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tension to the place that some. of our guards. a female suicide bomber kills six people on a bus and russia city of all the grab we report from the scene of monday's bombing . more revelations from n.s.a. leaker edward snowden and with reports claiming germany's chancellor has been spied on for over a decade and that as thousands of protesters gather in washington d.c. united in anger at the country's global surveillance program and. whatever happens i will not leave my house again could not be worse than this r.t. hands to the front lines of the syrian civil war where a palestinian community is fighting to protect its homes and families also. found
at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians in some of these cases. and amnesty international researcher talks to r.t. about the bodies new damning report on america's so-called precision strikes in pakistan. this is r.t. coming to you live from moscow with me marina joshing welcome a monday a powerful suicide blast hit a bus in the country southern city of volgograd killing six and wounding dozens manny witnesses were unable to understand what had happened describing the scene as a war zone france met some of the survivors october twenty first started just like any other monday here in boulder grab people woke up with places to go and think to get that heavily using bus stations just like this. but for several people needing
bus number twenty nine they could never have foreseen how quickly their lives would change when they took that ride. the route ran without incident from morning till afternoon until one person got on board thirty year old guy you don't see all that but that is when things took a tragic turn anastasio diversion of oil was on her way home from classes at the university laughing and talking with the other students crucially it was. at the bus which say training life was the roof. when the blast hit everything around me when flying and from that moment i don't remember anything on the recall being thrown onto her window then suddenly finding myself on the street and in a panic i realised something had happened to my hands i was covered in blood. it was right here at about two pm local time that a blast ripped through bus twenty nine filled with about forty people first responders thought it was perhaps a malfunction of the bus fuel systems but aside from the shop they felt they asked
themselves if this was a gas explosion was the fire. and that was the safety record that it got everybody in the blast was touching their faces and heads asking what happened what happened there was a lot of blood on them and a lot of flesh everywhere i was very afraid i got out of my car and i saw the head lying there i mean my friend took a young boy and his father to the hospital the remnant of an explosive device told the shrapnel t.n.t. and a grenade the accident site became a crime scene while r.c.l. over a jihadist from the republic of dagestan became the central focus of the investigation and then the story took another twist the attack wasn't meant for volgograd at all bessie oliver had apparently taken a detour. she had purchased a ticket to moscow and boarded an intercity boss the past. volgograd when the bus
was almost at the city limits i see all of our gateau and went back to downtown belgrade right now investigators are trying to find out whether this move had been planned in advance or are altered the plan along the way looking for a place packed with as many people as possible also under suspicion are three men believed to have helped in the plot to attack the russian capital two from dagestan wanted for twin terror attacks there in two thousand and twelve were said to be waiting for her in moscow on his way there was an aussie all of us husband dimitri sokol of an ethnic russian convert to islam missing since two thousand and twelve some reports suggest the couple had an argument shortly before the attack which may have caused the last minute change in her deadly plans authorities will be keen to find her husband in the hope he may have the answers lindsey france r.t. in volgograd r.t. talked to an expert on international terrorism xander dahmer and he believes it's
time to put differences aside and combat a disease which is plaguing us on a global scale. i can tell you that you know we're dealing with this kind of a terrorist international we cannot divide what's happened in america in boston or in a global masoud in the name of the five well we cannot separate it from what has just happened in boulder out all from what happened in they'd all be just several weeks ago we're in the same boat and this is very unfortunate and we need to deal with it this is something you know about happens on the kind of in a regular basis this is snopes that first own this is no the last time but once again on the way in the same boat and unlike just several years that you had with school and you know with expression one person's terrorist is another person through them fight or i can see you know that no matter what if somebody is there to do to russia and the russian government will have
a terrorist attacks in russia this is a terrorist attack not just them against the russian people it's against this is a terrorist attack against everybody. and on saturday a large cache of suicide belts and explosives was discovered in russia southern republican dagestan and after a police detain a man carrying a grenade and several blocks of t.n.t. on a bus going to moscow well you can learn more about these on the other end to terror operations here in russia our website r.t. dot com. chancellor angela merkel has been spied on by the n.s.a. for over a decade and that's according to the leaks published by germany's their spiegel magazine the surveillance goes back even before merkel became the country's leader and this week it's been revealed that thirty five world leaders have also been closely monitored by america's national security agency europe has voiced anger complaining that its trust in washington is now undermined former french prime
minister dominic double pound says that if the u.s. continues to strive for world dominance it. could lead to conflict. we knew that. some practices were existed but to search an overall system this came as a surprise for everybody in fact what we are seeing today is the incredible privileges of the us administration over the control of the world system we knew that the us were controlling the financial system through the banking dominance of some big banks through the dollar currency reserve currency but controlling internet controlling the formation you know world this is a privilege and monopoly if we are going to follow the same direction then confrontation might be in the. european countries demanded reforms of american intelligence programs determined to strike a so-called no spy agreement with the us before the end of the year irish l a p
paul murphy is convinced that the snooping and the infringement of the human right to privacy well continue regardless of the change of policies. spies want to spoil a spy even though it already is outside of the law and it will make it more difficult to open because what's happened in terms of the mass of spying that's taken place so far that's been facilitated by major multinational corporations like facebook like google in contravention of any sense of the right to privacy the right to data protection and so if these regulations go through and i think they likely will at the transfer of european data to all their authorities such as the u.s. authorities third country authorities will be made illegal i don't believe that these spying operations are taking place in my interest in other people's interest in art and or across europe or across the world and i think what's happening is is there's a whipping old hysteria and attempt to use that he's syria to undermine
the rights of people to privet see the rights of people to have their data protected. president obama has ordered a review of the country's global surveillance operations promising changes in the meantime crowds have gathered on capitol hill to displays arab discontent with what they called infringement of their privacy are just going as you can has a details. thousands of people gathered here on the anniversary of the signing of the patriot act twelve years ago they believe that was the day when in the name of fighting terror their rights have been taken away from them they believe that the tradeoff between security and privacy is a false one people here say that they're tired of lies that the government has been telling to cover up their mass spying after all just a year ago the director of national intelligence james clapper said no when asked whether the n.s.a.
was collecting data on millions of americans edward snowden's revelations of course confirmed that was a lie and the latest i have heard was that just within a month the n.s.a. spied on more than one hundred and twenty four billion phone calls worldwide that means that every single person on earth is facing the risk of being caught up in the n.s.a. dragnet and the person edward snowden thanks to whom this protest is happening is now holed up in russia because here in the states he would sure be in jail by now people at this rally dows of people in fact demand a meaningful surveillance a long way for him they came with a petition signed by more than five hundred thousand people demanding congress investigate the n.s.a. spying programs through the senate judiciary and intelligence committees planned hearings on those programs so they want to make sure that their voices are heard actually one of the main messages of this rally is watch the watchers but the
question is is there really possible because so far any light that's been shed on the watchers was through whistleblowers in washington i'm going to strike on. syria mine. already groups are becoming increasingly active as the conflict spirals deeper into civil war kurdish militants have beaten back islam as rebels in the country's northeast taking control of a key crossing on the border with iraq parties both leaders in syria for us with more on the trials and tribulations of another minority the palestinians. this is young walk south damascus ten months ago it was home to one point two million palestinians today ten percent remain the price of world discount acutely here where it's divided families and pitted brother against brother. they betrayed us we cannot trust them anymore eight days ago abu movie and his wife came home for ten long months they'd lived on the streets not once giving up the
hope they'd return this is what way to them and the well come we are coming to kill you bashar scribbled on the walls. whatever happens i will not leave my house again i would like to destroy the walls and we'll them again could not be worse than this for one year syria's palestinians managed to stay out of the conflict but the infiltration of foreign fighters with big dreams and even bigger promises of money forced the residents of to choose sides and take up arms against people they've known their whole lives. from friends fighting on the other side we're not friends anymore the ones who are displaced not from our housing and destroyed our homes are not our friends. with. each day a bomb we leaves to fight them but not before he struck furniture high against the windows to protect his family from snipers life inside these bullet riddled boards
is as dangerous as it is outside his two sons as vulnerable as their mother every time the father walks out the door but it's always a painful for world all movie carefully helps her husband prepare for battle she knows he needs to go but each time he leaves behind the same one on said question. every day when he says good bye i wonder if you will come back on not like when he got injured he didn't come back i want to find him in hospital there are a lot of men like him and women like me but not a lot of fighters have bought their families back to yarmulke the snipers are in shooting range and three days earlier shrapnel from a bullet had blinded up always lift eye but the thirty three year old doesn't have a choice he has nowhere else to move his family and while the southern part of your milk is still in the hands of the rebels his home or what remains of it has been
freed by palestinians who like other more we are fighting alongside the syrian army and. when i go to the battlefield my mind is always with my family and i hope i will come back safe to them to take care of them and i pray that if i get more tired they will find tender people to look after america is the frontline is near two streets away but for other movie and his comrades the battle hits closer to home each time they take and to secure the streets for their families often it's a neighbor friend and sometimes even a brother who is pointing a gun back at them poor c.r.t. yarmouk syria. well so have three in the program here on r.t. abroad and neglected. we have feed we're not i mean we have a feeling we all want to beat while european leaders rag their brains trying to
find answers to the issue of immigrant influx scores of refugees who managed to make it to the e.u. find themselves with little hope for the future. they're doing whatever they want in syria these days and even the obama administration can do nothing to rein the saudis in and i think the sad answer is that the united states doesn't have the power that it once had it doesn't have the leverage that one tries to work through allies through international organizations and occasionally on its own and deal with the court of public opinion that the best of america can but there are there is a lot in the toolbox right now they're not many tools live.
deadliest year in his presidency when almost a hundred civilians were killed but since two thousand and eight the use of drones in pakistan has escalated reaching a peak after barack obama was sworn into office in two thousand and nine the next twelve months of obama's administration so a record number of strikes one hundred twenty two and despite many damning reports the drone war goes on. now the obama administration is responsible for almost ninety percent of these strikes and out of hundreds of civilians killed up to two hundred were children many investigations estimated total number of killings at. the coffin of looked into the latest report. the predator drone remotely controlled and heavily armed it's the weapon of choice in the cia's under cleared war in pakistan that's where the u.s. is believed to have launched more than three hundred strikes since two thousand and
four the target suspected taliban and al qaeda militants the white house says better drones then boots on the ground and justifies the covert program as both affective and legal america does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the american people not so according to amnesty international in a damning new report the human rights group warns u.s. drone strikes could amount to war crimes documents recent killings in pakistan's northwest tribal areas and the lack of transparency surrounding drones this is a secret program in fact in our case we've found at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians and some of these cases might be war crimes that really concerns us one such case is that of sixty eight year old man nama bibi killed by a u.s. drone last october she was picking vegetables with her grandchildren when that attacks took place a double strike the children miraculously survived. first it was so then i heard
that. the first hit and the second hit my cousin. but her grandmother's body was pulverized these missile fragments are all that remain amnesty documents other such cases but its main point the need for transparency and accountability the u.s. must explain why these people have been killed people who are clearly civilians must provide justice to these people compensation it must investigate those responsible for those killings now in a separate report a un investigation looked at thirty three drone strikes around the world not just in pakistan that violated international humanitarian law and also resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties that report also calling for more transparency and accountability from the united states reporting from moscow i'm lucy catherine of.
on line for you right now there is a new government ministry in venezuela created purely to make sure everyone is feeling more cheery yet more on the deputy chief of supreme social happiness and how it's supposed to put a smile on people's faces through community programs. plus saudi women aren't officially banned from driving but getting behind the wheel there could get female drivers into a whole lot of problems now some are putting their foot down to find out more at are two dot com. say look at now at some other stories this week despite the horror of recent tragedies in the mediterranean a boat packed with immigrants and refugees continues to head for southern countries hundreds were rescued of sicily's coast this week by italy's coast guard at a summit in brussels european union leaders promised to revamp the blocks asylum policies and take active measures on the issue after pleas for help from rome now
let's take a look at the map here it shows that some of the roots asylum seekers are taking many set off for europe because they fear for their lives fleeing home loans torn by conflicts like the civil war in syria for example more moved to find work and make money and more most north african immigrants and italy is southern islands others attempt to make it to spain or france which is among the most popular final destinations alongside germany and the u.k. but it's italy and greece that bear the brunt as according to law asylum seekers answering was that out of a relation are obliged to remain in the country they first arrived in pete all over matt some who made it to berlin but who now regret their choice. we have feet we are not any man we have feeling we all want to be jobless homeless and thousands of kilometers from home this is the reality for refugees who were forced to flee
violence in libya and twenty eleven there is no option not even allowed to work in germany since i've been to germany i just sleep and eat that's what i do they arrived in europe through its early however the italian authorities told them they couldn't stay and sent them packing with five hundred euros and give me some money i should go bank and collect the money i have the right to go anywhere what i want to go sawyer just to leave it to live it to live because it's a disaster on the european law it's really shouldn't have done last it's the responsibility of the member state where refugees arrive to look after them by sending these refugees away it's left them in a difficult legal predicament my document is get an expired and the five hundred year is finished can't go back i can't i can't even go back to italy to renew even my document why do you fall far for over
a year more than five hundred from all over sub-saharan africa being packed into this camp in the german capital i don't. know how you put it if they'd been working in libya when colonel gadhafi was toppled in the nato backed war the documents these people have gives them access to basic medical care nothing else mentions it they're now in berlin and it's up to germany to find a solution to their problems we're trying to get them residents grammont so for now there is no long term solution they have no right to work no right to social housing and are forced to live on handouts there's a feeling in the camp that e.u. members who took part in the twenty eleven action against libya have a responsibility to help i see this is the problem of order to appear you do because that's it lol. you. are just happy we. do what you do as jimmy decides what to do they get ready for a second winter in
a bill in city park these people came here because they were fleeing violence but in running for their lives they found themselves stuck in limbo here in the e.u. peter all of a see. more news in briefly this hour police and health officials say a series of car blasts across iraqi capital have killed at least forty two people and wounded dozens more most of the bombs were planted inside parked cars and hit predominantly shiite muslim districts the deadliest explosions happened in a market south of baghdad also being a channel says another car bomb has killed twelve soldiers and iraq's northern city of mosul the nation is seeing some of its worst watch in years the u.n. said last month alone almost a thousand people died in violence across the country. crowds of supporters of greece's extreme right golden dawn party to go to the streets of
athens to demand the release of senior party members golden dawn is under investigation over its alleged connection to last month's fatal stabbing of a greek rap singer the party's leader and two m.p.'s are being held in pretrial custody accused of being members of a criminal organization for task as are dismissing the prosecution as politically motivated. today here on r.t. example it is next with worlds apart. it seems like politicians can get away with anything nowadays but not all of them the former mayor of failed detroit has been sentenced to twenty years of prison after being found guilty of committing record tearing. spirity fraud extortion and tax crimes while the mayor the prosecutor say he funneled millions of dollars to himself and family members all while detroit moved headstrong towards the bankrupt
state it is in today this is big news not because some mayor took bribes but because he got punished the judge who could fix him stated why this is such an important case she said at the very least a significant sentence will send a message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated yes sending a message you see corrupt officials are usually cowards and they do what they do because they feel they can get away with it when you start to put the fear of god into them they start to behave much better so the question is will the mainstream media grab the story and really use the conviction of detroit's former mayor is an example probably not but it would really help the country if they would but that's just my opinion.
hello and welcome to worlds apart but the saudi relationship has long been not only one of the most consequential but also one of the most secretive that's two decades of behind the scenes deals the saudis have now made their displeasure with the american public is this a change of mood s. lop on the reast or final major cracks in the alliance won't discuss it and knowledge joined by robert jordan a former u.s. ambassador to the kingdom ambassador in jordan it's a great honor to have you on the show thank you very much for having me now i know that you were appointed to the ambassadorship by george w. bush taking appiah post almost immediately after september eleventh attacks arguably one of the most critical times india a relationship between the two countries and i remember back down or down there and their accounts were quite nice trustful of the saudis and probably that mistrust was mutual. bad despite dad to add dad to very critical very difficult time i think rarely allowed this negativity to show in that public speeches and bath
policy pronouncements was that just they add a cat or you indeed had no major disagreements that could be a sort of swept under the rug right after nine eleven we had to reestablish trust between the two countries and their leadership we weren't clear whose side the saudis were on initially and it took a while to work through that i have to give credit to the saudis for having helped us deal with that we ultimately ended up sharing intelligence cooperating very well in the war on terror but at the same time there were there was a background of great on happiness with the american position on the israeli palestinian conflict so as we went into early two thousand and two. the president invited crown prince abdullah to come to his ranch in crawford texas. and this was a very significant invitation but crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come
because the intifada was in full force yasser arafat was being held captive by the israelis at his compound in ramallah so you crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come he finally decided to come and brought with him a videotape to show the president the violence that was being perpetrated by the israelis on the palestinian civilians i was actually at that meeting in crawford and was very close to the situation and so if you look at it from that context the saudi unhappiness with the american position on israel has been going on for for quite a number of years while our ambassador in jordan as you just sat the relationship has never been particularly easy but i think there was always a signal code if affix to a code that was broken just a couple of days ago when saudi arabia is very publicly refused the security council see if they see that in.