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the latest news on the week's top stories in washington the fails to get the world on that side for an attack on syria with scant support from the g twenty and the e.u. and while russia takes a firm stand saying the rebels are provoking foreign intervention. doughty sees the brutality of that civil war firsthand as the syrian army tries to clear al qaida the fighters from an ancient christian village. afghanistan's president condemns the latest nato airstrike that killed up to nine civilians including children something the alliance itself denies. and moscow votes for a new man early results point to a victory for the acting chief even opposition figurehead the next in of valmy training won't behind the capital's first such an action in nearly
a decade. watching our teams weekly news review and the latest international developments. now it's been a tough week for u.s. secretary of state john kerry he's been trying to convince the european union to get on board with a military strike on syria if the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons but kerry presented no new evidence against the syrian government and a few countries willing to rush into action without u.n. approval now says a present of army has made no final decision on whether to strike an apparent u. turn from last week so far turkey and from its first in line to back u.s. action against syria barack obama wasn't able to change the minds of the other
world leaders at the g. twenty summit in st petersburg they agreed that tough action should be taken but didn't endorse military intervention parties and they sonali it was that. i was elected to end wars and not start a u.s. military intervention in syria dominated talks that the g twenty but if obama was looking to gather overwhelming support at the summit he didn't get it in st petersburg there is no military solution there is no military we will not participate in military action. aside from france turkey and saudi arabia few countries expressed outright support for obama's proposal of a military strike in a joint statement they condemned the use of chemical weapons blaming the author government and called for some kind of response but they stopped short of backing a u.s. attack on syria summit host president putin accused the rebels of being behind a chemical weapons attack near damascus in august that he says was carried out to
discredit syrian authorities in the eyes of the west. i view everything that happened with the so-called use of chemical weapons in syria as a provocation by the rebels who count on help from abroad from those countries that originally supported them that's the reason for this provocation i also want to remind you that the use of force against a sovereign state is acceptable only if it's done for self-defense and we know that syria hasn't attacked the u.s. and only if the un security council approves such action as one of the participants of our discussions on the issue put it yesterday those who do otherwise put themselves above the law. obama continues to insist also it was behind the attack and he won't wait for the u.n. to respond to assad's regime brazen use of chemical weapons isn't just a syrian tragedy it's a threat to global peace and security the u.s.
president is due to address the american public on tuesday and try to make his best argument for an attack on syria one that failed to convince global partners at the g. twenty this summit could have been a last chance for a political solution to the syria crisis or at least an attempt to push forward with diplomacy but leaders part of st petersburg split solidly on those for or against military intervention in the syrian war what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history reporting from the g. twenty and he's now a r t. well tensions over syria didn't completely overshadowed the talks in st petersburg recently aimed at tackling the world's economic issues. now we've made the business achievements all before him and also get to i.m.f. chief christine the gods first hand in on the state of the global economy.
the u.s. congress is still divided over whether to attack syria the first senate showdown vote expected on wednesday on the first rule of the nine eleven attacks. i. there is a trance ringing out in the washington d.c. crowds marching from the white house to capitol hill and n.b.c. poll is found that nearly eighty percent of americans think the president needs congressional approval for any armed response against syria. says he would still have your fortune to order a military strike even without maker's support. so far the polls are showing that more than half of americans are against any strikes on syria and that figure is even higher in france and the u.k. a sixteen eighty percent respectively are against military action similar
sentiments are shared in germany and italy in the percentage of those against intervention in syria is neighbor turkey even higher. syrian president bashar assad meanwhile says he had nothing to do with any chemical weapons attack and there's no evidence linking him to it in the u.s. that claim was backed up in a letter to the president written by former intelligence and military analysts and mcgovern is a cia veteran who signed that letter he told my colleague kevin though in about the mood on capitol hill and why he thinks administration could be softening its stance last friday kerry went before the cameras and said we got to do this and here's the not intelligence assessment mind you but the government assessment meaning the white has white house had a chance to massage it had it edited ok here's the etc it didn't hold up to scrutiny or apparently the military got to the president and i see some evidence of this next thing we know the president has changed his mind on saturday afternoon
and the only thing that really intervened was the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey telling the president look you know it's going to be really hard as we're going to be really hard to explain what we have to do this now we could do this tomorrow or next week or next month we don't really have to do it now and the president said that in justifying his delay now what's more evidence lindsey graham and john mccain the next day just took off after the joint chiefs of staff chairman in a very personal and vindictive way because they know that finally the military leaders went to the president said look you know we know we know you're being told that this is going to be easy and limit all this stuff but these guys and these gals don't know a thing about war we do how do you think the congressional votes going to play out in the upcoming vote which way is it going to go i talked to a congressman last night for five minutes and it was very clear that he pledged to
house leader nancy pelosi that he would vote according to what what the president says because we have to protect the president and are you going. are you going to say that the president is why you don't have to say the president is lying or you do need to say according to our information is that the president being given cooked up intelligence because john brennan the head of the cia and james clapper the confessions perjurer have thought it in their interests to to cater to the wishes of the white house which had been very clear this time we want to strike syria. i mean in modern syria itself the violence continues the ancient christian village of having turned into a battleground government troops are attempting to clear al-qaeda affiliated rebels from the area which was overrun a few days ago well to riff and this is the trip inside. we entered my lulu through its ancient gates burnt and damaged in recent attacks shortly after the syrian army
announces that most of the militants were pushed back signs of the recent battle and destruction a reverie where we were told to move fast and to follow the military's the clothes without stopping or even slowing down there are some parts of the road where we have to speed up offices to fear they could be snipers around. we hear them shouting go go fast on one turn we suddenly stop. a minute. it's hard to understand exactly what happened we only hear a loud boom and fairly earth shake we get out of the car to take a look around when i was sighted our. christian community all over the world now it is a battlefield look at this. and then we realized we have landed in the heart of
this battle as some live bullets started flying around us we've ended model of religion with the army but just just a few minutes later they told us to get back the militants launch an attack fire in and throw in explosives from the safety of high ground so that's what we're doing right now we're coming back to to the entrance this is where. a car bomb exploded on wednesday morning and this is how it all started after a suicide attack militants mostly from java the looser group stormed in and since then clashes have been continuing for three days and you can see they are continuing now soldiers fired shots back but they can't even see enemy fighters who are cooped up in their hiding places. there are militants in the amal little now and in the us i fear hotel this is the
but exactly how it is not easy to predict. in syria. civilians children among them are among fifteen people killed by the latest in the country present. from the militants were killed meanwhile. the entrance of a compound to the country's capital kabul these pictures from the site of the attack and all the. withdrawal of coalition troops from the country by the end of twenty fourteen. is the presence of foreign soldiers. in the levels of insurgency. the civilian death toll shows us over the over ten years that look nato is not winning in afghanistan that fighting militants is
very very difficult and civilian casualties have been an increase even though nato called these positions precision attacks not very precise with the afghanistan want of border regions of pakistan civilians are paying the cost of this war since the occupation started the taliban have seen an increase in support there is almost that the movement has been revived civilians normal people are looking for someone to resist against the occupation and i think that as you see the increase of civilian casualties if people's brothers sisters fathers homes are destroyed people are murdered family members killed they will turn to those people and say look we can free you of this oppression. more stories to the head including the buffalo for most go for a majority of votes counted things don't look promising for a position for the next eight we're bringing you the latest on that. just want to do when you can't keep quiet coming up off the break we have the story of
muscovites headed to the polls to the side who's going to be the man with almost eighty percent of the bouts counted so far the latest figures indicate that the incumbent so base of young men has won more than fifty one percent of the vote or your position count of the next in the valleys a distant second slightly more than twenty seven percent. going off reports. initially it was widely expected that acting. in the would most probably beat his
main rival and candidate from the opposition i don't see enough money in this election and the question was and still very much is is this going to happen in the first round or will there be a second round taking the voter turnout was around thirty two percent which is frankly much less of than initially expected now this election is being monitored by eleven thousand observers many of them a large part of them are actually independent activists also web cameras were installed at over thirty six hundred polling stations across the whole city in an effort to ensure transparency this is the first time of moscow's choosing a mere since two thousand and three so lots of attention is being paid to how to how fair it's going to be held throughout the course of the voting itself there were no reports of major violations but it's really the focus is really now on how
all these ballots are going to be counted since that's what's really going to decide whether or not a second round will be there and that will only happen if neither candidate manages to pass the fifty percent mark now six candidates are taking part in this election but clearly the main rivals are acting there said yes i've been and. now for mr sebag and he's already been in charge of the city for over two years now but for i don't see now why this is really his first attempt at such a high political post he is quite a controversial figure in russia partially due to his connection with the nationalist he did become one of the leaders of the opposition movement during last year's wave of mass protests he's also known as anti corruption online projects but in july he himself was found guilty of investment and sentenced to five years behind bars he was released. on bail mania analysts actually say that that didn't. only allow him to take part in the selection but also may have served as additional
public sitting this summer i mean he's planning to appeal that sentence after the election he was also saying that no matter what the outcome of the vote would be he's already received the green light from the authorities to hold a rally on monday in central moscow to meet with his supporters and we are waiting for the final results and the final figures are we have plenty more stories few online including wasteful spending britain's history defense been found to have squandered about one point five billion pounds and blunders and accounting errors to r.t. dot com the full story. is this is one further back your one hundred seventy year old man squares off against a swat team in arkansas the full story of the gunfight on our website. despite being overshadowed by the syrian crisis the g twenty summit still managed to address its core business of tackling the world's economic issues among those
who are tax avoidance unemployment and the burgeoning economies struggle to support themselves the host of artie's venture capital he has the details. we did have a big financial decisions that were made and we know the only official agenda it was to do with job period and how to tackle the vast amounts of unemployment another big theme here was the volatility that the emerging markets and now currently faced with and that in light of ben bernanke the federal reserve chairman saying that he's going to be pulling the plug on his stimulus measures because of that investors have been pulling that cast out of what is perceived to be risky assets i managed to catch up with the international monetary fund chief christine legarde and i asked her for her opinion on the current state of the global economy what about monetary stimulus do you think that these measures have run their course and they simply doesn't work that we need pain in the short term in order for healthier what would you say that the monetary policy doesn't work because we
believe that it does hard to free positive effects and certainly seeing the u.s. economy and the japanese economy pick up as they are at the moment despite the. you know fiscal. door in place and that we would like to see improved a bit i managed to catch up with the former finance minister of russia alexei could today and he referred to these cash injections as almost like a drug at work america. its current state can be characterized as being on life support for its vital functions are being kept running by the federal reserve the european central bank and other banks like constant cash in directions this should only be temporary if a sick man goes through treatment and it doesn't help there's no point continuing it but there's something else i want to talk about is the development bank because this was a great story as well and we have the countries of course i'm talking about brazil russia india china south africa and they have set up this bank which just to put it
into context for you would rival the likes of the i.m.f. and the world bank it would add as a safety net to support the struggling emerging economies so there was a danger that the political tensions would completely override the proceedings but there was certainly plenty business stills and agreements made here at the g. twenty in st petersburg. now has a story about one man with a megaphone who has an opinion on well just about everything from snooping and spying to overpriced clothing and sharing it with passes by at westminster but his point boy can that the man has been making a bit of a. tiny shines got an unusual addiction the father of three likes to take his mega fame to central london and talk to passers by about things like why way here in the perils of consumerism i'm. sorry. i'm sorry i'm. sorry
i'm going to call it stream of consciousness. definitely call it bubble boy oh. yeah if you feel the spoken word form of earlier this year westminster council confiscated danny's megaphone and summoned him to court. what are you looking for a night one of your bright also stockholders i think you let me. let you know this is legal. so it is illegal. to push for everyone but danny's being prosecuted for breaking a by law banning anyone from making any noise which is so loud or so continuous over peterhead as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to other persons. not so i took away his manners. but presenting this is more than just about
public speaking it's about his semen right freedom of expression to me who should really shut up now doesn't that threaten freedom of speech in a country that is the current that is the problem getting these people are passive consumers as you and i. three are mine from the perpetual consumption of this he was it but i so you can brainy about the decimal. as a little earlier the most consistent plenty as most of point is still coming out of my mind it's not you know in a demon i mean i'm going to make a pretty penny mug and is like raining on my parade when i'm afraid for some fans a time he's a ray of sunshine i mean you need a plan like united but you know you know you can go for that idea you got for that you have a crush on him you know like i have a crush on him and just like he's beautiful a lot he's very early on but like a bad boy he really has about danny's jewing cool way he said to argue that the westminster council of prosecuting him and infringes his human rights.
for the first curve. i actually took four years and sure. any time for our commission of a five o'clock shadow. i think i think it's completely wrong because if they do manage to point in that way it's not going to stop i mean rule just going to be suppressed into not talking not speaking you know i just think that's going to be a bad thing so face quote don't need to danny to keep the black point from freedom and while westminster city councils have told us that their conflict with danny is merely a question of decibels danny shine is planning to get even louder if i had the resources one day i'd be quite be quite nice to go with it like a really good p.a. system and do it in a really nice but you know a bit of a reaver maybe ten people in transition asking them. yet for sure i know it's hard . because it's coming up it's worlds apart that's on
a bike that's off the brake you know. fans of the shocked your football club and kind of gonda kazakhstan believe that a certain special ritual help them achieve victory against the world famous scottish team celtic this ritual was sacrificing a sheep at the stadium as someone who lived in kazakhstan for two years i know there's a real meat eating country with deeply rooted traditions in livestock racing so this news is unusual but maybe it's not completely bizarre for the culture of course defenders of animal rights who don't seem to realize that the sheep would be turned into people of the next few days anyways demanded that you a full officials punish the shock to a club for the actions of individual fans this is the same logic as if someone
wearing a sexy tim kirby t. shirt went around robbing liquor stores i am not responsible for the actions of people like this program and it's not like i'd ever advocate robbing liquor stores and i doubt the shocked your management secretly arranged for fans to slaughter the sheep at the stadium when the slaughter of animals is acceptable to you or not well that's one thing but we don't need to regulate the morality of individuals in other countries via soccer especially if that regulation means punishing the football clubs who are responsible for the actions of individuals but that's just my opinion . hello and welcome to worlds apart saving lives has long been a convenient pretext for fighting wars than it is invoked here to again as the
united states considers a punitive strike against syria and while u.s. politicians seem to be taken all of our by the yes we can mantra the rest of the world is more on the side of do no harm we each of the two is in service of human rights while to discuss that i'm now joined by can draw for executive director of human rights watch mr roth i really appreciate you being here if our viewers go to human rights watch website now and check some of the news releases that were issued over the last few weeks they can find all the usual suspects russia china zimbabwe leave there even israel but what they wouldn't be able to find is any criticism of the proposed serious strikes against syria doesn't mean that human rights watch is in favor of these proposed attack but we've actually put out two statements on this subject and so i mean i do refer people to our website h r w dot org the we are
explicitly not taking a position for or against particular airstrikes our main focus as you can find in the statements that is we've issued is that our concern is with protecting civilian lives and obviously you know the issue on the table at the moment are the approximately fourteen hundred civilians who died as a result of the chemical weapons attacks in the damascus suburbs but obviously we're concerned about the tens of thousands if not hundred thousand civilians who have died during the conflict mostly at the hands of conventional weapons and are. concern is that while there is heightened attention to this problem of syria now we hope that the answer is going to address the plight of civilians across the board the many who have died already the many more who might still die the two million refugees there's
a lot to be concerned about livia you just mentioned that you're trying not to take sides and the latest statement that i saw your issuing on the syrian issue was in late august when the organization put out a statement in which is sad that not gassing children in their sleep is a basic humanitarian norman obviously everybody would agree with you on that but the major disagreement in the world is who actually was gassing children in their sleep and it seems to me that despite positioning itself as an international organization standing up for universal human rights human rights watch seem to be taking the position of the american government in assuming that it was the assad regime who actually perpetrated that chemical weapon attack i wonder why is that if you are indeed an international organization why not wait for the united nations which is the main international body to conclude in its investigation and then decide and what the course of.