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rage in the u.n. after a syrian rebel group kidnaps four of its unarmed keepers amid suspicion that such action may see the opposition much of its international backing. stands neighbors brainstorm over how to curb extremism after the u.s. troop withdrawal the threat is growing elsewhere with this islamic unrest sweeping through bangladesh. the man known as russia's gray cardinal resigns from the government we take a look at the man and what could be behind his exit from the halls of power. and then life in prison the only life you can afford some courts in ohio joining the homeless people with disabilities because they can't afford to pay a small fine. hello
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they're welcome you're watching our say with me and three. now the u.n. is calling for the immediate release of four of its peacekeepers held by syrian rebels the peacekeepers were abducted in the golan heights the demilitarized zone between syria and israel is our middle east correspondent. i've just gotten off the phone with the deputy chief of staff for the united nations peacekeeping force in the area and he says that they are definitely remaining there this follows the kidnapping of four filipino un peacekeepers who are being held in a ceasefire between syria and the israeli side of the golan heights now that is almost a no man's land not the israeli nor syrian forces can go operate in that area what
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we do know is that they were abducted while on patrol the u.n. does say that efforts are under way to secure their release and according to the u.n. chief banking moon he has strongly condemned the abductions and he has called for the immediate release of these peacekeepers a syrian group by the name of the martyrs of published a photo that is purported the showing the four men who have been held they also say that they are being held to quote for their own safety now according to this group they were clashes and heavy shelling in the yarmouk valley which is in the south of the separation zone this is not the first time that forces have been kidnapped in this area the kidnappings could potentially see the rebels losing their overwhelming support or could even harm their reputation i mean one just has to look at washington which seems to be taking now a much more moderate position washington is agreeing that both sides should sit down at the negotiation table of course it is a position that moscow has always held that there is a need for the damascus regime in the rebels to sit around
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a negotiating table and hammer out their differences while the need to push for talks between the warring sides in syria has been agreed during a visit by the u.s. state secretary to moscow was a contributor afshin rattansi believes the incident with the capture of un peacekeepers should make it harder for the u.s. to justify its favoritism towards the rebels in the future. if only the united states people realize that presumably john kerry will have to be telling mr putin you see the martyrs of yarmuk order they call themselves even as they kidnapped twenty one un observers in march and as they have good night for more filipinos i've been to the golan heights and the broken churches that i saw still today in the golan heights on the syrian side and the green fields on the other side but there but i think the key here is the american public needs to know that their government is supporting the defacto supporters or at least those very close to
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those who would have supported the nine eleven attacks and what we want now really is the american people to start writing to their congressman and say the united states must stop supporting these rebels because this is not going to benefit anyone in the middle east or the united states. later today crosstalk examines the many unanswered questions thrown up by series drawn out conflict and here's a quick taste of what is coming up. i disagree that there is any solution in which assad is going to remain in power that's simply not going to happen we need to be thinking about a post assad syria here's where i think actually russia has an important role to weigh to play they have been trying to do that and the americans have been saying no because obama and i want to one of the first album alliances assad had to go and now they're about to restrict your seat look up there through the years he's not go away the only possible solution i agree from there but i think that's right it was
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proposing that let's sit down. there all the players as you are including all the regional players that includes hater iran and south wales and individual to me saying no. meanwhile the clock is ticking for afghanistan is international forces prepare for the twenty fourteen withdrawal leaving the country on its own with its flawed security the transition has many regional players on alert is they brainstorm over how to contain afghanistan's especially brand of extremism and reports. the u.s. prepares to withdraw the bulk of its forces from afghanistan by the end of two thousand and fourteen karzai stepping down with the elections coming up also in two thousand and fourteen what's next the possibility of a power vacuum in afghanistan and the question what demons can emerge from that vacuum is of great concern to the whole reaching a vacuum in afghanistan seems to be nobody's interest here's
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a brief and very rough breakdown of what players regional and non regional are trying to achieve in afghanistan you ren despite the rivalry with the us has three years supported the karzai government because having a completely chaotic and unstable afghanistan is a neighbor is obviously not good for them washington is of course interested in keeping the more or less centralized structure of the government in afghanistan for that the us is even ready to engage the taliban in talks and maybe see them as part of the government in the future that's right having fought the taliban for over ten years the u.s. is now talking about a political solution pakistan is the middleman here the message that they want pakistan to deliver to the taliban is that the allies are ready for talks on leave the taliban make an unambiguous public break with global jihad is the telephone have a strong pakistan although the pakistani government denies having much influence on them but pakistan's motives have been mixed to say the least on the one hand the help the uighurs and the allies and pakistan it suffered greatly from the extremism
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that spilled over the border after the u.s. invasion in afghanistan on the other hand they were accused of helping the taliban to keep leverage with them in case they get in power also as a hedge against indian influence so they have that rivalry going so as far as pakistan's interests it's been complicated russia possibly the greatest threat to russia faces now from afghanistan is the flow of afghan heroin that kills thousands of russians every year so russia has a state it has stated a clear interesting afghanistan that would be under control of a responsible government not plagued with corruption. a government that would help and this drug play but what if global powers are on able to avoid a power vacuum in afghanistan what could happen then if we don't work comes to the stage where we have could deploy our forces or support somewhat if you may have to believe the only problem is in the past in the one nine hundred ninety s.
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after the storm we had to draw on this kind of external proxies let me just civil war we can. positive outcome one thousand nine hundred ninety six so we want to avoid that kind of civil war like situation now as far as the taliban the talks with them stalled last year after their failure to agree on the terms for the release of five afghan insurgent commanders held at guantanamo it's not really clear how far those talks will go because the taliban are not homogenous either a part of them seems to think that once nato pulls out they'll be able to take over anyway so why negotiate in washington i'm going to check out as candy mentioned there russia is one of those countries most interested in a stable afghanistan and focusing on that vladimir putin said that international forces have failed to make a breakthrough in their fight against terrorism and when they leave in twenty fourteen the radical groups are likely to spread well beyond the afghan borders.
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international terrorist groups are making no secret of their plans to export instability and they will try to spread their activities from afghanistan into neighboring central asian countries and russia this holds serious risks for us like an increase in drug trafficking and crime plus the uncontrollable flow of refugees and fundamentalism. and as afghanistan's neighbors puzzle over how to prevent the spillover of extremism another country in the region could well become their next headache is armies have recently grabbed headlines in bangladesh with their latest confrontation with security forces leaving at least thirty six people dead police and more than two hundred thousand hardline is landis there have been mired in running battles for days over violent demands to make blasphemy a crime punishable by death the government's refusing to budge though with police reportedly now using live ammunition islamic factions are also demanding other amendments that would ensure shari'a principles into law day
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a lecturer at britain's northumbria university says is now miss in bangladesh are trying to turn it into another pakistan marred by security chaos deliver executed really at the secular i did to a bomb that ensured over the last fall into years that they have been actually conspired against a ito's of a secular state and they are trying to convert it to another state like pakistan trying to make the government state by creating anarchy and whatever you are seeing right now is actually the result of all these terms they have been trying they have been organizing for the last forty years some of the major political parties including the main opposition party has been supporting. now coming up later in the program pomp and circumstance but at what price. if. changing of the guard at buckingham palace. terrorists from around the globe. many a story. great so wondering why the royal family is not tightening its belt is that
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subject to. now the man known as russia's cardinal has resigned as vice premier after more than a decade in the halls of power. became a renowned ideologist and was thought of as a leading figure behind the things in the government. and his resignation. across the ivy this was a shock departure wasn't what caused it yes quite a surprise absolutely an expected. working the deputy prime minister with prime minister. cabinet the cabinet was criticized roundly by president putin yesterday during a cabinet meeting. suggested that the cabinet was seeking to take boxes more than it was to deliver substantial policy reforms. to differ with. and submitted his resignation which was accepted shortly after the meeting
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yesterday he's called the great cardinal why is that yeah yeah he's the eminence griese of the kremlin he's known throughout for any russia watcher the kremlin kingpin the string pullers behind the scenes he came out of p.r. into the kremlin and was seen as the. policy mastermind behind much of what drove. two administrations particularly he was the concept architect as it were of the sovereign democracy policy solver democracy it was encouraged russians to to take pride in their country in their culture in their states it stressed pride in stability is powerful values and also addressed areas in economics. politics and security aspects of the state proved perhaps internationally controversial but on the p.r. side he was quite a notorious figure in that he successfully negotiated and probably oversaw the
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creation of an entire generation of russian political p.r. which we know is a reasonably dodgy and reasonably tricky environment to try to negotiate a circle of worked worked some magic i guess you'd call it on the on the p.r. side but most of the chagrin of those who who were victims of his stage management gave us an expression of propaganda which i think anybody who watches or should closely will associate forever with the guy yes definitely now he did have his fingers in a number of pies didn't he could there be anything else that contributed to his resignation do you think. worked as a. modernization for president dmitry medvedev he was a. former owner of the skolkovo project which is the tech technical innovation hold based outside of moscow they found a number of very high profile deals because it made a visit visited silicon valley during his presidency to and made
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a couple of very high profile connections there and he. has been mired in. controversy where some have been accused of misappropriating up to half a million dollars of phones i think probably saw that that was something he didn't want to have to deal with on his watch and it may have informed his decision to resign it may not we don't have clarity from him or from the administration on that ok thank you ivan it's news that it's at a crossing i'll be back in a few moments with more news for you including the story of thousands of americans locked up for not paying their debts. i.
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dot com. i welcome back the american civil liberties union has launched a campaign to educate the public about the severity of the kima lighting too much debt that's after revealing figures show a rising number of people who fail to pay back their debts are being put in jail. in the state of ohio where such practice is fairly common and made harsh criticism it violates the constitution a midwestern u.s. state. internationally recognized for being the battle. around where america's next president is decided let's talk about the importance of ohio and in the battle for ohio state eighteen electoral votes mean so much elbows paid a lot of attention ohio ohio. you're probably going to decide the next president of united states for the past thirty six years no candidate has entered the white
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house without winning this swing state while ohio undoubtedly wields an enormous influence in the arena of u.s. presidential politics the state is currently garnering headlines for its prisons specifically the medieval type punishments being imposed on countless citizens who are drowning in debt according to a report released by the a.c.l.u. of ohio thousands of citizens are being locked behind bars because they are too poor to pay their debt and we saw some really troubling numbers one case that we looked at out of mansfield ohio there was a gentleman and his crime against the community was he let his dog walk in his mobile home park without a leash he was fined thirty dollars and he ended up being found in contempt of court and was sent to jail for not paying for a thirty dollars fine fifty five year old jack dolly was incarcerated three times
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for failing to pay nine hundred dollars in fines every ninety days you had a jail date. and if you were working well you're going to derail debt prisons violate the u.s. and ohio constitutions according to the a.c.l.u. most of the defendants weren't given hearings before being jailed for outstanding fines if the court had taken any time to ask whether or not they couldn't afford to pay that they would see that these were people who just simply cannot pay they were individuals who are homeless many who haven't worked for months if not years people who are disabled people who are taking care of disabled family members these are people who are working and just don't feel like spent. the money these are people who literally have no money people like dante stiles who is unemployed and says he often has to choose between feeding his two children or paying his fines. back and forth back and forth in court back before of days here fifteen days here and while
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the cash strapped citizens are incarcerated in gutters prisons. there fines keep growing like credit card interest it's described as a vicious circle it was seven hundred thirty thirty seven dollars ok at the eleven days when i went back to court at the core course and paranoid the public defended it went up actually two hundred dollars more than one point eight million ohioans reportedly live in poverty i want to get it behind me dolly lost his job last year after missing work for a ten day sentence in debtors prison i had just started the job i was probably there not quite a month. i was expecting a paycheck so i'd gone in early to get a paycheck so i could go in and pay on my fine my release was terminated from my job dollie has received fifty dollars credit for each of the sixteen days he was illegally imprisoned but most like styles have not and the state revered for
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predicting america's presidents has garnered a new reputation for how it punishes the poor. artsy ohio. we've got plenty more online few including want to grab a gun but don't want to pay for it not a problem in texas we've got the story of how a group of activists are planning to give away shotguns across the state and that's with the name of reducing violence all the details are at r.t. dot com also there you will find toxic train derailment in northwestern belgium four days ago may have a much more serious than first bridging the mass evacuation of residents from the area has begun to call for the full story. now the u.k. is staying committed to measures that reduce the country's deficit the british queen has laid out who government's agenda for next year and in her speech she said it will work to promote a fairer society to reward those who work hard however what may sound
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a little unfair for a sturdy hit britain is the news of the royal family's five million pound pay rise . now reports from london. my ministers will continue to prioritize measures to reduce the deficit at the same time the creed is set to get a five billion pound pay rise this year thirty six point one million pounds from the u.k. taxpayer will go towards the queen and her residence says her royal chefs and footman cost an estimated ten million pounds a year thirty six million is divided into money which runs the royal household the queen and the duke of edinburgh most of it goes on salaries also on the upkeep of royal palaces such as buckingham palace and windsor castle and almost a royal trouble at home and abroad the british monarchy has become synonymous with the image of britain because it is the world's most high profile monarchy the queen
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of ages seven and a consul the duke of edinburgh at ninety one are remarkable examples of public service and of national unity but the cost to the public purse rises steadily as austerity sets in the five million pound increase in the queen's expenses from the state represents a fifteen percent rise in vital services are being lost while the queen gets this big pay rise and i think it's very unfair given that she is personally one of the wealthiest people in britain where the personal wealth of an excess of three hundred million pounds the royal family has over seven hundred servants six palaces they can quite clearly afford themselves to cover any increased costs they shouldn't be begging for the state it's a royal spectacle such as the daily changing of the guards at buckingham palace the
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drugs are terrorists from around the globe but in these times of austerity some of beginning to question why the windsors haven't tighten their belts along with the rest of the queen's subjects. last month the guardian poll found that eighty eight percent of brits were happy with the pay rise think this should give more to the corner to get too much money to be sure not overly impressed to be honest i'm sure she's got more than enough money to survive when she named scarecrows she brings in quite a bit on the toys some whatever but where does it go where where does it come people there i'm less because i work i'm ok where karyn you know they're being kept well where does it our progress going on money elsewhere in europe royals have had to raid best spending in the face of public opinion the spanish royal family's budget has been reduced for a third year in a row the british monarchy actually stands out around the world it's completely different to almost every other monetary that you can think of in the sense that
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they are still surrounded by so much home and circumstance and all the marching bands and then the the horses that wind alongside the fronts of carriages the published figures suggest that the royal family the queen and everybody else process around something close to forty million pounds a year but doesn't take into account all the extra security all the police work for that that's involved in protecting her and the rest of the world family and it doesn't take into account the money that's lost to the striker because she and prince charles in particular get lots of tax privileges that the rest of us aren't entitle to and while the government has pushed through budget cuts to the national health service and slashed welfare as part of an unprecedented austerity drive there are those that say that prime minister david cameron's promise that britain is all in it together doesn't include the queen of england. london. over one hundred people have been killed in pakistan in attacks on general election
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candidate since april with just days to go before the vote the country's again gripped by protests and violence many there believe a significant part of the unrest is caused by u.s. airstrikes carried out by unmanned drones but that anger may soon be directed against britain which is carried out its first remote drone strike in neighboring afghanistan r.t. sarah ferguson the future of the deadly technology in the u.k. . well the world's military drones used to be directed from a small u.s. base in nevada but no more after the cake carried out its first drone strike in afghanistan launched from u.k. soil and an area based in lincolnshire not many official details have been released about the drone strike in norway many likely to be given the level of secrecy surrounding the ministry of defense have confirmed that one of their reproduction is controlled by pilots from thirteen squadron at aria forwarding to an in
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lincolnshire fired a weapon supporting u.k. troops on the ground in afghanistan now this is cause huge concern among campaigners at a recent protest here in the cave the organizers had said that they see this is a sign that they'll be further civilian casualties as a result of drone use and also the politicians would make it easier for them to be able to carry out military intervention now certainly many have seen this is a sign that this use in control of advanced train technology has now spread far beyond the u.s. indeed person alone has invested more than three billion dollars that's about three billion pounds in drone developments and there are plans to further expand is throwing arsenal now the conservancy surrounding the civilians is highlighted again at the beginning of this year when the u.n. launched an investigation looking at the. civilian casualties but also at the
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legality surrounding drone use now research team for the london university are assisting them in that investigation and their findings are going to be presented to the un general assembly in the also and based on what they find they could then recommend that further action be taken as we're seeing this increase doing he said with the u.k. having launched its first strike ever more important to many campaign is that the legality and the questions they've had join us in our test properly in a clear and apron arena up next here now to east meets west in war time victory technologies are coming up in a couple of minutes. thank every detail. every piece of metal.
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and every one of those who will step on red square on the ninth of may are ready. for the big green day parade. want the live coverage on our t.v. . news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. showing operation today.
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in the early hours of a hot july dawn a group of unusually dressed people carefully head on to the shore of one of the to be up as tributes raise their clad and serve at military uniform from the days of world war two. in the summer of nine hundred forty one. crossing the a small landscape one hundred thousand people were killed while they were trying to escape the surrounding enemy eyewitnesses say that the river ran red with blood for several days now candles float down the river. moscow's military history club called the division has traveled here to honor the memory of full on russian soldiers but this journey to smolensk is just the beginning now they have three thousand kilometers to come.


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