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to the place that some. of art's minds. because the minute i turned towards the true story bridge and the car exploded my neighbor admitted killing me was a direct order as you see. as the number of deaths from terror attacks in iraq steers towards new tragic records r t documents the surge in civilian casualties with an in-depth database on the growing terror. what we're looking at now are desk specifically from terror attacks this year or war and the figures while the figures speak for themselves. it is just not been you don't britain's spine chiefs going down whistleblowing in a parliamentary committee hearing on mass surveillance the riot groups saying avoid it all the tough questions. britain has declared a global financial secrecy as banks responsible for hiding most of the world's
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untaxed cash are traced to the country's offshore zones in an independent report. and with less than a day left until the olympic torch embark sun its first ever spacewalk on the ice says we are at mission control the challenge with cars minutes carried starting here in a few minutes. this is our team coming to live from the russian capital on marina joshing now as promised we can hope for the space station crew will carry the olympic torch not just race tomorrow well you know phrase the like and our own armstrong said on their pioneering space endeavors became historic the famous pagosa lay away let's go back and darren and the again it's a bit sad like are you saying. have you ever maybe thought of
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a touch phrase you will use when you take the olympic torch out on its first ever spacewalk. yes indeed to me like you know i mean for. some sometimes catch phrases or used to celebrate its great occasions. the new way many of us take many say be used to promote skills lifestyle stuart's and sprints around the world think you are. appropriate. for kids that aren't going to tell us more about how we're going to take before you were just desperate looking at some pictures live pictures of astronauts there and some of the correspondence including our team is lindsey france had a chance to pose a question what a question to them had of their space walk with the olympic torch tomorrow on
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saturday which will be showing a live to you here on r t so make sure you don't miss that coverage and right now as i said you're looking at a live picture of cosmonauts astronauts together answering the questions of journalists who are to space control center here in moscow and while they have you need to talk to them had of the olympic torch walk in space to march. now let's turn to other stories that we're following for you here on r.t. iraq suffers the worst surge of violence in years where the number of those killed rising almost every day with civilian casualties often not even making it to the mainstream media headlines r.t. has decided to launch a special online project to keep track of them. at least thirty seven more people were killed on friday in suicide bombings across the
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country the group is going off now reports on how the spike in terror attacks is a strong and he hopes iraq is why i have had for peace a journalist from baghdad abdul razzaq has grown used to being in the center of events but never before did he become the story himself until one day he was driving to work when suddenly. i turned towards the two story bridge and the car exploded and i became conscious only twelve days later finding my leg was amputated. he survived but was shocked again after finding out who was behind the attack my neighbor admitted being an al qaeda member since two thousand and seven he said killing it was a direct order that he received that. this issue we should in iraq has long gone beyond six months because it has become clear iraq has become subjected to a war of genocide by terrorists are targeting all spheres of life. last week mr
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leakey met with president obama and the two leaders agreed iraq was in urgent need of hope would be signs general statements nothing concrete came out like how deceived people's lives on the ground. anyone who walks in the streets at any moment may face a car bomb a motorcycle bomb or an explosive belt and any moment anyone may be killed. it's ten or eleven years now that they're talking about the new security plan but nothing changes in the situation is only getting worse. and neither new checkpoints arrests and more constant operations seem to be enough to gain control it's nearly impossible to establish exactly how many civilians were killed in iraq since the u.s. led invasion in two thousand and three mainly became casualties during military operations including shootouts and a showing some died due to a lack of health care and ruined infrastructure but what we're looking at now are deaths specifically from terror attacks this year of lone and the figures well the
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figures speak for themselves if you've got this going on forty moscow well with thousands killed this year september has been the deadliest month so far with more than twelve hundred lives lost according to the widely quoted audit iraq body count all adding to the total of over one hundred thousand violence a billion dass that iraq's witness since the start of the u.s. led invasion in two thousand and three manny military experts say it's the armed intervention that's led to this rapid rise in the country with around four thousand suicide bombers blowing themselves up over the past decade or figure showing that it's becoming deadlier by the month come from iraq body count the world's largest public database of violence a billion deaths in iraq since the us invasion it's in cooperation with this website and our teams launched its online project iraq twenty thirteen a year of carnage or smith spoke to one of the iraq body count go founders about what's driving their work and how they find accurate data. a prominent u.s.
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general said of the war in afghanistan we don't do body counts it's too hard they said to get accurate information out of such chaos so others stepped in believing the human cost of war must be counted the iraq body count was born and according to the website's figures this year has been the deadliest in iraq since two thousand and eight how many co-found how many why this upsurge in violence more than seven thousand people have been killed this year well there's a variety of factors but one of the fights is that we tend to focus on because we are looking at the rise and the statistical rise and this is the cycle of violence one of the things that we've observed is that as the violence rises you get more reason for the lines to rise red yet again on the same day as the both bombing there were fifty five lives lost in iraq and three hundred people injured but we didn't hear anything about that because it's just accepted as normal for iraq is this is that's what iraqis do indeed this new form of freedom the government here
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and in iraq seem very reluctant to publish any kind of civilian death toll it's embarrassing and it's obvious it doesn't paint a very good picture of iraq or their. handling of management of the violence in the country the government say it's just too difficult to get the figure but you seem to manage how do you do it will most of the information we get is from these sort of small news wire type reports in iraq to media reports and so on the really make the news that the norden news consumer would see in other words it takes a research effort to pull together all these small reports that come from different parts of the country and list what you would think of a small events a year of carnage then in iraq and if you want accurate information about what's going on just go to our website artie's during a special project with iraq body count going take a look from friday and just remind you to see the timeline of rampant violence iraq has suffered this year you can check our special on line project the address is
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there on screen for you. margy dot com is launching a special project to mark the appalling scale of violence you. want you to know. now the house of britain spies agencies have been questioned in public for the first time but it wasn't the grilling many had hoped for following revelations of the u.k.'s involvement in u.s. led global surveillance intelligence bosses used the chance to defend their work and criticize a source of the n.s.a. leaks our snowden artistry i don't speak. to is the thing you
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don't know but you have a new head of m i six also blamed journalist at the guardian newspaper for publishing the n.s.a. leaks calling it irresponsible that view was backed out by the g c h q chiefs are fine logon who insisted his agency isn't monitoring most of the british population but is focused on combating terrorism we asked former am i five agent an english on whether she thinks that and files have actually given terrorists any information they didn't already have. all terrorist groups in the last four decades have known that they could be under surveillance and they take very good and. techniques in order to make sure they're not surveyed many brazil are ready to face the one thousand nine hundred ninety nine teeth so the idea that they are using that as an excuse to drag all our personal surveillance and turn this into a police state is just not feasible as a former spy i would say that the best way to protect your country is actually targeting investigations but then we have this dragnet signifier we probably use more information through that endemic surveillance and we probably put ourselves at
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greater risk by doing so and also by doing that as well we turn the country into a surveillance state our snout and i logically use the passwords and log ins of his colleagues at a spy base in hawaii to get his hands on the classified data that he has been leaked to the media reports suggesting used his position as system administrator to persuade his coworkers to hand over their credentials and out those who agreed were later identified and fired by the n.s.a. investigative journalist duncan campbell believes even though snowden cheated his coworkers it was done for the right cost. i can't believe that anyone saying graphs a serious accusation you're talking about really and the fact that these agencies are stealing the entire world's address books out of the american companies files you know who in markets all of them bugging the european union the brazilian president the mexican president the german chancellor that they've committed a legal crime in belgium against the european public communications company they
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have enough to complain that mr snowden to somebody else is. just ridiculous. and so they have the program defusing their reactor many years of our brains for the removal of fuel rods from the complex the most dangerous step yet we examine the risks shortly after this break. what's happened is law enforcement and the national security agency has gone behind our collective backs and tried to accomplish this using the courts in secret and that's truly what the issue is a broken whatever trust and violated whatever trust we may have had and that's the real issue and they're going to have to earn that back the hard way.
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but if you're going through a moment like these policies i do believe. it was. a pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i roll researcher. welcome back this is our engineers at the fukushima nuclear plant in japan are about a star their most hazardous undertaking to date huge cranes will be lowered into the reactor that survived a meltdown of two thousand and eleven to start pulling out sauza as the fuel rods approaches that will take at least a year later cesky visited the exclusion zone. extracting these rods from the balls
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is a really hard task because each one of them called ways of more than three hundred kilograms and they could not even hit each other that's would cause a nuclear chain reaction not only these pools are crippled but the machinery the automated machinery doesn't work as well so every rod has to be extracted from the pool manually the typical company running the fukushima clear up process and the japanese government are now in a vicious cycle situation because on the one hand they need to remove these fuel rods they are contaminating the water as has been reported in the waters of the fukushima nuclear power plant and on the other hand of course this is a very risky venture because they have to literally extract every rod and there's more than a thousand of them and each rod has to be extracted manually we also managed to take a peek inside the no go zone in other areas and you know what what shocked me the most that surprised me the most and i'm saying that by my experiences of travelling to the explosions on inch of normal that in the fukushima area the towns which are
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just close to the station ten fifteen kilometers away from the station they have been reopened for residents were literally saw people rebuilding their houses in this area in case anything happens these people would have to be relieved evacuated again and or putting themselves under very serious risk well in fact in the fukushima region itself there are several n.g.o.s who are do not believe the government and the tepco organization in their measurements or the radiation levels the one which struck me the most and we talked with them yesterday the movement called the mothers of fukushima these are ordinary women who are afraid for the safety and health of their children they bought. the cheapest of them costs around a thousand u.s. dollars and they are just patrolling the area staking their own measurements and sending them to the government but the government as they say is doing nothing it is not considering the radiation measurements as if they're trying to play down the scale of the things happening even in tokyo in front of the industrial ministry there is a peek at there is a protest happening for already eight hundred days with the people there protesting
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against nuclear energy and the actions of the government and the tepco so you can see how serious the rhetoric of the anti-nuclear movement is now in japan even though they say that their voices being often silenced by those that power. now the plant operator says it's confident the procedure will be completed successfully and mishaps are almost impossible but nuclear waste specialist kevin camps is less optimistic. it's absurd that tokyo electric is in charge of this globally significant extraction of the fuel from the pool if something goes wrong this could be a global catastrophe that dwarfs what has happened at fukushima daiichi thus far tokyo electric has shown its true colors time and time again it's incompetence it's dishonesty even the director of the nuclear regulation authority of japan has warned that this process should not be rushed they should not try to force these assemblies out of their storage channels there is no radiological containment around the pool and if this waste were to catch on fire it could be ten times worse
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than chernobyl tokyo the metropolitan area is thirty million residents and they might have to be evacuated if that waste catches on fire so that that zone could become a dead zone for all time it already is and the evacuation zone should be much larger than twelve point four miles in radius even now. and our correspondent keeping a close on a preview on the clean up is in fukushima and posing questions to the company in charge of the process leading up to the minute reports on the operation by checking his twitter account. also online a virtual currency that can be held can be stolen we've got a story of a big coin bank high staff that's left police in the dark over who is actually behind a robbery. plus
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the u.k. and russian secret services resume cooperation severed after the death of a former russian spy in london with security for the sochi winter olympics breathing intelligence communities together. now tensions are running high between russia and the netherlands which have been sparring it's fairing over the recent arrest of thirty greenpeace activists who attempted to board a russian arctic oil. russia's criticizing adeline's for the incident which involved a ship flying dutch flag artist about once a joins me now with more details so to be on the case of greenpeace activists has definitely gone beyond purely environmental issues there what's the latest on the case. well maria is sure it certainly has the latest so far is that the russian ministry spokesperson actually came out today to say that the duchess should have done more than they did when russia had asked them initially upon seeing that vessel on its waters that it is that it's not allowed to be there they
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also russian the dutch are they just cut counterparts and said that you need to hold out that ship from going any further now of course sir today also statements coming out very harsh words saying that one of the dutch vessel was not supposed to be use of force on a russian waters and to the dutch did not help but they did not do anything when russia had asked them to actually continue to hold of that ship now you spoke a little bit about those tensions rising indeed they are rising we know that since september when those are thirty odd greenpeace activists had actually been arrested after trying to board and all rig out of the in of the russian arctic side they've now are awaiting trial thirty of them are awaiting trial the dutch has since said to russia that they need to release all thirty of those activists including the vessel that was seized russia says it will not release them because as we've mentioned before that they had been asked to do something about this before the
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situation got to the point where it is right now and it also said the russian authorities said that those thirty peace activists also violated a lot of the laws of the refusal to cooperate with the police as well as a trying to board an oil rig risking the safety of so many other people who work on of those ships tensions are definitely running high at this point we've seen how back and forth the diplomats have been from both sides have been assaulted this case of of the greenpeace activists are moving things that even a war as to where they are we know that present day to me putin will be meeting with the dutch king in the next couple. days from today on speaking about some of these issues that are completely and you know no doubt to put in quite a strain in relationship to the dutch as well as what marie. all right john thanks so much for the for making thing so if you're putting it all in the perspective to
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be on would say reporting their. travel stories now britain has been declared the leading hob of global tax evasion pressure group report says along with its overseas territories the u.k. controls much of the world on account of cash artist boy boy girl reports on why the secrecy is hard to resist. the u.k. government has been bashing tax avoidance for months in fact prime minister david cameron made increasing tax transparency a key issue at the g eight summit that he hosted earlier this year but despite all the effets according to a group called the tax justice network britain is the world's worst offender for financial secrecy twelve of its island dependencies where the queen is the head of state by the way ranked among the top fifty most secretive tax jurisdictions in the world the laws relating to these island dependencies such as the cayman islands
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been huge a jersey and guns they have to be approved in london so campaigners say that the onus is on westminster to clean up their act well to talk about the issue i'm joined by salmond shaheen who's the editor of the international tax review magazine simon thank you for joining us well the people that deposit their money in these tax havens do it through entirely legal schemes so what's the fuss about anyway but i think it's a misconception to describe tax avoidance as legal it's just not illegal and the reason for that governments have been unable to anticipate the the schemes employed by multinational corporations and their highly paid armies of accountants and lawyers that they've they've sent across the world to root out the best tax deals for their claims that britain has made a lot of steps to improve transparency especially over recent months they've certainly spoken a lot about it are you surprised by these negative rankings i'm not surprised but no i mean the crown dependencies in overseas territories of have long been
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considered among the worst offenders of all of the world tax haven read what is surprising is that the british government not doing very much about it really needs to get its network of tax havens offshore in the in order some machine thank you very much for joining us well reports that large corporations and super rich individuals have been dodging billion. of pounds in taxes three entirely legal loopholes have caused public outrage here so these that britain has been labelled the world ruler of tax havens is unlikely to be met by kids of approval ahead. r.t. london and earlier i spoke to the director of the tax justice network who told us that it's the banks which are encouraging offshore havens the important thing about secrecy is it doesn't just encourage tax evasion which is illegal let's be clear about that it also encourages fraud. and a very wide range of other corrupt practices and this is the reason why the world
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no one needs to talk about secrecy because the tax haven economy has become so large of its most of these tax havens operate with some of the world's largest international banks some of the world's largest international accounting firms and some of the world's largest law firms so we we know it isn't the tax havens it's the banks that are leading this and this lot can be done to tackle banks as the united states government has shown in his own efforts to tackle us. now to the stories around the world. rival militias have clashed in the libyan capital tripoli leaving one person dead and eleven injured the shooting is believed to have been sparked by the death of a commander of one group during recent fighting two years on from the ousting of the country's still plagued by a lack of security and divisions between secular an islamist forces the strongest
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ally food so far this year with wind speeds of more than three hundred kilometers per hour as bad as the philippines at least three people have died in towns of thousands of fled to evacuation centers the storm caused power outages and flooding and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights. france's credit rating has been cut by one grade to double a by standard and poor's and it's blaming high unemployment which is preventing the government from implementing reforms that could boost growth is the second time in two years doubt the country's credit rating has been dropped after previously being stripped i would stop rated aaa status. and news anchor from the green broadcaster your team that was shut down in june as performing the open air show in front of the organizations how quaters some five hundred people were at the event the company was closed in june over budget cuts there was a release of
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a could dozens of former impose we have occupied the building for months and protests the closure of. iran and six world powers are moving closer to striking a deal which will freeze to iran's atomic production in return for easing sanctions the emerging agreement cause our region israel with prime minister netanyahu describing it as a mistake of historic proportions but x.-prize believe that a breakthrough is just around the corner. it's clear that right now momentum is taking hold the negotiations have been held in a very warm atmosphere between the different sides the international community through the international atomic energy agency is going to have to get on the ground going to have to see that the enrichment facilities that iran has are not operating as they have been going to ensure the stockpile of twenty percent enriched uranium that something is done with that and that's what they're negotiating about there's a lot of details to this it's highly technical but those are the kinds of issues
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that they are discussing for the first time in years with a purpose of seriousness and honest negotiation that does appear to be bearing some momentum. all morning in about thirty minutes time here nineteen until then some tough talking with newsmakers. illegal immigration is a hot topic and everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i would occur just on vacation got into a taxi drawn by a former migrant worker who used to make a living in moscow he told me that he really worked hard driving unloading trucks after five years he came back home and bought a house yes for the seller that russians can't even survive and he was able to buy
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a house employers and russian america say that locals don't want to work or demotivated well want to margaret work or on a salary that could build a bright future one compared to a local who can't even make ends meet while you could see why the migrant workers are a lot more motivated let me put it to you this way if you knew that you had to work five hard years of some awful labor under awful conditions somewhere far away like brazil or germany what would be able to pay off your house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals in country x. don't want to work they just don't want to work in complete futility for table scraps but that's just my opinion. choose your language. make it with the infidels some. choose to consume. choose the opinions that you think are great.
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choose the stories but if you. choose the access to. hello welcome to sofia and co on sophie shevardnadze our guest today calls himself a strict constitutionalist his business suffered in the wake of n.s.a. leaks scandal why because the service to provide it was believed to have been in use by the person most wanted by the united states snowden all these as a carers who are it's their privacy and the trust of his clients. forced to make a difficult.


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