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so he wrote to prime minister putin. i want to offer to volunteer to assist in firefighting operations and you were in the russian federation and i'm available on request as a personal offer to your country with that in mind daniel prepares for action he says he's ready to go to the airport the moment he receives word his help is welcome. to retire from the for sure. i still feel that there's always help people russia in particular because of the problems with. people from all around the world offering to join the fight against the force of nature volunteers from fellow roost spoke area and france are among more than one hundred sixty thousand people now estimated to be battling the blazes daniel started his career in rural fire fighting and says that's prepared him well for tackling the type of blazes sweeping through russia. career off.
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sorry farmers future. a lot of mystic oil a lot of oil in rural areas including forests military rain gauge and in terms of the fires are occurring in russia. in the world. we would spend money here we are some of times and hope some of to do with exactly the same type of four of the one that we would have dealt with in the woods to do it for a break and of words dig a trench down below the pay to stop for spreading underneath the ground even though daniel retired two years ago he says in his mind he's still on the front line no matter where you are in the world for far it's a sign they're there to help save lives for. the ship and rush rush to the point of stall the person has to. and then
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the people that. the paramedics the for force him to come in and do their job daniel clearly is packed and ready to go the only thing stopping him flying to russia is red tape coleus says if russia temporarily suspended the visa regime for emergency workers he and hundreds like him would floods to russia to quash the flames you are at it essex. and dr fred goldberg a climate analyst from the royal institute of technology in stockholm believes there is nothing abnormal about the high temperatures in russia the summer. no longer doubt they're going to have the high pressure locates the various positions . in two thousand and three it happened off the coast of france and it's had be high pressure pushed up a lot of healthcare for arms who saw. the creating of the loss of many lives in france and central europe. not to change the climate is
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a worldwide phenomenon so my point is that this year you had this heavy high pressure over central asia bringing up through a halt there from the tropics into your area it's almost beyond the soul stirrers all the time to read the entire of television fifty years ago so we never heard about it then the same way we are hearing about it today the fires have destroyed crops in russia but other countries are having their own issues with the food supply. in burma the great hopes are such as this would fix roofs the green you see but when green a store template it would be like this with just a plastic cover to keep out the rain it can last only one year. we were born and wife thousands of tons of grain are left to rot in india instead of being distributed to the hungry. the youngest detainee at guantanamo bay prison in cuba is facing military trial canadian born a marketer was fifteen when he was captured on
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a battlefield in afghanistan in two thousand and two he's accused of throwing a grenade which killed an american soldier katar denied his guilt at a pretrial hearing on monday claiming he was tortured while detained at a u.s. military base in afghanistan before being moved to guantanamo the alleged violations of carter's human rights have been discussed by the united nations if convicted he faces a maximum life sentence or eric montell will says the whole trial is a breach of american law. well i would just label the whole process is a travesty you know we've got a juvenile who by our own signing we've agreed not to prosecute juvenile offenders so we're breaking our own law and i don't even think that this court has proper jurisdiction over the case we've got a child who by law we're saying is not culpable of doing the things that we we're prosecuting him for and yet we're spending all of our resources and he's the first one in the tube to go not to mention that you have the fact that he doesn't he's
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gained such a jaded distrust of anything associated with this he can't even make appropriate counsel choice and so he's not even represented in these proceedings for more stories so you can always log on to our web site to check the latest videos and top stories and let's now take a look at what's available for you today. and see some spectacular action as drivers of the russian leg of the european truck racing championships were battling out a brand new track we create created by a famous formula one designer. and a curious business is georgia aims to become a serious player in the crocodile and frog market snapped up the details at r t dot com.
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the number of civilian casualties in afghanistan rose but almost a third of the first half of two thousand and ten compared to the same period last year the report by the u.n. also shows a fifty five percent increase in the deaths of children among the twelve hundred afghans killed during this period it comes as u.s. led forces are increasing their presence in the country as artie's marine import now reports it's often civilians who suffer. the amount of afghan civilian children that are dying as a result of this war has increased fifty five percent according to the united nations the taliban and other militants are responsible for three quarters of the civilian deaths that have taken place in the past six months but tied to that you know an official say that the taliban and other militants have stepped up their game in terms of using i.e. . suicide suicide attacks and being involved in this us nation attempts and that is
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a result of more foreign troops coming into their country so one has provoked the other foreign troops more topsides the taliban or the militants and that the it is the afghan civilians according to this report women and children who are actually paying the price of this war it's basically understood according to this u.n. report that once foreign troops move into an area that had the taliban and the militants will move in and violence will ensue and subsequent deaths will take place so at this point the afghan civilians you know understandably are intimidated are living in. a war torn area for decades and are not so quick to align with the foreign troops in their country that are to blame for the taliban and militants attacking the civilians and the surrounding areas where people are as a result of an occupation in the country. reporting their military alister getting
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shall believe the actual number of casualties in afghanistan is much higher because the u.n. failed to take into account one of the main causes of deaths. you nama you an assistance mission in afghanistan a recent report. was touted as the wake up call for the un mission in afghanistan however for different reasons it should be more fair to check for the u.s. mission in afghanistan i would like to draw your attention to a couple of things but first i would strongly recommend you nama to expand the metrics of civilian casualties in afghanistan the young the country and to include two most important numbers of civilian death that is civilian skill in afghanistan and beyond by drugs in fact if you include the opium fields and cannot be fields they keel over old more then all other civilian casualties
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taken together within the whole nine years. and the second most important metrics that has to be incorporated in the next report by the united nations should include the civilians killed outside of ghana stand by the main export from of ghana stand over all the narcotics in afghanistan's to already in slaved more than two millions of afghans in the country and they're probably keel even more than thirty thousand russians who have been in the aisle aided my going to heroin and the u. s. you have to add up more than five million pakistani direct addicks the overall result of the us led mission ease that it keels more see really an afghan brock's under the connivance of the us political leadership then any other
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military hostilities whether from the u.s. side all from their military opponents from pakistan and within afghanistan that i hope you nama officials will take into consideration and we'll incorporate into the next semi afghan civilian casualties a report. r.t. spoke to british veteran journalist john pilger who thinks america is tricking the world by saying it's pulling out of wars in iraq and afghanistan the full version of this interview is coming up in about fifteen minutes from now. announcement by obama. would be the end of the combat mission next to yours norm since then that's another example of the of the media simply taking a face for something that told by authorities in fact there's going to be something like ninety four bases left and sixty thousand troops and so called that is an
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increase in the number of most of them raise they call them contractors so far from getting out there was a great expression by a great irish investigative journalist called claude coburn never believe anything until it's officially denied we should apply that to all statements like that. from many countries the summer's extreme weather of floods and droughts has led to poor harvest and a grain shoreditch bought in india millions of people are going hungry for a different reason are these current saying investigates. india is home to work quarter of the world's starving people and one third of its malnourished children here in the village of darnell poured in eastern india had nothing to give us four days yes of unlimited not
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a hungry child cries all the time there is no food to feed him how can you survive like this to give the child quite a just me to drink water yet the government has recalled amounts of surplus stocks fifty nine million tons of wheat and rice it does have a huge public distribution system that provides free food to families below the poverty line but corruption and complex bureaucracy means the poorest of the poor often don't make it on the list. we are poor people desperate for food to eat our children go to sleep hungry names are not on the government's poverty list and we didn't get any food going from the government can we do ultimately we would have no choice but to commit suicide. with people starving the beast and the images of piles of wheat rotting at a storage facility erupted into a major political issue in the state of punjab it was discovered forty nine thousand tons of food green had perished despite your severe taking precautions
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there is every likelihood as we have in the household there right now where your porting your cup of tea from a curtain because likelihood. can spin on the table. and if you see a pun but only next year a reserve is the green between her and the. loss is. abundant i'm standing in one of the largest food storage depos in the capital new delhi impermanent where houses such as this would fix roofs the grain is safe but when green a store temporary like this with just a plastic cover to keep out the rain it can last only one year and with the government keeping seventeen million tons of wheat and rice stored like this because it simply doesn't have enough permanent warehouses you can see this. you know the problem experts see about ten million tonnes enough to feed hundred forty million people for a month has been through at least one monsoon and is at risk of rotting if this green were released instead it could help those most in need but distributing it
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will cost one billion dollars and the government cannot afford to add to its food subsidy that doesn't come as good news for his family who depend on the handouts. we cannot afford to buy rice for our family whatever food grain the government has is allowing to run its warehouses the ration cards the issue don't reach the actual poor whatever race is distributed to the local dealer for us is instead sold by him in the open market. with global wheat prices rising due to the drought in russia if india loses its wheat stocks to poor storage this could fuel the price surge and that would hit the poor they need india the hardest thing are to be. and let's now take a look at some other stories from around the world chinese authorities have confirmed that a landslide in the council province have taken over seven hundred lives rescue workers are still fighting to find survivors trapped beneath the rubble for three
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days heavy rains triggered the delusion of rocks and earth crushing at least three villages relief efforts have been hampered by destroyed roads and bridges. presidents of colombia and venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic ties relations were cut off a month ago over allegations that venezuela was sheltering colombian rebels the newly elected colombian president juan manuel santos and a child of us have expressed optimism that their first meeting will produce positive results. you know former alaska senator ted stevens has died in a plane crash he was on his way to a fishing trip in the state when the plane went into a mountainside killing another four and stranding the survivors on a rocky slope the eighty six year old was the longest serving republican in the history of the senate a plane crash is alaska's third in under two weeks. while here today gone tomorrow in a special report coming up later today we'll look at how some mountains are
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literally being wiped off the face of the herbs. first tree removal of call the. second explosives are used blasting the earth of the. earth the remains are reviewed on the street. finally on board it sure is that we feed. on our. and stephanie joins me now with the business news and we hear that russian banks are kind of positive raves even more that's right million and they're now having close to pre-crisis levels but even so banks are still attracting more cash and individuals are more in just a bit off. the prices of meat poultry and dairy products in russia could rise sharply due to the drought and spiralling grain prices the world bank is urging
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nations not to follow russia's lead with an export ban saying those are likely to be a global rerun of the two thousand and eight food crisis xenos have been cited for . global green markets fact routine drought and fires in russia with heavy rain to push prices as high as eight dollars sixty the. move to implement a green expert on the move to protect domestic consumers first is one that the world bank other nations not to follow could you would price use despite these economies see that the run of the food price gear which was as high as thirteen dollars in two thousand and eight is unlikely it was demand and supply factors now in two thousand and seven two thousand and eight across all the range of commodities stocks were very low and we also had very different global demand
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conditions the global economy largely because of emerging markets were incredibly buoyant so we had very low supply very strong demand and that gave you that combination of rising commodity prices across the whole range of foodstuffs this time around supply is much better and obviously given the financial crisis globally demand is a lot weaker so we haven't got the imbalance between demand and supply that we had over the period in two thousand and seven. even with a better supply demand balance globally the two thousand and eight experience which sold food riots in africa and asia has governments verio of the role speculation plays in global prices and very sensitive about the need to protect their customers in russia the government is likely to look for market solutions unlike two thousand and eight where price freeze on specific items had a mute to defect. i don't dismiss the possibility off a top limit for prices on crucial food items like bread butter milk the effect of
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this measure is very limited that's why there will be no limit for the wide range of goods due to the fact that two years ago those goods disappeared from shelves and if and once prices were frozen they rebounded full price inflation is also a key driver of what are inflationary expectations and russia has just proven a long term record low inflation rate of five point five percent in july the governor will be keen to avoid seeing rising food prices play in part resurrecting the long term economic issue however the market backdrop for the short term means it will need to avoid it scaring market signals for agriculture producers and investors as well as consumers well setting apart russia's long term agricultural potential deny to do business r.t. . russia's losses due to the forest still raging across the country could reach fifteen billion dollars according to early estimates the record temperatures this summer may cost at least one percent of g.d.p.
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growth most of the money will be spent on restoring houses and compensation the first official figures are expected next week as part of the federal statistics this report underlies industrial production the long term effect is unlikely to be known until the entity. let's have a quick look at how the asian stock market is shaping up on wed and stay in tokyo the nikkei has shed more than two and a half percent japanese stocks have been hurt by strength in the gannett versus the dollar that follows the us federal reserve's announcement overnight of plans to boost a flagging u.s. economy by reinvesting money from mortgage bonds into government debt this is the presence of first attempt to bolster the economy in over a year asian stocks are also suffering on news that japanese machinery orders increased less than expected in june fueling fears of economic slowdown in the region. the r.t.s. has just started trading here in moscow and it's down more than half a percent already my stocks will open in a few minutes having finished more than one and a half percent in the red on tuesday ross left was the biggest loser that down more
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than two percent players. russian banks are continuing to cut deposit rates for individuals this central bank says the maximum interest rate for deposits in roubles this month is less than nine percent that's close to pre-crisis levels the rates have decreased by around six percentage points in the year but the banks are still attracting more cash and individuals the central bank says deposits grew by around two and a half percent in july. russian fertiliser make a far as our group wants to bid for silvie net the company has sent a letter to the russian government proposing a merger with the potash producer or a cali was reported to have plans to acquire the net the new company could become the world's second biggest fertiliser producer under potash monopoly. in russia some experts say the merger of oral kalyan sylviane it would conflict with the interests of group which uses potash as a woman cereal for its fertilizers but market players believe all cali is more
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likely to merge with soviet. and that's all that business is for now but i'll be back with more updates for you in about an hour's time and of course you can always find it was stories on our website that's r t dot com slash business.
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welcome back you're watching r.t. live from moscow here's a look at the top stories a breath of fresh air the torture is toxic smog finally lifts from across moscow but the record heat wave doesn't ease fueling hundreds of wildfires still burning in western and central russia. hundreds of volunteers from russia and abroad risked
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their lives to quell the flames others help people who lost everything in the fires by gathering and delivering essential supplies. civilian casualties rose by thirteen to get a stand on the first half of twenty tan according to a u.n. report a total of twelve hundred afghans were killed during this period of time which coincided with the u.s. troop surge. how it was a boom in technology it often seems society is making huge leaps forward but some are concerned at the imperial age with its fight for resources and influences coming back laura haven't spoke to a veteran journalist john pilger who shared his views on the past and present. today i'm in london speaking to jonah hill just veteran journalist on the documentary right there who started his career chairing the vietnam war john pilger thanks very much for talking to now let's talk about more media in general for us
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if you don't mind recently in the website wiki leaks published tens of thousands of documents relating to the afghanistan war what do you think that is the biggest impact is that modern technology has had journalism well i think the wiki leaks exposed is. look like they might change journalism altogether if not change or wake it up. because what briefly leaks has done is what journalists should have done. you know here here is this dreadful litany of years of of disaster and killing in afghanistan and i'm in iraq. and i don't think we've gotten a sense they've got a sense of the disaster but i don't think we've got a sense of the real. the the political disaster the the behind the the human disaster in afghanistan that's what we can leak says has
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given us. i think it says to journalists. separate us separate yourselves from the world of authority and start becoming independent it's an extraordinary moment and what about the internet in general do you think in terms of names that subclassing more traditional means you like newspapers and document chains yes i do and i mean it shouldn't subvert them but it is and is doing that which it really should compliment them. because you know the into my own journalistic habit so every day of change radically i used to get up in the morning and read all the newspapers now i go to my computer and log on. because that's where the that's where this truth telling that kind of journalism. i think the agenda come.


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