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the ceasefire in syria's eastern. failure for a second that's russia's reconsideration center says the terrorists shelling is preventing hundreds of civilians from leaving the enclave. personality committee confirms the country's been reinstated as an i.o.c. member after remaining drugs tests from the winter olympics proved to be negative. on the south africa's parliament passes a motion that could see the entire white population stripped of their land without compensation.
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good evening great to have you with us this hour you're watching international. a humanitarian pause in syria's eastern has been broken by terrorists for a second that's according to the syrian conciliation center this is after safety corridos that was set up by russia came under heavy shelling from militants that prevented civilians from leaving the besieged district situation in the enclave was discussed at the u.n. security council meeting the assad regime and their supporters have been pummeling eastern ghouta where four hundred thousand people live under siege and constant bombardment needs to be understood and still legitimate targets of military operations they are asking civilians to leave eastern good to on the false premise that they can then attack anyone left in the area as much as they would like who sets up some pre-sets and once the civilians ambulances are there because we've been through this before we know what russia will say today when you know you don't know they will say that there are terrorists in eastern guta so the assad regime
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can bomb as ferociously and discriminately as it wants to ask you what do you do to implement the resolution did you influence those who consider moderate opposition did you persuade them to stop shelling and taking people hostage it was a heated meeting in the halls of the u.n. security council we heard from different countries addressing the council regarding the situation in eastern guta now we've also heard russia's president vladimir putin's comment on the situation and point out that essentially this enclave in eastern guta is being used to attack civilians in damascus and that civilians in eastern go to are being used as human shield. unfortunately there are lots of extremist forces in the eastern good to risk what is a range of terror organizations recognized by the un the shelling is continually coming from that area on some days the number of missile strikes and moved to charlotte which is fifty to eighty they even reached the territory of the russian
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embassy should we tolerate this indefinitely. of course not. there's been a large number of efforts to protect civilians in the area russia carries out a five hour humanitarian pause on a daily basis in the hopes of protecting civilians and allowing them to get out through the humanitarian corridor furthermore the un security council has passed a resolution calling for a thirty day cease fire now a letter was sent to the un security council by some of the opposition and rebel groups said they would honor this u.n. resolution however at this point always three hundred civilians have been prevented from the leaving due to the tax they've experienced as they try to escape now the russian representative pointed out that these kind of humanitarian concerns and outrage were not being raised while the liberation of rocket was taking place. when u.s. were levering rocco's was you know. it's be months since.
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the c.c. or. the security council because the expeditions loosened the mission. didn't use the there was quite clearly a gap in the international media in the way the different situations have been portrayed when the syrian city of raka and the iraqi city of mosul were being liberated by the u.s. led coalition and a lot of bombing was taking place so we heard u.s. leaders saying making statements to the effect that civilian casualties are just a fact of life civilian casualties are a fact of life in iraq and in syria people are much more accepting that because it's their city being liberated they understand where they were suffering civilians will get caught in the crossfire civilians will get hurt civilians will get killed if you want to liberate your towns and cities it comes at a price unavoidable part of war and commanders have to press on despite
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that the responsibility for civilian casualties in iraq and syria lies with isis that is on them not on us that we are the good guys munition people on a battlefield know the difference. corresponding from the arabic is in a student of forest she has more now on the late to situation in the syrian life. now how much any accident it's the second day of the truce we haven't seen any civilians walking through the corridor it's known that there are many civilians who want to leave the enclave to leave through the one and only corridor open for civilians from guta however militants prevent civilians from exiting and don't allow them to leave due to leave occupation route to reach the road to damascus the militant positions are just three or four hundred meters from the corridor near the camp of are offered in the syrian government has distributed leaflets amounts to billions of the militant controlled and place this detailed information and a map on how to get into the area under government control we can see that
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everything is ready here to receive civilians and to deal with any difficulty humanitarian situation. earlier we spoke to professor of political sociology dr saeed sadek at thier merican university of cairo he believes is the united states this fueling tension in syria by supplying various armed groups with weaponry for always playing was fire the one who was doing that was file is always for voting weapons who is providing there is always financing them who is providing media coverage for them. and trying to show that that what is happening is is a must start that is a big must let go of innocent people what they care about is the those when they have supplied almost all they have finances who have been breeding in the last few years and now the up lost all but they don't have the same college to admit that they lost the water was do they just keep on bargaining everything all those claims
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. the national epic committee has confirmed that it's been reinstated as an official member of the international olympic committee ortiz nativity to have the story. this is big news from russia as we all know the country has been at the center of a long running doping scandal accused of state sponsored cheating and the repercussions of this have been huge one of the biggest was russia being kicked out of the international olympic committee the i.o.c. so this latest decision to reinstate it to the club is a key milestone as the head of the russian olympic committee points out. the read the statement was tied to the doping check of russian athletes who participated in the winter olympics the letter we received today says the i.o.c. is able to confirm all remaining results of the olympic athletes from russia are negative. the i.o.c. has banned men to many of russia's experience their fleets were unable to compete
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at the winter olympics in pyongyang this meant of course that those who were allowed to compete should only do so under a neutral olympic flag and they were mainly newcomers nevertheless they won seventeen medals overall now if we go back to the events leading up to the decision to reinstate russia to the i.o.c. there were expectations that it would have happened during the winter in the pics themselves but there was a problem two russian competitors failed drugs tests another consequence to those positive tests was russia being banned from waving the country's flag during the closing ceremony initially they were going to be allowed but the privilege was taken away however it's now hoped the past is behind it competitions planned to take place in russia and not in these threads. well for the concerns i'm prepared for those tournament's the rights which russia already obtained so russia is once again an active member of the international olympic committee but it is not the end
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of the road yet there are still two issues which remain a little filled situation of compliance was renewed rosado is still noncompliant the still a way to go because the russian anti doping agency restart it is still banned by the world anti-doping agency or wada we saw that lost its accreditation and that is yet to be reinstated that's an ongoing saga as russia disputes the legitimacy of that mclaren report which detailed russia's alleged systematic system of state sponsored doping accusations russia has always denied and wada has been insistent that to move forward russia must accept the findings of the mclaren report this is stalemate and it doesn't look like either side is yet willing to back down but for now with the i.o.c. his decision it means russia's olympic athletes will be able to compete under their own flag and play their national anthem when they win medals a huge deal for competitors and the country they represent and they were tutor r.t.
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former footballer r t host stan collymore discussed this announcement with alexis the rocket head of the twenty eight hundred fifty four world cup russia organizing committee justice prevails that's my only emotion i think that it's only it's only just. that after we comply with every requirement that has been put forward no matter what we think about this requirement but. russia has complied and. just as has been done to us and very happy that our athletes will now complete complete with their proper uniform and with their proper for. we also discussed the issue with russia baseball show host alan moore who believes that the focus of anti-doping agencies will now shift away from russia to their own respective countries to try to get back on russia's good side because there are a lot of things are calming out so i think that in order to quieten things down or
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prepare for greater waves ahead in the sports ocean that russia needs to be brought back into the fold sort of basically they could calm the situation down a little bit right now there are dissenting voices there are people who are a little bit angry does too soon russia doesn't deserve it they would see it in any case and no punishment would be too harsh for russia in there from their point of view simply because as long as the russians are the bad ones there are houses of even order but now we've got to start to look around and see who else is a little bit dirty. facebook admits it's found no more activity from russia linked accounts despite fresh investigations now that's on claims that those accounts influence the u.k.'s bragg's it vote. no additional code you needed russian linked accounts or pages delivering ads to the u.k. regarding the e.u. referendum during the relevant period beyond the minimal activity were previously disclosed. to let's get an update from r.t.
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correspondent isa ali joins me on the line in a certain let's be honest if there is no evidence is not from lack of searching from facebook. no this is in fact the second attempt by facebook to try to establish the facts as to what went what went on around the break that referendum so if we cost our mind back to december facebook launched the investigation into alleged russian interference in that referendum and found as far as russian adverts had gone regarding briggs it well they only amount to two. to three our votes which totaled a cost of less than one pound and the reach of those adverts was minimal if not nonexistent reaching only two hundred people so simon milner he's the head of the policy director of facebook for the u.k. he wrote today me and collins he's an m.p. in the houses of parliament here who's been leading the charge to try to find any
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information about alleged russian interference and in that letter mr milner said that there was basically minimal interference if any by the russians so mr collins also to investigate again he's done so and said and concluded in that letter today that there has been no russian interference as far as the briggs's referendum is concerned now earlier this month damian collins he travelled to the us to meet with officials from the big tech companies such as you tube and some of the answers he received from them perhaps didn't satisfy him. they looked at all advertisements any connection to russia and we found no evidence of our services being used to interfere in that that's a referendum a very small number of suspects it's not research agency linked accounts forty nine such accounts were active during the campaign which represents less than not point not five percent of the total number of accounts these are very low level things.
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so very minimal if any russian accounts or accounts simply just based in russia involved there and that's a real contrast with the kind of political environment here in the u.k. and in particular from the top down with the prime minister to resign may warning the russians that he knew what they were up to it is seeking to weaponize information deploying its state run media organizations to plant fake stories and photo shopped images in an attempt to sew discord in the west and undermine our institutions so i have a very simple message for russia we know what you are doing and you will not succeed. clearly mrs may mistake and that's as far as facebook are concerned anyway so this is yet another frustration as these attempts to try to prove alleged russian interference come up with nothing and many
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thanks for bringing that today these are our correspondent there. in other news the south african parliament has voted in favor of new legislation that could see land from white farmers see artie's paulus lee has been following the story. the south african parliament has backed a motion that calls for changing the constitution and allowing for land exposed creation without compensation essentially white south africans will lose their land they will not be compensated this despite the fact that it flies in the face of the current constitution it follows the inauguration of the south african president oppose a two weeks ago he has said that he wants to speed up the transfer of the land from white to black south africans now despite the fact that a party ended two decades ago you still have a situation in south africa where most of the land is owned by whites this is a hugely emotive subject for south africans the motion was bought in parliament by
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the economic freedom fighters party now it did receive the support of the ruling african national congress that holds some two thirds of the parliament the leader of the affair had this to say. the time for reconciliation is over now is the time for justice we must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land malema is a controversial and somewhat radical figure in south africa in the past he has said that he's not calling for the psalter of white people at least not yet in recent years there has been a spike in the killing of farmers in south africa now those who support the motion say it will go a long way to restoring justice but those who criticize or say it will do anything but there are those who say it will lead to unforeseen consequences and also will be a scapegoat that the a.n.c. can use to explain away its own failures nonetheless it certainly seems as if we're
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a far way from restoring racial tensions in a country that has so much history mired in them. iraqi refugees in the country's anbar province feel safer in camps than in the homes that they're being forced to return to this is according to a report called the long way home that was collectively created by three major humanitarian organizations the report says that eighty four percent of refugees feel much safer in their camps only one percent know for sure that they still have a house to return to or half of those questioned know that their homes were destroyed as the money's in the report appeared to reflect those figures. we didn't make it to this place without seeing death without a thousand times. he
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can't return to ramadi my house was damaged by isis i'm worried about the canned management telling us to leave and return home i heard rumors that he might close the camp but there is nothing official lots of my friends have returned back to ramadi but i can't go i can't afford to repair my house. we are stuck in here like shit less than a month ago an r t crew was filming the iraqi city of mosul which was liberated from iceland more than a year ago however as the pictures show they're still far from being any sign of normality returning to the city locals claim that the authorities have no idea what the situation is on the ground. many bodies have you removed since you started working in this area approximately five hundred are there any more years in houses and all their odds were actually i don't i challenge any member of parliament to live in the conditions we're currently living in here i bet they are even afraid of
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entering this area they have no idea how horrible the smell is or how critical the medical situation is. we haven't received any kind of aid since things finished here seven months ago on one occasion did they receive a small box of food plants no food nothing. pleased to say i can speak live now to melanie markham who spokes person for the norwegian refugee council that's one of the organizations that put together this report melanie in your report you provide testimonies of people who say they were forced to return to their homes from the refugee camps now first question is obvious why would the iraqi government force them to go back. well we don't know the exact reason some of your sources on the ground told us that people had to return home before elections that are coming up in mind however we know that in the past displaced people have been able to vote wherever they are and is that
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regardless of the reason the people of being forced to return. that's not a reason to accept the matter people need to choose when they return and they need to be able to do it safely and in a dignified manner what are the dangers that are white then when they return. there's a number of dangers i think one of the largest threats is that of unexploded bombs unexploded mortars and big traps and in fact we heard one report of a family who returned home only to find their house to be trapped and it killed a family member some of the other things that make it unsafe for people violence from the community around them people who even a suspected of having links of with isis a particularly vulnerable but other people under the threats of violence by. members of their own tribal community so there are a number of reasons why it's unsafe still unsafe for people to return home if the
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government dismantled the camps and these people are forced to return to a place where the not so for the not welcome isn't that an obvious danger they're going to flee somewhere else and create even more chaos. well fleeing is the word that we usually use of people when they're under fire in full blown conflict but it's true that certainly in two of the camps that we researched as part of this study one out of five of the people who left came back to the camp again because it was either unsafe or they had no home to return to so that's something that we're actually already seeing. so as you said in your report they prefer the camps where mean how good or bad is it in the camps what's the humanitarian situation like that. look camps are never a place that people choose to go to every iraqi i've spoken to and probably every
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iraqi his being displaced would say they would rather be back in their own home than live in a camp. organizations such as the norwegian refugee council who work in these camps provide basic services food water shelter the trains and other sanitation facilities and if people are there for a long time we provide other services such as health care and education but that seed they're not pleasant places iraq has extreme temperatures it gets very cold in the winter very hot in the summer and sometimes these places around bearable so people certainly are not living here because they want to they're living here because they have nowhere else to go because their homes have been destroyed or because it's too unsafe for them to return home so as as difficult as conditions in the camps might be it's worse for people going back home and certainly that was what we found in our report i'm really interested to get your opinion on iraqi
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cities like mosul for example we've seen the devastation there it's hard to imagine how long it will take to restore them to something that's sort of vaguely livable in how long would it take to get to that standard how long would it take to restore them to what they were like. ok appears we've lost connection with melanie even just one more time melanie can you still hear me ok my apologies molly markham was my guest the spokesperson for the norwegian refugee council. and the afghan president has called on the taliban to join talks to bring peace and stability to the country he promised to recognize the terrorist group as a legitimate political power. to the taliban leadership and every other taliban member except peace accepted with honor and come together so we can
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make this country safe and secure the taliban has yet to respond to that invitation but about two weeks ago the group did issue a statement that called for pace and urged u.s. congressmen to pressure the trumpet ministration into negotiations this came in response to trump's earlier declaration that ruled out any possibility of peace talks between washington and the taliban there's no talking to the taliban we don't want to talk to the taliban we're going to finish what we have to finish what nobody else has been able to finish we're going to be able to do it we discussed all of this with political analyst muslim shares and he thinks that the afghan president lacks the authority to propose peace talks with the taliban. why did taliban after seventeen years should come to the table with a government where the taliban saying they didn't have anything to to do with their selves otherwise the united states is going to decide peace and conflict of afghanistan and the other issue i don't think that afghan government especially
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prison gani and in u.g. national unity government can be tackle the ongoing issues because when you can't do and compromise with cabinet ministers i mean prison accept any how you can convince a group like taliban which defied to seventy years of the control of the territory for five years and now they have support of several can't be used to come to the table so the big question is do you have just the truth to do forward he starts writing not because united states is inside the country and they decide they should target taliban or the should fight with the taliban. the u.s. government may be granted the opportunity to access data that stored in other countries a case between the government and microsoft is currently being heard by the us supreme court a little started five years ago when microsoft refused to hand over to the authorities e-mails related to
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a drug trafficking investigation it claims that the data was stored on servers in ireland and u.s. law does not stretch outside of its borders but washington argues that the tech giant is an american company should provide the data marks of says if it loses foreign states would then have the right to access data that's based in the u.s. the tech giant claims the credibility of all companies is at stake. the reality is that people will not use technology they do not trust we need to sustain their trust and part of sustaining their trust is giving people confidence that their legal rights under their legal systems will in fact be respected including by the united states and we put the issue up for debate with political activist george bother and poor viola c.e.o. of the group international government needs to take a stronger role in monitoring certain activity on the internet and in social media if we are going to try try to stay in line and somewhat ahead if we can with groups
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such as isis al shabaab boko hogan that are using the internet and are using social media as a high way of transporting information to plan and execute terrorist attacks so it's a matter of creating a balance there are many sort of covert means of communicating effectively online if you want to that wouldn't be touched by this judgment in the particular case the issue the irish government has been very clear would have it had there been a request from the justice department for the information that is stored on these servers in ireland they would absolutely have responded by releasing that by releasing that data as we know from the revelations of edward snowden and another is there are huge questions to be asked in terms of the legitimacy and and of of u.s. snooping and the interested and certainly is a political activist that has genuine cause to fear governments essentially using internet spying to undermine effective democratic dissent i think this is
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a really important issue that that means to be kept at the forefront of the discussion it's important to understand that what we're looking to do with this is not to have complete unfettered as i said before access to the internet but enough access so that there are key words phrases documents pictures etc that will be used . algorithmically to detect issues in incidences preemptively that law enforcement that military that government can intervene on it's not a carte blanche decision to say ok now you have complete access to to the internet to social media debate or it's raising generally significant points about when it's appropriate for law enforcement to be able to access information but i think that there are there are very large questions going forward in the internet of his possibilities for snooping on virtually every single aspect of anybody's
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interaction with any other individual on the planet and any decision that essentially opens the floodgates into a sort of free for a while governments on the basis of the idea that they're doing something worthwhile and look at anything they want i think raises huge problems. brings you right up to date appreciate you coming here this evening on alt international if you can't stick around a bit longer updates coming your way in half now. hey everybody i'm stephen both on the task hollywood guy will suspect every proud
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american first of all i'm just george washington and r.v. to say this is my buddy max famous financial guru and we're just a little bit different on this day. one of the oh no one knows up with all the drama happening in our country i'm shooting on the road have some fun meet everyday americans of all. hopefully start to bridge the gap this is the great american people which. at the moment we've had the period of fake the flame. engineered by all the central banks of the day don't have the control that they think that they have and that once you start to see this being picked up in markets like the gold market and all .


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