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gates was also part of the school's. russia's republican party is in mourning after a plane burst into flames on landing killing all fifty people on board. the victims' relatives are being treated by psychologists ahead of the start of the identification of the bodies. human rights violations in forced labor in cattle are condemned by amnesty international in a report highlighting the brutal conditions faced by migrant workers preparing the gulf nation for the twenty twenty two world cup and german media revealed that british intelligence is using hundreds of luxury hotels across the globe to spy on international diplomats while the bundestag calls for action to curb mass surveillance.
and watching our team with me andrew found. monday has been declared a day of mourning in the russian republic of tartus stand after a plane crash landed it because an airport killing all fifty people on board including a son of the region's president to foreign nationals were also on the plane and u.k. citizen and ukrainian. is in. what we're hearing now this is speculation at the moment is that the bodies of the victims of the plane crash were burned badly and perhaps d.n.a. tests will be needed in order to identify them and if that's the case then it's going to take much longer obviously than just one day the relatives of the victims have been gathering inside this. behind me. have been pretty much keeping journalists away from speaking to the. they did tell us that right now
they are being treated by psychologists several ambulances here on standby as well just in case the story has definitely touched the whole country fifty people people on board this plane. foreigners were on that plane as well social networks have been witnessing. grief from the relatives of the victims one of them is a state t.v. sports commentator his wife and stepdaughter died in this plane crash and this man . how live after this president. to the victims' families a phone conversation with the head of the republic of the. son was on board the plane and he just got married recently and his. flight after he talked her out of taking it the accident itself happened on sunday
evening this was a flight from moscow to what we know so far is that at some point. around the point when the airplane was supposed to reach the ground it exploded right now there are several versions. could have been the causes of one of these versions is that it could have been human error the other one is some technical difficulties with the airplane and there are reports that the crew prior to the landing at. did allegedly report that there were some technical difficulties also an issue of problems with the fuel the plane was fueled by the airport in moscow we know that samples of the steel have been taken so there are going to be analyzed but clearly or going to get much more detailed information about what happened after the black boxes are found. while the plane itself was over twenty years old and tired of stan airlines had planned to take it out of service
a year ago but went against that decision however they claim there were no known technical problems with the aircraft before it took off on sunday but earlier in the day the same plane had flown from khazan to moscow and passengers reported huge vibrations during landing is pilot but instead be ideal never mind the flight itself when quite smoothly but just before the landing the plane started vibrating few sleek initially i thought it was the weather but when we go to turn out of the plane it turned out the weather was quite nice the plane was shaking it was direct from side to side linton our first attempt but it was really bad landing and they felt like the plane was going to roll off the runway. now there has been a wide range of factors causing a tragedies worldwide over the years and according to statistics from plane crash info dot com more than half are caused by errors made by the flight crews themselves technical problems with aircraft are responsible for just under
a quarter of problems leading to the accidents and of course bad weather conditions can also play a role and last but not least here terrorist attacks or hijackings make up nine percent of the air crashes earlier we asked civil aviation consultant mark five's who used to fly the same type of plane that crashed in cars than a boeing seven three seven what he thinks could have led to this catastrophe. that was a poor repair that led to fatigue and obviously catastrophic failure but all of these factors are going to be looked at normally in of emergency you want to get the ground safely as quickly as possible so what would have caused the korea to not live on its first attempt was weather a factor were. crew fatigue cruelness there are going to be so many things that have to be looked at keeping in mind there are accidents generally don't have been from a single event it's a chain of events that lead to
a catastrophe like this. migrant workers in cattle feel they are being treated like cattle according to a damning report from amnesty international the rights group has released the results of its probe into the gulf monarchies construction industry the report found numerous violations in the country which is steaming ahead with preparations for the twenty twenty two world cup and misty says margaret work is it being deprived of pay and placed in overcrowded unsanitary high using the rights group also expresses dismay that one of the richest countries in the world is allowing this to happen in a spokesman for the organization told r.t. that some of the workers are being treated like slaves. what we found was that there are systemic problems with be my guest workers encounter many of them are subjected to date or exploitation for example which i think people who were deceived about the date it was getting caught there are some people have been
deceived about the kind of work they were doing there we found many workers who had not been paid. for a long time. some of them had not been paper months as a time we found the workers who had been stuck in the country trying to leave their desperate in some cases and suicidal trying to be done able to because they would not get them exit permit which is required under carter in law in some circumstances that were people who were in conditions that amounted to forced labor well jim and filmmaker peter guys who went to cattle to investigate the situation but after interviewing migrants he and his camera man were detained and put behind bars they were accused of filming with his without permission and attempting to spark a riot with the guys i'm told are saying what he uncovered. four of them they haven't got paid for seven months in
a row right now trying to file their cases well all of those workers have one major problem they have to work within the so-called system let me try and explain to you what that is it's a law basically stating that every migrant worker that comes into qatar has to find his own personal sponsor meaning his boss the firm he's working for the cup ration . and that sponsor has to take care of him legally legally medically but most of the sponsors obviously take the passports away from the migrant workers and that puts zero numbers of them maybe tens of thousands in a miserable situation. germany's to speak on magazine claims that the british intelligence. operates a surveillance network of hundreds of undisclosed luxury hotels around the globe to spy on diplomats and government delegations the program infiltrates the hotels booking system say the agency can prepare the rooms for detail surveillance
effectively meaning bugging phones and computers the scheme is also reportedly used to get the premises ready for the deployment of on site agents for closer monitoring the article pushed britain in an awkward position at a time when germany is preparing to hold a special parliamentary session on the issue of spying is peter oliver reports. the reason that they've called this special session is to talk about allegations of spying on the german people by the n.s.a. the tapping of anglo merkel's private telephone german opposition parties has long been calling for a full investigation into these allegations that have come out following leaked by edward snowden that germany with targeted extensively by united states operations senior parliamentarians here in germany have actually called on the government themselves to be very candid with this of course comes after allegations
that the german security services may have actually been complicit in spying on the german people so this whole session is there to try and to find out who knew what about what exactly and as it goes on throughout the day i'll be bringing you all of the information that comes out of the me thing here on r.t. . not because it is a bad government supervision but some doing all they can challenge that we look at why the us government is trying to take the wind back to the digital currency so we've got this story in a couple of minutes. wealthy british style.
i was. welcomed by the french president has said his country will be taking a tough stance against iran at the next round of international talks nuclear talks on wednesday francois hollande was speaking in israel which has joined france in calling for sanctions to remain in place against iran and according to a british newspaper tell of eve is preparing for military action if its demands are met but let's get more on this now from artie's paula slayer. paula. what more can you tell us about this alleged scheme then to attack iran. well the british newspaper the sunday times is reporting of cooperation between israel and saudi arabia over a possible military strike on iran now according to the reports riyadh will provide tel aviv with so-called tactical support which essentially means allowing israeli warplanes to use its air space and at the same time allowing the israelis to use
saudi briskly helicopters tanker planes and drones now the two countries have been united over there why worry about iran's nuclear program for quite some time particularly now as the way scenes on the brink of reaching some kind of deal with iran both countries have expressed dismay their concert is that it will be an easing of international sanctions while at the same time iran will continue with its nuclear enrichment program now the next round of talks is slated this wednesday in geneva reports suggest that riyadh is furious at the same time we've heard the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu say that he will do whatever is necessary to protect his country the quote he used was that i have to take care of the survival of my country so this is the reason why these two countries are coming closer and closer together in the cooperation given the strong differences of opinion between many countries now on this issue how long do you think it is that
we'll get some sort of agreement on or around this we. at the moment it doesn't seem highly likely that there will be agreement on the rand particularly this week and this is largely because of the criticism by france at the moment the french president francois hollande is here in israel he's already met with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu he's in israel and palestine for the next three days where he will be holding meetings with various officials now netanyahu has made it clear that he expects wants to keep up its criticism and its objection to this deal france has already done this in fact last week when the earlier round of geneva talks happened it was france that largely prevented a deal from going through at that stage and what we've heard from francois hollande just yesterday sunday is that france was only give its not to some kind of agreement with iran if for conditions on merits in these conditions he laid out his being number one that all ukrainian nuclear installations are put under
international supervision immediately number two that enrichment is suspended to the twenty percent mark number three so that all existing stocks have reduced and lastly that there was a halt of construction at the iraq plant so netanyahu and holland sitting on the same side of the fence when it comes to concern over any kind of deal that could potentially be reached at this week between the world powers and. thank you very much paula. paula slater. now a man who used to represent iran to its negotiations with the u.n. nuclear watchdog the i.a.e.a. believe the french stance on this issue is deeply contradictory. france has a block to peaceful because of israeli claims i think this is a historical mistake france is making the i. five thousand man inspection of
a nuclear program and frequently has announced the reason no evidence of day version toward the end is asian this is clear but i really doubt the real concern of france is a nuclear bomb because france has a strategic relations with israel is not a member of n.p.t. . to four hundred nuclear bombs therefore france should not be concerned about nuclear bomb france help israel to master nuclear bomb france hell in the year two master nuclear bomb therefore france has a very very bad record the renegade crypto currency that is used to avoid the watchful eye of financial authorities has made history yet again because its value surged past five hundred dollars this weekend after months of steady growth but as the currency is scoring more and more points it keeps raising eyebrows in washington as. reports. there's around one point two trillion dollars
circulating in u.s. currency compared to around three billion dollars in bitcoin so big coin is still a very small phenomenon but it's growing and very rapidly the value of a big coin has increased ten fold since early two thousand and thirteen bitcoin bypasses government currency this is not subject to any regulations and at the moment the government is looking at it with suspicion citing concerns that the virtual currency is being useful facilitating illegal activity like drug trade. we've seen things like bitcoin and others these internet based currencies that are not subject to regulation or oversight and we're working very hard to look at how we can counteract that. but bitcoin supporters are pointing to the fact that this new peer to peer payments system is being used in a widening variety of transactions corners for example are now actively chipping in
to help the victims of the typhoon in the philippines the u.s. government and the u.s. federal reserve obviously chance denied the rapid development of bitcoin and are right now thinking how to maybe incorporate bitcoin into the conventional money system possibly wishing to see bitcoin as more of a technological innovation rather than a truly stateless and independent currency in washington i'm going to check out so which is what is at the heart of this digital currency successful big cohens are stored in anonymous online wallets and users can carry out transactions between them bypassing the bank's middleman and what's more important the government's or an executive editor of i say fat books jeffrey taka says officials have no chance of bringing bitcoin under their control. governments always like to control money they like to control currency and frankly washington is starting to get a little panicked about that crime a year ago it was
a laughing stock and now people are starting to worry. they don't want anything that happens out of their control and it kind really just doesn't care actually it's a perfect currency and it is it is immune from an abuse by governments and regulators no one controls it quite it's purely a product of loop and little international market of traders and users so in that sense because it is a revolutionary tool to free people from oppression from their nation states governments can try to control it but ultimately they cannot now that i think we've got a website say we're also full of news on there at the moment. rushes to to the prying eyes of drains and spy planes find out how the cutting edge system that you can see in the screens right now will be keeping secrets. for so this is what happened to
a syrian army base outside damascus during a blistering attack by rebel forces had c r t dot com to find out why the offensive beside crucial the enemies of presenter sat. right on the scene. first for you and i would think that your take. on army corps. instagram thank. me in the. the future of greenpeace activists arrested in the russian arctic in september while trying to board an oil rig once again hangs in the balance hearings are underway in st petersburg at the moment where prosecutors want to extend custody for the detainees while the defense team is hoping to secure their release under
a travel ban refinishing reports now from outside one of the two court houses where the sessions are being held. the geology of kalinski could change st petersburg so i hope you can see behind me is a vote to decide today whether to keep the so-called off takes on roy's detainees in jail for three more months old to release them and that's off to russia's investigative committee to apply for the extension saying they need more time to complete the probe by monday morning as far as we know at least six applications happen filed but we expect more to come later today this particular court is in charge of examining the cases of the ship's doctor from russia policeman from canada and russia as journalist this week marks two months since thirteen men and women from nineteen different countries greenpeace activists journalist and the ship's crew were detained and just to remind you here's a little bit of the stories bag wrong in september the greenpeace ship approached.
all offshore oil drilling platform in russia's no than pretrial receipt it's owned by russia's energy giant gas prom and then a group of activists attempted to hold themselves on the platform for a protest over the danger is that the drilling could potentially pose to the environment they say but they were arrested by russia's coast guard initially charged with piracy the men and women who are facing up to fifteen years in prison but then last month the charges were changed to holy guineas but lawyers are still saying that technically piracy charges have not been yet lifted well initially the group of people or was held in russia's northern port of mormons but a week ago there were trees for here to st petersburg on a train in a special carriage and this is where they are now kept in three different detention centers all over st peter's recall eve the investigators applications are not held
by the judge today all thirty people will be released as soon as next week so today is a very important die and it could mark the end of the story but just as well start a new chapter. thousands of demonstrators have flooded the streets of athens to commemorate the victims of a bloody student uprising four decades ago that event was instrumental in told from the right wing military john to that rule greece for seven years until one thousand nine hundred seventy four but is lindsey france now reports for many this is about more than just history. this demonstration isn't a commemorative the for it not a verse or any public sector uprising which changes so much and makes the site is physically in the government is not only driving on the war former students and current students of people who want government changed it's also drawing people who are that's the affected by the economic reforms the austerity measures that greece must undertake to get these bailout packages the latest one many people laid off the journalists and possibly university administrators they're here getting their
voices heard it's also heavy police presence to make sure that everything goes beastly anarchists infiltrated many of the demonstrations and cause a lot of violence but everyone here so far seems very peaceful there so this protest the started in the afternoon has gathered thousands of people from all over athens all age groups who many people from teachers unions journalists and fascist movement people from all sectors of society really because it was from the leaves of what took place forty years ago which was students rising up to ask for their representation with the government and still feeling that leadership needs to change in greece for that to happen. a quick look at some other news now in egypt at least twenty four people have been killed and many more injured in the collision between a freight train and a minibus the crash of the level crossing to the south of cairo or soon several of the vehicles most of the casualties reportedly members of a family returning from
a wedding i'm going to arrive quickly to take the injured to hospital but there are fears the death toll could rise. a series of deadly attacks across iraqi capital baghdad have left at least twenty people dead multiple bombings occurred in commercial areas and city markets targeting soldiers on patrol as well as civilians iraq is experiencing its first pilots and a great of killing that hadn't been seen since two thousand and eight the u.n. says nearly a thousand people lost their lives and shootings and bombings last month alone. and engineers it be crippled fukushima nuclear power plants have started removing radioactive fuel rods from one of the four reactors the procedure is considered highly dangerous but is a crucial first test of plant operator tepco has ability to move forward with securing the whole facility which could take decades each reactor has a radiation potential ten times higher than the atomic bomb dropped on hiroshima
local authorities say they will immediately notify all residents living nearby if anything goes wrong. and in chile left wing candidate michele bash has won the first round of voting in the country's presidential race she's seeking her second term as leader and fell short though the fifty percent needed to secure an outright victory when a bash lays main campaign pledges to rewrite the constitution which dates back to the dictatorship of augusta pinochet chile is one of the richest nations in latin america but millions have staged protests in recent years demanding more wealth equality and higher education standards up next r.t. sophie shevardnadze gets the roots of the u.s. financial problems in an interview with the former head of the european central bank.
the diplomacy that seems to be coming from washington it appears to be. falling short of expectations of the united states as a superior negotiator as a superior diplomatic player but we see what happened in egypt after the arab spring and the election of morsi fair was a space stero where the united states could have played a critical role just assuring more on a path that would have maybe brought some advancement on jobs economic development in that period of time the united states faltered in its diplomacy ok you don't like the u.s. coming in and telling them how they should conduct i understand that in any case on the more. there's not much more the u.s. could have done now in iran the u.s.
is trying to start in talks with the iranian government and yet it's getting clobbered in the middle east by the saudis who don't want to do or. don't want to do are very good friends with good friends i want to. if you. don't want to be bad. you don't want to be. they don't want to. be we can see. that i was right.