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opposition in venezuela calls to get more protests following sunday's controversial election which has already sparked violence in. german prosecutors say the suspect in friday's stabbing rampage in hamburg appears to been a self radicalized these list who wanted to die as a martyr. damascus the un and the crimes by the u.s. led coalition against syrian civilians. are
you watching our. clashes in the venezuelan capital continue following sunday's vote for a new constituent assembly president maduro branded the result a victory for the country but with only a forty one percent voter turnout the opposition said that it would continue to protest the results controversy over the election and sparked a deadly wave of violence across the country.
i i i. i was. the protests frequently turned violent an explosion on the streets in caracas he injured several people including seven police officers half a dozen others were wounded when a grenade was thrown into a polling station but the opposition which slammed the election as being illegal has called for more protests. it's inevitable again 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 there's no meat if we don't have a republic that's why we went to vote. this is somebody is illegal you know when they ask the people where they want and are now 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. still defiant a ban on on protest which is supposedly and sort of moral. there are road blocks there are people on the street corners waving banners people will tell you that they don't recognize the vol that they had already gone as a result their opposition at least publicly is committed to peaceful protests while we have we are beginning to see these i hope that's not only the trend they really hold as just somebody one of their whales or even our rules from sections of the government or the want to portray the opposition by a land president nicolas maduro called on violence whalen's through throw their
support behind the new assembly which will be formed in the near future it will be tasked with rewriting the constitution and will have the powers to dissolve the current parliament the opposition has defied a ban on public protests and denounced the election as a power grab by president maduro over the last four months more than one hundred people have been killed in violence let's take a look back at how that unrest grew at the end of march the powers of the national assembly were seized by the supreme court which first triggered public anger and in april the court revised its decision but that didn't calm the tension the national guard was sent to the streets as the protests turned violent next person in the dura announced his plan to change the constitution and that sparked further often deadly unrest the u.s. the european union and several latin american countries have already rejected the election results but the venezuelan president hit back at the criticism.
we have the constituent assembly now. the spokesperson of the employer donald trump said they don't recognize the election results how the hell could it matter to us what trump is saying it matters what the people of when israel are saying. german federal prosecutors say that the suspect in friday's stabbing rampage in hamburg appears to been a self radicalized the islamist he wanted to die as a quote martyr peter all of us has been following the story. federal prosecutors have taken over this investigation now and they've been speaking to journalists giving us an update on what we know about the main suspect the only suspect in friday afternoons knife rampage in a supermarket in humbug they describe a who was arrested nearby the scene is a twenty six year old failed asylum seeker they also say that he acted on friday on
islamist motives according to federal prosecutors investigating this case they say that he'd given long thought into extremist ideologies and in the the days leading up to him carrying out this attack that he had started to add here to a life coherent with that ideology is how they put it they also say that he intended to die as a martyr at the scene of this attack well friday afternoon in a busy street in hamburg the northern port city here in germany this man went into a supermarket took a knife from its packaging there and then once removed that kitchen knife we're hearing around a twenty said to me to kitchen knife from the authorities here that began a brutal attack what's been described as a really horrific attack on a fifty year old man who died later at the scene there. and wounded of the two people inside the store before fleeing now this is where eyewitnesses who
were nearby reported to that he was shouting allahu akbar god is greatest in arabic he wounded another four people while trying to escape the scene he was eventually detained by passers by and then arrested by the authorities but this is the latest . wolf attack because it seems to have been put by the prosecutors back in twenty sixteen in the summer we saw a number of incidents that were put down to these type of lone wolf. attacked swear by a self radicalization as it's termed by authorities had taken place and that is now what they're saying was behind the attack on friday evening in hamburg a self radicalized lone attacker who wanted to die as a martyr when he left one person dead many more actually wounded needs now in police custody as this investigation progresses. syria
has called on the u.n. to help end washington's quote massacres against civilians. the u.s. led international coalition continues to commit massacres against innocent syrian civilians but conducting systematic and strikes those attacks contributed to the spread of chaos killing and destruction damascus presented this letter to the united nations essentially calling on them to dissolve the u.s. led coalition in syria pointing out that they feel it is responsible for a large number of civilian deaths now this letter is presented just after we hear about an airstrike in which six civilians were killed now according to some estimates in july as many as four hundred fifty civilians were killed in u.s. coalition air strikes in syria let's take a listen to some of the reaction we've heard. there was no more water for irrigation the land has been in record province and there is no harvest
and if any crops did remain we were not allowed to use them to hurt if one of them did of the coalition strikes on schools so children than studio anymore many most civilians were injured when the coalition. and the dust so i'm now in for the green. jets bombed our school so we stop there lots of civilians were killed in that airstrike as they were sheltering in fear at the time now the letter from damascus was expressing concerns about those very things that we recently heard about about civilians being killed about chaos in syria however back in may we heard from secretary of defense james mattis who said that he felt that in the fight against terrorism the deaths of civilians were inevitable casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation now it's important to remember that the u.s. coalition in syria is there without the permission of the internationally recognized
syrian government had no point have they ever given permission for the united states and its allies to intervene. and set up shop in their country and they have now called on the united nations to take action to stop the activities of the united states in syria. lebanon's hezbollah fighters the recount should the last stronghold of the almost retire a group in the country they are sol mountains are located in east lebanon the right near the syrian border there is been a hotbed for extremists since the start of the syrian war six years ago auntie's course one of these are the travel to the newly liberated territory. these are the our soul mountains in the east of lebanon it's the latest scene of the victory of hezbollah the lebanese resistance groups who have defeated the al qaeda affiliate.
and that battle 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 joining 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 make the shocking discovery what appear to be prison cells it's unclear why exactly al masri needed prison cells in this isolated area perhaps punishment or perhaps to prevent their own fighters fleeing in the middle of the night these are some of the weapons which were captured from us and we've got these. rockets lots of tactical vests. and there are rocket launchers anti tank guns
and all sorts of artillery 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 where fighters receive instruction to take this seats and listen to the commanders ninety militants were killed in that battle and those who survived many of them fled to italy where infighting continues between different rebel groups but some of them remained and just a few kilometers away behind these mountains behind us pops mormon asli 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 a sally r.t. in out of eastern lebanon. the high court in london has rejected an attempt to prosecute former prime minister tony blair over the iraq war and syria churkin has
a story. 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. we're 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 world that the world needs to be aware of these names tony but we were proud of the students so it was so i'm going to sort of comfort but we can be proud of the way i'll go to. 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 before you can bust the libya told us that should be prosecuted but probably never will. of course opinion in britain is divided but now i think the majority is very much critical and condemns the war on tony blair's role in the war i think i think i'm right in saying that and no doubt lots of people will examine the story to see whether there is any legal recourse but i think the truth is that i am on record as saying that i think tony blair is a war criminal but then of course so is george w. bush. in a sense it wouldn't be very satisfactory if tony blair was to be brought before a british court but nothing was to be done about america the fact is we don't have a world government we don't have an international criminal court which is fully
effective we do have an international criminal court but a number of countries america russia israel have declined to commit themselves to it so we're stuck with the fact that this has to be dealt with politically the only way that this could change in britain and my opinion of the size i'm not a lawyer is a parliament so decided. tensions between the united states and north korea continue to grow will bring the full story after this short break. all the feelings of. every the world. and you get it on the old world. according to just.
come along. to make it is that he's just a faith seed or a. mule. so that you let me have this. company and this is not the end this to go to be but they'd be. that's it's the big thing about the theaters. comeback the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. has warned that north korea war north korea the quote the time for talk is over nikki haley ended any security council resolution that does not significantly up
the ante against the 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 of no value the time for talk is over. the mall donald trump has accused china of being unwilling to seriously tackle the north korean issue the president bowed or he would let the situation continue as it has been the sunday the united states food to supersonic bombers over the korean peninsula and the land series its quickies plane sounds the largest internal payload the aircraft was flanked by south korean fighter jets and was being seen as a show of force in the wake of the recent missile launch by coming here. and we tensions running high in the region china's been flexing its military might to during a parade that marked the ninetieth anniversary of the people's liberation army the
country showcase some of its newest hardware and of specialist andrew long told us solving the korean problem can be redirected to china as it's not beijing who's agitating pyongyang. north korea have set a huge battery of our heavy artillery aim at seoul the capital of solve career i mean you push comes to show. me that collect collateral damage is is that this there's the ability sure that we entire korean peninsula. and just by using military coercion is that unlike your solve the problem all these threats and also shoulder a military force is not going to solve the problem. and of course the problem cannot be all sourced to china because clearly. career that the g. is targeted and america which is sees as a threatening region change as
a super secret agenda of. the u.s. house of representatives is allocated more than a billion dollars for the construction of a wall on the mexican border now this is after president trump made the wall and cracking down on drug smuggling a focal point of his election campaign about the some including the state of arizona so think that the government's efforts are not enough and are taking matters into their own hands. i've built this basically myself for one thing to over two hundred fifty volunteers in seven years.
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 persons to. tie you up and turn you over to the authorities. which politically correct. fraid of hurting someone's feelings. for you that's what they look like. that's twenty kilos. in this is. bill 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 types of yourself. but
the militia will do it once a year. the critics of the approach said that it won't help people in some central american countries simply desperate to escape the violence. medical people across central america are facing harassment from all sides the gangs in cartels work together and make life impossible so the only option is to flee people know they're risking their lives to get to america and they'd rather die than sit at home and wait to be killed every time americans tighten controls on the border that means more business where organized crime it means more death and suffering for those trying to get across this problem will not get better until a more rational approach is found. ok let's return to our top story now clashes in the venezuelan capital continue following sunday's vote for a new constituent assembly president madeira branded the result
a victory for the country but with only a forty one percent voter turnout the opposition said it would continue to protest the results controversy over the election of sparked a deadly wave of violence across the country let's debate this issue now i'm joined by francisco domingo the head of the latin american studies research group that middlesex university in the u.k. and also by christian man chair a lawyer and political activist and director of love tribune or online magazine welcome to you both gentleman i would like to come to you first if i'm a christian the violence that we've seen i think believe it's ten people have died who do you think is ultimately to blame for this violence. well we definitely have to blame the government of nicolas maduro who has gone ahead with this constitutional vold that occurred yesterday to write a new constitution we all have to remember that about two years ago the parliament
was elected they won fair and square elections and there is no reason to create this turmoil in this country that already has a lot of unrest and i think that what happened yesterday is a direct effect and what is going on in the streets today as well of the stubbornness of this president to understand that this is not the way to go and that the parliament was elected democratically and there's no need to write a new constitution because it makes no sense to keep that mine in place. and francisco how would you respond to that we've seen fatalities on both sides we've seen a soldier killed we've seen some teenagers killed who's to blame here. world the people from the position of the same pretty explicitly know what they wanted to overthrow the government. was interesting and part of those who care about is the further they campaign bit more than a year ago actually called cimbali and they claim that the concision similes in the constitution and they were right article three hundred forty the constitution makes
it very explicit the president can call a constituent assembly. which is concentrated in the few places in the rich streets of caracas and it is this must gunmen who have been around shooting stuff using guns molotov cocktails and attacking everything and this question is how many of the responsibility for the thing is this most people. will say that after all eight million vote for the consumer simply pushes the majority. christian let's talk first of all about this then did the president have the right in. article three four seven i believe this is the issue that was just being mentioned by francisco did the president have the right to do this or not. well i think francisco omits to tell the public that yes the person had the right to do so but he had to consult the population first you cannot just initiate
a constitutional plebiscite without letting people know whether they won or not this is happening all over the world all constitutions have this in their writings that establishes clearly that before you move ahead with a new constitution you must consult the population for them to accept it or not it it has happened over the years now according to the president he didn't need to do this because apparently the population had said to him that the you know he can go ahead and and white and you can situation and i also disagree with the fact that the deaths and the people who have been protesting on the street that this is a shared responsibility it is very clear that venezuela is a democracy and if in fact it is a democracy like we all thought it was then nicol asma dura should have stuck to the constitution that the country already has allowed for a referendum on his government and go to a square elections to see it really the people want him in power but what he's
doing now is replacing the fairly elected parliament and now we're having you members come in to destroy democracy and to destroy institutions so that is not what i call democracy and the full responsibility of what happens here in is going to be on the government and not on the opposition who has tried to fight democratically and not with weapons or guns on the street and these people are being massacred miserably on the street by the official government francisco would you make that point ation that the deros trampling over democracy and rule it's a claim is supported by nikki haley the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. she said that this is a sham election heading towards dictatorship. the section on the constituent assembly on. the section in the constitution about the country to assembly is very clear article three hundred forty seven your views are entitled to this article three hundred forty eight three hundred forty nine three hundred fifty
and none of them simply late or says nowhere in that constitution overall that there is a need for the consultation we focus on teachers simply in fact fifteen percent of the religious honors that you have only console the pilot make any sense you know it doesn't make any sense you must see if the thing worked as a preview electoral process just can destroy a constitution because you don't you're not happy with it how can you call that democracy thing make any sense if you have a democracy which way the way the lessons edition was written by mr charles and his goons i don't know why mel or you and i strongly against your your claim i know you're frightened of what i'm saying but don't obey listen to the argument i listen to you are respectful i demand the saying these there is no absolutely any single article within the constitution that says that you have to call referenda consulting river and the before can a country just simply fifteen percent of the electors actually can call an.
assembly as well and what is interesting about the result yesterday be a millions to fight the opposition claim to have eighty to ninety percent of the population support and here you have you know that this is not the case at all in fact if you were to look at the place beside the proposition open eyes and three points of view like they claim to have bought seventy million votes by that measure the government actually got eight million so therefore they are a minority and got a little majority what the woman can do with this and they made it very clear whether the city again and again and again what he wants is to stop the violence and bring the opposition to a dialogue so they actually peacefully but why would you leave us here just to shoot to stop the violence can you answer the. question why do you need a new constitution to stop the violence that doesn't make any sense then really really want to eat of the vile is asian answer the needs of your people it doesn't make any sense i mean we're talking about constitutional law and justice in a low requires the primary constituents which is the people to ride the.