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u.s. leader canceled a state visit to denmark after klein remarks made by its prime minister quote now steve had rejected his offer to buy greenland saying it was absurd. also this hour anti-war campaigners revealed the extent of nuclear arms sales to the saudi led coalition since the start of the war in yemen in 2015. aid organization oxfam lashes out at g 7 countries ahead of their summit this weekend and accused them of driving global in an inequality and with their policies equality how much increased over the last year. the well the richest
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billionaires was growing the wealth of the poorest half of society. and it's not as easy as it looks our correspondent takes to the skies with russia's elite aerobatics team before the luxor air show. a valuable thing. but what. about. a very warm welcome to the program from all of us here at our teacher here in moscow thanks for joining us this hour. u.s. president all interim claims he canceled his state visit to denmark because the country's prime minister made some quote masting remarks and offered to buy greenland which is a danish dependent territory but that was quickly rejected. prime minister's
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statement that it was absurd that was that it was that absurd idea was that asked the i thought it was inappropriate statement well she had to do is say no we wouldn't be address that you're not sure. it's an absolute discussion and to prime minister of greenland has of course made it clear that greenland is not for sale and that's where the conversation and. don't say what it absurd idea that is because she's not talking to me. he's not to appear to me you don't get to the united states of america you don't talk to the united states that way at least and to me. and mark screen who would have hosted trump express shock at his abrupt cancellation greenland is the world's largest island and it also has plenty of resources as well but trump's idea to buy it is not entirely a new one as elipse franco reports poor queen of denmark it just happened to be that way you know the way that part of her land is the world's biggest island
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greenland just to the northeast of america and that it's donald trump who's in charge at the white house right now how about the u.s. greenland all of it and i guess we 1st heard of people like he was joking said can we buy greenland and he was joking and then kept coming back to the danish prime minister would not sell him greenland calling the idea absurd we must face the truth that our president is raving like a lunatic you can check out some of the trump greenland means if you haven't seen them but now everyone who giggled at donald trump adding the island to his shopping wishlist have realized his being absolutely serious just so you know the president's idea is an old 1150 years old in fact. i have heretofore expressed the opinion that we should purchase iceland and greenland but especially the latter the reasons are political and commercial now the acquisition
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of greenland will flank british america for thousands of miles on the north and west and greatly increase her inducements peacefully and cheerfully to become a part of the american union but the actual proposal didn't come until just after the end of world war 2 that was when the state department officials once again outlined the benefits. the committee indicates that money is plentiful now that greenland is completely worthless to denmark and the control of greenland is indispensable to the safety of the united states and so washington offered denmark $100000000.00 in gold bullion for the island copenhagen's answer was no well we have much to america i do not feel that we have been the whole island of greenland although the us shouldn't really have been disappointed because of what happened next in just a couple of years denmark joined nato plus not only it gave up attempts to get rid of the us military on the island it allowed the pentagon to set up america's
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northernmost air base there here where temperatures dropped to below 0 and winds rose to 150 miles an hour and you were bright sun as a rock blues were created by dense fog or blinding snow american ingenuity and daring have built a new outpost in this country to do them. based on the top of the world that documentary was even nominated for the cademy awards by the way anyway since the pentagon can still pretty much treat greenland as its own backyard there isn't much for the us administration to worry about their radars are out there in a perfect position to track intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellites and low earth orbit before they reach the skies of mainland us or wait china is always something to worry about even if we're talking arctic beijing's already made an attempt to buy the former american base on the island and try to secure a contract to build a new airport there for now the chinese were shown the door but now what the white
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house man really stirring things up around greenland we could be in force in very odd twists in the story. poor queen of denmark. anti-war activists have shed light on the true extent of british arms contracts with the saudi led coalition operating in yemen let's get more on that now from flare and london bring us up to speed. well new figures released by the campaign against arms trade show that the u.k. government has released and granted licenses to the tune of some 6200000 pounds to partners in the saudi led coalition who have been operating in yemen for the better part of 5 years since march 2015 now there's no public data as to whether or not the license holders exported these goods in full in part or not at all but what the figures do veal is that this is the amount that they can export.
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the bombing has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and it wouldn't have been possible without the complicity and support of downing street these arms sales are immoral and illegal. now that compared to games arms trade says that the real amount is likely to be higher because many of the weapons and ammunitions ever used by members of the saudi led coalition in yemen actually were licensed under a separate body for which there is no public darter that in june this year the government the court of appeal ruled that the u.k. government had acted unlawfully when it granted these licenses because it was essentially offering weapons that were made in the u.k. without 1st assessing as to whether or not they used previously had been in breach of international law the government had been ordered not to approve new sales and
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also to review those that it had already given to make sure that they were in line with the law it also said that it has agreed not to allow new sale of weapons to the 5 participating members of the saudi coalition the u.k. government has rejected these claims and british authorities are outraged. the u.k. operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world licensing decisions are based on the most up to date information and analysis available at the time including advice from those with diplomatic and military expertise and reports from our overseas network and use. as i mentioned the bombing began back in 2015 and has for exulted in a situation in yemen that the united nations cause the worst humanitarian disaster .
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now the campaign against on straight is highly critical of the role that the u.k. has placed and played in this conflict and is ordering it to assess its future involvement. there reporting live from london then q. . restaurants shops and businesses are closing their doors near the french resort of berets ahead of the g. 7 summit or $13000.00 police officers have been deployed to the area although organizers say this year's event will be run on a much tighter budget than previously. you know of the parliament voted for a budget of 36400000 euros for the organization of the g.
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7 summit and this figure is much lower than we have seen for previous summits whether in canada or italy. meanwhile g 7 countries have been blamed for aggravating inequality around the world by the international aid organization oxfam earlier i spoke to john date he's the head of government relations for oxfam. what was the oxfam report on the g 7 summits based on. so g 7 leaders including my new mccrone who's hosting the summit decided to make inequality a key focus of this year's g 7 and we think this is really important because the world bank and about another's have recognized that tackling inequality is absolutely essential in order to beat extreme poverty. report looked at the record of g 7 countries in tackling inequality and we found that actually in a number of areas countries are fuelling rather than reducing inequality for instance by not implementing progressive tax systems by fueling the climate crisis
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and also by promoting a shareholder 1st business model that doesn't suit the needs of workers and many people in developing countries on a low income. oxfam's report highlights wealth inequality across the g 7 countries and the us for example the poorest 50 percent of the population own just one percent of the country's wealth john date again one thing g 7 to take action. why do you think the g 7 don't work properly what are the main problems more widespread as well. so we think one of the kind of major barriers is how wealth is distributed between people across the world and in g 7 countries so that the 7 biggest economies in the g 7 hold nearly half the world's wealth and actually if g 7 leaders implemented a new tax a new wealth tax where they to tax the top one percent of richest people in g 7
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countries an additional no point 5 percent on their wealth then it could raise $200000000000.00 pounds a year now that's a huge sum of money that's enough to educate the $262000000.00 children across the world who are currently not in school and also you to have enough money left over to put money into health care into fund. enough health care to save the lives of 2000000 people. oxfam accuses the g 7 of having tax systems that favor the rich and says the wealthy are the ones that drive government policy the charity also says the g 7 care more about shareholders than workers and accuses them of worsening the climate crisis. the g. 7 has existed for quite a long time are these problems that the report has highlighted something new or where they there from the beginning we know that inequality has existed for for a number of years but actually under
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a lot of measures inequality is increasing. so oxfam's own research found. that inequality hard to reach increased over the last year and actually the wealth of the richest billionaires was growing while the wealth of the poorest half of society had fallen do you think that this oxfam report will have any impact on this upcoming g. 7 summit we hope that the g 7 leaders will take it seriously as you know it was a menu mccrone himself and g 7 leaders who decided to make inequality a focus of the g 7 so what we're doing is providing some ideas to how they might clinic quality and help reduce poverty through testing inequality. the number of lives claimed by saturday suicide bomb attack in the capital of afghanistan has now risen to 80 that's according to the country's interior ministry the victims were gassed at a wedding party that was attended by hundreds of people some $200.00 are still
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being treated and hospitals terror group islamic state says it was behind the attack the country's deadliest since january of last year. commenting on the reemergence of iceland the war torn country and donald trump said that afghanistan and its neighbors had to do more to combat terrorism. russia. afghanistan. or a iraq. they're going to have to fight their battles through ok we wiped out the caliphate 100 percent i did it record. but it is certain point all of these other countries where i said. around they've been decimated by the way badly decimated but all of these countries are going to have to find out because do we want to stay there for another 19 years i don't think so. let's get libr action now from
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hekmatyar us army deputy director at the center for conflict and peace studies now trying to accuse other countries of not pulling their weight in the fight against i still think you have a point. well look the americans for very long time since the trumpet in astray sion came into power. was trying to encourage other countries particularly countries like india to to do more in afghanistan but none of these countries in the region that one can expect. to influence in the capability to come in in do more in afghanistan you know because if you look at the countries that the afghan government or the americans can expect it's china india russia or others i think militarily they're not in a position to ever send troops to afghanistan or even properly provide support to the national security forces so i think it's very unrealistic to expect these
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countries to fill the vacuum that would be left by by the americans as a consequence the afghans are actually paranoid in concern. of understanding the situation would look like once the americans drive down its troops post peace deal with the taliban. you know on one hand we have trying boasting about having destroyed the caliphate and yet breaks other countries for not fighting i saw that not a little contradictory. well look i says if you look at isis in afghanistan it is increasing significantly we have foreign fighters that are that are returning either from the middle east in. we have new arrivals from countries in central asia or even countries like russia it's a direct threat to these countries yes. one can acknowledge that but in the meantime what is what is more important is that it's more concerning here is that
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what is going to happen once the taliban in in the american strike a peace deal i think the expectations higher in even the taliban i agree with this is just meant that a significant number of taliban fighters will not not all of the taliban will join the peace deal so there's a great possibility that a big number of taliban will switch to groups like i said whatever you want to call it in such a scenario it's not going to be only the region that will suffer or afghanistan will suffer alone it's going to become the global threat that that that will reach back to threaten the interests of the u.s. in this region or even in the united states so i think it is it is it is time for us and for the international community to make the would draw or draw down responsible otherwise we are headed to a situation where it would be cut dystrophin in and i think if the americans are
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thinking that they can leave afghanistan right now just like what happened in iraq in 2011 and once of the situation is getting even worse than right now they can return and i think that will be that will make their job even difficult. should not be sacrificed for the u.s. elections or trump come pain in i think that's a lot of afghans accuses a president trump for doing so while he may promise at home in to fulfill those promises and to get reelected so he is there they're hiring and they're in rush to leave. when will draw their troops from afghanistan without considering the situation without without without without caring about what will happen post peace peace deal with the taliban. we don't have much time left but i did want to ask you why do you think it is that i still has managed to gain a foothold in the country in the 1st place. it's a mix of prisons starts from theological explanations you know. they have
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hard core elements within afghanistan that started to the root those fellow salafi members in their number is growing super fast they're fighters that are from the region in their foreigners who who are who actually believe in an islamic state that should be expanded beyond afghanistan you have people that are coming from the middle east who who thought that afghanistan provides a more conducive geographic geographical environment for them to stay i mean there were even reports that the. central leader. that he was was in afghanistan in one needs to look. expansion beyond middle east the 1st expansion was into afghanistan which they termed. i think the assessment we have is that without having a footprint in afghanistan the global jihad or the idea of islam weak state would
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be defective for that for days without expanding to afghanistan just because of its geological importance so i think for many reasons. this time is very important. to have a strong presence here. deputy director at the center for conflict and peace studies thank you for your time and your comments. jeremy revealed that it spent hundreds of millions of euros on u.s. army bases but is still being pressured by washington to up its defense spending story and for the 2nd half of the program. going back to medieval days you had the church which is like a monetarist present day 21st century where they would discuss how many angels can
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dance on the head of a bed they were in power and they enclosed this. model and now we've got neo feudalism are you guys central bankers discussing how many derivatives can be stuffed into a worker's pension fund and we've got folks in san francisco in newark new jersey die for medieval diseases. seemed wrong. but i. just don't hold. any. get to shape out. active. and engaged equals betrayal. when something you find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground . and.
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welcome back the u.s. president is currently on happy with germany for not spending enough on defense washington is putting pressure on berlin to meet the nato target of 2 percent of g.d.p. that's despite germany revealing it spends millions more than previously thought on u.s. troops within its borders germany's current expenditure is 1.4 per cent that's about $47000000000.00 euro in comparison greece does meet the 2 percent target for athens that amounts to just 4000000000 euro us who are all over takes a closer look. it's been a refrain of u.s. politicians for quite a while now germany must spend more on its military under president trump that referring has turned into a crescendo you know stuff about germany i mean germany obviously is not paying their fair share do you think germany is doing enough to meet the 2 percent target
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you know. what should germany do they should meet the goals that they agreed to we have 52000 troops in germany. and germany is not living up to what they're supposed to be doing with respect to later on the thing is though opposition politicians have requested from the finance ministry documents that show that actually germany has been spending more than was thought for the privilege of having u.s. troops in the country over the last 7 years germany's contributed 243000000 euros directly to the u.s. armed forces for things like pension contributions and building maintenance there's also been a previously unheard figure of 480000000 euros that's actually germany's contribution to the nato construction budget however the documents that were requested by the left parties show this money went almost exclusively to u.s. projects the m.p.
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who made the request is far from happy about what's being revealed germany is a happy global u.s. small flamm it subsidized by the german taxpayer must be stopped at last a recent poll of german citizens found that 3 quarters of those asked didn't think they'd be any risk to their safety if u.s. troops pulled out of the country altogether germany's a more than op a $1000000000.00 for the privilege of having a u.s. soldier on its soil and not only u.s. soldiers but also nuclear weapons of mass destruction that the united states wrought here it dance the will of the german population we want those weapons out of here fossils possible who are both scott. that all adds up to well no small chunk of change $723000000.00 euros that's gone almost exclusively to the united states to put that in
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a bit of context well that's more than the agriculture ministry requested to fight climate change with a reforestation programme it's about the same as the 10 year refurbishment plan for the natural history museum and it's almost as much as the annual budget of the german space program earlier this month the u.s. ambassador in suggested the u.s. troops could pull out and relocate to poland but the some here at the moment that seems more like a hope than a threat peter all over r.t. berlin. a major air show gets underway near moscow next week the marks 2019 had about artist alan quarter did get the chance to take to the skies with one of the aerobatic teams.
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the russian team is preparing for an international aviation and space this is a major air show that's going to take place at the end of august and there's going to be air ted and pilots from countries all over the globe the pilots are going to be showing up their bets for this is bad and we were lucky enough to get invited to a plane to join one of those pilots so i hope you're not afraid of.
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after we returned in one piece our pilot constantine told us all about the international aviation and space a lot. i have been training for more than 10 years and i've been in the pilot for 4 years the air show include the featuring aerobatics performance and the standard maneuvers championships rolls and loops that sets international tournament features competitors from. many european countries and known european countries including the don't last the year show is not a contest the contest happens at the championship with the aerobatics and other events so when the air show each group shows its skills and this big dangers decide
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for themselves what they like of course we will show what we do best and what's new . that's our global news update for this hour but don't forget you can always had to our website r.t. dot com for the details on all the stories and more. greetings and sally you taishan. it's nearing the end of august talk watchers and do you know do you know where your isis is well according to the pentagon secretary of state mike pompei oh in the mainstream media isis may rise once again yes like jason vorhees at camp crystal lake apparently isis has come back from the dead despite u.s. president donald trump's declarations back in march that their caliphate was no more
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i says to look should. use i says right. so there's a crisis. and that's what we have right now. as of last night. are highly organized u.s. president based on a new inspector general report for congress on operation inherent resolve the new york times is reporting that 5 months after american backed forces oust of the islamic state from its last shard of territory in syria the terrorist group is gathering new strength conducting guerrilla attacks across iraq and syria retooling its financial networks and targeting new recruits at an allied run tent camp on tuesday this week mike pump ayos confronted by reporters about the supposed newly undead ice system the u.s. secretary of state declared there is certainly places where isis is more powerful today than they were 3 or 4 years ago but the calculate is gone and their capacity
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to conduct external attacks has with made it much more difficult. well now i'm sorry i'm a little bit confused so so is isis back in gathering strength and getting more powerful than never or is the. caliphate gone and their ability to operate severely hamper a lot of conflicting stories here or or my friends is is there something a little more sinister afoot like sony pictures p.r. team trying to spin their recent temper tantrum over the spiderman profits you know let's find out as we start watching the hawks. st get the. real that this would. be the bottom. of the day like you that i got. this week.


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