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coming up on the program london's high court blocks a bid to prosecute former british prime minister tony blair. over the iraq war. every year churning in from around the world. for your company our top story violent clashes in the venezuelan capital continue following sunday's vote for a new constituent assembly president maduro branded forty one percent voter turnout a victory while the opposition said it will continue protesting the results the controversy over elections how sparked the deadly wave of violence across the country.
i. i. was all the protests over the months have seen a lot of violence such as an explosion yesterday on a street in caracas that enjoyed a number of people among them seven police officers also six people were wounded when a grenade was thrown into a polling station but the opposition is calling for more protests as a regards the election really.
is you know the bullets and we know if we don't have a republic we have nothing we may have a home food we can start a family raise children die so there's no need if we don't have a republic that's why we went to vote. this is a legal you know when they ask people whether they want it or not i don't think you know you know people are tired of violence they can ask the government to fix the things that should be fixed but basically we need peace. a president nicolas maduro called on venice whelan's to throw their support behind the new assembly which will be formed in the near future now it will be tasked with rewriting the constitution and will have the power to dissolve the current parliament the opposition has defied a ban on public protests. the election was
a power grab by president maduro well after the last number of months four in particular more than one hundred people have been killed in the violence let's take a look now at how the unrest grew at the end of march the powers of the national assembly were seized by the supreme court which first triggered public anger then in april the court revised its this edition but that didn't come the tension the national guard was sent to the streets as the protests turned violent next president euro announced his plan to change the constitution sparking further often deadly on wrist the u.s. the e.u. and several latin american countries have already rejected the election results but the venezuelan president hit back at the criticism i know we have the constituent assembly i think the spokesperson of the emperor donald trump said they didn't recognize the election results how the hell did it matter to us what trump is
saying it matters what the people of windows mail are saying. or he heard from a number of analysts who believe outside state should keep their noses. a third player besides dimon dura regime and the opposition i'm speaking of washington washington has promised that it will slap sanctions on venezuela as a result of this vote washington sees south america as his backyard. as a primary interest destabilizing the caracas based regime of mr mcgurk nothing. can stop the will of the venezuelan people to go and to exercise their will and to apply the democracy the opposition to choose to be out and to accept or to be out of this of this procedure. several explosions have rocked the iraqi embassy in the center of the afghan capital kabul islamic state ses it is
behind the attack which killed at least two allows so worry reports from the city. interior ministry in kabul has released a statement saying that at least four attackers were involved in this attack the first attacker detonated his explosives it's not clear from that interior ministry statement whether the attacker was on foot or he was driving in a vehicle and three attackers caught inside the embassy compound we're also being told that the afghan special forces have riskier the iraqi diplomats and taken them to a safer location one afghan official confirmed to me that the police commander in charge of security for the iraqi embassy was wounded. rises have said that they have carried out the attack to some. special forces from the price response unit still fighting possibly against one or more attackers and the question is that how
these attackers were able to bring so many weapons and ammunitions into the heart of kabul now we see this is a prevalent problem for the afghan national security forces that these militant groups can launch these attacks in very secure locations or in very central parts of the afghan capital in kabul. another story we're closely following this hour lebanon's hezbollah fighters have recaptured the last stronghold of b.l. news to return a group in the country they are cell martens are located in eastern lebanon right near the syrian border now that area has been a hotbed of extremism since the start of the syrian war no such six seven years ago are to travel to the newly liberated territory for us. these are the ourselves in the east of lebanon it's the latest scene of the victory of hezbollah the lebanese resistance group who have defeated the al qaeda affiliate.
and not so ended just a few days ago and you can still see the remnants of that with bullets and shells all strewn across the floor and we've seen burnt out vehicles on the way up here and during that victory against hezbollah managed to capture this cave which was used by terrorists as a base so we can go inside and have a look around. inside the cave we made a shocking discovery what appeared to be prison cells it's unclear why exactly elements were needed prison cells in this isolated area. punishment. to prevent their own fighters fleeing in the middle of the night these are some of the weapons which was captured from japan and we've got these. rockets lots of
tactical vests. and there are rocket launchers and. guns and all sorts of all tillery which were abandoned by now so when they were defeated and they left this cave there's even a room where battle plans are drawn up and where fighters receive instruction and they take this seat and listen to the commanders ninety militants were killed in that battle and those who survived many of them fled to infighting continues between different rebel groups but some of them remained and just a few kilometers away behind these mountains behind us pops more ominous to me many more of them decided to defect to the so-called islamic state and some of the. hezbollah commanders here tell me that they're only four kilometers away from where we are now. in august he said lebanon.
to another headline stories this hour the high court in london has rejected an attempt to prosecute former prime minister tony blair over the iraq war with the story here's alice here in london. with more than a thousand people both diplomatic and technical staff currently working in russia which are seven hundred fifty five of them will have to stop their activities and that's painful. because that is up america has taken a step to jeopardize u.s. russia relations and the important thing is that that step wasn't triggered by anything because this is a move to impose a legal restrictions to attempt to influence other countries including us allies with cuba which are interested in developing ties with russia but on the us. and on longer. we've been waiting for quite a long time so that maybe something would change for the better we had hoped that
the situation would change but it looks like even if it does change then it won't be in the near future quarter i decided that is time for us to show you we will not leave anything unanswered here he's alone there will be a political. of course we have more to say they're all spheres that we can restrict which would be painful for the united states but i think we shouldn't do that it's only going to harm us russian relations as they are but it's also going to affect. a lot was of course another putin saying the time has come for russia to show it will not leave us sanctions. was a response to response to washington actually leaving restrictions on the country we will look in more in depth in the coming hours here on r t but just back to that story we're speaking about a few moments ago the high court in london has attempted or rejected an attempt to prosecute former prime minister tony blair over the iraq war and earlier i spoke to
on the sea a church and this is how she explained what happened. well this is a highly anticipated decision as the high court here in the u.k. blocks a bid to prosecute tony blair for his role in kick starting the iraq war back in two thousand and three now this is a case that was brought forward by an iraqi general who accused tony blair of quote a crime of aggression but the justices here in london did rule that because no such notion exists under domestic law in england and wales this case is not going to go forward they also said that this is a decision that is not going to be reversed by the supreme court we have to say that the defense team did argue that the chilcote reports the massively controversial report published last year justified bringing tony blair to justice because if you remember this is a report that underscored the questionable intelligence used when it comes to the issue of weapons of mass destruction in iraq as well as brought to light information on not all peaceful alternatives having been considered before the iraq
war was launched let's take a listen in the house of commons on september twenty fourth two thousand and two mr blair presented iraq's past current and future capabilities as evidence of the security to civility of the potential threat from iraq's w m d the judgments about iraq's capabilities in that statement and in the dossier published the same. well presented with a certainty that was not justified. despite the fact that tony blair is not going to clearly be appearing in court in this particular case the issue of the massive death toll as well as the consequences that this war has had for the region and the rest of the world and the fact that the families continue speaking out about the need to bring him to justice it doesn't seem like this issue is going to be going away anytime soon and this one terrorist in this well it's that the well the it's to be aware of these names tony but we were proud. to this.
country but we can be proud of the way of. the street. so it's obviously clear that despite the fact that this particular case has now been dropped that families are going to continue to hope for justice for the ones that they lost in the iraq war the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. issues one of her strongest threats yet against north korea more not other stories but sure. when else seems wrong. why don't we just don't. let me. get to shape out these days comes out to. and indeed from equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground.
security council resolution that does not significantly off the ante against the hermit kingdom is pointless it comes after north korea on friday test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile and additional security council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on north korea is. the time for talk is over and while donald trump has accused china of being unwilling to seriously terkel the north korean issue the president he wouldn't let the situation continue as it has been. on sunday the u.s. flew two supersonic bombers over the korean peninsula the b. one is its quickest plane and also has the largest internal payload the earth craft were flanked by south korean fighter jets in what's been seen as a show of force in the wake of the recent missile launch by. an with tensions running high in the region china has been flexing its military muscle too
during a military parade marking the ninetieth anniversary of the people's liberation army the country showed off some of its newest hardware. i. took a to discuss this issue and all the ramifications of it we cross live to china specialist . welcome to the program yes so there we have it u.s. ambassador healy's comments are being interpreted by some as a threat to bypass the un does this open the door to possible you know lateral action by washington do you think. well that would be
a very dangerous. venture with a known consequences. i mean that their very least north korea has set a huge battery of heavy artillery aimed at so the capital of south korea i mean you push comes to show. me that collect collateral damage could be so and also that there could also be missiles would be filed. to japan or okinawa. let alone the latest developed intercontinental economists on those that are set to reach. so i think this is a very very. problematic and i don't think the united states is likely to resort to that but of course all these threats and also showed
up military force is not going to solve the problem. and of course the problem cannot be all sourced to china because clearly. the regime. is targeted to america which he sees as a threatening change as a super secret agenda and that's why i. want to. believe. what is being stance here because nikki haley donald trump both called di china for allegedly not doing enough to challenge north korea how does china going to respond to that was. why i think china is likely to caution. strained wise the whole thing can get out of hand on all size is the likely to. push towards
a situation where the north korean. kim for example the rate plea. i mean ultimately that's the. relationship between the two countries that are the cause of all these problems in the first place. but i think that the just talking is not going to solve the problem what north korea wants is some sort of guarantee for ability for example by way of. bilateral or multilateral peace treaty in exchange for some escalation of the nuclear program. and also withdrawing some of the sanctions maybe both sides can work out some sort of. program or the escalation. in the issue here though abut the issue that everybody's wondering is just how dangerous is north
korea is it really a threat to the technologically advanced u.s. armed forces for instance. well. able to deliver a. continental. missile is not really the most important thing. obviously north korea is already armed to the teeth with conventional theory and this artillery a very very close to seoul. within. less than a few hundred miles so i think that the first collateral damage is that this. of the entire korean peninsula. and just by using military coercion is that unlike the solve the problem. thank you very much this hour for your specialist knowledge we're talking to china expert under long there in hong kong thank you drew.
so the u.s. house of representatives have allocated over a billion dollars for the construction of a wall on the mexican border after president trump the wall and cracking down on drug smuggling a focal point of his election campaign of course over some in the state of forest on a still think that's not enough and are taking matters into their own ends. i built this basically myself a one man thing to over two hundred fifty volunteers in seven years. going on here but.
they understand that they will do it exactly how we tell them to do it and you very often that thing or you do something stupid will be the first person to. tell you up and turn you over to the authorities. to politically correct. fraid of hurting someone's feelings. for you that's what they look like. that's twenty kilos. this is. cool that's going north. we're down here another thing that separates us from militia is i'm down here and most of my guys all come out here at least four times yourself and some more but the
militia will do it once a year. critics of the approach say that it won't work as people in some central american countries are desperate to simply escape the violence at all. many good people across central america are facing harassment from most sides the gangs in cottle's work together and make life impossible so the only option is to flee people know they're risking their lives to get to america but they draw the die then sit at home and wait to be killed every time americans tighten controls on the border that means small business where organized crime it means more death and suffering through those trying to get across this problem will not get better until a more rational approach is found. well i'll be back with more updates on the lection shaping the future of venice whale at the top of the hour stay with us if you can.
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welcome to. the. embassy learning metaphorical as what we believe are the very things that define us as human that's what we teach our children that's what our culture is about but a team of researchers here suggests humanity is biologically coded they're finding that there are mirror neurons in our brain that make us experience the feelings of others so are we humans programs to relate to each other or do we have a choice. well we're here to talk to dr jack these iraqi who is the nearest scientist in charge of the mirror neurons in our brain. is human nature to mimic each other's behavior but do our emotions work in the same way we instinctively return smiles to strangers feel another person's pain like it's our own and we copy
those we admire but is this conditioned or not. if our brains are trained to imitate this mechanism be manipulated what has research into human behavior discovered so far and we believe his discoveries changed the way we understand human emotion. dr jack the it's really great to have you on our program welcome thank you very much so let's go from the beginning your discovery near a narrow right there responsible for people's ability to understand the reactions there is possible for compassion they're responsible for empathy so logically are those little cells in your brain there are things that make us human. no it's not true because i actually or so monkey have a mirror it's a mechanism for sensory representation into motor. so i go to somebody grasping a cup of coffee i have the same both in
a position in my brain he's grasping coffee so this makes it is it's variation is but as it's. the other people are not my group discovered in the births so some births have these mechanisms so then in humans it has been an addiction for women but it's not exclusivity in human beings so why is it that humans actually insights and compassion and not and monkeys. humans they don't know certainly human mirror make and even it's a much more diffuse the best example because it's difficult to speak about because what means commission on it which is of the mother does the more cups. even the dog or the cats so some kind of completion should be present or sing out it was but that is something which is typical to humans.