france is in yellow that's movement shows no sign of letting up in two thousand nine hundred holding more nationwide protests against the government and in the news that shaped the week funerals are held for the victims of the apartment block collapsed in the russian city of might need to go which claimed thirty nine lives. the u.s. government shutdown enters its third week as of the raul over funding donald trump border wall drug czar. and the orthodox world of celebrating christmas including all across russia we have coverage of the service in moscow's largest church the cathedral of christ the savior.
broadcast live direct from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories in our weekly program this is our team. had women of the yellow vests and movement marched through the streets of france on sunday as the protest against the president government entered its eighth week in paris hundreds of women couldn't see yellow balloons dancing and singing the national anthem. i. i. well the rally in the capital was largely peaceful although there were brief scuffles between protesters and police at one point officers used pepper spray and riot shields to control the crowds women in yellow vests also gathered in the cities of to lose ran on and. the slogans chanted by the women as in previous demonstrations focused on president ma kong whose resignation is demanded by many. protest. well at least fifty thousand of the movement's members
took to the streets a day earlier on a saturday those protests saw barricades set on fire and more calls for immediate departure of france's president. the was . was. was. was. only out of the committee dock and more or less things were calm at first people were told they needed to declare their gatherings to authorities and that would guarantee our safety we declared the gathering spot where was our security things got out of hand everywhere they used tear gas on us it looked like
a civil war and they charged us used pepper spray journalists trying to take cover inside building lobbies were thrown out it's a hostile situation and it's terrible in any case what's apparent is that this movement is still here it's not losing steam into two thousand and nineteen it's still going on. despite the government backing down over the fuel tax increases which sparked the rallies they have continued for eight consecutive weekends and earlier this week the yellow vests launched a blistering attack on micron in a letter addressed to him. you do not give straight answers and you drag things out by proposing false measures measures that the people of france reject when will you understand that you and your people are no longer credible and that you have lost the confidence of those who believed in you and in your movement nineteen months ago. with the disturbance is growing in many micron has condemned the yellow vests
on twitter and called on the protesters to calm down and recommit to dialogue the mayor of the town of mixed on the feet believes the president reform plans are out of touch with the public is said that they will continue is reforms but the reforms is asking for are not the reforms that the french are demanding today you know in speaking of european summer and which the french don't like so i think is absolutely dreaming you know european the church or and i think is absolutely. absolutely out of the common sense of the french today i think that the uk all as been elected by chance but is not having a huge ledger it seems that he needs to implement what he wishes because you know there are seventy or eighty percent of the french nation which don't like what they propose. i would protests spreading from france to other european countries pro
brags that the demonstrators in london have now also adopted the yellow vest as a symbol a rally in the capital on saturday resulted in clashes leading police to make several arrests including a thirteen year old girl. she was one of four people taken into custody during the demonstration which saw protesters hurling smoke bombs at police they marched across the capital blocking bridges and disrupting traffic about one hundred people took part wearing the high visibility jackets and also shouted insults about the prime minister and calling for the u.k.'s immediate exit. on monday a suspected gas explosion tore through a block of flats in central russia dozens were killed many in their sleep as their homes collapse in the early hours of the morning on new year's eve.
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may collapse as well residents fled this disaster scene with only the clothes on their back perhaps a few documents or cash they didn't have time simply to grab anything else they were allowed intermittently to go back to the scene to pick up any other possessions that may have left behind. on the quickie. mart and is that of point one one hundred percent of all i see it was. just a child some of the dorm and on bush so just wanted to be sure to just let you have it when you're could you were sure what their own and as you spoke to these people more and more stories emerged one such example the family a mother and daughter who slept just as a one off in a different room they would have stayed normally the father stayed on the couch tragically that was the first part of the building to collapse she managed to get away with her daughter the father tragically was not so lucky another story to come out of her infant boy who was buried in the rubble here just behind me he was heard
crying by emergency workers who rushed to the scene managed to get him out after more than twenty four hours in these freezing temperatures he says been taken to moscow and now despite his multiple serious injuries his condition is described as stable many of the people we've spoken to the witnesses at the scene those who were directly affected by this tragedy are saying they're also pleasantly surprised by how people have come together offering their support for the political news in. the squad to. give them the need to this time so much time is. me. one of the songs you know. and we saw a pile of flowers of candles soft toys and i was getting bigger and bigger as many
of them quite emotional in tears coming here to express their condolences this in please offer support to those affected by this and of course preparing for the large number tragically of funerals in this city of magnitogorsk. u.s. president trump a tweet on sunday that progress was made at a meeting between vice president mike pence and democrat leaders. on ending the partial u.s. government shutdown. that proposed a border wall which democrats have refused to fund will now be is still barrier rather than concrete which according to his tweet is stronger and less obtrusive negotiations so far have been contentious with both the white house and the democrats holding their ground we are committed to keeping our borders safe where in a shutdown because democrats refused to fund a border security situation which you would accept even a dollar. for this president in order to reopen. the dollar.
so i'm not one dollar one who have no deal with a walk it's not who we are is a nation i'm very proud of doing what i'm doing because we're going to go in there really. and. i don't want to shut down i call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and for the safety of our city to keep the government closed for a very long period of time months or even years so we can call a national emerging. because of the security of our country i absolutely know we can do it i haven't done it i may do it i may do it. the democrat controlled house of representatives passed two bills to fund and reopen the federal government but they don't include funding for a border wall prompting trump to threaten to veto the legislation while senior democrats argue such
a wall would be un-american and the president claims the idea has widespread support well to hammer home his stance donald trump took to instagram with this provocative graphic he also posted this following controversial video. illegal immigration is wrong plain and simple. this standoff over the wall looks likely to intensify within the democrat bills now heading to the republican controlled senate where they're likely to be voted down if they're even brought to the floor at all we discussed of the border wall issue with ned reunion from a conservative group american majority and also robert patillo a civil rights lawyer. well also understand the president has absolutely no no
leverage in this situation he's already made his position position clear they should negotiate this last february during the last government shutdown there there's no reason for nancy pelosi to move on this unless the president is willing to make a deal on dhaka make a deal on comprehensive immigration reform basically nancy pelosi has him bent over heard me right now she can demand whatever she wants we're a minimal amount of wall funding there's no leverage to present a hales donald trump cannot back down on this i mean his base is expecting him to fulfill this major campaign promise and i know it doesn't seem like a lot of money i think we're not even really talking about the money because five point six billion and a four trillion annual budget doesn't really mean much at all this is really a showdown between his trunk going to get as wall or democrats going to deny him that and also you know at a certain point we have to acknowledge the left base and side a democratic party does not want to see a secure border is more favorable towards open borders and not really fixing our immigration policy so i think if they want the wall that should be telling the
president to do is bring back the chuck schumer legislation from two thousand and thirteen that passed the senate sixty eight votes to thirty two votes in the house republicans killed there could have been a border wall for the last five years of working for the freedom hawk caucus and some of the extremists in the republican party that supporting it so for the current wall what we need to see the c.b.l. score for was actually wall will say that's what we need to see as a funding mechanism so we know exactly how deadly this is getting paid for and we need a concrete universal comprehensive plan on immigration reform and not simply say we're going to stick still slate's and in the desert that's going to probably need a real plan for this a lot of trunk space is willing to compromise we understand that these daca these dreamers they did not come here they were brought here they did not come of their own volition we understand that there's a situation and i think that you'd be really surprised if you were to talk a lot of time space they understand there has to be some legal status maybe even potentially a path to citizenship i think people are willing to negotiate but on the same time if there is not funding for a wall in return for pat. the citizenship or legal status then we can have
a serious conversation and this at some point we all know that politics is the art of compromise we have to actually get to a point of compromise donald trump or start here is my non-negotiable their support you have to come up with something that says what will give you that in exchange for this and i think there is a path i got to tell you though they do not want to give donald trump any wins especially on one of his major major campaign promises. the u.s. will not pull its troops out of syria until turkey agrees not to target u.s. backed kurdish fighters are currently considers some kurdish military units to be terrorists clarification of washington strategy came from the u.s. national security adviser john bolton during a visit to jerusalem. objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal we don't think that took so it's going to take military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the united states so that they meet the president's requirements that the syrian opposition forces that have fought with us
and not endangered well what we are hearing at this stage is that john bolton has been here in jerusalem meeting with a number of israeli officials and giving details of how the u.s. withdrawal from syria will work we have heard them say that they will be no timetable and then for the first time we're hearing a condition that turkey must guarantee the safety of the until now u.s. backed kurdish forces now all of this follows the surprise announcement last month by the american president donald trump that he was withdrawing american forces from syria take a look so our boys our young women are men and they're all coming back and they're coming back now it will be a strong deliberate and the orderly withdrawal of u.s. forces from syria very deliberate very orderly the turkish president added one has always held a strong position these are the the. no we're bearing. the
terrorists and the well they dug themselves and will continue to. we spoke to mr trump those terrorists should go east of the euphrates if they would go but. because they're both the ring of us were asked were strategic partners with the us then we should do what is needed to stay about and will be in turkey where he'll be holding discussions on this very topic the focus of course is on the athlon region which is in more than syria where we are witnessing a standoff between syrian soldiers who have been sent there and are lying to the syrian president bashar al assad and who are supporting the kurds who requested their help and turkish fighters on the other side so the situation certainly is very tense one of the turkish president's press secretary commented on the us a statement saying it is absurd to claim ankara will target the kurds he added the turkish goal is to eliminate islamic state jihadists and those military kurdish factions whom considers terrorists. director of the british think tank.
believes that the u.s. demands towards turkey could be politically motivated. so we think the united states is using troop withdrawal in order to create a vacuum in northeastern syria and try to push turkey to su a bigger role than is agreed with russia and iran and that supposedly would bring it into conflict with the interests of syria and russia and iran and basically try to destabilize that alliance the outcome of the negotiations are clear how rational turkey is going to be in the face of american demands we don't know america has a lot of power and they could give turkey and ultimatum it's either us or the russians. you know the trump administration one wouldn't think that this is a remote possibility because they are like that the very direct president trump and
his administration. they might put turkey under the threat. of real world orthodox christians are celebrating christmas including all across the russian federation country's main divine liturgy was held and it's the largest orthodox place of worship if you drop of christ the savior. most people have finished that winter break and they're getting ready to go back to work there are pockets of communities across the world who are celebrating it christmas eve it's one of the most important dates in the diary and people have traveled from all over the country to enjoy the ceremony here at prices that you can see behind me and we managed to get a few comments from people who wanted to go there especially for tonight's. vice. president.
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a little confused as to why they're celebrating thirteen days after the twenty fifth of december is because they follow different calendar they follow the julian calendar which as the name suggests was set up by julius caesar way back in forty five b.c. most of the world has adopted the gregorian calendar and that was set up by pope gregory the thirteenth. fifteen eighty two but the julian calendar celebrates christmas eve on the sixth of january and christmas day on the seventh of january which is what we're seeing this evening now the gregorian christmas as we all know is preceded by advent julian christmas is preceded by a forty day nativity fast it's called weather restrictions to what you can eat and that ends tonight families will enjoy a holy supper and that consists of twelve dishes to represent twelve apostles it really is a beautiful evening and inside the ceremony people can enjoy singing traditional
hymns enjoying the atmosphere there and praying with their fellow orthodox christians and even though it's a very. we very long ceremony they say that is one of the most beautiful services that they will experience over the course of the. this year's christmas a celebration is occurring the minute a deep crisis for the orthodox church a newly formed or the church of ukraine has been granted independence from the russian church on sunday patriarch of constantinople and handed the head of the new church document formalizing the split and while many politicians in ukraine are elated at the decision many orthodox christians are concerned of potential consequences of the move is made in a question as before. a long awaited president has finally been delivered to ukraine patriarch of constantinople has granted its ukrainian are to doug's church and autonomy on the eve of our two dogs christmas special decree was signed
officially recognizing an independent ukrainian art adox church and of course ukrainian presidents petro poroshenko was there shedding tears of question shoot. thank god it would be impossible without god's blessing. i want to thank the millions of ukrainians across the this has become possible thanks to your prayers well sems like for one's happy but what's all the fuss about churches independence from hope. per se interests ukrainian are to dogs church has been under control of moscow patrick cates and everyone has been ok with it until the fall of the soviet union and ukrainian independence and nineteen ninety one gradually tensions between the churches. through the years was more and more voices and signs ukraine demanding churches and dependence sounds like some in
the religious dispute so once so important about it. altos of folly should effectively give ukrainian orthodox church full autonomy in terms of faith parish financing and lance but in fact how much of it does keith actually get while the document signed states that ukraine in church actually falls under control of constantinople ukrainian our docs church can control only territory with then ukraine and this perhaps but it creates any parishes abroad and all disputes are going to be cesspools by constantinople so basically it is just replacing moscow by constantinople but well present par shango is struggling in the pulls ahead of march presidential election and experts say while making this a centerpiece policy of his campaign he hopes to win over it and more than that
other are to dogs churches are not thrilled that ole by the move the tentacles of globalization to trying to penetrate the church to destroy its politicians interference in churches is a clear sign of this should even if led by corrupt politicians and illegal assisted by the constantinople patriarchy have deepened and worsen the already existing split and put the unity of orthodox christianity as a whole in danger and inside the ukrainian church itself there is not much unanimity when the plan of autonomy has been announced back in autumn one of the branches of ukrainian church has slammed the plan we consider these actions to be. the section will not bring anything to ukraine except trouble separation and sin but it is at least anyone supporting the move apart from ukraine itself well you must have guessed the answer the united states reiterated strong support for
religious freedom and the freedom of members of religious groups including ukraine's orthodox community to govern their religion according to their beliefs free of outside interference oh well not everything one calls freedom is actually making you free. professor of church history at st tikhon's orthodox university alexander divorce and gave us his take on the split. the majority of ukrainian church goer is belong to the canonical church the church of the ukraine was under the paternal gate of moscow and they showed no sign of joining this new structure and in fact a lot of people in ukraine ever go meant talking about forcing their personal them into the new off new structures they are discussing the new law which they would
adopt to facilitate so-called to facilitate them to leave mosco for turkey. whatever consumption overall gave to them it's not independence because it's going to be like hands controlled by customs and opal they're. in almost as specifically stated there to all major questions have to be consulted with consent to know paul it's also odd it is also stated so they have to consider noble all have opportunities thirty eight are holy sites parishes and monasteries under its direct control of the ukrainian church it is forbidden to have its own parish it's a broad etc etc etc so it's independent of only in the name but really it is controlled by consent and. see it as a part of all all all it's like war old russian company and
a portion of the church has been mixed the religion has been mixed into into into the politics nobody thinks about the rights of ukrainian or so there was believers who are being are being persecuted and will be persecuted even harsher. by that as of my colleague collin brail be heard about just under thirty two minutes with a fresh look at your new stay with us this is our international. what politicians do. he put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected.
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