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i'm going to. u.s. drones and hellfire missiles on their way to iraq washington pledges lethal aid to counter attacks from al qaeda linked to stream as we're also gaining ground in neighboring syria. for us immigration initiative in the u.k. is slammed for ethnic profiling by the un for fear it could trigger a sweeping crackdown on poor girls and asylum seekers who are there illegally. iran may unfreeze and accelerate its nuclear program if washington introduces new sanctions something that could undermine the historic geneva agreement seen as a key breakthrough twenty thirteen. legal cases brought against russia's former oil tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky are to be reviewed the move by the country's highest court could lead to previous sentences being overturned.
and welcome at seven pm in moscow you're watching r t international with me and he said no way. hellfire missiles drones and fighter jets the iraqi military is about to get an upgrade from the united states the lethal aid is meant to help baghdad fight al qaeda linked groups iraq is terrorized by almost daily sectarian attacks and more than eight thousand people have died there this year. our correspondent you can now joins us live from washington with more details on the arms deal. so the iraqi prime minister asked for help because all qaeda is not just active in iraq but it's gaining territory to an extent that they're talking about an islamic
state the u.s. is now rushing dozens of hellfire missiles and surveillance drones to the iraqi government to combat insert hardest insurgency there and the cia is also reportedly helping them with targets inside iraq but al qaeda is gaining momentum in iraq largely because they've been able to establish a strong foothold in the neighboring syria so you have let's say a jihadi group called the state of iraq in the levant controlling territory both in iraq and syria although the situation in syria is critical in that regard the syrian government of course cannot count on washington's help been fighting terror quite the opposite these radical groups have taken advantage of the arms that the so-called friends of syria were sending to the syrian opposition and now washington is talking about negotiating with these lawmakers front in syria which includes groups that demand that hard line sure your state washington says the u.s. kenning gauge with them because they've now been designated as terrorist by the city apartment but does that mean that they don't share similar goals as those who
are designated this terrorist lots of questions just the fact that they have not been designated by terrorists by so. a lot of questions there and you have overall you have a tricky situation where extremists in syria have gained from u.s. actions and at the same time and yet washington is now up in arms trying to help the iraqi government essentially fight the same forces. are going to live from washington thanks for that. un has denounced a new british immigration bill as a recipe for stigma misunderstanding and ethnic profiling if passed the law could trigger a crackdown on refugees and temporary migrants leaving them homeless and expelled from society archies probably boycott has the details of the draft law. well this proposed immigration bill contains measures that would make the landlords liable to fines if they're found to be renting out properties to illegal immigrants that
would also have banks from opening bank accounts for people who are in the country illegally and it would also make temporary migrants liable to payment for medical for medical treatment on the national health service now all this according to the un's refugee agency would contribute towards a climate of misunderstanding and ethnic profiling in the u.k. now in practice they're simply worried that for landlords and for banks it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between a legal asylum seeker and an illegal one and sometimes it's very difficult to see through the documents to understand these documents and understand migrant status is and they're worried that some people here in the country genuinely who are in a genuine need for these services for housing are simply going to be denied even though they're in the country completely legally while mark half of the u.k.
has immigration minister has said that this bill would stop migrants from abusing public services and it would make it easier to remove the people from the country that aren't supposed to be here but the government's really got to be seen to be tackling the issue of immigration it really is in terms of public opinion the number one concern a lot of people are very wary of uncontrolled immigration about the perceived strain that it's causing on public services schools hospitals housing and of course the conservatives are leading up to an election year and they've got to be seen to be tackling the issue but according to the un's refugee agency they were perhaps a little bit overzealous in the way that they drafted this law and in fact it's not the first time that the u.k.'s policies social policies have come under fire for the united nation. it was earlier this year the u.n. special investigator on housing warned that be very quick bedroom tax that came
into force earlier this year was causing to quote shocking hardship in certain parts of the country. well to catch up with the latest the u.k.'s latest immigration plans and see who will affect you can go to our team doc com. turkey's stance on the brink of a full scale political crisis as the country's cabinet is reshuffled over a high level bribery scandal but even not to pacify massive protests against official corruption with the opposition demanding the whole government step down local reporter it before all joins us live from the turkish capital ankara out with more details and leave please give us a full picture of what's going on there. and he say it all started on the seventeenth of december police arrested the sons of in my room an interior any qana me minister who's claiming that they were involved in a corruption probe that was worth millions of dollars and right after that turkish
prime minister made an announcement saying that he was behind his ministers and for about a week he said that this was a political ploy he was meaning the police arrest he says that this was a political ploy that was or goal denies by the exterior forces but yesterday morning these three ministers announced their resignations and during midnight the turkish prime minister after meeting with president putin for about two hours reshuffle the cabinet and changed ten ministers but as you mentioned the opposition and especially the leftist groups started campaigning since yesterday and they are asking the government to step down and they want the government to resign so they started their protests campaigns on social media and they're asking for the citizens to come out to the streets yesterday night sort of in five different cities and we're expecting some more protests tonight and especially tomorrow n. the weekend both in ankara in istanbul and some of the different cities of turkey we are expecting big protests from the turkish citizens asking for the government
to step down right before all joining us live from ankara which. but with the latest details from turkey. four pm air demands popularity has plummeted since antigovernment protests began in spring this year with the opposition critical of his apparent appetite for more power we spoke to international relations professor hussein bagchi and he says the corruption scandal has dealt a fatal blow to the prime minister's reputation it is the biggest political corruption. if it is the case it is more than one hundred billion euros. some sources say i think the government is having difficulties to. cover some in prime ministers some of the video this and i think the internal reactions aren't they haven't moved from the broad there will be more strong accusations and the government. will somehow try to discern. a
little credit in the eyes of the electorate and also in the international public opinion coming up on our team international death for blasphemy and in prison saudi blogger facing possible execution for rejecting islam parts. hang near france britons are something like there's no tomorrow despite the country's austerity drive paul studies say they'll be paying for their christmas bird well into the new year that story in just a few moments. iranian lawmakers are demanding that you rein him in richmond be brought to three times the previous level if the u.s. imposes new sanctions on the country's crippled economy the move apparently comes in retaliation to u.s. proposed legislation that authorizes tougher reprisals if iran pre-chosen historic deal reached in geneva last month now the landmark agreement seemed to have put an
end to a decade long standoff over tehran's nuclear program and became one of the most significant achievements in global affairs this year. well if we look back at the history of the fel talks and penalties it becomes clear why the deal was hailed as historic u.s. intelligence suggesting iran's nuclear program was aimed at building a bomb almost two decades ago an assumption that resulted in crippling sanctions year after year talks ended in deadlock and as more penalties piled up tehran responded by resuming uranium enrichment the u.n. security council followed america's lead and also approved sanctions against iran three years ago the country started enriching uranium to a twenty percent level but this was followed by a series of assassinations of iran's nuclear scientists and this ping pong of threats and warning seemingly ended when assad rouhani came to power which led to a resumption of nuclear talks are going to go to school reports on their results
and how the deal was far from welcomed by everyone needs iran's new leader. iran is the anchor of stability in the region he's trying to convince the west he's not out for blood. the iranian threat is imaginary and used as an excuse for others . and he thinks a nuclear free middle east is the key to peace and stability urgent practical steps towards the establishment of such is own unnecessary. that sounds good too but not everyone believes iran could have changed so much as a war in sheep's clothing or wolf who thinks he can pull viewers the wool over the eyes. of the international community israel the only country to middle east that hasn't signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty remained determined to push its point across to iran's minutes away from developing a nuclear bomb and blowing up the world with israel being first on its list of
targets this rhetoric however may serve to cover tel aviv's real fears it's not about nuclear weapons not really it's about who's going to be the power in the gulf you've got three contending parties here you've got the saudis and the g.c.c. the gulf cooperation council you've got israel with the united states behind it and then you've got a ron really the only stable state in the region other than israel then there was the first time leaders of the u.s. and iran spoke to each other directly in more than thirty years the phone call that really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way particularly in the u.s. where the president had to deal with a lot of furious lawmakers both republicans and democrats who still think within the brackets of the cold war era a bad bad bad interim deal iran is a threat to peace in the world and it's not only the issue of nuclear weaponry it
is their entire behavior of spreading terrorism throughout the region a lot of us have very tied his hands are tied there are people and lobby groups in the united states that do not want to see the united states and iran after thirty four years of demonizing the country to have relations. novembers eighteen hour long talks in geneva seemed to have brought a final breakthrough iran agreed to significantly slow down its uranium enrichment process in return for easing of the non core sanctions the joy was short lived you have senators in the u.s. senate that. writing new sanction laws. of the israeli government. trying to side with this first examined and then we have the media outlets a third in line with the united states and that is trying to scare.
the american people of the europeans about iran and about the iran's intentions but judging by the messages that come from the president the intentions are to live and let others live in peace and change an attitude that doesn't seem to be welcomed by many old school politicians in the west even going to school. let's briefly take a more detailed look at what exactly the landmark deal with iran involves iran agreed to reduce your am enrichment from twenty percent seen as too close to bomb making capability to five percent for the next six months and also to deactivate its advanced centrifuges to iran has also agreed to freeze work out one of its most contentious fertility celebes iraq heavy water reactor and allow inspections by the un atomic watch stock exchange the west agreed to unfreeze millions in iranian assets and ease some sanctions against the country of course whether this interim agreement grows into something long term we'll have to wait and see in two thousand
and fourteen. these local supreme council here braving the elements in order to stand up to us oil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which again and is just one of the front lines. of this is it. mourners just ahead for you on r.t. international stay with us.
to the. seasons here yes but there's already been plenty to celebrate this december on this month's show we learn how the future tense a lazy section stone how to make movies with an instant messenger on their revolution exoskeleton makes life work of real estate. a year. you've got. approximately sixteen percent of your imports came from illegal fishing. the european union is ironically taking fish from some of the poorest nations on earth so this is a very serious and very urgent problem that needs immediate international action. give loans for the day enter our territorial waters because they fish they load the fish into the ships and leave for europe.
to day illegal fishing just taking the bread out of our mouths. welcome back to our to international imprisoned saudi blogger rife by the way may be facing the death penalty after a judge recommended that he is charged with rejecting islam the activist has been behind bars since he was sentenced in june to a seven year term and six hundred lashes for making supposedly anti us law make statements on his website will try out more on the case we're now joined by human rights activist how loud the sari thank you so much for being with us you are familiar with this case what exactly was his alleged misdeed here. well there is no legal conditioning of. of sense basically because we have no written penal code in
saudi arabia. but it is based on the suppression of these judges and even those judges them so that they're not really familiar with who is supposed to sit a very good state for many times now a certain. judges have been. to issue any very deep and cases because they're not within their jurisdiction or special to even in rife's cases they have referred to the case to different courts can you just briefly let us know for our audience what exactly he wrote about islam we did not articularly anything against islam but he expressed in his own. beliefs and he. called in to police an official organization by the government for certain acts
that they're taking against. citizens but in general there is no space to fix things that he say. based on the very next there is nothing except that general. description of his attitude as unacceptable so we do believe that this is a political. more than anything with a concrete evidence do you know anything about how he's being treated wrong custardy. well i know that there is no problem it's awful to anything but of course he has been deeply denied information really. charges basically because there is no charges of clear charges or evidence his lawyer has been denied and milk agents his lawyer haven't been able to communicate with him a regular basis or. he has been in detention for into edition for over a year and now for a year and a half just now you have he has been. sentenced even when
he was sentenced there is no clear information relate to him as what is his sentence what about our family have you have you heard anything about them being persecuted by authorities. well if somebody is not prosecuted but his wife and three children has been actually outside of the outside. and they are actually in a state of fear because. certain members of that if some of it has been so i will get the children and get us to the. visibility there is a lot of issues that ended the saudi embassy and the other country. has released this in for me that the family has been in contact with them in order to gain custody for the children basically the family had not been able to see.
the children or the wife hasn't been able to. visit him since he was arrested when i was ago we keep getting reports of people detained and flogged for pro reform activism does that mean that human rights groups activists like yourself have failed to raise awareness about the situation and why is the international community for the for the most part silent about these violations well i would say there is a lot of. in racing in human rights in places like saudi arabia or in some of the reasons here in some of the countries and it isn't here basically because the concepts of human rights are not clearly. you know why easy malted we are behind the from having any civil society organised decision to go more to our vision human rights. easily distorted and taken out of context as you for instance have any
problems of criticizing certain practices or certain a kenyan is claimed to religious can be easily targeted as an. opponent or. advocate or something like that that. there is a lot of. howard. government the only the media the on the is the only most of the powerful organization here and you can be easily defamed. or activists they can easily think you know see the disk of our face the disk of. the basin or banning or at present some kind of problems related to their intimidation and harassment to get it to their activism. not all activists are working within the same i would say or working with the same approach some of us are more cautious towards the nature
of our society. some of us with all how i'm delicious relate it to freedom of expression. we're going to have to be repaired thank you so much for your time human rights activist on the line of my from jeddah saudi arabia. in other news russia's supreme court will review the legal case that were brought against. the recently released former oil tycoon and once russia's richest man if previous sentences on the case are mitigated heart of coffee business partner could also walk free while i discuss this development with r.t. if you've been following proceedings even though her course has just been important by the president and he's currently in berlin he's still millions and millions of dollars in taxes to the state and he says that he's not planning to come back to russia until these taxes claims are listed so theoretically we could see that happening and when it comes to. well we could see the man just walk out of prison
sooner than his sentence was supposed to what exactly prompted the supreme court to review this case in the first place where the cases were initially being reviewed by the european court for human rights which did find that they were not political but there were various violations in the way these cases proceeded and so under the russian constitution now that's. decided they have to review its mission of the. as well a process which is now been started by the head of the court and judging by his statements the man also thinks that they were. including the fact that the courts didn't take into account the penalties for economic crimes. and what have a look at what we've got on line for you caught in antarctica from the summit seventy passengers on board straddling and ship are hoping for a once in a lifetime adventure but got more than they bargained for when sea ice closed in on
the vessel. was edward snowden back stage on archie dot com we've got some insights into the thoughts of one of the world's best known whistleblowers long after he sparked world wide to bait on and this is fine. this is in the shopping frenzy and britain will soon be squeezing the pockets of those on able to control their christmas spending for a study suggests that the buy now and pay later revelers are going to have a hard time repaying their rights and credit card debts but for now nothing can stand in their way as laura smith finds out. people are in the grips of a buying frenzy last minute shopping last minute spending and last minute going into debt british families are more likely to start the new year buried under a mountain of credit card debts than almost any of the europeans only remain ians and turks splash more plastic britons are also taking on more christmas debt in two
thousand and thirteen than the year before which has prompted fears about the wider economy the bank of england says a recovery has firmly taken hold but these debt fake has raised the possibility that the recoveries at being fueled by borrowed money other nations do have all the forms of debt says i and g.'s seamier a condom ist credit card have particular pitfalls critics can soft be expensive the interest rate on it furthermore critic tends to get mixed up on various and she's probably take credit for doing that and you also pay for more precise things such as a present which you are going to pay back over a number of number of months for example critic card it can be particularly useful for a number of people but we must be aware of the pitfalls if you don't keep yourself under control for now though the most you hear on regent street spend today and deal with the consequences later or you know in fact only one in four britons said
they had any intention of paying the money back but the high interest rates on credit cards mean debt can easily spiral out of control and tough economic times potentially spell a less than happy two thousand and fourteen for the indebted. a transport aircraft has crashed in siberia in russia with the latest reports saying all mine on board have been killed the plane lost contact with air traffic control and route from the city of novosibirsk to air quotes. crashing out of munitions depot near the airport while trying to land investigators say a technical problem or pilot error could have caused the crash russia's aviation committee says the plane was registered as an experimental aircraft and was being flown from one factory to another. look at some other world news this hour a police officer has been killed and sixty people injured as anti-government protesters battled security forces in bangkok for
a second day of this fire tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators received a registration center in a bid to halt upcoming elections the opposition said it would boycott the polls and valid more rallies against the ruling party if they consider to be corrupt. security forces in indian administered kashmir has battled its the most insurgents killing one of them as peers capital city saying are was also put on high alert following intelligence reports of armed rebels there militants who are fighting to establish an islamic state in asia i've often targeted army and police forces in the region. a look at the latest breakthroughs and gadgets in the high tech world is next in technology update.
although i have gone duck hunting a few times i've never seen the duck dynasty t.v. show but gosh i heard about the scandal involving one of the stars of the show phil robertson who got suspended for making what many consider anti homo sexual comments in an interview this slippery scandal is creating a lot of arguments about freedom of speech on social networks many people who believe that robertson deserved to be booted from the show for what he said argue that freedom of speech means that robertson can't be arrested by the government for what he said but the eighty t.v. channel has the right to fire whom they like the thing is that if this situation were reversed and robertson was fired for making. statements then people who are currently defending any right to hire and fire as they please would all be bashing the t.v. channel for violating the stars freedom of speech think cry the firing him would violate his rights and i'm sure some websites would make him into a hero or demand a boycott or closer to the forever very few people actually believe in freedom of speech for all they just do.