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this is you know we news live from berlin access granted an international weapons inspectors enter the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in syria after days of waiting and diplomatic wrangling syrian state media says international experts are now in duma but accusations are right if they key evidence may have been removed and the site tampered with also coming up brownian cry french president a man who in my court makes the case for a democratic europe in an emotionally charged address to the european parliament mark burgess europeans to reject populism and defend democracy. plus he's known
as astro alex for chancellor angela merkel the first to call him germany's ambassador to space on our astronaut alexander dares to is preparing his next big step as commander of the international space station. thanks for your company everyone. after days of delay in a global power struggle syrian state media now says international weapons inspectors have entered the town of do about the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack on the inspectors have been in damascus since saturday but until now they were denied access to the site to the lay has prompted the u.s. to accuse syria and its ally russia of attempting to cover up evidence of the alleged attack. the destroyed town of to mary's west syria's ill fated
revolutionaries are now after seven years of fighting and with the last of the rebels gone damascus is trying to win back its people meeting their most basic needs first. when the rebels left we found in the depo stuff that could satisfy duma's residents for a year they were not offering as anything but only hunger and starvation and. the media made it here before u.n. chemical weapons inspectors only on tuesday ten days after the alleged poison gas attack would be allowed to get near the site where dozens were reportedly killed a day earlier an emergency meeting of the international watchdog at the hague was cool to demand an explanation for the delay but ended with frustrations and hostilities running high this was also our opportunity for allies to settle a case in the organization that is designed to uphold the chemical weapons
convention to make very very clear that the russians have blocked diplomatic channels for us. russia accuses the u.k. of faking these pictures of the alleged attacks which show you victims apparently suffering and struggling for breath. and. missiles. britain says that's textbook russian fake news. well as relations between russia and the west hit rock bottom and german chancellor angela merkel has spoken by phone with russia's vladimir putin the two leaders agreed that only a political process could end the conflict in syria america made it clear that a telephone conversation alone wouldn't be enough to get relations back on track. but i had a phone call with russian president vladimir putin you know i think will meet
sometime soon but we didn't sense a date today. i think that the number of issues that we have from ukraine and guess applies to the b. big issue of syria require us to meet face to face in the foreseeable future. it's the victims the last chance on american speaking there earlier want to tell you now about some of the other stories making news around the world. demonstrators have clashed with police in the armenian capital jar van for the fifth day they don't want former presidents there is a circus iana to be elected prime minister which members of parliament are expected to do today the protesters say he has been in power for too long and that recent constitutional changes give him too much power as prime minister. eight men are set to go on trial in india for the brutal rape and murder of an eight year old
girl now the supreme court has ordered protection for the victim's family and their lawyer who says she has been threatened for taking up the case a string of brutal rape cases have left india reeling with anger spilling onto the streets. the european union says it wants to launch formal membership talks with macedonia and albania as part of a push to revive enthusiasm for the block which is facing the departure of britain next year concerns over russian influence in eastern europe have added renewed urgency to expansion efforts. what should the european union look like in the future today french president and many on my call pitches he is risen of the e.u. in a speech the european parliament he compared the divisions in europe to a civil war where democracy on one side and national see nationalism on the other while his speech was impassioned and at times even angry and so was the debate that
followed. three hours of note taking discussion hashing out details it might have been a gruelling session for another politician but not emanuel. he appealed to members of the european parliament to help make his vision a reality he entered the debate with athletic enthusiasm. thank you ladies and gentleman with you i can still carry out a real parliamentary debate that was my favorite exercise is a minister. but it won't be a mere exercise for long wants to speed up the e.u. stalled reform process or return to nationalist ideals he says is no solution instead europe can be sovereign while shouldering its own responsibility motion of the engine us from the site you know want to belong to a generation of sleep. i want to be part of a generation that stands firm in its decision to defend democracy no the default setting mccluskey. mccombs backers are eager to engage with other europeans and to
hear their hopes and fears. the on mass party wants to reach out to people across the continent in the run up to european parliamentary elections next year. we need to be together or speak about europe directly to people who want to meet citizens. everywhere. to build to rebuild europe. but michael's impetus has run into resistance conservatives in both berlin and strasbourg disapprove of his main objective a reformed euro zone with a separate budget and monetary fund much to the regret of social democrats but i'm no. no in berlin has already indicated how difficult it will be to reform the euro. there was. and her colleagues will certainly not make mr macro work any easier. unless they started back.
in industrial chef need a large chunk. of the french president also wants an e.u. wide asylum law which european parliamentary member support but the green party finds my khans efforts at home less than credible. what are your ingredients for your immigration and asylum laws the deportation and containment instead of welcoming people who are seeking refuge. but it was the european liberals who underscored how far off the goal of a new strong europe is especially in terms of defense they said the recent military intervention in syria highlights that shortcoming since this is not you know i said europe in my macros ideas are both inspiring and polarizing i'm bound to provoke debates but it remains questionable whether there is time enough for concrete steps
in order to convince voters that the reform agenda before the european elections next year. well here in germany the chairman of the or foreign affairs committee and an ally of chance on america has reiterated the urgency for france and germany to work together on your opinion. to underline that we are determined to achieve results on a range of issues that we see that there is a range of opportunity but this window is going to close on the year because next year we will have european elections so we will have to come to results and that in in our times of arctic globalization. and unraveling of liberal order everywhere partly within europe that it is really of an historical importance that france and germany come together and try to turn things to the better. next up we're going to take
a trip into space because the european space agency astronaut alexander garrett has how this final news conference today ahead of his next trip to the international space station in june this time he will take over as commander of the station it's the first german to do so he says he aims to be a nice boss to his crew made up of a u.s. astronaut and a russian cosmonaut and a rather unusual robot. this was the view of earth from space that greeted alexander guest on his last mission four years ago. now he's looking forward to his second trip to the international space station or. it's not just the one person project but a huge team project and seeing that makes me feel give me a feeling of completion of ok this is going to this point to the launch and then to the mission and everybody's ready seeing that this is fascinating. on his new
mission called horizons gas will be the first german commander of the. chancellor merkel calls him the german ambassador to space guest uses the nickname astro alex on his last mission he conducted over one hundred scientific experiments and a space walk which is one of the greatest challenges for an astronaut. going out the door is something that is of course a little bit more dangerous but once in a while we have to do this to install new experiments on the outside to keep the space station running and if that happens so for suggestions don't say no because it's of an amazing experience. one of the experiments gast and his colleagues will conduct involves a so-called flying brain a robot with artificial intelligence. and a measure of humor. m r two d two just kidding my name is
simon and i will support you. on this parabolic flight the robot is being tested in zero gravity as the first fully automatic robot with artificial intelligence simon is unique the robot will support alexander gas on his space mission by fulfilling routine tasks such as documenting experiments. the first subject of those experiments will be the robot itself. life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. that turns out to be a useful model for gas that he completes his intensive training. he'll be spending six months in space and gazing out the window whenever he's not carrying out assignments. for mr that isn't on the mind that when you start to mess this planets when you gaze at earth first it doesn't really matter
where you look you get the feeling that's where we live you feel the humanity that's our home you have the stark realisation that we couldn't exist anywhere else on earth is all we've gone to see feel this really strong connection. alexander gets to live just turned forty two when he takes off so he'll have a chance to celebrate this connection in space. oh earlier we spoke to a british astronaut a tim fake and asked what kind of challenges alexander and his crew could expect during their six month mission. well of course the main challenge is microgravity which is the reason we're out there but of course astronauts are well trained in how to deal with that of course it's also difficult to get items into space it's expensive and we need to maximize the opportunities that we have for doing scientific research but the space station as i said it's been out there for twenty years now and we have very use
a very active scientific program and so the amount of science that we're doing on a daily basis now is more than we've ever done before. british astronaut tim pic speaking to us a little earlier we're going to stay with the theme of space travel because we're going to leave you with some beautiful images for you or for a man nasa which has just released this stunning a virtual tour for the moon and i popping four k. resolution based on data provided by their lunar reconnaissance orbiter spacecraft enjoy and come back more for news at the top of the our goal. is just. love. when it's not. give.