the headlines in r.t. the key witness in the russian doping scandal fails to confirm a number of his allegations during court testimony that is the careers of many russian athletes were almost destroyed following his claims also to come more than a dozen syrians testified at the hague saying that and the alleged chemical attack in the town of duma was fake. they were scared they started to pour water on me i don't know why they did this of on them as professionals we saw that there were no symptoms or just a chemical weapons had been used. and shakes and history in the making the leaders of north and south korea agreed to rid the penny of nuclear weapons during their first in a decade meeting and a fifth week of protests. new rallies erupt on friday with reports that twenty five
palestinians have been injured in clashes with israeli soldiers. and i welcome you just gone six pm here in moscow you're watching r.t. international it's good to have you company now it's been revealed the former head of moscow's anti doping could go to a key witness in the russian doping scandal failed to confirm a number of allegations against the country's athletes it came during his recent testimony to the court of arbitration for sport in february the court upheld the repeals of twenty eight russian athletes banned for doping but it's only now given some of those reasons so let's get the details from the usual she's done a few joins us now in the studio you go this case was hearing the case of a russian skier but it also said a lot about broaching testimony to didn't it what was said well indeed first and foremost in the past few years that we've seen the scandal unravel i should say it
has been established that pretty much everything. athlete in russia dog so it seems it was common knowledge at least that they had a special drug cocktail brewed performance that the swamp their dirty urine samples for clean ones through some hole in a lab wall so a lot of was said and was said by a man named grigori roche and of so he was the key witness he put forward the allegations but in the in the case basically during that hearing at the court of arbitration for sports he revealed that many of the stuff that he said was best circumstantial first and foremost he said that he never actually administered the said cocktail which he claims he concocted himself he says that he never saw anyone administering the said steroid cocktail he did know how the cocktail was smuggled
from russia abroad because well you know to be used in an international championship it would have to cross the border and also he's never been a witness to the mysterious you know you're in the swamp dirty to clean one he did say that his allegations came from basically talking to his colleagues but that was it when it comes to these allegations and in the past two years his words were taken at face value i should say no one questioned them and roger got himself was propelled to fame even starring in an oscar winning documentary about the doping problem and russia have a look. i was hoping to facilitate while there was a last elaborate employees in the sport's history was aware of the existence of a russian doping system. or top level chicks. you certainly get that just only from that we should say that eleven russian
athletes had their appeals rejected nobody saying there was no date and that's not the case but i. it isn't it is the scale of the day ping and we know that right chunk of claim is with the foundation of richard mclaren this report which was then used for a blanket ban on russian athletes and he was speaking to was in the in this court case what did he say or indeed sir richard mclaren a canadian law who basically pulled put the burden on his shoulders to compile a massive report on the scale of the doping problem in russia so he mostly relied on the allegations. but testifying in front of the same judge being cross-examined as well he said that basically while he did not shy away from mentioning athletes by name in the report in no way he said he meant to you know assume that they were guilty of something so basically being mentioned in his doping report did not mean he says that those athletes were complicit so but you
know outing them outing these athletes basically by name is something that had a big impact on many many athletes careers he also revealed he couldn't basically you couldn't explain justify to the court of arbitration for sport why he trusted roger and why he never questioned his allegations also he refused to provide the names of other witnesses of you know of turnit of sources so to speak he used to put together the reports so there you have it a lot of questions being raised about the reports and it is being revealed that the evidence put forward was not convincing enough for the court so good news for those thirty say athletes that had their appeals up held but they would say well look ok that is good news but the damage as far as we're concerned is already been done to our names well indeed because what happened back in february twenty eighth russian athletes they used to be banned for life they had been banned for life from
participating in the olympics which means they were stripped of their medal as the future held nothing for them from that point no more. just ruined the point of their lives so they have. revoked so they were reinstated they got their awards back and they basically the court of arbitration for sport said yeah they're good to compete and it happened literally a few days before the kickoff of the olympic games in south korea so just guess how many of those athletes were actually invited to participate many of them still you know pursuing sporting careers none zero none of them were invited to participate many of them would love to saw there you have it you know mud sticks and it takes a long time to clear be said ok thanks he's done all of there with the details on that story will sociology professor at aston university ellis cashmore says that what a change of testimony does cast further date on his credibility. the whole nucleus
of the mclaren investigation and the ultimate report on the so-called state sponsored doping rested on his testimony and i question from the outset how objective or neutral or fair his testimony could have been he's a fugitive the guy has fled from russia he does have an axe to grind the systematic operation that mclaren refers to we don't know about that what we do know is that russia has denied any knowledge of this this is led to a kind of a standoff between russia and the athletics governing organization that is the idea blair who is still say russia cannot compete on the world stage in athletics until it in bits that there has been state sponsored doping and i think that the the court of arbitration brought that the lack of credibility it returns will actually make a few people at the i don't think twice about this decision because it is absurd.
in other news tonight local doctors have testified that they saw nine patients to signs of chemical poisoning in the aftermath of the alleged attack in the city of witnesses explain how events unfolded on april the seventh to the u.n. back to chemical watch told alongside russia's representative however not everybody was willing to listen to their accounts is more aghast expects. when these videos emerged pundits and politicians took them as gospel the truth conclusive indisputable and irrefutable proof of assad's chemical since the chemical weapon that killed dozens of civilians and astaire's that the us had regime has previously used in chemical attacks the assad regime has used the same yellow gas canisters the n.s.c. telling fox news they have a high degree of confidence that it was used they must have had solid evidence you
don't just launch a hundred cruise missiles in an act of war without convincing proof beyond any doubt right right. wrong. we were in the basement and then heard someone outside scream go to hospital we were scared they started to pour water on me i don't know why they did this. pundits and politicians who've never been to syria where it happened witnesses the locals who were there in the hospital in question say they didn't see a thing all the source was white helmets dousing confused of aliens with water neither did the doctors see anything. on the seventh of april i was in the emergency room treating patients injured during the fighting the same day around seven pm we started receiving patients with breathing problems about fifteen cases
this happened because people were nailing smoke and the only shows symptoms of choking and nothing more it all happened because one missile hit a building nearby and a lot of dust got into the hospital rooms with. the screams chemical weapons chemical weapons were used to create panic this lasted for about an hour we were treating the patients and then sending them home so we had no fatalities or instances of people suffering from poison substances this isn't helping western journalists their leaders insist it happened syria russia and locals insist it didn't dead end usually when you put your mind to not a monologue if you don't understand normal language let's try a different way if you're impervious to arguments let us bring you the witnesses so russia aboard more than a dozen witnesses to the west to the u.p.c. w. and invited western press perfect opportunity for journalists to get to the bottom
of this right. right how low do you have to go to bring a little child all the way and threaten them right off the bat the nile but here's the but if we came here willingly we demanded the red cross allow us to come here. wrong then truth there isn't the right answer no matter what you say to some people no matter what you show them they'll never ever come around or change their views how threatened do you have to feel to change your story into the noise a chemical weapons attack stubborn doesn't do this fellow justice he's really the reason that the boy had to fly over. yes my son is young and it's been difficult for him to make it here a flight here is no easy thing so little has scientists told you the truth
something you do not want to hear it was a necessary measure we needed to show that there was a line in a very dangerous one. anyone who hoped there would be a breakthrough was in for a disappointment hours of testimony and the evidence all for naught there you mentioned in a russian press release that somebody here was going to be present to was a witness of producing the video of the white helmets and i was wondering where this witness is and if he can tell his testimony. it's my view all these witnesses we heard from today are the evidence the white helmets feel is fake i don't know maybe i missed something. in one ear out the other with no pause in between it was more a ghastly if there were independent research it has to be willing who were turned
from doing that just days ago about what she saw. well actually i am surprised and i'm shocked at the levels to which western media has stooped over this alleged event in germany and the moral bankruptcy and degeneracy that was saying from western media i mean to accuse russia of basically exploiting a child in years of playing the evidence of eleven year old has and after western media has cynically exploited children throughout the history of this conflict and if we don't have to go back to far to remember that in east aleppo it is almost whatever evidence is produced now it will be perceived as being influenced by russia or by syria i mean we've already seen the british government and western media if you like laying the ground for saying that russia had already
pretty tampered with the site before they go p w come in so we can almost predict that if o.p.c. doesn't even find no evidence of chemical weapon use in that area the next line will be russia tampered with and sanitized and sprayed afrikaner around the site before a.b.c. w could get there when i spoke to people in junior doctor medical start in the same hospital in the medical point that received victims on that night they all also told me exactly the same thing as people are now hearing in the hague and also when i went outside and spoke to civilians only seven hundred metres away from the alleged attack they were also all saying the same thing to me that there was no chemical weapon attack just coming up to quarter past six here in moscow still ahead this hour another anti occupation march is underway at the moment we'll have a look at that in detail just after the break.
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welcome back to wate now emotional handshakes and hugs wrapped up in a storage summit between the leaders of north and south korea it was the first meeting of its kind in over a decade and a number of key ingredients were also reached but he does and i'm still see the full denuclearize ation of the peninsula they all stop all hostile actions against each other and to gradually reduce their weapons arsenals additionally to hold talks with the u.s. and china to arrive at a proper peace treaty so let's take a quick look then at how they spent the day. i. i.
well the leaders did spend more than an hour in face to face talks kim jong un joked to he wouldn't interrupt his counterpart sleep early in the mornings anymore by slightly referring to north korea's missile tests which usually take place at dawn. i. and the leaders are also treating each other to some nice food too kim jong un sent a special chef to the border to prepare cold buckwheat noodles for moon while the south korean leader ordered a traditional swiss potato fritter it came to remind him of his school years in switzerland but dessert there be a cake with the symbol of the united career on it and is understood to that north korea's first lady is also attending the dinner her first public function outside the country so let's look then at the thaw between the two sides actually happened
. meanwhile donald trump praised the progress between the two sides he also completely changed his stance on kim slightly different from when north korea's leader was conducting missile tests. have. rocket. puppy shooting rockets all over the place we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea they will be met with fire fury. we're having very very good discussions. john. he really has been.
very open. i think very honorable from everything we're seeing is chief gave a somewhat mixed reaction to the meeting of the korean leaders. but well. into korean summit i think that's encouraging we must continue to put pressure on north korea to continue with the sanctions so following decades of tension then it does seem a final peace treaty could now be on the horizon human rights attorney eric said what kin believes the two koreas are ready. i think where we can expect is. exciting moment in time in which. as they said in south african history and hope. you have it. in a certain time in a certain slates and i really hope for that from these talks we can see the
framework for a full peace treaty to finally end this conflict since both sides are ready and willing to do that if the south a lawyer create the framework in their own steps in self-determination then the us as much smaller ought to play if we can agree there and hold them to the notion that ending the hostile policy creating a peace treaty with the u.s. and south korea will lead to denuclearization of the korean peninsula. to the middle east now where another palestinian ninety occupation rallies underway in garza or it is part of the six week long great march should return reports are coming in that twenty five palestinians they have already been wounded in clashes today with israeli police and the pictures from the ground to show that some of the journalists covering the rallies have also been hurt in the past month forty
palestinians have been killed and more than five thousand wounded according to the u.n. . the was was with. the look on. the earth. what the israeli army does tonight he's an excessive force against the protesters and it also accuses her mass which controls gaza of using children to carry out acts of terrorism israel's defense minister has called on people not to approach the border meanwhile doctors without borders recently released a report saying that their teams have provided medical care to over six hundred
palestinians injured by bullets since the start of the month they also say that the number of patients treated in just three weeks of this month is higher than the number treated during all of twenty fourteen the year of the garza war we spoke with the head of the mission in palestine who believes that many of the injuries will result in disability. what i can tell you is that what they were there they were white. so you say we use disproportionate use of the cross and we also know that when it gets portis to this. point tonight. we were a little fragments are you seeing the best you know musicians are now i think to. explode and these people. are also. very serious injuries
that they wouldn't question a lot of time for so we're being shown so. so it's not the question of just this writings which we last months and. years well we are quite sure of it so was it we were very afraid of high uys instruction leaves the bones which are exposed we knew already but it's very difficult to treat these complications and that who requests special rotaries issued for submission to get any say let's work on john that we have asked the i.d.f. to comment on the accusations made by doctors without borders there as well as the claims that it's crowd dispersal methods can leave people with serious disabilities although so far we haven't had a response now in the meantime israel says it uses non-lethal sponge tips bullets however they are believed to be harder and heavier than older versions they can not
only cause severe injury but can also kill as happened back in twenty forty meanwhile an israeli human rights group recently released a video showing soldiers in the west bank discussing the use of live ammunition. thanks for watching r.t. tonight that's how are things looking so far this evening more from me in thirty five minutes. trumps foreign policy could be described as double speak the president doesn't have a defined policy approach and even goals are difficult to discern is this what the art of the deal means is transform policy making america great again the world
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want to be at the block chain then guard. in online privacy news social media platform what's app it says it will raise the minimum age for users in the european union from sixteen up from thirteen however it's unclear how or if the app will affectively verify ages since whatsapp will merely ask users to state their age and then agree to the terms and conditions of service the new policy is meant to comply with the european general data protection regulations or g.d.p. are scheduled to come into effect on may twenty fifth whatsapp currently has an estimated one point five million users whatsapp owner facebook is going a different route to protect young people and will instead require a parent or guardian to endorse or allow the creation of an account for people under the age of sixty. and speaking of facebook analysts and investors are pouring
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