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vantages and some tough competition. hello it's midnight here in moscow you're watching the weekly here on r t it's our round the pole of the day's news in the week's top stories with me kevin owen and first an oil rig with sixty seven people on board is capsized off russia's far eastern coast four people are known to have died while fourteen others have been rescued emergency teams are working through the night to try to find more than forty missing workers but it's not an easy task because of the weather. reports at the moment conditions in the rescue sites two hundred kilometers off russia's far east coast are very difficult indeed it's nighttime there and there is a huge storm whipping around those that are in the water and there's been four
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bodies found in the water but such were the hurrican the gale force winds and the and the high waves that those bodies couldn't be recovered there has been a life jackets boats around but nobody has been in them more ships have arrived to the rescue site and they will now provide extra manpower to try and find anyone still alive in the water or to recover any bodies that may be there however with water temperatures only just above freezing and the air temperature of minus ten degrees c. hope is fading that those people in the water but any of those will be found alive the search efforts have hard a lot of difficult setbacks mostly because of the weather two helicopters that helped pluck fourteen people to safety earlier were forced to turn away ours was an aircraft because of the horrendous weather conditions and a tugboat that was also helping run into difficulties it's cell. but started to
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take on water in the being battered by those waves the rig was being towed back to port when the storm brewed up around it and the pumps in the rig that usually just just chuck out the bit of water that sloshes into into the rig totally normal procedure those pumps were totally overwhelmed by the amount of water that was coming in the rig sank in just twenty minutes and that meant all the people on board had no real time to organize a proper evacuation life jackets were found in the water but it seemed no one had time to put them on as we heard from one of the rescuers earlier. there are safety suits floating around the area but there are new people in them he means the crew was unable to get down to the lifeboats the boats were washed away with the flow of the water some of those that have been rescued are now in a nearby hospital they will be given medical treatment and the also big question to
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find out just what happened and why this rig sank so fast investigators do say also that it seems safety protocol may well have been broken and that's official language what it really means is that the rig should never have been towed in these weather conditions in the first place it was very dangerous to do so president medvedev has said that all help must be extended to those people that have been rescued and to those that may still be rescued and also that a full investigation must be launched to find out what's has gone on and what caused this for the moment though it's a race against time to try and find those people that may still be alive before it's too late. more deaths have been recorded in kazakstan officials now say fifteen people have been killed in the west in the central asian country violence spread from an oil town where striking workers clashed with police on friday sparking more rallies across the region he got press can offer r.t. is in. on
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a sunday afterwards managed to stop an attempt to storm the local courthouse. and also attacks various attacks on police that while it's there started on friday there was a protest rally against downbeat salaries combined with celebrations of twenty years of independence and the entire thing just spiraled out of control it's not clear. what exactly triggered it but at some point the angry crowd began setting buildings on fire including state facilities clashing with police and authorities say that forty six dealings have been burned to the ground and as a result police had to use force including live rounds authorities say that they have the situation in under control deployed a state of emergency for the next three weeks there in accordance with because our constitution since then has been in force around sixty people have been detained
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and also three are russian journalists have been detained as well and they are reported to have been released also in the west of kazakhstan a group of protesters blocked our way away station including a passenger train with over three hundred people on board thirty say that seven passenger trains and three freight trains one i would delete as a result and at around eight pm local time six pm moscow time police came in to disperse the crowd but instead authorities say that a group of around fifty hooligans as we call them showed fierce resistance they said a locomotive on fire threw molotov cocktails balls at the train and at the police they moved into. a nearby do it should setting things on fire there as well breaking shop windows car windows and so on and forty say that at some point their actions became a threat to the lives of both the locals and of the police so they had to use force
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there as well in. around also twelve people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds one of them died. also in kazakhstan more than four hundred protesters gathered for a protest rally but for shouldn't we everything should be going peacefully but of course we'll be monitoring the situation. in syria at least fifteen civilians in six old years the thought of being killed and we can clashes the government says is considering letting in foreign observers out of the arab league gave a wednesday deadline to do so or saying it will turn to the u.n. security council russia meantime is pushing for its resolution on syria but the u.s. and its allies want it changed moscow's calling on both sides to end the bloodshed to begin talks but rules for intervention in sanctions but some western states want to blame the unrest soley on the assad regime despite thousands of army defectors claiming now to be fighting to bring down the government middle east politics
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professor jeremy salt told us the main task now is to persuade both sides to put down their weapons. one way. toward. being very little reference to the violence of ongoing project their bonnets began almost from the beginning. gangs of hiding behind. them according to law. more recently by the activists. they want to monitor by pictures now i think. foreign governments are going to step. in it's not just the syrian government has. issued orders for the army. but somehow some way has found. this waiting. period to get very hard look at. so whatever happens. very very serious regional
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and global implications not. russia's position and sort of are russia solidly behind the syrian government now this resolution today is being cranking up the fun part from that process changing position i personally don't see it like. russia is going to can't find a way out of. first of all putting out. because so many charter counts are being made it would be almost impossible to get. so. now try to stop the killing. ballance in egypt continue to day with at least ten people killed and hundreds injured if the protesters want power more urgently transferred to a civilian authority even though elections are underway currently egyptian soldiers have been caught on camera being heavy handed with protesters yet the prime minister denies the use of force but something unfettered middle east expert tariq
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ali says is nothing new. it's an old tradition in their country to deny it all we are all watching it the whole of egypt is watching it there was one young woman in particular who blows and being dragged off you could see her. being dragged by police when there are other images coming out of egypt of soldiers you're relating from the rooftop of the parliament building on to demonstrators below and this really takes one back to the colonial period in history and the history of region when they were occupied by the british empire that is what they were told to do and the fact that the military is now turning on its own people. under the your wonders obviously of we and the egyptian ruling elite is a sign that things are in a very serious. serious situation developing in egypt and those whom
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the sooner i was transferred to a civilian government an elected government the better whatever that government may be and these just gusting things that are being done to demonstrators in derry square and on its rangers by our own to create a great deal of anger people are now asking in egypt so what's changed i think the army is deliberately provoking this anger in order to create the impression that the violence is coming not from them they're being defensive and that egypt really has to be run by the military indefinitely and if that is their remit it's not going to work still to come this hour a champion or a traitor had the wiki leaks military hearing bradley manning appears in court for the first time accuse the siphoning sensitive army data but his supporters rally behind the single dad soldier got the latest on that ongoing story and also staying in the american courts iran and the supreme leader of being judged to have given
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support for al qaida. eleven attack details ahead from. almost two decades of talks finally came to fruition by the end of the week with russia being accepted into the ranks of the world trade organization being a member should now free up business opportunities and positively impact on prices but there are also those who could find the competition a bit too tough as artie's where for national express. with almost two decades of hard talks now over it's still not clear exactly what russia's w two your membership is offering the country and with most of the details of the green still firmly behind closed doors experts and have to try and little crystal ball gazing with. their predictions begin with agriculture to enter the w t o russia had to pledge to reduce in-state support to farming we've already travelled two hundred and fifty kilometers away from moscow and what we see here is
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a sad picture goes through it is like this one are spread all across russia and with a struggle in agriculture industry their number is only increasing thirty percent of the countries are will land currently not in use and the raw fear is that cut of foreign subsidy is the exception of all grain will only make things dramatically worse for it russia is currently importing forty five percent of all food products it may soon become fifty to seventy percent producers will be on able to compete with all their. meanwhile those competitive enough will stay afloat and benefit alexander and his family run a small business just outside moscow there one hundred twenty goats give enough milk to produce kilos of high quality cheese and i put it back in the crystal ball the future doesn't look bright for wrong the mystic carpet uses have been on the menu start the w t o bob is critics say rush is making history will be at maple to meet the increased competition the exceptional attract offering
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a gloomy prediction that once the country's. even bad lines will stop factories will shot and thousands of people will be left out the war and out of la however the predictions continue to do with foreign investments said to be ready to rock it the cumulative gains we believe or roughly three point three percent of russian g.d.p. in. early years after accession. more like ten years with their gross you would gain about eleven percent of g.d.p. departs from economic achievements the country's political image should benefit not being part of the global body would of the past be a little strange russia has been the biggest economy not to be integrated into the w t o but after an eighteen year marathon of negotiations all the world's key players finally come together under the same umbrella. reason otieno t. mosco. the military hearing of the soldier accused of passing secret american
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government data to wiki leaks got underway on friday bradley manning's already spent more than a year and a half in detention hearings to determine whether there's enough evidence to put manning on trial if found guilty he would spend life behind bars private manning served as an intelligence analyst in iraq and is accused of leaking classified military diplomatic data to the whistleblower web site that's what a former cia officer and activist kevin zeese told me manning is already being pre-judged by top officials and faces a dark future. we think that manning is not someone who is a traitor he was. documents to foreign enemies who profit from them he is accused of giving them to the media and what he gave to me were allegedly were very low level documents low security internet probably should not have been to us of our documents at all we're also worried that i mean you can't get a fair trial president obama has already announced that he's guilty he's the commander in chief it's
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a command structure in the military cerebrally who is in the wagners trough. judge the jury under president obama's command their careers on the land line they are no choice but to say meaning is guilty if they want to keep their military career since the president or his or these guilty soldier who's in that situation is the choice of ignoring the nuremberg principles and becoming complicit in these crimes or exposing those crimes it's meaning is guilty of what he's accused what is it was he's guilty of is telling the truth telling the truth so the american public can see what the u.s. military and state department actually are doing this trials are embarrassed meant to the u.s. military and the united states it shows a great deal of fear of the truth and fear of the truth is what's driving this prosecution. where a lot of our whenever you want to catch up with what's happening in the world will be on. the talking of be on his look at you this russian rocket successfully launched from french guyana carrying on a batch of satellites or keep
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a very detailed suite here will tell you who's keeping watch online. and the devoted dog who refused to abandon his dead mated russia's far east of those old stories but stray hunters that it would destroy it do they catch him the story is that r.t. dot com. an american court has ruled that iran supported the nine eleven plotters and hijackers the lawsuit in new york was filed by some of the victims' families and it was settled by default because the accused including iran's supreme leader went to court the rayney an american activist allowed to tell me the case is part of the largest smear campaign he thinks to prepare for intervention. i don't see any evidence that is particularly compelling that iran had a direct role in nine eleven i know that we have seen. in washington there's been a campaign in new york to link iran very publicly to nine eleven on the anniversary
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of those attacks earlier this year there was a billboard campaign in times square. that is god's face and something along the lines of you know the silent partner of al qaeda. there's clearly a campaign right now to try to ratchet up the pressure for yet another u.s. attack on a middle eastern country and i just think this is so dangerous if you go back to when those attacks happened immediately afterward iran condemned the attacks there were there were candlelight vigils on the streets of tap raud in solidarity with the americans who lost their lives. in cooperating with the united states in helping topple the taliban who. is an enemy of iran as was osama bin laden what we're seeing now is this strange self-fulfilling prophecy process and i'm worried that this is exactly what we saw with iraq this is this is
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a campaign to go to war. russia's communist party held peaceful protests on sunday against the results of the parliamentary elections around three thousand people gathered in central moscow with the petersburg election earlier this month the ruling united russia party gave the majority of seats in the duma but the opposition demanded a new poll clear that it was rigged promised of putin said any violations will be thoroughly investigated and cameras should be installed the polling stations to minimize forward future elections. in the election commission to install web cameras and every polling station in the country and. these cameras should be. room the clock so that everyone can see what's happening in. little rule of any allegations of fraud. still ahead this hour turning teams away from terrorism we had to one of russia's most volatile republics to see what's being done there to ensure the young generation are seduced into
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extremism. in brief right now though and the czech republic first post communist leader vast left havel has died at the age of seventy five dissident playwright and president oversaw his country's transition to democracy as well as the peaceful breakup between the czech republic and slovakia have all died at home after a long illness. israel is to free five hundred palestinians in the final stage of a prisoner swap with hamas the egypt brokered deal agreed the release of over a thousand palestinians for israeli sergeant gilad shalit who was captured in guards or in two thousand and three israel freed the first round of four hundred seventy seven prisoners in october including dozens of palestinian militants serving life for deadly terror attacks. the final u.s. troops have officially withdrawn from iraq nine years after the invasion that ousted saddam hussein the soldiers crossed into neighboring kuwait during the night many now though fear a surge in terror attacks following america's military departure the conflict saw
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around one hundred thousand iraqi civilians killed and cost the united states almost a trillion dollars. as a balance rescue operation underway right now in the southern philippines there floods tore through an area killing over six hundred leaving hundreds missing it was a massive typhoon friday night causing a month's worth of rain to fall in just twelve hours tens of thousands have been forced from their homes by the deluge the rescues currently being hampered by widespread power cuts roads that are continue to be flooded. next we head to one of russia's most volatile regions in the battle there to stop the young falling prey to terrorists. doug a star and often makes headlines for the wrong reasons with frequent reports of insurgency instability higher employment and lower living standards or sometimes globe is root
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causes which help feed militancy as it is within a culture of a report. it's a called mr winter morning in the speed line a sign of as always is first in the office the telephone starts searing right as she enters the room it is the usual start of the day for the mothers of dagestan a human rights organization created four years ago and is now known across the region in today's headline is heading to the outskirts of the capital in a single mother of four lives that her husband was killed by robbers and she was left with nothing but her children will sit on the brings food clothes and talks to her talking as soon as the most important part offering reassurance to victims that they have not been forgotten longer gravel should not be rolled our organization mostly helps women it doesn't matter what situation they're in if they're in need to come to help them with most of these women don't know their rights or who do are through hell three years ago said lana was in the same position when one day her
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son failed to return home she didn't know what to do and lost a valuable time that could have been used to rescue him or that they shouldn't even knew then what i know today my rights the right people i could have saved him i could have found out where he was going to have done something good with you and your. son was accused of helping terrorists in dagestan she fears he was killed but where she still doesn't know these accuse a chanst are common in this region young and immature people often become the victims of terrorist brainwashing high unemployment also boasts this quite often people that fall under the influence of those with no financial or social prospects . and see going to the forest use them as and for joining terrorist as the only way out for them that's what happened with mariam and it cost her her life she had a difficult childhood was raised without a father and her mother couldn't provide for the family her mother honeymoon
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remembers how when her daughter started working at the market she met very religious people that never figured out a truce i said there was nothing bad in that but then my little girl started to change she talked a lot about being a real new slang were going to paradise i tried to talk her out of it but she never listened sean listened to her new friends who were. her new friends turned out to be extremists and the last year of her life she disappeared for several months the next time her mother saw her face was on t.v. in a report on the latest special forces raid against suspected terrorists these dudley's skirmishes are part of a bigger conflict being played out across the north caucasus region the terrorist led by dog who is russia's most wanted militant and on the list of america's most wanted terrorists want to establish a pan caucasian islamist state. in the last decade parts of pakistan have become
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really just theoretical ice this region is now the heart of precious islamic terrorist problem and almost every day the authorities are engaged to ensure thousand with terrorists and very often that happens even in the capital city of the region. locals say it's hardly surprising muslims are turning to radical islam as they see it as an alternative to the hard life in the region the older members of the community believe a large proportion of those who went to the fore is a simply bandits from an ant is such a fight younger generation. if anyone told me thirty years ago that life in dagestan would be like what we see now i would never believe it. the locals. want the rule of law in forest and respect it again and return to a time before terror played such a dominant part in the lives of so many thousand of course now i see close up in the republic of dagestan. reminded of the top story we've been updating you on all
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day today the rescue operation is continuing in russia's far east with an oil rig sixty seven people on board the figures we know the pretty much the same as you've been saying for the last couple of hours of no great developments i must tell you fourteen people were plucked from those icy waters four sadly confirmed dead forty nine also sadly still missing i guess as the hours tick on there's less hope for them but we're keeping our fingers crossed crushes of urgencies ministries expanding its sea mission officer and input into the by sending more ships no to the faster side but operations hampered by very poor weather conditions that the already has called the cold skier it capsized while it was on its way back to port it sank within just twenty minutes in that awful weather not giving people very much time at all to get off it was so bad in fact is believe the rigs portals were damaged by ice and waves crashing against them when the water poured in the seas a thousand meters deep in that area he will keep you informed as we get more details. so about twenty seven minutes past midnight moscow time thanks for being
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with us we got the sport for you in twenty minutes with the latest results of the euro hockey too before that. on our main stories of the day and the week just gone thanks for being with us.
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midnight thirty early monday morning or moscow these are the top stories tonight from r.t. rescuers who work through the night in russia's far east to an oil rig with sixty seven people on board capsized four and died fourteen have been saved from the icy waters the rest so far are missing. now the news this week. starts left fifteen dead across the west of the central asian country trouble spread during the weekend from an independent state gathering when striking or were.


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