After 5 years of war, Islamic State’s de-facto capital, Raqqa, has been surrounded. On the east side of the city, the road to Raqqa passes the base of the Kurdish women’s protection units and a base for foreign volunteers, as well as a field hospital. Our film crew came here to obtain exclusive frontline footage and talk to the people fighting ISIS militants.
In Berlin, Peter Oliver is having fun reporting on some of Germany’s more bizarre laws. Meanwhile, Paula Slier leaves Israel, where she covered protests against the bombing of Gaza, for Ukraine in hopes of getting to Donetsk and reporting on the current situation there.
At the Russian-Ukrainian border, RT Spanish correspondent Bricio Segovia and his colleague from RT Arabic, Anna Knishenko, interview people still living there despite the fact that many of the neighbouring houses were destroyed by bombing. Meanwhile in Berlin, correspondent Peter Oliver's girlfriend has a surprise for him on his day off.
In Berlin, Peter Oliver gives a tour of the news studios where he does his live reports. Meanwhile, in Russia's Donetsk, Maria Finoshina visits a hospital where anti-government fighters from Ukraine are being treated to film what she thought would be a story about peace.
Recently, the German city of Cologne made the news for a string of attacks against women that many blamed on migrants. The deepening refugee crisis is polarising German society. Still, no social tensions can stop the sweet celebration of Cologne’s famous Carnival, even if this year’s also came with a bitter pill.
Jurij Kofner is an investigative journalist. As a German, he’s worried about how relations have developed between his homeland and the US. His goal now is to reveal the extent to which his country is influenced by America’s global agenda.