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have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets president obama says he's willing to go it alone in syria but nevertheless sees congressional congressional approval for a military strike. president putin dismissing claims that the syrian government to use chemical weapons is nonsense and demands that the u.s. provide proof. for the possible u.s. attack on syria sparking a wave of protests across the world thousands take to the streets in support of the middle east state. in moscow i matter as a good to have you with us here on our t.v. our top story u.s.
president barack obama he doesn't need u.n. authorization to launch an attack on syria as he sends strike plans to congress for approval that is going to punish damascus follows the publication of a u.s. intelligence assessment claiming the assad regime ordered a chemical weapons attack the report the only contains circumstantial evidence artie's marine important i has the latest from new york. u.s. president barack obama has announced something of a shift in strategy with respect to military intervention into syria now most of the world was speculating that washington would strike damascus within the next within the next twenty four to forty eight hours but on saturday afternoon president obama confirmed that the u.s. will take military action against syria but first the u.s. leader says he will seek authorization from congress speaking in the rose garden obama said that he believes he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress but he feels that going before
congress having a public debate debate having a vote would make the country stronger if if there was actually a national conversation taking place about obama's intended military strike against syria now the u.s. leader says that he feels comfortable carrying out an attack against a syrian targets without the approval of the united nations security council u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says his plan military strike is not time sensitive that means that it could happen one week from now it could happen one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says the syrian government will pay consequences for allegedly carrying out a chemical weapons attack after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be
an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead our action would be designed to be limited duration and scope now it's important to point out that the team of u.n. experts that have been investigating the august twenty first alleged chemical weapons attack just returned from damascus and have not yet concluded if chemical weapons were used the results of their findings may become known in the next few weeks while president obama is basing his judgment on is an independent investigation that washington has done into the alleged chemical weapons attack which blames the assad government for being behind it now president obama also said that the u.s. cannot raise its children in a world where we don't follow through on the things that we say president obama was for referring to his own statements and what he said a little over a year ago when he drew that proverbial red line in the sand about the syrian government using chemical weapons if they were to then there would be consequences
now many experts believe that the u.s. president can't bluff he's in a position where he said what he said and now he has to back up his words washington already has a lot of naval power on standby in the mediterranean even before the president made it clear he wants to attack syria congress says it will decide on whether to use the military force when it returns from its break september ninth five u.s. destroyers ready to attack whenever the order is given the u.s.s. san antonio with several hundred marines aboard also joining them on friday president obama said they'll be no boots on the ground in syria echoing earlier statements that the troops in the sea will only stand by as a precaution the other five vessels though packs a major firepower you show them carrying up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles they can strike syria from a distance keeping the destroyers out of the range of the syrian missiles and in response to the placement of the u.s. navy syrian authorities say their army is now mobilized for an intervention or to use marine if an ocean has more from damascus. if at the beginning of a bomb
a speech i so that people looped nervous obviously frightened attack and war raid relief came to replace all these emotions all these feelings following a bomb at speech many here say that congress is unlikely to approve military action against syria but even those who think that it could happen that congress does approve this strike against a country say at least it is not going to happen tonight but if we're talking about the general mood to mean syria that public opinion is divided there are those who are afraid and frightened and they leave the country they pack their bags they send their families women and kids outside syria and they're following them themselves and there is another part of the syrian society they say we don't care we've been living under this pressure on did these dangerous highly unsafe and stable situation for more than two years and how if we didn't leave last year and two
years ago why should we believe now some senior u.s. administration officials say the president changed his mind at the last minute before making his announcement at first obama wanted to take military action against syria without congressional authorization but the president is under some public pressure because apparently according to the latest poll numbers the u.s. public doesn't think that action against syria is necessary let's take a look at the latest numbers how they stack up more than half of the americans who took part in a reuters poll didn't want intervention in syria only twenty percent were in favor of it and asked whether assad should be attacked if he's implicated in chemical weapons use a little less than thirty percent said yes meanwhile the possibility of an intervention in syria sparked numerous protests and rallies across the world more than a thousand protesters in london chanted hands off syria that was before obama left no doubt that the country would be targeted similar scenes in germany about the same amount of antiwar activists said only a sovereign and independent syria free from interference would be would make peace
possible i was echoed in paris and supporters of syria also out in force in turkey . russian president vladimir putin casts doubt on the u.s. evidence that syrian forces used chemical weapons calling the claims nonsense he also cautioned against the administration about the falling out of getting involved in syria militarily artie's sean thomas has more on moscow's reaction. president vladimir putin spoke to reporters and bloody vostok here in russia and had some strong clear words about the situation in syria first of all he said all of this talk of strikes and military intervention from the west is he is certain because the syrian regime is making advances against the rebels and it's a tactic or a technique to try and turn the tide of the civil war in syria to the rebels side he also said that the idea of the government the assad regime using chemical weapons is absurd cityscape. syrian government forces are advancing in
some areas they have surrounded the rebels to think that in such a time they would give a trump card for those calling for intervention is. now the president went on to say that of course russia is against the idea of weapons of mass destruction specifically chemical weapons and in this case and particularly that the global community needs to wait until the u.n. investigation team results are in and he says that at that time the global community can then discuss the situation and act in a lawful manner that any unilateral action would be against international law he also said that he was surprised about the situation last week in the british parliament where they debated and then voted down military action for the u.k. in syria he says that he was surprised but he was pleased and it shows that there are rational minds at play in the government and that that debate needs to happen
he also appealed it to president obama not just as a president but as a nobel laureate winner of the nobel peace prize let's not forget that barack obama is nobel peace prize laureate of the. be taken into account before making the decision to stop bombing syria which will lead to civilian casualties so russia continuing to stand in their position that the world needs to wait for the u.n. investigation to take place the world needs to act globally it looks like now that president obama will be sending it back to congress and so we will wait to see if that spirited debate that happened in the in the u.k.
parliament will also happen in the united states phyllis bennis director of the institute for policy studies explain why she thinks so but the president obama decided to take the issue of syria airstrikes to congress. he was prepared to go without a united nations resolution which of us would make any military strike illegal but he was counting on certainly the brits he was counting on the u.k. to come on board i think he was quite blindsided by that decision by the british parliament and then to find out that nato said no and that the arab league said no france isn't quite enough as an international ally i think all of that plus the fact that almost two hundred members of congress have signed letters in recent days demanding that there be some consultation with congress the whole question of what happens the day after is not on the agenda we can say all we want our intention is a narrow targeted strike just a day or two this is not a major major military campaign well it's not
a major kill military campaign until it is what is of course syria tries to retaliate against one of the u.s. warships that are off the syrian coast what if it tries to shoot down a u.s. plane what if it retaliates against israel what if it attacks a u.s. base in one of the neighboring countries all of these things would be then met by greater u.s. retaliation to that act we can't assume that the u.s. would take the position we didn't intend this to be more than a couple days we're not going to respond they would certainly respond and that threatens the whole possibility of the united states being pulled directly into this very complicated civil war inside syria so whatever happens it's going to be the people of syria who pay the final price we're keeping an eye on developments in and around syria bring you latest updates as we get them. still to. discussions on the real state of gay rights in russia after the country became
a target of international criticism for its alleged discrimination of the community . america london accused of failing homeless people in the city after the number of those sleeping on the streets continues to rise. at our correspondent lizzie france on cloud nine if she takes to the skies with an aerobatics team at the international max air show after a short break. wealthy british style it's time to. market. what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kaiser reports.
fourteen minutes past the hour now thousands rallied in berlin to protest a russian law banning the promotion of gay lifestyles to those younger than eighteen echoing u.s. and european activists some protesters called for a boycott of the upcoming sochi winter olympics russia has been the focus of widespread criticism over the issue of gay rights in the country because of its legislation now with this new law in place artie's culture correspondent martin looks at like get looks at gay life in the russian capital. the real rainbow
russia fights in the streets and melissa arrests for many around the world moscow brings images of snow spies violence and now extreme homophobia the new anti-gay propaganda law has certainly break night in the cold war hangups from decades ago on the this time it's the l g b t community in the spotlight all the fights for equality and boycotts on sporting events can be justified it's important to note that moscow and many other major cities in russia do have thriving gay communities peter was named is a british ex-pat who told me how he feels about safety in the capital so you've been living here for three years what are your experiences. being a gay expo in moscow i think it's safe i'm having any incidents of living here and i don't know any friends of having the balance of living here is all right open they get violent clashes merges and ban parades there is widespread homophobia in
russia discrimination is discrimination and needs to be challenge but has the community become a scapegoat of anti russian propaganda and as tempers flare and protest tourism takes hold in london and new york are activists seeing the full picture. central station is a popular gay nightclub such venues in themselves a measure of freedom nor are they the benchmark of human rights and acceptance but they do give something of an insight into the reality of gay life here this isn't about promoting a positive image of russia it's about addressing the fact that even though gay rights are being squeezed and people have been abusing killed it is possible for young gay men and women to have a happy healthy and safe life here activists in the west are spoken out loudly in great numbers but is this about hate crime or hate russia. this is
not about defending russia's stance there is any one sides or equality but it is about understanding russia's history social behavior soviet mindset and the whole religion has over swathes of society and that's one of the most misunderstood places in the world tolerance and equality remain a battle to be won before any rainbow flags start flying around various us a long time. earlier my colleague bill died shared a panel discussion on why russia is singled out for criticism when it comes to gay rights. we have been accused of not covering this topic here on t.v. and just last week a freelance reporter by the name of james could achieve he brought he certainly into the spotlight did meet with great star one has to say and he says that he made a. choice if you want to do a twitter follower bump for him but to get to the point this by the way is our third panel on gay rights in russia but that's beyond the point kurtz that came on
to r.t. to let us know what he thinks about our coverage or lack thereof of gay rights in russia and this is what happened you know being here on a kremlin funded propaganda network i'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders i'm going to speak out what about bradley manning plus time because you know i don't i'm not really interested in talking about bradley i've been talking about being a riff environment of homophobia in russia right now and to let the russian gay people know that they have and they have friends and allies are i think those are just about. i only go on that station with the russians. and that he did but anyway we don't want to waste too much time a critic we did invite him to speak tonight he denied saying that he said in interviews around the world after this event that r.t. is not a legitimate news channel that he just believes it would be supporting putin and his mouthpiece and that he won't participate in discussions on our network to give
it credibility but i think that we should not spend too much time talking about current you can talk about the real issues absolutely we invited peter tatchell who is with us now in london with regard to the end to get a law what it says is that any information that makes homosexuality sound attractive or or interesting. equally valid is illegal if a person under eighteen might witness it why shouldn't young people under eighteen know the facts of homosexuality and same sex love some of them move. or if not they will drop to know gay people they should know the facts the truth not about sex but about love between people of the same gender in a moment peter will be asking in the purpose of the storm what it means and what it's trying to achieve but you quite rightly point to homophobic violence in russia but of course it's not just a problem here in the country i just like to give you some statistics about the problems elsewhere around the world in the u.s.
for example sexual orientation ranks as the third highest motivator for hate crime incidents after race based on religion based attacks in new york alone and to get crimes rose seventy percent this year according to local police let's look at the u.k. ninety eight hundred thirty can transfer crimes recorded each week across britain and compared to other types of hate crime the proportion of anti gay taxes on the rise two would you agree you're a champion again rights here in russia what's your experience here i cannot be called a champion of the russian government or anyone here in the russian government i mean i'm just fighting for your rights i think the tabloids have to discuss something and that's what they have been discussing for the last days but that i was hijacked that i was tortured that i have been. harassed by everyone and so on yes it's absolutely true that my flight was the raided by the police on tuesday because of the case of the deputy of the russian duma and it was a really not a very pleasant. experience what happened during but it doesn't stop me of
a phobia is rife in this country that is one hundred percent true what i find it culturally interesting is that what is the why is the focus on russia when there are seventy six countries around the world that you know how far west laws to death penalty etc i guess is every single day from people saying how could you live in moscow the reality is that if. taurus or americans come to moscow if they have come and say that sense just like that one and then the other country they will be safe whole picture is absolutely exaggerated it's not what they report is absolutely not true what this saying is that basically everyone is being killed on the streets here one of my son's eyes. i mean i was going to say i mean we i wonder what we want to say i'm here i mean i'm absolutely involved in all the public that he's you know probably one of them i don't know not being rated by the police why am i not running a little why am i look now in new york why don't know it's now in london when i'm here in the school in your studio fighting for your rights i'm talking about it right that's what i want to say absolutely and it's proof you hear and it's very
happy to talk about it. now to some international headlines yemen's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in the capital sanaa gunmen opened fire and mohammad bussin was motorcade before fleeing the scene according to one of his advisors no one was injured during the assault yemen is struggling against a wave of deadly violence from militants affiliated with al qaeda. china at least fifteen died after a leak of liquid ammonia at a cold storage place in shanghai twenty five others injured in the incident some reportedly in serious condition authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the leak industrial accidents common in china because of poor work safety standards. in paraguay bus drivers and a woman now themselves to crosses after being fired from their jobs demonstrators say they were sacked after asking their employers for better wages and conditions it's the third week of protest and it's planned to last another two weeks london's
mayor seems to have failed to deliver on his promises to combat homelessness in the city in the five years since he's been in office the number of people sleeping on the streets has only grown higher or he's sorry for thousand more. the charity nightwatch head out on their nightly run distributing food to london's homeless no one knows exactly how many people are homeless in the capital but one thing that's agreed upon and that is that the numbers are increasing it's gone up from thirty people to fifty sixty seventy. you can see a large number of people have gathered here to use night what is. now more all of the people who are here. but a number of them are when london mayor boris johnson came to office in two thousand and eight he pledged to end rusty paying by thousand and twelve not only does he not hit that target but rust leaping numbers have increased every year he's been in office in london and promised to be radical thing by fencing. yeah.
it's very difficult. although it. probably. came as database change shows a rise from three thousand four hundred seventy two people when the mayor came to power to six thousand four hundred thirty seven sleeping rough last year but the mayor's office insists it's not all bad news and the increase in numbers isn't party to an increase in funding longer hours on the streets rat reach teams mean more people than ever before being identified and now a chance of ten new sleepers lanie spend twenty four hours on the street yet despite the increase in funding many of the people here have been sleeping rough for months. on the street and then you're off. that doesn't have.
a lot of them are problems before. enough to leave the council for. it's good that i'm doing something right i get the police if you want an image of an annoying. twenty two year old silas doesn't want his face he tells us he often sleeps in a car park nearby it's a complex story silas tells us that he has had some contact with outreach greats operating in the area but he hasn't yet got on benefits and therefore can't get into council the commendation to get rid of. the local outreach team have told us that they're looking into the side this is case his just one of thousands of the homeless in the capital this is the face of london same listen twenty thirteen and it seems it's an increasingly young one sarah. london rushes max aviation to
show not only about the piloting the piloting the newest or most advanced planes some perform spectacular feats without an object or scene or a supersonic engine as artie's lindsey french reports. it's not the size of the engine that matters it's how you use what you've got that's what the pilots and first flight rushes only aerobatics team using propeller plane say no jet engines here no mach two or eject buttons just good old fashioned pistons and plenty of guts at air shows like max these pilots may no longer be the main attraction but propeller planes were the first to take on aerobatics and they plan to stick around. a main goal is to show everyone how beautiful flying can be and to demonstrate the potential of these planes and popularize aerobatics though these planes may not be so big and powerful they have great potential. reminiscent
of the barnstormers of the one nine hundred twenty s. in america this team's planes are equipped with smoke systems that we've patterns in the skies piloting on a stunt team is still a man's world but irina mark over is one russian woman breaking that mold. people often ask me how i feel different from the male piloted by i just assume that flying planes makes us the same i feel complete freedom in the skies it is believed there are six degrees of freedom but in reality it seems to be much more up there that is how free you feel making it look easy is part of the job and world champion aerobatics pilot. insists that means his mood has to be put to one side when he takes the controls. the. most important thing when you do a great flight is to follow the guidelines and express your emotions be they sad or happy only after you land and turn off the engine during the flight you have to be calm focus on performing the elements flawlessly and stay safe so if you is going
to have fun. of course just watching isn't enough so off i went in a bright shiny fifty two with irina at the controls and a leisurely two hundred kilometer per hour cruising speed it was clear that for the pilots it's more about finesse than g. force lindsey france r t moscow. or online teams some of the best moments in the skies you can see the photos on our website and our invasion section there. as still to come from considering suicide to be coming around professor of psychology we follow the path of one extraordinary man after a short break stay with us here on our.