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balancing on the brink of a breakdown cyprus again weighing a levy on large bank deposits is a struggle to satisfy the e.u. to get a rescue package ahead of a monday deadline. british police investigate the death of russian oligarch boris berezovsky found dead in his home after a border losing much of his money in recent years. no trial no food the guantanamo hunger strike enters its forty seventh day with lawyers raising concerns they're denied access to the inmates as prison officials play down the scale of the protests. among the week's main news moscow and beijing seal a powerful partnership with green to double supplies to china as the new president visits russia on his first official overseas engagement.
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eleven am in moscow i met tries to bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news here on r t we begin in cyprus where the clock is ticking with only monday to go to gather the money needed to secure of vital bailout in dramatic turnabout the government decided it will try dipping into people's bank accounts with the deposits of more than one hundred thousand euros in the island's biggest bank the controversial move is still to be signed off by parliament and the troika of creditors as our reports the mood in cyprus is one of panic and frustration. a week ago the euro group of the i.m.f. in brussels hammered out a bailout plan for cyprus is the banking sector tim goodman euros was the offer on one condition cyprus puts up five point eight billion euros how by imposing a one time levy of up to one point nine percent on all bank deposits if not the day
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you will see a limit as to why some protesters just outside the parliament secured politicians guilty of this out of the no effect to say no to the troika down to ten billion euros the i would be content to moscow it's believed that in russia businesses and wealthy individuals account for most of the foreign money is invested country but russia said its would not help cyprus out before it makes a deal. in the end cypriot officials made a u. turn and are now bending over backwards trying to seal that original bailout from want to put together a package pleasing enough to the forgotten they've agreed on imposing a twenty percent levy on deposits above one hundred thousand euros in the back of cyprus and four percent for big deposits in other banks while also passing bills to impose capital control on banks creating a solidarity fund and restructure its the banks and this produced a fresh wave of anger spilling over to the streets. all during that week of
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dramatic political and economic maneuvering citizens were already on an emotional rollercoaster panic cypriots rushed to a.t.m. so try and get their money out of the fact that someone left empty handed as machines run out of cash. recipient stick to the streets shocked at the last felt was really a particularly jersey number trying to rethink. the site all too familiar scene by . protesters condemned the so-called troika the european central bank e.u. commission and the i.m.f. for the first time to be crucially strewn with the. demands a red line the next what is going up like this particular instance is that the european union the euro zone have taken a step forward beyond their previous policy where they always said individuals will not be harmed we will not take money out of the moise of pensioners and actually they've done that but what we see is that if you're
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a big member then you will be left alone and you will be bailouts and if you are a small member you will be bullied and arrest to further complicate matters banks of the country will remain closed until next week and the european central bank has given an ultimatum that there is no deal with the troika by monday the twenty fifth emergency liquidity funding will be cut off causing another round of panic us citizens fear the worst trying to get hold of whatever cash they could frustration mounts most conversations now are about nothing else but the predicament they're countries in north korea talk all the time. with you what is it my. way to be supportive but the real support. to be able to. say you didn't believe it you know what everybody else or company next.
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then your little four people. it's your club. and whatever they could they don't think twice about joining the crowd. over time it's good to put your money on those . people. if you take one for you i think those are. all over the past few days many cypriots have been telling me that they've seen or read about the impacts of the economic crisis on the people of neighboring greece but it's not a really felt feel to them well not until the past week or so they share similar language similar culture and other wondering are they going to have to share a similar social tragedy as well. just are still the r t nicosia cyprus. cyprus's president and treasury chief will be in brussels sunday to meet the euro group and the i.m.f. to see if numbers add up so they can get final approval for their plan european parliament member nigel farage says e.u. leaders are pushing to rein people's bank deposits and it's unprecedented theft
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from people desperate to keep the euro afloat at any cost. cyprus is now the fifth country out of the seventeen that's needed to be bailed out and that is why the germans extracted the terms that they did but i must say even in my diaries predictions in this parliament over the years about the way the e.u. bosses were behaving never did i think that they would in a completely unprecedented manner resort to stealing money from people's bank accounts and they know that once one country goes the whole deck of cards will come tumbling down and countries like germany will realize absolutely vast losses possibly as much as one trillion euros so they are prepared now to do anything literally anything to try to keep the euro afloat and that is why they've now resorted as i say to what can only be described as theft and now they've done it in one country they're quite capable of doing it in italy spain portugal or anywhere
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else at the message that sends to people who've got savings in banks in those countries certainly if i was there is get your money out don't invest in the euro zone do not invest anywhere in the euro zone you've got to be mad to do so because it's now run by people who don't respect democracy they are propping up a euro zone which in the end is going to collapse in disastrous failure or they are prepared to do anything to do so i think that this decision this german dominated and led decision is the worst decision we've seen so far in this whole eurozone crisis. berlin's insisting say press revamps is a banking system and stops being a tax haven germany's taking a tougher stance on the same person rescue deal slamming. his decision to create a solidarity fund made up of pensions property and future gas earnings german economist terry bean says berlin's got its own agenda ahead of a looming general election. but don't forget that we are heading for elections in
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germany rescue packages that we have gone through in the past have been totally unpopular with the german taxpayer and going ahead now with a simple solution to what we've had in the past you just cannot sell it to the german taxpayer i guess that's an issue as well also you don't you shouldn't forget that those negotiations go she she's with cyprus are very complicated every party has to keep up its bargaining power and so we like game theory you know you have to be on guard you have to bluff and god knows what will happen and us germans we're not saying that we shouldn't help cyprus but the germans told that at the end of the dying day the money the little ones the guarantees whatever you want to call it does not support the people in cyprus it's supporting the banks that supporting the bank owners it supporting wall street and supporting the big one people and that's the whole issue here british police looking into the death of
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a south russian tycoon and kremlin critic boris berezovsky chemical and radiological experts now at the scene at his home near london where he was found dead saturday they say as a precautionary measure the sixty seven or all those thought to have lost much of his wealth in recent years from death resulting from expensive court defeats it's also reported in britain he was recently diagnosed with depression more from r.t. sorry for. is of the death first broken by boris berezovsky son in law on a social networking site now it's thought he died at his home in ascot and. have said that they've launched an investigation into the death of a sixty seven year old man and that death is being treated as unexplained cause a huge amount of speculation surrounding this boris berezovsky the russian tycoon you know larger than life character there's been talk of health problems there's been speculation about suicide and we can actually listen out some information from
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a very prominent russian lawyer. who people called me breeze off key had died one told me it was a suicide and the second person said he might have died of a heart attack i previously heard from people close to you but he was practically broken orderly depressed a person i know called me and said bruce even asked to borrow five thousand dollars for a ticket he was also serious. as he said there is a heated amount of speculation at this time surrounding the death right now the circumstances of the death the remain unclear he made his fortune after the breakup of the savior then we saw him have self-imposed exile and he sort of sighed and in britain in two thousand now in the last couple of years he's hudson a very high profile court cases a month which is the spectacular falling out he had with fellow russian oligarch roman abramovich called cases very interesting to listen to there were pulls from
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people who were there in the courthouse when boris berezovsky was told that he had lost that case against him in a brother that. that he had so certainly that was a massive blow. it seems both personally but also financially as well of course and it does seem. to fall in on somewhat. holiday times over the last couple of here with these cool cases now the russian president's press attash a test of has said that the president was sent a letter by boris berezovsky in which he asked to give this and see which. certainly an interesting twist. as we said it's been a tough few years and it does seem that the have been a lot of financial problems but of course this is all speculation what we do know right now is that the thames valley police have launched that investigation they've cordoned off the area around his home while that investigation is ongoing no
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confirmation of the name yet but of course we'll stay the story and bring you the update thousand when we have. we're across developments following the death of boris berezovsky with updates for you on our web site or t.v. dot com when burroughs also he left russia back in two thousand he became one of the kremlin's fiercest critics earlier on r t kevin know when to talk about the ups and downs of the tycoons relations with moscow and his recent appeal to return home . he's a convicted criminal here in russia to put it simply not so much a controversial figure in the sense of of scandal surrounding him but controversal because it's flat out he does not get along with the kremlin sarah touched on this a little bit it was no secret he was an outspoken critic of the kremlin about the system in russia and i think the british gave him safe while in russia rather to it didn't it and it hampered british russian relationship so it went straight to the top it's very unclear to russia to this day why the u.k.
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so protective of ski lots of talk in past years that it had to do with his investments with his money which makes it even more interesting because it's weighing that this is most likely had something to do with his debts with owing lots of money high profile court cases the most recent one of course with. he was ripped apart by the judge was not only wasn't his character he was indeed and this is been going on for some time so it's been it's been happening slowly this letter two months ago according to the two. main press men dmitri piscopo that bitters office he was asking for forgiveness this is interesting asking for forgiveness for these convicted crimes money laundering he's also involved with some shady people at least as a scene in russia in london akhmed zakayev also in exile connected at least in russia convicted of being involved in terror acts he's a former chechen militants so it's a very intricate circle of people. still ahead to come energizing
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old allies china's new leader uses his first overseas trip to seal energy deals with russia and call for the two to work toward balancing world influence or a port shortly after the break. in living in the seventeenth century. recusing strict. on the ceiling. between the. guard and their families and things in the treasury. so.
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thanks for staying with us quarter past the hour now the anger strike at guantanamo has crossed forty seven days a critical point when serious health repercussions could occur the prisoner's lawyers are sounding the alarm are struggling to draw attention to a protest they call unprecedented in scope duration and determination officials insist only a handful of detainees are involved but as artie's guidant she explains it's getting harder to verify information. despair among guantanamo detainees is growing
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as now even their lawyers are being denied direct access to them attorneys say they had a visit scheduled for early next week with one of the prisoners who's been on strike since the beginning of february lawyers have been informed by sorties that the only flights to the prison a u.s. military flight was canceled we are. told there are no other options there is no right. not only are the attorney struggling to find out the true extent of what's happening in guantanamo now but we journalists or as well this friday captain robert zubrin the spokesman for guantanamo responded to our inquiry he wrote us quote we have twenty six hunger strikers with eight receiving and total feeds meaning they get nutrition through a feeding tube last friday robert to rand wrote us there were fourteen people refusing all food while the defense attorney said been saying there were many more
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we cannot independently verify any of this at this point we're just relying on what the officials and detainees lawyers tell us we're certainly in touch with attorneys and will continue to press the officials for answers in addition to the inquiries that we made with the defense department we also asked the department of justice for their perspective on what's happening and they basically told us that it's none of their business that the military oversees the facility and referred as back to the department of defense defense attorneys are telling us that these sorties have created conditions which make it nearly impossible for them to do their job and defend their clients so frustrating there is nothing that we can do we have sent e-mails to the department of berms to the commander. asking them. to talk to us about. her own response we have been told by the department of justice that they will not talk to us they were. part of the. norma's talk to us in the meantime in washington the
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officials tried to downplay the hunger strike but they seem to have a good idea of why these men resorted to such a desperate move and yet they have no solution to offer they had great optimism that guantanamo would be closed they were devastated when the president did you know backed off at least their perception of closing the facility that has caused them to become frustrated and they want to get this i think turn the heat up get it back in the media but it was not on the status of the detainees that general john kelly who's command oversees guantanamo came to discuss in congress he was there asking for money to renovate the prison the upgrade of the camp is estimated to cost taxpayers almost two hundred million dollars as washington schedules renovations at guantanamo the international community continues to call on president obama to comply with his own promises and to shut down the infamous prison we have no right to hold people indefinitely without charges without
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a trial and without people having access to a justice system that's against every principle of law which exists in the world the un commissioner for human rights responded to our request for comment and said they have quote repeatedly regretted that the u.s. government has not closed guantanamo bay four years ago president obama ordered to stop tortured guantanamo but the u.s. says indefinite detention itself is a form of torture british resident shakur amr was cleared for release six years ago yet he's still being held captive here's what he writes please to me in the old way here they destroy people mentally and physically without leaving marks half of the men now in guantanamo have been cleared for release many others never formally accused of a crime three months ago the state department closed the office in charge of closing the prison there's a growing sense among the detainees there that the only way out of one tunnel for them is in a coffin in washington i'm going to check them. nearly all hundred sixty six
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prisoners had good mo have been held. there since the prison was set up eleven years ago about house the house of them have been found not guilty but remain behind bars because of u.s. transfer of strict ins still others are awaiting trial counter-terror divisor laura pitter from human rights watch says washington should put an end to indefinite detention there they're going to have to respond at some point and they need to either you know try and prosecute the detainee to do actually have credible evidence against or release them this point only sixty cheney's actually facing the formal charges half of the people there the administration has said they have no interest in prosecuting they need q you know act on this they cannot continue to detain people indefinitely without trial for years that bombing administration the u.s. government is clearly in violation of international law and its obligations under international law journalists don't have access even to un special rapporteur tour
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does not have access we don't have access it greatly limits our ability to speak with them and to understand what's happening especially regarding their detention conditions and it only undermines the united states has credibility when they're calling for it here and human rights norms in other countries human rights groups have been long campaigning to get guantanamo closed but the international condemnation still hasn't resonated on capitol hill despite barack obama's pledge to shut down the prison four years ago r.t.c. corpus going off as more. the story around the closure of guantanamo bay prison has stuck to president obama ever since he promised to shut it down and here are some of the key dates on the way first in january two thousand and nine when obama was inaugurated he ordered the prison to be shut down within a year and banned some of the interrogation methods after the u.s. government admitted torturing some of the detainees was calls another exactly since in me the same year the u.s.
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senate refused to fund the closure of the jail until the president provided more details as to what to do with the detainees then in mid october to appear the situation that changed when the congress approved allowed to some of the detainees to be moved to the us for prosecution but then it all you turned again at the end of two thousand and ten when the same congress approved the defense spending bill which prevented us trials for guantanamo detainees in january two thousand and eleven despite his campaign promise to close that obama signed the defense of the relation plan which ruled out shutting guantanamo bay down and prevented the transfer of prisoners from the camp in march obama also signed an executive order resuming military trials for detainee's a move seen my many as a complete reversal of his former policies in december two thousand and eleven the president feel to veto the national defense bill leaving the way for prisoners to be held indefinitely and without charge and extending the ban on moving them from
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the camp and finally in july last year the pentagon voiced its plans to leave forty million dollar fiber optic cable from the u.s. mainland to guantanamo not exactly a sign washington responding to wrap up its operations in the controversial detention center more expert analysis and opinion on what's going on and get more water. oh there you can also see what's behind the scenes ties between the cia and syrian rebels we were aboard on claims about the u.s. role intelligence. playing in the country's civil war there are lots of flurry on the front line how ukraine's military has been mobilized in kiev to keep the capital moving after a surprise invasion of snow. china stepping up its energy security with russia's help moscow agreed this week to increase oil supplies to beijing along with other multibillion dollar deals countries' leaders also pledge to work toward
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a more fair world order they say or to go followed xi jinping his first official overseas trip. some of the major points that the chinese leader has also made of course was about the cooperation between russia and china among other things that the two countries also agree on is the fact that it is about time to leave the old stereotypes behind he said that we're living in the twenty first century and therefore the cold war era is gone and over with and therefore the stereotypes and thinking along those lines also has to go and he also mentioned that course russia and china are there cooperation will provide for a clearer world order you also mentioned of course the need to not just to move away from syria types but also to move towards the mall to for world and the multiple larry to be of the world is also one of the founding principles of bricks of course brics essentially was a trade and economic organization but it is now moving increasingly towards becoming a major geo political player and that is going to be one of the main subjects of
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discussions during the upcoming brick summit in south africa and yet despite of course there are many agreements on the political level of rushing trying to still have several things that they need to work on at the moment those things is the gas supplies deal from russia to china which has been in the works for ten years and it does look like during this visit russia and china have made some headway towards finding a solution but the details of the deal are yet to be figured out and it is expected that those details will come up until the end of the year but of course the chinese leader said that russia and china nevertheless are each other's biggest partner and are this the seeing eye to eye on a lot of issues and cooperation is something that the two countries are going not just to continue but we'll all start he said that his trip there is a symbolic significance by happening in march because the leader hopes that he will see some very good fruits borne forth from the seeds that he has so on during this
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visit. after the break a look at the lives of a community that turned its back on society centuries ago stay with us. jorge rios an argentinian student at seventeen other similar students from foreign countries all paid a private company between three thousand and four thousand dollars so that they get to take part in a u.s. state department work study program he was promised forty hours of work per week at a common fast food restaurant with a decent salary but the reality he claims was quite different he was actually only given around four hours of work per week but was expected to be on call twenty four
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seven like a surgeon i guess in case of some burger emergency he says he was forced to live in accommodations that were provided by the restaurant real six plane that he had to sleep in a child sized bunk bed in a basement with seven other people in filthy conditions and for this service he had to pay the restaurant three hundred dollars a month overall real swallowed up paying the burger joint to work for them what a way to not make a living though this story sounds funny on the surface many foreigners in work and study and work in travel programs do experience exploitation upon arrival in the usa i've even personally met some of them so i know but more than that in a time when millions of americans are struggling to put food on the kitchen table why are companies searching for thousands of exploitable foreigners to work for two dollars an hour cheaper it is corporate greed and their absolute disrespect for americans that allows this to happen just pay the extra two dollars and have americans work for you to cheap corporate pig. but that's just my opinion.
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with we're old believe us we're not supposed to be public people we'd rather not be filmed or shown on television we're supposed to live a quiet life and keep distant from worldly masses that's what we need if we're to keep our traditions we'd be glad not to be disturbed too much. music you don't want you to need liaising with it and leave it to shave. this really isn't anything but
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you would know you'll be able to eat it immediately we will get it if. this. is a. game. yet . this is a small community of orthodox traditionalists returned to russia just over a year ago their ancestors emigrated to let in america in the one nine hundred forty s. coming back to their homeland has been their cherished dream ever since. i was.


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