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out of sight out of mind u.s. veterans say they've been abandoned by the country big small for as they claim the government is failing and its promises to take care of more. growing barbarity female genital mutilation is on the rise in the u.k. despite authorities efforts to stop illegal practice. and as more religious drug rehab centers open in russia artsy investigates fears that these facilities are simply facades from dangerous sex. sting to save ukrainian activists are calling out for out of use ships from russia's black sea fleet to be submerged creating artificial reefs to save the local ecosystem. but also coming up in the business up they will be looking at what's at stake is two russian tycoons go head to head for control of mining giant neurochemical
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joining us in about twenty minutes time. and warm welcome to you live from our studios in central moscow this is our team with me and you so now way it's two pm here in the russian capital one pm in baghdad and the mission is complete and victory is in sight that was the message from u.s. vice president joe biden as he addressed american troops withdrawing from iraq his words raised eyebrows however among those who believe the whole campaign was a failure many veterans say the u.s. administration is simply trying to put on a brave face to cover up a lost cause they feel that although their praises the country's heroes they've been abandoned and forgotten parties from only go to reports. by the
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government but still more true. you know and that's me i don't think they they they show enough respect to the local bad things bryan little is a u.s. navy veteran who has been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome since his discharge he was unable to find work after leaving the military and hasn't been able to get the proper treatment for his condition little has been suicidal at times his pleas for help have been ignored it's a common theme at stand down an annual nonprofit event that helps homeless vets get off the streets volunteers are helping these veterans become better adjusted to civilian life something the military isn't doing enough of a lot of people really don't know exactly what to expect or where to go to get the help that they need pamela brisson served in afghanistan and has been homeless for two years the largest growing population of homeless women in san diego is veterans returning from current combat according to catholic charities which operate shelters around the city while on the street britain has been taking care of her
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nine year old son chris he's been able to maintain straight a's even while they bounced around from shelter to shelter or slept on a sidewalk. not so. many veterans want help but prison admits it's easy to get discouraged when the government doesn't want to help it only takes one or two people to say i don't know or know we can't help you for them to walk away and think that there's no hope for them. you know i get hooked on drugs alcohol. and they just they're not aware to take advantage of the programs that are made available to the last couple years i think the number of persian gulf veterans has increased greatly outnumbering the vietnam veterans dr john that just in is very familiar with san diego's homeless population he started stand down twenty three years ago because he saw a huge number of homeless veterans that no one was talking about the problem will.
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likely get worse for current service members. than that and frequent. still in this crowd patriotism is very much alive you know what actually i really would go back despite her troubles pamela brisson says she would still go back and buy for the country that has led her down a sentiment echoed by many of these veterans who still have an undying loyalty to the military and country when america was great as a whole who started it you know it was a bunch of politically correct people living you know wherever you know high society you know this bunch of people still want to pay tax and you more. and it's going to happen again in san diego ramon galindo r t biden's optimistic remarks about troop withdrawal are ridiculous according to radio host an iraq war veteran adam caucus he believes the american public is starting to
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see through the vice president's upbeat words as the number of u.s. private contractors in iraq is now i don't highest level. when joe biden does this kind of ridiculous cheerleading well a the success is because the troops have done so well oh and that's why we have to replace them with more state department officials and private contractors then there were troops here people see through that it's kind of it's getting kind of ridiculous the presidential commission on fiscal responsibility which is currently convening is actually considering cutting veterans' benefits that's really sad but that's sort of the attitude of those in power well you know taking care of the vets is something that can kind of go keeping the money going to our political sponsors on the other hand that can't be question. now medical officials say the number of women being subjected to genital mutilation is on the rise in the u.k. although the practice is illegal in the country thousands are considered to be at
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risk yearly and no one has ever been convicted of a crime and you may find some images in this report disturbing. school holidays for some golden afternoons in the park but for others a horrific ordeal aged fifteen u.k. paul j. kumar is malvo took her home to sierra leone for an initiation ceremony jay had big ideas of evenings around the fire cooking and gossiping with female relatives she had no idea that during the celebration of her womanhood her genitalia would be cut i was lay down the floor lots of hands got souls like celebration chairs etc and then my mouth was covet something to muffle and then my legs would spread and then i just felt just some pain that i don't think all of the pain itself will never ever leave me because i've had to fight it's like i mean i can understand how people feel when they lose an arm or a leg but they have that found some kind of pain all the time and that's the kind
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of pain which i personally have to live on a day to day basis i've heard that some people just really quick but i felt like it was been saw women's rights organization forward estimates six and a half thousand girls in the u.k. are actually risk of female genital mutilation every year the most common age for girls to have the procedure is between six and eight the summer holidays are a prime time because there's an opportunity for a long visit back to the families country of origin and although it's illegal in the u.k. there's evidence that it is being done in this country female genital mutilation is performed for cultural reasons and justified as a religious requirement all rights of passage to womanhood much like male circumcision it's supposed to ensure cleanliness and better merits. prospects however it often has serious and long lasting physical complications and sometimes its hospital in london is one of the senses that deals with. some girls die they
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bleed to death all develop techniques infections when dirty instruments are used midwife comfort momo sees the lasting effects of f.g. which include cysts on the vagina and sterility the removed everything dejan. for the past. law. and so on and expects the will remain to have sexual intercourse from this. g.m. is thought to be so prevalent in the u.k. local authorities have set up task forces to identify when children are risk but this is a practice that's gone on for centuries in some african and arabic countries and it's entrenched in families. some communities and this has been some protests. and. some female sort of procedure done to them but you will consider. that procedure is done to their own daughters
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and this is a boy it's an important matter of education as well. in the legal and despite being an illegal act there's never been a single conviction against someone who's arranged or performed female genital mutilation in the u.k. victim j. kumara says that's got a lot to do with the terminology used for me personally i hate even the term mutilation because i don't i'm not mutilated i think. and i think the whole mutilation term is very very negative and i think it just causes a lot of survivors to go underground because no one wants walk down the street with a term over their head with legislation proving ineffective it's a culture that the british authorities have so far. failed to eradicate the big thousands of citizens at risk every year and it. live from moscow here with r t there is much more coming your way later in the
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program including. the agreements between kiev and moscow the russian black sea fleet ships will stay in ukraine's crimea until twenty forty two but some in this black sea resort area are now willing to sink them. the probe into the deadly nightclub fire in russia's city of perm has concluded with eight people facing jail terms they could be sentenced to five to ten years in prison if found guilty over the blaze that left over one hundred fifty dead flames swept through the lane last december when an indoor fireworks display set to decorations a white official found multiple safety breaches by the club's management fireworks suppliers and local authorities the incident caused outrage throughout russia which has a poor fire safety record strict checks were conducted across the country with several my clubs shut down. the russians and drugs agency is planning to increase the number of rehab centers in the country but as the government works to combat
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dependency critics say something still it is up for recovering addicts could be as dangerous as drug abuse. how do you through the my spirit of drug and alcohol addiction took me nearly a decade these twenty nine year old was on a collision course with crime and with death diagnosed with hepatitis b. and c. we can now sense god saved and changed his life. when i came here last year for the first time in eight years i realized their grass was green birds were singing and everything was beautiful i used to take drugs and alcohol at the same time i was literally a vegetable nor understand what was going on around. here is a rehab center run by cornerstone church days include group chores i mean to teach responsibility and bible and prayer sessions for the prayer is a fellowship and we are more likely to become like those we communicate with if
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someone talks to fishermen he is likely to become one too when someone talks to god that's what a prayer is he becomes a believer and his life changes and not on the schedule here is time with a trained professional the belief is that the spirit is what needs mending and that this only comes through god drug use is on the rise in russia the official numbers indicate that there are six hundred thousand addicts but the federal agency charged with combat in this problem puts it at millions more but there is also an increase in the number of religious rehab centers like this one that are offering nontraditional treatments but some are referring to them as little more than recruiting centers for religious sex the pentecostal community in russia is small but run several of the nation's growing number of religious rehabs critics insist those who seek treatment through these are simply trading one crutch for another. i mean. we're losing people now not because of drugs but because of destructive cults
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chemical addiction to drugs or alcohol is substituted by group psychological addiction instead this kind of addiction is stronger and much more serious some experts claim recovering addicts become able to function outside of the church and sequester themselves later elected to spread their message to others in new centers and he doesn't believe he's part of a cult. of the contrary i realized i had been brainwashed all my previous life and people around me had a consumer attitude but here you were feeling i mean your version and the desire to run a clinic of his own someday stacy didn't r.t. . the us is seeking to retract new charges brought against the russian businessman victor boot washington is seeking his extradition from thailand for alleged arms dealing fearing who would be cleared the u.s. brought new charges of money laundering and fraud against him on the very day his extradition was approved last week but the law now requires him to stay in thailand
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until the fresh the savings are over experts say washington is concerned the extradition order will expire before this happens the country's criminal court work will hear the case in the coming weeks but was arrested in bangkok two and a half years ago in a sting operation by u.s. law enforcers and has been in prison ever since. ukrainian activists are asking russia to allow out of the black sea fleet ships to be sunk to create artificial reefs in the crimea they say this will help protect the region's ecosystems and minimize the effects of pollution while the fleet commander is considering the suggestion which has been approved by local authorities. professional diver alexei he has been exploring the depths of the black sea in ukraine's crimea for more than three decades he says the underwater world here is absolutely unique from a site. a difficult one to view but he's concerned about the danger that every year
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is getting worse to peak two or season brings large scale pollution to young to bay on the water fails to clean itself every year we see fewer fish caught in this part of the black sea and i believe you will to blaze ecosystem is in grave danger alexey has considered many different solutions to the problem but his friend a deputy in the city council came up with a simple yet hopefully highly effective idea so. we will ask the russian black sea fleet stations here to give us several of the rule ships we will sink them and create an artificial reef which will greatly improve your toby's ecosystem this is nothing new and many countries do the same and for the russian fleet to this would be good from a financial point of view instead of paying for the use of old vessels it would simply hand them over to ours zordon says the idea came to him after what was seen as a major policy shift in the presidents of russia and ukraine signed an agreement to
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prolong the stay of the russian black sea fleet in the crimea until twenty forty two where the previous administration and key of these ships of the russian black sea fleet were unwanted guests in ukraine's crimea and were to leave the area by the year twenty seventeen but after the height of agreement was signed local authorities here are saying they're trying to do everything they can so that these ships remain here for years to come straight after the route if you get a shot of the back to the russian needed me to remediate of said the fleet needed serious modernization and now the crimea is ready to help more school with that the head of civil stoppers administration says the russian naval presence here brings massive investment for the city's infrastructure and calls for a fitting of the ships may create jobs for the locals who are supporters of the focus is that we have an excellent shipyard in the crimea which has been abandoned for almost two decades if moscow decides to repair. it's fleet we're ready to offer our facilities and specialist this would be much cheaper for the russians and we
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revive our factory which was one of the best in the country just several decades ago april spark of agreement opposition protests in kiev they described it as a sellout of the country in crimea the mood is very much the opposite the russian black sea fleet command to respond to the divers and officials proposals for an artificial reef but there will be glad to see few here can imagine life with these ships anchored on the surface in civil was docked. reporting from ukraine's crimea. that's coming up to eighteen minutes past the hour let's take a look at some other stories dominating world news thirty three miners trapped underground in chile had some reassurance as they've spoken via a microphone with the country's top mining official the minister says more help will be provided as the rescue operation continues the men have been trapped at a depth of some seven hundred meters for more than two weeks and they have just started receiving. oxygen it's here the rescue operation could take months.
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the man in northern california has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for sending hoax anthrax letters to barack obama sixty three year old timothy cloud has pleaded guilty to threatening the president and several social security offices in the letters which contained a white powder cloud called obama a lying politician and claimed social security had stolen his money clout had also been convicted of a sex offense in texas but failed to register as a sex offender in california. spanish aid workers kidnapped by north african branch of how it is going to do i months ago are back in barcelona after being released the pair were seized by militants when their convoy with the time in time they were then held in mali says the hostages were released after some of the militants demanded. but did not specify which one is thought to have paid a ransom. demand self
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defense force has staged annual military games at the foot of mount fuji more than two thousand soldiers use live ammunition and explosives in front of u.s. military officials and international media japanese officials say the exercises are response to china's recent naval expansion relations to the two countries have been tense due to territorial disputes. and six people have been rescued after their small plane crashed into the sea off the bahamas the group included two children and a pregnant woman passengers were holding onto a floating parts of the wreckage when rescuers arrived the crash is believed to have been caused by engine failure. now what are the economic austerity measures in greece really about and who are they actually helping our analyst max keiser and stacy herbert share some revelations on the true nature of the financial cuts the full kaiser report is coming up next hour but here's
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a preview. tensions are rising in greece as austerity measures a backfire unemployment is up to seventy percent in some regions and in athens up to seventeen percent of all shops have closed so this is the result of the economic death spiral so us terry therefore it was not a good idea in greece it's not a good idea probably anywhere in the world in this type of environment which has been victimized by a banking fraud and predatory bankers who ripped the guts stole the money so in response they're going to impose austerity on the people actually just to pay for the banker bonuses not to help the people. you can watch the cars report at three thirty pm time and to bring us up to date on the financial news this hour here sergeant lomas party.
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hello welcome to business program with me. russia's post may be transformed into a joint stock company the beginning of two thousand and twelve this would be the first step in turning the service into a public company preliminary estimates put its value one to one point six billion dollars but if the company goes public the capitalization is projected to grow to more than eight billion dollars by twenty twenty russian postpones forty two thousand branches of russia a managed three point one billion dollars last year russia in other news russian energy giant gazprom may build a gas pipeline from russia to china as early as twenty fifteen russia first agreed to build a pipeline to china in two thousand and two the sale to agree on gas prices with beijing the some experts doubt the new pipeline will be a priority for china there's already investing heavily in the two biggest energy supplies in central asia so many start and have to go back to russia corporate
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profits soared sixty three percent in the first half of two thousand and ten year on year the combined pretax profit of big a mid-sized enterprises reached ninety eight billion dollars the biggest growth was reported by companies in the real estate sector that increase in the mining industry were not far behind at fifty six percent. but business is reporting a loss so the thirty four. tunnels take a look at the stock markets and here in russia the board says that both down around one percent this is all a mental decline one concern that the u.s. telling will pull through as to evidence that the global growth is slowing the main players in the red on the r.t.s. the spare bank shutting many to the sound. over in europe is a similar picture of the good seeing dogs vote and well into the red investors are unsettled after a string of poorly received trade. updates and fears over the strength of the u.s. recovery. no russian retailer. is in talks with
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a russian x. five over potential sale of the business if the talks fail the company will press ahead with the public offering follow decision will be made not to pay a price is about one point six billion dollars according to the company's own calculations last year the retail its net debt rose three hundred twenty nine million dollars so far walmart has no presence in the russian markets a vast contrast to go ppaca which operates six hundred shops in the two hundred towns across the country. and finally russia's biggest nickel is currently the subject of a fierce fight for control the tycoons all your dairy past. both own twenty five percent the group each wants to buy the other out although neither wants to sell but what's at stake in this battle of the billion it all correspondence visits the town of. the world's richest nickel copper the lead set of months deposited
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here in the rural area the production facilities of nickel stretch out to the mountains dominating the town provides a much of the local employment like many other commodity producers was hit by the financial crisis however this region suffered few cuts rolled. his eyes become the crisis quite successfully it was a constant production in the global market that's why we didn't decrease only move production juvie times not all nor nickels factories were so fortunate last year the company reported twenty seven percent drop in revenue to ten point two billion dollars still the group retains its leadership on the world market accounting for more than twenty percent of global nickel output more than ten percent of coal. production at three percent of. the c.e.o. of neurochemical is keen to modernize and just promising to spend nearly half
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a billion dollars next year on cleaning up operations but. he's worried about how the shareholder battle for control of the company impact capital expenditure on their profit situation is quite difficult as you know there are several ways shareholders and managers view it something that you should take all you can now without thinking of the company's future or the shareholders who are in for the long term think that such a policy would slow down the company's development and would have a negative impact in the future i believe we may also face a negative impact of the money spent on dividends i support the idea of adequate actions the dividends should be paid but in adequate volumes and not impede the company's further development allegations of mismanagement of the company are somewhat hard to substantiate as production costs and profitability are comparable with international competitors but does face
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a challenging future its resource base is shrinking and the price of extraction rising the chief of neural wants the company to focus on what he calls investment into the mountain however that son likely to happen until the conflict between the owners is resolved. business r.t. . and that's it for me my colleague daniel will be here next to the business for the rest of the day but now you can always find more on our website.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations are on the day.
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