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this has been needed as well now you can actually probably see behind me some of the devastation that this fire has caused this is left thousands of people across russia homeless and we went to meet one of the families to find out how they're coping with the situation. it was supposed to be a new beginning instead it was a fiery end just one day after giving birth to baby victoria corrina in alexandria killings house was burnt to the ground it was one of the many inverted nish destroyed by the fierce fire that tore through people's homes leaving devastation in its wake. we've lived here for five years and now this is all that remains of a home now they have to stay in a refuge center one of two in the city that has been set up to help those that have been left homeless. when entire victoria which means victory so i think when we come in from the fires. i think everything will be all right we've got enough help and our life has just started with the heat wave continuing and fires still
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burning throughout central russia many towns villages and homes remain at risk emergency services have been battling to gain control of the situation. now the situation is under control at least eighty houses have burned down during the fire at least one person died in this village probably when the man desperately trying to leave his burning house was struck by a falling one of the electric shock killed him. well so many have lost their houses to the fire. zone dreaming great knowing that like they could have lost a lot more. now the country's leaders also promised to provide assistance to these people we've heard prime minister payton say that the funny sort of lost homes will be receiving one hundred thousand dollars and hopefully the homes will be used to rebuild their homes. now but obviously the people having to deal with the situation that they've been left in now. in the case and we've seen
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a huge amount of volunteers coming forward and bringing clothes and food and just offering general assistance to these people that have been left in this situation and i've also heard from the russians who will has expressed his condolences to some of these people. everyone. we can control it but we can control. now the timing of those condolences very appropriate because in the russian orthodox church calendar tomorrow which is the second of august is the day of the of the larger which is the controls the rain and thunderstorms and a lot of people hoping for some the thought over the next couple of ways because at the moment there's no sign of this heat wave abating and of course you can see behind me that the destruction of these fires the cool thing everyone made it very
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came to an end this situation and show that more damage is and. so forth reporting that and coming up for you this hour. gathers opinions on whether the wiki leaks release us military files was the only thing to. do with the sordid details of politicians i don't think we need to know that but information that the public. should know everything. discriminant shootings by u.s. soldiers out civilians is nothing unusual to the veterans who regret their actions . in china he's are desperately trying to intercept thousands of barrels containing toxic chemicals which are now floating towards russia severe floods washed the drums into a river on wednesday r.t. if you're going to spin off is in russia's far east looking into unconfirmed reports that some barrels are already leaking there poison its contents. they say
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they're just around fifty years ago the water in the more was so clean it was possible to drink it straight from the river obviously over the years the situation has changed but the ecology here is now under threat of becoming even worse chinese authorities now say that they've managed to extract several thousand barrels which have been washed into the river last wednesday as a result of the biggest flood china has experienced in a decade but that means that several more thousand barrels are still in the water and since the river joins the. chinese located just several dozen kilometers away from here these barrels are clearly enroute to words russia chinese authorities eight beers to prevent these barrels from reaching here however there are signs suggesting that the ecology is still under threat first of all out of the seven thousand barrels which have got into the water three thousand of them contain chemical substances including acids which may be harmful to the environment and
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there have been reports that some of these barrels have leaked these chemicals into the water and the whole really me also be en route towards the also been reports that some of the barrels may have sunk into the water and that creates a potential future of threat to be environment and also makes it much more difficult to extract them to the surface and since the river is a major source off fresh water in the city. and in russia's far east in general media locals are very concerned about the situation. they say they're trying to intercept them but i still think some will eventually end up here some say they're leaking on the chemicals will come anyway. it's not the first time we've had problems like this in the winter there was a big can it will spill and we had to use what's a filter is china has to find a way to prevent the steam well we won't be able to drink the sort so it'll of course. the authorities in russia are very concerned about this situation as well
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and the russian consulate and embassy are cooperating with authorities in china nevertheless the officials here in are already planing ways to distribute fresh water to the local population in case of contamination does occur but thankfully so for the emergencies ministry which is monitoring the quality of the water by taking samples at least twice a day they see that so far they haven't found any abnormalities artie's europe is going to reporting that now this week the u.s. added thirty seven billion dollars to its war budget after congress approved further funding for the afghan troops surge capitol hill was unmoved by the whistle blowing web site wiki leaks which published ninety thousand classified documents all of them detailing civilian deaths at the hands of nato personnel the pentagon is investigating the source of the leaks and at this point one soldier has been charged with releasing online a classified video of
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a military operation the white house has requested we can lead to stop posting their top secret documents but the founder and editor in chief of the website julian estancia says they've tried to cooperate with the white house but have received no response but we're looking at the issue seriously to see whether that is true we did hold back clean thousand reports for the because they had this sort of classification that suggests that maybe they contain that sort of material we approached the white house to ask them for assistance in reviewing material before we published the white house did not accept that request in april the website wiki leaks released a video apparently showing u.s. soldiers in iraq shooting civilians from a helicopter as artie's guy nature can found out soldiers who served on the frontline say it was not out of the ordinary. you know something that any military tries to keep under wraps civilians killed during an operation this april the
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pentagon saw one of its skeletons walk out of the closet a secret video of american soldiers opening with looks like indiscriminate fire in a baghdad suburb three years ago more than a dozen people were reported dead including two reuters news staff also two children were wounded president was investigated and the u.s. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own rules of engagement so while the us military is ok with causing some collateral damage it's when civilians die in the course of action a number of soldiers who were involved in those killings now speak out and say this shouldn't be a norm of warfare you can see in the east in mccord a soldier with the unit that's shown in the video said it hadn't been a one time experience he went as far as to say soldiers in his unit were ordered to
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kill civilians in certain circumstances mccord said the message they got from their commander was if someone in your line gets hit with an improvised explosive device three sixty rotational fire you kill everyone on the street. chastity bers served in the same unit as ethan mccord he refused to talk about the order because of as he said the threats and warnings that he'd received from his former army fellows but the secret video of helicopter killings seemed nothing unusual to him but from our experiences what was shown in that video was no uncommon and like that happened on a fairly regular basis josh says the training they'd gone through did not angry much sensitivity either he remembers one of the songs soldiers were made to sing the more intense on going is because i went down to the market where all the children
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were all women shop where i was shabby and i began to chop josh and a group of other former soldiers are now touring the us and telling people of their experiences and their regret for me it was when i was finally able to kind of put myself in the in the shoes of of other people. really start to imagine how i doubt if you're through what i was the. basis of storming into people's homes sometimes in the middle of kids and children's faces. some believe the type of war the us was finding for the psychological trauma so many american soldiers are now going through it was a very disorienting and destabilizing condition of warfare for most american soldiers to try to separate the but nine populous from the insurgents who wanted to
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kill them that were absolutely indistinguishable from regular civilians. have been rather. easily mccord and josh stieber signed a letter of apology to the mother of the children hurt during the operation and pledged to change from the inside out. our team washington d.c. brian becker from the american and he will coalition says someone within the military leaked these documents. i know that's a current argument that the u.s. military may have leaked this in order to blame pakistan or to blame others i don't think that's really what's going on i think that there are voices within the u.s. military just as they were doing in vietnam who have become disillusioned with the war and are releasing these documents to paint a picture that tells something quite different from the official version with the hope that the american people will as they did during vietnam become opponents of
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the war and help change the policy. you can watch the full version of the interview with the antiwar activist and director of the answer coalition brian becker next hour here on r.t. and r.t. as resident laurie huffman is hits the streets of new york together opinion on the wiki leaks story. should they be releasing such sensitive information this week let's talk about that i'm a journalist and i think freedom that you get the people need to know what's happening and i think it's great is there anything that the public shouldn't know. i don't want sordid details of politicians i don't think we need to know that but information that's in the public to blame just such as should know everything is there any information that should never be published by
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a watchdog oh yeah i mean if this thing which is going to endanger troops or something which is really going to hurt us or hurt the people who are really trying to do the right thing in afghanistan that should absolutely not be shared so out of ninety one thousand reports it is possible i'm sure there's a bunch in there that's bad stuff i believe that you know america should know a lot of things but also america should be kept in the dark about other things and they compared to the pentagon papers this was released without a lot of. time explaining what it all means it's just a lot of information without a lot of explanation and that leads to can you know anyone could take it and use it how they want to use it should they have done it and no but is the i'm a she should the information being classified in the first place that's another question i mean some of that information is pretty basic is it really a serious risk to national security and the fact that the information is published it doesn't look like it but it's not a good idea to be leaking classified information whether or not you think this kind of government information should be released to the public the bottom line is that
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now it's out there for the whole world to access so let's just hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. you always ought to and there's a lot more coming your way in. this as a baby box if a mother wanted to meet her child should have to do would be to pull on those high . i'll put the child inside it's designed to save infants lives but critics say it's encouraging women to give up their children. plus perilous peninsula even south koreans now the findings of a u.s. led report that blame pyongyang for sinking a southern warship in march find out why in a few minutes time here on r.t. . the u.s. state of arizona has enforced new illegal immigration legislation but the most disputed parts of the bill were struck out just before it was enacted it means
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immigrants will be safe from random police checks which some claim profiling but those against the bill say it's a bittersweet victory as the fate of illegals in the united states remains precarious. i don't think. it was it is. doesn't sound like your typical immigration protests today i feel great as the owner of guy one of my god everybody was so excited for a day and. a hero he was. that's because just one day before the law was to be enacted i. think that harshest provisions i'm here celebrating with the community and our victory. were to be moved a celebration over one hundred a long hot days in the making. i know the love
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there how much that celebrate and i mean it's not a number assigned immigration law they've been here every single day five am. break but it wasn't always a lock down but some of the most controversial measures. they say their prayers were answered with we've been in pretty you know every day twenty four hours a day this is taking over or our life and right now this is the only issue we can work because there's so much demand for it and good right here we're directly on the thick of it right on the front lines of what is a national struggle and whenever there's a national struggle money has to be made here. now. where anyone can be a patriot belong to god. and stand in solidarity with america's immigrant population but although vendor an activist jonah clearly is busy these days he's not very optimistic about the future of the hispanic community
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a lot of the words that are coming here are coming here to escape the political and economic systems that we created in their country they're coming here for for the ability to live to have clued to have children to have what they need sticker there . and they can't have that where they came from largely as a result of united states imperialism in their country a sentiment that was at code by native born and naturalized citizens alike blaming the very nation they would do anything to stay in this country is so criminal and its actions all over the world it has no right to tell one group of people not to cross borders when it's crossing illegally crossing borders and all over the world innocent people but most of these folks want to drop a different kind of bomb and i demand that the us government listen to them they say. here better you.
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know do you know the soft archie phoenix arizona. it's now twenty minutes past the hour here in moscow you with our tears were running down the top stories of the week here north korea has demanded its experts be allowed to examine the scene where a south korean warship sank the vessel went down in march killing forty six sailors a south korean newspaper leaked findings from a new russian led inquiry that suggests the boat had hit a sea mine although these have not been confirmed by moscow an earlier international investigation accused of carrying out a torpedo attack and u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said there was overwhelming evidence pyongyang was to blame north korea has always denied its involvement in the sinking foreign policy analyst stephen galland says the result of the first report raised doubts even within south korea. the lead government is not a government that is interested in peaceful coexistence with north korea. is to see
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the collapse of north korea and its absorption into the south. it's also suspicious that the south korean government's report was released on the eve of gubernatorial and local elections there's also the case that. the idea that the north korean submarine could have been operating in the shallow waters in which the cheering and saying is incredible but one could make the argument that the entire point of the cio in an incident in the blaming of it on north korea was to provide a pretext to escalate tensions there is a large opposition within south korea to the idea that in fact north korea is responsible for the sinking of the ship and now to some other international news making headlines this hour and the un has praised the global treaty that's come into effect banning the production and use of cluster bombs the weapons which contain hundreds of small explosives often leave on detonated ordnances behind they
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have long been compared to landmines for the damage they cause to civilians more than one hundred countries have endorsed the agreement however the us russia china and israel are yet to sign up. violence has flared up again along the volatile border between israel and gaza palestinian militants launched a rocket attack that damaged buildings because no injuries israel responded with air strikes and said it would hold hamas accountable despite a group not related to the organization claiming responsibility. while abandoned babies are often found in strange and unsafe places sometimes even discarded like rubbish in the czech republic though it's five years since a special facility was set up for women to give away their children but the so-called baby walks has many opponents who claim it encourages mothers to abandon their new borns. they're all around the czech republic at first sight they're just nondescript metal doors on the sides of hospitals and government
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buildings but they've already helped to save dozens of lives this is a baby box every mother wanted to leave her child or should have to do would be to pull on the handle and put the child inside now it isn't just a metal container an infant would be able to survive here for several hours but usually they're rescued within several minutes by those on the other side the first one was placed in this private hospital it's still the most popular with nearly fifteen children left here in five years. maybe books as soon as the babies placed inside the door locks on the outside and in the llamas settle i remember running to the box for the first time to see the baby inside and showing it to the doctor to be examined like i felt special i think it was an amazing invention. the baby box and learned is not a doctor but a writer and horse breeder but his idea was not immediately well received with
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protests from some clergyman and even doctors. though the baby box is high tech with three hundred twenty parts special places to leave unwanted children existed even in ancient times. but the government was wary of the baby books and didn't provide funding as if i was encouraging people to get rid of their children now the perception has changed. but it is life and christina have dated for two years and run a hostel in prague although they can have children of their own don't also like to adopt a baby box child. come from a big family i have four brothers and three forty cousins and. nephews and so i like children they do not know where or when but sure enough it is a matter of time before someone don't want the child will become a welcome addition to their family. artsy prog.
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well this week marks ten years since the international space station first became habitable for humans decade ago russian life support systems were installed which meant cosmonauts could spend more time in orbit and to celebrate the anniversary the current crew sent a message from space. square to me working here in our space office is the best window of the traffic jams on the way to work you know though there are not many people around and space aliens haven't visited us yet we're never bored and luckily we are far away from the heat. well arty's sean thomas was lucky enough to get a close up look at the workings of the eye assess but with his feet firmly on the ground. it circles the globe about three hundred fifty kilometers from the earth's surface it is the largest construction in space it is a marvel of modern engineering which is approaching a crucial milestone moment the i.s.a.'s is a major contemporary space project it involves a big number of program participants including the united states canada european
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countries and japan and the station is being used as a big scientific laboratory though it is a prime example of international cooperation now the roots of the station stem from the apollo soyuz program thirty five years ago when two rival space programs of the u.s. and soviet union integrated technology for the first time twenty years later russia and the u.s. expanded on that shared experience with the goal of creating a permanent space presence. we were part of right similes operation of both the mir orbital station and preparation for the i s s launch i remember those years the most interesting period of strenuous work which finally did to this great result this is the mark up of the capsule which is where astronauts and cosmonauts come to train at star city who are traveling to the international space station and it is in here that you get a sense of the significance of this capsule in one thousand nine hundred ninety
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eight the zarya and the unity capsules world watch but it wasn't until ten years ago when the capsule was attached that the space station became livable. but made it possible for their crew to stay in the station would be impossible to build the station at the pace it was constructed that without the special part of the infrastructure was now in place it was up to the station's first crew to get everything in motion. the first two weeks were critical since a lot of the systems were being activated for the first time some russian system segments were merged with us systems those machines had never seen each other in earth and that was the. they would work together. ten years on the i.s.o.'s is approaching the record for a structure being continuously inhabited in space and on are currently held by russia's mir project and while it was originally only supposed to be in service until two thousand and fifteen it looks like a bright future for the international space station which. assessment has decided
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to prolong the station's use until twenty twenty and possibly even longer if the technical state of the station is good ensuring a continued international presence in space for many more years to come john thomas archie moscow. and i'll be back with a recap of our headlines in just a couple of minutes.
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by one vote for kerry. so the people that are going to be validating this machine can stand there all day long and vote for somebody and it will be right every time but the guy can walk up here and if he hits the right button. you can flip the vote . for the full story we've got. the biggest issues get a human voice face to face with the news makers. it is five thirty pm here in moscow you were running down the top stories of the
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day and from this past week and. a blaze is caused by a record breaking heat in russia have spread into new areas where wildfires have claimed at least thirty lives this week and destroyed thousands of homes. wiki leaks secrets the u.s. congress approves billions more for the military campaign despite documents put online detailing cover ups of civilian deaths in the failing american war effort. trying to turn the tide water supplies in russia's far east are under threat as thousands of barrels containing toxic chemicals flowed down a chinese river towards the country's border. and bittersweet celebration the sting is taken out of arizona's tough immigration laws just before but rights activists say the fight is not over. and more news in half an hour's time right now though stay with us for some of the latest from the high tech world in technology
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update that is next here on our. technology update three d. no need to worry about the glasses for this program as part of our ever onward drive to make the movie going experience more and more lifelike people have been flocking to three dimensional films meanwhile movie makers have been quick to harness the expanding base of technical equipment to make their film stand out on screen and hopefully at the box office as well. two thousand and ten made three d. films with dozens of new releases in practically every genre screaming at an increasingly large number of three d. ready theaters.


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