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headlines this hour russian scientists developed the world's 1st test pulled a deadly a u.k. corona virus strain has led to dozens of countries shutting their borders we hear from the head of the russian lab. while developing the new test of system we kept in mind that if we need to detect all the strains we could do it in a short period of time. you turn in minneapolis is the city gives lord boersma to millions of dollars locked up push to defund the police that only lead to a spike in violent crime. blame game continues as china hits back at washington folk western in the findings of the w h o's coronavirus investigation and will hard. on in the hotel room for
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10 days that's the new reality facing people returning to the u.k. from covert hotspots as new quarantine rules come into force. as very good morning to you ted i am here in moscow and you're watching r.t. international with meaning. now our top story russian scientists have developed the world's 1st test for the new corona virus strain 1st attempted in britain but new and deadly a variant has led to dozens of countries hunkering down and shutting their doors to travel as but there may now be a light at the end of the tunnel. well developed in the new test and system we used the same approach as we did for the main test it is the same express method where you need about an hour to receive test results which is much faster than the
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classic p.c.r. testing we don't try to replace our main test it is not a method for mass diagnostics it's a tool for e.p.d. milage ical surveillance to control the spread of new strains however well developed in the new testing system we kept in mind that if we need to detect other strains we could do it in a short period of time the variant has already been found in dozens of countries than u.k. scientists believe it could be up to 70 percent deadlier in the u.s. american officials suggest it could become the dominant strain across the country by march and according to you can mail confines of the new technology could also be used to develop tests for mutations of the british strain. our justice system aims to detect a mutation in a protein that was 1st found in this strain in britain but later it was also found in south africa and brazil and strains as well initially we planned to use to test for surveillance now i do not exclude the possibility that deters can be used for
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differential diagnosis after grown the virus has been diagnosed in order to understand what kind of virus a person is infected with. still to come between germany and the e.u. after the country closes this orders to neighboring countries following us virgin coronavirus mutations we have more on that story later in the program. how do you turn from last year's decision to defund the police to the minneapolis city council has now voted unanimously to give law enforcement over $6000000.00 following a spike in violent crime recent data suggests that the number of gunshot victims is up 250 percent compared to the same period last year at the same time rape cases have increased 22 percent and robbery has risen by almost 60 percent the situation has been exacerbated by the fact that the city currently has around 200 fewer officers than usual that's after many left the force or went on leave following the
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death of george floyd in may last year. thank you. thank you. thank. you we've got to start we've got people that we've got to call it. thank. you. i want i want jane oh we are watching. this what you do when you don't hold other cops accountable when you let them kill other people when you let them kill us when you don't hold your partner accountable to see this. following the protests the president told the minneapolis city council announced plans to replace the police with what
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she called a transformative a new model of public safety however betsy brown the smith from the places says ca she believes that was not the best approach. remember they voted a few months ago to take $8000000.00 away from the police department which they did and what happened there there are some businesses in the city of minneapolis who are getting hit by the same person $2.00 and $3.00 times in a week and now for the city council to say well we're going to spend money to hire new police officers so you know you almost have to laugh at it it's ridiculous what's going to happen is you are going to see a shortage of police officers in larger urban centers like minneapolis new york chicago los angeles most if not all of these cities are run by the
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democrats and the democrats tend to not support their police officers you can't support your criminals and consider them victims and not support your police and not expect crime to rise and in all of those city as i mentioned most of them have skyrocketing homicide rates skyrocketing violent crime rates you vilify your police officers you better make friends with criminals because that's all you're going to have left. the united states and china have again turned the coronavirus pandemic into a political scandal and accusing each other of wrongdoing of a covert 90 the round up today of the findings of a recent world health organization probe into the origins of the virus in china with washington calling for more transparency from beijing caleb maupin reports. well we've got the scientific community trying to find out the origins of the global coded 19 pandemic so team from the world health organization was dispatched
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to go to war han however at this point we've got the biden and ministration questioning those findings and washington is saying they read politics into this here's what we heard we have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the coded nine's investigation were communicate to and questions about the proofs is used to reach them now you'll recall that donald trump had pulled the united states out of the world health organization but when biden assumed office the new administration in washington d.c. returned the united states to the world health organization but it seems that some of the trumpet ministrations attitudes and assumptions about china are still intact at this point we've got china shooting back at the united states and saying that essentially they seem to not be recognizing that the onus is on them to restore the confidence in the united states that has been lost around the world due to present
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trends leadership here's what we heard from china what the u.s. has done in recent years has severely undermined multilateral institutions including the w.h.o. and gravely damaged international cooperation on covert 19 but the u.s. acting as if none of this has ever happened it's points in fingers at other countries who have been faithfully supposin the w.h.o. and at the w.h.o. itself with such a track record how can it win the confidence of the whole world so at this point we've got the report from the world health organization team saying that there were 13 different strands of coded 19 that were out there and furthermore indicating that it was probably basically not being detected and was being passed on in a manner that was not detected earlier before the alarm was raised now that report from the world health organization has been some. to widespread and quite political attention western media has been harshly critical of the report and critical of
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china then we actually had a situation where members of the team actually responded a ha with rather strong words 2 were reports that were circulated by the new york times about their investigation here's what we heard this was not my experience and w.h.o. as leader of animal environment working group by phone trust and openness with my china counterparts we did get access to critical new data throughout we did in group understanding of likely spillover pathways we did build up a good relationship in the chinese international epidemic team allowing for heated arguments reflect a deep level of engagement in the room our quotes are intended lee to restate costing shadow over important scientific work now the team from the world health organization pretty much debunked the virus lab leak theory that was being promoted by. donald trump and this administration this idea that somehow coded 19 was
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a chinese bio weapon that went wrong or something to that effect that's been pretty much debunked by the world health organization now biden has certainly used a less shrill tone when talking about china however at this point it seems like the united states and the united kingdom are continuing to push the idea that china is not blameless in the pandemic and somehow china is to blame they are not using some of the extreme allegations and tones we heard from the trumpet ministration but the narrative that china is to blame for coated in china should be held responsible for it that narrative seems very well alive the biden ministration continues to push the notion that china is to blame we've got u.k. officials backing up their words so while some of the harsh rhetoric and shrill words of the trumpet ministration have not been continued we are continuing to see a narrative that is hostile to china coming from washington and from london what china expert joseph gregory mahoney believes the origin of the pandemic will remain
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a political issue for some time. well it's absolutely the case the united states hyper politicized the pandemic coming out now it encourages unfounded and anti-scientific conspiracy theories demonize china and withdrew from the world health organization and that these actions in tandem the transamerica 1st broached proved profoundly destructive to international cooperation we know that biden will not go soft on china but he aims to compete we know that he has to play to americans others who are deeply suspicious of china we know that he's trying to rally allies in a new coalition to push back against china the problem we face is that it's often practically impossible to pinpoint scientifically when and where an outbreak like this started and the best we can do is rule out unlikely scenarios and consensus builder around well grounded theory what this means unfortunately is that the outbreaks origins will probably remain susceptible to the politicization and demonization for a long time to come. questions prime minister says he wants the current us said
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a national lockdown to be the country's and last but far stone so you couldn't guarantee it would be missed anytime soon next week i'll be sitting on to read maps saying as much as we possibly can about the route to normality and even though some things are very uncertain because we want this lockdown to be the last. well the prime minister's words came as new covert measures were imposed in the u.k. starting this week anyone a riving from a red listed country will have to quarantine for 10 days in a specially designated hotel travelers will be charged $1750.00 pounds for the pleasure which includes meals left at the door upon arrival passengers are a score to through the airport then taken by bus to their accommodation however heathrow airport has expressed concerns about the policy. we have been working hard
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with the government to try to ensure a successful implementation of the policy from monday but some significant gaps remain and we are yet to see the necessary reassurances where the money direct flights canceled some say it could be difficult to determine whether someone has actually come from so the u.k. government has brought in tough penalties for anyone who flout the rules it's introduced fines of up to $10000.00 pounds for those failing to quarantine and a prison sentence of up to 10 years for people who lie about visiting a covert hotspot this creates additional challenges for the u.k. border force to what extent a border force going to be chicken to be sure people have been noticed we're hearing a lot of concern from people who are concerned about encountering someone who has been in the roadless country and hasn't declared it could deface abuse are they expected to detain them and australian state of victoria is already using hotels to
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quarantine a rival's professor mike toll from the burnet institute in australia told us why the pressure is necessary well 1st of all. guests can only open their doors for 2 reasons and that's to pick up meals and to put out laundry so we found in one hotel that when one uninfected guest opened the door at the same time as a someone across the current door open the door where there were 5 people infected so there was a lot of virus in the room and it spread across the corridor or and infected that woman we've learned busily allowing people to leave their rooms and maybe exercise has led to guests mingling with each other and guests mingling with stuff and that has led to
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a number of infections so i know it sounds harsh but we have had to institute that rule to protect the rest of the study in society because if a hotel staff member gets infected and goes out and shopping maybe goes to a pub then the virus spreads into the community and that that has happened on numerous. spot is bring within the e.u. off to germany close its borders to austria and the czech republic the move was part of palin's battle to come back it's new coded variance but that explanation didn't wash with its neighbors. for weeks but various minister president marcus soda hasn't missed a single opportunity to take a pot shot at her all these constant pejorative remarks and disgraceful and don't be fit a minister president that's not the way to treat neighbors the truth is that the virus cannot be stopped by closed borders i think it's wrong to return to europe
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with closed borders like we had in march 2020 we're battling the mutated virus on the borders with the czech republican or strip the e.u. commission should support us and not throw a spanner in the works with their cheap suggestions. but meanwhile the introduction of border controls has caused massive traffic jams at the german check from tear off the restrictions that took effect on sunday german citizens along with truck drivers are allowed to enter germany provided they test negative for coded though they will still be quarantined for at least 10 days on a rival political commentator john bricmont believes it's not realistic to expect countries to act as one despite the ideals of the e.u. . you know how piece of fiction you obviously religion is believe that we can be a d.c. hobby and union and make it into a single county eventually but it doesn't seem to work that way devan he achieves unity in the sense that the different people in europe are still as different as
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they used to be the german town that's fanchon and french and italians etc and then their use of contributing to these areas of the people to control their country their buddies c. and so on if only they're all the us and this meat that we're going to build a european union that's really doing what it says that's when you know mother they want as i do lady named it's it does not sit well because i. want people that's i think is that the basic thing is that we are different people and we have not changed to was a gauge of unity if you want to go in late at. delta counter the report costs down from the effectiveness of u.s. aviation in the $5.00 states to i 15 in the middle east but after henri and small observational price.
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come back a new report by america's run to think tank is called start on the effectiveness of the u.s. forces role in the fight against isis the survey has found that military aviation failed to significantly speed up the defeat of the so-called caliphate his artie's suffocates halo with more you might remember not too long ago a humble man claiming a historic victory. when i took it over was a mess now on the bottom that's exactly there is no red the ice is callous the. has been decimated we have one good study says while washington so successfully defeated islamic state the reportedly it's now in the process of
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setting up a new military base to counter islamic state which is on the rise again so if indeed a us how busy returning to a little triangle between iraq syria and turkey it seems a good moment to ask how effective really was the u.s. against the terror threat us trump or the pentagon full marks but read a recent report by the think tank rand corporation which did a deep dive into us out preached against islamic state between 20142019 while does lente have room for improvement a little more aggressive operations might just slightly accelerated the defeat of isis they were unlikely to have significantly altered the timeline the deep fighting operation inherent resolve affected ices finances but it could not affect us is his main center of gravity territory meaning the strategic attack did not play a decisive role in this operation was the probably made american taxpayers who saw
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20 of the billions go towards operation inherent resolve in 20019 alone think is it really was doing it all over again to be for the report does point to successful moments in washington's fight in iraq and syria but what stands out is that despite being much better funded than other operations in the middle east including the war in afghanistan that was a slew of errors including outdated techniques slow action uncoordinated intelligence gathering and who most unbelievably being out of practice after decades of flying primarily overwatch mission since september the 11th the joint community's ability. capacity to plan and develop a deliberate strike operation in the deep areas actually feed this meant that many practitioners lacks experience in applying these processes to real world operations
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and the muscle memory to rapidly execute them and the conclusion the report comes to night the matches that last seen victorious tone of the pentagon nor does it exactly fill you with hope for any future campaigns deep strike operations help stress isis's finances and haste in its demise but what ultimately peripheral to the overall strategy ignoring this issue would be deeply problematic in a fight against a more capable adverse saree or in a more concise to their environment washington war hawks have historically preferred to repeat the mistakes over and over again so whether they break with tradition this time and take up the report's recommendations is unclear what is horrifyingly clear though is that villages were bombed into oblivion thousands of civilian lives were lost along with all those taxpayers billions and it still wasn't enough something that becomes all the more horrifying when it looks like
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round 2 is on the cards we have from karen kwiatkowski have retired u.s. air force officer who questioned the motives behind the u.s. presence in syria. i think that the u.s. would spend if they want anything they're going to. spend at least as much as they have spent in the past bigger issues seem to be ignored when the united states makes decisions about where they want to put their military or with the united states military is true is that we should spend more money on our defensive and offensive capabilities and in many ways we use these. wars not as wars but as exercises or we can demonstrate technologies improve our coronations skills our combat intelligence or using them kind of as our own testing ground almost a playground which of course is extremely. immoral.
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cantillon pro independence parties have triumphed in sunday's parliamentary elections taking more than half of the vote for the 1st time the leader of the pro independence republican left party says it's a new chapter for the region. catalonia made history today the independence movement has more than 50 percent of the vote and this means that this country starts a new chapter we have enormous forced to choose the students determination to achieve the freedom of the political prisoners and the return of the sulfur exult we have a huge force stood she refer to achieve the catalan republic despite the results a recent survey suggests that only 44 percent of catalans are in favor of independence while 47 percent are against spain stories worst political crisis in decades following a failed independence bit in 2017 by then president carter's push demand we discussed the issue with r k
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a spokesperson for the international commission of european citizens. this time we've not only get again an absolute majority of seats in the current parliament but also was her posts the rest of 50 percent plus one votes so we are running really of. for ways of democratic ways to show ourselves and the world that we are conclude that to be a cutter in the state so we've seen always in history and in the recently history and the spanish the spanish to the violence attitude against in dublin and i will write a solution and that's people want to to be an independent state we are legitimity to defend our that are with us stance. in whatever manner the splendor state decides to confront us. the influence of may just those who are media platforms
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on politics and personal lives is rarely out of the headlines these days commentating of the battling of donald trump's accounts and some of those of his supporters r.t. spoke with the co-founder of cyber security firm kaspersky lab about people getting kicked off platforms and the safety of our personal details on the net you can watch the full interview on r.t. dot com here's a preview. if you're buying it it just you know the concept of private censorship by social media is kind of a myth in fact it doesn't exist because all those companies are totally state controlled is just that the u.s. has split and the media has found itself under the thumb of one party well the other didn't want to engage with the media in the same way for one reason or another it's still unclear why they didn't just set up their own outlets but the fact that their arms were twisted is obvious it's clear that severe measures taken
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by themselves one part of the country is censoring the other and the fact that this amazing step was taken a real breakthrough well actually trump has been blocked before but during the electoral process all the mosques had been taken off already and when the election campaign started the question was only who would win democrats or republicans the democrats wanted to win so badly that they didn't care about decency anymore. in other words shut so make no mistake all platforms collect as much data as they can and even buy it from other platforms too so from this point of view they're all alike i would take a variable approach to the issue of information people need to understand what kind of information they can safely share on the web in general you can say that on some platforms your data is better protected than on others but the information isn't safe from the platform itself if you have access to some very serious information
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that needs to be kept in secret it's probably a good idea not to use electronic devices at all if you are an ordinary citizen not involved and then into social or criminal activity it's ok for you to use apps while taking reasonable precaution measures but be aware that all your movements and all your pictures and videos etc are stored in the cloud so you need to. to them as good as leaked that's all for a regular citizen however if you are a james bond then old school phone is all you can afford and the mask on your face . what if you can watch the full version of that on our website r.t.e. dot com thanks for joining us here on r.t. international this morning we're back in 30 minutes with the latest. well truth seems wrong why don't we just don't call. me.
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