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if he's so good on you because. you know in other patients. the top stories of the past seven days one signature away a new anti russia sanctions bill now only needs donald trump's approval to come into force with what's behind the move. as russia condemns those proposals as illegal the e.u. threatens economic retaliate against washington over the block fears its businesses will be hit we'll wrap it all up. to rights watch says in the iraqi army unit trained by the u.s. is carried out extrajudicial killing of suspected i still members in mosul. and venezuela heads to the polls today to vote for a new assembly designed to change the country's constitution itself to furious
protests by the opposition that left at least five people dead. under the thirtieth of july ten in the morning here in moscow my name is kevin this is our international and watching the weekly top story them from us first this half hour of news a new round of anti russia sanctions is just a signature away was huge news in the week as congress waits for president trump to put pen to paper the senate passed the bill on thursday washington says it's in response to what they call russian aggression in syria and ukraine and for alleged meddling in the u.s. election but as color been found there might be more behind the initiative to the sanctions bill that was passed it targets many parts of russia's economy it targets mining targets fine. nansen russia metal manufacturing but one part of the bill
that was specifically singled out was the energy sector of russia's economy the bill penalizes any company that cooperates with russia's pipeline projects it's about sending a message to russia to hold mr putin accountable for his actions we will take tough action against russia the bill is targeting the construction of a key natural gas pipeline into europe citing what it calls detrimental impact on european energy security furthermore in the same paragraph the bill talks about exporting more of america's resources in order to create american jobs strengthen u.s. allies and strengthen u.s. foreign policy now that all agrees with a key component of u.s. energy strategy america's global dominance in energy policy. is not just a vital element of u.s. economic policy but it's also a volatile element of u.s.
foreign policy and one of the most important actions we can take is to use our massive shale gas resources to begin shipping liquefied natural gas overseas so there you have it but what does selling gas to europe have to do with protecting the sanctity of america's voting machines the point is has got to do anything with the political sphere with the frozen conflict in the ukraine a with syria and it actually hasn't got anything to do also with an interference with russia until the u.s. elections this has to do with the approach of the u.s. administration to make deals to get their economy going and so this is very commitment rather than political u.s. leaders say that they don't like russia for all kinds of reasons but one thing they don't mention is that russia is a key exporter of oil and natural gas competing with the big monopolists america's european allies are now crying foul saying that the usa is interfering with their energy policies with these sanctions the us bill could have unintended unilateral
effects that impact the e.u. use energy security interests america first kind of mean that europe's interests come last at this point russia counts for thirty eight percent of the european union's natural gas while the usa only accounts for two percent of the e.u. is natural gas imports you can bet some slick wall street syndicates would like to reverse that lineup so when you hear this explanation of the sanctions the mere fact that russia tried to affect our elections this stunning breach of our right as a sovereign nation decades of unchecked russian aggression whether it be in the ukraine in the crimea in syria don't forget about this one we must continue to focus on how we get our gas here in the united states our natural gas to europe to our allies so they're not so dependent on russia. well the leaders reacted angrily
to washington's proposed new sanctions on its attempt to free europe from its reliance on russian gas they say their economic interests are being ignored germany for ones even threaten the u.s. with countermeasures here's one reason why europe's leaders are unhappy the sanctions could impact that big nord stream to pipeline is a major project between european companies and russia's energy sector firms from germany austria france the netherlands of all invested a huge amount in it almost five billion euro around half the cost of the project once completed it should provide northern europe with russian gas according to reports multi-national business is now in the energy sector up in arms over this like b.p. and exxon mobil they've been lobbying against the new measures in congress as have boeing and ford as peter oliver explains. all of the potential impact that the sanctions could have on both the the business and energy sectors here in europe that has e.u. officials hot under the collar there are potentially huge fines for e.u.
businesses that would enter into energy projects with russia many of those blue chip european companies of course are heavily involved there what we've heard from the german foreign ministry is them saying that it can't be accepted that the industrial policy of another nation be passed off as sanctions while the german government spokesperson also came out saying that e.u. industry can't be targeted and if there will be a response if the sanctions or when the sanctions go through it's not just the germans though the french foreign ministry issued a statement saying that well they believe that the sanctions impacted upon the rights of private individuals as well as corporate entities to an extent that they believe may go beyond international law the austrian chancellor christine care he posted online he said that politics and business should not be mixing when it comes to making decisions like this it's not excluded that they also follow that they
also follow their economic interests. we don't complain about that unless it does not affect our own interests but right now it really affects our own interest negatively impact of the planet so you just know it's a very negative form. especially for the energy sector because of the sanctions under the threat of sanctions especially energy pipeline exports from russia so what options remain for the european union when these sanctions or if these sanctions come into being the european union could decide to impose sanctions of their own on the united states now this could take the form of e.u. banks suspending u.s. companies ability to take out short term loans but let's be realistic this would be a nuclear option from the european union i'm not sure if the european union you
know has the courage to to take action against the u.s. . on this frankly i'm worried that the u.s. will be able to impose these sanctions notwithstanding the e.u.'s opposition to the ball right now is very much in president donald trump's court and whether he signs that are not could change what type of reaction we get from here in europe to these new sanctions from the united states on russia's energy sector. you know russia's patience is also when president putin says that moscow can't tolerate offensive actions anymore so in the news of these sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of the world trade organization with being very patient and very reserved but we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can be perceived as aggravation and i would even say exceptional cynicism. so the moscow's response well it's already asked the u.s.
to reduce the number of diplomatic stuff it's got in russia it's estimated between two and seven hundred people will be said home or fired but the american embassy hasn't given an exact figure yet moscow says the number of stuff must be cut the four hundred fifty five which would make it the same amount it has in its embassy in the u.s. tit for tat thing russia's also said that diplomatic properties used by washington will be seized next month it will take back a warehouse in the south of moscow and also riverside retreat in one of the capital's parks so it's used by staff members for leisure activities and get togethers. yet knowing is that this is a response to the unlawful actions of the us and most importantly to the anti russian mayhem in the u.s. congress the rutherford setting the tone on capitol hill and we're not ruling out any steps to bring them to their senses this bill is a tool of intimidation for the entire world it's a consequence of our unwillingness to follow america's political course the u.s. secretary of state meantime is explain the thinking behind the sanctions bill he
says it's russia that should be taking steps to improve its ties with the u.s. and sanctions will be needed in the future the russian embassy in the u.s. says it's puzzled by rex tillerson statements on the sanctions we've got some expert opinion. it's not the most logical thing to say we want to improve relations therefore we are imposing sanctions to listen his statement was trying to be diplomatic and lessen the impact and be less insulting to russia than the he might otherwise have been i think that's why you have a logical statement explaining these sanctions to which was not really any sensible justification at all we think about american foreign policy from like one nine hundred forty five forward it's tough to find many great examples of what we've accomplished so what the american forces foreign policy it's stablish meant expected what they're trying to do you know i think it's time for a total a completely overhaul of how we conduct our international business. elsewhere in
the week just gone weeks after the city of mosul was finally free from islamic state in the rack details of the liberation of merged a new report came out from human rights watch suggesting one iraqi military unit executed dozens of suspected members of i still without trial is how international observers describe what they saw in mosul. a group of iraqi soldiers that food naked men down an alleyway after which they heard multiple gunshots. through the doorway of a damaged house the bodies of a number of naked men lying in the doorway they said one of the dead men was lying with his hands behind his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rope around his legs to sixteenth division soldiers it scooted one observe and showed the seven head of what the soldiers said was an american female isis sniper whom the had decapitated it was not clear whether they decapitated her alive or
after her death this is one of a series of reports that human rights watch has issued on the final weeks of the battle in mosul against isis and in these reports what we have seen is numerous extrajudicial killings by iraqi forces of men that they say were linked to isis without any judge without any file simply executing them on the battlefield really all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis have been committing rampant abuses including war crimes we have yet to see a single incident be properly at investigated by the iraqi or any commander to be held accountable report claims the executions are carried out by an iraqi unit that played a significant role in the liberation they received american training and assistance while fighting icily in twenty fifteen or something that spoke with. a security official in baghdad province he told me washington but some responsibilities he
thought for the crimes committed by the sixteenth division must warn you the following videos got so upset is upsetting pictures it. sixteen division was formed by the united states trained by the united states and controlled by the united states so definitely if there's any human rights violation it's very obvious that those who controlled or formed this division must understand all must pay some type of at least moral responsibility because i mean nobody here sympathizes with. supporters or isis members so but from a legal point of view yes this is an issue that needs to be looked at there is an investigation but is it enough is it wide enough is it deep enough we still state of war looking at what we know so far as can be very difficult to specifically
accuse any of those american soldiers for for training iraqi soldiers specifically in the craft of torture but i think it paints a very poor picture puts the americans. under a very poor lights in iraq generally i mean we've you know what are they doing there exactly i mean this sort of euphemistic advisor i think the misses been busted i want exactly what those voices do in iraq should not forget that this is not the first time that an extraordinary human rights abuses have been documented by the americans in iraq we look back to two thousand and three and the abu ghraib prison torture for example you know this is coming around again it seems to be something that we should start to get used to in iraq. with the last seven days and the latest this weekend what should we clear now to international with me kevin zero in one particular hot spot we keep an eye on is what's happening in venezuela down there or south america a big vote that a date to elect
a new assembly but more trouble is expected on the streets as a result when a bad week is one of the stories ahead. global warming off selling you on the idea that dropping bombs brings peace to the chicken hawks forcing you to fight the battles that still. produce talks products tell you that what we gossip the public by itself of the most important. off the bad guys and tell me you are not cool enough and let's fight product. all the hawks that we along with our audience will watch. here's what people have been saying about redacted. out of my way.
back to. the american. parents better than. c. . heard of. the world bank. as well as a battle government hold a key constitutional vote sunday the country's opposition are calling for a further wave of protests it's despite a ban on street demonstrations which in the last week alone this left five people reportedly dead with the country's economic doldrums and experiencing a political deadlock president is calling on but as well as today to elect a new body it will be tossed with rewriting the current constitution over five hundred representatives been chosen from key groups in society apparently but the
opposition believes the president is just trying to extend his powers and undermining democracy is a look back at how the country's crisis has worsened in recent. you. feel. they managed to secure his clothes or interfere in the way with the venezuelan president he told us the opposition's tactics are alienating many people in the country that. europe
we should. be good not only the opposition has been saying the same thing for eighteen years they used to say about hugo chavez like you and i know about me for the last four years i had to for them i really remember the way to resolve conflicts and i got them through democratic means deal with you know how your weeks started to say my name in the opposition also engage in a direct dialogue and i joined the national constitutional assembly but they refused it since they are not the only thing the opposition has been doing which is taking steps back in order for me to write down their situation is dire it's anything to face political isolation sic it i don't know they're leaning towards the far right and they were trapped in cells and the strategy of local acts of violence restricting the movement of people in the very districts that voted for them the opposition is losing the support of the venezuelan people voted for them in the past. we also spoke to an opposition activist he claims materials riding
roughshod over democracy in the country. my dura has been undermining democracy i was listening to his interview saying that a way to change democracy in minutes what i was there for me through this new constitution that he wants to write it is very clear as we have seen in the past that the opposition won clear and save elections about two years ago where they won the majority in the parliament so there is no reason for him to write a new constitution when he writes another constitution he kicks out the opposition from power and he continues to do what he wants besides the fact that the national guard has been killing people in the streets i mean with the international community cannot just sit down and wait for him to do all these take all these actions against his people the majority of the people have a different opinion what's going on in the country the betting on what social sector they belong to. on monday italy's interior minister to stress that there
was no easy way out of the migrant crisis speaking at a gathering of european officials and she needs the here just for a common e.u. strategy there is no magic solution no nation can deal with my great reflux a new nation is sheltered from italy's been the most vocal over the refugee issue because it's been on the front line is to see if most of the new arrivals coming by say from africa so far this year almost one hundred thousand of reach the italian coast in the week trying to travel to rural areas of that country to see how the crisis is impacting life. to a small town in the mountains which after a government decision was forced to accommodate dozens of my guards. i hope the mayor of this town mr cheever you need to talk explain the system to me. on giordano. the prefecture didn't tell us in advance that
migrants were coming up and i thought everything would work out so the government told us that it would help us to cope with the migrant is there already many problems like unemployment issues with infrastructure health etc that's why some people around here are angry with the government chose to invest money into the relocation of migrants instead of time with additional funds. this looks like the hotel we're looking for they entered through the gates but stayed outside because there was no electricity the hotel hasn't been used for years to host tourists my next step was to try and talk to the migrants inside but they wouldn't let me in the gate was a dodgy looking man he claimed to be from a cooperative that had been put in charge by the authorities filming he said the mayor said that a very low percentage of people who are here are actually refugees most of them are economic migrants is about truth no that's not true the migrants are well the mayor
has never even acted mean he is lying i went on to ask where the migrants were from the man claimed they were all refugees out of. nigeria niger guinea became a fast food just as i was negotiating we saw a couple with a tray of sweets turns out some locals were indeed glad to have the new neighbors finally he let me in without the camera the refugees said they'd only got warm welcomes from locals and were ready to become sicilians i can tell you that the migrants and refugees have everything to live a normal life there the question though remains whether they will be able to integrate into the local society and whether all the locals will be ready to accept that number of refugees our journey continued to another small community where migrants haven't arrived yet but the government's intentions have. already caused quite a debate in the usually quite neighborhood. a very small abandoned school
local government wanted to place sixty my gran's in that small building i think we have a chance to talk to the lawyer who is representing the local community. to meet you not to hope it will be that of the rest who are putting migrants here into buildings like this is racism the risk is that the shelter could turn into a ghetto because the migrants will have nothing to do here having blasted the rest of the betraying roman crisis italian officials seem to have taken up the strategy of a nationwide melting pot will be watching how it's put to the test ilya for trying to r t in sicily. curiously has been rocked this last week palestinian protesters clashed with israeli police over the implementation of strict security measures at temple mount also known as rommel shoddy if hundreds of protesters were injured.
the crowd. was you're right you are was. was was. in the. post i was called off was ready authorities are for a deadly shooting there metal detectors and video cameras were installed for a time and that sparked outrage in the muslim community is a middle east correspondent. i'm standing here in front of the dome of the rock which has been the scene of violent clashes for the past two weeks we are hearing that more than a hundred people have been injured the number of palestinians who've been killed in the last two. so violence has now climbed to six israeli police reinforcements
particularly around the old city many of the arab east jerusalem neighborhoods were closed off and at the same time roadblocks in and out of the west bank will reinforce we're hearing from these weighty security officials that they will so harsh response to anyone who throws rocks or stones at the israeli police israel says it will remove metal detectors that will put up after two security guards were killed two fridays ago but the palestinian president mahmoud abbas says this is not enough and he insists it is well returns to the way the status quo was before that incident the latest measures are that only people over the age of fifty to come and pray here i'm talking specifically men women of all ages are allowed some of the entrances to the mosque are still closed because of these measures the mood on the ground is still tense there is a lot of frustration amongst palestinians that i've been talking to some of even stated that if israel doesn't remove these last remaining restrictions they will be a third intifada or a third palestinian uprising but outside the temple mount compound the mood is
jubilant people have been throwing sweets and chocolate saying that this battle for access has been won by the palestinians the r.t. jerusalem. i'm kevin now in frankfurt choosing us today for your weekly news round up more soon for me in the programs continue after the break. is there which will work for you but i cannot ask you know what are you going to run well so i'm a lawyer but are you. no it wasn't but i guess what i was.
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