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freedom of speech live on the freedom to watch. this is our tonight no resolution protesters in kiev pledge to continue proceeding the government to the end despite the opposition losing a no confidence vote. the vast majority of the ukrainians who want to see this future of their country top western diplomats weigh into urging lawmakers to listen to demands for euro integration also. i. remain ian police villages struggle against an american oil company that fracking for shale gas close to their homes. and libya's militias are on the receiving end of public fieri over the government's failure to bring security and stability to the oil rich country.
international my name is kevin and it's just past ten pm now our top story on the news wall behind me protesters here in kiev tonight partially blocking the government building opposition m.p.'s also been disrupting parliament's work by blocking the roster a bit earlier to have not the only scene of protests thousands of showed up for a rival rally of one of ukraine's industrial hubs donetsk here in the east in support this time of the government these crowds venting their frustration with the opposition for turning their capital into a battlefield as they see it all of this amid increasing interference from abroad and when it reports. we stand with the vast majority of the ukrainians who want to see this future for their country and we urge the ukrainian government to listen to the voices of its people who want to live in freedom and opportunity and prosperity
and the elected representatives of the ukrainian people made their choice deciding against giving the government a no confidence slap down for the defeated opposition it was back to the streets if the democratic process won't force the government out let the protesters do their dirty work blockading official buildings paralyzing give the protests in the west calls of encouragement the supporters of your integration must remain firm and seize the momentum of the protest this is the only way they can get you to make concessions one neighbor in particular seems to be paying especially close attention to events in ukraine but the european union needs you and you need the european union and if you needed you would be with your poland has always regarded ukraine as its backyard it has i would say neo imperialist designs on ukraine what some powers may be hoping for is a repeat of the events of two thousand and four when the country stood still for months in support of the western backed viktor yushchenko but things have changed
over the years the orange revolution worked because people didn't know what it was about at the time. nine years later things are a bit more clear all the promises that were made then. have been repeatedly broken the crowds in key of are clearly disillusioned and a bitterly divided parliament has a tough task in building bridges a job made all the more difficult by western nations fueling what could become another revolution and the demise of a democratically elected government in kiev in a close call r.t. . meanwhile nato leaders a condemned what they call the excessive use of force in kiev as russia's chief diplomat also comments on foreign leaders getting vocal on ukraine's crisis after meeting nato secretary general. but you look at putting in with the accuser we consider the events in ukraine an internal matter i'm counting on ukrainian politicians to bring the situation to a constitutional path and we're asking that no one interferes with this ongoing
crisis. executive director of ron paul institute for peace and prosperity told us care has been seeing a pattern of provocation throughout the two weeks of public dissent here the us and the e.u. talk a lot about european values and western values us but is it a western value to allow a foreign country to come in and influence politics on the streets of course it's not you see a pattern here of of escalation in provocation i think really the protesters on the ground they had a very large public provocation a few nights ago when they were using chains and tractors the question now i think is will the protesters ratchet up looking for a government overreaction so that they can get some new energy into their protests you know what's funny the u.s. has counseled. nonviolence but what would happen if i'm here in washington what would happen if someone drove a tractor and tried to drive it into the white house lawn you're going to tell me
that there wouldn't be violence against the one hundred thousand people trying to break into the white house if you said mrs necessity professor of political economy and public policy tell me what your integration would bring to both ukraine and the e.u. . it may appear attractive to the protesters but i don't think in the long run it's going to serve the ukrainian people well to become part of an enlarged european union which is by the way on a very kind of strong neo liberal trajectory so in other words the social model that people are looking at when they think about the european union is one which is being euthanized as we speak but people don't see that. being told what a great market would be for you good if you crane comes closer to it but of course there's also going to be the millions who want to go west is the ready for that and the people certainly are not i think that. when you hear about you hear about from
everyone who wants to. benefit tourists is that cold right right right right and you'll see a massive number of people of course that will constitute a veritable precariat people who will live a very kind of precarious existence in very low wage service sector jobs and while that job is to these guys get from the east of europe where they grow everything from construction or working in restaurants service type jobs anywhere where the standards are not as strong in terms of labor protections and fortunately labor can be exploited so we've seen this already you know we know about the famed polish plumber of course in the united kingdom or people coming from. the u.k. and ireland. i would say that those experiences have been very bad for those people and i would also say that ukraine of course is suffering from a demographic crisis already very low birth rates so what happens when you have all these people of childbearing age.
fracking is more and more making enemies around the world the anger stems from the should extraction techniques potentially enormous environmental dangers the latest anti fracking rallies and data taken place in romania or northern england as to reports next is a tough struggle for the locals and the activists. fracking and protests seem to be synonymous in my experience of covering these stories there hasn't been an area where locals haven't been opposed to this technology taking place on their doorstep and there's just been a crackdown we've heard reports from remaining here where police have forcibly removed local villages from where energy giant chevron was supposed to start test drilling well i can tell you i can believe that that crackdown was brutal and i can tell you it would have to be because i was in that village and i was covering that
story when those protesters were forming a human chain around that site and they said to me that they would point to the death to avoid this fracking taking place. we hope to stop them even if it means paying with our lives if you want to send the army we will die who won't give up until the. romanian start their big issue in the u.k. as well people here on to new to at the moment we've got protests taking place in greater manchester where a company called i gas is supposed to start exploratory drilling and we know that protesters there have been trying to block roads in order to avoid trucks from arriving at the test site and this is just one particular test well but this company is supposed to be. opening a wells and they're supposed to have more.
drilling sites because the north west of england is full of shale gas its reserves could last the u.k. in terms of energy supply for up to six years and i've been covering these fracking stories we've had protests in sussex as well. on the test sites and i personally spoke to a man in lancashire last year who showed me a crack on his wall from earthquakes that had taken place near blackpool but the fracking taking place there so there is a sense that if companies are investing money into exploratory drilling it's going to lead to fracking. pretty sure appreciate the green party things europe is divided over fracking with a great deal of pressure from big business there's certainly a big disagreement there are countries which are a very much in favor of moving ahead with maximum extraction of shale gas they see this as a way of maybe securing more of their own energy supply rather than perhaps relying
on something whether it's russia or brando or wherever there are others that have a de facto moratorium on this that are not going to go ahead countries such as france so there is a real difference of opinion but i think across the european union we really need to be deciding what are the criteria that we need here particularly from the environmental perspective there's a lot of big business pressure there's certainly a lot of people that are saying look there are jobs in the us we're saying well look there are jobs in a lot of other things as jobs in renewable energy jobs in energy efficiency there are jobs in new technologies so quite you know we don't necessarily have to go down this route he's also causing a stir across the atlantic to the u.s. state of texas was shaken by several earthquakes last week with some scientists pointing the finger of dozens of shale gas drilling wells in the area got it you can find out more about the local concerns. we're in a town called them ten in texas guess wells are everywhere here they're hard to me
there are two hundred and seventy three gas wells just in this town fracking is responsible for the gas boom in the west but people here fear that they're going to be the ones paying for that. i'm very worried when they start fracking i will have to leave because of the diesel fumes more than anything. has already had two heart attacks from it and they tell us it is an environmental basically coming from the actual whales. we do believe it's coming from fracking you know the gas industry holds a lot of weight with the government that is free but when you see here your friends and family being polluted you see people getting sick around you you have to keep looking for and you have to keep gathering you have to keep speaking out because you know it's right while energy giants are rubbing their hands into suppression of gigantic profits many here are increasingly fearful about the water that
they drink about the air that they breathe about the land that their house is standing on and they don't trust the government assessment of the damage from fracking because they say the oil and gas industry will make sure that no conclusive study comes out and even if it does come out they believe the industry will make sure that it doesn't become a basis for effective regulation. in denton texas i'm going to check on our team. and if you'll discover more about how franken works more people don't want to anywhere near the website out. coming up here too much just have to told me it's past time the christians called in the syrian crossfire is a group of mugs remain in custody we hear from a mediator trying to resolve the apparent hostage crisis. well south of tampa the choice between eating or heating the government advice to
brits so too poor to pay their bills when extra pull of household prices rocketed me to rapidly dropping temperatures just a couple of stories among a lot more but after this break. for probably the most complex and difficult to. the phenomenon of friendly fire probably extends back to the invention of gunpowder . kill a bunch of people who don't want their families their review of people.
reading. this something shoots my brother in the leg not intentional because it is because it was night time or in the morning even the best even the best soldiers. are going to make mistakes does this whole idea of brotherhood and order. and camaraderie in this sense it was in this context that has absolutely no place. to live from moscow in syria a group of twelve could not christian nuns are reportedly being relocated by there is the mists kept rebels the women were abducted when opposition fighters told the town of my lula it's mostly populated by christians he was seen by the rebels as backers of the syrian government to mask his appeal for international efforts to
free the mothers the a captives rather mother agnes is a nun from syria and she's been in contact with rebel officials there to try to resolve the situation and she is. we've had some contradictory statements the leaders of the free syrian army deny involvement in the incident and have condemned it they say it might have been carried out by extremist groups but others say the autonomy's fighters from homes could have been responsible and that the allegedly took the ones to protect them from government forces this is what the free syrian army told me over the phone they say they will send someone to check up on the nuns and provide video footage to troops there all right. in terminal to report from libya tonight militia rage they're spreading a mob of protesters in the town of durnovo reportedly driven out armed groups of is the most libyans are furious at the lack of government control which is allowed militias to run rampant throughout the country so a little unusual least the main problems in the east there they formed
a self-proclaimed autonomy indeed and control more than half of libya's all supplies the embattled authorities in tripoli have no given them a ten day deadline to stand down the crisis is already seen though the export of crude from the country plummeted just ten percent of previous previous levels libya is no longer even able to satisfy its own domestic needs for oil produced just half of what it requires mental corruptions booming to conversely the country's tumble to being among the world's worst for corruption an estimated seventeen hundred armed groups now led to this nationwide security crisis that we're witnessing and authorities have been able to take control of the country's arms supplies which are mostly in the hands of the militias some analysts say the western countries that helped usher in the libyan revolution and are reluctant to help it out. the libyans are buying goods from the from europe from the west they're selling oil from them and the west is interfering with the various groups some of the counter some of the western countries france britain and what have you they are actually backing more
than one on one group or another so i am not so sure that the west is actually willing or interested in doing that of course they can do that if they so wish but i don't think they are doing that while all this plays out libya's indigenous tribal groups are largely being left to fend for themselves some are big targeted by militias for having allegedly supported colonel gadhafi to this day. next report on the plight of want to battle minority that. this dirt track was once a building site teeming with foreign construction workers now it's home to forgotten victims of the revolution the people of to work two years ago after the revolution rebel groups expelled them from their homes accusing them of supporting president gadhafi two month long siege of misrata to work there is now a ghost town the only living things straight animals and the odd militia men the population scattered across the country in telecom at a refugee camp run by the live eight humanitarian organization is home to one
thousand five hundred of them that's around three hundred families the to work in say they're constantly under threat. of the camp is not protected militias make problems for us they killed people here they arrested people here who did nothing malicious come and say to we are going to we're go and take three or four people how messy bring him was the victim of such an attack on october twelfth my sons were at home and militia from misrata came they stormed the house and took three people i don't know what happened with one of them we're not at risk from mobile attacks people complain they live little better than animals there's a lack of clean water or sanitation most families as many as eight or nine people are cramped in single rooms. we are building a room because the one we have is not enough for the whole family where seven and as you know we have young and old children and we cannot stay in
a single room it's allegations from the past that prevent them from attending home . misrata does not want to return until there is a law that compensates them they say that there are women who are raped by two we are go they want to investigate us and apply justice they are asking the libyan government not to allow us back until those guilty go to tribunals and are sentenced the refugees at the camp believe they are being collectively punished for the crimes of a few. we are sure some people did bad things we are not all guilty for that people from two we are good have met with people from misrata to solve the problem we apologize to the families of misrata the medium's were good but there is no answer from their side. for now the displaced to work and can only hope and pray that one day they can return to the former lives police here r.t. . meanwhile in tripoli libyan politicians have reportedly voted now in favor of
basing legislation on islamic sharia law the media around for occasions of that move aren't clear especially considering the thought in tripoli don't hold sway over the entire country but invite you to stay with us international for the latest on libya and also get more of course online r.t. dot com. many british households are wondering how they're going to stay warm this winter after being hit with massive energy price rises just as the cold begins to buy that some top of thousands of u.k. families trapped below the poverty line and unable to heat their homes even with the promise of government help tesser a seller report. it's that time of year again when temperatures drop and to bill soar as the heating comes on. a. good week the people who are protesting saying that it was i'd like them to the choice between eating or heating they're angry at the price increases of the energy companies and the government's lack of action to helping those who are most
vulnerable not to mention the comment from downing street that for those who can't afford to pay the bills they just simply put on an extra job well. this really saved me gently as you can wrap policing in the wing itself isn't the c.s.m. leave early killing of his wife frieda keep the heating on for only two hours during the day and five hours at night i do worry her running and particularly to me then obviously. frieda will have to meet all the costs on our own it's affecting every family in this country and this is britain two thousand and thirteen. it's terrible depending on the provider the hike set to take effect this winter could be as high as ten percent with excess winter deaths in england and wales rising by a third to thirty one thousand compared with the previous year six big companies
controlling the market and not deciding when to put up prices whether that's above the rate of inflation or not is another question the big six blamed a rise in wholesale costs but industry regulator off gem said costs rose by less than two percent profits meanwhile have gone up by seventy five percent in the last year alone but if you're going to see if you any go to that's what we're going to see to do to play our part in bringing in. the pressure. and there's a double whammy the national grid one of that energy reserves are dangerously low the risk of blackouts this winter will be higher than it's been for almost a decade but the more pressing problem for many remains simply getting through this winter how many of the. cabinet truly live on the almost sort of money that that we get doesn't make any difference to david cameron i mean what it
does and does are cilia r.t.e. london. lotty dot com a websites like other talk about this truck has been hijacked in mexico is going to do with drugs or cash though at this time it's extremely radioactive material that's gone missing from of the radiotherapy machine head online to learn more about that story to try to track it down urgently hoping the thing will be broken into and also find out how the pope filled the long dark winter nights in vatican city by spreading a little like to visit. the afghan president says none of his ministers will be allowed to sign a security pact with washington unless it fulfills certain key demands top american officials are in kabul and brussels is trying to persuade how it cause i to pen the crucial document which seals the number of u.s. and nato troops after twenty forty more smarties duty caffein off in the belgian capital. both time and patience are quickly running out here in brussels the situation has essentially devolved into
a high stakes game of poker veiled threats and attempts to try to force and pressure afghan president hamid karzai to sign that deal between the united states and afghanistan that would determine the size and the shape of a u.s. forces after combat troops leave at the end of twenty fourteen now yesterday mr rasmussen decided to play hardball he said that if karzai doesn't sign the deal with the americans all nato forces could be withdrawn from of ganesan after thirteen years of war and that eight billion dollars in annual aid that against him so badly needs well that could be in jeopardy too but if this is a game of carrots and sticks approach we saw both the nato and the united states somewhat soften their stance today the u.s. secretary of state john kerry came out with a new proposal this morning saying all right if karzai doesn't want to sign the deal let's come up with a plan to help him save face we can get the defense minister to sign that anyone as soon as it gets signed quickly and soon for cars i mean while he knows that he
needs this money however cars i wanted done on his own terms he doesn't really want to sign the deal until after the april elections and he also wants the u.s. to promise to continue to stop doing certain things for example controversial night raids he's also now asking for afghan detainees at guantanamo bay to first be released before that deal is signed so certainly a lot of politics being played here the fate of ghana stand in the balance as a result. with the euro still trying to find its feet china's you arms need to become the second most used trading currency share of world trade is no was nine percent is rising from just over one percent a year ago the success most chinese efforts to influence the world's economic arena as for the. experience. clearly it's a big victory for china to to to get the number two spot this is this the big objective obviously of the of the government in beijing to further
internationalize the redmen beer that you won they have been working on this for quite some time and you can look at it to some extent as china seeking its own place in what it believes to be its own rightful place in the global economy whether it's a visa v the united states or whether it's a visa of the japan of the rivalry that it has an asia both in strategic terms but also in economic and financial terms and also because of the europe as well so clearly i think there is a desire for china to to to exert greater influence and to have a larger position in the global not just the trade markets but in the global financial markets it actually is update for us just over half an hour's time iran to international between now and then a soul searching journey across some small islands in the big history the russian orthodox christian retreat of eventually begin soon right after this quick break.
ukraine deeply divided kid sovereign decision to walk away from an association agreement with brussels has resulted in an explosion of street protests and violence some western pundits have even called for the overthrow of ukraine's current political order it would seem those who ultimately lost the orange revolution are bent on giving a second shot. the interview. up . to.
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