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breaking news here on r. and c. a lead off for russia's most prominent opposition activists alexina all these jail terms bezel and is commuted to a suspended sentence but his conviction is upheld. also journalists were documenting for labor conditions for world cup work because we talked to one of them about what they discovered prior to their arrest. and no let up in america's a death threat as lawmakers stall on a decision with just a day until default could strike we look at things waiting in line to get what's left of the budget.
plan from us are you watching our team will back off to our schedule to engineering work at the new center here moscow to bomb would say to our main top story now. we thought it would have breaking news story a jail sentence against russia's opposition figure hate alexina plan b. has been just overturned back in july the renowned anti corruption blogger was given five years in prison on embezzlement charges that's now been commuted to a conditional sentence for more let's not cross a live to. see who's been following the hearing for us let's say the court decision come as a surprise certainly this court decision surprised many in fact no one the himself said he did not expect such an outcome of the appeal hearing in the town of in an interview just a day before he was going for that a court session he said that he was tracking all his belongings with him in case he would be put into prison straight after the court hearing so he was rather pessimistic about any positive outcome of this hearing indeed after the
court overruled and denounced any appeal coming from any appeal claims coming from his defending lawyers it looked quite grim but then the court decided that a five year prison term the actual prison term would be replaced with a suspended sentence so this is not an acquittal of course this means that should the valley commit any more criminal act in the future this sentence would take force but definitely the fact that no valley would walk free now is a surprise not only to the opposition activists himself but to many following the process itself i'd like to remind your viewers that back in july on july the eighteenth. mayoral campaign in moscow was sentenced to five years in prison for investment in the organization and he was put into prison but several days later several hours later in fact he was released on claims from the
coming from the prosecution that the arrest the self was unlawful you should have been released in the courtroom and that's how it happened ever since you. fighting for with this appeal and now we have this decision which is as i've said a shocker to many but that's. there in that must be giving us an update on this story that just broke just a couple of minutes ago of course we'll have more for you as the day progresses and reactions to that. isn't boiled in a fresh scandal anyway it's twenty twenty two well cup preparations to german documentary make his way to tame bale to tell talking and filming migrants building the events infrastructure they were investigating claims that labor conditions in the gulf condemn border on flavoring and have led to dozens of migrant workers deaths r.t. talked to filmmaker peter gives all who told us about his detention in doha and showed a some of the video that led to his arrest first we got arrested by the federal
police in the hotel rooms were taken to the headquarters which is an doha city and we were questioned and interrogated for a couple of hours and just after midnight we got cuffed our equipment cameras all the memory sticks we had everything was taken from us and we were taken to a state security prison right in the suburbs of doha where we had to spend the nights in separate cells my cameraman and me. we were in there in that prison in those separate cells for a total of twenty one hours the bad thing about those twenty one hours was we weren't even allowed a single phone call not to embassy you know to our families no one was there to tell us what the charge was really so we were kind of desperate in there not having any contact with the outside world over your investigation which could tell. us to the end in full what did you find there with your own eyes. well in those two days
we had until we got arrested we were able to talk to some human rights workers down there locally on the ground as well as quite a number of workers as it turned out one gentleman there for twenty twelve years i think working as and coming to specialists ironically his accommodation itself doesn't even have a vent fan but this guy told us he said i think thirty five about him not getting the salary and his bonuses for a number of years now and his main difficulty was to fight the case against his. against his boss and his firm he was working for as they see a specialist so the best thing is the boss took his passport from him so he has problems fighting the case and called us problems getting back he stuck making the
money he's supposed to make for the flight home that's a that's a bad devil's circle he said in that was one example of the people really got it isolated another bunch of. another bunch of guys i'm just tell you that you'll be might be seeing in the pieces well four of them they haven't got paid for seven months in a row right now trying to file the case as well all of those workers and have one major problem they have to work within the so-called system let me try and explain to you what that is it's a law basically stating that every migrant worker that comes into qatar has to find his own personal sponsor meaning his boss the firm he's working for the cup ration . and that sponsor has to take care of him legally legally medically but most of the sponsors of the state take the past post away from the migrant workers and that put so numbers of them maybe tens of thousands in
a miserable situation. they inhumane conditions that the nepalese workers enduring for qatar's world cup but come up in every moment is breaking the set which can you can watch on right now at archie dot com here's a piece if you. this is a country of two million people there are currently three hundred forty thousand nepalese migrant workers many of which been assigned to world cup construction but according to several reports released by the guardian the workers face brutal working conditions long hours lack of pay and wretched living quarters and just yesterday it was confirmed that seventy napoli's labors have already died while working on a bill of cut projects yet both the nepalese and guitar governments refuse to acknowledge this massive human rights problem so if you're sick of world powers treating migrant laborers like garbage and tell fifo to pressure qatar and put an end to this modern day slavery.
to another one of our top stories a default within two days is now on the consul the united states unless squabbling lawmakers come up with a viable solution to the political stalemate i don't know most of the governments not being behind mothballed so for more than two weeks i'm able to provide services or pay the bills and boring reports and some of those words hit by the deadlock. we are here now at the world war two memorial where the military coalition just held a press conference there calling on congress and president obama to strike a deal and to end the government shutdown now the military coalition is a group of thirty three service member and veterans organizations they represent about five point five million people this includes the active service of veterans retirees and their families now the president signed into law the pay our military act on september thirtieth just hours before the government shutdown is though was supposed to ensure that our active military members would contend you to get paid
if the government did in fact shut down but the bill didn't include a lot of programs that military members and veterans rely on now i spoke with gary augustine he's from the disabled veterans association and he explains exactly what's going on there many veterans especially veterans who are injured or ill because of their military service that's all the income that they have coming in every month with those benefits being paid they won't be able to mortgage their will be able to live bills many of them won't be able to put food on their table so that is kevin straw for many of them now another issue that's surrounding d.c. right now is the debt limit and what a lot of people don't understand here is that if we hit the limit without reaching it without extending out not going to automatically default on the debt what would happen at that time we don't raise the debt ceiling is the government would have to start prioritizing the treasury brings in about two hundred billion dollars per month in revenue our interest payments are close to around twenty billion dollars
so there's plenty of cash on hand to make our interest payments but there's not enough money to pay for all government programs now earlier i spoke with jonathan mann and he's facing very tough financial decisions right now he doesn't know if he can pay his rent even though because he's prioritizing payments as a billion employee i'm not able to work collect my salary as a drilling reservist i'm not able to drill. and as. full time student my chattel payment me not this year and first middle of november so it's been an entire kind of income loss. of course i can't travel or do anything or visit family right now i'm just in a holding pattern on paying the rent and eating so the military coalition has said that congress and the president are using the military as pawns and that the shutdown is jeopardizing our military readiness and while we're at war it jeopardizes our security had to find the military and
a few small bases and as you can see it's causing a lot of people to fall through the cracks in washington d.c. perry and boring party. economist an academic or lou rockwell told us that the debt shake up zero could finally make the us spend more wisely. like to see a default so we were going to get a balanced budget that forces the government to live on its income and stop borrowing if they really are worried about you know they don't have enough money or they should shut down the n.s.a. and stop spying on everybody one of the bring the troops home from afghanistan and iraq and yemen pakistan and all the rest of it was stopped killing people that would say could really and dollars that would solve all the budget problems that is coming for the dollars the reserve currency. who knows what it was going to take your boys will be some combination will be the chinese currency the russian currency brazil. you know we don't know but yes the end is coming to dollar germany
because of the amount of dollar printing the dollar creation. on our website we're asking who do you think will suffer amazed if the u.s. defaults let's take a look now at what you've been saying so far more than half of you think that it's the american people who will suffer if the government fails to find a way out of the shutdown of france believe it's america's creditors and bond holders who should be worrying as they will see the investments dismay to now about the same think it's barack obama who will bear the brunt as the president who let the world's largest economy fail and five to ten percent of you think it's the republicans and it's tea party movement will be the biggest losers because the fold will cost them votes in the future elections are tea dot com is a way you can add your voice. by the clock's ticking towards a u.s. default but some was saying that nations are wasting no time in turning to the east
china is eye catching the eye and even america's closest ally britain has been sending the country's top brass to rue beijing china earlier called on the world to start to quote american lines for boyko reports on the shifting attitudes. this week a cheer leading british chancellor took to beijing on a bridge building trade mission one of my tasks this week is to explain to the british people just how far china has come how sophisticated your businesses are how advanced you are in the fields of high tech and science and one of my principal goals this week is not just to increase british investment in china but to increase chinese investment in britain westminster's criticism of china's human rights record has up until recently blighted relations it could be hitting the treasury as well according to some estimates the british economy has been missing out on billions of pounds of cash from the people's republic germany's been far more
proactive in terms of promoting trade so for instance germany exports some seventy billion dollars worth of things to china every year you get twenty five percent more tourists going to france and go coming to the u.k. which is ridiculous you get chinese ladies. in paris kuno to buy handbags i think we've been very slow frankly and i think we're going to be are again we think people will come to us i mean the reality is china is the largest growth economy in the world it just so happened that mr osborne's trip to china took place at the same time as the u.s. government shutdown but it's hard not to see the irony while politicians the world over speak of the potentially disastrous consequences of the washington debt crisis and economists warn of a loss of investor confidence in the u.s. george osborne's not here in westminster he's over in beijing courting chinese investment. at the same time a strongly worded opinion piece in china's leading government news outlet said that
the world should start to de americanize the article went viral it spoke of the need for a new international reserve currency that would replace the dominance of the us dollar and not altogether crazy prospect for some analysts china's surplus and fall income as a reserve is mounting and the us seems to be printing money with no end in sight the us dollar has lost a great deal of obvious value since the federal reserve was established and there is little return for huge investment and then with. trade there are opportunities opening up in terms of resources in terms of assets so china has been diversifying its reserves for the past maybe even over a past decade and of course the space would be gathering speed and with the u.k. struggling to emerge from recession it looks as though for westminster china's
money is now more important than its politics there are some. seeds like they are. raising the war. and the. chinese. move over the slightest thing. i. see. is that if we bring. the. polyploid artsy london. off to the break an attack on a dutch diplomat in moscow strained relations even further between the two countries. a bizarre story of a violent deception and intrigue as a dutch official is attacked here in moscow we'll bring you the twists and turns of the deepening diplomatic spat between the netherlands and russia and an explosion in syria kills over twenty eight civilians the latest in a string of bombings and kidnappings our correspondent reports from the war torn
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the world. it's technology innovations and all the news developments from around russia we've got this huge earth covered. thanks for staying with us you're watching our chief international news. at least twenty one people including women and children have been killed in father in syria after a minibus they were traveling in is was hit in a land mine our position forces say the area is controlled by government troops but so far there's been no official comment on the incident let's hear more from policy or who's in damascus though right now. what exactly happened the. car exploded in the southern province of daraa and now it happened in
a civilian marketplace which is why all the casualties are in fact civilians we are hearing as many as twenty three people were killed among them six women and four children and from the reports we're receiving the part of the province where this explosion happened is being controlled by the variables it does follow a string of attacks over the last few days on monday some twenty seven people were killed in the north west province of idlib that also happening in some in rebel controlled territory but we do expect the number of dead very to climb as many of those who have been injured are in this serious condition a few days ago armed rebels posted on me on one line that they will grain mortar shells down on the capital city of damascus and since then almost every hour where one can either hear water shows exploding or the rumble of the syrian artillery. here in damascus is extremely tense i can tell you the whole flight and then they
would say just a week ago. there was a lot of relief in syria when the country of voided u.s. bombing campaign but the civil war is still raging on is there any sign of it letting up. well it certainly doesn't seem that there's any sign at the moment of this war letting up relations word from the largest group in the syrian opposition is that they will not be participating in proposed peace talks in geneva this despite the call. from the international community for there to be some kind of dialogue and some kind sumption of. the situation on the ground for foreign workers is also increasing the dangerous alter of seventh grade cross workers who were kidnapped over the weekend has been released this comes as the human rights watch issues a report saying that the atrocities that have been committed are being carried out
by rebel groups in this report it says and i'm quoting that the findings strongly suggest that crimes against humanity have been carried out by the rebels at the same time you have your foreign experts who are inside damascus overseeing the destruction of this country's chemical weapons stockpile now the head of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has said that their work is being hampered because they have not been given axes to some of the areas where the fighting is taking place and where it is the stockpiles are being held in territory controlled by the rebels they have issued a call for there to be some kind of short term cease fires so that they can at least access these sites promise to their reporting and giving us an update of what's continuing to happen there in syria in this ongoing. now there are growing strains between russia and the netherlands off a dutch diplomat was beaten by attackers who broke into his apartment in moscow
a similar incident happened in the hague earlier this month when a russian diplomat was attacked by police earlier the netherlands a launch legal action against moscow demanding the release of thirty greenpeace ament and beat a mob allegedly also scrawling a hard on a mirror in lipstick with the acronym l g b t for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender now the sixty six year old diplomat on no elder bosch is an assistant to the dutch ambassador according to reports he had worked hard home to find the lived. not working two men and electricians uniforms were inspecting the fuse box when he opened his door according to reports he was allegedly attacked the motive for that attack unknown at this point is now the dutch foreign minister said the diplomat had been lightly wounded he added that he had summoned the russian ambassador over the incident and this of course follows the arrest earlier this month of a russian diplomat dmitri broden on suspicion of mistreating two young children which prompted a massive diplomatic spat with president vladimir putin demanding an apology the
government the dutch government did apologize for that incident although i should say that diplomatic relations between the two countries were already strained even before mr broadens arrests we have to keep in mind that the netherlands had launched legal action to free about thirty people from several countries who were detained in russia after the dutch flagged ships belonging to the environmental group greenpeace was boarded over a process of protest on a russian oil rig in the arctic the activists and journalists on board had been charged with piracy this is something that the netherlands had been protesting over so a series of sort of diplomatic spats here between the two countries ironically twenty thirty and it had been the year that the netherlands and russia had celebrated their good diplomatic relations so we'll have to certainly see how the events unfold but the assistant dutch diplomat is recovering and only slightly injured as far as we know so far. some of the world news headlines now
a rally in support of striking teachers a pall of teachers have been on strike for two months demanding better working conditions and a pay rise. claim greenwald of a journalist who has been causing a global stir this year with his reporting on the u.s. covert surveillance of based on documents leaked by edward snowden has announces that he's leaving the guardian newspaper the brazil based reporter is a move into a media venture funded by e-bay found appeal media details on the new project haven't been revealed but greenwald says he considers it a once in a lifetime opportunity. a powerful typhoon has better japan killing at least seventeen people leaving dozens more missing thousands had to be evacuated to safety in what was the strongest storm in ten years causing record rains and mudslides it passed close to tokyo where schools were closed to five cancelled and bullet train services suspended. up ahead we examined the dark secrets of
surrounding the gulf of mexico oil disaster one of the worst spills in history is combined with. splits divide the syrian opposition party takes a close look at life on rebel ground it's just a few kilometers from the capital damascus it is like a state within a state free syrian army is controlling these hair big syrian military cannot and tear our trees maria for notion of reports from fragmented syrian rebel held territory. syria on rebel group on r.t. . but. i do know that you know the price is the only industry specifically mention in the
constitution and. that's because a free and open process is critical to our democracy albus. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and our trust in like we've been a hydrogen lying handful of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once it's all just i'm sorry mark that on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on world we go beyond identifying the problem for trucks rational debate and a real discussion critical issues facing up to five job ready to join the movement then walk a little bit to. the map to the bill dr ron came to louisiana why we're in bury teria which is forty miles from the gulf and about one hundred fifty miles from the wellhead the oil and
dispersants have come into here yesterday the wind blew really hard this table got this cloudy gritty glaze on look at that that's just what's on the table before we even start the interview. was b.p. about to repeat the same strategy that exxon did used with the valve these oil spill this pack of confidential documents were uncovered as part of the toxic tort lawsuits that followed with some of the workers who realized that their sicknesses lingered lingered lingered these documents are very incriminating and they show that thousands of workers actually did in fact get sick from exposure to a number of chemicals including to be a tuxedo up to no. axons chief medical advisor dr kind of cool it's a memo to acts on and at the very end here you see the intent we do not need
a health hazard evaluation and should try and avoid it if possible. the health hazard evaluation is osha and nyasha coming in and saying sorry there's too many sick people here and you spiller are now lot for doing long term medical surveillance how exxon avoided it was by misrepresenting the information as called simply. max on managed to successfully hide these documents from the media from the people from the sick workers from the court from the federal health care officials and b.p. is following pretty closely everything that axon did. we were actually flying over the disaster site on sunday april twenty fifth and what we saw when you're out there were two airplanes were flying over and already carpet bombing this bill with this person and i started to notice that the planes
and helicopters were flying over they were dropping the stuff the spray they were really secretive about where those planes were coming from and when they were going out they didn't really want shoes taken of these planes going down because it looked like spraying in vietnam it was it was not a picture that either the government or b.p. really wanted to have out there carex it is toxic it's toxic to people it's toxic to the environment what it does.