Ecuadorian President readies Assange's asylum decision
For nearly two months now, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London awaiting political asylum by President Rafael Correa. On Monday night, Correa appeared on a talk show called Palabra Suelta and announced that he will make his decision on Assange by the end of the week. Kristine Frazao has more.
How does surveillance affect our daily lives? We all know about domestic drones and warrantless wiretapping, but there may something else to add to the ever expanding surveillance state. Facial recognition software is nothing new, but the methods behind its use might be. RT Producer Adriana Usero breaks it down. Like us and/or follow us: http://twitter.com/RT_America http://www.facebook.com/RTAmerica
Anti-terrorist mission - a good exuse to spy on Americans?
What once was a technology from Sci-Fi movies now is becoming a reality: software Ñapable of tracking your every move by spotting your face in a crowd in order to store this information in a vast Government database, that is. Those implementing the technology say it is needed for greater security and safety. On the Federal Bureau of Investigation official web-site the whole initiative is named as the mission of the Next Generation Identification (NGI). The program is aimed to reduce terrorist and criminal activities by improving the biometriÑ identification and criminal history information services trough research within the The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, ( IAFIS), which is a national criminal history database maintained in the U.S. by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. RT's Adriana Usero discusses whether this technology is the trend of the future.
The jailing of three members of Russian punk band 'Pussy Riot' has attracted criticism from across the world, and seen protests in support of the women. US-based journalist Don DeBar says Washington should look closer to home and tidy up its own affairs before judging others.
Ik bid voor deze activisten. We zullen wel in het nieuws te horen krijgen dat ze gewelddadige acties hebben ondernomen en dat de DHS geen ander alternatief had dan ze massaal op te pakken. Wie dacht dat de misdaden wan de Duitsers in de tweede oorlog, verleden tijd waren en nooit meer in de westerse wereld zouden plaats vinden, moet Amerika maar eens goed in de gaten houden. Alles wijst erop dat er een grote volks onderdrukking gaat plaats vinden. Vrijheid van menings uiting is verleden tijd in Amerika. Je bent per definitie een staats vijand, een terrorist.
BREAKING NEWS: Venezuela refinery INFERNO has KILLED 39 people so far and MANY MISSING
A large explosion has struck Venezuela's largest oil refinery, killing 39 people and injuring more than 80. The blast did significant damage to the plant as well as nearby houses and is thought to have been caused by a gas leak.
Among the dead include a 10-year-old boy, though 18 of the 39 who lost their lives were National Guard troops stationed at the refinery, Vice President Elias Jaua said after traveling to the afflicted area. He said authorities were working "to save the greatest number of lives." At least 80 more were reported injured, nine of them seriously. Health Minister Eugenia Sader the other 77 had suffered light injuries and were released from hospital after receiving treatment.
President Hugo Chavez declared there would be three days of mourning and gave his condolences to the victims' families.
"This affects all of us," Chavez said while speaking on state television by phone. "It's very sad, very painful." He ordered a "deep" investigation to determine the cause of the blast.
The explosion occurred at approximately 1:07am local time (6:07 GMT) on Saturday, producing a tremor that was felt in nearby communities, smashing windows and damaging buildings. Massive balls of fire were seen over the refinery, with black plumes of smoke filling the sky.
"There was a gas leak," Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez told state TV. "A cloud of gas exploded ... it was a significant explosion, there is significant damage to infrastructure and houses opposite the refinery."
Local official Stella Lugo told Venezuelan state news that the situation was now under control.
"There is no risk of another explosion. At the moment we are concentrating our efforts on helping the injured," said Lugo.
Local authorities have restricted access to the refinery and the surrounding area in response to the blaze.
Ivan Freites, secretary of the United Federation of Oil Workers told state news that at 12:30am local time (05:30 GMT) a propane-butane leak was reported at the plant.
"The senior staff at the plant said they had used foam to control the leak and eliminate the risk of a fire," said Freites. He added that the explosion could have been triggered by a problem with a gas valve that led to a pressure buildup.
The Amuay refinery produces 955,000 barrels a day, making it one of the largest in the world. Despite the refineries economic importance, Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said the country's current fuel supplies were sufficient to guarantee there would be no major disruption in meeting domestic needs or continuing exports despite the blast.
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