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breaking news this. sleeping patients psychiatric hospital in north western russia a court in a massive fire overnight or an unguarded cigarette suspected of causing to be in. the syrian government starts heading towards chemical disarmament the details of which are being thrashed out by. american diplomats in geneva to washington pressed the pause button and its war drive against syria. so america is still sticking to its belief that. hundreds of civilians in august one man who was held hostage by rebels in syria is challenging. we caught up with him for a chat. that is the n.s.a.
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online spying scandal spreads over wide universities to getting in on the following digital sign posts personal data. breaking news this hour here on the. let's get straight to it right now up to thirty five people a feared dead after a blaze broke out overnight at a psychiatric facility in northwestern russia two bodies have been found twenty three people though already taken to safety. joining us here with the latest on this breaking news story here on. the very latest from you please. well roy what we can tell you this morning is that overnight the fire broke out any wouldn't and
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it's reportedly the men's ward of this facility the eyewitnesses say that before this structure actually caught fire. there there was one patient that was seen in gulf in flames obviously investigators are looking very closely at that see if that was the source of this this very tragic fire over one hundred rescuers are on scene right now searching the area for people who may have escaped but ran away out of fear or who ran away injured and are at this point possibly hiding they also police are also stating that there was very heavy smoke in this fire even though there were no bars on the windows and crews got there within minutes the heavy smoke made it very difficult to get people out and it is reported that one nurse did lose her life when helping a patient to safety now it's also been reported the emergencies ministry did site this facility for safety violations and it had until august first two thousand and fourteen to make the necessary changes so there is
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a very intense investigation that's going to be going on a looking at this facility safety record and if it was possibly in violation but we do know that it's been a very tragic evening and morning for this village of lucca in the northwest of russia as as investigators sift through the rubble at this point lindsey a very regrettably here in a far as such as this is not the first time we've we've covered a story like this is it absolutely not in april there was a very tragic fire that took place in the outskirts of moscow at a psychiatric facility thirty eight people lost their lives that day one nurse and two patients were the only to survive it began. in the evening hours it was because of an electrical short circuit and it took an hour for fire crews to reach people there because of the bad roads before that another type of retirement home in southern russia in march of two thousand and seven sixty two people died this is
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when a lit cigarette burns and created the huge structure fire it took crews also a long time. to reach the people there and people were actually trying to hide inside that structure from the smoke and the flames able to get out safely and then of course the lame horse nightclub fire december of two thousand and nine over one hundred fifty people were killed there was a sealed door a very important exits the building one of the doors was sealed and that really brought the focus of fire safety in russia under. a big magnifying glass that changes have been made so the investigators are looking at what the cause may have been and especially trying to find anyone who may have survived and run out into the surrounding area but at this point it was indeed a very tragic night for people in the local village or at the latest. breaking news with. thank you. thank you for joining us here on the program
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here today syria has taken its first steps along the path to chemical disarmament the u.n. has confirmed it's received documents from the syrian president on joining the chemical weapons convention which. production of poisonous agents this comes amid u.s. war threats against syria washington has apparently agreed to try diplomacy first. because following the meeting of the top russian and american diplomats in geneva. john kerry the press ahead of that tough negotiations over how to rid syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles now. said that he was looking forward to getting down to the business of thrashing out a deal after that john kerry took to the stage he spoke and he spoke for a long time he reiterated the u.s.a.'s position that they believe that damascus is responsible for the chemical attacks on the twenty first of skeptic about bashar al assad's promises to disarm and said that he's come to in order to make to make
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certain that a deal can be hammered out he mentioned that the usa nevertheless is committed to finding. a diplomatic solution to the crisis at this point. interjected that he hadn't prepared a politicized speech and that he was looking forward to just jumping into negotiations now we know however that there are vital sticking points that remain between the two sides one of these sticking stumbling blocks is the threat of military force against syria the u.s. the u.k. and france have said that they want any resolution that goes to the u.n. security council to contain a war that would threaten damascus with strikes if it doesn't comply with russia in turn has reiterated that this is unacceptable and moreover the syrian president bashar al assad has also said in an in a t.v. interview that if the usa continues to threaten syria with force or that's going to be a game changer in that any deal will be off the table if threats continue speaking in that interview earlier the syrian leader also said that damascus would provide
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information about its chemical weapons stockpiles one month after it signed up to the chemical weapons convention. this won't be about syria signing a protocol and delivering it with no positive feedback it has to be a mutual process and above all the united states has to give up its policy of threatening syria once we see the united states truly want stability in the middle east once we see it refrain from threatening us and pursuing intervention once we see them stop supplying weapons to terrorists then we'll consider this process is truly acceptable for syria and will look to foreign law as it. russia should play a major role in the disarmament process we don't trust washington and. moscow is the only party that can fulfill this romano. also spoke of turkey saudi arabia and qatar and accused of supporting the syrian rebels he accuses of using chemical weapons he also said that it could be the usa behind the chemical attacks and that
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countries that have supplied terrorists in syria with chemical weapons need to take responsibility for their actions finally the syrian president warned that the syrian rebels trying to launch chemical attack against israel as a further act of cation so a number of different and very tough positions that top diplomats need to reconcile here in geneva migrates be watching closely to see if they can come around to realistic deal. or no official findings on who was behind the. war and why washington accuses president assad of being responsible some westerners who were inside the country at that time challenge. my colleague bill dog spoke to the. he came to syria under the rebels' protection but soon found himself deep in detention. i don't think bashar al
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assad in the syrian government are to blame for the chemical attack and. during that time my italian friend and i had been taken hostage by jihadists from the oil for root group in syria we were held at one point in a room facing an office of the free syrian army and the elf jihadist group we have been in the barracks of the free syrian army in a jihadist group as well and we heard a conversation from this office the conversation was between one general from the free syrian army we knew him from earlier as he was the one who was in charge of our detention and another officer from the group. which is. the result of a third person who was speaking perfect english and they were talking to him via skype with us they were talking about the events of the in the damascus suburb and from the conversation it was clear that the syrian government wasn't behind the attack but it. wasn't clear to you what the motivation
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was to use chemical weapons to launch a gas attack on civilians in this way what was the motivation do you think was it mentioned what. their motivation was unclear from the conversation but we figured that it would have been absurd for the syrian government to use chemical weapons the regime had nothing to gain from that the massacre there on the contrary it played into the hands of its enemies the u.s. france and the u.k. and it gave them a good reason to use force against the assad government either the syrian government lost its mind but i don't believe that or the authors of the attack or the opposition and it is clear that the rebels are the ones who wanted to benefit from the situation. let us remind you that the rebels already tried to simulate a gas attack a year ago and alms they made a video showing people on the ground acting as if they had been. dims of neurotic
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gas. now untouched by fighting during the two years of syria's civil conflict now war has come in earnest to the ancient christian village of ma luna locals have joined the syrian army to push invading rebels out of town for the rescue has come late with residents describing her horrifying trip and by she hardest including forced conversions to islam executions and looting right from the thick of it as artie's maria phenomena with this report. but. the mood is cheerful soldiers are smiling and relieved the jihadists have been booted out. but some of them were killed some of them escaped the locals joined the army to defend the native town
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the soldiers in light colored uniforms of the so-called national defense but the terrain here is very difficult with mountains and caves but we know the area better so we are carrying on with the operation of that but we come across one grocery shop owner who we filmed back in two thousand and twelve then he told us that the armed rebels hasn't come to their village and why would they this time he's armed with a gun amongst syrian soldiers and he has some questions again syria thirty of syria is a land of history and of love they sent terrorists here from all corners of the world to kill syrians and each other why i asked the world why if a european citizen is so much just slapped across the face they'd be a scandal while in syria how many victims how many hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered why will it stop would quickly find out that it won't be today held by
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the militants for a week it seems that mountain tops of fear hotel still poses a threat that sufi hotel our goal was to liberated them push on them are tough them on a street but we couldn't do it the snipers are everywhere milo is home to many christian tocchet and monasteries as well as mosques everywhere we go here we see either crosses on the eretz now added to these we see blagged hottest flags. it's time to head back right now. but while in the car something goes wrong. we take cover in a place where we find dozens of army soldiers hiding from enemy's bullets. the main road is being targeted and if he's our only way out we think over our chances when our engineer gets hit. it will know you're going through much.
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of pressure. but. thankfully it's not serious. but it becomes clear we can't wait a minute more. when i was stuck here in this corner and went out trying to get out of here because this was. no no no no. this had been any think there aren't back then here they go there are clear.
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my focus was to do the boots did you hear them whizzing by. but now i think that we really should take harry and. the fire and you're behind this. when you're told that this is here no me again you know we have to do you make. sure you get back. and we leave while governmental forces continue their principal manjula village which despite the claims remains under siege. from syria. now representing half of the world's population the shanghai cooperation organization will be looking at how it can lend its weight to getting peace in syria about to happen is thought iran will have to play a major role coming up here on our report on the organization summit that starts
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today in kyrgyzstan. and politicians straight with themselves in red white and blue as they call in the french compatriots to buy locally and keep their hard earned money in the country. and the rest of the wall. top headlines are just around the corner here on out. to gold. plates technology innovation called the list of belem inst from around russia we've got the future covered. this immediately below so we leave the people. by the sea potion securely play your party there's a goal. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all on politics only on our t.v.
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. dramas that can't be ignored. stories others refuse to notice. food since changing the world lights never. come full picture of today's leaves my own designs from around the globe. look to. fifty. thanks joining us here on our offer from politicking with larry king for the meantime though the director of intelligence you know in the united states i should say has now said that the wide ranging leaks on the n.s.a. spy program have fueled an important debate on the tradeoff between privacy and
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national security but he says he's worried there are more revelations still to come from the whistleblower edward snowden. he spoke to right now and former hacker kevin mitnick and we spoke to him right here on our moscow studios all he believes that snowden's secret leaking can be criticized he still feels the revelations were crucial for americans have some mixed feelings that he did cross the line when he revealed n.s.a. operations that we have against other countries because as we all know all countries spy on each other i think is a whistleblower you know i don't look at him as a true i'm actually glad that he revealed what the national security agency was doing at least against americans by violating our constitutional rights to privacy that's dead very damaging right because this was you know it was kind of like how i felt in a lot of colleagues in the information security world felt we already felt this was already being done but there was actually no confirmation but now there is definite confirmation now that the cat is out of the bag it should surely damage is national
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security because now our adversaries now potentially terrorists know our methods of operation or at least have it confirmed so now they could change the way they communicate with the revelations of snowden that allegedly the n.s.a. has approached and partnered with a lot of companies to develop security software that developed p.p.m. technology you might have intentionally weakened this technology so they could intercept communications but an average citizen probably but they're you know if they're not a terrorist they really are not concerned about is intelligence agency intercepting communications but more criminal organization i believe it's all about scott mcnealy said i think about fifteen years ago you have no privacy get over it and that was the axiom of sun microsystems. i think that quote is really holds true today and it's not just the government's trying to peer into what you do online it's also the university there are serious concerns about how the digital trails of
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students are being tracked and used as institutions open their doors for another semester. smith looks at the risks of so-called data collection. remember the film minority report it's the one where tom cruise is the car in the future and uses paths in the day to stop crimes before they happen while the fictional feature is now universities are out allies in the electronic trail of students how often they use the library what books they guess out even where they park their cars to create a picture of them and how they learn they use the data in different ways that different you need a marketing courses but also to predict which students are likely to fail or dropouts and here's where it isn't a nine hundred eighty four territory in the dystopian novel any negative thoughts is thought crime every party member has a telly screen in his or her home which the thought police use to watch them and
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record anything that resembles an unorthodox opinion or in the struggle now look for a university in the midlands says it's considering doing something frighteningly similar monitoring student private emails but negative comments on the university experience to see if they're at risk of quitting. students at the london school of economics are not keen on the idea. that it would be an infringement of my integrity it sounds a bit cia now i think people feel that went on i think people are much more kind of them. more violence is i don't think it's right it's a kill if you can say so you wouldn't do it in denmark where i come from i think people would like that i would mom my e-mails. i mean the private e-mails to should have exclusive right to see ok so private universities do have a good track record for keeping dates of private but the worry here is that there's so much states and of course how it could be used ultimately the information could
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be used to allocate resources for example if it identifies the type of person most likely to fail universities could stop recruiting those people altogether or not waste money on trying to retain them as students start returning for a new academic year they'd better beware big brother is watching them now more closely than ever. i mean most or all in line for you right now and. including other military poles in citizens push sixteen thousand people evacuated from cities in russia's far east as soldiers are fighting to hold back floodwaters. flames of robert seaside tourist park in the u.s. state of new jersey devouring fifty businesses including an ice cream shop a dramatic footage that's right there it's online for you right now while massive footage. dot com for the.
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right to see. first. and i think your. orders. before we get to the update for now though iran is widely thought to be key to any type of peace deal with syria and one of the biggest organizations on the planet wants to put that to the test of the shanghai cooperation organization which represents more than half of humanity it's meeting today in kyrgyzstan and aside from the usual talk of a tighter economic and military alliance it is thought that syria will feature heavily. reports. besides the six constant members of the shanghai
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cooperation organization which include russia and china its observers are also here including india and iran they're also looking at becoming constant members of the organization in large mint is one of the things that are going to be discussed here as well as joint economic projects and the situation in afghanistan which is also here it's an observer as well but it's syria which is going to be definitely one of the key issues on the table iran is a key player in the region and it's widely agreed including by senior u.n. officials that any diplomatic and peaceful solution of the conflict in syria would not be possible without tehran's involvement iran stance on the situation has been similar to russia's and china's saying that only a peaceful solution is possible and warning that any military intervention would not only create more violence in syria itself but would risk spreading the violence
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throughout the whole region now there's also another very important issue here is that iran along with hezbollah are syria's main shiite allies and it's agreed by many analysts that it's syria which is the key link in this chain and if it's dropped out that will lead to a breakup of the balance of forces in the region and would eventually lead to unpredictable consequences and definitely more violence so getting iran involved in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in syria is something which is definitely a knowledged by moscow and this summit here in kyrgyzstan is a good chance to do that you've got to spin off. or into the anti will go it will start with afghanistan bombing at the u.s. consulate in the city of had well it's an hour long gun battle between militants on security forces i want spokesman saying the consulate has now been secured with five attackers killed at least three others reported dead nine in. so far the
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taliban has claimed responsibility. and crane where outraged crowds of filled the streets on thursday as people lashed out at security forces and accused them of killing a protester they say a prominent young activist was run over by police on wednesday the protest movement in bahrain has been pressing the government for more than two years to implement human rights reforms and accuses the rulers of carrying out a perpetual crackdown. a look at this right here. twin waterspouts churning across lake michigan of course in the north of the u.s. a war hits combined with cold air making ideal conditions for spectacular water funnels officials are warning everyone in the boats to head to shore immediately and the weather forecasters saying expect more like this throughout the day. to some politicking here we're going to step aside for larry king.
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david silverman president of american atheists initially had his request for a custom license plate with the word atheist on it rejected atheist written with a one as the i was deemed to be just too offensive after some pressure the new jersey motor vehicles commission caved in allowed the plate this is only logical because a properly spelled atheist point had already been in use i look at this two ways one if you're going to give people the freedom of choice of expression then some people are going to express themselves in an offensive way so if you're terrified of offending people then why not just give everyone a random plate with a random number and no one will be offended at all or to if you really believe in freedom of speech and expression all that then allow drivers to pick whatever they
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want and be responsible for themselves if someone throws a brick through their car window for having an ultra offensive license plate and if you want to express yourself or express something really offensive on your car then you better be prepared for some blowback or at least a few people spitting on your windshield but the shust my opinion. speak your language anybody will not advance the. program says documentaries in spanish what matters to you. use a little tentative angle is stories. that troy spanish find out more visit eye to eye. as president obama takes his case for strikes against. syria to the american people
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russia makes a last ditch effort for diplomacy will it work former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. bill richardson joins us next on politicking with larry king. i. i heard this in a politicking with larry king having news about syria and the united states this week and joining me from santa fe new mexico is the former united states ambassador to the u.n. an old friend bill richardson he's also the former governor of new mexico and a former congressman and a former energy secretary under bill clinton he's held so many government post thank you for joining me governor we really appreciate this thank you larry it's great that you're back and by the way i can't keep a job that's why i have all those jobs. and i let's get right.

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