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battleground of tripoli heavy fighting goes on in the libyan capital as rebels bombard colonel gadhafi compound backed by nato air strikes. secret assistance british intelligence has reportedly planned at the end game for gadhafi regime guiding the rebels and their push on tripoli. libyans explode in a jubilation anticipation get a fuse fall with skepticism but it may be too early to celebrate seems just as widespread. e.u. oil giants flocka back into libya on a red carpet laid out by a self-proclaimed new government king to reward those who helped to oust gadhafi.
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and end business uncertainty in libya person or crisis higher with some analysts say that would take at least a year to get back on top more in business in science in minutes. worldwide news live from moscow this is r.t. with me will receive shai 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 the hospital in the latest footage from the capital we can see explosions possibly caused by nato bombing raids casualties are said to be mounting after intense fighting overnight although electricity in tripoli has been restored after hours of blackouts colonel gadhafi son saif made
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a surprise public appearance proving wrong with the reports that the rebels have captured him yet at the hotel where foreign journalists are holed up earlier we managed to speak on the phone with independent journalist lizzie phelan who saw saif gadhafi herself. you say that it would be in the document is crumbling plain rebel that claim that they are in complete control of tripoli with much of the price. applied to the current time. went by probably to our hotel. probably i'm david. rivkin right. where they would take them. some of them paid a thousand people in this area and. the men and. lot of the people from private. capital. here again.
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very much relaxed then high theory. that if you can comment on this be a winning the rebel and then we'll have to. be ready by gadhafi i mean i've already paid the libyan. so of course he's. ok well that about what's happening here in the capital. and on our website r.t. dot com we've got more interviews with witnesses from the next office hotel in tripoli. and you who is responsible for us said return going so obviously this. is are volunteers the soldiers returned from. the big. picture of lost confidence trying to say they've been talking to us by rebels and or afraid for their lives to get more information from inside the libyan capital
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and our teams on. the u.k. has reportedly authorized a clandestine operations to aid the assault on tripoli it's intelligence agencies allegedly inserted into libya to coordinate rebels actions during the push and more u.k. military personnel are said to be on standby in the mediterranean. that's. it seems the british did have a bigger and in all of this than it originally so 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 bapi so people like spies m i six officials former s.a.'s officers to giving military advice and also non-lethal keat 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.
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foreign secretary william hague has been quick to stress that. they've been supplying 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 in these reports that. intelligence officials have been planning for some time now this assault on tripoli so as to cash exactly on the back they've been smuggling weapons fighters even fighting and also telecommunications equipment to secret weapons dance around the capital and then on the weekend following the bombing campaign from the air of strategic communications posts they got the go ahead for the final march on tripoli itself so the british government actually knew this was all in the cards for some time now however it did concede that it does already have two hundred troops ready
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to be deployed from cyprus as peacekeepers should the situation the transition they want to send into anarchy so they 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 from the humanitarian cause there 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 pretties and also other european states are not that confident just yet and this trend transition will be as peaceful as they all want it to be. as i've been reporting right there well i mean brian becker who is an antiwar activist believes that nato its actions in libya are an investment in the future of reconstruction of the country and future foreign places to liberate least. stimulated it armed
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a civil war that ended up destroying big parts of the country and then bombed huge parts of the infrastructure knowing that it infrastructure would be later rebuild probably by western corporations making lots of money you would have to then strip nato of any positive performance in interpose khadafi libya i think in fact if nato stays there will have a noble humanitarian sounding sort of excuses and pretext for their role but ultimately it's the dominate this country remember before he came to power in one thousand sixty nine the u.s. had to relist air force base the british are two major air bases in libya it wasn't just oil it's about military bases it's about control of what was a vital u.s. and british fear of influence france plans to hold a high level meeting next week to discuss libya's political future talk live you know position leader has been invited to attend in paris. reports from the french.
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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 futures are exposed they are raising the question what does europe want is 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 was to take part but france has really taken the lead president sarkozy will meet the rebel leader mahmoud jibril wednesday in paris defense minister gerard longer he says that they will build a road map for the future all of that country diplomats here are explaining the 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 and nato head on this fall grows most and says they will continue with their mission of protecting civilians in libya german leader angler merkel says gadhafi is money
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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. the scenes of excitement and jubilant celebrations across libya we called those in cairo's tahrir square in february the high expectations after the revolution have given away to disillusion and dismay he's gonna look at how the latest events in libya have parallels in history. could that the regime is crumbling. the levy and rebels are cheering. the. 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 love the revolution when it happened i welcomed it but it looked at the time with
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a light at the end of the tunnel you 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 they jitters now are not governed by who they chose as their leaders instead it's their or me that's in control the army that has strong ties with the u.s. and is sponsored by washington the military regime 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 in tripoli the by taking over is the national transitional council also not chosen by the libyan people yet the council is being recognized as the legitimate government of libya by all allies have been helping oust gadhafi many libyans are outraged by the fact that foreign powers are effectively making vital choices for them there is to my twelve geo political
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strategic value to libya to look at only become reformed and democratic rights and universal participation by the citizen. very. western powers need to implement it 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 buttressed by western powers western powers have thrown all their support behind the lead in national transitional council giving them billions of dollars and weapons to gain control put the rebels are far from being a united group what libya's going to face after that is a period of prolonged chaos and nobody knows the outcome this is as i said in the beginning this is try again strive this is not democracy against. revolutions in egypt and libya have developed under different scenarios in egypt it was an armed
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uprising that really it's 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 money gyptian is are having libyans could be facing a fresh outbreak of violence at the hands of mom i'm going to shut down reporting from washington partly. but 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 going to already begun moving in with italian a company. which had close ties to gadhafi spearheading the result he's a lawyer and it reports this time its services won't come cheap. delivered as a promise but seen by many as more of a threat they've it 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 appearance is running off the car is the meet with the french president well of course that is one very very important issue with why the western powers tony blair and others struck appeal. in the first place it will be exactly what they're seeking to continue with to further explore those all richard government makes no secret of the fact that it's motives in supporting the rebels aren't entirely altruistic last year alone the u.k. export it around forty billion dollars of goods and services to north africa and the middle east but it's black gold sticky libya has the largest oil reserves in
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africa and western powers look at the region they talk about humanitarianism or democracy think about oil great motta it 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 retains control of the oil supply while the u.k. government insists lessons have been learnt from iraq western oil firms move into libya even before the fate of tripoli is sealed 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 to resume italian all giant e.-n. i. is the first to send back to libya and shares rose on their knees french towel and all three of the all three did well as investors hoped they'd soon be able to
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resume production in libya but it was price to the libyan people the great fear is that just as they did in iraq the creation of democracy which serves british interests interests or oil companies interests and does nothing for the people of libya nor am its quality. times correspondent. soon as western countries get libyan oil contracts they want boots on the ground to keep them secure. this is the cover story in this story from the beginning was our two pete responsibility to protect there was a basis for u.n. resolution one hundred seventy three there is a be there of the agreement between the u.s. and saudi arabia we get a resolution based on your fake arab league vault nine countries out of twenty two and you can do it you want with bahrain or in saudi arabia itself but this was the cover story salt to american in european public opinion especially the chinese the
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russians many people in brazil for their they're not buying it they not you so us needle coordinator operation without them there will be no victory this will be a still no till go for ever and we have international community sort of these include atlanticist hours taking sides in a civil war so when the new bit the could go on for months or years on end it's ok let's try to pick tripoli in one day and they did it because they all these are good people in the whole city and the way towards see you know what is reminds me of i was there at a time because lucian provisional authority in iraq in two thousand and three this is the same scene we're going to have a western boots on the ground and we're going to open up a libya for a hardcore nor holds bar tunable capitalism with no regrets relation of profits you know well let's get their oil with them as we care to pass contracts possible not that this is kooky creek which if this is the way we don't know yet u.s.
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and nato goals we're going to have we're rock two point zero. meantime fighting in five years reported to have reached the country's border with china as you heavy gunfire has been heard in recent days the tunisian army has increased its presence along the frontier and it reports that libyan infiltrators of illegally crossed the border the correspondent was right there for us. violent clashes have been reported along it's unusual even border over the weekend it all started on friday when a local resident has reported that near the town of reportedly several vehicles with the license plate carrying arms men have been spotted afterwards clashes have been erupting throughout the weekend between the tunisian border patrol and believe we cannot talk with certainty about the identity of now you have to remember that it was in tunisia where the events of the so-called arab spring have started transfer to transpire and this year with the ousting of the tunisian president and
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the unrest which started in tunisia has essentially been caught like a fever throughout the middle east and northern africa and the result is that what we are seeing in the bin capsule right now now back in the spring of this year 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 in another human catastrophe in the region with thousands of refugees trying to escape to 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. i don't just remind you we've got extensive coverage of the situation in tripoli on web site but over here what
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you've got the latest video analysis and opinion you can also get up to the minute news from the region on twitter. the story. unceasing violence in syria between protesters and government forces has drawn the attention of the u.n. human rights council because it ordered an investigation into alleged violations the city of hama as witnessed some of the most severe clashes to point so what is a very fortunate travel to assess the after. 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 ruling the city saw. amnesty international ten thousand people were killed there in the regime's crackdown on the city's sunni population and here in this conflict this city has been among the last to join the
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national uprise 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 happened there during a ten day military operation. the way to go through homs a 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 along the highway. at the entrance to hama all the cars are checked but that's not the only reminder of the recent unrest. this bridge in the city of hama became infamous after it appeared in one of the video posted on you tube showing the bodies thrown to the r.c. river comment accompanying this video sad these were residents of hama killed by
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security forces while syrian t.v. reported they were policeman. despite the president's phone to end all military operations against anti-government protesters they've recently been reports about the army still being deployed in several cities across syria including hama. this is what's left from the offices in the center of the city of hama officials say it was attacked by three missed groups operating here shortly before and said 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 government is sharing his views on what's happened a crowd gathers outside his residence their slogan sound neutral first.
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to the changes in seconds. what's people sane gives a completely different picture we lived aboard months in the. little deliberation right after the army in ferguson we see. everybody is afraid. of who afraid of the government for the rest of the food killing officials though all responsibility on the people themselves they have the right scrunch these people just don't want to give the government trying to do reforms. the reforms cannot go through in such an atmosphere. our journey to hammer has been part of a so called syria is fine too or no matter what his initial goal was it turned out to be very different from its name. r.t. camera syria and r.t.
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has come to live in the heart of our five twenty two pm time for marina del with the business. oh and welcome suppose this here on arts well the fight song is not over in tripoli but a scramble to gain access to libya's oil has kicked off rebels hailing the end of the gadhafi regime and one russian firms may lose a lucrative oil contracts last fall on top left invested millions of dollars in libya and russia stock officials say all current deals are still in force well to discuss this issue joined by alexander the result from guest from by thank you very much for joining us now let's talk of what russia has outstate in libya. not much really especially compared to the internal russian assets of russian companies officially only their deeds to disclose the amount of investments made into libya
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and it's about slightly less than two hundred million dollars so basically it's just less than percent of the total assets over the russian company so it would be even less for gas probably so basically it's not really much and it's all just about exploration i know no real production there for russian companies like. the russians got back to work in the. well as soon as the war is over i believe because i mean it's obvious and straightforward that you know oil and gas production is pretty dangerous so it needs good security and of course you know when it's all around it's impossible to produce so war is over and you know every all the oil and gas companies will make it best to come back to libya how do you expect the new version am to look at russia's oil and gas interests in the country well i think
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they'll be welcomed because mainly more oil and gas are the main sources for. well it should all be khadafi regime or any on the resume rebels something somewhere else i mean all of them will need for the restoration of the country so basically they will welcome him with you conferees and all kompany especially you who already have some practice in the country so you so you think that russia will gain more contracts new called drives considering the competition from companies and countries that support the bombing campaign. i don't know of course i think it's political but the point is that you know russian companies are already there and probably it would be easier. to welcome russian companies make the rights under the nose out of thank you very much for joining us analysts from gas from back there and we'll take a look at the latest figures and well prices are climbing off as far as the libya
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continues and anticipation of a fall in u.s. crude stockpiles the government cia is hovering at about eighty five dollars per barrel and the buying plant is over one hundred eight dollars a quick look at the precious metals after hearing and other all time high of one thousand nine hundred dollars trials this morning gold is losing ground and silver is also lower it's losing over one and a half percent let's take a look at markets in europe they are extending monday's frannie tracking overnight gains on wall street and in asia. over one percent and the plus is up behind there's no special toilets for buying so traders exhibits and it may be short lived . and this is the picture here in russia the markets are higher supported by stronger crude the arts yes is gaining point three percent right now and my psych's is up just in arts let's take a look at some of the individual share moves on the my son the sperm bank shares
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are seen gains and that's a news russia's biggest lender. as concern acquisition of two major banks in poland meanwhile enters a salt song the basket formers with luke all day then just stumbled on percents think of it is also on the rise after a quarter of a sixty four percent increase and that profit for the first half of the year. and that's all the business is for now for more stores and had so websites are to dot com slash business in the meantime states and all the headlines with boring.
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