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that's easy and very close to. the mountains of least only grow. one person is killed and 5 others injured and in shooting near the federal security service building in central moscow witnesses describe the attack. at 5 or 10 minutes past 6 the gunfire began and it was not just a few shots it came in bursts we saw officers taking cover behind the cars. also this hour and a last minute attempt to disrupt russian gas supplies to europe u.s. senators warn a swiss company that crippling sanctions will put it out of business if it doesn't stop work on the own was completed nordstrom to pipeline. and the british
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government rejects scottish demands for another independence referendum after the scottish national party makes the big gains and the u.k.'s general election. you're watching are to international bring your live news update from our studio here in moscow welcome to the program. an investigation is underway to identify the gunman who opened fire outside the federal security service building in central moscow on thursday he killed an f.s.b. officer before being shot dead himself 5 other people were injured local media have already named who they think is the alleged suspect. the one we've heard strange sound we needed to realize that we should hide its.
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then we heard someone in the street shouting go back go back. to. the signals and the signal going. randomly and i think we heard him shout out something but we didn't manage to make out what he was shouting at. the city in a basement we're watching now when a guy came and we just cannot saw it and he told us there was a shooting alchemy so an injured possum he told us the injured us had been dragged into the cafe. the russian investigative committee has reportedly searched the home of the suspect and interviewed his friends and family he apparently lived in the moscow region and worked in the capital we spoke to the neighbors of the alleged shooter. he's
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a lawyer who worked somewhere in moscow he comes from a good family mother grandmother she was a good man she was always very polite attentive i can't say anything bad about him i can't believe what's happened. since the reason he wasn't aggressive very calm quite quiet he was lonely no friends no girlfriend we found out about his hoby by accident he invited my husband to join him at a shooting range when he refused the topic was never raised again although we now know is what we've been finding out now from the media. r.t. as it goes down of has more from the scene of the shooting. it wasn't calm last night here the f.s.b. building is just to the left of me and the whole thing happened at around half past 6 in the evening right on the opposite side of this main f.s.b. building of this f.s.b. had quarter according to an unconfirmed video which we can show you right now the
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alleged shooter took his position between behind one of the columns right again on the opposite side of this building he took a armed with an assault rifle and he opened fire it seemed that he was specifically targeting f. is b. offices coming out of the building one of his b. officer has been shot dead 4 of them wounded and one wounded a civilian all those 5 people right now right now receiving medical treatment and medical care now just to give you an idea as to how busy it was here last night what you're seeing right now is pretty white desolation compared to that because this is the heart of moscow it's the very center of the russian capital it's a trendy and hip area with plenty of baa's cafes and restaurants so at 6 o'clock it wasn't just the end of the work shift wasn't just the end of the word they wasn't just people leaving their offices offices out on the streets but also plenty of
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people just out and about plenty of tourists i mean if you just look over there christmas decorations are already up here so people were doing their christmas shopping there's a st regis hotel right across the street from me so there were literally hundreds of people out and about on the square and they were terrified by the shooting but initially many of them were confused because with christmas right around the corner many of them mistook the 1st burst of fire with well fireworks. i was sitting with my friends in the bow when the shooting began it was the sound of a kalashnikov assault rifle. i know what it sounds like my friends were like oh it must be firecrackers but i told them no way it's not firecrackers and then we saw people running down the street it was scary at 5 or 10 minutes past 6 the gunfire began and it was not just a few shots it came in bursts we saw officers taking cover behind the cars.
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left work met up with my girlfriend and when we heard some dull sounds in the distance i thought at 1st it was fireworks or some firecrackers but as the sound continued we realized something was wrong traffic police who were on the connecticut bridge as usual began evacuating people they apparently caught on to what was going on people started running we heard the gunfire while the security services right now looking to establish the identity of the shooter as well as his motives plenty of details are missing right now you know more official information as as of yet we do know that the russian president is being kept in the loop of this attack right here in the heart of moscow security analyst charles shoebridge outline where he thinks things could go from here. well the police and security services will be looking really to establish 2 aspects of this is an absolute priority the 1st of course is the identity of this person and they may well already know that and of course will give a very good and
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a very strong indication i think of what they were to vacation in this case was what it was political or personal or indeed some other aspect that was driving the motivation here and 2nd of course even though they've said. from according to reports that nobody else was involved in this attack they will want to be sure that nobody else was actually involved in any planning aspects or in terms of assisting the government and that might take some time for example the examination of mobile phone records of any c.c.t.v. records and of course any. communications and so on that might be held on the suspects computers and elsewhere and of course that would require house searches and so on but the fact is i think. even if you were going to have the most annoying government the most benign state in any country to what you will get some people will react violently to depart a sense of that will be because of policy because of instance or background or the circumstances of their own personal lives. u.s.
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senators are piling pressure on companies working with russia on the north stream to pipeline after passing legislation on wednesday to impose sanctions on moscow and this latest round of threats washington has also vowed to slap a key swiss company with a tottery measure as for their own role in the pipes construction saskia taylor looks at how the u.s. is trying to blackmail allies on energy policy. they say politics is a does he gave him and his players can be selfish greedy and unethical but for the most part these pretend they're in it for the right reasons and a playing by the rules i think someone might have forgotten to tell ted cruz you fisa binary choice stop now and leave the pipeline unfinished the express intention of the sanctions legislation which we all thought were make a foolish attempt to rush to complete the pipeline and reese putting your company out of the business forever so what's called an elected u.s. senator so riled up that he's sending out letters with the distinct whiff of
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blackmail to them how did you guess it's russia almost specifically north stream to the 1225 kilometer pipeline running from russia to germany that's on the brink of completion the us though is in its greatest fan the united states commands all our european partners who have taken a strong stand against north stream to. and we commend others to do the same germany is totally controlled by russia because they were getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from russia and a new pipeline this pipeline if completed. would make europe even more dependent on russian energy would generate billions of dollars for putin billions of dollars that would fund the russian military aggression. we don't want your energy supplies to be defended. but america couldn't risk letting people make the decisions time's running out of to rule they decide to to get it down in writing and possibile which
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will require don't try to impose sanctions on any foreign companies and individuals who are lending a helping hand in building the pipeline like the lucky recipient of cruises let's all see as a company over a 6000 kilometers away from washington in switzerland and like you'd expect from a politician at that level the latter is filled with all the signposts of a moderate person who's just ready to sit down and reach a compromise for the next decade your company and personnel will be entirely barred from the united states any transactions will be blocked all property will be frozen now clearly this is a matter very close to cruz's heart because earlier this month he introduced another piece of legislation protecting europe's energy security act that's despite some in europe not actually wanting any protection european energy policy must be decided in europe not the us we fundamentally reject outside intervention and
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sanctions with extra territorial effect but cruise thinks he knows better he needs to save poor europe from falling victim to those devious forces in moscow it would make europe even more dependent on russian energy and that makes europe susceptible to economic blackmail europe depended on russia is not good for europe it's not good for america i won't waste time and pointing out the irony and it's not even a cheeky one off blackmail kind of thing to see a u.s. ambassador to germany richard grinnell previously described by a judgment politician as acting like the high commissioner. an occupying power and persona non-grata also thought he'd flex his muscles we emphasize that companies involved in russian energy exports are taking part in something that could prompt a significant risk of sanctions now that's not paying a fine of something and then there's going to these kinds of lengths and causing diplomatic disputes it's almost as if the u.s.
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has something to lose from nordstrom to going ahead it helps american jobs much better for european energy needs to be satisfied by american natural gas that creates jobs here in america rather than fueling military how much and that we have it americans who propounded the virtues of the free market aren't happy about some healthy competition especially when the competition is providing a cheaper and faster alternative though i'll admit it does have one thing missing with the us in another year of record setting natural gas production i'm pleased that the department of energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of u.s. freedom to be exported to the world and does cruise the like his freedom gas in fact last year alone he liked 700 and $65000.00 of it that's how much in donations he got from the oil and gas lobby making him the sector's top recipient in all of
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congress but really that's just by the by we spoke to professor holmes going to have pell who is a spokesperson for a consumer advocacy group and they may be he told us the u.s. is trying to force its allies to buy liquefied natural gas from america. this project is almost finished the america have intervened late if they wanted to do something then they should have done this is the stance it's clear that germany and europe will be dependent on russian gas and because events america is right in saying that if europe becomes more dependent on russia then america's influence with the crease. that much is clear the other aspect is related to economic interests america would like to sell its gas produced in their fracking location this. british lawmakers are set to decide on friday whether to back the prime minister's plan to leave the e.u. a parliamentary divides are deepening over the question of scottish independence despite the u.p.a. government already rejected the scottish national party's demands are currently
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debating boris johnson's parks a deal. this. is the emphatic lesson of the last call of the unlike members offices and projects 80. scotland could not talk been cleared of last week we did not call for a break since you're coming to the s.n.p. with a greater monday shows one still totally totally rejects breaks here this tale is a road map for the reckless direction in which the government and our prime minister. to take our country the story story of the last $3.00 will be added today and we would be able to move forward. in that speech we just showed you the leader of the scottish national party in westminster repeated his unwillingness to quit the artist is alan delves into the question of scotland's independence. so the british prime minister took his place in parliament once more
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following that event election victory last week a very convincing one for boris johnson winning a strong parliamentary majority and as a result of that he was able to lay out his legislative agenda going forward over the next parliament now one of those issues which as a result because of that election is the question of scottish independence and the british government saying. they're not going to even entertain it as they of course want to maintain the union we should resist because of those who would break up the united kingdom we should politely politely and respectfully. partnership and you know all of this has been brought into a close a focus following last week's general election the s.n.p. doing very well winning 48 seats pretty much a very overwhelming majority almost all of the seats in scotland while the tories won a majority south of the border and elsewhere and so as far as the s.n.p. a concern what happened off the braggs it and the results of the election are
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a clear indication that the scottish people want to have another say when it comes to scottish independence he must have the right to consider the alternative of independence the question of independence must be to say good by the people i know it by politicians scotland made very clear last week that it does not warrant a truly government led by boris johnson teaching is 8 of europe and path that we haven't chosen but that is the future we feast if we don't have the opportunity to consider the tentative of independence now 5 years ago there was a scottish independence referendum the scottish people voted by 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the union with the rest of the united kingdom and so the u.k. government borrows johnson say that's it it's a once in a lifetime generation vote you. at another site but far scott and the concern brags
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that changed everything scottish people voted overwhelmingly by around 2 thirds of the population to remain in the e.u. and with the u.k. looking to leave the european union by the end of next january moods are strengthening north of the border former scottish m.p.'s tommy sheridan believes the u.k. election proves that only scotland can determine its political future 2 things number one as at a junction of the tories clearly out of jackson and have been rejected no key to this is very important to bear this in maine there have been 17 general elections in the last 60 years the charities in scotland of last every one of them they haven't won an election in scotland and and since 1955 so the tories despised in scotland however what the selection was an endorsement of was scotland's rate to choose it would be wrong and no one is saying this the law says it was for independence. also voting for school and the right to choose the
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taming of the next referendum the utopian union would find a friendship i welcome to the people of scotland 2020 is the year of scotland's democracy democracy destocking on january 11th we're going to be much in england school and we're going to be seeing the looting clear join since you have monday in scotland you cannot prevent us from having the right to choose. telecom for activists could face jail time for trying to prevent the venezuelan opposition from taking control of the country's embassy and washington d.c. that story and more after this. understanding of shell is that it's
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a money loser from day one but it doesn't matter in the u.s. because all the creditors to lend money into the shell industry are constantly being bailed out by the central bank that prints money that's why they do it for the fees it's great for the banks but it's not an energy play it's not a business it's a sinkhole but here as you point out in argentina so they can't just print their way out of a losing situation and the economy is already a bit fragile you don't want to add another loser into the mix like shale the drilling void it completely. seems wrong. when the old rules just don't hold. any gold yet to shape out. become active. and engaged with equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground.
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welcome back dozens of former french soldiers sometimes from elite units have joined jihadi groups in the middle east since 2012 and according to a new report by the center for the analysis of terrorism. has the data of this new study released the lid to what seems to be a very problem in the french forces it talks about former military personnel who have. joined terror groups in areas like iraq and syria the center identified around 30 former french soldiers who had been in syria or iraq or who had taken part in attacks in france after training for several months sometimes years these excel just made the choice to abandon the french flag and fight instead under the banner of a terrorist group now it talks about the numbers it says around $35.00 have been
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radicalized in the last 8 years while that number doesn't seem to be huge it does point to a very worrying problem frank show me a strategic point with ground terrorists because they are looking to pick up people with specialists military and tactical and also with weapons expertise during their time in the french army they learned how to handle weapons and explosives skills that enabled some of them to take up strategic roles within terrorist groups others having failed to reach combat zones determined to take up arms against france by planning attacks on different strategic sites typically of a military kind but the reality is this isn't a new issue in france back in the 1990 s. and even in the early 2000 they were cases of former french soldiers who when i made jihad go into country such as pows and afghanistan to join up with groups to
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fight this report also goes on to talk about more even these so. with these former soldiers the scene is being so important not just because of that military knowledge but because they can pass the newly joined. jihad to preach so it may only be 30 individuals of the last 8 years but those 13 divisions could if trained hundreds if not thousands of others passing all that expertise knowledge of that is what the real concern is about this there was even some examples in this study of some individuals who adored you just so i did they would going to make jihad and had decided to join the military off to that so they could glean specialist information that could be used for terror groups in the future now the report does conclude that the french o. me has taken measures to try and prevent radicalization it's also got measures in place trying to text but equalization that might be taking place that's all well and said for those who are still in the old me but it doesn't address the problem
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of former french soldiers who've left the old me and a no prime targets for terrorists groups to make them but declined. for activists who could face jail time over a protest at the venezuelan embassy and washington d.c. claim they won't get a fair trial i thought for the judge refused to accept some of the evidence that activists were arrested in may after occupying the embassy for more than 5 weeks they claim they were defending it from being taken over by opponents of elected venezuelan president nicolas maduro this was after washington recognize opposition leader as the country's legitimate president the crisis was triggered in january when urged on by the u.s. squad out declared himself interim leader president accuses washington of orchestrating. 2 of the activists are lawyer kevin these an academic and pine earlier my colleague rosanna locke webb spoke with em. what's being claimed here is that the u.s. is not recognizing majeure as venezuela's leader and this is somehow playing
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a part in a trial how could this happen in a trial in the united states and all the u.s. is sort of very strange rules in their courts one is that if the president says somebody is the president and the other country that person is a president the matter what is the facts are so if the president from said mickey mouse was the president of venezuela and is a bastard it was donald duck and donald duck were just to leave and that was an order that we had the court will accept it's a very bizarre thing every sentence everybody in that courtroom. and in the government knows that would dural is the president and has always been the president use aleck to the president and he still the president come back to niger and why is it that you have lost faith in this trial well it's clear that it's that the conditions of the trial are unfair we are not going to be allowed to defend ourselves it has been narrowed to such a degree that the only question is did we are did we not yet so day in order of the
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elites but the question of whether or not we where there are legally is not even being addressed and that is really at the core of the matter because if the order itself was illegal then we did nothing wrong if those facts were allowed into evidence then it would be clear that we have not violated the law that we have in fact protected it so if these facts haven't been allowed into evidence and what you're claiming is that this child is being punished then kevin who is it being politicized by well i mean obviously the judge is making the decisions and she is reading the law in a way that restricts what gets can be considered. what we have the right to a jury trial and the jury will be able to hear at least some evidence to make an effort to. why we were in the embassy and why we're there legally and how we were
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actually protecting the embassy and not interfering with the protective function we hope to get all those facts before the jury we're not giving up that effort the discovery motions that the judge ruled on last week certainly make it more difficult but we're going to continue to pursue as much of a jury trial as we can and we think it's important for us jury to rule that we were in the embassy legally and recognize the president you girl is in fact the president of venezuela. more than a 100 doctors in australia have made a direct plea for their government to intervene and the case of julian assange and the claim they help of the imprisoned we could mix co-founder is in grave danger an open letter to the country's foreign minister they urged him to put pressure on the u.k. where a songe is being held currently he's facing extradition to the u.s. where he's wanted for spilling state secrets. should mr sloan's die in a british prison people want to know what you did to prevent his death it is an
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extremely serious matter for a new strain citizen survival to be endangered by foreign governments obstructing his human right to health it is an even more serious matzoh for the citizens own governments to refuse to intervene against historical precedent and numerous converging lines of medical advice last month a doctor send their 1st letter to the british home office after joining us on appeared in court there the whistleblower struggled to recall his date of birth claiming he couldn't think properly songe also complained about the present conditions the doctors claim if nothing is done soon may die behind bars or the water has fallen on deaf ears we asked the u.k. home office to comment on the doctor's warning and we'll bring you any response we receive a songe appeared at a london court the video link on thursday from the maximum security prison where he's being held we spoke to one of the authors of the open letter dr margaret chase that. he's trying to show you. some
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kind of quickly treated way right continuing to do the same harsh punitive conditions. it would change his children's chorus. to. prove. he was to be kept in solitary confinement for $23.00 a day it was a humiliating you carry with you sure that prolonged states asaram to find maybe lead to severe. brain drain. that's a wrap up of the things top news for now but i'm pretty you can always find us on many of your favorite social media platforms like twitter and facebook for up to the met reports.
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well it finally happened donald trump has been impeached by the house of representatives in complete opposition to what the founders city vision the articles voted on were along party lines it is highly unlikely the senate will vote to remove the president from office so what is the point of this entire exercise. reading value tasia. and from up on high mountain the god's best to create impeachment impeachment and impeachment by now as i'm sure your friends neighbors news feeds and cable news show hosts of told you the united states house of representatives voted yes on 2 articles of impeachment wednesday. evening against the brand name and cheap united states president donald trump one
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for the abuse of power and the other for the obstruction of congress to crimes than when one set against the backdrop of washington d.c. over the past 60 years leave this particular commentator feeling like congress just spent more than 8 hours arguing arguing with each other yesterday just to ultimately hand out 2 speeding tickets at the indy 500 especially in light of all the abuses of power and subversion of congress we've seen from former presidents vice presidents cia officials f.b.i. officials and i say directors pentagon officials ice agents homeland security has attorney generals governors senators representatives house of speakers senate majority leader's f.d.a. officials and. i'm right out of breath sorry i'm a tobacco smoker that happens every now and again as common dreams reports the final vote on the 1st article was 230 to 197 largely along partisan lines the final vote on the 2nd article focused on the obstruction of congress charge was passed by a vote of 229-2198 while no.


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