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a moscow suburb turns into a battleground after the killing of a local man it fuels massive anti immigrant riots with almost four hundred arrested . us government shutdown sparks angry scenes in washington is the world bank warns the deadlock is just days away from causing a global financial catastrophe. blast ripped through damascus one targeting a government t.v. station the other goes off near the hotel where the chemical weapons inspection team is staying we have the latest report from damascus. and in the weeks news whistleblower edward snowden raises the head above the parapet as he made his first public appearance in months outlining the modern day threats to privacy.
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three am in moscow i match reza bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news massive riots have shaken a neighborhood in the south of moscow where crowds spilled onto the streets after the killing of a local man almost four hundred people arrested as mobs went on a rampage protesters claim the uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants as turning the area into a big crime scene. reports from the troubled neighborhood. in the southern moscow all available moscow police crews had been called to this area to try to calm down the on the rest this was the scene of violent clashes between protesters and riot police following a demonstration over the murder of a young local man here they stormed a shopping center they also came here broke up a vegetable stand and what you're seeing right now massive damage to cars completely flipped over in
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a show of anger when this group of young men had come here clashing with riot police in what sparked all of this was again the murder of a young man by local police on migrant worker not confirmed evidence on thursday he was stabbed to death after a quarrel over his girlfriend by an unidentified male and to have fled the scene police have offered an award of up to thirty five thousand dollars for any information leading up to his arrest starting tomorrow i want you to intensify the work on bringing the stories industrial areas to their constant source of tension. especially in the neighboring areas of murder did spark a mass of tensions in a neighborhood that's already been seeing some problems between russians and some ethnic minorities over the past few months reporting from southern moscow for our team. turning to the u.s. now warnings have sounded that the country is now in danger of dragging the global
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economy down amid the ongoing standoff on capitol hill the world bank's chief calls situation desperate saying there is an impending disaster if the u.s. doesn't raise its debt ceiling and avoid default that is unless lawmakers and two weeks of gridlock that scene hundreds of thousands placed on paid leave in vast swathes of the government shutdown meanwhile eyeing her over the continuing standoff has led to protests at the u.s. capitol take a look. the group of veterans accompanied by politicians converged on the world war two memorial in the heart of washington it was closed to visitors during the shutdown like other national monuments and parks the crowd broke through the metal barricade those surrounding the landmark and then carry pieces of the fence to the gates of the white house and the obama protesters made the landmark a rallying point blaming the white house for continuing the impasse in budget negotiations and the impact of the political crisis is widening with each passing day. i reports. u.s. president barack obama's signature health care legislation is supposed to provide
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millions of americans with the medical coverage they desperately need but the political debate over obamacare has also ironically created a life or death situation for hundreds of citizens for each week the shutdown continues roughly two hundred patients cannot be accepted for clinical treatment at the national institutes of health that's nearly four hundred sick americans desperately in need of medical treatment and the and i says among the patients being turned away includes roughly thirty people with cancer and many of them being children about seventy five percent of and i was employees thousands of people have reportedly been furloughed because of washington's self-inflicted shutdown as a result michelle langbehn who is battling sir coma a rare form of cancer was supposed to begin receiving medical treatments at the beginning of this month until the october first shutdown forced and i to
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temporarily turn her away langbehn a new mother started an online petition to put pressure on congress to reopen the government the movement has garnered more than one hundred thousand signatures in an interview with r.t. langbehn says she's been able to restart her treatments after receiving financial donations but says hundreds of other people in her position have been denied a chance to live because of washington's political partisanship it's a matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just an air taishan for us i have heard a couple of instances where they find that this is just the game between them and it's a matter of winning and i'd like to say that it's not a matter of when or lose i mean it's a please listen to the people and know that it's affecting so many us leaders who have the power to change this situation have so far failed to agree on a budget a political deadlock leaving the lives of cancer stricken adults and children in limbo reporting from new york. r.t.
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. or out american academic in a left wing political commentator noam chomsky told us he thinks the us has turned into a one party state ruled by big business. in the history of parliamentary democracy it's interesting to see what's happened. there have been significant economic changes in the past generation where the economy struck. but one of the sets of the st jude's specifically the neo liberal programs and they're having the same kind of effect there were. the. direct will to very narrow so there's increasing inequality it was an immediate effect on politics in the parliament democracy is higher because it's more concentrated political power at those as well so i know elections are
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almost boy it's so plutocracy. both political parties are to the right of the us it's a one party state the business party still ahead this hour on our team a global day of action against radically modified crops is biotech firm monsanto faces a backlash from consumers who say they're scared of their health that's coming your way in ten minutes. but first edward snowden has returned to the media spotlight this week breaking the silence for the first time since july we can weeks released a video where he's seen getting an award for integrity in intelligence work by a group of fellow u.s. whistleblowers in moscow are going off reports. for over two months this footage of edward snowden leaving moscow's sheremetyevo airport was the only evidence he's alive well and in russia since after getting in that cab the only thing we're told about him is that he's somewhere in a safe place well this week america's most wanted man returned so the public
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snowden appeared on camera meeting other former u.s. security service officials turned whistleblowers they flew into moscow toward him with the same atoms prize for intelligence and integrity the enemy of whistleblower awards. this time snowden leaks his personal view on the fate of those spilling official secrets it's let us know what you know relationship think of where we stand in an executive order just on the last. night. live to come. on but they'll stop at nothing to curse someone all the courtly around the whistle blowers who would have him paid a visit to our moscow studio as well but it was a long awaited family reunion that was likely to have been the highlight of his week i cannot speak for my son and really the legal issues his father mr snowden
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senior was finally able to make it to moscow after months of being separated from his son washing his feet played out in global headlines well i don't want to really share my opinions at this point in time i'm shipley thankful that my son is shaffer and free free in russia but wanted at home before arriving in the transit zone of moscow's sheremetyevo airport the former n.s.a. contractor leaked thousands of documents with details of how u.s. security services spy on officials and ordinary people all across the world washington has been calling for his extradition accusing him of espionage but russia granted snowden temporary asylum lawyer say his father may not be the only family member heading over to visit since it's really unclear why. the former n.s.a. contractor will ever be able to return to the u.s. again you want to skim off the moscow public authority and say whistleblowers fate was up for discussion in our studio this week we interviewed a group of former u.s.
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officials who exposed a few secrets in the past and who are in moscow to present snowden with his award it is guessed how the american fugitive is getting used to his new life in russia and what his main concerns were i think doing remarkably well under the circumstances in which he came here and we've we've obviously came to find out personally i was you know what are you looking at these days. i thought he looked great he seemed very centered and and. brilliant smart funny very engaged. i thought he looked very well considering the amount of pressure. do you think that's taking any toll on your psychological toll i think it would in ordinary circumstances but this is an extraordinary person he's made his peace with what he did he's convinced that he put he did was right he has no regrets and he's willing to face whatever the future holds for him is not the person you saw in front of you colin yes actually we discuss this intel integrity and intelligence
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issue quite extensively and we talked about prior examples of great people in history that had themselves been under this type of pressure and he's remarkably centered i found that continuing pattern the more secret the us became and the more we grew into a surveillance state the more people who were willing to just do their job and tell the truth and obey ethics rules were getting in trouble so while i suffered i was under criminal investigation and put on the no fly list things like that i thought were very draconian i could never have imagined in a million years that president obama would begin indicting and prosecuting people like thomas drake and edward snowden and bradley manning and john kiriakou and a number of other people under the espionage act which is the most serious charge you could level against an american what was the reaction from snowden last night when you told him that he'd won this civil war he already knew because we awarded
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to two months ago the problem was getting it to him and it is our tradition starting with colin that we physically present. it sort of like it and me or not what it is is a candlestick holder for someone who has shown the right light into the dark corners. so he knew what he was he didn't know about the candlestick holder you know that he had received the award and you know we were coming and the reception we got was just so far warming it was a person who now realizes that he has very senior people alumni you know some of the size and very same senior people who speak for a lot of people still within these organizations that admired greatly what edward snowden has done and hopefully will summon the courage to follow his example. artie also discussed snowden situation with julian a song to the wiki leaks co-founder explaining why he thinks in journalism helping snowden could be in danger that full interview on our website r.t.
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dot com back with more news after a short break stay with us. millions around the globe struggle with hunger each. one of someone offers a lifetime food supply no charge. against and we think that's. pretty cool. there is no. evidence any problem with genetic engineering which. is free cheese. and.
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golden rice. thanks for staying with us fourteen minutes past the hour two massive blast tore through damascus one of them apparently targeting the hotel where the chemical weapon removal team is staying paullus leader reports from near the site of one of the explosions. two massive blasts have ripped the heart of the syrian capital damascus they happened just minutes apart at the square which is not far from the syrian state t.v. building as well as the hotel where foreign experts are staying now these experts have been in the country for a little more than two weeks they are investigating syria's chemical weapons
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stockpile we are some two hundred meters from the scene of these blasts and in the last hour the ambulances have been here in forward and backwards we can still smell this heavy explosiveness in the air and we're starting to see dramatic footage of did bodies on the pavements in front of the syrian state t.v. building at the same time there is a massive fire as you can well imagine there's a lot of confusion the crowds are gathering and the this part of the city is in lockdown all checkpoints in and out have been closed this is a hotspot just hours ago there was a warning posted online by armed rebels warning that they going to target the syrian state t.v. building and just yesterday they were mortar bombs that were fired at this hotel where the foreign experts are staying now all of this comes just hours after syria's top opposition group announced its refusal to take part in peace talks in
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geneva the mood in the syrian capital as you can well imagine is one of extreme nervousness confusion and trepidation. meanwhile the red cross has announced that seven of its workers were kidnapped by gunmen on sunday in northern syria earlier we spoke with berlin based journalist an expert on the crisis men well oxon a writer who thinks rebels aren't interested in negotiations and would do everything they can to prolong your own risk. we had this already in the past we think we know that you were an employee e's where. we had the u.n. inspector team which was investigating and got. a couple of weeks ago which we are attacked by sniper fire so it's not in the interest it's not at all in the interest of the so-called armed opposition those teams can go to we don't want there is coming a calm time of agreements and. negotiations this is what they want to
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prevent and they will prevent it with clients on our web site r.t. dot com a new report revealing an apparent conflict the conflict of interest behind some public debate or military intervention in syria several major us media outlets accused of talking to nearly two dozen gets about a military action against damascus while failing to reveal experts connection with the defense industry online pretty tales on that plus. a case of selling off the family jewels on a grand scale italy planning to put many historic castles villas even a venetian island on sale in the mid to plug holes in the country's budget the full story. activists around the world had rallies as part of a global day of action against genetically modified foods for him biotech giant monsanto bearing the brunt of their anger some four hundred cities across the world from australia to the united states involved protesters say the crops grown from seeds
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made by the company could be dangerous to human health peter all over reports from berlin where hundreds turned out to put pressure on the g.m.o. food industry. well what we've seen is that demonstrates is all around the world not just here in germany coming out to say no to genetically modified foods people saying that they don't have the dangers that it could pose that they write for human consumption over two million people turned out on the streets across the globe in may of this year for a similar demonstration to find out why people are demonstrating against g.m. foods saying no to. talk to. thank us correct. what could be the potential hazards of g.m. foods genetically modified foods have been on the market for about fifteen years now and only last year we've seen the first long term animal study from france and i have the pictures here we're showing the rats that were fed these are the corn
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that is genetically modified for their lifetime all animal studies until then have been for ninety days only and usually not much shows in those ninety days even though there are subtle signs of organ damage even in ninety days but in two years . the lifetime a life time of a rat is shortened they have massive organ damage. to immerse in the female rats and that is really really frightening recently a study from australia has shown that pigs that are fed these products get massive stomach ulcers and in north america where a lot of people live a lot shorter life than in europe and the health care system is burdened by seventeen percent costs of g.d.p. . more and more people have chronic stomach upset which i have seen in my practice and it's probably in part to do with the genetically modified foods which are for the average consumer in about sixty to seventy percent of their food products from the supermarket how does not transfer to what we see in humans while in humans the
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effects will only not show for another twenty years speak. much longer lifes. and then a rot so if we are waiting for a cancer to show as a result of cheer most we've got to wait or we should just shut this down to see sings properly thank you very much a huge issue and what we're seeing here in berlin as well as around the world is people coming out and saying no to genetically modified foods. riot police dispersed a protest against the sunni monarchy in bahrain's capital manama the rally started at the funeral of a shia detainee who died in a prison hospital security forces reportedly use buckshot tear gas and sound grenades and injuring several demonstrators dr not the head of but the bahraini and rehabilitation antiviolence organization says police often target shia funerals it's getting like a common practice by security forces that you're knows the off
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be patient specially the dead one is this really two political. comedy and does that make you ease the mass. joining the if you know there are many. attack and happen at the common practice. taking a look at some other stories making global headlines a stampede on a bridge in a hindu temple in northern india killed at least one hundred ten pilgrims more than one hundred others also injured as huge crowds huge crowds attended a religious festival reports say police to restore order that caused even greater panic stampede started when a group started a rumor that the bridge was about to collapse in order to speed up lining up to enter the temple. in iraq at least forty two people killed dozens wounded in multiple bomb attacks across the country most of the blahs happening in busy markets and bus stations not clear yet who is behind the killings but militant
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groups including al qaida i've carried out similar attacks in the past according to the u.n. more than five thousand people have been killed this year alone in militant attacks . the israeli army has discovered an almost two kilometer long tunnel running under the border from gaza into its territory country's defense minister said it's possible it could be used to prepare for militant attacks the final trigger the cancellation of crucial construction and humanitarian materials to the palestinian territory hamas said the move is intended to continue what it calls the israeli siege that's been in place since two thousand and seven. having amassed a three trillion dollar war chest chinese firms have gone shopping have gone on a shopping offensive in europe over the weekend is reported that beijing is on the brink of a multi-billion dollar deal to snap up shares of the u.k.'s nuclear industry not even london's iconic a black cabs have been spared the interest of cash rich chinese businessmen as
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artie's polly boyko reports. this time last year it looked like the iconic london cab would be consigned to the history books after it's made because the financially troubled london taxi company went into administration chinese manufacturer g.t. which already owns volvo stepped in and bought the company for eleven million pounds the factory is now back in business this part of the assembly process is called the marriage of the carriage where the shape of the tag. meets with the shafi of the taxi fare but it's the marriage between the chinese manufacturer and he on the london taxi company that managed to save a british icon from going out of production g.-d's pledged to invest a hundred and fifty million pounds into the coventry based business over the next five years promising to create jobs and develop new engines to future really previously when we were an independent company with the financial resources to
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continue to develop the product as we would like to. view. the ability to develop. i wish we could have only dreamed of financial analysts have called it a win win situation the london cab comes back from the brink of extinction while a major chinese manufacturer gets to invest in an exciting new project but what does it say about the state of british industry business secretary vince cable called the chinese buyout a clear demonstration of the strength of the british car industry but the london cap is just the basis generosity of businesses being sold off to foreign companies cadres chocolate is now american. indian and the british airports authority spanish to some it represents a hollowing out of corporate britain and i'm happy that it's not going on that but it shows government policy for a long time now as encourage foreign companies to take over our british companies
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that means i would push it companies are not competitive across the globe. so we're not putting in the right tax policies we're not dealing with regulation that hinders these companies welcome to have new investment it always is in the long term this takes away economic productivity from this country it means that stuff and job some are liable to go because there's allegiance between the companies that eroded by foreign entities and their country rover than brisson piece has been a cabbie for the forty years and has seen the london taxi company to several british. i hopped in for a ride and asked him how he feels about turning chinese this is a shame that it's not owned by a british company but expects to then go into the wall dynamic the companies that are still british they won't be faced with and you see. i see london. let's take a look now at some of china's other recent investments as polly mentioned in two thousand and ten a chinese automaker flush with cash decided it would be easier to buy out sweden's
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troubled volvo and compete with it in january of last year one of germany's premier concrete pump makers also fell to beijing's riches in the same month italian yacht builder for ready snapped up by a company controlled by the communist regime just a few weeks later french fashion brand sonia rykiel was taken over by a hunk kong based firm in keeping with the growing fondness for luxury roger nightingale founder of an economic strategy consultancy firm says many european countries think chinese investment poses a threat. a lot of european countries are very nervous about except seeing chinese cash who many of them and i think you find this in southern europe you find it in france you find it to some modest degree in germany also some countries think that they are threatened if china buys into their industrial base my own view is that that is entirely wrong my own view is that the industrial base of these countries will fail if you don't get the
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investment into them that will allow them to raise their productivity and to raise raise the profile of their products it's something comparable to that which afflicted the africans earlier they think that by selling out their assets they actually somehow undermine their capacity to have an economy that is viable in the future i think they're wrong but time will tell. on monday the olympic torch finally started its long journey from moscow to sochi and the two thousand and fourteen winter games aflame embarked on the four month relay that will cover more than sixty five thousand kilometers across russia and even space lydon greece it was then taken to russia by plane last sunday it was a squad to red square by a two hundred strong cavalcade of bikers president putin personally lit the ceremonial cauldron kicking off the relay the torch then toward moscow for two more
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days before setting off on its epic trip across russia it will visit nearly three thousand cities and towns that will scale the country's tallest peak and descend to the bottom of its deepest lake believed to be taken for a space walk for the first time that on february seventh two thousand and fourteen it will end up in sochi to herald the start of the winter games you can enjoy the highlights and see reports from the relay ceremony on our website or t. dot com. as protesters voice their concern to biotech firm monsanto we take a look at the genetically modified crops that corporations say can save the world from a hunger crisis are two of that documentary coming out. switzerland
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will soon vote if they should start giving out thousands of dollars in cash to every adult citizen in the country you heard me right there's a grassroots campaign that is trying to get the government to give to every adult says a two thousand five hundred swiss francs approximately two thousand eight hundred dollars per month the motivation for the project is that many in switzerland fear that the financial crisis has caused wealth inequality to skyrocket you know i'm not an expert at swiss culture so maybe people there are different but if they gave out thousands of free dollars per month anywhere i've lived you would see the mage . people going into early retirement and not working at all and sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will go hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go through the effort of auditing when the sandwich just magically appears handouts often creates law according to reuters some people are proposing a much better law for switzerland limiting executive pay to being twelve times higher than that of the lowest.

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