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nine pm moscow time from outrage in the u.n. after a syrian rebel group kidnaps four of its peacekeepers. such action may see the opposition lose much of its international backing. as a neighbors brainstorm of how to curb extremism when u.s. troop withdrawal in twenty four threat is growing elsewhere with islamist through bangladesh now examined that. a cardinal opposition and government to take a look at the man and what could be behind his exit from the halls of power. but one life in prison is the only life you can afford some courts now in ohio jailing the homeless and people with disabilities because it can't afford to pay small
finds. tonight very good to have your company our top story then as i just mentioned calling for the immediate release of four of its peacekeepers held by syrian rebels peacekeepers reductive in the golan heights the demilitarized zone between syria and israel is our middle east correspondent paula slit with the details. 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 cease fire line 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
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 yarmuk published a photo that is the portuguese showing the four main who have been held they also say that they're 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 a green that both sides should sit down at the negotiation table and course that is a position that moscow has always held that there is
a need for the damascus regime in the rebels to sit around a negotiating table and hammer out their differences. need to push for talks between the warring sides in syria's been agreed your visit by the u.s. state secretary of moscow but to contribute should return as he believes the u.s. might find it hard to back the rebels and seek a political solution at the same time. kerry is saying the united states restated saying to you that in your good that they have common interests they both promote regional stability prevent the spread of extremism is difficult and what russian president vladimir putin can both be say the u.s. secretary of state because we all know most of the world knows that the nato powers have been doing exactly the opposite not promoting regional stability and helping the spread of extremism how have they managed to talk through these hours unless presumably mr putin is explained that the only way to prevent extremism is to stop lead to backing the rebels in syria. and she returns you are coming up at nineteen
hours g.m.t. tonight crosstalk examines the many unanswered questions thrown out by syria's drawn out conflict here's a quick taste of what's to come. i disagree that there is any solution in which side 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 you know what one of the one of the first obama alliances assad had to go and now they're about restraint you see look after two years he's not go away the only possible solution i agree from the beginning that's right it was proposing that let's sit down. there all the players as you are including all the regional players. in south wales and. say no. more that nineteen hours g.m.t. time now the clock's ticking for afghanistan as international forces prepare for
the twenty forty withdrawal leaving the country on its own with its flawed security transition as many regional players on alert as they brainstorm over how best to contain afghanistan's especially very brand of extremism and he's going to teach you can 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 region a vacuum in afghanistan seems to be nobody's interest here's a brief and very rough breakdown of what players regional and regional are trying to achieve in afghanistan you ren despite the rivalry with the u.s. has fifty years support of 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 u.s. 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 ambiguous public break with global jihad is the taliban 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 has suffered greatly from the extremism that spilled over the border after the u.s. invasion in of ghana's then 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 interest in afghanistan that would be under control of a responsible government not plagued with corruption. a government that would help and this drug plague but what if global powers are on able to avoid a power vacuum in afghanistan what could happen then if you've ever comes to the stage where we have to be ploy forces or support somewhere you may have to delete the only problem is in the past in the one nine hundred ninety s. after the soviet withdrawal discussion of external proxies led to a major civil war with. 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 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 i was going to mention russia is one of those countries most interested in a stable afghanistan focusing on putin said that international forces have failed to make a breakthrough in the fight against terrorism and the regional players need to work to prevent radical groups spreading well beyond the afghan border. 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 also reporting tonight as afghanistan's neighbors puzzle
over how best to prevent the spillover of extremism another country in the region could well become the next headache is a missive recently grabbed headlines in bangladesh where their latest confrontation with security forces left at least thirty six people dead their police more than two hundred thousand hard line islamists have been mired in running battles for days over violent blasphemy a crime punishable by death the government refusing to budge though with police reportedly now using live ammunition is amiss factions are also demanding other amendments that would in trying sharia principles into law but it days a lecturer at britain's northumberland university in told us is the missing bangladesh are trying to turn it into another pakistan mired by security chaos then it breaks and it really the secular identity of bangladesh it and over the last fall in two years that they have been actually conspiring against ito's of a secular state and they are trying to convert it to another state like pakistan trying to make peace and the government and state like creating anarchy and
whatever you are seeing right now is actually a result of all these terms they have been trying they have been. for the last forty years some of the major political parties including the main opposition party has been supporting. coming out later in the program with me kevin zero in pomp and circumstance but at what price. if royal spectacles such as the daily changing of the guards at buckingham palace the truth in terrorists from around the globe but in these times of austerity some of beginning to question why don't we haven't tighten their belts along with the rest of the queen's subjects just a bit later in the program the report on how the british queen gets a pay rise while much of the country has to take a cut. well known as russia's grey cardinal has resigned as vice premier after more than a decade in the halls of power became a renowned ideologist of indeed was thought of as a leading figure behind the scenes in government. spoke to r.t.
. about the man and his resignation. this was a sharp departure wasn't what led to it yes it came as a bit of a surprise today. had been working as deputy prime minister in dmitri medvedev the cabinet with responsibility for government policy and media policy. his resignation follows a particularly fractious cabinet meeting with president putin yesterday where putin criticized the cabinet for ticking boxes but not following through with substantial policy reforms he called their work superficial point. beg to differ during that meeting and his resignation was accepted by putin shortly afterwards he's called the great current reason why is that yeah. he is the eminence griese the great heart of the kremlin known by russia watchers everywhere he is the ek mouth of p.r. into the kremlin administration and is the concept architect behind what's known as
sovereign democracy this was the ideological and political pillars around which ballot bloody where putin built his early administrations so for democracy. advocated values of pride independence and what became known around the world as i guess as part of prudence don't lecture us stance when it came to democracy in transition particularly young democracies such such as russia is and because of his work on the political p.r. side the expression so-called go propaganda and to the contemporary russian lexicon you mention that around with you seen that he had that's not the only raw is it recently that he said well it's easy if you're are you referring to school coherence when worked with president medvedev of modernization he advocated setting up the scope of a technology hold the research excellence hold the running outside moscow now. a strong vision for modernization of russian economy and bring innovation culture
into russia's economy. most recently has been involved in a rather cultural. actual corruption probe. has been gazed into a public dialogue with one of the prosecutor spokesman's spokesman on that. it was stressed today that calls decision to resign had nothing to do that also well he also expressed recently the london school of economics at a speech he gave last week that he might be looking at a return to the business world where he worked quite successfully. coming up after a quick break the story of thousands of americans locked up for not paying the debts. every detail. every piece of metal.
the american civil liberties unions launched a campaign to educate the public about the severity of accumulating too much debt. figures show a rising number of people who failed to pay about their debts and jail. in the state of ohio where such a practice is common in fact to meet harsh criticism but it violates the constitution. a midwestern u.s. state. internationally recognized for being the battleground where america's next president is decided let's talk about the importance of ohio and in the battle for ohio state's eighteen electoral votes mean so much elbows paid a lot of attention ohio ohio. you're probably going to decide the next president of the night it states for the past thirty six years no candidate has entered the white 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 punishment 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 whose 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 fifty five year old jack jolly was incarcerated three times 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 jail 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 could afford to pay that they would see that these were people who just simply cannot pay they were individuals who are homeless many have and were. 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 spending 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 a promise so back and forth back and forth in court back before of constancio ten days here fifteen days here and while the cash strapped citizens are incarcerated in debtors prisons. there are 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 and 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 you know my release i was terminated from my job dollie has received a fifty dollars credit for each of the sixteen days he was illegally imprisoned but most like styles have not and the state revered for predicting america's presidents has garnered a new reputation for how it punishes the poor. artsy ohio. online
few today from us want to grab a gun but don't want to pay for it not a problem in texas it seems we got a story of how a group of activists applying to give away shotguns across the state the aim of it to reduce violence full report online r.t. dot com also there as well the story about toxic train derailment in northwestern belgium four days ago and may though of much more serious aftermath and first presume there was a mass evacuation of residents from the area beginning martie dot com keep up to speed with full story there. the u.k. is staying committed to measures that reduce the country's deficit the british queen has laid out her government's agenda for the next year in a speech she said it will work to promote a fairer society to reward those who work hard however what may sound a little unfair for britain on top of it is the news that the royal family is going to get a five million pound pay rise to. reports from lunde. 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 but the thirty six million is divided into money which runs the royal household of 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 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 of ages seven and a consul the duke of edinburgh at ninety one all. poles of
public service and of national unity but the costs of the public purse rises steadily as austerity sets in the five million pound increase in the queen's expenses from the states represents a fifteen percent rise vital services are being lost while the queen gets a big pay rise 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 driven 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 poor not to get too much money the future of not overly impressed to be honest i'm sure she's got more than enough money to survive and when she named spare clothes she brings in quite a bit on the toys some whatever but where does it go where where does it come people that i miss because i work i'm ok where karin you know they're being kept well where does it our progress given romani elsewhere in europe royals have had to rein in 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 molecule that you can think of in the sense that they are still surrounded by so much home and circumstance and all the marching. the horses required alongside the fronts of carriages the published figures suggest
that the royal family the queen and everybody else tosses 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 lost to the sticker 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. r.t. london through the big new stories the day in brief you know we'll start in iraq there at least eight people have been killed in over forty injured in separate attacks across the country in the northern town of kirkuk a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near the office of the kurdish. union party
then that was followed by an attack on a checkpoint on a security patrol in the southwest of the city and yet more people were gunned down at a police station the city of fallujah added a shooting in mosul. a protest march in indian controlled kashmir turned violent when hundreds of government employees clashed with police workers from the public health engineering department demanding better conditions and pay dozens of demonstrators were reportedly detained after the unrest maybe chief minister's residence. france and poland marking the victory over nazi led forces in one nine hundred forty five the presidents of the countries occupied years of world war two later a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in paris the sixty eighth anniversary would also be celebrated in moscow on thursday and we will be covering the parade live starting at six in the morning g.m.t. . a debate you really have to dig for a solution quite literally in the next story coming up a group of russian workers of certainly going with the flow using two huge
excavators across a fast moving river good pictures coming up but isn't it a cochon of has got the story. it really seems like one collab just look at the key there are so many people there and amazingly they're not just standing there for a bus right they're actually crossing the river using these to ask invaders so for some it can be have a traffic and for others to have a way now let me give you some details on what is actually happening that this video was shot at the end of march in the north of the mountains and as you can see the area is flooded and it also seems that there is going to be a bridge build there in the future but for now people still have to cross it somehow and it seems they've found a way better call it an adrenaline draw and now you've got one ask evader loaded with three sometimes even more people now it means the other one half way people climb from one ask
a vader to be other it all looks rather dangerous but look at the people they seem quite pleased with themselves anyway when this video first appeared on the internet it went viral with so many commons and very few people were actually concerned about the fate of the passengers some even labeled this video as another example of how russians can be resilient and resourceful well it's really hard to argue with that watching this footage. so a good bit of ingenuity there is now coming up we go beyond the mainstream headlines analyses financial show problem interest on the air after this break. choose your language. of choice because we know in financial centers they still sometimes. choose to use the consensus you can.
washington d.c. and here's the stories that we're tracking today. the marketplace fairness act passed the senate yesterday and is headed for pushback in the republican controlled house the bill would require amazon even a another online retailers to collect taxes on all sales and send the proceeds to your state we'll have our own debate on this bill in just a bit also litigation a little bank of america has settled yet another lawsuit this one is what financial insurance giant m.b.i.a. which owes merrill lynch three billion dollars for insurance claims on bad mortgages that countrywide wrote but bank of america now own country why they want to settle the brother against brother sued bank of america is buying stock in m.b.i.a. and giving them one point seven billion dollars there just one big happy family home gift of more money and that's the message that as these the chairwoman delivered to the house appropriations committee today we talk
a lot about mary jo white here and today is going to be no different and we have a special profile of her later in the show she's been up to a lot recently taking on jobs act implementation in marinette money market reform so it stands to reason that as the she will need a bigger budget right all right let's get to what's in your prime interest. last friday the bureau of labor statistics release of monthly unemployed numbers which beat expectations one hundred sixty five thousand jobs were added to the economy and the unemployment rate.