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as daily violence in iraq brings the body count to record levels now to investigate said another legacy of the u.s. invasion you're radian contamination that's wrecking the lives of those born after all. egyptian army clashes with muslim brotherhood supporters rival rallies raged throughout the country leaving over eighty dead while on the sinai peninsula military launches a crackdown on supposed to extremists. the syrian national coalition talks peace with the u.n. and bargains for weapons but the u.s. despite fears the hardware will be snatched by terror groups swarming the country. diplomatic wrangling would snowden takes a new turn as washington rules out the death penalty for the ban on the expose that spying secrets he's still stuck in transit
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a moscow airport. hello and welcome this is the weekly with me kevin i went out surrounded by the top stories of the last seven days here on r.t. and another week of college in iraq has seen the number of people killed in the last seven days rise to two hundred twelve in july alone a staggering eight hundred people lost their lives in the country has become a breeding ground for terrorists since the us led invasion a decade ago that war not only left iraq plagued with daily violence but it also left a disturbing legacy of contamination which has led to birth defects. investigates. one hundred sixty kilometers south of baghdad the sacred shiite city is known for its holy shrines and is surrounded by one of the largest cemeteries in the world
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some of the heaviest fighting of the iraq war took place amid these graves its legacy still haunts the residents it was born with severe birth defects he's only eight months old but the doctors don't expect him to live past his first birthday. i felt these that you were no hook the noose around mount to his office in the taxi . but for his mother layla there's no escaping the reality her son has a nervous system disorder and his muscles are slowly wasting away. it's a recurring nightmare for leila and her husband three of their children were also born with congenital deformity as none of them survived and while they don't have proof they believe the radioactive ammunition used by american forces during the war is to blame the rule isn't over yet if they're americans are gone but with fear
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of suffering from the consequences and spiraling numbers of birth defects and high miscarriage rates have also been reported in fallujah and basra where american and british forces used heavy munitions at the start of the war but our visit to knowledge off revealed that the phenomenon may be far more widespread in the law than previously known dr sundin's and saif is one of the few scientists who's been documenting cancer and birth defects here and she says as in the midst of a growing health catastrophe. after the start of the iraq war rates of cancer leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically in a job we believe is because of the legal rep and like that we do few raney i'm at hospitals here cancer is more common than the. depleted uranium or d. you cuts through armor like a hot knife through butter more than four hundred tons of it is estimated to have been used in the two iraq wars the vast majority by u.s. forces the pentagon did not respond to our request for comment but the military generally denies any link between exposure and cancer or birth defects it also says
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deal weapons are only used to penetrate enemy tanks but a new report funded by the norwegian government. was used against civilian targets in populated areas in the scribe's one incident in najaf where a bradley armored fighting vehicle for three hundred five d.-u. rounds in a single engagement. the heavy fighting may be over but in nearly every street we visited in this neighborhood multiple cases of cancer and children with deformities no one knows what's making people here sick the families want answers and they want to help us of is old enough for school but have to be cared for as if he's a toddler he can't walk he can't speak he can't even go to the bathroom on his own use of brother is healthy but the family has two other children one severely deformed the other with a hole in her spine like many of the couples in this city are simply too afraid to have another baby and they're left feeling totally abandoned no one cares about
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what's happening to the other families in this area even our own government doesn't do anything to help what can we do this is our fate it's a fate that many and not just suffer in silence. help with their lives in the decades since the u.s. led invasion all across the country their memories are honored in cemeteries like this one the dead may be the most visible reminder of the human cost of the war but if the living victims of that war talk who are still paying the price. iraq. talk to crispus p.c.p. one of most outspoken scientists researching the impact of depleted uranium he described to us what he discovered in iraq's water we went to we found the levels of concern about formation and cancer and we looked at the parents of the children with congenital malformation and we did analysis of their hair to see what was inside the head that might be do you know toxic might be the sort of thing that
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could cause congenital malformation and the only thing that we found was you raney and we found your brain even the hair of the mothers of the children that congenital malformation is now that we know that you're a nym is you know toxic that it causes these these levels of genetic damage and and because of that it also causes cancer so you can work slowly back from that towards the rain you know the only the only source of uranium was the use by the american forces american led forces of uranium weapons not only depleted uranium weapons as we later found slightly enriched uranium weapons which we believe they were using in order to cover their tracks still coming up on the program this morning israelis to get their say on whether to move towards peace with the palestinians later we report on how prime minister netanyahu government wants any potential decision to go to a referendum and it's hurry in parliament to get it going also to the people of mali of that in large numbers to elect a president but there are fears logistical problems could undermine the votes
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credibility. next though the northern city of port side at least one person has been killed in around thirty injured in overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president mohamed morsi now that follows brutal clashes in cairo that left over seventy dead muslim brotherhood supporters claim another sixty people are on life support after being deliberately targeted by troops bell true as the latest from cairo. i went back to the city in. the violence it ended and spoke to many of the eyewitnesses and also the medics running these very makeshift hospitals inside the city and speaking to eyewitnesses they told me that about a few hundred of then i decided to extend their sittin down the main road toward sequel to the bridge which is a major thoroughfare and about one o'clock or two back in the morning at this point so security forces attempted to disperse them using take ass off to this they say
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they reported cartouche which is the pilots and also an off the bat they then were fired on with live ammunition which went on until nine o'clock in the morning leaving dozens dead speaking to the medics they said by about four five o'clock in the morning they started to get the bodies in with ammunition weans mostly to the chest neck and head they say implying this was the shoot to kill now this is the duty forces for their part denying that the protesters say they were not on top of the ministry of interior said saturday evening that the protesters were armed and shot back at them including injuring several of the soldiers they maintain they did not fire on any protest is only used tear gas when it was in fact the protesters themselves because the most of the violence so we really don't have any confirmation of how this exactly stone states convert looking at the wounds of the people on the sheer number of dead it does imply that live ammunition misuse and muslim brotherhood have said they will stay put in their sit ins and they will keep
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protesting to fight for justice and also for the reinstatement of mohamed morsy the military for that part maintaining that they will create these sit ins and the minister of interior released a statement to staff today saying that it is working together with the minutes three to devise a plan to leave these citizens on using legal means they say however this is being slammed by rights groups who say it's not possible to legally players sit in the how being phased they would be for the violence because we've. seen such a heavy handed response from the military and the police force towards these protesting so it's very divided egypt extremely tense with expected violence on the horizon the chaos has prompted the u.s. to suspend example she's working cairo meantime the egyptian army says it's killed ten extra missing arrested twenty others in the sinai peninsula and it's deployed heavy weaponry and aviation in the area to crack down on terrorist forces it follows a spike in attacks on soldiers and police they say in the wake of president morsi
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overthrow or highways leading to from sun i've been blocked now to prevent history misses scaping there are an estimated five hundred militants in the area heavily armed and ready to use civilians as human shields is speculated that some of them are muslim brotherhood supporters that have decided to take up arms and fight the military critical sociologist dr side said dec told us the army operations part of a drive to weaken support for the user base movement. in the last three years there were many campaigns by the egyptian army companies that not succeeded very well for many reasons one of them is that when president morsi who came to power he released many of the. sinai and despite the ideologically different from the muslim brotherhood. the popular uprising that led to who was not welcomed by sinai and militants who made the bell you are now an army hope that you would be able to eradicate them once and for all this me take time because the
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sinai is a huge it's not that easy but at least it would give give the activity for a long time not only again as it is in the interest of the whole world that they support the egyptian military campaign against terrorism in north sinai. syria's armed oppositions once again urged the u.s. to start sending weapons to its fighters the syrian national coalition made this the main focus of its meeting with u.s. secretary of state john kerry on thursday the next day the delegation switched to a non-lethal agenda or an informal session with the un security council were agreed to take part in the next geneva peace conference but as artie's paul scott explains the diplomatic efforts will have much bearing on the rebel movement as a whole. while the opposition are united in their desire to overthrow president bashar al assad that seems to be where their similarity ends the syrian national coalition is the umbrella group recognized internationally as the legitimate representative of the syrian people but they don't represent all factions opposed
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to a sad one group operating out of their control for example is the al qaeda linked al nusra front the coalition say they've hijacked the revolution or they've been classed by many in the west as a terrorist organization elsewhere a separate syrian group to be eighty two al qaida helped facilitate a jailbreak in iraq freeing high ranking al qaeda operatives infiltrated by foreign fighters on this news agenda seem separate from out of the coalition and it's even led to infighting on f.s.a. commander was killed by a rival group and the f.s.a. feel they could soon be fighting on two fronts but when we use the phrase opposition exactly who are we talking about well the coalition alone is made up of at least eleven different groups including the muslim brotherhood who have recently called on the us and the e.u. to send arms in the battle with assad while only offering loose guarantees they won't fall into extremist hands there's also the coalition of secular and democratic syrians the syrian democratic people's party supreme council of the
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syrian revolution and so it goes on the disparate nature of the syrian opposition combined with the presence of islamic extremists means any nation looking to support the rebels are walking a continual tight rope with very few guarantees that any military support won't backfire and actually encourage the one thing that trying to fight elsewhere. the days and weeks of big stories coming up with me kevin owen after this quick break. nobody chooses to me holds only chills is to me of how sorrow. is it was for the show to. get in the six pm get out six beat six. they were in. school. to me the class people in the.
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days were against her. it's tough to think about all of that comes to us and to know that many may not have only been the last. should never be but there are also due to foreclosures that never should have. these ready cabinets approved the release of a hundred four palestinian prisoners the issue had been
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a key sticking points in the way of reviving peace talks which are expected to resume now on monday night israeli politicians have also given the go ahead to a bill which if passed will put any outcome of those negotiations to a referendum where all the smarties paulus leo. well the israeli parliament adjourns this week for their summer recess and what this means is that there will be no legislation able to be passed in this country for at least a few months the israeli cabinet has approved this bill that requires any future peace deal with the palestinians to be put to a referendum now the prime minister's office issued a statement in which had said and i'm quoting that it is important that on such historic decisions every citizen should vote directly this is not a question about supporting a palestinian state but what it is a question about is supporting land swaps which would affect a future palestinian state what we're talking about here is jerusalem we're talking about parts of land within the green line but we're not talking about the west bank
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and the settlement blocks there but it is at the same time worth noting that this fall was pushed by a predominantly rightwing government it was pushed by the right wing members of his government meaning that they might be counting on the israeli public to not give its nod to giving land towards a future palestinian state and it might be a way for them of putting another hurdle in the path to a palestinian state i think it's fair to say that most israelis do support negotiations with the palestinians this coming tuesday it is expected that since two thousand and ten there will now be a resumption of direct negotiations between the israelis and palestinians in washington but when you talk about a palestinian independent state the latest opinion polls do suggest that the majority of israelis do support the two state solution but only if israel does not have to give major land swaps and of course that is the contentious issue now the government is seeking urgent approval of this with a random bill it is asking parliament to fast track its passage we do expect that
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this coming wednesday it will be brought to the knesset for a first reading. in one of the westberg security forces plus to that very super test against the resumption of peace talks with israel. three people were injured is offices used battens to disperse angry crowds negotiations have been rejected by from us officials in gaza who say only israel stands to benefit. while america's most wanted whistleblower sits it out still at a moscow airport it seems has become something of a bargaining chip between russia and the united states washington promises to be the execute all torture edward snowden the man who exposed its worldwide surveillance tactics should he be handed back to the u.s. moscow those says there are actually no legal grounds for his expulsion right now lindsey france picks up this ongoing story. the world's media and u.s. law enforcement may not be chasing edward snowden from country to country at this point but there is plenty of chasing going on at the airport and there's no sign of
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it slowing down as the weeks passed the kremlin has stuck to its guns on allowing snowden to stay as long as he does not harm the united states by disclosing any more information tension mounted wednesday when reports emerge that snowden's russian advisor anatoly could chat and was in route to share the metro airports terminal with documents allowing snowden's temporary release from the transit zone while his asylum bid is considered but he showed up toting a brown paper bag filled with nothing more than new clothes and a few copies of russian classics translated to english along with some rather dismal news for snowden the paperwork was delayed. it would using weighty mode now we can all imagine how he feels being unaware of what's ahead of him and whether he'll get a yes or no answer from the russian authorities and procedures can take up to three months anyway he's very grateful to russia which didn't abandon him and to the
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people who were trying to help him needless to say snowden was nowhere in sight for the media's hungry lenses meanwhile the game of diplomatic ping pong gets better and better while russia allows snowden's remain in the transit zone the white house demands he's returned without delay the kremlin returns the volley by pointing out the absence of an extradition treaty with washington u.s. ambassador to russia then takes to twitter claiming they're not asking for extradition just to return russia points out the absence of an international law requiring a return secretary of state john kerry calls snowden a traitor to his country russia states part of the reason for sheltering snowden is worried that he could face capital punishment it's then that u.s. attorney general eric holder pens a letter to russia's justice ministry no torture no execution russia points the fact that snowden has been stripped of his passport he can't travel to which. holder scrambles to offer a temporary passport for direct travel to the secure embrace of american law enforcement the kremlin is unmoved while the white house asks for clarification on
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snowden status i think edward snowden has really been in many ways a hero and he has sacrificed his entire future i think as an american how much it's clear he loves this country he will never again see the golden gate bridge or the blue ridge mountains or the grand canyon all the things that we americans take for granted other irons in the fire congress accelerated a bill applying sanctions to any country offering asylum to edward snowden and some hawkish senators are calling for everything from a change of venue for september's g twenty summit in st petersburg to a boycott by the u.s. olympic team of the twenty fourteen winter games in sochi outside the states there are plenty of people lining up to make sure snowden is not thrown to the washington walls anytime soon it's important that people from whatever government can say i think my government has been doing wrong and has been breaching people's human
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rights and i need to apply for asylum in order to be able to speak out about it is while all sides battle it out back and forth back and forth where is there squarely he's quietly hanging out in duty free or possibly something through his new copy of dostoyevsky's crime and punishment that it should be metro airport in moscow lindsey france r t. or lot of artsy dog combs horn contamination sounds mounting in japan water radiation levels of reached as high as they were but now it's twenty eleven just off the nuclear disaster more about online and always in the sky is pretty much the growth of satellite surveillance program and it's raising major previously concerns we've had two or three dot com for the full story. voting is now finished malise presidential election where large numbers turned out to. ballots major organizational problems have been reported in the north with many people unable to find the right polling stations and many of the hof
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a million people forced from their homes by violence some long running instability were unable to vote and store in gerald holmes says molly simply was not prepared for the election not ready at all for example to take the electoral role for example the list of voters it's unclear why did the fact that there are so many refugees and internally displaced persons put it this way if i were in northern mali or because i'm to go to a polling station it was not so long ago that these militant so-called islamicist were actually ruling that part of the country we recall the devastation they wreak the havoc they reach in terms of beating women in the streets in terms of destroying valuable manuscripts stretching back centuries that basically revealed the intellectual firepower that then existed in that part of africa it seems to me that it's election in many ways is going to be an uncertain in to an uncertain enterprise. and the end of it thought through investigative journalist kohl when he says it's clear what results from this want to from the election. the candidate be
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there walk away he's got the wire body or he represents national interests he represents has a popular past behind him but he hasn't had to really to or getting isis or is the opposite the elections that in the last saw how it would be a success it was a parasitic candidate a lot of people having these you can be said initially you have many many problems that people if you can't see it very quickly they haven't been able to vote and there's been very big debate about this is that he was better out there major war. was a national brief a small of three powerful explosions rocked eastern the city big garci gloves reportedly targeted to law courts and the justice ministry office no immediate information on casualties still but i witnesses report extensive damage it comes a day after over a thousand inmates escaped from a local prison. bahrain's parliament's approved
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a ban on all protests in the capital the justice ministry called for tougher measures against escalating anti-government anger on saturday a blast in the country injured three police officers during a series of anti-government attacks bahrain's we are witnessing arab spring protests for more than two years now with the ruling family accused of violent crackdowns of human rights abuses against shia muslims. president putin is in the crimea for russia's navy day the region in southern ukraine is home to russia's black sea fleet and the visit follows on from the president's tour to mark the unity of orthodox christians coinciding with the arrival of a holy sit down drew cross relic in kiev but the side for the festivities and the friendly talks between the two countries' leaders there are stumbling blocks as a ridiculous found out. russian president vladimir putin and ukrainian president viktor going to have carried on the celebrations marking the anniversary of christian with a major christian a relic. of the cross of st andrew brought from greece to kiev with hundreds
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of thousands of people coming to pay their respects and of course to take part in this really really important orthodox event it's not just faith and orthodox that united russia and ukraine as both presidents of russia and ukraine have mentioned over the past couple of days and several times it's their cultural. of course religious and economic ties which go back for centuries and now is the fleet there have been has been increasing movement towards westernisation in ukraine some of the political elite believe should side with your up there are some who believe that russia is looking to encroach upon ukraine's independence for example during his duties in kiev on saturday there has been and. rally by the nationalist movement others are questioning whether it is something the great ukraine really should be doing because it is risking to lose its independence since ukraine really it's historically and culturally closer to russia and may not be. me not really
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fits with the european lifestyle which has been a kind of under which has been undergoing several changes for example the adoption of gay marriage laws and of course the economic crisis not necessarily something that ukraine could be looking at and finding very attractive. good morrow. great programs lined up next we look at the every day. story. i've got a big question for you how stupid can stupid terrorist paranoia get according to four progressive stuck on the texas department of public safety demanded that any
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women entering the state senate hand over any tampons or pads before entering wow so why would they do this are they really that scared that some terrorists are playing a sneak a bomb into the place at any cost according to news that yahoo dot com the official reason is that they're afraid of people using projectiles as a form of protest against a law that would really restrict abortions oh well no i kind of see where you have bush it is an issue that people really get furious over now it kind of all makes sense but what what's that they're afraid of projectiles but people with guns were allowed to take them into the senate are you kidding me and i think the second amendment does a lot more good than harm by i think it goes without saying that for women to concealed carry their hygiene items they should need a permit or permission from anyone but that's just my opinion.
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