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the u.s. defense secretary says our forces are on standby to unleash cruise missiles against syria while reports are just for a strike could take place as soon as thursday. washington waves away comparisons with iraq with officials insist in their past mistakes won't be repeated but as we report such promises can be hard to. as floodwaters in russia's are far east are showing no signs of receding one of the region's main cities. and its manmade dams. and a clash of cultures in the u.k. as tension rushes up a between vocal muslim groups and those who question the place of islam in britain .
it's not me i'm here in the russian capital you live with us on our do you with me to say let's take a look at the bulletin this hour at american the military offensive against syria could start as soon as thursday and missiles are already pointed at around fifty sites according to us media reports a sighting senior officials now the north from president obama is all that's needed for the bombing campaign to start artie's a sham thomas has the details. well it certainly has been a busy week in the united states as they've been preparing trying to gather international support and information as to what and how they could respond we're hearing that they could respond with a three day missile strike aimed at sending a message to bashar al assad not at toppling his regime or crippling his military
but specifically just to send a message this was reported to n.b.c. news by top u.s. military officials now we're expecting to hear from u.s. secretary of state john kerry today to present more information and evidence linking the assad regime that to these alleged chemical attacks that happened last week. in the go to area east of damascus so far the united states says that they have little doubt that it was assad regime that carried out the attack but they have not been able to present their case or make a convincing public case about exactly how they know this information we're supposed to hear a little bit more on that today now the white house has not commented at all on whether they're going to seek a u.n. mandate they refuse to answer those questions but defense secretary chuck hagel says they are willing and ready to go at president obama's command all he has to do is give the order we also know that the navy united states navy has moved some of
their warships into the area to be on standby as well obama and his top aides have made at least eighty eight phone calls to world leaders to discuss the situation in syria two of those phone calls to one of his arguably closest allies u.k. prime minister david cameron we know that the u.k. has recalled the parliament on thursday so that they can discuss the situation in syria and to take a vote cameron said that the world could not stand idly by after seeing appalling scenes of death and suffering you go also reports that the u.k.'s air base in cyprus just one hundred miles from the coast of syria there is a build up of military there so. witnesses are saying now in france francois hollande says that they are ready to punish those who took the decision to gas the innocent in syria so it seems that france is ready to be on board saudi arabia says that immediate action should be taken against assad and turkey has announced this
week that they are willing to join any military coalition against assad regardless of whether there is a un mandate or not but there is a little bit of a drawback the arab league which is a big player in the region they do blame the syrian government and bashar al assad for using chemical weapons against his people but they will not back a strike at this point against the regime or russia basically they've been maintaining a cautious attitude at this point it should be mentioned that russia has a vacuum waited citizens from the area basically for their own safety as this momentum is gathering towards a military retaliation. and kerry have spoken sergey lavrov the foreign minister of russia has rejected john kerry's position that it was damascus that carried out the attacks he is urged the united states to wait for the results of that u.n. investigation now the u.n. investigative team is supposed to begin country for another six days at least and
one thing lavrov is concerned about is the failure of the geneva two dialogue conferences that the united states and russia have been working on jointly and so right now also the deputy prime minister dmitry rogozin was a little bit more direct a little bit more harsh he said that the west behaves towards the islamic world like a monkey with a grenade so it's safe to say russia not happy with this movement towards a military retaliation at least until the united nations gets their job and they can look at the evidence in a legal and more methodical manner. with posy u.k. independence party leader nigel farage bridges apparently has to get tangled up in syria's civil war and he believes the government hasn't thought this one through. i would just say this you know number one can we please actually find out the that it was a sad that use those weapons it's probable that it was but please can we find out.
i was everybody else that moral outrage on its own is not a good enough reason to get involved in a war that could have unforseen consequences but i have to say that it was entirely blair's time starting off with we seem to go into foreign wars with alarming regularity often having no really clear objectives or any idea how we're going to withdraw because to prove that point you know we've now been in afghanistan for longer than the first and second world wars added up together my view is that what we've done in afghanistan and iraq in fact for many decades whenever britain got involved in the middle east we tend to have made things worse not better and horrible we tease ghastly some of the crimes of the that are being committed there is nothing the british military can do my view to make things better the us is insisting that this time around or will be nothing alike iraq also
a libya washington is confident that when it comes to syria the evidence is unquestionable just like it was when saddam was accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction his artie's gannets if you can on america's rich record of missteps military. before every u.s. intervention in the last fifteen years there was a hype of lies misinformation and discrepancies but every time washington would present its case for war as the ultimate truth leading people to believe that waging war was the only way to peace as the us is preparing an attack on syria striking similarities can be found in how washington makes its case for intervention material i will present to you comes from a variety of sources some are u.s. sources and some of those of other countries we have additional information about this attack and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners and we will provide that information in the days ahead some of the sources
are technical such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by satellites what have we learned about the actual proof the white house claims it has on syria's use of chemical weapons it will for u.s. official is telling me that this intelligence assessment contains forensic evidence that actual chemical attack took place as well as some intercepted communications among syrian forces that suggest the regime was responsible a separate sources also telling c.n.n.'s john king that the report contains some satellite images of activity at potentially chemical weapons depots back in two thousand and three in the run up to the iraq war the media also diligently repeated what the white house said we know that iraq and al qaeda have had high level contacts that go back a decade we've learned that iraq has trained al qaeda members in bomb making. and
poisonous. and deadly gases before the u.s. stepping came washington's claims that the government which was about to be attacked did not cooperate thus this crediting any u.n. investigation that was underway saddam hussein and his regime are busy doing. we possibly can to ensure that instructors. finding absolutely nothing. well they found nothing because there was nothing but it was an argument that couldn't be heard through the deafening sound of war drums iraq is not the only example when the u.s. effectively rendered a diplomatic solution obsolete with serbian leaders on the other hand refused even to discuss key elements of the peace agreement before the us started a two month long bombing campaign of the former yugoslavia the us love government had accepted proposals for the near independence of kosovo within the republic of serbia as well as an international peacekeeping force in kosovo but the agreement
that nato put forward had a clause that they could not accept in the words of former secretary of state henry kissinger the text which called on serbia to admit need to troops throughout yugoslavia was a provocation an excuse to start bombing runway is not a document that an angelic serb could have accepted years later we see diplomacy brushed off again in syria even as the un team is working on the ground at every turn the syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the un investigation washington has bypassed the u.n. both in the case of the former yugoslavia and that of iraq in libya the u.s. and its allies have effectively carried out a regime change although the un mandate was to protect civilians we came we saw he died. because we acted quickly a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided but for many libyans a humanitarian catastrophe has just started as the nation plunges deeper into chaos
and tear like in iraq where the intervention was followed by a decade of terror for those wondering what awaits american politicians found to have light no weapons over there. be under here. to check on r.t. washington d.c. . u.s. officials say directed some chemical weapons storage sites a would be too dangerous so instead they want to cripple ourselves forces capable of delivering the warheads to the minute she would give a huge boost to the rebels who have recently been losing ground artie's contributor afshin rattansi says this is all playing into the hands of terrorist groups the national security council of britain is meeting because david cameron the prime minister here to foreshorten this holiday it's interesting that national security council was set up in twenty ten to talk about national security of this country britain. most of that was about al qaida that may be
a concept and britain and the united states are now validly supporting al-qaeda linked groups if anything one would see in a normal scenario that countries should come to the aid of the assad government against. al-qaeda linked brigades that certainly call it the u.n. weapons inspector a few months ago said were responsible for chemical attacks american lawmakers a say they should have the last word when it comes to u.s. strikes in syria not the president the political standoff brewing in washington is being addressed in cross talk the full version of the program is coming your way at seven thirty g.m.t. . the u.s. military that supposed to be deployed for u.s. interests and it's supposed to be approved by congress congress has the constitutional authority to declare war not the president of the white house and if congress had an advocate of its constitutional authority there we wouldn't be so
close to the precipice and that's a huge problem you know just the other day speaker boehner spokesperson said you know the speaker made it clear that he wants congress to be can be in consultation well and he doesn't need congress speak a little less direct western media and all western media is going for so that people know who to blame when there's a war. floodwaters in russia's far east will keep one of the region's main business hub submerged for the next month according to local officials residents of. keeping their fingers crossed has been the manmade dams protecting the city. and the delusion continues to slowly recede does a postcard test the waters at the sea. well up until now it had been the remote rural areas that had been worst affected by these flood waters but as you can see now the waters are beginning to encroach on to the city of how about just twenty yards behind the camera is
a residential area and some residents are being evacuated as we speak in deciding to go to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up for the first thing you notice about the city actually is the amount of hills that are off meaning that is communities and streets in the lowlands that are most at risk of being worst affected communities and areas like this one and there's a surprising number of residents although many are going to the accommodation centers in their hundreds there are still those who are resolutely staying with their properties and deciding not to leave now. my family is going to affect your way to from our home but i decided to stay today the electric power supply has resumed pumps are working and there's no water in the stairwell any more water evaporates in the pavements become visible so we're still living here those that stay on those that go basically those who have their properties ruined attention is slowly turning to the future and what happens when this water subsides when it receives and the extent of the damage is revealed when the authorities have said
that they will give compensation of up to one hundred thousand rubles to people whose properties have been damaged the compensation will range from fifty to one hundred thousand rubles depending on the severity of the damage now russia's emergency services minister is also heading to this region imminently choose day to assess not only the damage but also the work of the emergency services in terms of evacuations on the building all that building is that it continuing apace twenty four hours a day around the clock to prevent this situation reaching the parts of the city. artis balls called their reporting from the worst cell flood to hit the region in more than a century now this is a way that was a for more internet zone news after the break.
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welcome back you're watching r t in the u.k. police have launched a probe into who is responsible for sending a cd with pornographic images and of pictures of the prophet muhammad to several mosques in london it's just the latest in a chain of provocative acts that have a heightened tensions between muslims and other parts of british society are just as us so you want to find out what it will take to bridge the religious divide. my name is gavin bobi and i'm the lawyer behind freedom foundation we still. we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them somewhere further to the mosque buster objections raised by
locals pertaining to mosques and clude traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine there's a wrong doctrine now exactly is contrary to english rule if a cover for the church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blessing armies to commit acts of war would immediately that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about islamic faith or even if you want he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really in terms of traffic congestion impacting the local area if people have those objections he really genuinely feel that it's going to create an impact raised but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment
on the muslim myself and and. speaking to muslims across print and the cross london people are feeling vulnerable because the they do feel as if the muslim community has been picked we have had instances where a local mosque had sausages thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque. no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed a project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions but the spotlight once again on why this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion we see i think is poor little to the failure within multiculturalism people becoming vested in
a very particular notion that britain is characterized by first of all a white christian dominant culture which historically is certainly true but may be less the case today most simply become the symbol i think for this greater things on the table a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents an event or two thousand and twelve and may twenty thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons we really need a more frank and open and detailed discussion about what islam is about we're british nurses and about how we manage social change and evolution in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept in britain which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures any less likely just are so your r t london. here's what we
have on our website a russian business magnate has been whisked into custody in belo rooms now after and with invited to the capital of the country's prime minister it all faces ten years in prison reportedly for breaking his fertilisers company's partnership with the recency for the head to i t dot com for the details. and blowing in the window tropical storm or less is the message in the east coast so forcing residents inside their homes and schools to close you can find the video on. on. the. leading playmakers gathering just outside of moscow for one of the world's top.
twenty thirteen here's one of the highlights of the exhibition. now the fifty five to jad to its exceptional speed and agility have made it a focus of interest at the since it was unveiled at the last twenty eleven now the jets a development was closely watched by enthusiasm all over the world despite most of that work being kept under wraps now it's capable of reaching what is the speed of sound and avoiding radar detection and requires only a short runway takeoff however the t.v. doesn't come cheap at a current price tag of a fifty million dollars and there's a plenty more to see at the end show with around a thousand firms a fall from up more than forty countries participating and it's not just the latest in the military technology civilian aircraft builders are also showing off their
crowning achievements in terms of going speed and passenger comfort there's a bit out prototype space shift on display if you add to that sort of things now the organizers hope to be to the max twenty eleven record to wait ten billion dollars worth of contracts were signed and when most of the deals have been struck the air show will open to the general public was a breathtaking performances by aerobatics team from russia as well as abroad are g.'s there for you throughout the week so keep you posted on the max. my.
time for a look at some more news stories from around the world two people have reportedly been shot dead in egypt as military forces just biased a pro morsi rally south of the capital eight more were injured when their soldiers brought out a brawl between supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi and some local residents in front of a mosque military officials is that there was then no protests as were fired at by medical sources report that all of the date and the injured died of gunshot wounds egypt has been under a state of emergency for a month now after hundreds were killed in fighting following the arcing of president morsi and the protests that followed. in brazil at least seven people have been killed and schools wounded in the collapse of a building under construction in sao paolo rescuers have managed to pull eleven people safely from the rubble and say at least two other supply of us are down the however
it's. not know how many others remain under the debris authorities say the majority of those killed were construction workers the cause of the collapse remains unclear . under the u.s. state of california where firefighters have contained twenty percent of the wildfires which continue to see through your symmetry national park called into reports the blaze has close to a large reservoir that provides most of san francisco's water supply the flamers have also damaged to a hydroelectric plants force in the city to switch to other power sources more than three thousand five hundred firefighters are battling to control the blaze which has been raging for eleven days now. japan has raised the threat level ad to the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant to serious incident which is a level three out of seven on the international scale the decision was taken after
consultations with the u.n. nuclear watchdog the main danger comes from a massive leak of contaminated water three hundred tons of which may have a reach the pacific and this is a great list a warning about fukushima since the tween eleven quake and tsunami caused the meltdown of three reactors. stay with us all for a true story he'd been spying adding treat in miami that's coming up next and documentary called will of the real terrorist please stand. she good leverage or each year mccurry was easy to build on each most sophisticated robot which on fortunately it doesn't give a darn about anything to change mission to teach creation why it should care about
humans and. this is why you should care what you only. from the fog of war to the drums of war washington and its western regional allies are again agitating for senseless conflict in the middle east this time against syria again it's all about weapons of mass destruction and the echo of the catastrophe called iraq western military intervention in syria only make things worse.
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