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the e.u. races to raise billions of dollars to reconstruct war torn mali but there are concerns the country is still secure and the. rebuilding to begin. the u.s. justice department says it spied on journalists to protect americans seizure of phone records from one hundred associated press employees is causing massive outrage. fourteen countries try their luck by seeking permanent observer status of the arctic council this in order to gain access to the region's energy resources.
a very warm welcome to you from all of us here at. global twenty years. european leaders and delegates from all over the world are meeting to raise billions of dollars in aid for war torn mali is the highest level gathering since france sent troops to intervene to help rebuild a country though still plagued by islamists and rebel insurgents. now has more from the summit in brussels the leaders from the e.u. and france as well as international donors are gathering today here in brussels to drum up and get aid and support for mali a country which has been dealing with a radical islamist militants as well as a political crisis for the last couple of years now now the french foreign minister law fabulous' had said that the aim of today is to raise some one point nine a billion euros a to give to the country in what he calls a quote unquote an effort to build democracy dialogue and development now we know
that france evolved in the country especially at the beginning of the year when it launched a military operation into the country saying that they were there to fight off islamist militants away from key cities now france is also in the middle of withdrawing some four thousand troops from the country however it does plan to keep about a thousand troops in what is seen as a long term a kind of posting in the country would this is in contrast to what has been told to the french people in the beginning who had given support to this military operation they were told that it was going to be a short a kind of operation however we have been speaking to some experts who are very familiar with counterinsurgency efforts and have had firsthand experience with them and they've told us here on r.t. that it's very difficult for counterinsurgency operations to be a short kind of war because as you drive out militants are from key cities they do have a tendency to just keep coming back so there is a question of whether security is really in place to do. any military intervention create. terrorists. drew or
consolidate somewhere else. time. nuclear is in the state of chaos so after the nato intervention it's neither your place they're going to get out but it is us they can see. what problems they're assets they. have a right. that sooner or later the intervention forces whether they bring in mali or bear it out guys are sooner or later. the french foreign minister insists that security is largely in place in the country or whatever critics do question the extent of that kind of stability the mali may be seeing at the moment there is no argument among among everybody involved that a stable mali is in the interest of a secure region a regional security however there is that question of how sustainable and how effective the efforts have been so far there are also plans of having elections in
the country in july if and when that does happen what kind of democracy and system will be put in place considering that the country is still facing some of those militant threats it's not one hundred percent out of the country also since today is largely a fund raising activity there are questions on the money now are there mechanisms that will make it should make it very transparent as to where this money is going to go and if it will actually reach its intended destination lot of questions that need to be answered as these leaders and international donors meet today here in brussels artists are also reporting we of course following the conference bringing you the analysis of the situation in mali throughout the day plus of course as you know texas in brussels right now you can always check twitter feed for the latest updates just fine direct tests underscore. for now the u.s. justice department has defended its spawning on associated press saying it was necessary to find leaks that could endanger american people find records of about
one hundred journalists including their private numbers were seized sparking outrage in the media worldwide and the white house though has distanced itself from the probe saying it knew nothing about it. reports on the scandal. it's being called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. the a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda they arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities be a piece as the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them
were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since nine hundred seventy six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced today that he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder yesterday associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now
the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worry now is the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt in . you have sources that are being shut down doors just being shut in people's faces now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there's a balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven the obama administration has
a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall r.t. . and contributor afshin rattansi he says that no whistleblower now we're giving associated press any valuable information they weren't able to notify the head of associated press because it would undermine the security of the whole operation the idea of justice anyway in the united states around the world we've seen how can there be a department of justice with torturing on the strikers in cuba and as for eric holder himself well what exactly are they thinking when they're actually naming associated press the american taxpayer will have to be reparations to associated press because let's face it whistleblower source is now going to call the a.p. desk in new york or washington d.c. and more generally it has to be said that given the obama administration's attitude
you're not really an american journalist if you're not if your phone calls aren't being recorded or at least the phone logs are being noted down and sent to the f.b.i. . just a few minutes or an hour to you we're talking about the arrest of a cia agent right here in moscow look at how the latest spy scandal could affect relations between russia and the u.s. plus. we're not talking about. rain that's is this being given to you. and this. run into trouble we've come here it's a barren furnace where the submarine designed and built find out what's going on but more on that story coming up. as is now just turning out ten minutes past the hour here in the arctic council originally formed of nations with land above the arctic circle now has a waiting list of nations eager to join up some very far from the north pole china
and india are among fourteen nations seeking permanent observer status during the current meeting in sweden. explains the rush for the ground. here in the north this week in the future i'll be politic as at stake and ministries from aid to north and most countries including the us canada and russia will decide whether to let fourteen other states gain observer status and they are to kill yourself so what is that for once suddenly cill interest says and this ice covered region while their resume is on tip of the iceberg its vast resources given the harsh environment their resources are difficult to extract but battery needs as snow and ice is around twenty two percent of all remaining well and gas deposits there were also eight north and most countries are those who fell slate clean to the region there is still uncertainty however over the life should be divided among them that
now i'm still countries including the u.s. are calling for the scrapping of turgid moral principles to make it a free for all china and india are among those who would cherish that most these two countries have already made tentative steps north this april china signed their free entry deal with iceland as fast with a european nation chinese businessmen are also to be investing in greenland so it really seems that beijing aims to get a foothold in the arctic and other fast developing global player is indiana also sitting to be heard happy are to console the wakes up to the increased economic potential off this region so far the arctic council includes those countries who are invested in the protection and exploration of the north in place cap but not as the commercial interest kicks in maybe other nations are rushing to the region and it's up to the council's permanent members to decide whether the unfriendly north
to language. programs in documentaries in arabic in school here on. reporting from the world talks about six of the ip interviews intriguing stories are you. trying. to find out more visit our big. thanks for joining us here on our to today i'm rory suchet live from moscow a big day for news here on out say the detention of a cia spy in moscow is causing a media but so far has not really resulted in any diplomatic up people the man who worked in the u.s. embassy was caught trying to recruit a russian federal security service agent and i should have been following the story
now joining us live from outside of the foreign ministry good to see you alexy well do tell us a any comments any reaction yet from either of the governments on this. well in the morning the u.s. ambassador to moscow mr mcfaul came over to the. russian foreign ministry probably with some explanations to the incident but it's hard to say what actually came out of this meeting of these talks in the foreign ministry because there have been no comments coming from either side the only comment in fact we have received so far was from the russian foreign minister who is meeting his u.s. counterpart john kerry in sweden at the moment he said that during his talks with kerry they didn't even discuss this latest incident because. every side here knows exactly what happened and of quote these comments and in fact lack of them makes many experts to believe that. this latest incident of course is not the first time that russia and the united states have been involved is unlikely to cause any
diplomatic rift between the two countries in fact most of the experts are calling this latest incident as a routine incident and especially the timing of it would definitely harm both sides relations because of course the relations between washington and moscow have not been easy but this is the time when they're finally meeting some consensus on a diplomatic level in particular about the syrian conflict so another diplomatic row over a spy scandal would definitely not both sides at this moment i'd like to remind your viewers that the cia agent working undercover as a third secretary of the u.s. embassy in moscow ryan christopher fogle was detained on tuesday in moscow reportedly in an attempt to recruit and f.s.b. officer who works closely with terrorist cells in the north caucuses and he was reportedly trying to bribe him with that one hundred thousand dollars. initially definitely so far it seems that this story has caused most small store in the media
that at the diplomatic level it seems rather bizarre like something that this guy was found with a bag with a pair of ale fitting wigs of various spectacles sunglasses or some other ideas as well i must say very quickly to get a message from one of our viewers on twitter who said anna chapman was a real spy on this guy looks more like a joke anyway looking for more details coming out of this. so yourself. dot com for you right now lots of stories to check out for example a human rights lawyer reveals hunger strikers in guantanamo bay have to undergo. before contact with legal representatives in a bid to prevent any leak of information about the real condition of the inmates as the protest day one hundred we've got the full story online for you. human rights activists in the u.k. after two years on the run but lashes out at london for. crackdown on the opposition much more on that of course at dot com right now.
is. joining us here on our. world update time in a moment on monday a deadly blast in libya's second largest city of benghazi left several people dead and wounded many many more on the attack came amid a frantic pull out of u.s. and u.k. embassy staff of course this stupid the recent spike in violence lawrence freeman from the executive intelligence review magazine things the west could be leaving behind the mess that helped create. well they created a monster that they could no longer control and it's turning against them in
a way there was absolutely foreseeable the fact that the tony blair policy which obama and cameras are cozy followed implementing the overthrow of gadhafi in orcus two thousand and eleven created this condition which was understandable own and he wanted a new no was going to happen he worked directly with the al-qaeda militias all throughout in gaza you know other parts of libya and now libya has become fund government of the so even the people who initiated the mess have to leave to protect themselves because nobody looks the tech down and the situation is completely out of control. or at world update time here on c let's go to nigeria now where the president declared a state of emergency in three states in the northeast of the country decision was prompted by a surge of guerrilla attacks with at least twenty three people killed in the latest
round of violence and army reinforcements are to be dispatched to the troubled region in order to demolish all islamist hideouts. mexican authorities have restricted access to the area around the public at the petrol volcano and are preparing evacuation routes as we speak at the volcano has been increasingly active over the past few days the latest eruption sending smoke as you can see there it went up i went up a full kilometers into the sky smothering nearby towns with ash no evacuations have taken place yet but the emergency officials are looking for possibilities of rain and that could wash down the ash that around the crater there by flooding nearby communities. by more than fifty people are feared dead after an overcrowded boat capsized off the coast of me in ma and the passengers were fleeing a township in the west of the country which is preparing for the arrival of a powerful cyclon of the un has called for them to be evacuated from the region because many live in ramshackle comes in vulnerable low lying areas.
and international peace conference on syria brokered by moscow and washington is likely to take place in geneva early next month or russia and the u.s. attorney in that diplomatic efforts to finally bring the syrian government and the opposition to the negotiating table and u.s. secretary of state john kerry has warned washington that he has warned that washington will give additional help to syrian rebels if indeed the assad regime backs out of the talks but russia's foreign minister insists the syrian government is positive about the prospect of negotiations so to get it off also explained the likely format of the conference. because it's as though it was just. regarding the composition of the participants the conference should be at the level of my. misters all their deputies we discussed the possible formats of the conference the general opinion is that those who were in geneva in june last year should be at the new conference as well as russia believes that a few important players should take part two including iran and saudi arabia most
importantly we need to ensure that both the government and the opposition support the initiative the government has already made a statement and that statement is generally positive the opposition still does not speak with one voice today we discussed with john kerry the necessity for our american colleagues to do everything possible so that the opposition appoints a delegation. and the prospects for the international conference on syria and what's what's inferred from the foreign countries are certainly some of the topics for debate in the latest edition of cross talk of a full program coming your way later today when other news a taste. winston churchill said that americans can be counted upon to come to the best option after the tried everything else i think the united states missed an opportunity to reinforce and support moderates in thai forces this center collapsed we ended up with
extremists from the muslim brotherhood all the way to al qaeda so the united states is trying to give it a shot. at least with. the . car before we get to be modern and breaking the set for now britain's planning to spend nearly one hundred sixty billion pounds of a ten years on new military equipment a large chunk of the money will go towards a new class of nuclear submarine the project faces serious problems in the sub's nuclear reactor malfunctions and it floods when under water you surf earth reports on the high tech weaponry which is far from state of the out. the cutting edge in military technology. every decade tens of billions of pounds in the making
these a britain's new class of hunter killer submarines and they've been making waves that lead to. serious problems from ground to. corrosion this is. the astute and i jinxed the damning description is a far cry from what persons ministry of defense has hailed as one of the most technologically advanced machines in the world as impressive as she sounded on paper. launch into the public sphere it's not been an easy one the series of leaks intelligence has become clear that the problems could run deeper. is that. if. the design started in the mid ninety's a lot of it is electronics you know electronics.
right with all the electronics. present time to try and keep up with that then you need to think about replacing equipment. as complete problem. in the northeast of england in barrow in third this is now the only site in the u.k. that designs builds and test submarines and that work forms the backbone of the economy here the current owner of the shipyard is a defense systems not without its critics it's a company that shrouds itself in secrecy and it didn't disappoint when it came to addressing the alleged catalogue of errors with the submarine program having been beset by these design for allegations. we asked the aide to give us their side of the story but they declined to comment. is perhaps no surprise with the government
order a seven astute class submarines only two are in the water with one still being built any one of the things that can play a part of the obviously the people be. very protective. and you preach. about. this sort of information that. it is difficult for you come to expect an understanding and there's a distinction between the protectiveness and secretiveness of local people compared to seek to most of the conflict and that's because in terms of the local people and people there protecting them because this is their heritage stand history and from being perspective you understand. that because the commercialism that's that's the reason that they're being paid x. amount of money to build and design something the local pride in the submarines is evident i think that even the ministry of defense is being forced into embarrassing
admissions about what they've turned teething troubles really how. do we continue producing this. or do we get it right and then start again the problem here is this is if they stop. short of submarine attack submarine. and that means that strategy. really is quite serious with the launch of the third class submarine still some way of the next couple of years for this project. sink or swim time. r.t. baron furnace in the north of england i'm back with more news in about a half an hour's time but. it's broken.
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