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the russian team uncovers evidence of alleged rebel involvement in a deadly syrian chemical attack while the u.s. congress puts the brakes on military aid to the opposition fearing the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. egypt's political forces failed to agree on a transition plan while prices convulsions in what used to be a popular tourist destination are turning visitors away feeling a heavy blow to its volatile and color me. edward snowden reportedly leans towards venezuela for asylum speaks to ecuador foreign minister on the reasons behind the latin america's backing for whistleblowers on the run.
world news and analysis live from our moscow headquarters i'm lucy conference of and thanks for tuning in to r.t. well it may have been the syrian rebels and not president bashar al assad's forces behind a chemical attack in aleppo that has killed at least two dozen people earlier this year now that is according to a russian team that had conducted an on site investigation it believes that the chemical trail leads straight to the rebels washington meanwhile maintains that it is more likely to be the regime in damascus the details now from artie's as you can . as you probably remember the u.n. investigation into the use of chemical weapons near all lipo never materialized the syrian government requested such investigation but some of you unofficial demanded access into all syrian facilities which syria denied insisting on the investigation of that particular incident in march anyway the i.q. and investigation never happened but nonetheless the u.s. came forward and said it had evidence that syrian the syrian government used
chemical weapons but there were lots of questions as to the sources for which they got the evidence washington brushed off all the reports that rebels could have been behind the attack the syrian government wanted to clarify the incident and requested russian experts to look into what happened in qana all of solve near aleppo which they did and based on their analysis russia says there's every reason to believe that you will see armed opposition fighters who used chemical weapons in qana last all take a listen and the results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in common as so was not really money fractured and was filled with sudden. decide in technical specifications proof that it was not in those three month effects should either the projectile involved is not is standard one for chemical use therefore the reserve and you seem to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons. so russia has submitted these experts analysis to the hugh when bush is envoy to the un also underscored that russian
experts personally collected the symbols from the very site where the projectiles hit he said they were not handed over to russia through third parties which was the case with the reports of other countries submitted to the secretary general the samples that russians took were analyzed that an internationally recognized and certified russian lab also says it has information that the so-called bosher all nasir brigade affiliated with the free syrian army began the production of guided projectiles so-called bashar three projectiles in february two thousand and thirteen and they were used in the march attack in light of this russia calls for the u.n. to look into this and for the international community to consider all evidence at hand president obama's press secretary yet again brushed off the report saying we seriously doubt anyone other than the syrian government could use chemical weapons in syria the u.s. has already decided to arm the syrian rebels explaining the move as being in response to evidence that assad has used chemical weapons although the u.n.
has never verified the evidence the u.s. claims it has so we're looking at a clash of evidence and also at a large gap in trust between the u.s. and russia over syria with moscow asking why is the u.s. so eager to dismiss reports about the use of chemical weapons by the rebels. u.s. shipments of firearms and high tech weapons to the syrian rebels have been delayed by congress the opposition in syria had earlier declared that it felt abandoned as well as disappointed by the holdup now some lawmakers are said to be especially concerned about the weapons having little impact on the war and they also fear that the arms could fall into the wrong hands the newser front for example a group seen as the driving force in the fighting against us with links to al qaeda and also from and to president obama's plan could now be in question as lawmakers lose confidence the white house will have to allay politicians' fears for the shipments to go ahead. force feeding guantanamo inmates is just a symptom of
a far more serious disease now that is the view of one us democrat who thinks that conducting the painful procedure at night during ramadan is far from the turn of the desperate plight to stay with us for that story. in britain stolen from the grid in order to grow illegal drugs and it's the householders who are footing the bill to stay with us. mentor lections by two thousand and fourteen the army however is standing behind the interim government warning against any attempt to disrupt the transition the country is struggling to get back on its feet after its second coup in two years which has led to the ousting of the islamist president mohamed morsi it's been aggravated most recently by deadly street battles across egypt which have landed a blow to the country's tourism industry as well as the wider economy more details now from our teams cairo correspondent well true. behind me is the egyptian museum one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of the country is the
first port of call for many tourists coming off the plane here in downtown cairo however it isn't empty this is a scene that's been seen across the country in all the most popular tourist destinations following a week of political turmoil after the ouster of mohamed morsi egypt's tourists and history which makes up a never percent of the country's economy has taken a massive beating since the journey which you define revolution particularly as terrorists are becoming increasingly scarce in the last week we've seen massive nationwide demonstrations funded by clashes between rival groups on sunday fifty people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters all for the deposed president leaving many to be the terrorist one common to egypt in the future now being travel warnings are being issued by embassies including the u.s. embassy. emergency stop crime often u.s. citizens were stopped last week in these bloody clashes major international tour operators that are becoming can also come soledad better as july august and september fearing the principal turmoil will. still to this this is
a pretty good but. this has most hits however local tour operators on souvenir shops and you don't have international backing to spare before the gaps i'm here with a showcase of what him who works in the museum behind me. and he's saying this made a very difficult week here for tourism so tell me. how well you know how has the last week been in the in the museum already tourists last week this week before. you need to see from the boy to be know this don't put your suit on it would seem to be that somebody close frozen you feel as if there's each of these you know the world you used to be thanks very much. sir people are fearing that i was very supportive of the previous leader mohamed morsi remained in the city and refused to go home in various parts of the country
never going to see further clashes but those like chokey working in the tourist industry they feed this means tourists are going to continue to be scared from coming to egypt and the future of egypt's tourism is going to be even worse. well to help us bring down the numbers in terms of how the economy in egypt has been affected especially with the tourism sector is our team business presenter katie pilbeam katie of course the economy critical issue here but in terms of tourism i mean how badly has a been how badly the beating i guess has taken will is quite substantial out here to have a look at the figures and see that the numbers have been dropping and it's pretty obvious that it's going to happen people are simply too frightened to go which is just a shame considering it normally is a popular place it's got holiday with your family of a right here we can see really sausage in twenty eleven just when the trouble started we had a death and we did have a rebound coming up and that rebound was set continue but that's not likely to happen now that the troubles of the gay erupted once more now this is
a decline altogether of thirty seven percent of the amount of people the holiday that in terms of money and what this means for the call no way. since the beginning two point five billion dollars have been lost as a result and again will be able to see that we were expecting a rebound once more but that's not set to happen just now so again two point five billion dollars we got the lights of the u.s. u.k. canada out all issuing warnings for people not to go to holiday there right now and as it stands it's the eighty fifth and not most popular destination to go which is quite phenomenal when you consider a pair of maids the beach is of course a thing of storage and two point five billion i mean that's a huge sum but i'm curious given the fact that the economy is such a critical part of the unrest that's going on in egypt how much of a role does the tourism actually play in the overall economic picture there will equates to over ten percent of the country's g.d.p. actually employees over twelve percent of the population and right now we're
dealing with a negative multiplier effect so it's not just hotels restaurants but all kinds of things travel taxes you can see just as i say over ten percent of growth that's going to suffer as a result of all of this and even down to the camel ride as the boat trips and all sorts of things are going to suffer as a result of this and the economy was set to continue rising but that's not going to happen as a result of the two and it's expected that we're now going to see pre-crisis growth level right service self-defeating slagle i mean they're going to make issues help start the understand of more of the unrest as furthering the economic problem indeed yeah thank you so much for that update our to escape people being. it does seem that there are those who are happy to help egypt out of its dire financial situation during this sensitive transition period saudi arabia and the
united arab emirates both say that they will provide up to eight billion dollars in total which according to the opinion of r.t. contributor option returns isn't necessarily a gesture of good well the u.a.e. and saudi definitely did not like the muslim brotherhood and so the saudi station al-arabiya quite called it in dubai in the u.a.e. backs the rebels and you go. back to which is backing the most the government is against a military coup so you have both sides using media using financing using weapons sales to back them in egypt all the time the united states we must remember that president obama was backing mubarak dictator up until the end seemingly not quite knowing what he's going to do and perhaps the saudis are threatening him even john mccain the presidential candidate used the word coup for obama we get nothing and in the mainstream media all we get is mommy el baradei another nobel prize
winner like obama saying nothing about the house arrest without charge of a democratically elected president let alone the ending of a parliament and the destruction of a free media which continues at the moment in egypt the fall of egypt's democratically elected president and the return of the revolution these are among the issues up for discussion in today's edition of crosstalk. you know it's it's easy to want to call it a revolution it's easy to want to call it a coup it does fit the textbook definition of a coup but at the same time secy isn't sitting here trying to walk to be the new dictator he's not trying to be the new mubarak hold on a minute that's disposed of all of the facts on the what city which who is general since you is that defense minister did when he first giving. out that huge mess which was absolutely impossible they knew full well that he was
going to spectacularly failed because he's been trying to get a lot of value and probably did you know maybe i need to defend don't get me wrong . and you can watch that full program at eleven thirty g m t a later this hour however the first battle for moscow in a decade the russian capital prepares to choose its next mayor out of forty candidates from the ruling party's acting mayor competition blogger to a rock band in just a few minutes we'll look at who is in the running and what awaits the winner. will. technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered. sometimes you see
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pick which one he'll of sept now reports say that he is leaning towards venezuela whose offer had come in early on a wave of south american support speaking exclusively to our team foreign minister explained to the continent wide backing for what's the lowers and why he believes that's necessary the details now from marina. as the world waits to see which country edward snowden will pick as his new home martine spoke exclusively with ecuador's foreign minister ricardo patino about the n.s.a. whistleblower and the fallout following his revelations now ecuador was the first to initiate an emergency summit among south american states after a plane carrying bolivian president evo morales was grounded in vienna last week it was grounded according to reports on suspicion that snowden was on board in route from moscow foreign minister put seno says the unprecedented violation of
international law should prompt more countries to offer their assistance to snowden . after the incident with iran as we have no doubt that snowden is being pursued at an international level so i'm more countries to all to him asylum in ecuador is also considering this option but it'll be better if it's not just three countries that come forward to offer him protection but ten twenty or one hundred states ecuador's foreign minister told r.t. that he was thoroughly surprised that the scale of the u.s. surveillance system in particular that programs were created to indiscriminately spy on people in latin america and even friendly states in europe now pitino said he was also shocked that instead of being persistent in demanding immediate explanations from the u.s. about its pervasive spying some european countries allegedly work together to ground the plane of a world leader and put the life of bolivia's president in danger. it's just
outrageous if it had been a european leader or the american president it would have triggered a war if any latin american country had done this then troops and fighter jets would have been sent in to rescue the leader just discriminate against countries so that some nations see their international rights observed while others are ignored . now the foreign minister of ecuador argues that the plane incident indicates that europe he says now functions as america's back yard a position that latin america has rejected to serve. in the us true leading democrats have called for the force feeding of guantanamo bay prisoners to be stopped but the parties will labeling the procedure as inhumane it certainly adds more pressure on president obama to end the practice after a u.s. federal court condemned it as quote painful humiliating and degrading that those prison authorities say force feeding will take place only at night during the islamic holy month of ramadan now the hunger strike is in its six month was almost
two thirds of the inmates taking part in a protest against the inhumane treatment and being held for years without trial in the lead from the council on american islamic relations says that the indefinite detention is the real problem at the prison. it's just ridiculous and then to see if they're having some sort of religious accommodations by. basically torturing the people at night is to makes the situation you know no better and this discussion about force feeding you know this is only a symptom of the bigger disease in which there are over eighty individuals in guantanamo bay who are being cleared of any wrongdoing and they're being held indefinitely against their will and really want a person gets the state we need to be worse but they've really given up hope that they can get any type of justice and this is really the bigger problem or the bigger issue at hand that we really need to be addressing. held in total secrecy complete isolation and no access to the outside world on our website you can find
out about those held company you know by the israeli intelligence as well as the toll it takes on the prisoners. also at r t dot com and digging deep well more than ten million barrels of oil more pumped from the ground in russia in june that's more than during any other month or a quarter of a century. right well it may be one of the basics of being a consumer that you get essentially what you pay for but people in britain are finding their electricity bills are a few pounds higher for power they don't even receive that is because it's to cover the massive amount of energy which is being stolen from the grid and according to regulators it's now being used to grow illegal drugs here's our tests are so low on the effect of cannabis growers who are hungry for electricity. when u.k. consumers look at their electricity bill in the year there may be seven pounds in there that they didn't actually consume that's according to energy watchdog who has highlighted the rampant nature of electricity the industry falls victim to about
twenty five thousand known cases of electricity and that's costing consumers about two hundred million pounds now one third of that amount actually goes to one of its farms a production of which is very energy intensive so that's about seventy million pounds a year ago we get to those kind of his farms how often has put forward a set of stricter guidelines for energy suppliers to comply with and maybe imposing fines on those who refuse to do so or don't want to. be the problem of electricity . with a library on these proposals why was it important to raise the issue that one third actually goes to kind of response where it's a growing problem according to police. took place around eight thousand people a year growing cannabis and that figure has doubled in the last four years so this is a new paltz of. how we want to bring its intention let's get one things right the
supply has responsibility to crank on electricity so what we're trying to do. so the energy industry does and so make sure all the fifty's reduced to its lowest level. energy u.k.b.a. association that comprises of about eighty energy companies have already welcomed these proposals however they're not too happy about the proposed impose fines on them however at the end of the day no matter what is agreed upon what will matter to consumers is going to be assurance that they're not paying for any more than they're using and that they're not funding any criminal activity. reporting from london. time now for a world update we begin in canada where the police launched a criminal investigation into the deadly train accident that has killed at least fifteen people a rail company has pointed the finger at firefighters for failing to prevent the disaster after a small fire on board was put out
a short while before the accident took place the train was carrying crude oil that hurled off the tracks in a small town in quebec on saturday exploding into a massive fireball that engulfed shops and buildings. over one hundred south korean businesses and government delegates have crossed into the north for a new round of talks on reopening the joint k. song factory complex workfare was halted in april following tension over pyongyang's latest nuclear weapons test both sides blame each other for the suspension south korea is expected to demand safeguards against a new freeze while the north once again media restart of work as well as higher pay for its employees. one of mexico's most active volcanoes has erupted near the capital spewing a cloud of ash and vapor three kilometers high level during several days of activity flights in and out of the capital have been canceled hundreds of people stranded authorities have raised the alert level but stopped short of evacuating the areas. the race to be moscow's next mayor has no shortage of candidates
applications to close in a few hours but already forty candidates have put themselves forward for the first mayoral election in the russian capital in a decade now being in charge of a rapidly growing twelve million dollar million population mega city with a budget the size of a small european country certainly sets a number of big challenges and i want to be mayors have offered some bold solutions promises range from compulsory personal helicopters for richer muscovites to replacing my robots more from. those who last visit to school more than two decades ago would hardly recognize it today from a grim ofen unfriendly city it has turned into a major european capital with glossy lights and vibrant lifestyle however the facelift came at a cost traffic jams overground human jams on the ground and the never ending deal of construction have reached a critical point six generations. believes the time has come for change
because all the got a. real global seed to from top to a. bushel of business some somebody. who can see all it could do is ministration much appreciation it not being clear how to provide people to see. now we have what we have it's not just the collapse but if people do this and that change may well be on the way to acting mayor said bannon handed in his resignation letter a snap election was called and the reaction from mayor want to be has been swift the flight that's on the way for the mayoral seat is unprecedented not only due to the number of candidates which exceeds thirty but also because the last time russia's capital elected its boss was a decade ago this position long has been appointed one and this is part of a huge process i think this is the second major step in reforming the system of the russian federation. this position is very important and it's crucial to the future
and the current state of the country itself in this battle for more school candidates of radically contrasting profiles and backgrounds are coming up with very different ideas from charging car owners for driving into the city center to replacing labor migrants from central asia with robots. this time running without the ruling party support to build on his current achievements and is offering to implement more high tech features into everyday life opposition activists. currently on trial for allegedly prioritizes the fight against corruption and introducing younger faces into local authorities this eccentric candidates. the spider a former heavy metal front man has promised to hand a new son over the russian capital and build a new imperial moscow each political party has its own contender forward but regardless of who wins and it's still an open race with no clear front runner
everyone agrees that this job will be no walk in the park. moscow is often called a country within a country so whoever takes the rain here may have to be more than just a talented manager after years of practically nonexistent elections the russian capital braces itself for and heated political battle and that campaign is gaining intensity with every day. let's see reporting from moscow. up next in breaking the sat the snowden saga and the toll that it is taking on the reputation of u.s. intelligence agencies. secret lover a tour to mccurry was able to build
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ramadan. i'm not a martin welcome to break in the set in case you didn't know today is the first day of the muslim holy month of ramadan while to cause for joyous celebration in many parts of the world it marks another chapter in the nightmare that goodman detainees are facing every day is the over half of the prisoners are on a hunger strike but since february prison authorities have been force feeding them twice a day however ramadan calls for fasting from sunup to sundown and many of the prisoners have pleaded with authorities to halt the practice during this time but no such luck the practice which is recognized in or gnash.