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syrian rebels kidnap a group of nuns from a christian ministry allegedly moving them to a nearby rebel controlled town as the christian community is increasingly caught up in the raging violence. i recruited keep going and start shooting. we look at the radical right wing groups that have hijacked the demonstrations in kiev is more european leaders throw their weight behind you protests in ukraine. this is humanitarian aid from the european union all together these products make up around a third of all the stuff here. and aid for the e.u. plagued by unemployment under sterrett a recent study shows over twenty percent of europe is that risk of poverty.
in watching r.t. international with me andrew farmer. now islamist fighters in syria are believed to be holding a group of nuns hostage abducted from an orthodox maunder stray near damascus they have reportedly been moved to the rebel controlled town of your brood the pope has called for prayers for the kidnapped women amid demands from clerics and religious organizations to release them our middle east correspondent paula slayer is following the story. twelve nines and three of the whole pows who belong to the orthodox monastery of moola are believed to have been moved to brood now according to syrian opposition activists the women were moved for their own safety but
earlier religious officials said that the women were abducted by members of the news for front which is affiliated to al qaida the syrian observatory for human whites says that the women were taken after several days of intensive fighting during which the almost refined find to eventually manage to capture the old quarter of moola and various reports point to the fact that these almost are from fighters entered the orthodox monastery in the same tone of my don't know where these women were while there's a lot of concern particularly amongst christians living in syria as the attacks against their communities seemingly escalate we have heard from the pope who has recited a prayer for the safety of these women and earlier we at r.t. spoke with the international christian concern who said that there were extremely worried and extremely troubled by this incident in particular they have called on
rebel forces to ensure the safety of these women and also make sure that all lines of communication with him remain open there are several muslim clerics who have also condemned the abduction in the strongest terms we denounce their deeds and confirm that terrorism is a savage monster which wants to do it our all religious and humanitarian values they came to q. and kidnapped if you're muslim in moms and christian priests in our job you ships and the like they kidnapped priests and priestesses and events and dangerous conspiracy to do. the church in syria which they want to to the stone age it's continuous or to run for a tour of the country many questions have left they're now living as refugees elsewhere and. mascots because they're so fearful of the situation the last time that i was in a syria i visited the city of homes where both the syrian army as well as people who are returning to the christian quarter showed me around and ran to the churches
and spoke about the fear that they to have as attacks on the christian community inside syria escalates and his footage that allegedly shows another attack on a christian monastery in syria this is unorthodox north of damascus the opposition justified the attack saying assad troops were using it as an artillery position but you can see here rebel fighters targeting the buildings which then catch fire my colleague kevin owen spoke to reverend medina and angered priest from syria about the faith of christians in the war torn country. thousands and thousands hundreds of thousands of christians wear this place from their homes and a lot of christians were killed we still have two bishops missing from from my left paul we don't know anything about them and now another attack on the on the
christian community in syria and the world is watching rivered it is because the christians in syria big specifically targeted just getting caught up in a wider conflict what's the picture i think they are being used by both sides. as a political card because the regime wants also to feel to to show that they are protecting the minorities specially the christians and they are begging for for the international community to interfere to release the nuns where the the rebels they are turning the blind eyes to the al qaida and the islamists to target specifically christians there is a systematic attack on the christian community in syria and hundreds of thousands of christians were displaced and for more on the christians targeted by rebels in syria as well as other developments in the conflict you had to. come.
crane now where the u.s. assistant secretary of state has issued a statement encouraging the crane in opposition calling on the government to move towards integration. this is ukraine's moment to meet the aspirations of its people or to disappoint them and risk descending into chaos and violence there should be no doubt where the united states stands on all of this she was speaking at a pre-planned security summit in kiev that says the opposition in ukraine has delivered an ultimatum to the president calling for early elections they're threatening to set up a round the clock blockade of k. government institutions if their demands are met protesters waving nationalist flags are staging a rally outside the government building in kiev at the moment and as artie's arena reports the protests started out as a pro e.u.
demonstration have now become fertile ground for extremist groups. oh. it's deficient slogan of the hardly a nationalist movement known as the ukrainian insurgent army and the chant heard among the crowds and key of these days here is just a couple of these protesters cheerleaders mr electrical book founder of the nationalist club or the parties and the man inspired by the actions of the u.i. is wartime militias they took up machine guns and fought the russians the germans and the jews those who quote wanted to take away our ukrainian land and this is. another far right activist for the radical nationalist movement so we need war that's the main thing an organisation like cars can't exist without war. is one of those suspected of arranging the bulldozer action give over the weekend then the present the ultra nationalist sentiment that is popular in western ukraine which
has traditionally gravitated towards europe rather than moscow many hope we will fight for the european union until the end even if there are no tanks. which must go i'm ready to pick up any keep forty seven and start. up to a thousand people go to kiev every day and their motto is together to the end our resistance forces consist of afghanistan war veterans and former security service officials recent polls show the country is a sharply divided on the issue with more than seventy percent of those living in western ukraine they bring the deal with the european us but that drops to less than thirty percent in the east in kiev what began as a campaign over trade ties with europe is now descending into the rallying cry for ukraine nationalism good enough to know when these people are being passed off as innocent kids who suffered during the peaceful protests i'm sorry i've seen others
there who clearly were non militant and then there were others would not give them their pockets why would anyone do that when going to a peaceful protest. yet it seems to be escaping some of europe and america's political heavyweights that there is a rowdy right wing driving force taking root in a ghost go party. found european politicians not missing the opportunity to send a message of support to the protesters in kiev germany's foreign minister has met with ukraine's opposition leaders and most seen walking through crowds in kiev's independence square position think of a tally klitschko served as his guide the dutch foreign minister has also paid a visit to be protest camps top e.u. officials are in kiev for a pre-planned security summit professor nicholai petro from the university of rhode island he was in ukraine at the moment believes the you and its allies are adopting the wrong approach. to say one sided message. board
or the policies of the of the u. and it is an attempt to attract ukraine to sign the association agreement i think it's a short sighted position one that seeks to divide drive a wedge rather be. in russia or alongside that position but actually encourage both russia and ukraine to. come together with the e.u. in portugal there seems to be more of a divisive in a confrontational approach than one that is reconsideration. meanwhile authorities in ukraine are investigating cases of police brutality we are back to show you disturbing footage has emerged of a demonstrator being violently beaten by security forces shortly after protesters attempted to storm the president's office in one scene a man lying on the ground is continuously beaten by passing special forces officers he was later taken to hospital for treatment before that footage emerged the
country's internal ministry promised a thorough investigation into all reports of police brutality while the prime minister has apologized for the violence. while the e.u. trade deal continues to divide public opinion politicians raise doubts over the blocs ability to cope should an agreement ever be reached with ukraine so let's take a look at why over twenty percent of europe's population is it risk of poverty bowl garia is one of the most impoverished countries with nearly half its population living close to the bread line remaining there is not far behind with four of ten finding it hard to make ends meet in bailed out greece slightly over thirty percent of the population struggle to meet financial demands and about the same percentage of people in spain and italy are under pressure from harsh or stereotype measures
are to went to a food bank in rome where essential provisions are handed out to the city's poorest . marco used to work as a pizza your many italians used to call it the golden skill which would always get you work in rome but it didn't hold true for marco one day he was sacked and has not been hired since he's been living on the street for about four years now and says at forty six he sees little chance of fixing his life he asked us not to reveal his identity. when you live on the street survival is what takes up most of your time simply getting a shower is a challenge it takes so much time to take care of yourself like a normal person you reach the end of the day and you're exhausted and depressed. with the tell you an economy going through its longest recession since the second world war over twelve percent of adults are unemployed while four out of ten young people don't have a job there are no official figures on the homeless we have any type of food that
we can get for free from somewhere more italians are beginning to turn to charity and humanitarian aid for help two years ago we had about fifty five percent were foreign minister and the forty five percent there we have about sixty five percent valient thirty five percent for us completely. everything on the shelves is free given in exchange for points allocated to low income families by the global charity network. most of the food is near its expiration date except for specially labeled aid it's really similar to an ordinary supermarket you've got bread pasta dairy products vegetables and sort but the one thing which really stands out are these packages with signs saying not for sale this is humanitarian aid from the european union and altogether these products make up around a third of all the stuff here. caritas is now raising the alarm saying around one
third of all italian children are at risk of poverty and are lacking basic essential such as protein rich foods heating and clothes you've got this kind of arty role. europe is experiencing its worst humanitarian crisis for decades according to the international red cross millions of europeans are unable to afford food or relief over their heads the organization is european director told us the number of people having to turn to charity is beyond their worst expectations. but we have seen since we did our first survey in two thousand and nine and on to two thousand and thirteen is that the crisis are really taking root at. community level at individual level and that household level to a different degree because people today has used all their savings there's nothing left we are seeing a rapid decrease in what we call the middle class people the british red cross what
they are doing right now and what they lost more than a month ago is this is the biggest food distribution campaign since the second floor it is serious and even for the ones of us working in this business on a daily basis we were shocked when we saw their cumulated data across europe. and a worsening situation has driven many away from the idea of euro integration in the program we examine how european parties may be learning the meaning for the right and the full.
again the liberals have often played the role of key my care in the european parliament especially in recent governments but analysts are warning that could be about to change with the euro skeptics taking the lead role six months before european elections artes or smith lights up the carious balance between right and left. there won't have been many meetings in london this year where british membership of the european union was met with a huge round of applause but that's what happens here at the congress of the alliance of liberals and democrats for europe they reckon best still in demand but opinion polls and elections throughout the e.u. tell a different story in fact the continent appears to have made a significant lurch to the right with new policies emerging all over the place populists this new low it's made me but their hostility towards immigration
austerity and the very idea of the e.u. has rattled the mainstream parties enough to cause them to step to the right to even you got to look to david cameron's conservatives for an example of that so are the liberals dying a slow death i asked said graham watson and the pain president of the audi alliance sees important that there is a party prepared to stand up to the far right when so many are simply moving on to their ground in the hope of recovering lost will discuss this is an existence we saw in the premium polls we see it in people's attitudes what we have to convince people is that the european union brings us a lot of benefits but needs reform if it is to continue to bring us those benefits and committed to the race then but certainly swimming against the toilets europe wide the liberals have just six months before the european elections to convince
a skeptical public that serve the e.u. integration is a good thing meanwhile the rights will be working just as hard here in britain separatists you kipps nigel farage is talking about a landslide victory as if it's practically in the bag. on r.t. dot com searching for better ways to tackle radioactive waste at the crippled fukushima power plant the un's nuclear watchdog has come up with a brand new solution which local residents may find hard to take a long while web site to find out what the plans are plus don't be surprised if your facebook or twitter feed unknown messages posted in your name millions of passwords for the popular social networking sites have been stolen illegal also shows that uses are far from meticulous when it comes to cyber security. at least twenty five people are reported to have been killed and dozens more
wounded in yemen a suicide bomber is said to have driven a car packed with explosives into the entrance of the defense ministry compound in the capital sana'a the blast severely damaged a hospital which is thought to be target unconfirmed reports say gunmen who arrived in a second half and stormed buildings belonging to the complex yemeni defense ministry says almost all the attackers have been killed but did not specify the exact number authorities are now using state media to call for blood donations are to talk to you and well he witnessed the attack from his home near the base. of the experiencer. sure could be smashing. in one of the. following friday experiences introduction. for my
local groups are naturally out of the moment. for carter you walk around. she becomes rooted sure looks nice crocs and you know there are report card rupie. well for more on this let's cross live now to james colbert the host of the colbert report an online news source thanks very much for joining us this often and no one has claimed responsibility yet but he think could be behind the attack well interestingly enough it was just reported two days ago that a senior diplomat who's involved in the current political reconciliation conference that's happening right now in yemen to determine the political future of the country has pinned the blame for the wave of chaos and attacks that have been taking place in yemen over the past few months including a spate of political assassinations on the doorstep of the former president aliyev
dula silly and the g.p.c. party that he is involved with as in the words of that senior diplomat that was quoted in that story saying that this is basically an attempt to destabilize the current coalition government and hopefully hopefully in their eyes ensure that the political future of the g.p.c. party so that is a pretty interesting statement coming just two days before this particular attack although of course a lot of the media is now jumping on this as a chance to say that this attack bears the hallmarks of al qaida despite the fact that this attack is quite unusual including not only the fact that it was not just a suicide bombing but as you say there were militants that stormed the defense ministry afterwards and engaged in a firefight with with members of the yemeni security forces and these gunmen were apparently according to reports dressed in military fatigues so this is quite an interesting and coordinated attack that's just taken place and it doesn't surprise me that. this attack was actually able to take place because security has been very
tight hasn't it in the capital in in recent weeks the high number of attacks that we've seen or say over the last few days well that's exactly right in fact of course we've seen ever since the summer and the closing of some of the embassies there in yemen on the basis of reports of possible attacks we've seen increased security in sana and because of these political assassinations that that have been going on there is even been a ban on motorcycles in the capital for the first two weeks of december because that is the preferred getaway vehicle for these assassins so there's definitely a heightened sense of security at this moment meaning that this attack was even more brazen and. presumably have even more resources and coordination behind it in order to pull something like this off let's just keep talking about the general level of violence there at the moment i mean many in yemen a strongly opposed to us strange strikes that many innocent civilians have been caught up and say gee you think that could have been an issue. we forgot to today's
attack well there are a number of issues that are taking place but i think we have to understand what's happening in yemen right now in terms of the internal conflicts that are happening there between the former ruling party the g.p.c. and the would be political upstarts that are attempting to gain power in this transition process that's happening right now including the house these which is a. a shia group so we have to understand that there is some intense political rivalries that are happening right now and the former forces associated with the lady in the former the former ruling party in yemen tends to blame these attacks on al qaeda militants because that helps to ensure u.s. military aid and and financial aid to the to the to yemeni government but i think we have to understand that this is part of a political transition that's taking place right now and there's a great degree of instability and a good degree of skepticism amongst the general public that these islamist group. even exist in fact there was a new york times report an l.a.
times report back in two thousand and ten reporting on how the vast majority of yemen yemenis had never even heard of and while and where all of the supposedly of al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula back then or indeed believe that al qaeda was in fact a real force in the country so we have to understand this i think in terms of the domestic politics sure it is a complicated situation thank you very much for doing your best to explain it to us that such a bit thank you thank you. some more world needs for you in argentina at least one man has been killed and one hundred people injured during a mass looting in the country theft in the largest city. gangs raided shops in the area the police for thieves to perform. a paid deceit the man who died was caught by a stray bullet and was intending to himself i would doesn't think the markets and vandalized . six table have been killed and dozens injured in a militant attack on
a police intelligence headquarters in the north of iraq by suicide bombers when gunmen were part of the assault that ended with a. security forces group is that need to get to carrying out the attack in recent months iraq has been experiencing this sectarian violence with almost a thousand people killed in november. writing this at the highest abby martin is coming your way in a couple of minutes. we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people entirely and seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such
ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader while people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever sort of group of rebels protestors are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya served. in iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been strong winds of buildings less than a month ago i might be a conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. this is a media so we leave the. bush and secure the place for the years
ago. it seems that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from. politic only on r t. the a. little bit earlier. than everyone welcome to breaking up the set of surveillance footage using their arrest of internet prodigy aaron swartz was just released to the public today shows him entering an mit electrical closet in an attempt to download millions of academic articles for the online service j. store federal prosecutors use this to charge him with computer and wire fraud threatening him with thirty five years in prison sadly committed suicide and what many see as the result of a two tiered justice system that's profit over the freedom of information and