousand people were killed there in the regime's crackdown on the city's sunni population during this conflict this city has been among the last to join the national opera's in the army were moved into in july and withdrew ten days later i t. is now going to see how things are on the ground after the army left the city and to try to find out exactly what's happening there during
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a ten day military operation. do we go through homs the city where activists have been reporting dozens of civilians over the last few months of violence. the closer we get to it the more dramatic the scenario becomes checkpoints appear and on the highway. at the entrance to hama all the cars are checked but that's not the only reminder of the recent unrest. rishon the city of hama became infamous after it appeared in an amateur video posted on you tube showing dead bodies thrown to the r.c. river comment accompanying this video sad these were residents of hama killed by security forces while syrian t.v. reported they were policeman. despite the presidents photo and all military operations against anti-government protesters they've recently been reports about the army still being deployed in several cities across syria
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including hama. this is what's left from the office a squad in the center of the city of hama officials say it was attacked by extremist groups operating here shortly before the armor and the city they say that . the armed groups that the building on fire and killed at least twenty soldiers who were inside the building at the time of the attack. we only came to remove barricades behind these barricades there were people not peaceful demonstrations and there were clashes between them and the troops. while the governor's sharing his views on what's happened a crowd gathers outside his residence their slogan sound neutral first. to the changes in seconds. what's people saying gives a completely different picture we live there both for months and the hope for. the
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best for the most pleasure after the army into the city we see. everybody is it fair for the group of move for the government for the rest of the third giving officials though put all. sponsibility on the people themselves they have the right spirit these people just don't want to give the government time to do reforms the reforms cannot go through in such an atmosphere. i would you need to hammer has been part of the so-called syria is trying to work but no matter what its initial goal was it turned out to be very different from its name. raef notion r t how much syria at an hour twenty three minutes past the hour here in moscow let's check out some other world news for you in brief this hour prosecutors have asked the judge to drop sex assault charges against a former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss kahn they say they doubt the credibility of the thirty two year old. made the allegations and called
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the evidence are inconclusive. quit his job after facing charges of attempted rape this may. so he says six days of across the border of killed about one hundred kurdish rebels in northern iraq the shelling started last wednesday hours after a turkish soldiers were killed in a bush by the kurdistan workers party the group is considered a terrorist organization by turkey the u.s. and the e.u. the kurdish people have been autonomy within iraq but not within turkey. ok time now for the business with maria. hello and welcome to business here on our crude prices are trading higher on tuesday supported by uncertainty in libya on monday a former top libyan official said the country could restart oil production within months market watchers claim the renewed supplies could ease the bullish sentiments
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on the markets but what if someone tobacco from plant says the libyan production was offset the growing global demand for oil. i believe in production the outrageous the return of oil is roughly in the range of four give or take a million barrels per day so in the biggest scheme of things it doesn't change things that much but it has added to the bullish sentiment so by definition as that production comes back some of the bullishness course way from the marketplace but please note that international prices have really been over one hundred dollars so from our fundamental point of view in terms of the man and the man of oil continues to grow saw the basis for a market collapse are not really there any of the central banks flood the market with liquidity then we're in another environment and kristin to scott i know from
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standard and poor's believes it will take at least a year for libya to get back on tap i think it would take about a full year before production if it's peak levy is currently producing around less than one hundred thousand barrels which is about nine percent of the previous capacity now we understand from any which is the largest producer in the country that so far as they know installations have been hurt but still you cannot just turn it on you have to build up the pressure and you have to start gradually so it will probably take a four twelve months before they reach peak. russian energy companies may face a tough time restarting operations in the bia rebels hailing the end of the gadhafi regime warning that russian firms may lose lucrative oil contracts russia's gas from that and have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in oil and gas exploration in libya but they had to suspend operations after the uprising broke out earlier this year let's take
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a look at the figures oil prices are climbing up as fighting in libya continues and anticipation of a fall in u.s. crude stockpiles the w.c. i is holding out about eighty five dollars per barrel and the brand blends is over one hundred and eight dollars this hour and a quick look at precious metals after hitting and now they're all time high of one thousand nine hundred dollars per ounce this morning gold is losing ground and silver is also lower it's losing over one and a half percent this hour let's take a look at stocks in europe and they are extent in monday's rally track in the overnight gains on wall street and in asia that x. is up over one percent and the footsie is just a little bit behind but there's no special catalyst for buying so traders six of it's you may be short lived let's take a look at what's happening here in russia the markets are higher supported by stronger crude the r.t.s. is gaining point three percent this hour and my sex is just the notch let's take
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a look at some of the individual share moves on the my sets this burbank shares are seen gains and that's on news russia's biggest lender is considering the acquisition of two major banks and holdings meanwhile energy stocks are among the best performers with lukoil gaining over a percent and metal miner polymaths all is also supported by record high gold prices. the latest plunge in the markets could force russia to revise its privatized program one of the most anticipated deals of the also the sale of us. seven point six percent stake in spite of bank is now on the threats the country's biggest lender has lost over twenty percent of its market cap since late july analysts say the current market situation is not favorable for selling any assets at a good price earlier this they boosted its privatization program and once again over two hundred billion dollars by twenty seventeen. and same with banks
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china's second largest lender plans to open a subsidiary in russia china construction bank will invest one hundred fifty million dollars into the project this will allow the firm to get every tell license straight away and its home market the company may be focuses on mortgage operations is the contrary to a number of western banks that recently caught sweets all business in russia. now it's all the business news for now for more stories you can head to our web sites are to slosh business in the meantime states and for the headlines of henri.
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twenty years ago in the largest country in the two suitcases of. what had been more each month each began a journey. where did it take them. more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images cold world has been seeing from the streets of canada. the giant corporations are on the day.
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welcome back from moscow with me and the headlines now battleground tripoli heavy fighting goes on in the libyan capital as rebels. compound backed up by nato airstrikes rebel it claims that they controlled most of the city how to capture to cut off the son saif proved correct. secret assistance british intelligence has reportedly planned the endgame for gadhafi regime guiding the rebels in their push on tripoli. military personnel are said to be on standby in the mediterranean to. you all john back to libya on a red carpet laid out by a self-proclaimed new government to reward those who helped to oust gadhafi reignited the debate over nato's real mode.


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