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to. be. watching r t it's nine pm here moscow now tonight u.s. drones and hellfire missiles on their way to iraq washington is lethal aid to counter attacks from al-qaeda linked extremists are also gaining ground in neighboring syria. fresh immigration initiative united kingdom slammed as ethnic profiling by the u.n. who fear it could trigger a sweeping crackdown on workers in asylum seekers within legally. unfreeze and accelerate its nuclear program if washington introduces new sanctions something that could undermine them that historic geneva agreement seen as a key breakthrough twenty thirteen. and legal cases brought against russia's football tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky had to be reviewed the move by the country's highest court could lead to previous sentences being overturned.
even if you just joined us a sense nine pm here in moscow when i was cavanagh in our top story tonight an hour to international hell fire 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 gaining territories both in iraq and in syria can report. the iraqi prime minister asked for help because al qaeda is not just active in iraq but it's gaining territory to an extent that they're talking about in the islamic state the u.s. is now rushing dozens of hellfire missiles and surveillance drones to the iraqi government to combat this jihad is the insurgency there 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 food hold in the neighboring syria so you have let's say a jihadi group called the state of iraq could live on controlling territory both iraq and syria although the situation in syria is it is worse that is critical in that regard the syrian government of course cannot count on washington's help in 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 in syria which includes groups that demand a hard line shari'a state washington says the u.s. can gauge with because they've not been designated this terrorist by the state department but does that mean that they don't share similar goals as those women who are designated this terrorism and so lots of questions and overall it's a tricky situation where extremists in syria have benefited from u.s. actions and get washington is now up in arms trying to help the iraqi government
essentially fight the same forces. i spoke to all three jenna's go to coleman who's been covering the middle east extensively but at least says washington's policy on syria is inconsistent. in syria it's very clear that nato and the united states have been sponsoring the terrorists from the very very start the bulk of the opposition the so-called opposition in syria is composed of al qaeda and al qaeda linked groups so it's not a secret even been admitted by the u.s. state department for example so it is quite surprising that the u.s. would be trying to get rid of al qaeda in iraq when in fact the iraqis one of the bases of the so-called insurgency in syria that the u.s. is backing the u.n. has announced a new british immigration bill is a recipe for a stigma misunderstanding and ethnic profiling if passed the law could trigger a crackdown on refugees and temporary migrants leaving the mobilises and expelled
from society. as the story of this new 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 banks it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between a legal asylum seeker and an illegal one 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've 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 you and special investigator on housing warned that the very quote bedroom tax that came into force earlier this year was causing to quote shocking hardships in certain parts of the country. but to catch up with the phrase they just immigration plans and see who the likely to affect. turkey stands on the brink of a full scope political crisis tonight the country's cabinet reshuffle the overall level bribery scandal but even that didn't pacify a massive protests against official corruption with the opposition government ok reporter has the details. they all started on the seventeenth of december police arrested the sons of in meirman interior any qana mean 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 plus he was meaning the police arrest he says that this was a political ploy that was or organized by the exterior forces but yesterday morning these three ministers announced their resignations and during midnight to turkish prime minister after meeting with president putin for about two hours reshuffle the cabinet and changed ten ministers but 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 protest campaigns on social media and they're asking for the citizens to come out to the streets yesterday night it started in five different cities and we're expecting some more protests tonight and especially tomorrow and 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. as popular his promise had since on to government protests begun in spring this year with the opposition critical of his apparent upper type for more power to international relations professor hussein but she says the corruption scandals the fatal blow things to the prime minister's reputation. it is the biggest political corruption in our history and if it is the case it is more than one hundred billion euros. some sources say i think the turkish government is having difficulties to. cover the prime minister is very harmed by this and i think the internal reactions aren't ever from abroad there will be more strong accusations and the turkish government. will somehow try to defend lost a lot of credit in the eyes of the electorate and also in the international the
public opinion. coming out here on out international death for blasphemy a saudi blogger imprisoned for making anti islamic posts on social media now faces possible execution for allegedly rejecting islam we've got his story. and how the expense for the shopping party like there's no tomorrow despite the country's ongoing austerity drive for studies say they'll be paying for the christmas splurge well into the new year we're covering that in a few miles. first a rainy lawmakers are demanding that you radium enrichment 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 the u.s. proposed legislation that authorizes tougher apprises if iran breaches of historic deal that was reached in geneva last month while the landmark agreements seem to have put an end to that decade long standoff over two rounds nuclear program and
indeed became one of the most significant achievements in global affairs this year . and if you look back at the history of the failed talks and penalties it becomes clear why the deal was hailed as a story let's refresh ourselves u.s. intelligence suggests the rands nuclear program was aimed at building a bomb almost two decades ago and it all started in assumption that resulted in crippling sanctions year after year talks ended in deadlock and there's more penalties part up to run responded by resuming your radium in richmond the u.n. security council followed america's lead and also approved sanctions against around then now that's one the clock back three years ago the country started reaching around him up to twenty percent level that was then followed by a series of assassinations you may recall of iran's nuclear scientists this ping pong but was unfolds of threats and war warnings seemingly ended then when her son rouhani came to power which led to
a resumption of nuclear talks and his ridiculous reports next on their results and how the deal was far from welcome by everyone meet 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 new year's a war in sheep's clothing or war for thinks it can pull the oz 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 mase 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 iran 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 their country to have relations. novembers eighteen hour long talks in geneva seemed to have brought a final breakthrough iran agreed to significantly slow down literally in richmond process in return for easing of course sanctions the joy was short lived we have seen the u.s. senate that. writing new sanctions was. the government's. trying to sabotage this first agreement and then we have the media outlets a third in line with his own lobby in the united states and that is trying to scare
. the american people do you europeans about iran know about the iran's intentions but judging by the messages that come from the very president the intentions are to live in that others live in peace a change in attitude that doesn't seem to be welcomed by many old school politicians in the west even going to school. and briefly take a minute to look at what exactly this landmark deal with iran involves showing iran agreed to reduce iranian richmond from twenty percent seen as too close to bomb making capability so that it was agreed it would reduce it down to five percent for the next six months and also to deactivated advanced centrifuges to two rounds also agreed to freeze work at one of its most contentious facilities the iraq heavy water reactor and also to allow inspectors from the un atomic watchdog and he did in exchange for that the west agreed to unfreeze millions of iranian assets in doing some sanctions against the country and whether this interim agreement though
grows into something long term records can have to wait and see as twenty fourteen approaches. these loopholes are big chunks out here braving the elements in order to stand up to u.s. oil giant chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that summed up dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which yemen is just one of the front lines. is that if. i'm kevin i would thanks very much without too international tonight just ahead look at how russia's highest court is set to talk about
a review of the cases against a former. a more than just this very quick break. back in two thousand and three the rules of the game were not very clearly defined and what what our cost was locked out for you know was probably being done by many are their only cards but now the state made it absolutely clear that it's not going to tolerate breaking the law one became rich as a result of the pilots' association was breaking certain rules because the rules in a very sort of who was a very truly nonexistent. condo cult he was sent to. jail and i guess everyone else should be in the same jail wound.
sigrid laboratory. was able to build the world's most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a dollar amount anything mission to teach creation why it should care about humans in the world this is why you should care only. we may be facing the death penalty after a judge recommended that he's charged with rejecting islam. since he was sentenced in june to a seven year term and six hundred lashes for supposedly making anti islamic statements on his website human rights activist. says his case is not about faith
though it's purely political. he has been denied information really his charges basically because there is no charges clear charges or evidence there is no clear no information relayed to him as what is his sentence has access to lawyer has been denied in many occasions his lawyer haven't been able to communicate with and a regular basis or. has been concerned for intimidation for over a year in general there is no space to fix things that you say. based on on the verdicts 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 it's the first time saudi authorities have come under scrutiny for human rights abuse of sorcery and not unknown in the country anyone risks indeed be beheaded if his suspected of witchcraft last year so women flowed for
driving that's something the remained could do in saudi arabia pro-reform activism or anti monarchy campaigns can also learn to in jail for years usually being flogged beforehand to situations even worse here for an immigrant they're often left to risk prison if they complain with a committee tortured me raped was a dirty dot com for some disturbing details much more as well of course. take a look at the call for you on line to what we're talking about it called in antarctica for christmas that's the seventy passengers on board this train ship they were hoping for once the light of adventure got more than a bargain for the sea ice closed in around the vessel they're stuck we hope they're going to be ok we'll keep you posted also selling virtual gold and swords to your fellow walks or els you know you are a lot like game could land you with a very real prison sentence if you happen to be in china this is happens as a chinese game if you can follow that story instinct taken not most for them r.t.
dot com to find out more. russia's supreme court will review the legal cases that were brought against mikhail khodorkovsky the recently released former all tycoon and once russia's richest man if previous sentences on the case are mitigated then khodorkovsky business partner could also walk free little earlier and this is now i discussed this development with r.t. to go person off who's been following the latest proceedings for us. 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 playing 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 we 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 one of the russian constitution now that's. decided they have to review it russian authorities after he would 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 easing of penalties for economic crimes. cover world news stories of breach not of police officers being killed one hundred people injured anti-government protesters battled security forces in bangkok for a second day then the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators besieged the registration center the bid to hold upcoming elections the opposition said it would boycott the polls about more rallies against the party they consider to be corrupt. security forces in the good administered kashmir have battled is in
the midst insurgents killing one of them kashmir is capital city should ago was also put on high alert after intelligence reports of rebels militants who are fighting to establish an islamic state as you have often targeted police forces in the region. tis the season to be jolly you mustn't forget that but don't forget you might also be racking up debt to at least that's what experts are warning once again now that the buy now pay later revelers going to have a hard time repaying the rising credit card debt but for now nothing can start in the way it seems as laura smith. 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 debt than almost any of the europeans only remain ians and turks plus 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 taken hold but these debt figures raise the possibility that the recoveries at sleeping few by borrowed money other nations do have other forms of dad says i n. g.'s senior economist credit cards have to take pit bulls critics can and soft be expensive the interest rate on it furthermore credit card tends to get mixed up on various and she's taking part take credit card to do 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. sometimes woman's debts never mind the bonuses much and stacy some of the hit and run tactics of the financial world. the united states we have over and over jamie dimon and j.p. more. it is critical to crime it's a crime of crime they've they've paid a dozens of fines this year for various crimes so you've got like jamie is begging to be imprisoned some people i've had this experience when i worked on wall street myself a lot of people they beg to be wiped out financially and my role as a stockbroker is to euthanize their accounts jamie dimon is a guy who's begging to be euthanized and i think as a country as
a world we should get together and answer his wish he wants to become one with his maker he says look i broke the law please arrest me i want to go to jail and be abused by hundreds of thousands of inmates and some on godly way that's my goal in life i'm tired of being free put me in prison i beg you so he breaks more and more laws but unfortunately the law breaking becomes the basis of the g.d.p. for a country like america and they can't put him in jail because i need him out there breaking the law so they can pay themselves huge bonuses at the end of the year so he's really is an existential crisis that's as christmas wish but nobody will fill his christmas wish oh all the. little. finally the winter olympics in sochi less than two months away and as the athletes are counting down the days team russia has now been presented with a brand new outfit to wear to and said to create to say it's not just about clothes it's about how the rest of the remember the bushman. and is trying to intensify as
we caught up with some competitors who prove that nothing is impossible you cannot watch that much and sledge. home if you fancy. twenty six minutes past nine at night about one use of a half an hour coming up next to the prospects for civil society heading into the new year here in russia are up for debate and example because worlds of. although 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-homosexual comments in an interview this celebrity 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 pro l.g. p.t. 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 star's freedom of speech think cry that firing him would violate his rights and i'm sure some websites would make him into a hero or demand a boycott or a closing of a and a forever very few people actually believe in freedom of speech for all they just believe in freedom of speech for people who agree with them but that's just my opinion. speak your language because i think you might be worn out of doing. this program says documentaries in spanish one matches. the eternity of.
stories. the spanish find out me visit. dot com. hello and welcome to walter park some of russia's most famous prisoners for at least recently as part of a nationwide amnesty but rather than seeing it as an act of clemency critics accused the russian government of trying to manipulate public opinion on the eve of this lympics so who is really beating the rap here well to discuss that i'm now joined by time election not the russian program director for human rights watch thank you very much for your time first of all let's talk about the release of mikhail khodorkovsky whose case really stands out because it wasn't part of the
amnesty but rather he was released on the presidential pardon. what was humanitarian grounds i wonder if you read anything into it whether you believe that the grounds were indeed humanitarian well i think it's largely an effort. to boost russia's image in the run up to the olympics in sochi and which are just a few weeks away. possibly the g eight summit which is also in sochi in another few months so yes indeed i would actually agree with me how you how they're called. he himself say it is a public relations project doesn't make of what's less well new not told because indeed it means quite a lot for what are called skiffle his family it means quite a lot from those prisoners or if i may call them nuts there's protestant is in charge what must.