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what they did or what they said. damascus agrees to allow u.n. inspections to investigate to find out on election chemical at time which the draft says it has little down the assad government carried out. also this week military whistleblower bradley manning requests at presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years in jail for the biggest leak in america's history also. used effectively with ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't. destroy it they would keep law we had to sell the gandhi newspaper reveals how he was pressured to destroy bottles he received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden. the
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latest news on the week's top stories we're watching the weekly here on r.t. with me. for joining is. damascus has given the u.n. inspectors permission to access the site of an alleged must chemical attack as the u.s. says it's almost certain the afghan government carried out that sold and pledged a serious response alongside the ally the u.k. also his middle east correspondent paula cleary is following the right wing tensions that. well damascus has agreed to allow u.n. investigators access to the scene of this and made chemical attack but the point needs to be made that while the damascus is it will do its maximum to ensure a safe house image for the investigators the actual territory is rebel held and then so i hope to mostly it will be the rebel forces who determine whether or not
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the u.n. investigators have the access that they require we're just hearing however from the united states who says that this now comes too late we are however hearing from the u.n. that they will regardless begin their investigation come monday now this comes as the united states says it has very little doubt that damascus was behind this chemical strike the u.s. intelligence basing these claims on the number of reported deaths we're hearing that upwards of one hundred or one hundred people were in fact killed it also is basing these claims on the types of injuries and on eyewitness reports these kind of discussions are emerging from a meeting of the american president barack obama with his security advisers we know that he's been presented with a review of possible options in terms of american response if indeed there has been the use of chemical weaponry president obama has repeatedly said that if assad uses chemical weapons that would be a green light and there would be
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a red line in terms of which american and foreign intervention would be justified at the same time the white house is also saying that it believes that damascus did late axes to these u.n. investigators because it wanted to give the chemical weapons time to degrade now all of this comes as the you in moves its naval forces in the mediterranean closer to the syrian coast and we are hearing from the united states that it would be prepared to strike if indeed called upon to do so this comes as syrian state television is reporting that syrian soldiers entered a number of tunnels in a damascus suburb that had been you. by rebel fighters and may they found evidence of chemical waste and they were empty shells that had marked on them made in saudi arabia and saudi arabia of course being a very vocal critic of the syrian president bashar assad there seems to be a lot of reports and evidence that the rebels in fact are responsible for carrying out these chemical attacks but let me make the point that all the footage we're
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witnessing and all the reports that are circulating online are as of yet unverified the rebels for themselves are vowing revenge we have heard from an old mr leader in an order recording that's also been posted online saying that in revenge they will fire thousand rockets at the assad regime this comes as the united states chief of staff as well as the chiefs of staffs of britain france and civil are arab countries sit down in jordan and there they are discussing ways of beefing up security on the borders of countries that surround syria and this is of concern whether or not there is going to be a future chemical attack or any other kind of violence spilling over from syria into neighboring countries. the russian foreign ministry has called on anyone considering the use of force against syria not to commit or did called a tragic mistake moscow also warned against acting on unconfirmed assumptions
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before your inspectors complete investigation it wants more international pressure on the rebels which russia blames for the outside to how the investigation along and despite harsh rhetoric against the syrian government and the u.s. military waiting for a green light to a time it appears america's don't want an intervention and here will be laser reuters ipsos poll revealed just nine percent of the u.s. citizens who took part in this survey want their presidents to act while about sixty percent said america should stay away from the civil war in syria when asked about washington's support for the opposition about one hand said obama. to do more for the rebels and just send arms to them while almost ninety percent don't want america to help the opposition meanwhile medical charity doctors without borders say they received more than three thousand patients suffering from intoxication wednesday when the chemical assault was reported three hundred fifty five of them died but exactly who was behind that time is still hard to verify so far the u.s.
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and its allies have a set assumed thought is to blame former pentagon official michael maloof says those indications are impossible to verify. the syrian government has actually called upon the u.n. to investigate but they cannot. open up areas that are under the opposition control they can certainly. ask that the u.n. come in and look at whatever documentation they might have but i so i think that this is a very serious development and what's happening is that the regular media is just assuming that it's the it's the syrian government when in fact they're being fed information from the opposition so that i think everyone has to be very careful and certainly policymakers need to be very careful before they take any action that could be very very difficult to really get to the bottom of this latest episode. international tensions are running high as the pentagon moves naval forces closer
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to syria despite obama being cautious going into the so will do those preparations for type usually mean tell us what you think on our web site r.t. dot com and so far the majority almost half of those who voted say washington wants to divert americans from domestic problems around thirty percent of you think the pentagon's message it's ready to strike no matter what obama says about being cautious while fourteen percent say the u.s. wants political leverage over chemical arms and the u.n. probe and a minority which is ten percent so far say that the pentagon is ready for and it's just in case so local to dot com to cast. right seems. first rate. and i think.
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was a blog bradley manning was sentenced to thirty five years in prison this week he was responsible for the massive leak of classified data that exposed american war crimes in iraq and afghanistan the former on the product is now hoping for a pardon from the us president mani addressed a letter to obama insisting he acted out of love for his country seeking to protect the values and ideals of the united states the ex soldier also said he would gladly pay the price for living in a free american society but as also he has granted to take our reports now if the debate over manning's personal issues that is now grabbing the headlines bradley manning sentence of thirty five years behind bars has said on unprecedented punishments threshold for whistleblowers bradley manning should be walking the
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streets and being treated for who he is a whistleblower were exposed war crimes in iraq afghanistan secret war in yemen and the other corruption of the governments the us supported bradley manning supporters gathered outside the white house to call for the president's to pardon the whistleblower the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not just manning speech but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the actions that their government is taking on their behalf manning's defense team has submitted a request for a pardon but there seems to be little chance that it will be granted that the government's ongoing crackdown on whistleblowers under the current administration and unauthorized leak to the media of classified information. it is viewed as being tantamount to aiding the enemy. the government wide crackdown on whistleblowers and the extension of this crackdown to journalists threatens to stifle the flow of information that is vital to our public but the media in the us has largely failed
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to stand up for bradley manning government officials and t.v. pundits all but convicted the whistleblower even before any trial took place who cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in iraq you know we don't want to we don't want to be a part of that we it's very uncomfortable so if it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable americans generally will pull back from an allows the media to fill that gap and pro-trade bradley manning as a traitor manning's own personality has grabbed more headlines than the shoes that he uncovered and the day after sentencing many six became the main story who is healthy this week bradley manning announced that he wants to spend the rest of his life as a female and asked to be referred to as chelsea manning one of the defense psychiatry at trial testified that manning has narcissistic tendencies and i wonder if there's anything to that in the sense that she's announcing this in this very
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big public way no i think this is really trying to let people have the answer that they wanted she never really wanted this to be public to begin with and when the information came out you need to understand the she gave it to her in a limo in a very private setting in a one on one chat never expecting this to be public now that it is unfortunately have to deal with it in a public manner chelsea manning's attorney also said his client never wanted personal issues to become the main story and overshadow the debate that the whistleblower wanted to start through the leaks in washington i'm going to check out. the. i had to square one i think say to hosni mubarak has been let. sound of the jail with lynn in egypt now questioning whether anything good has come out of the twenty eleven revolution that toppled him in the first place. but our national security agency has been listening
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in on the united nations this information comes from the latest batch of security leaks about u.s. intelligence operations and this a star will reportedly able to access the yuan's encrypted video conferencing system at its headquarters wiretapping nearly five hundred communication channels this leak appears in the german media but britain's guardian newspaper has also published many of edward snowden's revelations that lead to the government forcing them to destroy secret computer files over fears of data good fall into the wrong hands if the paper's servers ever handpicked but the documents weren't even stored on there as a ceiling explained. you've had your fun now it's time to return of the documents said the unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies only it isn't we were faced effectively with an ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would be to law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the
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paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to what by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspapers also publicized what had gone on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives of computers which contained the very information the paper's been exposing a bizarre turn of events salary measures says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply. not from london the twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after the detention of david miranda part of the guardian journalist and
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glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials around it was detained under the u.k.'s terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among politicians and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about once they can do. if they want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well the information he's got would endangered the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for no such reasons have been advanced when rand is an attention as well as the destruction of
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computers and the guardian's basement has one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become the story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech being laid bare the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice good healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following his revelations especially considering that press appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having competent full sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to the internet this is a language that's being used internally to search cilia r.t.e. london. stay with us because just after the break we had eighty two ex predict
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floodwaters will rise for another seven days forcing rescuers into a round the clock for ice to pile sand binds into nine days a high flood walls that's just going to stand on the. exactly what happened that day i don't know but i killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results or you get this in people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse they were taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted
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and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. you know washing the we see welcome back and let's go to russia now way extreme flooding continues to devastate the far east experts say levels have no chance peaks and may continue to rise until the second or third of september that's another whole week for a region which has already moment seven meters under water and based. this is where it all began let's now have a look there are movie about bastards banks after weeks of unrelenting downpours
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covering an area the size of france and germany combined it's been a federal emergency for nearly three weeks now with more torrential rain feeding the rising floodwaters these three week trends have been the worst affected eighty five thousand livelihoods are under threat in the hobart screeching alone three dozen towns of over three thousand inhabitants are already under water and as you can see here the regional capital ups a city over half a million lives on the move which means they will sue a river and their rescuers are volunteers and soldiers are fighting to fortify a riverbank over thirty kilometers along on his poles cord brings us the latest on their efforts. this is marina a resident of bolshoi risky island and this is marina's house water waist high the entire ground floor resembling a cesspit rather than
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a home now it's only when you enter the properties that you see the extent of the damage that these floodwaters have caused now despite marina best attempts to try and keep many of her treasured possessions out of the water it was simply in vain the entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around it's going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal. marina is one of hundreds in this region to have been evacuated in recent days by russia's emergency services she can't take everything with her and doesn't know when she'll be able to return for now she'll stay with friends. who have been crying all week we've lost all our property and that's after we've renovated hundred wallpaper a place you carpets although some hardy souls remain predominantly this village is like a ghost town. but despite the chaos the resilient attempts to carry on as normal
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the shop remains open although when we visited business was sly many of those evacuated from their homes and up in temporary accommodation centers in schools and sports holes for thirty's and volunteers providing supplies such as food drinking water and medicine that some rest bite for those who have lost everything just get a policy that's good that aid is going to come there is good that we have there but he needed to. be tell t's greet the treat us like the children although the situation in the how about oscar region remains critical for the west as hope the worst is over and the region attention is now turning to the cleanup operation just that the situation is changing and we're going to regroup our forces people now come from the neighboring a more region for planes arrive here every day. now water levels in some parts of this region have already beaten records that have stood for more than one hundred
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and twenty years not of six hundred and forty two centimeters and the fear is that as the rains continue that could push the eight meter barrier causing even more devastation understructure to people's lives and homes the military and emergency services continue to work around the clock to reinforce how about ask concern the defenses could be breached by water that at the moment shows no signs of receding i'm with flood levels not expected to ease until mid september the true extent of the damage is yet to reveal itself and it could be some time yet before the full picture emerges postcards. about ask. even more stories for you online and here what you can find on r.t. dot com right now braces haven and you know c. minus trying to turn a small town in the u.s. state of north dakota into white supremacy a stronghold find out how he's going about it on r.t. dot com. and bonding with bitcoin supporters of the emerging digital
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currency brought their cyber wallets to a special event in berlin log on to r.t. dot com and find out what happened. there retrial of egypt's ex-president hosni mubarak has been adjourned until september he appeared in court today facing charges of alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising which ousted him two years ago the former leader was let out of jail earlier this week and placed under house arrest in a military hospital his release has added to tensions in the country with many saying it as part of a reversal of gains one during the twenty eleven revolution egypt has been in during an unprecedented wave of deadly protests since the military ousted islam is president mohamed morsi resumed brotherhood leaders have been arrested over the same period their trials are to be held in october the first consultant one roof believes the army will always play
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a defining role in the ruling of egypt. not even if they bring a civilian in this huge remember mubarak wore a suit for adultery before he wore a suit. military gnome. who are in power and even if of civilian governments go into power they have to do as a military service will once and as long as the prall worst or no u.s. government will be allowed to remain in power as soon as they start speaking out or trying to exert their or i do. be toppled the. rules morsi so know the military of being in power for decades martial law is really in paul's for decades so the military don't see any change in circumstances. well don't have a million brits could be missing their homes over a dirt as small as a thousand pounds and that new regulation applies to people's unsecured loans polevoy car has more frankie's run up several thousand pounds worth of credit card
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bills that he can't pay off and because of new laws he could lose his home as a result of new regulations state that an individual needs to own just a thousand pounds on their credit card or personal loans for a lender to force them to sell their home through court nobody asked me or twisted my body to take out the credit write that small doing until i like but the word unsecured was attached to it unsecured borrowing is borrowing that it isn't attached to anything initially you're not at risk of losing anything if you don't reply but after government use tan all that changed a charging order is a way for a lender to secure a debt from a credit card or a personal loan against an individual's house back in two thousand and ten the coalition government promised to make the threshold for charging orders over twenty five thousand pounds but they changed their minds which means that frankie is now being pursued by the by and can face is losing his house over
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a debt of six thousand pounds we want to about the threshold set at twenty five thousand pounds if we want it but extra layer of consumer protection the government has made it easier for lenders to get charging orders frankie says he feels angry about the coalition's change of heart the situation should never of come to me unsecured means unsecured. but it's not like they'll secure my property when i didn't sign for a secured loan he's not alone britain's office for fair trading has already warned major banks over threatening to force debtors to sell their homes over debts of just over a thousand pounds but the justice ministry says that by introducing the threshold they're actually helping protect debtors people having to sell their house to pay off debts should always be a last resort we want it to stay that way which is why we've introduced a minimum threshold on charging orders that provides appropriate protection to creditors and debt is one ensuring that even fewer people have to sell their homes
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but house prices in the u.k. are on the rise and yet charities are predicting a surge in charging orders it's very disappointing that they produce a threshold because that one thousand pounds is an incredibly low sum of money to i want to own a credit card or personal life and we don't think it should ever be the case anyone is it is a danger of losing their home over such a small sum frank he says he can't afford to pay back his debts how does it make you feel the need for losing your. how do you think it makes me feel mean i feel for really sick and more war through was a really sick over it's something in the good times we took pride in playing and the bad songs we've struggled very very hold this extra pressure financial pressure is causing a rift between. our relationships were strong and. lost and with his court date penciled in for september it's beginning to hit home for frankie
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could lose the house he's lived in for over twenty years. r.t. london. up next in our special report on look at some interrogation methods used by u.s. police and her effective they actually that's something the show. they say geopolitics is a lot like a schoolyard and what obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stoughton incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much her feelings are hurt let's not mistake the cancelled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total
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rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really sent a bold and possibly dangerous but a cold message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the stone debacle but this grandstanding just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verda commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. the crime is that of viola manville a seventy four year old woman found dead on the twenty ninth of november one thousand nine hundred eighty eight along the track. dozens of suspects will be
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questions and all will be released including frank sterling seen in this photograph . two years later detectives trained by reid reopen the case and are convinced frank is guilty. a few years earlier his brother had been sentenced to prison for raping viola manning and franks is thought to have wanted revenge. the police are relentless and pressed until he cracks. eleventh of july one thousand nine hundred ninety one and exhausted frank sterling admits to the mudda his confession is recorded. many years later of a four year old girl is arrested he confesses to the murder of viola manning and traces of his d.n.a. confirm the fact. was.

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