breaking news this hour across the u.s. the electoral college has cast its votes to determine the next president sealing joe biden's win but donald trump has not given up on the find continuing his legal challenges and allegations of widespread fraud. rolled out across the largest country in the world every region in russia prepares to give covert vaccinations in the hopes of avoiding the hard to lockdowns over the festive period. hospitality workers in paris and protest against the cold lockdown until mid january with many businesses on of the verge of collapse. and dirty dealing are to films drug gangs taking over parts of berlin as police report
a rise in their activity since last summer in the german capital. broadcasting live direct from our studios in moscow this is r t international i'm sean thomas it is a big newsnight glad to have you with us let's start with some breaking news across the united states members of the electoral college have met to cast their votes for the country's next president and put joe biden officially across the line as for donald trump he is still refusing to concede despite floundering a legal efforts to overturn the results of the all of this amidst the backdrop of the attorney general bill barr resigning effective on the 23rd of december for more on the election coverage though let's cross live to our he's killed moppin in new york caleb. does this clear biden's path to the white house.
indeed now the electoral college assembles and the individual states gather to cast their votes every state has a specific number of electoral votes and california passing its electoral votes and casting its electoral votes for joe biden seems to put joe biden over the threshold through which he has a clear majority in the electoral college however it will be on january 6th that the u.s. congress will count the electoral votes and certify the results and the inauguration is set to take place on january 20th now many people don't realize then the united states they don't actually have a popular vote system to determine who gets elected it's the electoral college system where every state is specified a certain number of electors those electors are then the ones that vote for the president now in all states except for maine and nebraska the electors are winner take all so whoever wins the state wins all of the state's electors now there have
been a few rare instances where you have what are called faithless electors who who don't vote according to who they are assigned to vote for by the state and by the popular vote in the state they're assigned to that did happen in 2016 it was quite dramatic it was the 1st time that that had been a factor sense about 948 but regardless of all of that it's pretty clear that joe biden is going to be sworn in on january 20th this is yet another step in that direction that has not stopped donald trump from saying that he is the legitimate winner of the 2020 election this is donald trump. i mean you know it's not over we keep going and we're going to continue to go forward we have numerous local cases where you know in some of the states a good rig from the from us. now it's also important to note that prior to today's casting of electoral votes there was a last ditch effort to make a move in the supreme court in order to stop the election results now what happened
was the state of texas filed a motion they filed for georgia pennsylvania michigan and wisconsin to not be certified they asked the u.s. supreme court to step in but the u.s. supreme court said no the u.s. supreme court simply said that it was not going to hear the case it threw out the case in a fact and as a result today's electoral votes i went ahead and joe biden won the majority of those electoral votes now it's interesting that there have been some key words from figures in the republican party of texas making clear that they want to form some kind of the union of law abiding states let's take a listen to. the supreme court and tossing the texas lawsuit has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law perhaps law abiding states should bond together and form a union of states that will abide by the constitution now there have been big divisions in us society we have seen instances over the past few years of left wing
groups and right wing groups fighting each other this recent weekend in olympia washington the right wing proud boys organization fought on the streets with a left wing and activists and a riot was declared by the police when gunshots were fired this is part of an ongoing trend of increasing instability and political turmoil in the united states let's review. now joe biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the united states on january
20th is unlikely to heal these divides drum supporters think that donald trump is the legitimate winner of the election there are increasing levels of instability and distrust across the nation so the wounds are still there the divisions are certainly still intact and despite the fact that it seems pretty clear joe biden will be sworn in as the next president there are definitely definitely big gaps among the american public art has come up in there in new york you know it's a very busy news day in the states and you will take care of it stateside for us as the night develops thanks a lot for being with us. now russia has a fast track to the rollout of its predict vaccine to reach every region of for the new year period in some parts of the country the vaccination program is already underway it is hoped it will bring down daily infections which peaked here in russia at the start of the month artie's down quarter has more on today's developments. today's the day that sputnik vs finally made its way to every single
region of russia president putin spokes person said that unlike many countries in the west there will be no strict lockdown measures for this holiday season and that likely has to do with the russian health ministries latest achievement the president's order has been executed and vaccines but choose from aspects a nation would deliver today to every region in russia vaccination is the path we should take if we also break the spread of the disease russia's prime minister has made it clear the vaccine is voluntary however it will be offered free of charge to all russian citizens medics teachers and social workers are at the front of the line to be vaccinated since their work is specifically high risk but we also heard from the prime minister that he promised 480000 vaccinations will be delivered across the country in december although inoculations have already begun in key regions like novosibirsk for example where medical workers have already taken the shot i know just people get to see that it's tough this way we're waiting for the
vaccine and we're happy to be free is to know and to get the champ let's not forget sputnik he has an over 90 percent efficacy rate and russia's health minister is also saying that the latest information coming out about it is very encouraging so with over 27000 more cases recorded in the country within the past 24 hours alone this is certainly good news for the russian people it's a crucially important the actual aid is bringing people as possible know that it. was a machine nation but didn't really requires minus. a huge storage basically does minus 3. so it will be difficult to distribute it but interest on political symbol for money should political it can be distributed through the cold chill you know it was developed in the russian and dominion of the countries for so. cold blooded compilers problem. doctors and distributors not how to deal.
with that and for all of that mindlessly each person who we killed in action 8 will be left for the disease we'll be one more person. in to social solidarity given to us we all know that it takes more than the monster. often as a vixenish some so you will need to wait for 23 months i mean even if you come by vaccine the social you simply haven't yourself is on the shelf you really can't see results from anything else. fun to france now where hospitality workers have gathered in paris against prolonged lockdown measures which they say are crippling their industry although some restrictions will be lifted on tuesday restaurants bars and cafes will have to stay shut right across the holidays earlier my colleague and a farmer discussed this with our. who was at the protest. individuals
from a number of different sectors the restaurant cafe in paul sector but also from the tourism sector too in those people who own entertainment venues like owning venues both come out to tell the government may want to open up their business because they have had the most. in 2020 many of them saying they are all put to bankruptcy with some recent report showing that some 90200 thousands almost of the business is. not safe in saying that they could be closing up shop for good in the next 3 months things are really joyous i know there is a still majority fund for businesses with up to $10000.00 euros per month or 20 percent of. from last year but many say that that is simply not enough and the cooling on the government to do. more for this is the government has provided financial assistance but not everyone meets the criteria some restauranteurs and
hotel owners have just recently opened and they're not receiving help there's not enough help anyway. so popular professor sickle if the problem isn't the government's not doing enough the problem is that bars and restaurants are closed this is not normal there's no reason for a pandemic is not spreading from other research in france has proven that and restaurants are hot spots for the virus we've come here today not to demand help for it but we reopen for what. we know work expenses continue to multiply human but we don't have money to pay for it we don't have money for children to do just what we can to work but we still have to flee with the current economic balance is unfit for life at the condom on the minute from us if we can't know the current situation here fronds is concerning. the
government there are almost $60000.00 individuals who would be considered to die as a result of 19 every day the infection rate is still around $10000.00 cases that is. what president obama was hoping it would be up to this point the government is starting a massive screening situation 18 some cities across france there have been criticisms of that and of course the new part she phase of the decompile it starts on she's day in progress now many can see. starting on tuesday which means that you could see that starts at 8 pm in the evening rather a 9 pm is a racially charged but there is concern that she used a cultural institutions were supposed to be opening. up because the tradition in many restaurants is of concern that there's a possibility that jan we 28 which is the date they would ritually projected to be
opening may not be the time when. there are many issues are there at the moment in france the spring people latch on to the streets to protest not least the weekend we saw people. protesting over the new global security law more expected of their own more protests expected we've seen this protest over the last weeks about the global security law and then to add fuel to the fire that there's this new permitting republican values law many of the protesters who came out of that weekend said that there are certain aspects of that move which used to be known as the separatism rule which ramos they tend to cool article 24 from the global security field which is incredibly controversial this idea that it would criminalize publishing people who publish images where individuals can be identified and there is no intent to harm them now there was also huge criticism of the protest over the weekend with the police using new tactics to try and avoid.
violence we have seen over the past few weeks essentially carrying out what i would describe as a smash and grab this is where the police ram into the crowds and they take out individuals who they think all troublemakers. oh. well almost a $150.00 individuals were detained at the protests on saturday many of these detentions coming in the 1st hour or so of protests before it was really too much trouble and all of those taken to would journalists now there's been huge criticism
about from many opposition sides also from human rights groups and journalists as well and that comes as the new press freedom index between 20 should front says down the scale yet again it's now what number who are the world's most previously at number 32 and this is mainly due to how journalists were treated in 2019 the government says is freedom of the press here in france but these ranking sure that that certainly is diminishing. as parts of the streets covered $1000.00 restrictions this holiday season it has been revealed that the british prime minister boris johnson was warned by top health experts that easing measures for christmas would spark a 3rd wave. a relaxation of restrictions on social contact combined with the natural desire to celebrate inevitably increases the spread of the virus well so we are not at this point asking for a change in the proposed christmas rules we are concerned that the current public
debate on those rules is ignoring the significant extra risk involved. o. a new 3 tier system came into force on december 2nd in england with many parts of the southeast including london now being moved into the top alert level this 3rd tier is applied to regions where the infection rate is highest while its trickly prohibits households mixing with each other and allows restaurants and bars to open for takeaway and delivery only all other shops and public services can remain open that includes anything from hair and beauty salons to churches and gyms well despite hoping to reduce covert cases and allow some celebrations infections are still on the rise u.k. officials have been even confirmed a new variant of the virus has been detected national health service chiefs however say that they wanted to the government back in september about easing. the lockdown restrictions at the time the n.h.s. was reportedly treating around 500 hospitalized kovan 1000 patients but by december
10th this figure had soared 213000 patients we spoke to senior clinical lecturer dr punk about the importance of safety measures in a month associated with families coming together. their lawyer says their case numbers are there we need to have a very restricted christmas what is important is that you are honest and believable and trusted and you tell your people that we have a problem it is not possible to meet on 23rd 24th 25th of december however very soon in the new year it will become possible so that is being truthful and honest and you explain to people that the vaccines are coming and when the vaccines are coming and most people have been immunized it will be safer easier and better to meet up you don't want to be raising your glasses to say hey we miss our departed friends. the german capital has seen
a massive rise in drug use as a police attempt to pin down entire districts that are said to be under the control of dealers our sister channel r.t. german captured the troubling trend that has been building since last year using hidden cameras. the intimidated me a well built young man came into my kiosk i told him to get out but he refused him then she started grabbing me i called the police but they arrived too late so i
gave a statement but nothing has changed. if nothing you can see them looking out for a potential victim and if somebody is not paying attention they smash their bag or wallets. that i move on when i go to the station looking for a dealer i tell him what i need he takes a rubbed elbows out of his mouth the standard price for a job is just $20.00 euros i give him the money and we go our separate ways. hugh bronson from the alternative for germany party told us of the drug problem has it deteriorated due to an insufficient response from local authorities. the most important reason for this. trafficking is
a very lenient city government they instructed police to turn a blind eye towards the drug dealers that go it's up ethnic groups from africa most of them rejected asylum seekers not to be ported recording to them all the acting the africans are acting out. and trying to make a living. demo illegal immigrants looking for 'd decent work but as i said most of them reject to do so i'm saying is and should not be in this country secondly. it's arabs who are dominating certain areas and. they're very very well organized it's always nice crime and. their word is that all and this happens not just in berlin but also in other cities in germany. the u.s. has put sanctions in place against its nato ally turkey over the purchase of
russian as 400 surface to air missile system u.s. secretary of state mike pump made the announcement on monday turkey is a valued ally and an important regional security partner for the united states and we seek to continue our decades long history of productive defense sector cooperation by removing the obstacle of turkey's s 400 possession as soon as possible of the sanctions put a ban on all u.s. export licenses for turkey's defense agency president c. of defense industries and asset freeze and visa restrictions on its president is mile and 3 other top employees the sanctions that threaten to damage turkey's economy while the country is struggling to cope with the coronavirus russian foreign minister sergei lavrov says the u.s. move goes against international law yet he says it comes as no surprise. it looks just as i should move through this is of course another example of arrogance
towards international law a manifestation of illegitimate unilateral coercive measures that the united states has been using for many years even decades left and right and of course it doesn't increase u.s. or thorazine on the international arena where it is a responsible participant in the international division of labor including military and technical cooperation. just purchased the russian f. 400 defense system in july 2900 washington had threatened turkey with sanctions ever since creating the system poses a threat to nato the s 400 is configured in a different way from the other ground to air systems used by the alliance which means it cannot easily be incorporated into nato as wider air defenses in the region historian gerald horne believes the u.s. stance is all about business. the only way for turkey to satisfy washington would be to surrender sovereignty and basically to the 51st us state of turkey wants to
buy this $400.00 system from russia united states does not want turkey to do so because in many ways nature was just a weapons racket it's just a way for a member states to pour money into their own estates. complex know what's your read material from u.s. contractors like raytheon and boeing and all the rest certainly no longer wants to participate in that rocket and there isn't one is the conflict with regard to nato the expansion of nato for example to the former soviet republic of georgia may not only be to target moscow it may be in itself to target turkey as well following an expulsion of turkey from nato or putting further pressure or need to with regard to accepting georgia as a nato member this is a very serious conflict. anti-racism campaigners have set their sights on the leading art gallery in britain over
a mirror all that shows an enslaved black child tate britain now accept that the work is offensive the chair of the ethics committee noted that members were unequivocal in their view that the imagery of their work is offensive trustees discuss the need to acknowledge the strength of feeling around the miro and the harm that is imagery has cost the mural which covers the wall of a gallery restaurant is called the expedition in pursuit of rare meets it is by rex whistler and shows a hunting expedition characters in the piece include it captured a black boy being led with a chain around his neck campaigners want the work removed or the restaurant closed and the gallery says it is considering how to respond. we're taking this time to consult internally and externally on the future of the room and the miro and we will keep the public informed of future plans it has polarized opinion between those who wanted the mural to stay and those who call it and then an acceptable
carry over from britain's colonial past we put the issue up for debate. but we need to debate and leave these things where they are so people can understand history and understand how far we have drawn from these images they may now from defensive well know the current. situation if you're just going to hide things away and you never going to educate people is passive which is also passive blackish to it. what you looking out. deeply offensive work placed in one of the most prodigious practices galleries in the country pulse black lives matter the whole paradigm shift in thinking. that what was formerly acceptable what used to be acceptable is now no longer except. that you can move the removal rope to some sort of the museum of colonialism or british shaman you can provide the education
context that. to have the super soft slavery while you retain your 45 grew up in a premier arts establishment of the country it can be moved and it can be praised the proper educational context but he certainly not in a public space in the pretty prestigious art gallery or just a creep saying it's british colonialism is not to mislead in an essentially folse because you misleading people of black history it earned because you are b.l.m. is a left wing matches political party said which should go to pot in now so the actual movement for black lives is lost its momentum as being any credibility for less educated people about the entire history of the slave but don't hide the fucked up black african tribes were complicit in it well before europeans got there and it wasn't just british colonialism can we just be absolutely clear because you know no
longer be used to be misled that chattel slave chance atlantic. honestly wasn't a periodic in slaven of warring tribes that could be released in the negotiation between different villages it was the most brutal at long last the exploitation probably one of the greatest crimes in tuman history solar 50000000 africans exported from west africa and the interior what we will to do is just create history away so sadly our friends are gone now it's time 19th. and i want to hide anything away i want to put it you know history in a museum of colonialism and slavery that puts it in the proper context and you my friend would be the 1st customer to get educated because your ignorance is so profound as to be absolutely shocked by the dozen from this i'll be back with more news and let's say 32 minutes and 20 seconds.
something called the c.p.i. consumer price index and that the value of that money printing will now dave base the currency for real and this is going to be the end game as it were because once the inflation genie is out of the bottle you can't put it back into the bottle . to street. to street. to see.