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you know do you know the. top stories on aussie transmit putin holds talks with germany's angela merkel just outside been with the iran nuclear sale and syrian reconstruction on the agenda. will say we visit one of the cities west hit by the war in syria and to witness the reconstruction process off to get is under attack by islamic state of the minutes and. the u.s. plans to spend up to fifteen million dollars on enhancing soldiers physical performance and insurance the pentagon mourns future conflicts will require troops with the highest tolerance for extreme conditions. it's enough to get out to best who's been charged with acting as a registered russian agent in the u.s. has been transported to another prison we hear from her lawyer about her health and
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what to expect in the case. it's just ten to re-add my head in moscow you're watching international welcome to the program russian president vladimir putin and german chancellor angela merkel have concluded talks at me is a big palace nearby and then there were several topics up for discussion including the rebuilding of syria on the iran nuclear agreement reporting from germany has done you hawkins. here in schloss mirrors a burg about two hours drive from talks have been ongoing between shots of marco and president putin in the government residence just behind me here now from the outset the german chancellor was realistic about what could be expected as an outcome from these talks saying it's a working visit and nothing too spectacular should be expected nevertheless she did
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emphasize the importance of having a relationship a functional dialogue and communication with russia as the two leaders came out of the building having signed the guestbook they did have points on which they could agree that the german countryside here behind me is peaceful and delic that's far from how you could describe the relationship of the two leaders though they have clashed on numerous occasions with mrs merkel being a fierce critic of putin on issues from human rights to ukraine they did today have points though on which they did agree syria being one of the key ones both of them agreeing that emphasis on humanitarian assistance and humanitarian help was the key to solving the conflict. should cities it's important to do move for the humanitarian situation in syria most importantly bring aid to its people and hope losing your ears were a few jews can return from
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a broader sense of the shooters are going to use this for my endurance this we have to do humanitarian catastrophe in syria there may be less fighting now but that doesn't mean we have peace and order the iran nuclear deal which of course the united states recently pulled out of was another point upon which they could agree with mr putin emphasizing the importance of maintaining that international deal sanctioned by the united nations security council. and. we will discuss a joint plan to rig the iran nuclear agreement it is extremely important to save this multilateral deal. proved the u.n. security council designed to strengthen global security and nuclear nonproliferation and you are supposed to and despite their previous rocky relationship mrs merkel and mr putin have been pushed together into a sort of political marriage of convenience future a rift with the united states both countries have been affected by u.s.
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tariffs russia has been affected by sanctions mrs merkel has been criticized for being overly reliant on russian gas imports indeed the nords dream to part from project was also something that was discussed news headlines question what could really come out of these bilateral talks which side could gain watson who would come out on top in negotiations but as the day here draws to a close and the limousines pull up to take this back to the residence sees mrs merkel will take this as an opportunity to consolidate her position as a european leader capable of negotiating with russia and putin while the russian president will view this as a chance to take steps to bring russia out of its isolation through those sanctions and find common ground with one of his oldest political colleagues. but before meeting merkel putin paid a quick social visit to austria the russian president stopped off to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister. oh. thank you it was really
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great. the ceremony took place at a venue hours in austria steria state some slams the foreign minister for inviting putin to the wedding but it seems the russian president had a great time even starting with the bright many try to guess what present he'd get to the happy couple it was a painting an ancient oil press and a traditional russian samovar and here are the president's congratulations to the newlyweds and then she goes to the bride and groom i want to hold heartedly congratulate you on your wedding in forming a new family in russia we have the custom of wishing the couple luck and love i gladly do that and wish you much luck and helps in your common future.
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now with this syrian army reestablishing control across the country efforts underway to rebuild a shattered nation in the latest in a series of reports siegel than of travel so the city of aleppo to see how locals are slowly picking up the pieces. much of the city of aleppo is still in ruins reviving it to its former glory is a task of gargantuan proportions and of immense political and economic importance the citadel of aleppo has become the symbol of the city's resistance. but our lipo is much more than just a maze of antique streets and attractions from history books.
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the militants have stolen computer units with chips for the machines they destroyed the factory on purpose they wanted to damage syrian industry as a home and specifically in the street in aleppo reviving this that. was. one rebel told this area they emptied and basically very dysfunctional hunker. down want to be immense but now that the former industrial hub is slowly getting back on track things are finally looking up for the people of aleppo. two years ago during the war we couldn't even open our shops the shelling snipers were everywhere you couldn't live under such
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circumstances we covered the roof of the building back then so that we could take cover it was unbearable we took shelter for about half an hour whenever the shelling started we just locked ourselves in here thank god now we can work peacefully day and night we just hang around. just like the good old days the under joe a little the atmosphere is really good around here the weather is nice everybody is feeling safe and it's only getting better you can see getting better day by day lanham outlet and i was lucky enough not to leave my home the wind this is the district the rebels couldn't get to at the time there was a blockade once but it was firmly lifted now saying god things about or despite all the things we've been through we're no better than normal we know it's safe you can return home if your house lies in ruins you can still fix it the main thing is it's safe now. just a couple of years ago these current used to protect people in the street from
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falling shows and debris well now they're sheltering them from the sun historically the city of aleppo has been the economic capital of syria and now with the war gone finally some traders are coming back to streets. of reporting from aleppo in syria. meanwhile the u.s. state department says it will retire active stabilisation funding planned to syria to other foreign policy effets washington insists though this will not affect his humanitarian assistance program it comes as saudi arabia purchase one hundred million dollars to syrian reconstruction projects however the money will only go to the north east of the country the region under the control of u.s. backed kurdish forces and while some programs are cut others remain in place with the u.s. saying it will stay in syria for some time yet to fight against the last pockets of terrorists we remaining in syria the focus is the ensuring defeat of
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isis we still have not launched the final phase to defeat the physical caliphate this is actually being prepared now and that will come at a time for choosing but it is coming. joshua landis head of mini studies at the university of oklahoma says america's interests in syria go beyond fighting terrorism the united states does not want aside to become too strong there are hoping to keep leverage in order to try to push iran out of the country to get a better deal for the kurds and and of course they're also worried about what's going to happen if there are problems where there are very complex negotiations and and russia is at the heart of them so there are many competing agendas in washington and as long as president trump is not spending a lot of money there i think he's happy to keep a few thousand troops if that increases america's leverage.
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the u.s. department of defense this planning to spend up to fifteen million dollars in halting the performance and insurance of its soldiers but says caleb maupin explains history shows that as a reason to be wary. actually does. hollywood science fiction often depicts the soldiers of the future with all the talk of a space force from donald trump and fighting robots across the silver screen our imagination has plenty of places to go. now on the surface a new grant from the pentagon for extramural biomedical research and development doesn't sound so bad the object is to create soldiers who can withstand even the harshest circumstances take
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a listen develop technologies to maximize the physiological performance of s.o.f. operators including enhanced in durance enhanced senses tolerance to environmental extremes and enhanced overall fitness in order to maintain operational posture ability in high stress scenarios without noticeable augmentation and without hampering personnel mobility additionally the ability to accelerate the effects of sleep through methods requiring less time a vivid picture i know the prototype. three piece. now let's give this a little context this won't be the first time that the u.s. military has engaged in this kind of research.
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now at the time these grotesque experiments using american g.i.'s and civilians essentially as the lab rats at the time they were taking place the public knew nothing about it it was all classified now the public documents indicate that these new experiments will not involve human beings only human simulators however anyone who is familiar with the not so well publicized but very well documented history of u.s. military research will certainly raise an eyebrow kaleb oppen r.t.
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new york. russia is to say again that's the claim by the us magazine the atlantic it says the kremlin has set its sights family on meds and in the upcoming midterm elections to weaken america the article goes on to explain moscow's and three step plan to break american democracy fest unleashed russian hakas second me by corrupt us politicians that they support those who think favorably of putin but it's not just the russian states this come under suspicion that lon take also claims this very channel helps undermine democracy by inviting on guests who dat question mainstream narratives the magazine names brunton struck a as an example he's the founder of movement encouraging democrats to walk away from the policy that the atlantic fell supporting tao te talks other media outlets to. well i i myself was
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a lifelong liberal democratic voter i would say kind of a democrat by default because i'm a gay man and i think that the expectation for a lot of minority groups is that we are supposed to vote democrat and that we are supposed to be liberals friends strake has spent years as a liberal he now says he's concerned by what the left has become well before the election i was already starting to feel uncomfortable with where we were headed in terms of identity politics and p.c. culture. and it's called commentator lynell explains why he thinks such a rush get written nobody ever calls these people to task they're paid for by volume or how many likes to get how many clicks hey that was a great article factually incorrect. factually based list and also the mentality just feeding frenzy of this this monster dismount this monster that you must feed constantly with this no rush no nato no bad guy no bogeymen so
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there's many reasons why the bookie made the straw man dispatcher the evil image of russia must be maintained. still to come on the program russian cannot advance kalish without eating at the russian agent in us has been sent to another prison not without snow to find head to hear what he tells on the case after a short break. you know world big partisan movie lot and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door on the bats and shouting
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past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks. when we all make this manufactured consensus to the public well. when the ruling classes to protect themselves. in the final merry go round listen to the one percent. we can all middle of the room signal.
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welcome back now in the u.s. city of seattle hundreds of people have attended a demonstration organized by the right wing great patriot press the rally was held under the slogan liberty or death. but. the gathering attractive counter protesters from the last leading to mine the clashes between the two sides at least three people have been arrested but there's no information yet on possible charges the rally was against the proposed new law that would raise the age in washington state of buying semi automatic rifles dozens of police officers including some in riot gear with bottoms were called out to in short order to bring the protests. maria to know that maria bates in the gun activist who's been charged with acting as an unregistered russian agent in the u.s. has been transferred to another prison without her lawyers knowledge russian diplomats
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had compared to mistreatment in custody also the media hysteria around the case to witch trials of the seventeenth century meanwhile the twenty nine year old has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for her legal defense on thursday russian diplomats visited in prison and said she's been subjected to cruel treatment they claim she faces inhumane inspection throughout each night in the strip searched off to any visitor maria's also been deprived of proper medical attention is claimed she was suffering from swelling on her leg but was only given painkillers for the mall she's not allowed to receive letters written in russian over says they might contain coded messages the russian embassy stressed she still she is still a suspect not a convict but in this lawyer dated her on her condition. i was unaware that she was transferred until last night at around midnight i received
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a collect call from her at home and the phone was disconnected before we could get through but i knew it was from alexandria jail so i drove down and tried to get in last night and could not but is able to get in this morning and visit her so she is in alexandria detention facility at least for now for this weekend it's a smaller facility than the d.c. jail as respected facility but it's hard to know why the move was made where there was made for medical or other reasons or in response to complaints about the conditions in d.c. she does have arthritis in one of her legs kind of a history of problems with that leg so she sought treatment for that and so far has just received tylenol and nothing else and i think she has also been a little bit frustrated by policy when people are in protective custody they do bad checks every fifteen minutes at night to check on detainee safety and i think sometimes depending on who the guard is you know the lights are turned on every time there's a check and so it's very hard to get proper sleep when you're being woken up every fifteen minutes she's segregated from the general population of the prison facility
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you know no contact really with outside people besides her lawyers and occasional phone calls and when you're being held. in some isolation like that it's difficult because every everything things you want to do is kind of a one off request there isn't a very set schedule and so it was very difficult to make sure she was getting a proper exercise and. trips to the library and things like that because everything she did she had to do by yourself i'm not saying anyone would have an easy time in prison but in this is an accomplished student you know someone who i don't think ever envision spending a day in jail or a life to be in you know it's a pretty tough facility. the alleged russian agents was arrested a month ago she was refused bail off to pleading not guilty two weeks ago she's also accused of offering sex in and intends to get a job and then the name special interest group if convicted is could face up to fifteen years in prison no date has been set yes for her trial but her lawyer
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remains optimistic. she's in very good shape she's helping actively with us to prepare the defense she's confident in her innocence there's no allegation of espionage there's no allegation of classified information childish and she was paying anyone off there's no allegation she was recruiting spies none of the things you would typically see in an espionage case the allegations are fairly vanilla that she attended meetings of various groups that were public that she had dinners with various people and she took a lot of selfies as i think a lot of people are twenty's do with with people she met and posted them on facebook so this is not the kind of a typical this is no comparison to what the allegations were against for example at a chapman or others where there was actual whether or not there are actual allegations about the use of sophisticated equipment and payoffs and spy ring and things like that there's none of that here with some point maybe try to get her
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released pretrial again we're just looking through documents trying to find the proper evidence to do that and i think we may be able to do that hopefully the next couple of weeks. ok pylons and pays to be the latest victim of facebook's recent spray of shutting down accounts the social justice movement how this page taken down for several hours the movement says this is not the first time facebook has tried to censor its contents ok pylons and was founded in two thousand and eleven it's possibly kléber amazement and i think hundreds of protests against financial and the movement says its founding values are quality and divest city occupy london house a significant social media presence with around one hundred fifty thousand followers and facebook some believe sesson probably palestine post by occupy london might be to blame for facebook's action we lost facebook to comments the social media giant since apologized to occupy london saying it was all
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a mistake botts one of the movement's activist george botha isn't convinced. just you know sort of a blip a mistake out of the blue and probably wouldn't mean very much at all but the problem is this is part of a massive rear guard action i think by the establishment you know anyone can go online and see the evidence this themselves chris hedges is a pulitzer prize winning journalist it's been one of those exposing most of the details of this but effectively what's happened is that in the name of dealing with fake news a many progressive websites that have been a major part of you know bernie sanders jeremy corbyn etc. they used they found the traffic going down. websites like alter net truthdig that you know mainstream progressive web sites is in a traffic light down by seventy percent literally and these are algorithms devised in private nobody can inspect and have a huge impact on what information the world gets to see about what's going on and that's a hugely significant i see going forward the relevant thing today in terms of discussion
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is still a very powerful force online and has millions of people engaging with its posts and so it's very important that they another's lightnin on not in the name of fake news effectively removed from most people's internet searches and i think this is a huge issue going forward bearing in mind that google and facebook are very very close to the american establishment you know the washington post is owned by jeff bezos he was as an answer but not surprisingly he's very keen on using the washington post to make sure that the internet allows his articles to come up at the top of such as a no arms. for the hour now be back with your latest headlines in about twenty minutes time.
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happening in america we call from the streets we've got to deal with why this is the reason i have to write like this is the reason. why mass guys are financial survival guide liquid assets and i doze that you can burn in zinc mass quite easily. to keep in mind no acid to me into places to watch because record. i mean i know they're not. we going to avoid all ship would rush to tell me i did the settlements and it's
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only displaced persons that leave it to a recently from clashes that happens. a lot of good people separate across front lines and they can cross the front line a lot of the people that fled without knowing where it has been where the child the child or the the mother is. the way they are were even if they were captured or they are alive most of the times we live with look to look for them it's very difficult actually i read if i families. that. have been so we've got precise phones to do we're just going to get up to jack and it will be a technicality that will make it short three minutes per person so if we have the most people possible can be able to make a phone call and then or if you don't manage today tomorrow we coming back with a team all day again and you'll be able to make phone calls tomorrow too for those
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