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a suicide blast in the russian city of volgograd kills fourteen passengers on a bus less than a day out so deadly bombing ripped through the city's train station. russia's president vladimir putin orders tighter security across the whole country in the wake of the bombings actually investigate the security situation in sochi the host city of the upcoming winter olympic games. and other top stories this hour also official intelligence and u.s. government attackers are routinely bugging computer gadgets purchased online according to french and i say leaks published in germany. and syria and misses it scares deadline for reaching its house with toxic weapons we'll speak exclusively to the head will be organization but we prohibit ahead of the weapons
to find out why. this is also international coming to life from moscow hello and welcome to the program and for the second time interest today's the russian city of all the grad has been targeted by terrorists today fourteen people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew up on a bus less than twenty four hours earlier a similar sort on the city has railway station claimed at least seventeen lives margaret howell is following developments in volgograd for us. i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing a massive death bodies everywhere a lot of information that is still coming out about the stroller the attack that happened this morning it has been confirmed that there was
a suicide bomber on that trolling bus that claimed these lives we have an eyewitness account of this event. i was in my way from work to the u. turn and then i heard a blast i was already standing in a queue and one of the other drivers asked if there was an explosion there was no panic but i hurt scream so i drove by to save the children and help people but they told me that only the driver of the bus was injured and so i took the driver surrogate to the hospital surrogate told me that the conductor had died he also said that the cabin wasn't completely fooled but i saw around six corpses myself. at the moment of the explosion i was at home that's about one hundred fifty meters away from the bus stop the shock wave was really strong so my whole family jumped up from their beds after ten minutes i ran from my place to the bus stop and saw a great number of dead bodies parts of bodies and clothes i could smell t.n.t.
immediately droves of ambulances arrived police cars governors vehicles and the investigation began i just saw bodies lying on both sides near the bus ambulances took a lot of them i don't know which ones were dead or alive. the monster responsible for this clearly ended clearly wanted a maximum death toll in the way that he went about doing this this morning now we do have investigators that are giving us more information regarding what happened this morning based on preliminary results we can already say that a terrorist suicide bomber activated the bomb it was a male parts of his body were taken from the scene of the blast and sent for d.n.a. testing to determine who he was also we can say that the explosion had the force of no less than four kilograms of t.n.t. just as the device at the train station it contained damage agents and since there were the same damage agents discovered in both cases both attacks were connected
they possibly could have even been made in the same place law enforcement officials they are heavy on the ground here and security has obviously been tightened all throughout russia but particularly here in this city as these two attacks have happened within twenty four hours of each other with the first bombing of the train station a lot of information is still forthcoming but taking a look at what's happened so far the busy train station it was rocked by the blast of a terrorist bomb on sunday afternoon shards of metal ripped through an area around a security checkpoint as passengers waited for their luggage to be inspected officials say the bomb was equivalent to at least ten kilos of t.n.t. and only the security barrier prevented this scene of devastation from becoming much worse but it's impossible to calculate the toll something like this has on its victims many are still reeling. from it i bent down to collect my documents when
i saw a flash of light and there was a blast i was thrown back by the explosion when i came to my senses a man who was carrying me out only outside was i able to get a breath of air and saw the two. what was happening. my son father and niece were inside the train station when the gloss went off they're all in intensive care now they're badly injured they were headed for a train to moscow but never made it a second bomb was later discovered it had failed to detonate this is the second time in just a few months that this southern russian city has been the target of extremist october suicide blast on a passenger bus which killed six and over thirty others is still raw in the memories of people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that finding international terror threats can only be done globally as both organized cells and lone terrorist continue to slip through law enforcement's nets we're
talking about asian harvest movement which is linked to al qaida that is operated not just in russia but also in other countries including in syria as we know now now the direct motive is not different from the previous attacks on moscow on other locations inside russia and i would say is not so different from attacks that has happened around the world i'll got a c.b. it's against democracy is against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this one that hit volgograd just days ahead of the new year's celebrations it's no surprise authorities thought it more appropriate to cancel the festivities and to clear the first three days of twenty fourteen as a period of mourning in volgograd margaret how will he. sees margaret howell is following events on the scene for us and you can also get regular updates on her twitter she says locals in the struggling to come to terms with the tragedies while keeping an eye on the investigation to follow and on
twitter for the names. to be in the. meanwhile russia's president has met with top government officials and ordered security to be put on high alert following the bombings. the latest tightening the of the security measures across the entire country that was one of the results of the numerous meetings during which the russian president has conducted throughout monday that particular result was the outcome of his meeting with a national and to terrorist community prior to that president putin has met with the heads of the securities of the federal security service and ministry of the interior who have updated him on the information on the situation in the volgograd region and on the nearby regions as well coming out of that meeting the head of the federal security service jetted off to volgograd to oversee the situation there personally he has already said that they have enough clues which allow them the
investigators to hope that the investigation into the organizers those who have who have been standing behind these terror attacks will be complete soon also of course we have on the ground the ministry of the emergencies who are working day and night in order to alleviate the situation somehow for people who have lost their loved ones and who may be in need of medical care here is how the minister of the emergency situation describes their work. we are putting our forces on high alert in the entire region also as president putin ordered every family that suffered from major attacks will be compensated we're also establishing constant communication with volgograd and from there will be transporting all the injured to moscow st petersburg and other regions but families of those who died in the terror attacks will receive one million rubles that's about thirty thousand dollars and
those who have been injured in these terror attacks will also receive monetary compensation albeit a slightly lower one now when it comes to international reaction when we know that at this point russian president has spoken on the phone with the president of france and the two leaders have agreed to work together in order to in order to lessen the terrorist activity and danger in both of their countries also the ministry of foreign affairs has come out with the statements. criminal attacks in volgograd as well as terrorist attacks in the u.s. syria iraq libya afghanistan the jiri and other countries organized in the same part inspired by the same thinking this figure from the ministry of foreign affairs has also condemned the dividing terrorists into the wrong kind and the right kind depending on their geopolitical goals that the person or the entities who are making their judgment are trying to reach
a sensually and that is according to their minister of foreign affairs any sort of terrorism is a crime and middle east experts. believe while terror groups don't necessarily have direct links to al qaeda they're certainly inspired by. the problem is that we have what i call franchise terrorism you have al qaeda which created this image their leader has been eliminated many of the his lieutenants haven't eliminated what is happening to the internet your friend just bringing up the words groups which share the same message can receive instructions if necessary and how to make bombs how to. do this and that acts of terrorism are sabotage but not part of the it's a zero report strong international organization so that if you do destroy sent to headquarters so to speak and you can say in the case of type that happened with the . assassination or execution if you will of some of bin
laden and the killing of many of his lieutenants in afghanistan. the less groups can they spring up which share the idiology which operate on the internet but are not in any direct organizational link on reaction to the tragic events involved a grant has been coming in from across the globe international leaders have been offering their sympathies their german chancellor angela merkel's that both acts of terror cause a feeling of indignation and disgust the u.s. state department stressed its solidarity with the russian people against terrorism of any kind the u.s. secretary general ban ki-moon expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims while the president of israel shimon peres said his heart is with the victims of the latest horrific act and james corbet of the independent news web science the colbert report says there's
a certain irony about the sorrow being expressed. b. currently a secretary general of nato anders fogh rasmussen has just taken to twitter to give his condolences to the people of russia on this tragedy. being a particularly sad irony because of course many of the chechen rebels have been harbored through e.u. political asylum in european nations and in nato countries themselves including france and poland and britain where of course one of the former chechen rebel leaders are men zacky of has been residing for a number of years now of course the islamic radicals are the ones that tend to carry out these attacks but the ones that are directing funding fostering and training them tend to be elsewhere located elsewhere and of course we have for example the testimony of former f.b.i. whistle blower sabella edmonds talking about operation gladio b r earlier this year she was talking about how this this operation was a nato fund is an ongoing nato funded operation in cooperation with the pentagon to stir up islamic radical terrorism specifically in the north caucasus region and the
surrounding area as a type of threat directed at russia and of course that china is well sitting right there on russia's doorstep so i think we have to see this in that context and as a potential larger geopolitical threat to russia. close the file to the developments and you can always have to call for a minute by minute timeline all the events involved. and of course we'll continue with coverage of these town after a short break. well
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this is aussie international and we're staying with the suicide attacks in volgograd it's being speculated that the timing is a link to the upcoming winter olympic games in sultry that start in less than six weeks both volgograd and sochi are in the same region but if you take a look at this mob so you can see the distance between them is more than six hundred fifty kilometers a spokesman from the international olympic committee six press confidence that the russian authorities will be able to keep the game safe. let's say reports now from such. the news no doubt have been received with shock and condolences are going out to those who have lost loved ones in a ball go to the international olympic committee has said that they trust that
russia will provide a safe haven come the winter olympics in twenty fourteen in terms of russia's olympic committee they've always had a plan for security even going as far as spending money when it comes to security technology i went to adler station to actually witness some of the technology in the use and when you go in there certainly a sense of calmness within the station you go through the scanners at the check ins and commuters alike that that those scanners and checks make us all feel safe and they're needed we spoke to a former member of the alpha and anti terror special forces unit and he said some of the confidence that the olympic committee shades more photos but. all the attacks in volgograd are part of the same chain the terrorists are trying to incite fear ahead of the winter olympics so that people become scared to go to saudi no wonder they've chosen the holiday season for this to make it even more painful for the people and to draw plenty of world attention but i believe this won't have any
effect on the olympics and the people who are planning to come will still do so they can be sure of their safety because almost two billion dollars have been allocated to security measures that's even more than the sum for the london olympics now in terms of the russian olympic security. plan for the olympics we know that twenty three thousand police officers will be deployed up to ten thousand military troops who will dig deep deep to be deployed as well including twenty eight three thousand of the emergency services also will be out here during the olympic time as well everybody else within the city we've been seeing already police officers patrolling around the cities particularly at those special. places that we see in the vents of the twenty fourteen lympics and also the people been working on the construction there who've all come to sochi during that time building this city up will we are said to leave the city come the
end of december and then in terms of the transport hubs vehicles with the limited on the roads starting a from the end of december only people with special crosses will be allowed to go on the roads now of course are those numbers that i'm you know we're looking forward in the next couple of days to see if indeed officials will want to extend the amount of those numbers that we've heard from the special police services that will be here for their limpid time. and the hardest of all if he's going on the ground in return say explained why have things they banned in volgograd will not affect security on the black sea coast it's hundreds of miles away so i got to say that there's a particular relevance of the search here lympics of course journalists will be very keen to draw. draw comparisons and relations between these two things it's notable that with some western leaders aren't coming to the winter olympics
their western leaders don't tend to go into winter olympics it has to be said so the connection with sochi maybe over eggs what's crucial here is that international law enforcement authorities get to the bottom of this what we need is much closer collaboration. authorities rather than the n.s.a. spying on every country resident not knowing it people actually finding out about what's going on. public transport has been a frequent target for terror attacks internationally in nine hundred ninety five people were killed in tokyo and over four thousand injured by a sarin gas attack on the subway in march two thousand and four coordinated bombings had the train system in madrid one hundred ninety one people died and over a thousand were wounded july two thousand and five saw a series of suicide attacks in london targeting the underground and buses fifty two people were killed and around seven hundred injured and of course the nine eleven tragedy also involved transport for passenger planes were hijacked by al-qaeda
terrorists and flown into a number of targets including the world trade center in new york almost three thousand people died and thousands more were injured journalist and broadcaster in new york clarke things western governments actions to tackle terror are inconsistent despite the global nature of the threat. western approach to terrorism has been very consistent because we're told on the one hand the west implacably opposed to radical islamic terrorism and that it's the biggest it's a school shooting manatee etc and yet on the other hand we have the west lining up with radical islamic terrorists in syria. backing on the same side as al-qaeda trying to topple a secular government now the west has got to i think change its relationship with saudi arabia which is a major sponsor of a lot of these radical islamic groups around the world the west has got to realign its foreign policy the trouble is if you put syria for example the west is actually on the same side as a terrorist because it's because of its relationships with large between sweet with
saudi arabia and israel who both want that regime and syria to be removed so i think we need a shift in the western capitals i think we need to get to work closer with russia because when there is closer cooperation we saw that with the boston bombings in we when we had the russian warnings about the south sorry no brothers were ignored by the americans because their game there was a tendency so it's russian warnings taken with a pinch of salt and so unless the west does work cooperate more seriously with russia as equal partners in this battle against the radical terrorist groups you know that's the product that met that's the major shift that's got to happen. in syria the western banks militants have severely disrupted what to rid the country of its chemical weapons laces then the latest national site deadline which is just a day away will be missed in the latest edition while the politics on a boyko speaks exclusively to the director general of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons and how much has been achieved in twenty thirteen
and you called two thousand and thirteen a truly historical here a year that saw the all p c w embark on probably the biggest challenge in its history but i wonder how much progress has been achieved so far the progress has been cost says it will. several categories of chemical weapons have already been destroyed and chemical weapons production facilities have been rendered to unusable you know very short time all chemical weapons were identified to prepare it for transport to. syria now despite these successes that you just mentioned the dad line for the removal of category one agency that deadline is going to be missed i wonder whose responsibility do you think that is the russian federation as well as others of the other co-sponsor of the process of the united states to unite stations have been very active in the past weeks. the necessary equipment for transportation and now most of the equipment made
a little and we expect to see you know authorities stick actions soon so i wouldn't blame anyone for distillate so there are some objective reasons for the. those delays couple of weeks ago western powers flatly refused to provide the syrian government with the military equipment to protect that convoy from their tags by the rebel forces i wonder if there has been any progress on that front transportation the road transport to me to syria is the responsibility of the syrian government the syrian authorities they will have to take to mr security measures. and they will be responsible of the safety and security of transport ation face of course if the syrian authorities have requested some assistance and the russian federation and others reaching states parties have provided you know a lot of logistics support and provide the some equipment and financial support to
so i hope that this support will be you could see the authorities will have to make also an effort in this respect now as far as i understand your inspectors on the ground are not planning to accompany these convoys are your role or will believe it to you they're a flying the loading process in damascus and the offloading in law taqiyya and i wonder why not because obviously some members of the international community. distrust the assad government very much so why not go all the way in there and flying be compliance of the syrian regime. there are we have very strict rules of a fish and that we have been applying over the years over the past sixteen years and our experts have determined that the. on sites where the chemical weapons will be a lot to to on trucks as well as some verification you know mechanism in place in
that taqiyya before loading on the ships would be adequate and that's what we are going to do. if you're considering buying a new laptop online you might want to think twice because u.s. intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bombs on them before they reach their destination reports and german newsmagazine there should be a goal such as there is a special n.s.a. unit dedicated to the task best i'll get more details from peter all of us how that piece says looks like even our own computers could be watching it. well the most latest revelations that have come out from the latest revelations that have come out from edward snowden that have been reported and beagle seem to show that the n.s.a. spying snooping capabilities are far beyond what we previously thought not only can
they listen to our phone calls listen to our e-mails but that in fact anything you would you buy may already come fully equipped with n.s.a. hardware now never mind scientists workshop they talk about a secret workshop that would install chips into computers that may be sold in certain areas that the n.s.a. deems to be worth looking into. so that means that anybody that received a computer for christmas have a look inside it may well be something you didn't quite expect in there know as well as that it also the latest revelations that were reported and also go into the fact that the underwater cables that connect us all around the world have also been hacked by the n.s.a. and yes we're all being split on and they all they know everything what we're looking at and not only can they access what we are sending over the internet but
in case it may well be that the hardware that we send those messages with is already being tampered with or indeed another reason to be happy so i thank you very much for that who appreciated. and of course we're closely watching the latest developments in the wake of the bombings in volgograd on and online as well as suicide blast as you know has killed fourteen people on a bus injuring over forty including three children. the blast a went off as the bus was approaching and market during the morning rush hour investigators say their time was carried out by a male suicide bomber came less than twenty four hours after a similar bombing targeted the city's railway station claiming seventeen lives. and of course we'll be keeping it updated on this developing story up next one meets mothers in russia's republic of english that's here. turning their sons away from the path of extremism the documentary my son x.
terrorist as a mish humans even seen. a middle school kind of guy i like tradition and heritage and all that stuff when i look to the past i see that there's a lot that we can learn from our ancestors however one that we don't need from the debtors' prisons which according to a fox news report are somehow on the rise in the united states in the twenty first century the a.c.l.u. and the british center for justice claim that the local courts have been sending individuals with unpaid fines and fees jail which the courts may not even realize is illegal these courts are locking up people with fines that have exploded in size due to interest imposed on the initial amount and for the representation they had when they were in court which i always thought was supposed to be free but worst of
all some are still in prison for fees they occurred while being in prison like having the audacity to use toilet paper hey that's taxpayer money down the toilet the kicker to this all is that throwing people in prison for their public debts costs more than the debts the prisoners have to pay off that's right the local governments lose money doing this someone please resurrect the founding fathers america is running out of time if you aren't worried about this comeback of debtors' prisons or you think those rednecks deserve it so let me ask you something how's it going with paying off all your loans and bills i hope for your sake you don't miss a payment but that's just my opinion.