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sectarian strife has been militants joined forces with the syrian government to retake a sunni rebel stronghold now lebanon raising fears the religious divide could spread across the region. shooting the messenger the u.s. government hits out as a fox news journalist published classified information leaked by state department security experts. and desperation in guantanamo bay as the hunger strike there passes the one hundred days mark r.t. talks the lawyer of an inmate who says his client was shot several times by god.
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world news and much more twenty four hours a day this is r.t. . fears are rising that a region wide sectarian conflict is spreading across the middle east of the hizbullah join the syrian government in the battle to drive rebels on the city both sides believe if the syrian army maintain control in that area would be a turning point in a two year conflict rebel forces consisting mostly of sunni radical groups fighting syrian troops. u.s. state department says has been our participation sectarian strife syria region as a whole. have been targets of violence attacks in iraq nearly one hundred people killed in the country on monday these are nicholas gruen examines how the sectarian threat is spreading. the standoff in syria is as much about religion as it is about politics the majority of the population in the country is
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sunni muslims president also meanwhile whose family has been at helm for the best part of fifty years comes from the sect of shia islam called allo it historically the two branches of sunni and shia islam have been deadly rivals for centuries you can see it too in iraq and the worsening sunni shia standoff that's already claimed thousands of lives there she added president assad is supported by hezbollah a lebanese political party and a militant organization that's also affiliated with shia islam lebanon has already seen fifteen years of civil war involving not just sunni and shia muslims but also the christians and the druze branch of islam and both lebanon and syria the fighting effects neighboring jordan to it is now flooded by hundreds of thousands of syrian refugees some of which have been drawn into skirmishes with local residents sectarian affiliation also plays a role in the arms shipments into syria shiite iran is said to supply to us and forces while the predominantly sunni could target saudi arabia lend
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a helping hand to the rebels who are also getting an al qaida link to boost generations of sectarian animosity in all of these countries have never been my national borders and a deepening syria shockwave might be what lights the touch paper to the entire region into a blood soaked catastrophe. well in iraq sunni's have been protesting against the country's shia led government attack on their protest camp in late april caused a major surge in violence there last month became the deadliest in the country since two thousand and eight friday one of the most violent days of this year the constant strife since the two thousand and three us military intervention has led to more than one hundred thousand deaths so terry and bloodshed reached its height three years into the u.s. occupation when tens of thousands were killed many now fear a return to those violent days with tit for tat sunni and shia attacks showing no signs of ending the conflict in iraq is also displaced three million people
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in the past decade nearly two million more fled their homes and remain at risk within the country support for displaced iraqis throughout the region is dwindling with some of the donor focus being shifted to an increasing number of syrian refugees we bring him loose she's a professor at the jordan university he says u.s. involvement stope sectarian conflicts in iraq and i said the start of the conflict in syria this is definitely a conflict that has read. what's in store is a sectarian conflict taking place and iraq since the u.s. invasion of that country ten years ago the identity of the leadership and iraq before the invasion was not. the same thing goes for syria today on one hand you have sectarian forces trying to stir up some variant conflicts on the other hand you have many suddenly is within syria probably more than half of the suddenly
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population within syria siding with the bashar assad regime because they realize that the old learn not the. sectarian conflict and sectarian divisions. and you can get more in-depth coverage of the bottom concerts in golfing iraq on looking on tall web site don't call them they will find detailed analysis using the sectarian strife i would disagree on much more. news today. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations rule the day.
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before news journalist is being accused of conspiracy to disclosing classified information from the state department if the only claims could be charged as an accessory in the national security leak these colleagues say they're outraged he's been able to criminal doing his job as a reporter and he's going to chicken says journalists are unarmed and the u.s. government appears to be treating them as. the u.s. justice department not only subpoena fox news reporters private e-mails but also said that james rosen was quote an aider and abettor and or coconspirator in the alleged crime so these words appear in a court document basically accusing the reporter of breaking the law for conducting routine business of reporting on government secrets in the forty four pages of the justice department application for the search warrant mr g. mail account e-mail exchange. an employee identified as the alleged in the courier
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and james rosen so the authorities have established that the communication between the two has led to rosen writing an article in two thousand and nine which said north korea planned to respond to looming u.n. sanctions with another nuclear test it's becoming obvious to journalists that the administration is now targeting not just the leakers but also reporters just recently we learned that the u.s. justice department secretly obtained two months of telephone records targeting a.p. reporters and editors work and personal phone numbers eight people leaves more than one hundred of its journalists were caught up in this surveillance week the some president hunt for leaks has had an enormous chilling effect on investigative journalism the obama administration has brought more cases against whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined journalists have seen their sources drying out as government officials are much less inclined to share these days but now we see a different probably more alarming development the government making journalists the
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subject of their investigations and it's not clear what the government expects from journalists just to copy paste whatever they say in press releases if that is the case that would be the end of our profession. well the fox news reporter case comes in the wake of revelations the u.s. government's top to the phones of a.p. journalists something agency's top executive described as a massive and unprecedented intrusion and founder of the wide awake news portal a child in the growth of. the u.s. media is paying the price for going beyond official sources. these networks that we're talking about are not new. you need opinion yet they're not known to to step outside the lines of the government press conference they use it just regurgitate exactly what the government puts out but if you have somebody that says and actually does that journalism yes you can expect retribution and i don't know who could possibly consider that and not
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a lot that way in their decision to be investigated jools well if there is a leak that could compromise national security doesn't the government have the right to do everything that they can to stop that leak but yet the government is obviously stepping away outside of that bounds you know you're talking about reporting news information that is critical for it is through the populace yes it's going to be things that can be reported that shouldn't be leaked but you're really going after the jury was to do his job and not the intercept of a dysfunctional government that we had folks in the first place now the government is investigating reporters in the hopes of finding leaks within its own ranks and you kind of touched on this just a second ago why do you think it has chosen this approach rather than looking for the source of the actually just scare the hell was a buddy who dares to stand up to the party well into the agenda large and this isn't just the obama administration it's the previous administration and it'll be
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the next administration it has control of government it's hubris at its worst and it's going to continue to rule the freedom of the people this country. well just ahead for you to stay or to go that's the question center stage of british politics euro skeptic voice is gaining ground in the u.k. so perhaps in the way in that referendum twenty seventeen expert opinion on that coming your way in a few minutes. u.k.'s conservative party also what odds over the gay marriage both those stories just around the corner. so . dangerous experiments on prisoners they want to make money and they have these healthy guinea pigs in the regular society they're not able to use prisoners many more they wish they could. drug tests on human guinea pigs.
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back now more than one hundred inmates in guantanamo have now been on hunger strike one hundred five days the drive to highlight abuse is that when a tourist detention center one prisoner was reportedly shot several times last month god miniport now has the full story now. thirty five year old detainee. was reportedly shot several times by get more guard last month his attorney ramsey cost some joins me now to speak exclusively to our team about what happened mr clawson thank you for your time. and when it was your client shot and what were the circumstances of the shooting that's how the table thirteenth of this year the bottom will military prison and the strange decided to really have six the prison
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facility at guantanamo pipeline the trollies prison. leaving conduct at that rate order to move all the prisoners a solitary confinement and that was just one additional way that the prison the station wanted to try to break the hunger strike what happened on that day according to mr allawi is that in the process he was shot without any warning for absolutely no good reason by one of the u.s. army guards had dangerously close range using rubber coated steel pellets that are only safely use outside of a certain range he was shot in five places one shot was around the heart the other shot was in his elbow another was in his shoulder and there were a couple of impact on the size particularly the shot that went to his heart the dark horse of range even a rubber coated steel pellet can penetrate skin and can be fatal the authorities are guantanamo endangered mr always like for no reason they gave him no warning they fired on him repeatedly and then following that fact they delayed the medical
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treatment that he should have received immediately as the u.s. government acknowledged that this shooting did take place absolutely and i received confirmation in writing by an e-mail from the department of justice that mr all he was sustained what they described as minor injuries but then when i heard the description from mr all we can solve it was very different from what i saw on the governance and we also received confirmation in writing from the u.s. government via e-mail that he was being force fed. that is a vial. nation of international law or fact that it is done in an unnecessarily painful and brutal way that does that prisoners are strapped down to these restraint chairs that they have to force down their nose into their stomachs there are many other ways to to feed prisoners even if those prisoners and wish to be true. and the u.s. government is again doing it in a deliberately violent way in order to break the hunger strikes correct me if i'm wrong he's been held at guantanamo. with no charges against him is that right
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that's correct the trial has never been charged with any crime we have no reason to believe that the u.s. government has any interest in charging him with an actual crime here in the real court or in a military commission the reality is that mr ali has been a blunt on a mill for over eleven years without a fair process and that's the reason he's on congress trick today u.s. president barack obama is expected to address the nation on thursday speaking about guantanamo bay at the detention center and i assume he will address this hunger strike what would you like to hear the president the united states say well i can tell you what i would not like to hear i don't want to hear a repetition of the promises that president obama has been making for years i don't want to hear that he's going to appoint some official will be the sponsible for closing guantanamo we had an official like that for years and want to animal was not closed i don't want to hear about administrative review mechanisms because we've had many before that and they didn't lead to any meaningful progress the only official who is responsible for the existence of guantanamo today as far as i'm
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concerned as far as my clients are concerned is president obama himself he needs to take concrete steps towards closing the prison and i don't believe the man i want to animal will interrupt their hunger strike unless president obama takes such concrete steps and one very obvious concrete step you can take this to begin by releasing some prisoners who are food for transfer who can be repatriated or resettled in another country like another one of my clients shakur aamer who's been approved for transfer for years the u.k. has been asking for his release that's the united states oldest and most trustworthy ally he is a very. natural for us that the president is serious about closing guantanamo we need actions we need deeds not words mr carson thank you very much for your time and i thank you. there are some other news making headlines around the world this hour twenty children are among fifty one victims of a tornado that struck the u.s. state of oklahoma taken shelter in their schools which lay in the wake of the devastating twister that wiped out whole neighborhoods another one hundred forty five casualties have been admitted to the hospitals president obama has declared
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a major disaster in oklahoma city. thousands of m.q.m. party members have rallied in the pakistani city of karate against iran can the leader of the movement for justice party spot their outrage after publicly accusing the we had no involvement in the murder of a senior member of his party. for saying the shot dead on the eve of some those controversial election. volunteer riots broke out in stockholm over the fatal police shooting of an elderly man in the capital's whose be district council footage shows gangs of use attacking a police officer cars and buildings burned in the background emergency services were forced to evacuate residents from adjacent buildings. now u.k. prime minister david cameron is jim in brussels this week to debate tax policies in
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the e.u. but at home he's facing mounting questions over whether britain should even be involved in the block's matters cameron's conservative party has issued a draft on an in out referendum and says it must be held before the end of twenty seventeen and so far opinion polls suggest the majority are likely to vote for an exit let's take a look at a survey by the barometer polling center well back in two thousand and seven they found almost half the u.k. population forty nine percent didn't trust the european bloc and the new sentiment growing in recent years a survey in twenty twelve we feel that sixty nine percent of those who took part where you are a skeptic that's feeling worry is that foreign investors are being put off by the uncertainty and the exit could result in major trade losses leader of the anti e.u. ukip party nigel farage says the u.k. should hold a referendum sooner what would be really damaging to the u.k. economy is if we'd been stupid enough to join the euro zone but thank goodness we said no otherwise we'd be in
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a very similar state to many of the mediterranean countries today so that was the first big good decision that we lead now i do understand the argument about it. even though i very much take the view that trade will go on between britain and the rest of europe completely out of exit. because union after all european countries sell far more goods to us that we do to them but i do understand that anything where you're told because we had forty five years debate on the subject could lead to. all of which really reinforces my view that what cameron has done here is to attempt to kick this issue off into the long grass and that really we've got to have a referendum to sort this issue out before the next general election. well with the eurozone struggling to dig itself out of recession and trust the politicians hitting record lows legislators in brussels have found time to tackle some unexpected issues has nothing to do with the debt crisis migration or social
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welfare dining khorassan dipping bowls speech all of it has more. from the start of next year the european dining experience is set for a small change that could have potentially huge implications after that deadline restaurants won't be able to serve all of oil from small bottles like this that can be topped up they going to have to service from sealed bottles that can't be refilled now this is being put into law from brussels by the european union and it's going to come into effect as i say from the first of january next year now to talk more about this and what it actually means i'm joined by steve meissner from the german political organization a party of reason steve see you surely has bigger things to worry about than this right now i would think so this seems to be almost like a caricature of the you with their with their constant meddling and small problems and making small problems into big problems that you would think they would have
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enough to do with the euro currency problems and the debt crisis in southern europe but no if you only go having to start your english you know restaurants and what they can serve an open car ah. it's sort of the joke really it also it just smacks of a lack of self-awareness the e.u. is under attack from many different sides you've got people in britain wanting to pull out of the union and they go and live up to the stereotype of bonkers brussels bureaucracy and make legislation about all of oil as it does seem to be a real lack of self-awareness that is what are the things used to have too much time in the hands perhaps many of the problems when you aren't even big enough that they still have energy and tax money and very craft to spare to expend on silly experiments like this or believe programs like this we really have to cut down the whole size of the broccoli that they have don't have that much money and be that many bureaucrats so they can't even come up with the all these harebrained
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schemes in the first place this is definitely not something that needs to be done on the international you wide basis how we're going to serve our all of oil in the restaurant i mean i don't see the need for it at all so there we go steve mice to thank very much for talking to us all of oil topping the list of topics that the e.u. deem needs their attention right now. by the meantime our online team is working twenty four seven to ride you with the best stories and pictures on our website check out what saudi dot com right now tara blocked and the type in moscow is suspected militants are surrounded in a house near the russian capital twenty dot com to find out more about the raid. another quick way online more revelations from wiki leaks julian a stand he says attempts to extradite him on the way or fit up. you can't imagine as messages to r.t. dot com and from the story. the u.k.
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david cameron faces further dissent from within the ranks of his conservative party and some m.p.'s try to scupper the government by proposing straight couples be allowed civil rights it was rival labor party support that save the prime minister a divisive issue a london correspondent sarah firth has the chance. this is a real headache for the prime minister he could be about to have the worst possible start to his week with the potential for a house of commons to be over one of his flagship policies that of equal marriage that's fact being debated over the next two days in the house of commons one of the things things abated one of the amendments is this extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples are that stream dubbed the wrecking amendments so is cool because if it's very soon three that could be set to delay or possibly even the rail the equal marriage bill all together so a huge amounts of debate that we're seeing this morning around this this is really
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going to hinge on what the labor party what the liberal democrats decide to do in this state because it's not just the conservative party that we've seen i carry out this infighting over this issue the concern at the labor and the liberal democrats is that a very actually in favor of extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples t. that this would tidy up the legislation of course that's quite confusing though because if they join the conservatives who are going to vote for that amendment by and large who oppose equal marriage altogether then they could be participating in as we said delaying this bill so there's a huge amount of its buts and maybes to surround ingo well this is an issue that was being debated across your front cities become the ninth country legalized gay marriage certainly a controversial piece of legislation here in the u.k. for the prime minister but one that he said he's standing firm by now it says it
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will appeal to the core base is that the conservative party is desperate to get on side the younger softer image the conservative party trying to forward despite the dissent from their own party now they say the sense to say that this is simply an attempt to detract from some of the much more. important is she is right now the facing the vote is that when the vote is put forth what they see as a priority it's not about equal marriage it's about issues like the economy about europe about immigration these are issues that many quasi weeks activists still are not being addressed within their own policy or bend harris quiney from the british right wing policy center the bow group says the gay marriage debate distracts public attention from the real problems facing the u.k. i have no idea why david cameron bought gay marriage forward in this way because it's tearing the conservative party apart both in parliament but probably more
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significantly in the membership of the conservative party there really wasn't a great demand for it in a country in which facing the real crisis was the growth of britain's position in the world and their economy now to distract from that agenda to spend an ordinary amount of time on a bill like this that is going to cause severe ructions in the conservative party and in the country as a whole is frankly a sleeper's on. but next we go beyond the mainstream headlines and talk all things finance in prime interest stay with us. the news sigrid laboratory to mccurdy was able to build a new its most sophisticated robot which all unfortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tunes mission to teach music creation why it should care
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stories that impact your life choose the access to your office. good afternoon and welcome to prime interest i'm perry and boring here in washington d.c. and here's the story that i've been tracking today. we are now versed and everything in corn although you can't touch the digital perfect zero currency producer bob inglis and i flew out of san jose over the weekend and reached out to the eleven one hundred ten b.'s and sponsors for the first major bitcoin conference we have several interviews from bitcoin millionaires and best there is and developers that will be sharing over the next few weeks today we're going to
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feature the c.e.o. of instant charlie will explain just how do you view it is to buy it quickly moving on those who are facing foreclosure by wells fargo and citi group might be able to breathe a little sigh of relief the two bain giants have halted most of their foreclosure sales and several states this is after the federal reserve and the office of the comptroller of the currency issue new a guideline will this joint jam the housing inventory pipeline once again we're going to discuss this and more with michael richards and he's a contributor to the motley fool and tomorrow's the big day at j.p. morgan that will decide whether or not jamie diamond will be stripped of his chairmanship but some shareholders are crying foul and have called on the security and exchange commission to enter green this is after a company called broadridge which is supposed to provide updates on shareholder votes suddenly stopped reporting this information on friday. and finally out.


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