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coming up on our t.v. breaking news coming out of ukraine of protesters are once again filling the streets of the nation's capital demonstrators and local police continue to crash and some fatalities have been reported a look at the unrest in ukraine just ahead today was a day of many champions at the sochi olympics numerous medals were awarded dramatically shifting the current rankings we'll have the latest up ahead. and a new development for a russian man in prison to the u.s. american authorities have finally agreed to allow a medical examination of the inmate this after the russian authorities showed concern over its help more on that later in the show.
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it's tuesday february eighteenth five pm in washington d.c. i'm not going lopez and you are watching r t america well we begin this afternoon with breaking news from ukraine where at least thirteen people are reported dead and dozens of others were injured today according to government officials. clashes in the country continue to become more and more violent between police and demonstrators both protesters and police have been killed during this violence protesters again are protesting against president victoriano show a cold which those protests have been going under way for twelve weeks now ukrainian prop parliament is considering constitutional changes that would make it much more powerful than the president president which is set to meet with opposition parties tomorrow to discuss peaceful resolutions for the latest from ukraine here's our teaser read of the lucia. well basically all we have to do in
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order to understand what's happening in the ukrainian capital is to look at the pictures then they truly are mind blowing these central independence square in kiev is. up in flames right now protesters are tossing molotov cocktails at the police the police are responding with tear gas and water cannons at this point although it's it is cold out there it does look just by observing of this situation that the water cannons are sort of doing a double work at this point because the moment of cocktails did not seem to be reaching the police as the as the rioters intend them to they a lot of the most of cocktails actually dropped right there on the my don on the independence square setting the entire area on fire it's like the it's like there is a circle off fire in the center of here we do know that. the protests have broken just hours before they were supposed to there were supposed to
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be according to the organizers peaceful marches towards the parliament was very quickly those us believe it into a very brutal confrontation between the police and the rioters who started throwing stones and knowledge of cocktails again the police have retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas but the most troubling development as of now is the fact that according to police this is the first time where they can officially say that those on the sides of protesters have used live rounds and we do know that at least two police have died from gunshot wounds three more are reportedly in coleman right now thirty more than thirty police have been injured when it comes to protesters there saying more than one hundred people have sustained injuries in the mayhem that has been ruling the day in the ukrainian capital at the moment it's also important to note that at this point all access roads to the ukrainian capital are being blocked by police starting from midnight on february nineteenth that is essentially in
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a couple hours. time nobody will be able to enter the city because the government does not want to see reinforcements coming in for the rioters also the president of the country says he will hold an emergency meeting at eleven pm local time so that's in two hours time in order to see the situation possibly calmed down but by looks of it at the moment when you see the entire central a blaze it does not look like that will be the case again this is the first time in recent months that we have seen such brutal clashes with live ammunition being used against protesters are also accusing the police of also using live ammunition but police are always saying that they do not use live rounds only possibly pneumonic weapons and mostly tear gas rubber bullets and water cannons where the leaders of the opposition right now not yet clear but however one of them gets
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a new has said that he is ready to sit down with the representative of the government or president in a college and carry out talks in order to stop the insanity in order to stop the violence in the center of key of whether or not that hole will be heated whether or not president in a college is ready to sit down with the opposition leaders not yet clear just as it's not clear whether or not all of position leaders are willing to meet with president so you're seeing the pictures you're seeing the mayhem and the brutality and it's quite possible that we will be seeing these very pictures for the next several hours to come those archies arena reporting to sochi now where it was a big day for the medals board seven events wrapped up today in the olympics here's a look at where the medal stands another one and the u.s. are now tied with twenty medals each one russia is next with nineteen medals followed closely by. norway canada and germany from war from such a r.t.s.
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that richard van port fleet joined me earlier and he filled us in on the days that big winners. were just concentrating on team usa things got off very well for them very early in the morning in solid cheers became a bronze in a men's no border cross going to alex de bolt or france taking the gold medal and the silver medal for the russians also for union and things they did very well for the usa as well late in the evening here in sochi as they picked up a gold medal in the men's heart by its ski all of a c.v. men's halfpipe is probably more famous in the united states for snowboarding shaun white the flying tomato as he's known was a two time olympic champion coming into the saatchi games but a forty earlier in the competition. crashed out and could only finish in four plays but better fortunes for the americans in the men's ski as david why is why he had
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an exile and first run scoring ninety two points and that was a good enough to give him an america gold medal wise for the somewhat on his second run scoring only forty points by didn't matter of us a god gold and claim their six gold medals so far. also could be gold medal number seven soon for the usa when the women's two men started to win. the americans setting a track record. on the first run and after two runs they have a ten second lead over their nearest rivals canada and a second runs taking place on wednesday all follows holland heels of a two man american bobsled team who won a silver medal yesterday behind the russians so obviously american doing very well on the sliding track the moment. so just to recap hard to choose the ease of
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a. america with six golds four silvers and ten bronze is twenty battles over all. caps on track to be the record they said in vancouver four years ago were one of thirty seven medals including nine golds very impressive now i understand there is a very big match up coming up between the u.s. and canada for women's hockey team usa was very disappointed in its showing the last time any idea of how they are changing their strategy this time around or not really going to change their strategy in march because i mean the canada usa there played each other so many times over the last few years of course where the reigning gold medalist after winning in vancouver but the usa they got the bragging rights last time out in a major tournament winning the women's world championships in ottawa beating the usa forty two in the final of the two teams actually met. here that was in the group stages where canada just. was really a lackluster usa side by usa definitely with
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a point to prove there they seem to getting back to form in a big way they crush sweden six to one in the seven finals all roots of a gold medal game sweden really could have been double digits really to score there was. the usa had ten different scorers. points out of the eighteen or. so certainly the usa looking very good going into the gold medal game with canada on the twenty first and let's talk about the men's hockey what are the chances the u.s. russia match up in the finals. well there as she fairly good chance there's a very good chance of a russia usa might show up in the final because basically the two teams have been on different parts of the draw you have a rusher in the top part of a draw only finishing fifth after the perimeter stages the usa finishing seconds have air in the bottom half so they won't meet say they do meet until the final
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well usa they have a quarter final clash on wednesday where they will play. the czech republic to be their near neighbors slovakia for one in the playoff round to get into the last states and they have been delighted as really for the usa coaching staff who play in nets really they're going to jonathan quick los angeles kings net mind which means that she benched the m.v.p. from the vancouver olympics ryan miller who was such an instrumental part of taking what was a very young usa side all the way and so close to beating canada four years ago but this u.s.c. team better a lot more mature they've got a lot of players have gained experience which is patrick kane two time stanley cup winner with the chicago blackhawks looking very impressive it's called the most goals so far after the group stages netting fifteen and just conceding for phil kessel they probably got one of the form players so far in that solomon the toronto
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maple leafs forward had a great day in the season's break in the n.h.l. with his scoring is continuing and he was the first american trying to score a hampshire extends nine hundred eighty when of course there was the famous miracle on ice victory of his sully union which america eventually wins on to claim gold in lake placid so some very big very interesting match ups coming out for team usa both in men's and women's cockle but the signs are locking what are some of the other events that we should be keeping our eyes on. well look just to point out it's all a. kind of beyond of in you might not be named it's too familiar with american beauty the biathletes to convince norway. he wanted gold medal very early on that one of the first of and say in so much in the main sprains which resides his twelve olympic medal which drew in level with the. legendary norwegian.
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cross-country skier. dallaire and so beyond all it just needs one more medal to go out all on his own to become the most decorated olympian in winter olympics history and he might have a chance on wednesday in the next relay but just going back to hockey is a very interesting development today actually all the talks really been about whether the n.h.l. is going to be playing in pyongyang in two thousand and eighteen and unfortunately it was a great response from the n h l commission a gary bettman who's who decided he couldn't guarantee that the n.h.l. those would be very long chang i mean i was trying to corey perry the canadian for the ne anaheim ducks forward this afternoon and he was saying just how he's enjoying the service told him and in general that's been the whole everyone really who's participating in this funky event has really enjoyed taking pause and it's just about bringing hawking to new audiences as well his ratings for the sochi olympics have been fantastic of course everyone remembers the russia vs usa game in
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the pool stage which was probably one of the best games i've seen in a long long time very interesting definitely will keep our eyes on such as a games continue to play out all the way to the closing richard concorde fleet thank you so much for joining us from sochi russia with the latest. newly released documents from the edward snowden leaks reveal that the n.s.a. and its british counterpart the g.c.a. h.q. worked together to spy on activist groups one of the people caught in the n.s.a.'s spying web is wiki leaks founder julian assange on which according to the documents the g c h q also kept track of people who visited the wiki leaks website by tapping into fiber optic cables and collecting the ip addresses of computers in real time greenwald the latest exposé featured in the intercept claims that the two thousand and ten documents show that julian assange his name was added on a manhunting target list that's
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a list that all two also features the names of al qaeda members in response to songe told democracy now reporters quote it is strange to see your name in that context with people who are suspected of serious criminal acts of terrorism clearly that is a massive overstep what the leaks also put out a statement criticizing the u.s. for even considering adding the name of that publishing site to its list of foreign malicious actors part of that statement reads quote wiki leaks strongly condemns the reckless and unlawful behavior behind the national security agency we call on the obama administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the extent of the n.s.a.'s criminal activity against the media including wiki leaks and its extended network now for a little bit of background when a group is designated as a foreign malicious actor the n.s.a. is allowed to target its electronic surveillance extensively on that group without excluding american citizens from surveillance on the other end of the spectrum the
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n.s.a. denies some of the most serious accusations coming from glenn greenwald's article the n.s.a. tells r t quote any allegation that the n.s.a. will wise on foreign partners to circumvent u.s. law is absolutely false the national security agency does not ask its foreign partners to undertake any intel. activity that the u.s. government would be legally prohibited from undertaking itself that letter went on to say that the agency compliance with u.s. attorney general procedures to protect privacy rights this is just the latest update in the chapter of n.s.a. surveillance that just keeps on growing. while some councils lawmakers are trying to stall anti-gay legislation from being passed into law the bill is h.r. two four five three and it would offer legal protection to individuals businesses and government employees who refuse to serve homosexuals if they have religious beliefs that oppose same sex marriage the bill passed the republican controlled
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house in a seventy two to forty nine vote last wednesday and is now headed to the senate judiciary committee however our team has learned that the committee plans to kill the measure by stalling it indefinitely and kansas is not alone in its attempts to pass and again legislation lawmakers in tennessee are now debating senate bill two five six six that is the measure that would quote be meant to give businesses the explicit power to turn down same sex ceremonies if they contradict sincerely held religious beliefs essentially legislating discrimination against gay community eg and so gay community that is the measure is being dubbed the turn away the gays bill and just looking at a map of where of same sex marriages are allowed to more states in the u.s. are against gay rights than are actually for them right now only seventeen states and the district of columbia allow same sex marriage federal judges struck down a ban on same sex marriage in utah oklahoma and virginia
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a temporary stay has been put in place in those states during the appeals process artie's guyin shit can reports on some of the closer of the gay legislations that are coming out from around the u.s. . kansas lawmakers have outraged the gay community here in the us as you know last year the u.s. supreme court ruled that the ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional so you have states that have embrace this ruling and you have states that are trying to shield themselves from that ruling and here's how kansas is doing it kansas lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow businesses and state government employees to deny services to same sex couples if quote it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs so according to these lawmakers forcing businesses or state employees to deliver services to same sex couples is a violation of their freedom of religion and speech gay rights advocates are of course outraged over this some say it could be worse than simply not allowing gay
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marriage because we're talking about services that could include medical care so state hospitals can potentially turn away gay couples at the door and deny treatment and this bill would protect them from discrimination lawsuits if a gay couple calls the police an officer may refuse to help them on religious grounds that's how broad the language of this kansas bill is we're asking residents of washington d.c. one of the most gay friendly cities in the us what they think about this bill. i think it's really terrible i think that employers should not be able to just like not let same sex couples have the same benefits as regular married couples based on their religious beliefs that's a fundamental contradiction of separation of church and state he might think that's why. why why do you think that. i don't think that the state. should be able to force people to do things
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that go against their religious beliefs kansas's not alone so-called religious example law so be. proposed in idaho mississippi ohio oklahoma and oregon twenty states have loss protecting residents from discrimination based on their sexual orientation but most states do not and it seems last year's supreme court decision and the overall trend toward equal rights for gay couples have prompted some of these conservative states to take an even more aggressive stance against the gay community in washington i'm going to check on our team. still ahead here on our t.v. it's a step forward in the story of a russian man imprisoned in the u.s. u.s. authorities have agreed to provide the end made with a special medical examination after repeated requests from russian authorities more on that just after the break.
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ins force. in the finish line of the marathon. hearing. we welcome aaron eight and abby martin two of the two or three posts on the our t.v. network. it's going to give you a different perspective give you one star never i'll give you the information you make the decision. bring you this it's a revolution of the mind it's rather than ideas and consciousness. with the extreme right you're probably would be described as angry i think in a strong you know or single.
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welcome back well american authorities have agreed to allow a russian citizen who is being held in an american jail to receive an emergency medical evaluation constantini shango has been complaining of shortness of breath and speech problems artie's on a saucy a charkha has story. a russian pilot in his forties constantin your shango is serving a prison sentence of twenty years in a new jersey prison after being arrested by u.s. officials in a sting operation in liberia in two thousand and ten and being found guilty of
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conspiring to smuggle drugs internationally in new york and twenty eleven case sets major precedent as he's the first russian citizen to have been arrested in an operation involving u.s. special agents and imprisoned in the united states for an intent to carry out a crime in a third country after your lawyer raised a red flag a few days ago saying his client had visible signs of being on the brink of a heart attack such as difficulty breathing and speaking chest pains and short term memory loss the russian foreign ministry yet again spoke out about constantine meeting urgent medical care was taken to a prison hospital to be examined with an ultrasound as well as electrocardiogram for his heart which he had complained about a handful of times his lawyer however has told r.t. that he believes a much more in-depth assessment is necessary the russian foreign ministry has been insisting that russian diplomats and more importantly russian doctors be allowed to visit your shankill in jail who has repeatedly voiced concerns about his health
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throughout his time in the new jersey prison his wife victoria speaking to our t.v. said that he never had any health issues prior to his iraq arrest in liberia where he was said to have been beaten and tortured this is what your lawyer told us on this matter your show. we can turn and was unduly dark to the country if liberia subjected to three days of brutal torture were. knocked. it was all in gloucester violation of international law. and even national law for that matter. of course your skis should be addressed. at the national level between russia and the united states now our team has reached out for comment to the us state department as well as the department of justice and organizations such as the american civil liberties union human rights watch and others but so far to no avail imagine now for
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a second that the situation were reversed and an american was in severe need of assistance being largely neglected in a russian prison prior to his arrest in the sting operation by u.s. officials had previously never stepped foot on u.s. soil and has no criminal record in any other country in the world now the latest we're waiting to find out is whether russian diplomats and medics will be able to eventually goes condition as well as where on standby and waiting for any official commentary from u.s. officials on this case creating a stir between moscow and washington. r.t. new york. all right well over the years the u.s. has gotten a lot of advice from the international community when it comes to dealing with al qaeda but now there's another voice that is charming in a specially designated global terrorist says that he knows how to protect the united states he wants the u.s. to cooperate with local authorities and also to end its drone campaign in an interview with yemen in yemen with the washington post ob to all the hob all from
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my party told the u.s. to support the yemeni government through a national project that would face. his idea is to develop a reconciliation program where militants would turn in their weapons and be forgiven he says not all of them will give up their weapons but this way you give those who are willing to leave a chance to become a citizen again and live a normal life those who don't will lose the public's sympathy interesting advice from an interesting character the u.s. treasury department branded home icon the as a global terrorist in december right before they froze his assets and sanction anyone who does business with him the treasury accuses him of using yemeni charities to funnel money to al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and i cannae denies these accusations and says that he is willing to meet with american officials and even go to trial in yemen to defend himself now yemen has seen
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a large number of drone strikes over the years the latest numbers coming out from the bureau of investigative journalism says that between fifty nine and sixty nine attacks have happened in the country killing hundreds of people including civilians and children. know those numbers are on the conservative end of the report anyway so it looks like a global terrorist is rethinking america's strategy when it comes to counterterrorism efforts no word yet on whether or not the group is rethinking its own strategy though. well they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but the reality is that most. women work very hard to look good and to keep their skin healthy in order to do that there are a litany of products to help from creams to mask to peels and everything in between but it turns out that some of those products that help you look beautiful have ugly consequences on the environment liz wahl has more. well you may have heard of micro beads the tiny plastic beads that are part of some face scrubs and body washes
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turns out those beads are bad for the environment they make their way into our lakes and oceans and do not biodegrade the plastic beads end up being eaten up by fish and may have then surely end up in some form on our dinner plates now states are taking action to ban them including california and new york the bill recently introduced in the new york state legislature would ban the sale and manufacture of the teeny tiny beads new york attorney general eric schneiderman calls it quote common sense legislation that will stop the flow of plastic from illegal designed beauty products into our vital waters preserving our natural heritage for future generations well there certainly isn't the first time the environment took a cosmetic hit the food and drug administration ministration recently came out cautioning the public again using antibacterial soap and that's because they can turn a contain a germ killing ingredient called try close in the chemical is also found in body
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washes toothpaste and the odor and some other toiletries since they were first used in the seventy's consumers have sworn by the products in promoting a germ free leg style but now the f.d.a. doubts they are more beneficial than regular old soap and water is fuel support for scientific warnings that the chemical can interfere with hormone levels and contribute to antibiotic resistance and the age old advice of using sunscreen is also raising environmental concerns the journal of environmental health perspectives the warns that several tons of sunscreen answers the ocean when beach goers go for a dip they find that the chemical that comes from the sunscreen is leading to destruction of coral reefs and integrity part of ocean ecosystem so what the oil cosmetic lover to do. well your best bet to go green is probably to go natural but
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if you can't go bare faced you could make an effort to use environmentally friendly products in washington liz wall r t. well nasa scientists were over the moon with explained that this month after releasing new diagrams of our solar systems largest moon four hundred four years after galileo galilei first spotted jupiter is again we need moon using his telescope astronomers have created the first ever global geological map showing all of the currents and all of the crevices of this icy behemoth astronomers combine images from voyager one and two spacecraft as well as the galileo orbiter to create this map that you're looking at nasa describes gani need surface as complex with older heavily cratered territories as well as newer ridge terrains they hope this diagram will help planetary scientists uncover the moon's evolutionary phases and aid upcoming spacecraft observation missions and if
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good news for all of you those are that are out there that are amateur astronomers if you want to get a glimpse of danny needs from your own backyard this month you are in luck jupiter's position is it just the right place so that you can see it with a pair of simple binoculars and that's going to do it for now on mega lopez. technology innovation. developments in. the future avar.


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