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well there. was. a boiling pot of racial emotions running high across the us with not protests in dozens of cities after the killer of a black teenager walks free. convicted bail but the russian opposition activist alexei of all of the awaits his appeal against a five year prison term for stealing half a million dollars. turkey allegedly left israel use one of its military bases for an attack against syria according to an r t source but firmly denies the claim . the trial of u.s. army private bradley manning drawing to a close as prosecutors say they're refusing to drop the most serious charge of aiding the enemy which could lead the whistleblower in prison for life.
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and it's eleven pm in moscow bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news thousands have been gathering all week in cities across the u.s. to purchase the acquittal of george zimmerman this after a jury found him not guilty of murder when he shot dead on our black teenager trayvon martin the ruling set off a nationwide debate on racial hatred as our washington correspondent guy reports. we've seen protests in dozens of cities in the u.s. throughout the week following the verdict in the george zimmerman case people took to the streets demonstrating at courthouses and police stations throughout the country demanding justice for trayvon martin the seventeen year old black man who was struck dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer dozens of people were arrested most of the arrests were made on charges of a lawful the families some places like the san bernardino protests turned violent demonstrators the rocks
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a passing car many many americans were following the zimmerman trial it's obvious that racial disparities in the application of criminal laws in america remain all these people think had trayvon martin being white he would have been alive trayvon martin could have been me. thirty five years ago there are very few african-american men in this country who have near the experience of being followed when they were shopping in department store that includes me. there are very very few african-american men who have experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. that happens to me at least before it was the fact of the matter is that under florida's stand your ground law the defense doesn't even have to prove that their client is an angel it's enough to prove reasonable doubt that the defendant acted in self-defense and they're free to go so in this case you have a clash of. great civil rights vigilantes guns and self-defense laws these people
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see a clash between the law and just a very recent example also in the state of florida black woman a mother of the week was sentenced to twenty years in jail because she fired a bullet at a wall to scare off her abusive husband nobody was injured and the woman is in jail for twenty years while george zimmerman walks free so you see the faces of these people outraged. demonstrators say they're not willing to back down as trayvon parents are joined by celebrities and leading the movement the high profile backing is giving added momentum to rallies like this one here in new york the u.s. attorney general eric holder urging a review of self-defense laws while the justice department has really launched a probe into the murder to see if civil rights charges could be filed against zimmerman or he spoke with martin luther king jr's daughter bernice who told us the case exemplifies some lingering racial discrimination in the u.s. . the fact that had this been a white american
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a white young man i doubt very seriously george zimmerman would have reacted so so swiftly in this situation i think you probably would have thought about it twice a lot of things have changed in america so we can't say nothing has changed i just think we're still contending with just laws and more importantly laws that disproportionately affect african-americans and african-american males. more than any other group of people in america and so you know these kind of issues were very prevalent in my father's time oftentimes you would have all white juries. victim in this case and what i mean bad victim is the one who did and i mean nine times out of ten back in the sixty's it was seen as a ten times out of ten. that person would have walked george zimmerman what zimmerman walked in this particular situation was plenty more n r t dot com
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regarding the justice for trayvon campaign we've got pictures of the nationwide rallies video footage social media reaction all lined up a click away. it was also a fast moving week for a russian opposition activist an anti corruption blogger alexina vali sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement on thursday bailed out a few hours later to the cheers of thousands of protesters denouncing the verdict against him artie's arena has been following what's been called one of russia's most controversial trials in yours. former workers are five and four years in prison alexina vining to that if it's a risk for setting up a dummy corporation and defrauding a state owned timber company to the tune of half a million dollars the judge insisted the verdict was not politically motivated but foreign media the blogger supporters and opposition activists declared otherwise critical and a convert to the conviction means that he won't be able to stand for mayor of moscow says the embezzlement charges brought against him politically motivated an
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outspoken critic of the russian president vladimir putin has been sentenced to five years in prison one gets the feeling that people have already made up their minds before the case even started before the trial even started and they're not actually looking at the facts of the case or of the way the trial was actually conducted but are simply following their own opinions which they formed in advance what kind of comments is that someone like mr valma should not be prosecuted on this kind of charge because he is a famous opposition personality now that seems to me to put things completely the wrong way round thousands of people in moscow's many years in the square a stone's throw from the kremlin indignant at the verdict calling it unfair and immense police presence and if east of panic and social media for a while it looked like the situation could escalate. but there was a curveball from the prosecutor's office a request
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a friend of i me an officer of until their verdict comes into effect the immediate arrest and preliminary detention to stick to measure as you put in spokesman said there was nothing unusual about the trial or the prosecutor's appeal stressing that the president can not and does not influence the court decision and that those convicted should carry out their punishment as prescribed by the judge and his blog novelist said that he was ready for a long term preliminary counseling meant ordering books from the library and battling mosquitoes and his self but this spent less than. four hours in detention before being released from this court house straight into the arms of his supporters eager for his campaign to continue so who is this some for pointed opposition figurehead is running for mayor of moscow it's a lawyer by profession now where you spent the better part of the last few years flirting with nationalistic movements as well as leading a popular blog exposing the hope still corruption and trying to make a foreign into politics his trial the verdict and the surrounding media frenzy may have been closer to that goal he can according to your earlier report from moscow
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city he can give us many interviews as he likes it's an absolute publicist a godsend for him it doesn't remove him from politics at all it's the absolute ideal solution for him in a sense it's been referred to abroad as russia's mandela moment perhaps too bold a claim the b.b.c. has the state run british broadcasting corporation calls it russia's mandela and they've been running stories all day just as previously you know bill keller the executive editor of the new york times used to lord this man you know novell me you already outlined his nationalist views here in this country we have laws against incitement to have the semitism incitement to neo nazi ism which of course this man has flirted with repeatedly although he may not be major household name in russia yet alexina valley seems to have some serious support abroad he is paid by or has been paid by the united states of america when he set up the democratic alternative
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party a year or two ago it received money from the ne d. the n.e.t.'s the national endowment for democracy funded by the us congress that was the main organization funding the orange revolution in ukraine back in two thousand and four the valleys party received money then from the american state as wiki leaks showed not so long ago it even goes quite keen of central russian israel originally used to turkish base to launch a strike on syria information coming to us from a source this week on chorus strenuously denying any involvement in its claim israel's latest attack happened on july fifth targeting a russian made battery of anti ship missiles our middle east correspondent paula samir has more. there was a lot of talk and uncertainty in the region this week after our sources revealed that we have information that is well launched a strike on syria from turkey now the reports are back to to a strike back in early july on the syrian city of latakia if accurate this would be
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the fourth time in recent months that tel aviv has launched an attack against syria the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has neither denied nor confirmed these allegations he simply says that israel's policy is not to allow the transfer of dangerous weapons to hizbollah and other so-called terrorist organizations and that this is a policy that the country will not deviate from that and now who also saying that every time something happens in the middle east israel is to blame the turks for their side have denied the allegations the turkish foreign minister saying that turkey will never be a part of nor a partner to such attacks he also said that the allegations were aimed at destroying turkey's power and vicki taishan what is interesting is that relations between turkey and israel are at an all time low they deteriorated after the fratello attempt back in late two thousand and ten in which nine turkish activists were killed and there was an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to the people of
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gaza back in march the israeli prime minister apologized to the turks for that incident and what is happening now is that real questions are being asked about the sincerity of that apology there are also questions being asked as to why would turkey ally itself with its arch enemy in the region is role to launch an attack against another muslim country now it's no secret that turkey has spoken out against the regime of bashar assad in syria but this certainly is not a sufficient enough onset as to why turkey would work with israel to launch an attack against syria policy r.t. on the israeli syrian border. let's take a look at previous israeli air raids on syrian territory which were only confirmed by anonymous sources in the country a military compound outside damascus bombarded twice in january and may rockets also hit a warehouse in the capital's international airport that allegedly held surface to
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surface missiles on all occasions attacks explain is operations to wipe out iranian weapons thought to be bound for hezbollah in lebanon journalist manuel oxen a writer whose extensively covered the civil war in syria so israel took a side in the conflict long before the strikes i don't think that this is a huge change for all the general situation because. what's supporting in the past the so-called rebels in this what the media claim it is the civil war but isn't the reality since a long time a proxy war we have right now militants from more than twenty five nations fighting in syria against the syrian government and of course east river was supporting the rebels they were they were they fall and arms and weaponry from heathrow. and turkey also is supporting in a strong way the rebels on syrian soil still ahead this hour egypt's a rocky road to democracy legal experts start working a constitution without
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a week of deadly strife between backers and opponents of deposed islamize president mohamed morsi details and footage from the heart of the arrest after a short for. exactly what happened there i don't know but i killed. piers leaders when i got arrested for. for crime or did not do. we have numerous cases were police officers lie about polygraph results. people to consent to the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really . in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse they were taking they could get what they wanted they can say what
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they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. wealthy british scientists it's time to. look. at the. markets why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy kinds of reports. thanks for staying with us here on r t fifteen minutes past the hour a german magazine claiming the country's security services have been actively taking part in the u.s. global surveillance operations are important to meet all the news both domestic and foreign so intelligent services have been using one of the n.s.a.'s programs for their operations chesser on the merkel denied any previous knowledge of u.s. spy tactics saying she first learned about them through the media edward snowden
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revealed weeks ago that washington is keeping europe especially germany under a close watch the n.s.a. whistleblower himself awaiting russia's decision on whether to grant him temporary asylum snowden who exposed the u.s. global spy program as well as a secret surveillance operations of a number of european states has been holed up in the transit zone of a moscow airport for more than three weeks he needs the necessary paperwork from moscow to be able to travel to one of the latin american. states that have offered him asylum to be allowed to remain on russian soil the thirteen year old had to agree to stop any further links that could harm the u.s. for years now want to espionage but jim kill it from the open rights group hopes the worst of all find a way to continue his revelation. i hope it doesn't mean that he has to not talk about what the united states have been up to in broad policy terms i mean he's been very careful not to threaten individual peroration is not to expose particular agents or to make claims which would result in people safety being compromised
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rather he's been talking about the broad programs that the united states and u.k. have been dealing with he says he's got a lot of material and i certainly hope he has more to tell us it does seem that way aids completely change the debate right now it is very important not to bait keeps happening i think a lot of things are happening in the wake of that there were at least two legal actions being launched in the u.k. on the back of what he's revealed i expect will be more in the u.s. say the tech companies are challenging on the basis of their own free speech and also to clear the names of i will speak going on so there is a lot to happen whether or not he's got more material to give but i really would like to see whether he has got more to say and i hope he does well snow and goes out of his way to avoid washington's prosecution the weeks long trial of fellow whistleblower bradley manning is coming to an end the army private arrested may of
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two thousand and ten admits to leaking fallon's of classified documents to wiki leaks here and says he didn't aid the enemy the main charge against him that could land him behind bars for life artie's liz wahl takes a look. private first class bradley manning faces several charges twenty one total the most serious of which is aiding the enemy the other charges range from computer fraud to theft of government property and asked if convicted of that most serious charge manning could spend his life behind bars without the possibility of parole even if he is not convicted of aiding the enemy the remaining charges amount to one hundred fifty four years behind bars this week the judge could have dropped that aiding the enemy charge but she decided not to manning already spent some serious time in prison about three years before his trial even began now the trial is in its final stages we should hear closing arguments next week that it's up to the judge and this court martialled to decide the verdict now this comes at
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a time of great debate over whistleblowers in the country many see manning as a hero but his opponents see him as a traitor for exposing government secrets these secrets include iraq and afghanistan war logs and videos of air strikes one ton of obey detainee assessments and diplomatic cables many activists believe the outcome of manning's marcel could set an example for future whistleblowers a glaring example for this is n.s.a. leaker edward snowden many points of manning's pretrial treatment and heavy handed charges as an example of what's to come for snowden should he set foot in the u.s. leading up to the trial and during the trial there have been several demonstrations in support of manning the next major one being organized by manning support network is set for july twenty seventh it's step the international day of action for bradley manning the group is calling for protests in several cities throughout the u.s. and abroad here in fort meade maryland live all our team. we're
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going to dot com for more of the stories we're covering on the air including the world heritage listed marine. on australia's coast suddenly became an inadvertent target for bombs dropped from u.s. fighter jets and. story behind a nazi cafe where staff and gas stresses german soldiers and was open for two years before sparking any outcry. britain's prime minister seems to be having a change of heart regarding weapons supplies to syrian opposition in a b.b.c. interview david cameron says he's still committed to helping the rebel groups fighting government forces about the groups including his words quote a lot of bad guys this signals a turnaround from about november two thousand and eleven about how for a year after the syrian conflict first started back then mr cameron called on the international community to engage more closely with the syrian rebels he upped his appeals for more aid the following year saying the syrian regime must feel pressure
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to be defeated fast forward a year and the rhetoric suddenly changes he's still vehemently anti assad but not so sure anymore that arma shipments are the only way forward this brings us to today with syria's government and dancing on a rebel militias the official position failing to unite and mr cameron describing the situation as a stalemate let's get more on this from a political analyst and historian from university of roehampton in london thank you for joining us here on r t so the prime minister's finally admitted that there is too much extremism among a lot of the rebel factions in syria right now something that russian officials have been saying for some time what do you think has. prompted the evolution of his position here so to speak. to this time. prime minister cameron has faced difficulties both how atonement brought and the situation is complicated at home he will have difficulty we getting.
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approval because there is quite a lot of a new week after iraq. about. getting involved in syria directly. his coalition partners the liberal democrats are not supportive really of them are not supported certainly and public opinion is not supported brought the political landscape has changed for the first time. it is being realized in the west that no matter how much there are surance that from western governments that. only the good guys will get help in terms of arms supplies but that's not the case on the ground and saudi arabia is very worried about the rise of slumming fundamentalism in syria
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because jordan and some of the interview quite close and islamic fundamentalism especially. sunni islam is on for some royal family now damron says that he could arm syrian rebels or without any kind of vote from parliament to support that do you think that's something that would be well received by the electorate should he go ahead and do that on his own well he has indicated that. i don't think he will issue and will accept it in general that is from mr cameron's own view but he can't carry the day he also will he will face serious difficulties because. some. m.p.'s in his own conservative party even on the right are opposed to getting involved in syria leena military would mind you the united states and.
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indirectly he are helping. the syrian rebels that has not stopped. so what if the gulf states for example decide on their own to simply fund and give weapons to the syrian rebels do you think that it could simply radicalize the further radicalize the opposition and without any assistance or intervention by developed countries well the legalization of. islamist groups in syria and and in egypt where who has taken place is already taking place while. there is the welcome of the. egypt where is the muslim brotherhood was.
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seen as encouraging syrian rebels especially fundamentalists in recent weeks. that that has not star who has not stopped them only collation in in egypt on the contrary and elsewhere so i think the medicalization is something that is going to be i believe it instead of as for. finally briefly if you could there is an upcoming conference on syria where it's possible that some kind of a solution could be found or further steps could be made toward in the conflict do you think that there is the possibility of any kind of resolution perhaps even a negotiated one coming out of that meeting. the chances of it not because the assad regime when its forces are winning are certainly pushing their belief
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that also why should it accept is aleutian but would. you know its roots are on the other hand the generals are so. so divided that they there are almost certainly going to fail doing believe. and the west cannot trust with them like the back to power fear from university of our hand and thanks for your time. well legal experts in egypt have started work on amending the country's constitution which was suspended by the military when islam is president mohamed morsi was overthrown the past week seen ongoing violence amid nationwide street protests by supporters of the ousted leader at least ten died in the rest by tuesday the country's interim president swore in a new cabinet excluding members of morsi is muslim brotherhood is the most movement rejected the new ministers and its supporters say they are vowing to go ahead with
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mass protests journalist shahira amin says the exclude excluding the group won't do much improve the country's political climate which i think is a fatal mistake excluding any political faction from the transitional political process is a fatal mistake people were complaining that morsi was the state and now they doing exactly the same keeping the islamists sidelined hoping to push them back underground just a short while ago there was a very brutal crackdown on pro morsi protest is outside the parliament we're already hearing jihadi groups say they will launch. a holy war to defend islam this will have very serious implications. in a couple of minutes and sometimes distressing interrogation techniques employed by police forces stay with us you're on our team.
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you want is something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original bridge creators of the drugs can. the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just
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a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. it's technology innovations all the developments around. the future are covered. the video might be shocking but it's simply
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a ploy used by us police offices. filming with their own cameras they inform this woman called dalia that her husband is just being killed they want to gauge her reactions as they suspect she may have hired a hitman to murder a spouse. like a. camera . in fact no killing has taken place and the police have made up the story to try and confuse duniya what they want is her confession and a few hours later she will be charged with attempted murder in this case it was the cross-examination of dalia that led to the truth and then eased the way to her prosecution. among the police the interrogation process is considered a key element of the investigation where everything.


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