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you see. in the. good. old. you don't think about these. three. patients. a journalist working with arabic channel has been killed by shelling from islamic state in syria. in a review of the week's main news one signature away russia's sanctions. proveable to come into force behind the move. as russia condemns the proposals as illegal threatens economic washington fearing europe's businesses will be hit.
also human rights watch claims that one u.s. trained iraqi army unit has carried out numerous extra judicial killings of suspected. underway in venezuela in a controversial ballot to change the constitution furious opposition protests throughout the week i've left at least five people. headquarters in moscow will get biggest stories of the past seven days in just a moment but first a young journalist working with arabic channel in syria is being killed by shelling from islamic state our correspondent daniel hawkins give me more details a little earlier it was a stringer working for r.t. in syria for those unfamiliar with affectively a local contractor journalist working. in dangerous environments in case in homs
province where the syrian army is trying to actually liberate the town of which is close to where the incident took place his group or his convoy came under shell fire from isis we understand that he was hit by an antitank missile that's what caused his death and indeed injuries to his cameraman who's also in hospital right now started working with r.t. towards the end of april he did many reports from homs province interviewing the families of victims of refugees affected by fighting from all sides during those months or those months and those battles he was also active on social media especially on facebook and we can have a look at one of his last posts in fact a very chilling poignant post just saying god just a few hours before he was tragically killed most of all khaled was only twenty five years of age he was studying at the university of damascus in the faculty of
media and journalism this is some of his last work he filmed before he was killed. i'm going to. do that if you set me. now as we said before the camera and working with him at the time missed the motor yakov he was injured as well in that attack he's been evacuated to a hospital in the homs province we don't know what his condition is as of yet but of course we'll have. updates as they come in we can also going to. call it is the
work of the. extended family to be killed in a comb through it was and so very sad they not only for his family and friends but also of course for all of us here at all to the. new round of the russia sanctions it is just a signature away now was u.s. congress waits for president trump to put pen to paper the senate passed the bill on thursday washington says they're in response to what they call russian aggression in syria do you crane and for alleged meddling in the u.s. election but it's kind of open found the might be much more behind the initiative this sanctions bill that was passed it targets many parts of russia's economy it targets mining it targets finance and 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 energy policy. is not just a vital element of u.s. economic policy but it's also a viable 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 as 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 u.s. 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 accounts 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 as you saw there e.u. leaders have reacted angrily to washington's proposed new sanctions and its attempt to free europe from its reliance on russian gas they say the economic interests of being a north germany's even warned the u.s. of countermeasures of its own and here's one reason why europe's leaders are so
unhappy the sanctions could impact on the north string to pipeline it's a major project between european companies and russia's energy sector firms from germany austria france and the netherlands have agreed to invest almost five billion euros in it that's around half the project's total cost now once it's completed it should provide northern europe with direct russian gas according to reports multinational businesses in the energy sector the likes of b.p. exxon mobil they've been lobbying against the new measures in the u.s. congress so too have big manufacturers like boeing and ford more on that now from peter all of. well it's the potential impact that these 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 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 do you plan sanctions notice a very negative form. especially for the energy sector because under 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. russia's patience is also way into president putin says that moscow cannot tolerate offensive actions anymore so when the news of these sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of
the world trade organization we're 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. in fact moscow's already had back its asked the u.s. to reduce the number of diplomatic staff that it has a russia it's estimated that between two and seven hundred people will be sent home or fired but the american embassy hasn't given an exact figure yet moscow says the number of staff must be cut to four hundred fifty five which is the same amount it has in the united states but has also said that two diplomatic properties used by washington will be seized next month it will take back a warehouse in the south of moscow and also a riverside retreat in one of the capital's parks which was used by staff members for leisure activities and get togethers. at yet nine is that this is a response to the unlawful actions of us and most importantly to the anti russian mayhem in the u.s. congress the rutherford setting the turn 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 own willingness to follow america's political course the us secretary of state explained the thinking behind the sanctions bill he says russia should take steps to improve its ties with the u.s. and hope sanctions won't be needed in the future. the russian embassy in the u.s. has said it's puzzled by rex tillerson comment on the sanctions so we got some expert opinion. it's not the most logical thing to say we want to improve relations therefore we are imposing sanctions next to listen to his statement was trying to be diplomatic and lessen the impact and be less insulting to russia than the he might otherwise have been so that i think that's why you have a logical statement explaining these sanctions to which is 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 force and foreign policy it's stablish meant expected what they're trying to do you know i think it's time for a total and complete overhaul of how we conduct our international business. thanks rights groups and international observers have accused iraqi soldiers of executing dozens of suspected terrorists without trial the claims come just weeks after a lengthy battle to drive islamic state out of the city of mosul. two international observers or a group of iraqi soldiers who identified themselves as members of the sixteenth division the true naked men down an alleyway to which they had multiple gunshots they saw 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 on his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rope around his legs. to sixteenth division soldiers the school to one observer
and showed the severed heads of what the soldiers said was an american female isis sniper whom they had to compensate it was not clear whether the captives were alive or after her death all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis has been committing rampant abuses including war crimes and unfortunately in the face of all of these abuses by many different units and many different elements of the iraqi military structure we had yet to see a thing the incident be properly x. investigated by the iraqis or any commanders to be held accountable. the human rights watch report claims the executions were carried out by the sixteenth division of the iraqi army unit that played a significant role in the liberation of mosul it's been trained by the u.s. military since twenty fifteen and international observers say there's no indication that the supporters stopped but after numerous calls from international organizations the u.s. led coalition is now urging iraq to investigate claims of war crimes committed by
its military and been consistent reporting of the legend laws of armed conflict violations recently any violation of the laws of armed conflict is unacceptable in should be and investigated in a transparent parent manner we meet routinely with our partner forces to advise them on the expectations for throwing transparent investigations and accountability for anyone found responsible for abuses in public disclosure findings and actions taken throughout the week we've been talking to a number of experts about this but they've appeared rather skeptical of america's calls for an investigation it's not even cynical to suggest that just because this division iraqi division were trained by the us military they wouldn't have done this we have to remember the u.s. torture after the during the two thousand two thousand and three invasion. in bag ram and abu ghraib. and i think all of those techniques. taught to the
standing army that was created after the after the u.s. invasion looking at what we know so far as can be very difficult to specifically accuse any of those american soldiers fool for training iraqi soldiers specifically in the craft of torture but i think it paints a very poor picture puts the americans in under a very poor lights in iraq generally and we've you know what are they doing there exactly i mean this sort of euphemistic term advisor i think the the miss has been busted on one exactly what those voices do in iraq. torture and killings allegedly carried out by the iraqi army have previously been documented by a cameraman who was embedded with one of the units we should warn you though that we are about to show scenes of graphic violence the arcady claims to have filmed abuse and extra do additional executions some of which he said were also recorded by the officers themselves last month. spoke to him again please be warned some
disturbing scenes are coming up. i understand the dark background is intended to conceal the way you watch how serious is the threat to your life after you made these revelations about all this torture and wrongdoing in iraq. my family received many threats from the especially from captain mourners are she wrote to my father on facebook he said they would come and night and kill them of course i understand that my life is in danger what was your position with the emergency response division and have to work together every day we all slept together i spent more time with them than with my family but then i saw the other side the torture the raping the killing first they didn't want me to film the torture and other bad stuff but eventually they relented and gave me permission and it. was after that it all changed it affected me my psychology
i kept thinking about the torture of those people and their suffering it got worse and worse and after five weeks it became so horrible that i decided to publish everything. it was unbearable but i made myself continue to film because they knew it was important to torture people and kill them over and over this is r.t. i'll update you shortly on one of today's headlines stories that divisive vote in venezuela that's happening right now and which is already seen deadly violence the details after the break. here's what people have been saying about redacted in the sixty's full on awesome the only show i go out of my way to launch you know a lot of the really packs a punch at least yampa is the john oliver of r t america is doing the same we are
apparently better than the blue things that i see people you've never heard of love redacted tonight my president of the world bank so hates you because we're going to . send us an email. local wal-mart selling you on the idea that dropping bombs brings peace to the chicken hawks forcing you to fight the battles that still. produce offspring to tell you that so be gossiping template file for the police. officer bad guys and tell me you are not cool enough to buy their product. all the hawks that we along with our audience will watch. some of the day's main news now a number of officials have been shot dead as venezuelans cast their ballots in
a key concern constitutional vote one candidate was killed just i was before the polls opened and it's also being reported that three young members of the opposition also being killed and the country's seen massive demonstrations with the opposition still calling for more protests despite a ban those deaths add to those in the past week alone in which it's thought at least five people were killed during riots the polls have been for a few hours now and the turnout is likely to be crucial after the opposition called for a boy called president maduro was one of the first to cost his ballots but. with the country in the economic doldrums and experiencing a political deadlock president maduro is called on venezuelans to elect a new body it will be tasked with rewriting the current constitution over five hundred representatives will be chosen from various groups across society however the opposition believes that the president is simply trying to extend his own powers and is undermining democracy by doing so here's a look at how the country's crisis has worsened in recent months.
hugo chavez you know about me for the last few use for them i really is no other way to resolve a conflict in our country than through democratic means. you're through and how you weeks starting. the opposition to engage in a direct dialogue and join the national constitutional assembly but they refused since they know the only thing the opposition has been doing is taking steps back we all want me right now the situation is dire. political isolation it i don't know they're leaning towards the far right track yourselves 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 they've been riding roughshod over venezuela's democracy and the door has been undermining democracy i was listening to his interview saying that
a way to change democracy and as well as their family 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 on the streets i mean with the international community cannot just sit around and wait for him to do all these old take all these actions against his people the majority of the people going to have a different opinion what's going on in the country the betting on what social sector they belong to. the city of jerusalem has enjoyed a turd. a week of violence palestinian protesters clashed with israeli police over new security measures at the holy site of temple mount also known as sharif
hundreds of protesters were injured and several people were killed in the arm rest israeli authorities called off the area following a deadly shooting there which left two officers dead and another wounded metal detectors and cameras installed sparking outrage across the muslim community. has the story. 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 weeks of violence has now climbed to six the 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 the israeli security officials that they will see a 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 that israel 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 said 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 al aqsa has been won by the palestinians r.t. jerusalem. that's the way clear for now we'll have more for you in a half an hour but remember you can stay on top of today's breaking developments any time at r.t. .
i mean come on they're not. we going to aboard a ship would rush is good the telly idea that so many it's only displaced persons that flee that fluid recently from clashes that have been. a lot of good people separate across the front lines and they can cross the front line a lot of the people that fled without knowing where the husband where their child that child or their mother is. where they are were even if they were captured over there are alive most of the time so we really would love to look for them it's.