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the families to find out how they're coping with the situation. it was supposed to be in the beginning instead it was a fiery end just one day after giving birth to baby big we know in alexandria killings house was burned to the ground it was one of the many inverted nish destroyed by the fierce fire tore through people's homes leaving devastation in its wake. we've lived here for five years and now this is all that remains of a home now they have to stay in a refuge center one of two in the city. to help those that been left. when inter victoria which means victory so i think when we come in from the fires. i think everything will be all right we've got enough help and our life has just started we've been hit way continuing and fires still burning throughout central russia many towns villages and homes remain. emergency services have been battling
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to gain control of the situation. now the situation is under control at least eighty houses have burned down during the fire at least one person died in this village probably when the man desperately trying to leave his burning house was struck by falling one of the electric shock killed him. well so many have lost their houses to the fire corrina in alexandra remain great knowing that like so they could have lost a lot more. now the country's leaders also promised to provide assistance to these people we've heard prime minister payton say the families that have lost homes will be receiving up to one hundred thousand dollars and hopefully this will be used to rebuild their homes by october now but obviously the people having to deal with the situation that they've been left in now to first speech then to set up in the states and we finish huge amount of volunteers coming forward and bringing clothes and food and just offering general assistance to these people that have been left
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in this situation. i was at work when my son called me and said there is a for clues to our home i rushed home but in fifteen minutes he called back instead everything is burned down and there are no firefighters here when they tried to come closer to the homes there was panicking. people from the hospital which was in flames. any one. of them to have seen my children. when a friend with my children. they were frightened and shocked. and i've also heard from the russian paycheck has expressed his condolences to some of these people. everyone not to fooling to destroy. and we can't control it but we can't control you know. the timing of those condolences very appropriate because in the russian orthodox
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church calendar. second of august is the day of the light of the controls the rain and thunderstorms the first need of a lot of people hoping for some the thought over the next couple of weeks because at the moment there's no sign of this heat wave they say and of course you can see behind me the destruction that these fires are causing everyone very very keen to put an end to this situation and ensure that more damage isn't. reporting still to come. president opinions on whether it was right for the web site wiki leaks to release u.s. military files. sordid details of politicians i don't think we need to know but information that the public. should know everything. also we need an afghan war veteran whose fight against the military campaign meant he was jailed for five months. the chinese authorities say they've
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covered over six thousand barrels containing toxic chemicals which were floating towards russia but more than six hundred drums remain in the river after severe flooding swept them away from factories on wednesday. in russia's far east looking into unconfirmed reports that some barrels have already leaked poisonous contents. just around fifty years ago the water in the clean it was possible to drink it straight from the river obviously over the years the situation has changed but the ecology here is now under threat of becoming even worse chinese authorities now say that they've managed to extract several thousand barrels which have been washed into the. as a result of the biggest experienced in a decade but that means that several more barrels are still in the water and the river joins the. chinese located just several dozen away from here these barrels
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are clearly en route to russia. eight to prevent these barrels from reaching here however suggesting that the ecology is still under threat first of all out of the seven thousand barrels which have got into the water three thousand of them contain chemical substances including acids which may be harmful to the environment and there have been reports that some of these. girls have leaked these chemicals into the water and to the old regime me also be en route towards the border there have also been reports that some of the barrels may have sunk into the water and that creates a potential future of threat to be environment and also makes it much more difficult to extract them to the surface and since the river is a major source of fresh water in the city of standing now and in russia's far east in general media locals here are very concerned about the situation. they say they're trying to intercept them but i still think some will eventually end up here
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some say they're leaking and the chemicals will come anyway his thoughts and if you notice that it's not the first time we've had problems like this in the winter there was a big can it will spill and we had to use what's a filter is china has to find a way to prevent these things or we won't be able to drink the source or toll of course the authorities in russia are very concerned about the situation as well and the russian consulate and embassy are cooperating with authorities in china nevertheless the officials here are already planning ways to distribute fresh water to the local population in case a contamination does occur but thankfully so far the emergencies ministry which is monitoring the quality of the water by taking samples at least twice a day they say that so far they haven't found any abnormalities. this week the u.s. added thirty seven billion dollars to its war budget after congress approved further funding for the afghan troops surge capitol hill was unmoved by the whistle blowing
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web site wiki leaks which published ninety thousand classified documents detailing civilian deaths at the hands of nato personnel the pentagon is investigating the source of the leaks and one soldier has been charged with releasing online a classified video of a military operation the white house has requested wiki leaks to stop posting top secret documents but the founder and editor in chief of the website julian assange says they've tried to cooperate with the white house but have received no response we're looking at the issue seriously to see where that is true we did hold back between thousand reports for for the period because they had this sort of classification that suggested maybe they contain that sort of material we approached the white house to ask them for assistance in reviewing material before we published the white house did not accept their request. and the president laurie hoffman is hits the streets of new york together opinion on the we can leak
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story. should they be releasing such sensitive information this week let's talk about that i'm a journalist and i think you get the people need to know what's out there and i think it's great is there anything that the public shouldn't know. i don't want sordid details of politicians i don't think we need to know but information that scene with in public. such as should know everything is there any information that should never be published by a watchdog oh yeah i mean if this thing which is going to endanger troops or something which is really going to hurt us or hurt the people who are really trying to do the right thing in afghanistan it should absolutely not be shared out of ninety one thousand reports it was possible i'm sure there's a bunch in there that's bad stuff i believe that you know america should know a lot of things but also america should be kept in the dark about other things and they compared to the pentagon papers this was released without
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a lot of. time explaining what it all means it's just a lot of information without a lot of explanation and that leads to you know anyone could take it and use it how they want to use it should they have done it and no but is the maisha should the information been classified in the first place that's another question i mean some of that information is pretty basic is it really a serious risk to national security and the fact that the information was published it doesn't look like it but it's not a good idea to be leaking classified information whether or not you think this kind of government information should be released to the public the bottom line is that now it's out there for the whole world to accept so let's just hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. meanwhile the dots have wrapped up their military service in afghanistan almost two thousand troops have ended their mission and their military base has been handed over to the u.s. and australian contingents it comes as british forces are in day three you haven't
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. operation in central helmand province the u.k. an afghan army have reportedly cleared a taliban compound and seized bomb making equipment but many u.k. veterans who've come back from the region with psychological trauma oppose the war . spoke to one former british soldier whose refusal to fight cost him his freedom. this is the soldier who said no to the to be with speaking out against the war in afghanistan one he calls illegal and unjustifiable his advice to the government i was i was i listen to the people to simplify. you know and people want to make the morning withdrawal and support going for these conflicts. you know the call of will fall off the wagon which was the message which spin cycle fusion the song just want to start listening to public clinton joined the army in two thousand and four and fought for seven months in afghanistan he says he came home a changed man suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder for which he
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claims he was bullied when he heard he was being sent back to afghanistan he did from the army and didn't come back for two years initially his military superiors were understanding but when joe spoke at an antiwar rally in london they upped his charges to desertion which carries a ten year prison sentence joe's mother says that exposes the hypocrisy of the conflict bringing democracy we've got freedom of speech we're fighting to introduce a draft understanding the lock somebody up speaking of. the missing benton paid a price for his outspokenness in the notorious military jail the glass house he thinks the reason it wasn't longer was to avoid a public outcry which could have brought on an examination of the war he served his time along with other soldiers who he says were with him all the way on the stand he'd taken the terms of guards around the train was unbelievable you know i was so much support from from fellow prisoners it was fantastic and so much mildness of
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a one point i wanted face i was going to underlayers a dime it was fantastic so you know that it's all i think a fellow along for the first. officer that i was correcting was so much for the. jews become a poster boy for the stop the war coalition. a hero's welcome following his release from prison for someone they consider brave and principled well i mean shouldn't be punished at all he's saying what everyone believes and everyone knows the war is not just on winnable it's a moral. task a free for the people of afghanistan a more and more young british men and women are being sent out to risk their lives for a war that only the politicians support and even in private they know it's a disaster james glanton story is ok because it comes straight from the front line as do the ninety thousand documents released this week showing the truth of a bloody complex and going by clinton's account of the support he received from
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other soldiers during his time in prison there is dissent inside the armed forces something the government could have a hard time ignoring nor emmett's r.t. . while we also spoke to brian becker from an american antiwar coalition for his view on why support for the wars in afghanistan and iraq is plummeting you can watch that interview after the headlines that passed on r.t. was a little bit later in the program the germans fear more potentially dangerous could soon be living in their communities as the country looks forced to end its practice of keeping some offenders locked up after they've served their sentences. and purpose even south koreans now doubt the findings of a u.s. led report the blame pyongyang for sinking a saddam or ship in march you can find out why in a few minutes from now here on. the first the u.s. state of arizona has enforced new illegal immigration legislation this week but the most disputed parts of the bill were struck out just before it was inducted it
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means immigrants will be safe from random police checks which some claimed were racial profiling but those against the bill say it's a bittersweet victory as the fate of illegals in the u.s. remains precarious. i don't know who. is it is. doesn't sound like a typical immigration protests today i feel great as the owner of guy one of my god everybody was so excited for a day and. a hero he was. that's because just one day before the law was to be enacted i think. that harshest provisions i'm here celebrating with the community at our victory. were to be removed a celebration over one hundred a long hot days in the making. the tough
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thing how much that celebrate and having to examine or assign immigration law a frame here everything there was a room five am. right but it wasn't always a lock down but some of the most controversial provision. they say their prayers were answered with we've been in pretty you know every day twenty four hours a day this is taken over or our lives and right now this is the only issue we can work because there's so much demand for it and good right here were directly in the thick of it right on the front lines of what is a national struggle and whenever there's a national struggle money has to be made here. now. where anyone can be a patriot belong to god. and stand in solidarity with america's immigrant population but although venter an activist jonah clearly is busy these days he's not very optimistic about the future of the hispanic community but
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a lot of the words that are coming here are coming here to escape the political and economic systems that we created in their country they're coming here for for the ability to live to have clued to have children to have what they need to take care of their. and they can't have that where they came from largely as a result of united states imperialism in their country a sentiment that was at code by native born ad naturalized citizens only blaming the very nation they would do anything to stay in this country is so criminal and its actions all over the world it has no right to tell one group of people not to cross borders when it's crossing illegally crossing borders and all over the world to bomb innocent people but most of these folks want to drop a different kind of bomb on us and demand that the us government listen to what they say or call you. legal have come here for a better future at least the first step we have to keep making their voices heard
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in our presence you know dina go soft archie phoenix arizona. north korea has demanded its experts be allowed to examine the scene where a south korean warship sank the vessel went down in march killing forty six sailors a south korean newspaper leaked findings from a new russian led inquiry that suggest the potentate a see mine although these have not been confirmed by moscow and the international investigation accuse the north of carrying out a tool to attack and you a secular state hillary clinton said there was overwhelming evidence pyongyang was to blame north korea has always denied its involvement in the sinking and foreign policy analyst stephen gunn says the result of the first report raised doubts even within south korea. the lead government is not a government that is interested in peaceful coexistence with north korea it's a is to see the collapse of north korea and its absorption into the south. it's also suspicious that the south korean government's report was released on the eve
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of gubernatorial and local elections there is also the case that. the idea that the north korean submarine could have been operating in the shallow waters in which the cheering and sank is incredible but one could make the argument that the entire point of the name incident in the blaming of it on north korea was to provide a pretext to escalate tensions there is a large opposition within south korea to the idea that in fact north korea is responsible for the sinking of the ship and in further developments on the divided peninsula a land mine which was swept across the border from the north during heavy flooding has killed one south korean and injured another the device exploded after the men tried to take it home ministry officials say it's unclear why they tried to take it away with them warnings have been issued to people in the area as about thirty mines have been found in the past two days. now to some other international news this here on pakistan the death toll from the worst flooding the country's seen in
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over eighty years has reached more than eleven hundred official say that figure could rise as there are areas rescue workers have not yet been able to reach flooded roads and damaged bridges are hampering rescue efforts some twenty seven thousand to still stranded in remote villages. eight people have been killed in kashmir is protests against indian rule continued on sunday security forces fired at thousands of demonstrators killing four activists angry of the deaths set fire to a police station and stored in the building ben exploded killing another four people and injuring dozens brings the number of dead over six weeks of protests to thirty one. truck drivers have announced they're ending their weeklong strike and entering to entering into talks with the government they say they'll return to work on monday but warn of possible further action it comes after some drivers abate a government order to return to work fearing prosecution the strike caused a major fuel shortage with military vehicles being forced to deliver petrol
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truckers walked out over government plans to open up their sector to help tackle the country's financial crisis. germany looks forced to scrap its system of keeping violent criminals and re-offend is under lock and key even after their sentences are up the european court of human rights has ruled so-called preventive detention illegal this means potentially dangerous individuals could soon be back in the community. shifty glances a nervous status that's all we managed to see walter h. a mugger a sex offender now living in the german city of sabriel can he's got it all day every day by the least for policeman but he's escaped from his mind as before and locals are worried he'll do it again i think it is very dangerous for the people here and in the area because they don't know that such people. such people as this close to them believe that the security and security.
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environment is a big good. has probably only. from the prison no money if you work in this building and there's no police but since he is living here there's all the day police all the people in town are talking about . and now all the people don't want him to be here because there's a school next door and there's a kindergarten. mr rate should still be in prison and the germans policy of preventive detention is designed to keep offenders like him behind bars even after a sentence was served because they were still deemed a danger to the public but it was a policy that fell foul of the european court of human rights which ruled the practice unlawful the german government argued it worked and defended it to the end it's get pushed into failing of course there's a danger to convict could stay in preventive detention for the rest of his life but
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to avoid the situation we have frequent specialists to assess their condition and he paedophile campaign thomas brookman opposes preventive detention. that's because he wants longer sentences in the first place. last year another sex offender not given preventive detention was released back into his community a move that still causes angry protests today now these fears are being replicated across germany guarded the op for a few of these criminals we repeat search trains again that's the worst thing that could happen and it probably will happen because they were put away others also think the new arrangements are less than satisfactory it costs far more to keep offenders under guard in the community than behind bars the german newspaper billed put the figure at twelve thousand euros a day compared to one hundred a day in prison a large price to pay when lawyers argue it hardly provides the freedoms of daily life if he goes into a shop and there's always two people following him if he goes to
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a doctor two people are next to him and that's that's impossible to have a normal life michael ray burger is now fighting for greater freedoms mr h. the criminals rights are of little worry to most germans and chris about the safety of their own families people here are concerned about this man in their midst but it's estimated there could be at least another two hundred twenty dangerous criminals released soon across germany was that might ease conscience's in strasburg doesn't ease anyone's nerves here martin r.t. germany. this week marks ten years since the international space station first became habitable a decade ago a russian module docked with the orbiter in an event which revolutionized research at the station the i assess is the largest construction in space and many countries are involved in the project the program was originally going to end in twenty fifteen but it's been extended by five years to celebrate the station's anniversary
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the current crew sent a message from space. it isn't clear to me like i'm here in our space office is the best window of you know traffic jams on the way to work you know there are not many people around in space aliens haven't visited us yet whenever a ball is crushed and luckily we are far away from the beach. to another technical milestone now and this time in the russian film industry you can join technology update on the set of the country's first comedy film fully in three d. format. coming into the future. just three she skips from a cinema and landed in the movie. shop on specialises street your stereo display a life no glasses no problem which makes the three d. conscious as your day you're on a. leave the country. and you can catch that next hour here
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on r.t. we'll be back with a recap of the headlines in just a couple minutes. for bush for the but. always adds by one vote for kerry vote for kerry
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twenty four hours a day this is our t. top stories now from the day and from the past week far alarm blaze is caused by record breaking heat in russia has spread into new areas of wildfires have claimed
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at least thirty lives and destroyed thousands of homes. trying to turn the tide water supplies in russia's far east are under threat as hundreds of barrels containing toxic chemicals are still floating down the chinese river towards the country's border. bittersweet celebration the sting is taken out of arizona's tough immigration law just before its elected activists say the fight is not over. secrets the u.s. congress approves billions more for the afghan military campaign despite documents put online detailing cover ups of civilian deaths and a failing american war effort. on the let's get more on that story with brian becker he's director of the american antiwar coalition you know explains why he believes the documents were released and who is behind it.
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detail of the accounts of the war in afghanistan thousands and thousands of these documents met by criticism from the white house that said this is going to endanger our troops in afghanistan and skepticism from a lot of people what's your take on this but i think what the obama white house is presenting is disingenuous and hypocritical they're the ones you are soldiers and marines to kill and to be killed they're the ones putting people's lives at risk and in fact taking those lives in a war that they know cannot be won but they have not told the truth about that that wiki leaks cache of documents these ninety two thousand documents paint a grim portrait that indicate that the leaders the politicians and the leaders in uniform the military know that this war is a lost cause and yet they are surging tens of thousands more troops because they believe there is don't want to take.

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