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there are reports of a rocket strike near the international airport in the iraqi capital some casualties have been reported this comes as tensions flared between the u.s. and iran within the country. turkey's parliament approves a bill to deploy troops to libya in order to back the embattled the un recognized government in tripoli we look into the ramifications. a top u.n. rights expert says the united states jailing of whistleblower chelsea manning for refusing to testify against wiki leaks founder julian assange is tantamount to torture. our broadcasting live director our studios in moscow this is r
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t international i'm john thomas certainly glad to have you with us right now a rocket attack has been reported at the airport in baghdad iraq reports say 7 people have been killed let's cross live now to our tease. who has been covering the story for us caleb what do we know so far. at this point we're seeing reports that 2 vehicles were struck by rockets near the airport in baghdad now the reports seem to indicate that when this took place 7 people were killed in addition to that we're seeing reports of injuries as well now the reports seem to indicate that among those who were killed was a leader of the popular mobilization forces of shia muslims in iraq this was an individual who participated in the protests outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad and now furthermore we're seeing indications that 12 iraqi
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servicemen were injured we understand that at this point the u.s. airport i'm sorry at this point the airport in baghdad is on lockdown the flights have been suspended it's not exactly clear what has happened in addition to this with the reports seem to go with 2 vehicle struck missiles hitting them now this comes it's important to note in the aftermath of an announcement from mark asper the u.s. secretary of defense that the united states was planning action against iranian forces in the region and that the u.s. say it believed that iran was planning a strike against the united states this is what we heard from mark s. for hours beforehand. draw some indications so good that they may be planning additional attacks if that's happens and by the way if we get word to the taxes some type of indication will take preemptive action as well to protect american
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forces to protect american lives now it was already announced that 750 u.s. troops were headed for the middle east region to join the others that have already been deployed there are 100 u.s. marines that are being transferred from kuwait to the iraq to protect and secure. the embassy we saw earlier u.s. helicopters fly over the compound firing flares as a warning to any future protesters so this seems to be continuing fallout from the incident at the baghdad. the baghdad u.s. embassy out of the incident the airport more details seem to be emerging it's not exactly clear what happened to that was responsible who exactly was targeted what exactly is happening but we're waiting for details to emerge at this moment the current figure indicates that 7 people are dead and it's being reported that among those 7 people dead is an important leader of the popular mobilization forces. all
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right archie's kill him up and we know as a story develops and continues to develop we will be coming back to you and you will keep on top of it for us thanks all right donald trump. thinks that foreign interference could. complicate excuse me the situation in libya he raised his concerns during a call with president of turkey both leaders agreed to maintain diplomatic cooperation in the conflict and this comes after the turkish parliament voted on thursday to back at the un recognized government in libya giving a green light to a troop deployment there and libya has been in a state of war since protests in 2011 and the ousting of the country's leader moammar gadhafi in recent months the un backed government of national accord has been losing ground to the rival administration of general. who leads the libyan national army general forces currently control most of libya's territory including crucial oil and gas resources the un backed government meanwhile formally requested
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military aid from last month. and the arab league believes the deployment of turkish troops will further escalate the conflict in libya neighboring egypt has also strongly condemned the decision saying it would hold turkey fully responsible for any negative repercussions falsely or has the story. he knows that this emergency session took place this afternoon in and we did see opposition from the main opposition party and their major concern is really that of all tensions in libya and that is a concern that's being expressed here across the region that number one we could see the libyan situation becoming more and more inflated and at the same time tensions trickling over elsewhere into the region now the initial mandate we understand is that troops will be sent for a period of one year of course and course saying that this deployment is vital for turkey for her interests in libya and also her interests in the eastern mediterranean last month an agreement was signed between and libya and according to
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the turkish president in that agreement he was requested by the tripoli prime minister fires to send such troops the government has been embroiled in both her fighting with the military command of her life after our and his libya national army now they've been unable to reach the city center of tripoli but there has been particularly in recent weeks a lot of fighting around the capital turkish. political analyst use of air i'm told us are pro feels it has exhausted nonmilitary options. turkey doesn't want defeat or at least turkey's not going there to combat at least not initially i expect a very immediate deployment of $200.00 marines there to serve as a stopgap at least raise the cost of hopped hours of pensive on tripoli knowing that there is a turkish presence knowing that if any of them are harmed there would be a much greater retaliation from making the star and his ellen
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a think twice before bombing bombing tripoli resident add one has tried to reach out to his nato allies especially his e.u. allies multiple times this is basically a last resort right now when diplomacy doesn't work unfortunately there comes a time where you have to flex your hard power and there is an important saying what happens on the military field the diplomatic table we're seeing turkey become more and more now the major player in not only libya in the north africa and the east and the middle east turkey is showing that it's not going to shy away and president add one is willing to use his military muscle to get the results he wants at the diplomatic table as well. a senior u.n. official has launched a scathing attack on the united states over its ongoing detention of whistleblower chelsea manning saying her treatment amounts to torture a special report tour meltzer made the claim in a letter to the u.s. government which was written in november but has only just now come to light. the
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practice of coercive diprivan of liberty for civil contempt involves the intentional infliction of progressively severe mental and emotional suffering for the purposes of coercion and intimidation at the order of judicial authorities such deprivation of liberty does not constitute a circumscribed sanction for a specific offense but an open ended progressively severe measure of coercion for filling all the constitutive elements of torture or other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment chelsea manning was a u.s. military intelligence analyst but was arrested in 2010 for supplying classified information to wiki leaks she was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison president obama commuted her sentence just before he left office but she was arrested again last year for declining to testify against wiki leaks publisher joined us on lawyer and activist kevin zeese told us how the law is being used to
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coerce manning. in a grand jury which is a secret process before someone is indicted or you before it prosecutions occurring to determine whether someone should be prosecuted this is a power of the court to coerce someone into testifying now this law of can allow a person in the united states to be held for the length of the grand jury in order to coerce them to testify before the grand jury and no longer serves the purpose it was intended to serve it's now become a weapon of prosecutors it was initially designed to protect people who are being investigated the reason they're kept secret because it trying to protect people being investigated before they were indicted so you don't know that they're being investigated but in the longer serves that purpose and now serves the purpose of being a tool for prosecutors that's abused and i think chelsea manning is
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a victim of that abuse the report by niels meltzer does give an additional air of legitimacy to the case of manning to really back up all of the things that manning supporters that a staunch supporters have been saying now for over 6 months this is unjust that this is unfair they're trying to create something new this is the whole point of coerced trying to coerce manning to come up with something that the o.j. can use to make a real case against the sunday shows you how flimsy this is this is the degrade degradation of the justice system in the united states and also in the u.k. as well in the case of the songes more like more resembles a banana republic style facade of a state judicial apparatus this is all part of a campaign to reframe you can to reframe julius on and we he likes as if from a journalist and a publication to being a cyber criminal in a hostile foreign intelligence agency the entire case all the indictments against
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dishonor are based on that really framing principle. and they are trying to get chelsea manning to give them something a key to actually make that marriage don't work and she's not she's not volunteering anything and this is frustrating the u.s. system tremendously. julia songe is not fairing much better he is also behind bars in a british prison after being dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy in london where he had spent the previous 7 years taylor comments. few buildings in the walls have come under as much scrutiny as this one here at the door and. in those 4 walls for 7 long years possibly the most famous was the pro who time to get a staunch let's hold off until 8 port 2019 to 48 world was sensationally dropped out which should start to ease.
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the work for the wiki leaks founder this was a huge betrayal by the latin american country that had sheltered him since 2012 aquittal said the relations had soured with the songe and his bad behavior triggered them opening the door to the police and revoking his asylum but it's worth noting that just a bit acquittals bank account got an almighty boost with a $4200000000.00 loan from the i.m.f. where the u.s. has huge voting rights a staunch is currently sitting in belmarsh prison in the country's capital sucking up to meet sentence but jumping bail in 2012 but many are saying that what he's actually been handed is a death sentence because over 60 doctors wrote an open letter to the u.k. government saying that he might die in prison britain for its part denies any wrongdoing the allegations mr son she was subjected to torture and founded and hold
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false the u.k. is committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that no one is ever above it but long to its defense rings hollow in light of reports by many organizations including the new web which claimed that as a scientist health continues to deteriorate authorities are simply standing idly by the blatant and sustained arbitrariness shown by both the judiciary and the government in this case suggests an alarming departure from the u.k.'s commitment to human. and the rule of law unless the u.k. urgently changes course i believe yes the inhuman situation mr songes continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing him his life but as sanchez but also his well being is not only fight on his hands this is wiki leaks exposed gross misconduct by the u.s. government washington has been pushing for his extradition on espionage charges
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giving him a helping hand the british government despite international outcry the u.k. home secretary signed a u.s. extradition request putting a sound one step closer towards being charged for publishing classified information and conspiring to hack the government computer the 18 charges that washington has put forward could carry a maximum sentence of 175 years behind bars the reaction all over the wild people are crying foul they say that this is not a case about punishing a crime but of silencing avoids julian or singled out for special treatment for one reason only here's the truth he's such an innocent important man is because he is a freedom fighter however much you dislike. his case is the most important for me give you freedom this is just. miss rule of law and operation.
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washington's bid to get asylum stateside was also helped by not the european country sweden the scandinavian nation was investigating a rape allegation against the whistleblower and would have been within its rights to request his extradition to face trial since that that case predated the u.s. request london would have been obliged to send a songe to stockholm fast but sweden has now closed that investigation conveniently removing the. final obstacle for the americans it's funny how it all wiped out a song just extradition hearing is set for factory 2020 but in light of these recent talents of the band's fears of grabbing the does little charts of play it just goes to show i mean what and of course what news that the united nations pressure on tortures. corrupts and how in stress that the entire system in the u.k.
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including the judiciary and the media has become when it comes to julian. you know before you call course earlier this year this was a confirmation that what neil smelters said seems to be true that julian. just lots of what journalists fear the trial into while one always hopes that may lead to justice will prevail u.s. authorities have rather spared a client wired for a start so it might well turn out that when a country is dirty secrets are at risk of being exposed to justice that is what that's up for interpretation so as to tailor r.t. . china has reportedly suspended a joint stock exchange project with the u.k. over its support for the hong kong protests offer you in on that and much more after a short break this is art internet. the
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world is driven by a dream shaped by the. military thinks. we dare to ask. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy foundation let it be an arms race. very dramatic developments only mostly and. i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time to sit down
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and talk. i welcome back this is r.t. international trying to has reportedly suspended a joint to shanghai london stock exchange project over britain's position on protests in hong kong which some in beijing view as meddling the link up in question was launched in june last year and was meant to enable british and chinese firms unprecedented access to each other's markets china's foreign ministry's spokesperson was vague when asked about the matter but expressed hopes for further cooperation between the countries. we hope the u.k.
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will provide a just open and nondiscriminatory business environment for chinese enterprises and create conditions conducive to practical corporation between china and the u.k. in various fields. all right the backdrop to this has been the months of protest in hong kong anti-government demonstrators in the former british colony have been calling on london to intervene while china has continually stressed to the international community including the u.k. that it is a purely domestic issue more than a 1000000 people reportedly turned out for a demonstration in hong kong for the new year around 400 arrests were made.
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financial commentator charlie boyle believes that if the project has been suspended it was all about sending a message. and it's certainly going to be an interesting year i don't think it's particularly you know significant economically though right now but it certainly sends a signal i think the chinese have also started to realize especially in the last couple of years that we are entering a global recession whatever that whatever form that takes whether it's the next month or the next couple of years and trying to reset it quite a good position especially with with. looking for reelection later this year and he's backtracking on the a lot of that stuff. it just makes sense for them to send a message to the u.k. that they're on the radar as well especially at this important time for england
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u.k. rather. the sputnik it news agency has announced that it is shutting down its bureau in the estonian capital after dozens of its employees resigned saying they fear criminal prosecution artie's medina question of is on top of the story for. this picnic agency published a statement and a fast of jenny saying 3500 staff and stony and had terminated their labor contracts and resigned fearing possible criminal prosecution and the speaking agency in this tiny is controlled by the russian state media organizations i c c avoid unfortunately experienced it takes to do. by the apparent absurdity of the government's threats criminal prosecution of journalists is a reality in today's europe less monster telling a story to us towards that staff member could be prosecuted due to the european sanctions against russia and if that would have happened they would be facing up to
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5 years behind bars and moscow sees this demand as an obvious attempt to silence the russian president commented on the situation he offered support to the journalists who work for the agency. you do a lot all sorts of attempts to stop your activities can go unnoticed i'm very surprised because russia is always accused of all evils including pressure on independent media and they do the same that they accuse us of this is cynical government measures such as restrictions can't work because you will hold those who want to spoke to school between our countries we can't allow it you must try to work in those countries that are scared of your information they assign and government continues to insist that it is not doing anything wrong with the country's foreign minister said that targeting sputnik was about enforcing e.u. sanctions and in our town and in officials also froze the assets and asked
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ploy used to vacate the offices that they were ranting by the end of february now or. said that they plan to appeal to a number of international organizations we consider the actions of the thordis to be. used to such international organizations as the un the council of europe. are demanding the proper amount of this unprecedented case of violation of freedom of speech in recent years and measures to ensure the right about journalists to carry out their professional activities and concerns about this situation have been forced by a number. if you are a peon the fishelson particular of the o s c e representative on freedom of the media cold honest to refrain from against journalists meanwhile. the websites will not be completely shut down it was reported that the website will continue its work as it will be reorganized in
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a way that avoids permanent pressure from the estonian authority this. let's turn our focus to sudan now where 18 people are confirmed dead as a result of a military plane crash on thursday that's according to a sudanese army spokesperson for children are reported among those killed the crash took place in the region of west darfur 5 minutes after takeoff their craft was delivering aid to the region which had been wracked by tribal conflict recently according to local media the sudanese minister of justice narrowly escaped the disaster having left the plane just a few minutes before takeoff officials say the cause of the crash is yet to be determined but an investigation is in progress. all right back to our breaking news story or developing story rather the u.s. actually confirms that they are the ones who struck iranian linked targets near baghdad airport now it's reported that
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a top iranian general was killed in the attack as a well of course our newsroom is following the latest developments we will make sure that we get them to us soon as we get them to us you're watching our international stay with us. join me every 1st week on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to us from the world of politics sport i'm sure i'll see you then. max geysers financial survival. housing bubble. oh you mean there's a downside to artificially low mortgage rates don't get carried away that's cause a report. but
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this is a good book broadcasting around the world and covering all aspects of our global economy in the 21st century and i'm christiane watching 10 special show focusing on the energy sector and here's what we have coming up in the north into pipeline which is that you transport natural gas from russia to germany. from the u.s. . we'll break it down for us and oil bankruptcies are up and prices are moving what the forecast looks like for 2020 while break it down to take a look at the state of the clean energy sector and world will go in 2020 with tyson slocum from public citizen so much to get you on the front so let's get right to. germany has been critical of washington's decision to sanction companies in europe's north stream to gas pipeline project as unacceptable chancellor angela
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merkel says that germany is against any extra territorial sanctions the measures may prove to be a major setback for the transatlantic relations meanwhile in russia the move is seen as an attempt to counter the country's energy project and promote america's own economic interests are t.v. . reports from moscow. on tuesday the u.s. senate approved the national defense authorization act for next year it's a red coat $700000000000.00 military budget more than $700000000.00 has been allocated to contain russia among other things it's obliges that ministration to impose sanctions on russia. gas pipelines and approves military aid to ukraine the white house opposes the construction of north stream to believing that the protrude will give russia leverage over the foreign policy of european countries plus it promotes its liquefied natural gas in the pipeline if completed. would make europe even more dependent on russian energy would generate billions of dollars for
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a potent billions of dollars that would fall on russian military aggression but even in the u.s. then to stand that the sanctions will not be able to stop north streams construction as it's already near completion germany in turn is already preparing to tell a tree measures top officials slammed the bill congress has indeed decided to impose sanctions we are against extraterritorial sanctions not only those docked yesterday but we also have the same problem with the sanctions against iran there's no other option left for us but to hold very decisive talks to show that we are not accepting these sanctions we believe that is unacceptable as it is an attempt to influence the sovereign decisions of europe we are holding negotiations with the united states meanwhile the german parliament's committee chief on economy and energy told r.t. that the lane is ready to respond to any sanctions imposed by washington and the u.s. is unhappy that we are not by now i guess they want to boost their own trade and
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that's why they are imposing sanctions on companies involved in building the pipeline firstly american liquefied natural gas is obtained through fracking which makes it's unacceptable for germany and secondly it is much more expensive the rushing down the natural gas we get from russia is high in demand and due to falling production in europe demand has only increased so we plan to import more of it this is why news stream 2 is so important because of north stream 2 it will be completed even if u.s. sanctions are imposed on project participants that it was announced by kremlin spokesperson to me trip is called he noted that the u.s. actions violate international law are unfair competition and many expensive and uncompetitive products will be forced on europe as gas consume is moscow does not like such actions nor does berlin nor paris these sanctions are a direct violation of international law an example of unfair competition and an attempt to spread art.

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