it was. president putin confirms an explosion at a supermarket in sindh petersburg was a terrorist attack the identity of the attacker is still unknown. party hears from using the families in iraq who were previously held as slaves by islamic state half of those abducted from a missing. man i hope i was pregnant but i was so terrified that i lost my child my husband and my family were captured i was left alone with my mother so we took boys and i decided it was better to die. and facebook reveals it has a unit that helps politicians win campaigns claiming it played a major role in this scottish national party is a landslide victory in twenty fifty.
very well mark me watching r.t. international with me making arrant good to have you with us this hour our top story the russian president vladimir putin has said an explosion there ripped through a supermarket in some petersburg on wednesday was a terrorist attack fourteen people were injured in the blast. but you know with you yesterday there was a terror attack in some petersburg just recently security services prevented another terror attempt. these images from inside the shop where the blast went off most of the counters and shelves were destroyed we spoke to eyewitnesses who were in the supermarket at the time of these hack. the blast happened as my mother was painted that still i was totally disorientated
a part of the ceiling was hanging above me i felt pain i started to look for my mom . had caught fire. to go in i couldn't see anything everything was black i couldn't understand where i was then i close my eyes and opened them again and there was my son close to me. supermarket security cameras filmed this man entering the building and leaving his backpack in a locker where the bomb detonated reports say police believe he was the perpetrator of the as her. trying to travel to the scene as soon as police lifted the cordon. there's still blood on the stairs outside the supermarket but if we walk further down here you can see through the window the damage and saw it all vs the nobody's being let through the doors but right now we can say that the people that were wounded during the wednesday blast inside the supermarket can be almost one hundred
percent certain that they were caught up and survived a terrorist attack the investigators that are still work in right there they're walking in and out every now and then still haven't completely ruled out any version of events but the metal balls that the improvised explosive device was stuffed with point at the worse case scenario in st petersburg six people are still being treated at a hospital they got trapped not once but the person who physically put the bomb inside that storage locker still hasn't been caught when addressing security bosses vladimir putin told them not to hesitate when dealing with terrorist suspects you know because instructed the federal security service to act within the law when dealing with these thugs but if the looks of the law roof is in danger they must disinterestedly the prisoners they must destroy these stocks on this book besides
that the russian president called russia's military operation in the syria a preemptive move against terrorism at home according to mr putin the threat of terrorist attacks could have been much worse if russia hadn't intervened than otherwise he warned of thousands of trained tacker infiltrating russia we remember of course that the previous major terrorist blast happened in the metro train in this very city and that is especially alarming given that russia is in the peak of the whole. season security is heightened all across the country and it is definitely being felt here in st petersburg and everyone is really waiting for the suspect to be found and arrested earlier we spoke to tell me topia loto an expert in counter terrorism he says russia's actions in syria helped to prevent
a number of attacks in different countries. should be grateful for. the security service is walking really how people were picked up this particular incidence of go without anybody being killed moving forward we need to start looking. tossed lights on individuals who are likely to be involved in discount all four incidents a lot of course is what i do want to see it not have to be grateful to be to do the president of the russian federation for their work in syria because audio day thousands of judges will be returning back to europe are not a part of the war if not for the walked i have been drawn into getting rid of most of them on the battlefield in syria and the global village regardless of what a. poly regional politics is in order. to know more to the order. it is. in fighting this war against terrorism because he doesn't know what black
green yellow religion to kill anybody they can get their hands. families in syria and iraq are attempting to rebuild their lives following the fall of islamic state because if speaking is it the minority in northern iraq has been among the worst hit thousands of people were killed and thousands more were kidnapped and in slaved by the terrorists only half of them have escaped or been returned there if they did come back were at the mercy of people smugglers that charge vast amounts while other families paid ransoms directly to i so terrorists are increasingly reliant on that income as other sources of funding collapsed artie's senior correspondent more advanced you have spoke with a woman held hostage by the militants and a mother forced to buy back her daughter from islamic state. it takes either great bravery or great desperation to act in the chaos of
battle when the jets came isis salmiya acted and couldn't manage it or they had locked the door but i broke the window and got out that way and i run for a day and a night to make it to live where did he run from there resort or a local family who are not with i still took me in they had me they told me where the kurdish forces were salmiya and her family were captured by isis back in two thousand and fourteen she escaped barely two weeks ago in his monologue and i was pregnant but i was so terrified that i lost my child my husband and my family were captured i was left alone with my mother so i took poison i decided it was better to die when they caught me i thought that since my family my husband and my house were gone it would be better to die. she was
a slave made to work in factories do menial work beaten for any offense and then. when the men would offer us as gifts in the evenings they would get together and trade the women and have their fun with us. she now lives with her mother who northern iraq home to many displaced. and returned ones far from rape beatings and humiliation but there's no escape from the memories this photo was taken in two thousand and fifteen the renzi another happy family from northwest iraq all of them but the mother were killed or captured as they fled from isis all but to a dead or missing. it was indescribable for me laugh turned into endless suffering tears and hunger i couldn't do anything but cry. for years she lived in pain
in torment it was a freak phone call the changed her life someone had recognized her daughter like the telephone had someone contacted my relatives and told them that they have found a photo of a girl on facebook they asked if there was my child and they recognised her the sound was in turkey but said he would deliver her to baghdad he paid over ten thousand dollars inas seems happy if a little hyperactive and boisterous and impatient and then tiley adorable tries we might we couldn't get her to talk though her mother says that she has trouble getting her to be quiet she was five when she was taken by isis nine when she was returned. as the last night and she didn't recognize me at first and i cried a lot about that later she told me that she was upset that i was crying the whole
time. they both saved each other their reunion ones like it give hope to thousands of people hope that one day they'll be able to get them missing families and loved ones back before it's too late or i guess the tea from joke iraq. according to kurdish officials over six thousand years it iis were abducted by ice still in twenty fourteen alone with around half of them still missing well as the number of humanitarian organizations for comment here's what they use it a humanitarian group and also human rights watch told us about the situation. but this community have been suffering haven't suffered so much throughout this three years have passed or the community is still the worst misplaced in the region for the woman who brought back to come from captivity. growth taken care of those who are still captivity are still good and it has been all political what's were
looking into all the years we deployed or do we feel that this is your last post your goal and that it's a little community hasn't done much to repeal this. in the process of the battles against isis of course now dozens of civilians were killed and among them surely also you see the us use that were being held prisoners by isis but what you have not seen is any serious effort by the group or baghdad government to ensure that you victims get their day in court and get justice for what has been done to them this friday we will add the story of one girl kidnapped by ice or when she was fifteen that was almost three years ago now and she's now managed to return home for her story watch this channel on friday. the u.n. refugee agency has confirms the number of syrian refugees in lebanon has dropped
below one million for the first time since twenty fourteen more than five million people fled the syrian war with many finding refuge in neighboring lebanon the country along with turkey and jordan have taken in the majority of syria's refugees the recent drop in my quick numbers in lebanon comes after a significant victory in the fight against islamic state.
carloads from the u.n. refugee agency says the vast majority of syrians living alone and dream of returning home the first time in since april two thousand and fourteen that the number drops below one million interest hours and seventeen u.n. agency are estimates that the few thousands of syrian refugees from lebanon have returned to syria we know that most syrian refugees in lebanon the vast majority want to return to syria when conditions become safe for them to return in safety and dignity. a lot of refugees have expressed when the situation calms down even more and becomes more stable in syria a lot of the development support that is going to other countries in the region will also be directed back to syria in order for the international community to support in the rebuilding of this country which would also help or support refugees
who are returning. after losing ground in syria and are wrong islamic state terrorists seem to be ramping up their activities in afghanistan the group now says it was behind multiple suicide blasts in the afghan capital kabul early this thursday which killed at least forty one people and injured eighty four local journalists muslim sherzai as reports. the toll is rising from forty to forty one dead son also eighty four injured and recent attack into doubt i can call moments ago the president get his spokesperson and the ministry of health the spokespersons hailed a press conference and told about the rising of the tolls and the credit situation of some people in this attack is that it's coming after the deadly attack on the shia mosque today shown that the new phrase of attacks on kabul against the shia minority is going to increase the reason attacks or so-called islamic a city or die as this has
a history of the last year especially when we see these kind of attacks which was him on some on in the north of the kabul in twenty six off our october after data to any of august before dad was that did the attacks on the shia minorities and inside of the country and the list attack which so-called islamic state clinton sponsibility talked about the curate of fatah immune which called against islamic instead and middle east especially and iraq and syria this costs that the afghan people especially nowadays especially today and the afghan people especially in social media are going very angry against the afghan government and. it was his military has caused a stir by ordering members of the armed forces to use gender neutral language he's part of that which works i said to change in a new era of equality. well these new guidelines are all about avoiding gen did language so we've heard that special post is have gone up in the toilets of one
particular ad base that trains recruits for the royal navy the royal air force and for the army take a look at some of the very traditional phrases that army bosses have suggested amending. the. mood. to. the. odyssey got in touch with the m o d to find out all about the new phrases and they have said that they are
promoting a modern inclusive working environment to ensure individuals are recognised and feel valued now the guidelines were written by a unit called the joint equality diversity and inclusion unit which troops reportedly called jet died for short but diversity and inclusion is a big issue for the british army right now to put this all into context last year women were finally able to take up combat roles in the army and from the end of next year women will be able to apply for all the same positions as men in the british forces. and israeli court has decided to keep a sixteen year old palestinian girl and two more of her relatives in custody for another week postponing his final ruling had to mimi attacked israeli soldiers in. west bank in front of her house after her teenage cousin was shot by a rubber bullet and now earlier the trial has sparked
a fresh wave of protests against israel in the city of ramallah police responded by firing stun grenades a video of the incident involving i had to mimi has gone viral with some hailing it a symbol of palestinian resistance. which the video shows i haven't her cousin kicking and shoving i.d.f. soldiers and a mother then joined soon as you can see the two soldiers do not respond all three women are currently in custody and israeli rubber bullet hit to mimi's fourteen year old cousin mohammad in the face during protests against the u.s. decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel i had a father bassam who is also an anti israel activist says his daughter feels she had
no choice but to take action. call herself as a freedom fighter what a fighter for the palestinian issue she believes that we must struggle directly or the time she needs to be in the fruit of the salt in the. in the clashes with me. this is what she believes in. for that with the saw her when she saw. that she became more the more she won lead it to avoid the we requested a comment from the israeli defense forces on the girls' case the idea of says the court is investigating not just her suspect just sort of a soldier but also hides alleged participation in foreign rocks the girl's twitter account has also been deleted so it's unclear whether i had herself is behind the move from i.d.f. soldier are you winesburg says the israeli presence in palestinian areas is on a military level. what happened last week and the video that's gone viral with her
slapping and pushing two soldiers. is not part of a protest it went much more viral once they showed up. later on a few days later early in the morning and arrested her a sixteen year old girl for pushing somebody who was without any sort of authorization standing on her property image of a fearless young woman she's sixteen standing up to fully armed soldiers and the soldiers if you notice they come into these villages and i did when i served in the i.d.f. as well fully armed for battle the heavy military presence with in palestinian communities is thirty years old the amount of force is overwhelming these soldiers are only partially trained for doing what are essentially police duties but you notice they are in full battle dress they don't look like police men i don't think
that the i.d.f. sees itself as in a precarious position. facebook claims that helped the scottish national policy when a landslide victory in scotland during the u.k. general election and twenty fifteen the social media giant created a special unit to help politicians connect with a wider audience facebook is currently under pressure of allegations that helped russia to meddle in the us election kellam open explained. when it all started facebook was fun and innocent was a place to share your holiday snaps and keep up with friends but then it got political facebook is even boasting about the fact that it helped the scottish national party to win sweeping victories in the u.k. general elections of two thousand and fifteen campaign is across the political spectrum now recognize the using facebook and facebook accounts in particular made it to months real difference to the final election results at this point little did we know but facebook has
a government and politics team that helps you in victories for its clients right now the director of the team is katie harben the former republican party digital strategist and apparently she's quite good at her job. philippine president rodrigo to tara today took office after a strong campaign that included social media including facebook with a hash tag the leader i want. the trump campaign's digital director also says that facebook helped them to win the race so facebook now lets you get to places we took opportunities and i think the other side did their stuff a bit inside our office what we're doing inside the building teach us how to use a platform. germany's rising anti immigration party the a f d actually had meetings with the facebook team which was happy to offer them electoral advice doesn't this all sound a lot like election meddling you know that things supposedly done by evil russians
who purchased ads and american lines i don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy that's not what we stand for so facebook is just completely square and bipartisan and that's why it has a special team that helps politicians to win elections that makes sense right i think social media the people that run it are very biased according to their own political beliefs and i think that that's very very dangerous and it's a shame and that's why i that we cater for a long time that concern because usually conservatives in this country are the victims of the i think conservatives in the united states should certainly think of forming and starting their own version of facebook and their own version of google and their own version of twitter and i don't understand facebook's kind of subversive of political machine that i don't think most people are aware of and i think most people who when they become aware of it like me would be kind of concerned about it. japan is building up its military it says to counter the threat
from north korea a country has decided to convert a warship into an acrobatic area this would be capable of hosting f. thirty five jets which the country recently bought from the us this would be the first such best alone by japan since the second world war earlier this month the japanese defense ministry announced it was considering acquiring missiles capable of striking north korea the missiles will have a range of five hundred kilometers japan has also launched a study to determine if its fighter jets are capable of carrying missiles with a range of nine hundred kilometers the country's law prohibits japan from having any of these missiles and the moves have been heavily criticized by china. you'll usually. change their usual historical reasons each move the band makes in military security draws a great concern from its asian the brits and the international community who have noticed the related reports in which some people think such moves might violate
article nine of the japanese constitution. article nine which the chinese foreign minister referred to is the clause in japan's constitution that prohibits the country from having any means that can be used for offensive warfare asia specialist dungaree long suspects japan's real reason for wanting an aircraft carrier is to contain china. north korea's main threat is against the united states . japan not attacking the north koreans why should the last korean attack japan that's the first point secondly the threat is nuclear. power or hydrogen bomb and also the intercontinental missile delivery systems well this kind of threats cannot be resolved by developing an aircraft carriers so that's the first point as far as the threat from north korea's concern is for the threat from
china the center on the disputed islands in the tire or the sink islands but then of course japan developing is. perceived to be guarding the that this island this of course would. pose a risk of escalation because according to to china these are as belong to china as the world so i think that the recipe for as collation. a spanish court has ruled in favor of a man who was sued by an ex-wife for reading their daughter's words out conversations their mother claims that her child's privacy had been violated but the church ruled that the parent's right to monitor their children's internet use outweighed any invasion of privacy the former couple also have a son who apparently refused to show his father his wants that make chat the ruling it could set a legal precedent for cases involving children's activity on social media. i
discussed the story with george barda political activist and social justice campaign and also stephen maurice from the english democrats looking at the case it looks like these are obviously a bit of animosity between the two parents. obviously not been reported between what's been going on between them and he obviously. you know obviously you have a responsibility to make sure that your children are using social media responsible you know there's a lot of. things happening in the world today and we've been told that we have to monitor social media to see what's going on and we have to be careful of what our children are actually. seeing and engaging in personally i don't think it should be the normal toll i think you know. rewind sort of thirty years in a child's right to a diary and if the child finds out the parent has looked in their diary then probably the child will be very upset and will have very real grievances and
concerns that the parent has not respected them appropriately in the parent will then have to justify to the child why they did that. you know the child will probably that's not an appropriate thing the pair will have to just. in other words we go back to this question of right and wrong versus whether or not the courts should be involved so i think you know there are all sorts of issues here but i think it's important not to treat the current world as if it's entirely novel you know these issues of how parents and children negotiate questions of privacy versus parental responsibility even if children are raised without having their privacy respected isn't there a risk they're going to grow to be more tolerant of invasions of their privacy later in life for example government snooping perhaps well children. have always kept secrets from the parents that's a given it's always up and the issue now is with social media it's a lot greater and a lot wider. i was a child you know our interaction was just sent to the community centers. i'm going
to be on the push elton's which is what kids do but no the a lot why do people travel a lot for further and there's a lot more danger to be social media i think we are faced with a danger whether more or thirty governments and courts have to police the relationship between parents and children the more that ends up becoming a pretext for further surveillance of all communications itself so i think keeping the family private is important important part of keeping the government away from inappropriate surveillance of citizens. new year's celebrations are just around the corner and in preparation the russian capital has been putting out the decorations red square street and other main avenues have been adorned with thousands of lights on more than two hundred fifty christmas trees have been placed in the cafe with the new year's decorations will stay up for two weeks after the big celebration.
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