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former. juror. no the truth. one person is killed and 5 others injured in a shooting near the federal security service building in central moscow witnesses describe the attack. but 5 or 10 minutes past 6 the gunfire began and it was not just a few shots that came in bursts you saw officers taking cover behind the cars. also this hour and a last minute attempt to disrupt russian gas supplies to europe and u.s. senators warn a swiss company about crippling sanctions will put it out of business if it doesn't stop work on the almost completed nordstrom to pipeline. and the british government
rejects scottish demands for another independence referendum after the scottish national party makes big gains in the u.k.'s general election. you're watching our to international coming to you live from the russian capital where it's just turned 5 pm welcome to the program. an investigation is underway to identify the gunmen who opened fire outside the federal security services building in central moscow on thursday he killed and f.s.b. officer before being shot dead himself 5 others were injured local media have already named today think the alleged suspect is. because usually when you get to the end we heard strange sounds we needed to realize that we should hide and then we heard someone in the street shouting go
back go back. to the signal the signal going to mom wasn't shooting randomly and i think we heard him shell tell it something but we didn't manage to make out what he was shouting at. the city in a basement to watch him that 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 interim had been dragged into the cafe. there's still been no official statement on the identity of the attacker however there are reports the russian investigative committee has searched the home of a suspect and interviewed his family and friends he reportedly lived in the moscow
region and worked in the capital we spoke to the neighbors of the alleged shooter. well he's 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 doesn't you know since he was 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. arches it goes dollar has more now 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
alleged shooter took his position between behind one of the columns right again on the opposite side of this building he took aim armed with an assault rifle and he opened fire it seemed that he was specifically targeting f.s.b. offices coming out of the building one of his b. officer has been shot dead 4 of them wounded and one wounded was 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 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.
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 and because that's key 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 no 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 think you're the analyst charles shoebridge outline for us where he thinks things can go from here well other place in the 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 a very strong indication i think of what they were to vacation in this case was what it was political or person or indeed some other aspect that was driving the motivation here and 2nd of course even though they've said it's 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 may take some time for example the examination of mobile phone records of any c.c.t.v. records and of course any. the mouse communications and so on that might be held on the suspects computers and elsewhere and of course that would require how such and so on but the fact is i think. even if you were. when to have the most annoying government the most benign state in any country to what you will get some people. are the same darvocet stuff that will just write funny because of policy because of instance or background or the circumstances of their own personal lives.
u.s. others are continuing to pile on the pressure on companies working with russia on the north stream to pipeline after passing legislation on wednesday to impose sanctions on moscow and its latest round of threats washington is also about to slap a key swiss company with retaliatory measures for their role in the pipes construction looks at how the u.s. is trying to blackmail allies on energy policy they say politics is a dutch game and its players can be selfish greedy and unethical but for the most part they do is pretend they're in it for the right reasons and of 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
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 isn't its greatest the united states commands all our european partners who have taken a strong stand against north stream 2. and we commend others to do the same germany is totally controlled by russia because they will get it from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from russia and they knew by the way 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 follow on 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 decided to get it down in writing and possibile which 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 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 in pointing out the irony and it's not even a cheeky one off blackmail kind of thing at the cia u.s. ambassador to germany richard grinnell previously described by a judgment politician as acting like the high commissioner of 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. 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. 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 and 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 cruisin like his freedom gas in fact last year alone he liked $765000.00 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
congress but really that's just by the by we spoke to professor holmes going to our poll who is the spokesperson for consumer advocacy group and they be he told us the u.s. is trying to force its allies to buy it liquefied natural gas from them. this project is almost finished and america have intervened too late if they wanted to do something then they should have done this is the start it's clear that germany and europe will be dependent on russian gas and because of that america is right in saying that if europe becomes more dependent on russia then america's influence will decrease 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 or not to back the prime minister's plan to leave the m.p.'s are currently debating boris johnson broke the
deal with division still dominating the dispute in westminster this. is the emphatic lesson of the last call of the unlike members opposite and projects 80. scotland could not talk been cleared of last week we did not call for breaks it you're coming to the s.n.p. with a greater monday shorts one still totally and utterly rejects brakes here this detail is a road map for the reckless direction in which the government and our prime minister already termonde to take our country the story story of the last $3.00 will be added and over we would be able to move forward. the question of scottish independence is on the rise despite the u.k. government already rejecting the scottish national party's demands for another referendum westminster leader of the s. and p. is still insisting on his party's unwillingness to quit the r.t. to delve into the question of scotland's on the ballot. so the british prime
minister took his place in parliament once more following the events 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 has arisen 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 closer 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 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 what by politicians scotland made very clear last week that it does not warrant a truly government led by boris johnson teaching is a of europe and path that we haven't chosen. but that is the future we feature 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 a union with the rest of the united kingdom and so the u.k. government of our strengths and say that's it it's a once in
a lifetime generation vote you don't get another say but far scotland are concerned briggs it changed everything the 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. or more we're now joined live by former leader of the u.k. independence party partner tart now considering the scottish people overwhelmingly voted to back the s.n.p. in the recent election because boris johnson really have the right to stand in the way of another independence vote yes because he is the prime minister of the united kingdom scotland the past all but you know it's a kingdom interest me you know we had a referendum to 14 scottish independence nicholas sturgeon at the time told the streets of once in a lifetime vote once in a generation i would argue 5 years isn't a generation or a lifetime so all i want to put into context the victory for the s.n.p. the s.n.p.
have more seats in the house of commons in 2015 than it does now we have 56 in 201548 in 2019 in fact they have all the bullshit went down in this election in comparison to the 2017 election well as you say it's only been 5 years but does that change anything given the fact that bracks it is now at issue. yes it does it changes a lot actually for the s.n.p. because they realize that once breck's it is doom and the 1st stage that will happen on january the thing it's because the 2nd hopefully by the end of next year when we will be completely outside european union it makes the arguments for independence and scotland far more difficult because there will be barriers there for example scotland will want to join european union if it goes in the penzance that will mean that they will have to join the euro and i am guessing that the majority of scots will not want to join the euro if the possibility of
a boulder between scott looms and england's considering next 60 percent of scotland's trays with the rest of the united kingdom decimate scotland's economy so the argument for independence has just become far more difficult with this general election result which is getting votes johnson a big majority you personally campaigned for in u.k. independence from europe so what's wrong with a start one wanting an dependence from the u.k. even if there is multiple new problems as you are saying isn't it their choice. yes but they had a choice in 2014 and they decided to stay within the u.k. by by 10 percent in that referendum but moreover you know our union is different than the european union the union between england and scotland and the rest u.k. has been around for 300 years it's been brought us real peace and prosperity and scotland has benefited massively economically through something called the bond of formula will in effect a lot of english taxpayers' money goes into scotland and allows discipline 20
percent more per head than we do down here in england scotland has done very well out of it and if i predict you know i think they will get a 2nd referendum on independence but i think it will be in 2022 maybe 2023 and i expect the vote to remain within u.k. to be far bigger than it was in 2014. if that does happen if that referendums the 2nd referendum does take place how much of a different outcome do you expect to happen and why well i think that the vote to remain within the u.k. will be far bigger than it was in 2014 simply because we will be out of the european union and there will be far more barriers to independence so for example you know monetary policy will become more difficult difficult to deal with the border issue will become more difficult to deal with getting back into the european union for example you know spain may well veto shot on becoming a member of the european union you've got the issue about the scottish deficit
which is the highest in europe at the moment going to get 6 percent to get into the european union has to be a maximum of 3 percent so that all of these issues which will now come into fruition and that's why i believe the people of the people of scotland will remain with our union by far bigger numbers in 202223 or whenever but referendum is in comparison to 2014 former leader of the u.k. independence party thank you so much for joining us on the program thank you. more news coming your way after this short break. all of us will hoops it has been able to learn from you were babies but so is a behavior that appears even in deaf and blind babies even if you've never heard or seen love to you will love if you're tickles by your parents. and then we learn how
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welcome back dozens of former french soldiers sometimes from elite units joined jehadi groups and the middle east since 2012 as according to a new report by the center for the analysis of terrorism charlotte durban scales the details. 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 gone along to join the 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 have been radicalized in the last 8 years while that number doesn't seem to be huge it does
point to a very worrying problem french army called a strategic point with ground for terror groups because they are looking to pick up people with specialist military and tactical and also 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 went by made jihad going to countries such as pows and afghanistan to join up with groups to fight this report also goes on to talk about why even these soldiers or these former soldiers the scene is being so important not just because of that military
knowledge but because they can pass the knowledge on to know this jihad the fruit so it may only be 13 individuals over the last 10 years but those 30 individuals could have trained hundreds if not thousands of others passing on that expertise knowledge. that is what the real concern is about this there was even some examples in this study of some individuals who adored so i did they would going to make 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 of former french soldiers who left the army on a no prime targets for terrorists groups to make them but declined.
for activists who could face jail time or protest at the venezuelan embassy in washington d.c. it claimed they won't get a fair trial after the judge refused to accept some of their evidence 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 by his wild president nicolas maduro that was after washington recognized opposition leader of the country's legitimate president the crisis was triggered in january when urged on by the us declared himself interim leader president maduro accuses washington of orchestrating a coup. to be activist our lawyer kevin zeese an academic adrian pyne earlier my colleague rosanna lockwood spoke with. what's being claimed here is that the u.s. is not recognizing majeure as venezuela's leader and this is somehow playing 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 no other country that person is a president no matter what else 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 become 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 just so day in order of the elites but the question of whether or not we where there regally 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 gives can consider. what we have the right to a jury trial and the jury will be able to hear at least some evidence we will make an effort to. slane why we were in the embassy and why were there legally and how we were 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 we think it's important for us jury to rule that we were in the embassy legally and that recognize the president is in fact the president of venezuela that's a global news wrap up for now but i'll be back to top the hour with the latest and containing it. is this is a stick of water bottle phone in the stomach of a fish the brand is part of the coca-cola company which sells millions of bottles of soda every day the idea was that let's tell consumers they're the bad ones they're the litter bugs are throwing us away industry should be blamed for all this
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