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more violence in mali as a militant group launches guerrilla attacks on the previously liberated city of amid claims by the french military that the operation is almost complete. a little congregational reporting leaves a u.s. missile shield in europe defenseless with claims the system may fail to protect america and its nato allies could create against russia. and egypt the braces for yet another string of anti-government rallies on the true year anniversary of former dictator hosni mubarak's ousting.
international news and analysis you're watching r.t. it's good to have you with us and islamist rebel group is claiming responsibility for ongoing violence in mali is northern city of god that's after gunmen launch a surprise guerrilla attack over the weekend the city was rocked by two suicide bombings however france maintains the military campaign in mali to force out islamists is almost complete local correspondent gonzalo one shell reports r.t. . the situation in mali is obviously going to have a gruesome ending there are more than enough indications of that last friday the country was shaken by the very first terrorist attack in its history according to the witness report of what was carried out by a fifteen year old suicide bomber and that of arab descent the bomber was the only one killed after the detonation of a few hours later responsibility for the attack was claimed by the motor wod jihadists one thing to remember here is that this is
a vast desert territory and therefore it is very difficult to control this attack is just another example confirming that despite the news reports of the french army having taken over gal timbuktu in the dow there is still a long way to go before jihadists are i was still from the country in savannah artie's crew was given access to the civil defense camps where volunteers and civilians are preparing to fight against the jihadists the f.l.n. a and uganda corps a local pro-government militia movements that account for a total of two thousand eight hundred operatives but do not support the strategy chosen by the french in mali and joint forces in fighting the terrorists. we share the same goals but what they did was a really bad service to us all there was not really about the army itself al-qaeda had been operating on mali and territory for a number of years now they have all those and they keep getting more by kidnapping white people for ransom drones pays them to have its citizens returned and then the
terrorists have cash to buy weapons if we talk about al-qaeda there's no way the army can fight it because that she it's terrorism in action. those paramilitary who know the terrain well say fighting a war they cannot take part in is meaningless one thing all these paramilitary groups have in common is their patriotism and zeal to protect their country and drive away the narco terrorists but this is a losing fight given the financial resources and ammunition stock they have. i'm ready to go it's all lengths i'm raised to give my life right now to save my family up there in the north because we're all here have families i believe france will stop these attacks for a while or and the french troops leave they will start all over again because the criminals are still out there hiding them on the civilians and all of them have been caught really need to be given the mandate to complete this mission and our own we're ready for it all and we can do it because we grew up in the north we know the terrain and the people so we're the only ones who can stop them and find them
in the villages in the desert where we know every corner and every part of land. overall while the jihadist forces are taking over their land kidnapping people and using suicide bombers to fight for their cause the civilian population remains the country's most vulnerable group. early on and she can sway to russia's ambassador to the un vitaly churkin about the possible reasons for the ongoing conflict the full interviews on a at six twenty five pm g.m.t. all you can watch it on our website at our dot com but here is a quick sneak peek. oh it's a question i've heard of spring was the dramatic events in libya. we're in the course of the crisis of course lots of weapons were brought into libya and there was a lot of there were lots of weapons of as it is but still many more weapons were brought into libya during the recent hearings which then secretary of state clinton had in
the house of representatives one of the congressman said that they had information that cut out with a wink and nod as he put it from the united states brought in twenty thousand tons of weapons into libya and you know twenty thousand tons you can arm is small terrorist army and so on of course this is exactly what has happened in mali definitely we see a spillover from the libyan crisis to to a neighboring country and most likely if the spillover has affected other places as well for instance it may well be there are many indications to that effect that the terrorist attack in the in the in the jury had something to do i mean close to the libyan border also had some sort of libyan connection in terms of people maybe weapons terrorists emanating from libya participating in that attack.
the u.s. missile defense shield in europe is under further scrutiny after lead to congressional report revealed this is the may be unfit for its declared purpose study claims the shield may not be able to protect america and its nato allies from a potential iranian missile strike the report also acknowledges moscow's concerns that the u.s. system undermines russia's nuclear deterrent rahway that the missile shield has a strained relations between the two countries as washington refuses to give moscow a legally binding guarantee the system is not aimed against russia president obama had promised to be quote mole flexible and quote on the subject up to his reelection some of his doubt the us will give up on his geo political ambitions. i don't think it was ever intended to protect against iranian missiles something in fact that do not even exist today iran has no nuclear weapons nor do they have the
capability to launch a missile all the way to the united states clearly this missile defense system has always been about surrounding russia and china and that's why it doesn't the math doesn't work when you look at having it protect against an iranian system the fact is nato is expanding in its encircled russia i think we're all going to see more of these so called again missile defense deployments into various nato countries looking at how this oligarchies runs our country today how the corporations control our congress i think it's clear that congress will continue to support these systems the new secretary of defense that obama is nominated chuck hagel former republican senator from nebraska was one of the co-sponsors in the senate of the missile defense program so he clearly is
a strong ally of the system. still to come battling to save the lives of made economic troubles experts in the u.k. blamed government cuts in mental health services suicide rates and lead significantly plus. it would be the second sure noble if not worse guessing game coming up archy explains why someone you claim i'll do a study authorities this isn't to go ahead with multi-billion dollar gas deals with the west. and my juggling joggling do hack work and get caught when lobbyists money and lawmakers are combined together that's where the problem
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you. know watching our team live from moscow and the late does development of the political quizes internees the president's secular party has threatened to leave the slum as led coalition government the moves expected to be confirmed later on monday it comes after days of wine and protests in response to the assassination of
a prominent opposition figure which some are blaming on the country's islam as rulers ray of light is in the capital tunis with more forty eight year old lawyer shockley belied criticize the islamist government for creating a really just state intermedia and burying democracy now belied is dead but his ideas are not. the country's been in crisis economic political and social the ruling troika had a chance it's been a year and a horse but we didn't see any progress the death of all come right becomes the last straw. anger moved to the streets with protesters demanding the authorities and mabel to protect its citizens to leave. some crime because below he was a symbol of dignity and a symbol of the defense of the country this is a political assassination and that means the violence is not over because your book it was the interior ministry said that one million in the have joined the ceremony
that turned into a political manifestation people said that if the crowd reached the city center it would have been the last day of the government. as your attend the funeral of shockey belayed on friday after the seventy try to make their way to the city's main haven't yet to continue to government protests but they were not allowed to do that at least used tear gas immediately was such a day such a street was packed with people with slogans we're hearing are completely different . carry an islamist flags people masterly in support of the ruling and not a party the local branch of the muslim brotherhood police were at the scene to protest in demonstrators this time this reverse gathering didn't pull more than five thousand participants but the government used this to illustrate that their position was still strong looking into the man that proved that people support and
believe our party. over but. they try to save face but don't have the choice they lost credibility and have no choice but to dissolve the government which is by de facto dissolved already. standing on the brink of a political crisis prime minister proposed to form a new cabinet consisting of neutral politicians his own party rejected the plan and christenings idea of a possible further split and fears are growing that the political divisions may lead to even more victims always threaten to another guy from the opposition was attacked at the funerals i don't want to panic and exploit that person but there is a list of people those who fight for the revolutions principles liberty democracy dignity we're all in danger two years ago tunisia became the first nation to have an arab spring revolution that has been hailed as a success story praised for the minimum of violence and turmoil but as we watch the
country face a political implosion it may be only now that this rain that has been wound up tightly it's been sprung for three days clashes between police and protesters shook the country leaving many injured and cars burnt out across the city but it all finished as quickly as it started just hours later the capital looks empty and come and the loudest noise here at the moment is sound of bird streeter in. malaysia nationality. in egypt more than a dozen political parties are promising to bring their supporters to the streets on the day marking two years since the ousting of former president hosni mubarak monday's rallies which will include a march on the presidential palace i intended to increase the pressure on the country's new leader mohamed morsi in his islam is a lead up and it is against job repressive measures up to last week's decision to
shut down the video sharing web site you tube and regime protests have led to bloodshed in the capital and elsewhere in egypt spokesman for the opposition aftermath how are you certain people are so disillusioned with the government they no longer need to be called to protest. people are going to are going to the streets they are going on the streets willingly they don't really need any opposition calls for due protest because the good whole country is in a standstill there's nothing moving forward because there is no real administration at blessing the people's needs and the people demand and the actual anger in the streets so the only solution that i can see and that any sane person can see that the opposition the us the brotherhood and all the all the different political factions to be in a court of government that would be the only solution and the only way out because at that moment this government will take responsibility for any reform that's going to be as want to be happening in the country but the idea of just excluding
everybody out of the government post revolution country in a country that's acting calling for democracy when there is no real parliament in session that can hold the president or the government accountable to the failures of administering the country and then refusing to have a quality of government that's just a call for chaos. more international news now and the head of the syrian opposition in exile has renewed calls for peace talks with the assad government but the offer certain demands in the release of a hundred and sixty thousand prisoners damascus says it would agree to sit down for talks but without any preconditions the opposition wants to negotiate the departure of president assad which the battle leader has flow from if you consider it's also unclear if the al qaeda linked armed rebel groups in syria would support a ceasefire this comes as the top u.s. military officer says he supports obviously insurgents to bring
a fast and to the conflict. the authorities have held their first reconsider three talks with the opposition in wayne all sides are say they're ready to continue dialogue to stop entry regime protests which of losses for two years and claimed up to eighty lives pro-reform campaigners are calling on the government to deal with police brutality and replacing discrimination with the sunni monica claims it's implemented some of the reforms he had activists say it's too much power concentrated in the hands of this in. a stampede at an overcrowded railway station in border in india has left at least thirty six people dead and local media warning the death toll could rise the accident are reportedly of further after a way away officials announced a last minute change in the platform tens of millions gathered on the banks of the ganges river for the religious festival the most significant hindu pilgrimage takes
place every twelve yes. so sideways in the u.k. with experts blaming a combination of issues including personal debt cutbacks to the mental health budget a problem that is prompting calls for greater government action art isn't just pharma reports. for the last year and a half and thorn has been coming to terms with the tragic death of her son aged just twenty three toby took his own life riding his spinal words on the back of a bank statement after racking up a three thousand pound overdraft and a five thousand pounds student debt it was just the shock it wasn't from one but had a history of depression or mental illness or even had come across as being down or depressed. you know in the last few weeks months of his life if anything he came across as someone you know didn't have a care in the world following his death and became
a trustee for the charity piracy which aims to prevent suicide among young people from a home in cornwall she even runs her own blog giving advice but it's a battle her charity and similar ones around the u.k. are struggling to win suicide is on the increase according to latest figures accounting for six thousand deaths between twenty ten and twenty eleven a rise of seven percent so why the increase while an inquest ruled that toby's financial problems working for britain factor to his suicide experts now say with an ailing u.k. economy is partly to blame for the recent surge in deaths nationwide areas of high unemployment such as camden here in london are among those worst affected and it's a problem compounded by cutbacks in mental health services the double whammy effect of the recession is that the people are becoming more distressed more anxious and therefore more at risk of wanting to take their own lives at the same time whether
sterrett in cuts means that we have fewer psychiatric beds that the crisis isn't there and if that isn't enough the growth of same day loan companies and intimidating debt collectors are adding to the pressures people are feeling according to researchers that brighton university we have some very very good regulations that protect people against letting. debt collection however it appears that it's likely well it's because these practices us do it in response the u.k. government has announced plans to crack down on aggressive bailiff's from next year late night visits will not be allowed and restrictions will be put on what property can be seized they are also spending over a million pounds on research as part of a suicide strategy plan. but there is only one very small step in the right direction for someone like. there's no easy answer i mean one thing
i've learned more about through thought than i ever wanted to know but i've done a lot of reading and research and if it's truly complex hopefully entirely the trend will go down with where we need to be to. andrew farmer to london. right check out our website for other stories of from around the world yes some of what we've got for you on our website a regular safety drill on offensive cruise liner went terribly wrong when a live boat fell into the sea killing five people we've got the details at r.t. dot com now for more other stories a french police arrest a pair of identical twins but had no other option but to turn into an expensive d.n.a. test to reveal which one of them committed an alleged string of sexual assaults now find out why and how much it's needed to be fought out online right ukraine is trying to break free from dependence on russian gas this has led
to search for western companies interested in exploring its shale gas reserves however that the news that hasn't gone down well with the country's environmentalist as artie's. reports. it was described as the day of ukraine's energy independence what in november last year key have signed a one billion dollar agreement with a spanish utility to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the black sea coast delight quickly turned into dismay when it emerged that the man signing the deal had nothing to do with the company three months later ukraine's leaders were shaking hands again this time with boiled dutch shell having signed a real deal to explore and develop the country's potentially he would shale gas reserves reportedly the third largest. the expectation is about eight to ten billion cubic meters of gas production per year
and the highest is up to about twenty two twenty five once it's operational we will strive to fully meet our domestic energy needs and to even become an exporter. this is definitely sweet music to keep for years ukraine has been striving to reduce its relies on us imports from russia especially now when gas over seven billion dollars for violating gas agreements this project is definitely good we would pay between one hundred fifty to one hundred eighty dollars per cubic meter of gas instead of the four hundred fifty dollars we're now paying to gas problem but if everything is so promising why are people out in force against the shale gas initiative will be the second sure noble if not worse for years ukraine has often been divided on many different issues from perception of history to the official number of state languages and then you shale gas initiatives are no exception even sworn political
enemies hardline nationalists and communists have put their differences aside and spoken out against. the opposition even proposed a bill prohibiting the exploration and extraction of shale gas. information on how the gas is split between shell chevron and ukrainian companies this class it is still not clear if it's going to be profitable plus the companies don't care about harmful it will be to the environment but political battles of the colleges are the most concerned with a potential threat from the shale gas program which they insist it could lead to a full blown catastrophe but whenever they speak out the pro-government media labels them as agents of gas brought. they usually add different cameco to extract more gas from the rocks and so the underground system which provides fresh drinking water is completely destroyed this water is a strategic ecological resource and when one spoil it the area becomes practically
non-viable. even in the most optimistic scenario ukraine may see its own shale gas filling its pipes only in a decade from now a cola just since this there are not against shale gas in principle just that the potential environmental impact from its extraction needs to be researched and assessed before drilling begins they have already sent a letter to the president the question is whether those at the top will be willing to listen let's see russia. reporting from kiev in ukraine. right now i'll be back with more news inhofe and alec coming up right now is a special report here on our team do stay with us. please please.