tear gas and water cannon as demonstrators tried to storm the u.s. embassy in the lebanese capital beirut in protest of donald trump's decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital. russia's ban from the twenty eighteen winter olympics after the deepening scandal which erupted two years ago that's despite the international olympic committee saying there is no concrete evidence to back claims that the state sponsored drugs program. and vladimir putin and on says he will run for reelection in the twenty eighteen presidential race.
thank you for watching the weekly headlines here at r.t. international broadcasting live from moscow i'm kate partridge. our top story this hour comes from the lebanese capital with these are live pictures outside the u.s. embassy in beirut where protesters have attempted to storm the building several arrests have reportedly been made it's the latest in a string of protest decrying president champ's decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital.
well for more on what's going on right now in beirut we can cross live to local journalist martin j. well martin i mean how tense is the atmosphere now in the lebanese capital. right now as you join me tensions to so calm the bit if you can see behind me police of retreated to a position closer to the u.s. embassy as sort of cleanup which is started so well things are calming at the other end of the street something like perhaps a hundred meters or so the crowd has been dispersed noise but i mean more flare ups now presently well in light of what's been happening let's go back to that and the initial statement by president trump about his decision to ensure that he thinks jerusalem should be israel's capital let's just listen to what he had to say. therefore i have determined that it is time to officially recognize
jerusalem as the capital of israel. and we can hear the margin so i mean what impact do you think terms decision will have on israel and the wider middle east. it's starting to have quite a considerable impact i mean these demonstrations are beginning to roll out now and where i think we're at the beginning of something quite big you know just in two thousand and eleven just six years ago or so we saw what sparks the arab spring then and now that i'm sure a lot of governments love the leaks in the region and i think many of those same elites in the middle east will be wondering is this going to escalate and does this really but pose a threat and itself to the stability of those of many of these countries inspiration. or translate it was also condemned by a number of arab countries which have similarly seen anti turn demonstrations themselves i mean let's then have a listen to what has been said let's have a listen no one has the right to play with the fates of billions of people for the
sake of one's personal ambitions. so the kingdom of jordan refuses the recognition by the state soldier versus the capital of israel. and make the decision by the united states in its context gives legitimacy and recognition for occupation and the allowance of a de facto status using force. but we heard there from turkey and from jordan and from the arab league themselves i mean how much do you think this decision from president trouble have an impact across the region. i think it will have a certain amount of impact i'm not think it very much depends on whether countries like lebanon who are suggested imposing some sort of a sanction against america and other countries pick up the same initiative and run with it i mean i don't think in a full level those these countries can do much against america but on an informal
level certainly it be very interesting to see the next few days and coming weeks where the people in this part of the world start actually changing their habits what they buy in shops where they make more protests on the street not just again. embassy's got any think which represents america i mean there's a real groundswell of hate across the arab world in particular in the middle east against the says this decision which you know seems on the face of it to be quite full hardy and taken without a great deal of thought and preparation for me personally i think as a journalist we we we received the news of this happening and many of us believe that this is sort of really not having any respect to any god watch over the big of the opinions of the big players in the region and just simply working very closely with the israelis and that i think is going to cost them dearly. i look at some of the proposals i mean lebanon has suggested sanctions against the u.s. i mean is that unprecedented. it's unprecedented and i think it's quite an
interesting one that already in such a very very short space of time such radical ideas are being thrown into the into the into such like really you know we'll have to see in the next few days whether other countries follow up or going to try and come up with similar ideas but i think at this stage it's probably too early to say funnyman samian hamas and hezbollah have urged a new intifada means several rockets have been fired into israel in just the last few days and how do you see that escalating. well i think that's a real does a real problem dollars the real issue i think probably trumps people no doubt predicted that they probably assumed it would be some sort of reaction from from the west bank and from the gaza strip but i think that feeds into the narrative into the long term objectives of trumper the region which is designed to create chaos because that increases also that makes companies like lucky bargains or share prices go through the roof you know it's really all about investing in long term
players and selling more f. sixteen s to regional gulf arab states to get the money for the budgets to increase the amount of funds going to. keep this money more widely. based journalist martin j. thank you very much for your thoughts. fall in response to trying to smooth palestinians declared three days of rage several were killed in clashes with israeli police. unfortunately a u.s. president makes a statement in the israeli citizens will need to pay the price for dangerous days are coming to jerusalem. and. we were actually stood down by damascus gate but they seemed to be scuffles that between
the police and some local palestinians who'd been shouting in the streets people shouting that this is the capital of palestine this is the capital of arabia and that the us is the head of the snake. the locals throwing rocks bottles of coffee at not just our selves but the police as well under security services in fact that we put on some protective gear because one of those bottles actually came close to hitting this in the head when it smashed. it's going to be in default i think so here in bethlehem there is a large deployment or for very horses on the ground tear gas has been used rubber bullets palestinians are using moloko for coffee or bombs as well as storm throwing and. anger is to mood of the palestinian streets especially after the air strikes launched on the gaza strip really just now on the
buffer zone and there were a lot of confrontations between the palestinians and the israelis so we're here on the middle of. as you can. here we are having some tear gas that's being shot all of us and our we're in the middle of a presidential policy and you have been shaking against the fact that president trump is saying this is really capital. i. was. told it could be. well jerusalem is considered sacred by jews muslims and christians the jewish quarter of the city is home to the western wall the last remnant of the second jewish temple which was destroyed by the romans the ancient city also houses the shrine of the dome of the rock the oldest islamic monument
still in existence and the hour x. a mosque the third holiest site in islam. well israel calls jerusalem its eternal capital however most of the international community doesn't recognize this claim no country in the world has its embassy in jerusalem yet a recon shalit in the western part of the city is mostly populated by israelis and the east palestinian it's holy signs are a particularly sensitive issue regularly sparking rest while protests have also been held in support of palestine in european cities and an emergency session of the un security council was convened of its fifteen members fourteen to be united stance against just one us. ok we regret the u.s. president's decision to moscow washington's decision with serious concern these decisions are helpful to the prospects for peace in the region our actions reflected an honest assessment of reality it is fueling tensions and increasing
instability in an already volatile and turbulent region israel like all nations has the right to determine its capital city you know that drill actions attempting to change the status of jerusalem risk benefiting the long existing foundation for thirty two months of these really palestinian issue the united states will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both israelis and palestinians fairly well israel's prime minister binyamin netanyahu praised tribe's decision calling it historic but as caleb maupin explains his reaction has come as little surprise. collusion is a popular accusation to throw around these days and a lot of what we're hearing working with a foreign government receiving money is what the trial team did with israel like undermining the policy of a current administration in favor of a foreign government michael flynn trump's former national security adviser admits
he called russia and asked them to delay a vote at the un security council that israel didn't like and. on or about december twenty second twenty sixteen and very senior member of the presidential transition team directed fully into contact officials from foreign governments to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. we informed the russian ambassador about being coming administration's position to the resolution and requested that russia vote against or delay the resolution now we don't know who engineered it but take a look at this video of hi i'm savin the israeli billionaire and jared cushion or trump son in law seriously you and your team. were. taking steps to try and get the. united nations security council. to. not go along this crowd and
myself want to thank you for making that effort thank you very much and then there are sheldon adelson now he's an israeli billionaire newspaper owner and he's also a top contributor to israeli lobbyists bankrolling their activities well he threw in five million dollars to contribute to donald trump's inauguration now there's money and also personal chemistry the trump family is quite close with benjamin netanyahu according to the new york times netanyahu even borrowed the bedroom of jarrett cushion or when he was sleeping over at his mansion in new jersey now the relationship is no secret b.v. has even bragged about it can i review journal how long we've known you. oh it was never small it was always big it's always told but. i've known the president and i've known his family and his team for
a long time so where is all this close and sometimes not so open cooperation gotten us well donald trump has now recognized jerusalem as israel's capital now this move is very pleasing to israelis but it's quite explosive for the region but no one is keen to shout about this blatant teamwork unlike some other country that's constantly in the headlines. r.t. new york. on tuesday the russian team was banned from competing at the twenty. eighteen winter olympics international olympic committee chiefs reached their decision on the findings of an independent investigation into alleged state sponsored don't ping however individual athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag. these you know i did ask elites it will fall to separate between individual or team competitions under the name olympic else leads from russia.
no one thought about what it actually means for the athletes to go to the olympics under a neutral flag it's simply the murder of our national sport. will deprive headed by former swiss president samuel schmidt found evidence of the systemic manipulation of the anti doping rules and system it also led to the suspension of russia's olympic committee and a fifteen million dollars fine. however the schmidt report says it's unfair exactly who was behind any doping efforts. nevertheless the independent and impartial evidence do not allow the i.o.c. d.c. to establish with certitude either who initiated or who headed this scheme on many occasions reference was made on the involvement at the minister of sports level but no indication independent or impartial evidence appeared to cooperate any
involvement or knowledge at a higher level of the state the simple truth is that in order to compete at the highest level you have to do something to stay there and when you have a very well paying job at the level of mr barker and mr reid ian travers tiger and so on they need to do to kind of to stay on on top and us into doing a new russia is very useful to keep this to one of the thing i would question that i have my mind is ok soros has been and so long as it was completely beyond what next who else will go after like my my money would be on nobody because they want to keep beating or sickie peace and to draw and say russia's bad russia's bad because if russia is the only bad one in order at least for clean in the case you know not for the case that there's a lot of bad guys everywhere and. you know it's just it won't change and now with this it will change even further well another i.o.c. investigation looking into individual cases is still ongoing and has already resulted in lifetime bans for twenty five athletes most of them insist they're
innocent and accuse officials of violating their presumption of innocence. the story is a little more as we were almost nose markel things probably with your period between are only now believes closer because it's going to be a slow i mean almost. took my mean conducting business studio. the first of do it just reasonably just really should sit on them you can sure you can i was impressed me and i want to shoot of that is to get used to shoot anybody just me. or go at each kid national boy in there which sickly child to that guy as a roach but the most the thing is you know i've been thinking that you want him up so you can join the more of the or to be stored so you. to be needed to push
a sting out of the opinion leaders here in europe where they see you can deal with the rush of options starting. at the witching. morning like newsnight. the thing you did that just. the three of them to be. watching i didn't. lie to me putin said the decision against the russian team was politically motivated saying it's wrong to impose collective responsibility but the i.o.c. as president gave his assurance that politics played no role in the outcome the i.o.c. is politically absolutely neutral we would not allow her to be influenced by any kind of political considerations in. such a sporting matters they fielded exactly that question and they said this isn't a political decision but of course the world knows that it's exactly that this has
been a controversy that has been clouded in political john. which meant and it's impossible to separate this particular decision from what's going on in the rest of the world regarding fake news and the allegedly intervention of russia into britain's bread vote i think even the american presidential election so there is a lot of this kind of stuff swirling around the world at the moment a lot of it is beyond belief frankly about people are accepting some of it so i don't think you can disentangle the two things morning after the break. here's what people have been saying about rejecting. the only show i go out of my way to. the really packed them. is the john oliver of r t america
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welcome back this week the russian military announced syria has been completely liberated from islamic state but it warns there are still small pockets of resistance the russian operation in syria began in september twenty fifteen when i still held more territory there than any other function and u.s. led coalition has also been involved in the northeast of the country well since the liberation of the area west of the euphrates river the caliphate essentially no longer exists but using the russian operation artie's correspondents had direct access to the conflict. this is the airbase in love from which russian jets are launching the sorties against islam x. they target here in syria. whether it's.
the pilots are ready to go at a moment's notice. in this amphitheater laid down by the romans almost two thousand years ago that isis staged one of its sickest massacres the russian military considers that the crowding jewel of their operation here in syria. you can see here just some of the impressive military. odd web that isis have in that possession that has made the battle for power mehra so tough when extremely close to isis positions less than two kilometers away in.
the burbs a syrian artillery position overlooking the industrial quarter of their resort the battle is said to be fear isis fired back as we filmed shells began falling all around. we ran but the syrian batteries kept firing life indeed is or is still far from normal but at least they will be starving to death and the more. that in uprooting has announced he'll run in the presidential elections in march twenty eighth mccarran has the details it was widely expected that flattening peyton would decide to run for reelection next year however he's played coil on the topic so many times i in recent months and one can help but wonder whether he was genuinely
conflicted on whether to run for the presidency again or whether he was just being really good at keeping a secret and playing the media nevertheless we were put out of our misery when he said this spicy grams of french you for your support yes i will present my candidacy for the president of the russian federation. my super bowl should thank you for your reaction but first of all for your work. and i was roommates that there's a big announcement would come earlier in the day when he attended a volunteers for and hair and most go in fact i was here ready and waiting to bring you the breaking news of his decision however he played quite well. again and also seemed to seek validation from the audience there and they seemed very clear on what decision he should make. if i make such
a decision. and the people close to support it. but it still should prove to be an interesting race over the coming weeks and months with quite an eclectic mix of candidates throwing their hats into the ring one of the most prominent being concerned is stop child who's been gaining headlines around former reality t.v. presenter former reality t.v. presenter she's also pose for playboy amongst other things that she's considered to be the russian paris hilton and what's also quite interesting about her is that she anti putin she's attended opposition rallies and she's promised to unite people against vladimir putin one of the all the other interesting thing about her is that she happens to be the daughter of the former mayor of st petersburg a man who vladimir putin himself has referred to as his mentor in those early days
so that should for it's quite interesting but it goes aside there are an unprecedented number of women entering the race for the presidency next year which is quite extraordinary because it's the first time we've seen any woman enter the race for the presidency in russia in fourteen years and of course there are the usual suspects as well including the liberal democratic party had a bloody near she were not scare the communist party is again r.d. zyuganov and the liberal yabloko parties grigori yavlinsky up five from that are also business on but boris titov who is from the party of growth he has pledged to a champion the rights of entrepreneurs so quite an eclectic mix there for the russian people to sink their teeth into ahead of the elections in march next year. more news at the top of the sea of.
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