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moscow ringing in the new year and the new decade fireworks bright lights and cheering crowds in the streets of russia's capital welcome 2020. years our review of the here events that shaped 2019 continues we shed some light on the impeachment saga. another hundreds of turned to storm the u.s. embassy in baghdad after last week's deadly american airstrikes on iraq diplomatic staff including the ambassador of reportedly been evacuated from the compound. here thanks for joining us here on r.t.
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international. the new decade has begun and here in moscow we enter 2020 just that hour ago the celebration the way let's take a look at how it was done in other parts of the world. i. so those are the places around the world that celebrated new year firsts but moscow had this moment bringing in the new decade here's our correspondents ask you taylor who was right in the heart of the russian capital to celebrate it. i'm quite
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literally standing underneath the fireworks in the ferry center i've got boswell's right behind you can hear the crowds going wild and then to my boy i've got this tower and just a couple of moments ago we had the much anticipated 12 midnight chimes from the tower that's the most famous clock tower within the kremlin's walls and it's really become the face of the symbol of new year here in russia so 2025 is officially upon us just now you saw on your screens of course the spectacular fireworks display that was just erupting right in front of my eyes over the river musk and all across the night's sky they launched this year a record 35000 solvers from 11 locations were actually right next to one of the locations and that was all of course to ensure that we had the most spectacular the biggest unbeatable performance of light and color and of sounds that no one down here was left disappointed and if the reaction of that crowd just below us is
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anything to go by at all lived up to the height of the people and are out in force today that way from spock is that singing that dancing the hugging strangers i can see there of course popping champagne not even the rain could dampen this crowd spirit and unfortunately yes we did have rain we've had 2 woman december and 133 years and it was so dire in fact that local authorities had to bring in some artificial snow to some of the decorations in the center of the way it's very clear that all these party go is going to be out and about well into the early hours of the morning that can we would see round soaking up the atmosphere and taking advantage of everything that is on offer and my goodness is there a lot from carousels to concepts from ice skating to food markets and dance office and all the while the beaver to stroll through a fairy tale mosque that's been decked out with dazzling decorations and lights.
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plays nothing of course more tasking than the tree in front of the crowd and at the far end of red square towers above us this year at 22 meters high it's weighed down by an astonishing 3 and a half 1000 decorations and to top it all off the house overlooking 3 kilometers of light snaking the way all the way up to the start at the top and it's precisely this magical 5 that moscow has at this time of year that brings in on average 5000000 people to the capital in the holiday week many of them do of course choose to flock to the epicenter that is red square and you really can't blame them because a russian saying goes that if you see in the new year here on red square you are in for a year of good luck and who would want to pass up on that i will admit though some have probably opted for coziness and walked over a party along the kremlin walls and they'll be at home gathered with family and friends thinking champagne glasses feasting on traditional new year's dishes and of
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course exchanging gifts and tonight all across russia children will be looking out their windows and awaiting eagerly a visit from jet models who is russia's father christmas here in moscow one of the last to welcome 2020 with open arms russia has 11 time zones across her vast territory in the far east things appropriately winding down but not here hit the parties are just getting started so from myself from the thousands of revelers here in the very beating heart of mother russia welcome to a new year welcome to a new decade let's hope these twenty's are as roaring as the last. 2020 is time to look back at some of the key events 2019. i was. i. street protest script cities right around the world chief among them in paris in fact the
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whole of france's scene was affected by a kind of a yellow fever solid reports now on the protest movement that shook things up every single weekend last year. as 29000 winds up in front since that time move reflection was a good g.a.a. what gifts did it bring well there were plenty from the government but many seemed to go down like a lead balloon and people took to the streets time and time again. yes we all know the french all famous for striking protesting but in 2019 it felt like
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that there was something picking out loose its theme of play year with oh i'm going protests and into professional strikes throughout the year one protest movement. every saturday without fail the yellow vests took to the streets. a movement in 2018 but it left that small cone 2019 the yellow vests one to change in the social fabric in france they've charged to the streets in anger of what they see as being a hugely unequal country with a growing divide between the rich and the pool mccaughan had given them concessions but they were rejected weak off too weak the yellow vests and the police clashed thousands on both sides injured.
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then you may want the climate strikes to lead by phone says use they took to the streets to decry the country more so doing enough to join the friday safety just strikes president michael was incensed and demanded that they take that action elsewhere marching every friday to say that the planet is burning that's nice but that is not the problem people should go protest in poland help me move those i cannot push forward. and of course ending the year has been the big one and nationwide strike against pension reform.
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the public transport strike has brought most of the country to a standstill i don't know what sparked it was the plan was to merge 42 different pension schemes into a universal points based system and if you know anything about the french use to mess with the toilet so it's $2000.00 to close it was only one question to ask those who take it into the streets would not call me after all the unwanted gifts he presented to the french this year. christmas is naughty or nice list she is a naughty child that's for sure and i hope she will not have any presents from father christmas i think that it's father with her who is coming to see him and i
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think someone should tell micron that father christmas doesn't exist at all as if he was a child i am not sure that he would have a lot of presents this year because he has not been very wise he did not listen to his people. no t.v. no t.v. it's not nice to see you i think that he will be deprived of gifts this year and also next year and other key events from the year that waltz 2900 year of donald trump making headlines he's even been a page which doesn't seem to be bothering him too much more but explains how the house of representatives vote in favor of trump's impeachment may not be for the effect the democratic party wanted. president from slamming house speaker nancy pelosi as if you're going to delay secret ballot in jesus they're going to tell you to divorce you so are you sick and tired of it yet every single day there's a fresh delusion of stories about donald trump and his impeachment not just in the
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usa but around the world increasingly it seems like the us public is suffering from what could be described as impeachment fatigue. so why are people getting bored and tired over something that could be a dramatic saga of the democrats attempt to bring down the american president well it could be that donald trump has already been investigated and exonerated over russia collusion a rise today mr speaker. to call for the impeachment of the president of the united states of america they're talking about a president who fired the f.b.i.
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director who was investigating the president for his connections to russian involvement in the presidential election the public breathed a sigh of relief thought it was all over but then it got going again it didn't work with russia so now it's ukraine this week the president has admitted to asking the president ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically therefore today i'm announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry once the ukraine stuff got going it got to be a little bit long winded the witnesses repeated the same facts over and over and over again and democrats warned that it could be a long process there is no limit on the number of the senate. or not a president no limit to the number of times to impeach or not a president if the senate doesn't vote to convict trump or tries to monkey with his
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trial he could of course be retried in the new senate should he win reelection and repeating yourself over and over again is a sure fire way of becoming popular no one is above the law and that includes the president of the united states impeachment is the way we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences if we don't reckon with president trump's persistent transgressions the very foundation. of this great republic is at risk i have been very reluctant to go down the path of impeachment but if the president is essentially trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit then that may be the only remedy now polls show the us public would prefer congress actually address some of the problems facing the country not spend their time squabbling with the white house
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though to set times of democrats petty politics and basis we chant what i'm hearing out in the street with most people is they're kind of tired they're kind of worn out they're kind of bored your folks and they really want to move on unless there's something new and amazing we know the end game there how did you tune in to the last hearing of the impeachment extravaganza mainstream media seems to give the impression that the whole country is watching the impeachment hearings but in reality they aren't viewership of the 1st impeachment hearing was roughly 13800000 do the math that's about 5 percent of the u.s. public now when richard nixon was facing impeachment hearings decades ago roughly 71 percent of american citizens tuned in big difference so we decided to talk to new yorkers and see how excited they are about the impeachment process and you feel like the american people are a little bored with the whole thing i do coming want. to drink i don't look at it the more it's because the same old thing i know i'm not i think it's an important
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story and you get a personal moment of our history of wasting valuable time nothing is getting done i don't need to go through every single process out so i try to watch some of it on the drudge but then again i've been watching bits and pieces and listen with some of the surrounding information about it it's enough for ready it's not going anywhere and nothing is going to come out of this where the president's going to be removed and you know people want the country to get on with the business at hand that needs to be addressed and i'm pretty sure. it's bogus as 2020 rolls around americans are unsure of what the new year will bring however one thing does seem to be pretty clear there will be plenty of congressional hearings and senate debates on capitol hill whether the us public is interested in them or not. r.t. new york. here's one story now from last year that was in and it's about
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professionalism bravery plain luck a bird strike cools the lines flight to crash landed in caulfield outside moscow with everyone on board survived. i don't remember. if i. should get the teacher still sell it up. shut up shut up.
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there was no panic on board even though the landing was rough the pilot did a great job he landed the plane really capsized tell us please how do you feel now did you hurt to let. you know it's better than if i was there lying on the field so everything is rather good the landing was good the files did a great job landed the plane on its belly everything is fine. it. after we took off the engines became unstable 1st the left one and then the right one we usually simulate the situations when one or 2 engines out wolf despite all i want to for it's the plane was going down realize that we didn't have much time just one or 2 minutes to make a decision. and
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it was the news 2019 was a year of extraordinary variety both good and bad and no video agency ruptly was right across the top. well. it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached. hundreds of iraqis have
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demonstrated their anger outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad threatening to storm the compound but use them more after this break. join me every 1st week on the alex simon sure and i'll be speaking to guest of the world of politics sports business i'm showbusiness i'll see you then. they put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president. or somehow want to. be close it's like the 43 in the morning can't be good. i'm interested in the last.
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question. wow 2020. hundreds of iraqis have attempted to storm the u.s. embassy in baghdad with some of the protesters even starting a fire reportedly demanding its closure and that u.s. forces exit the country iraq's popular mobilization forces say around 2 dozen people have been injured at rallies in and around the compound the nation's prime minister urged the assembled crowd to leave the area of the embassy warning of
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a tough response if they don't arrest after u.s. bombing raids in iraq and syria killed 25 people at the weekend. my. i. believe all my colleagues you know neal discussed the situation with our middle east correspondent paul asli and r.t. america's michelle greenstone. paula let's go to you 1st the protests there they show little signs of relenting what do we know about today's over full circle at this stage they show no sign of dissipating we know and we've received reports that the american embassy staff including the ambassador have been evacuated from the compound but these reports come as we continue to hear that iraqi security forces
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are firing tear gas on the crowds to try and get them to disperse now many of the people there who are attending one of several funerals that was organized on the truce day for some of the victims of sunday's american airstrikes and as you mentioned the situation at the moment is far from being under control of the american ambassador was summoned for an explanation of the american strikes that targeted some 5 sites belonging to the cut hizbullah armed group now this is a group that he emerged after the american invasion of iraq in recent times it has repeatedly been involved in attacks against american forces it is also one of the main shia groups that has been fighting islamic state in syria and in iraq now according to the americans the sunday air strike was carried out in the television for bomb for bomb attack on its base in quetta cook during which one american contractor was killed as of yet there's been no confirmation for that attack but
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the pentagon insists that the hizbollah group was behind it now the iraqi prime minister has slammed these strikes closely on what happened yesterday was clear aggression it was not right and we tried to stop it but the u.s. insisted very unfortunately this thing happened this was a very dangerous matter to discuss it to face to face with the responsible parties not only by from what he said the decision has been made and i am informing you of this now the protests began on sunday night after the american strikes when hundreds of people took to the streets of baghdad condemning the americans and. at the same time expressing support for the militia burnt american and israeli flags that were taunting slogans such as down with america and no 2 america ok well let's cross to michele greene who is in washington d.c. for some of the reaction from the u.s. michelle what have we been hearing there well for one thing we have u.s.
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president donald trump insisting that iran is orchestrating this attack on the on the embassy in baghdad we also have senator marco rubio who doubted the theory that the u.s. in any way brought this attack on the embassy upon themselves take a listen you'll do the american contractor. we strongly responded in ways we'll know iran is orchestrating an attack on the u.s. embassy in iraq they will be held fully responsible in addition we expect iraq to use its forces to protect the embassy and so. iran is directly responsible for orchestrating the storming of the u.s. embassy in iraq and must be held accountable for it and the safety of every american serving there now we also have the state department special representative for iran brian hoke emphasizing that sunday's air strike was just a defensive action take a listen one of the things that we want to emphasize is that this was a defensive action that was designed to protect american forces and american
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citizens in iraq we're also working on the mission set off restoring to terence against iranian aggression now in terms of a response from the u.s. press we have the washington post bureau chief for iraq syria and lebanon explained to her readers that the embassy had been stormed not by the iraqi people but by god to even as valar supporters and we also had c.n.n. anchor jake tapper re tweet an analysis by former national security advisor to the top administration john bolton in which he declared the demonstrations as a sign of iranian control over militia groups not a sign of a rocky anti americanism and this is all of course despite the crowd outside the embassy shouting down down usa. we discussed the situation with libya a member of the baghdad security committee he says that the u.s. is creating a war on iraqi soil which will affect the country's relations. i don't know what's iran got to do with this this iraqi soldiers iraqi personnel were killed the iraqi
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people walked into the trash with anger. for the loss of their brothers loss of their soldiers so i don't know why the americans assisting to move the battlefield from iraq into iraq. 4 creating a proxy war in iraq is soil which has no reason no need for it if there is a problem between the united states of america between the united states and iran and they might as well take between themselves why involving iraq and why attack iraq soldiers in retaliation to 2 iranian policy this is something that there is no need for it it will definitely lead to deterioration of diplomatic relationship between iraq and the right to states and would definitely affect the presence of american soldiers american fighting forces here in iraq so there you have it hello to the new year but it's goodbye from a back tomorrow stick around isn't
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a local it will have all the news headlines in half an. god. give me a. bit . on this edition of 3 questions was fire you with the viewers we received quite a few questions here we do our best to answer some of them. time
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after time called parishioners repeat the same mantra sustainability very important . transitions to sustainable prize board sustainability stay number man or a more equitable and sustainable well. they claim their production is complete the hamas. companies want us to feel good about buying their products while the damage is being done far away and this is something i'll just want to. underscore.
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i am max kaiser out being new there. wow i'm feeling it 2020 should be a whopper stacy yes this is our last day of 21000 we're heading into 2020 we have a lot of predictions that means because of course no beginning of the year is a true beginning of the year without some predictions i think 2020 could be a year for giago we saw coming into the end of the year these uprisings across the world so will we see pitchforks and billionaire taxes was going to have a banner year they globalist direction against banker i can patient for sure because the is an agenda is a folks are going to give up they're going to realize that there's been a rigged game from the beginning they have no chance they're not going to make as much as their parents did life expectancy is falling in america and the environment
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is collapsing and they realize they've got to fight their way out of this or they're going to perish so they're going to there's going to be pretty gnarly to use a millennial term i think there was a generation x. term i remember that and i from my childhood so i think it is indeed a time that people in the younger generations and they have the vote now they are the millennial and they have the power and i think you saw that in the terror this year in the billionaire boomers because they came out like no other fear i've ever seen on them we saw jamie diamond leon cooperman michael bloomberg bill gates lloyd blankfein they all came out terrified of this billionaire tax i the notion not that attacks might pass but that the millennial realize that they have some odious wealth well if the prevailing sentiment will be that the blue the billionaire boomers wealth was not earned it was stolen.


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