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we're covering breaking news this hour seventeen people including a ten year old girl injured in a shooting at a mother's day parade in new orleans a manhunt underway for the suspects. turkey arrested nine in connection with saturday's bomb attacks claiming they have connections with syrian intelligence damascus denying the allegations. third time maybe a charm for pakistan's twice former prime minister who declared early victory of the milestone general election after the vote was marred by violence following the country's bloodiest ever election campaign. a bad year for france's president francois lawns approval rating sings to a record low as he marks twelve months in office with voters saying they're disillusioned over unemployment and continue.
in moscow why matras i bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news here on our t.v. beginning with our breaking news coverage at least seventeen people including a ten year old were injured during a shooting at a mother's day parade in new orleans louisiana artie's guy joins us live now with the details guy in a can you tell us what happened here what do we know so far so mad and numb the public event another tragedy new orleans was celebrating mother's day with over three hundred people participating in a parade police say three individuals are believed to be responsible for starting the shootout up to seventeen people as you mentioned were shot as a result among them a ten year old girl she was treated at the hospital doctors say she suffered
a grace wound and she is in a good condition she is in good condition up to four of duke wounded though are believed to be in critical condition. and now it's tough to kind of draw parallels here but the boston bombings fresh in people's minds is there any suggestion that this point that there was a terror angle to this well not at this point i don't know matt police say that the three suspects have managed to escape and one of them is reportedly wounded in the same way as investigators of the boston marathon bombings for crowd sourced photographs police have urged anyone who has any photographs of the parade to step forward that's the only parallel that we can draw with the boston bombings at this point and so we see another manhunt unfolding that with police going door to door in search for suspects all right artie's guy
live for us thanks very much for that update. all right well to talk more about the issue of security in the united states i'm joined by professor mark mason activist with the occupy movement thanks for joining us here and giving us some of your insight so washington has been tightening security especially in the wake of the boston tragedy do you think the measures are proving effective or do you think it's more a state by state issue. professor mason can you hear me. apparently we're having some connection problems there with professor mayes and we will get back with him as soon as possible and bring you that interview nine people detained in turkey by turkey in connection with saturday's deadly car bombings there the blast killed forty six and injured more than one hundred in
a town near the syrian border hours after the incident on her russia put the blame for the attack on syrian intelligence damascus denying any involvement though turkey's foreign minister called upon the international community to quote act against the assad government our middle east correspondent policy or has more. turkey has blamed the syrian president bashar assad for these bombings without having undergone any kind of investigation what they have said is that syrian intelligence is to quote them the usual suspects now the deputy turkish prime minister says that the organization and the members behind the attacks have been largely identified but what is worrying is that this does say it's a bad precedent to merely blame assad right away without giving any kind of proof or any kind of conclusive evidence as to why you say that nine people have been detained all of them are turkish citizens according to the turkish deputy prime minister and he has stressed that there be no links to the syrian opposition previously three of the five suspects arrested after the bombings were said to have
been syrian nationals not so it has denied that they are behind the attacks the syrian government issued a statement in which it said that we are saddened by the fall of martyrs in turkey yesterday in one way or another the turkish people are syrian brothers the turkish prime minister has said that the attack could also be linked to the peace process with the kurds and they of course have for a long time been at odds with the government of syria is the region bordering turkey and that's where extremists opposition groups are particularly active what is unclear as of yet is how many of them could have in fact crossed over into turkey now the city where the explosion occurred has received tens of thousands of refugees and it is possible that some of them are radical elements there's no proof to say that they are there is no proof to say that they are not these radical elements are setting up their own infrastructure and there are many groups among them such as the mistrust front and the salafist if you've already done so we have
been receiving reports that in aleppo for example there are reportedly some twenty rebel brigades operating and they've set up the machinery of government and justice in three quarters that they have taken over they've set up courts for example that are manned by lawyers and judges they've set up schools they say so that there's no vacuum in the administration and public institutions so you certainly do have this very worrying phenomena that there is a launch a number of extremist elements that are operating particularly along the turkish syrian border. professor of middle east studies at bill kent university jeremy saul thinks the attacks could have been the work of extremists linked to syrian rebels and not the government we know for a fact because because the main is the us fighting group in syria has admitted it's that al qaida in iraq and a jab at nusra in syria one in the same and all the fighting groups in syria and they're all working tactically with up in austria so al-qaeda is in syria we know
that that's not confirmed the smallest been suspect of them stops and so what we're saying now is kind of charge and countercharge. as people try to put the blame for this on to someone else my conscious mind my feeling about this is all just kind of guess would be that the party responsible for this is one of the groups because of anyone has a reason for trying to heat up the situation and dragon. countries it would be them the fact is the who on is going to washington this week and syria will be on top of the agenda and my my feeling is that the ticket won't do anything but so the obama won't bite if he won't commit america to take him to a more involved over syria i don't think that turkey will do anything key issue here is what kind of evidence that they're going to come up with. come up with any evidence that's going to convince us that this in fact was an action carried out by the syrian intelligence service so there's a many many times right now and most everything is going to depend on the outcome of the talks in washington but you know obama and. meanwhile united global effort
to end the syrian conflict has gotten off the ground the u.s. and britain and russia have agreed to an international peace conference that could be held by the end of may there are some diplomatic obstacles though washington and london still considering sending arms to syrian rebels something russia strongly opposes or. reports. after months of fiery exchanges on the syrian conflict the major international players russia the united kingdom and the united states have managed to find a common ground. has been accused of supporting only one side of the syrian side of the syrian rebels russia has been particularly concerned with the calls across the atlantic to arm the syrian rebels to provide them with military training and even possibly. into the conflict by force also. with. countries that bashar assad must step down at the same time the western world
has never been saying that it's the syrian people that have to choose their new government to have to choose their new future hardly anyone expected after all of these. between the u.s. state secretary john kerry and the russian president and the russian foreign minister produce something positive nevertheless international conference which is to be called by the. direct result of the meeting in moscow that a conference is expected to have both the members of the syrian opposition and the syrian government at the same negotiation table at the same time a press conference between the russian foreign minister lavrov and john kerry took an interesting twist when a reporter asked about the bill to support the syrian rebels with weaponry which is now being considered by the u.s. congress the reply from the u.s. state secretary it was that if the united states finds substantial proof that chemical weapons were in fact used by bashar assad's troops in syria something
which hasn't yet been proven of course then this bill will ultimately become reality which many experts have already described this as a certain leeway for the united states to still have a certain leverage in the syrian conflict now also. the british prime minister david cameron came to the city of. russia. and the biggest and sego of that meeting was whether david cameron would sing to the same tune as john kerry did in moscow it's no secret that we have had differing views on how best to handle the situation but we shift fundamentally aims to end the conflict to stop syria fragmenting to let the syrian people choose who governs them and to prevent the growth of violent extremism so i strongly support the conference that mr love role for mr kerry agreed this week to deliver a political solution a solution which has a transitional government based on the consent of the syrian people as a whole so clearly the events of the of this week have given us
a clear indication that there may be interesting things to come in terms of the syrian conflict and this conference can actually produce something of a peaceful solution still ahead the sour unfulfilled promises francoise long as popularity hits new lows we take a look at why people say they're on a happy with the french president only a year after his electoral victory that still to come. but taking a look back at our top story now as seventeen people injured in a shooting at a mother's day parade in the new orleans city of the louisiana city of new orleans for more on this i'm joined by professor mark mason who we tried to talk to earlier in the hour to get some perspective on this he's a professor and also an activist with the occupy movement so washington has been tightening security since especially in the wake of the tragedy in boston and also police departments throughout the united states are thinking of changing their
tactics as well do you see that being effective in this instance. no not at all. we have in the past thirty years. roughly thirty thousand to thirty five thousand people killed every year through gun violence we have it today a painful shocking tragedy but it's painfully tragic yet but also painfully predictable. this congress and the president and the police they are part of the problem not part of the solution we have a culture we are a culture of violence where the. i'm sorry to interrupt what did you say were the number of gun homicides i knew it wasn't such way during the past thirty years between thirty thousand and thirty five thousand per year according to the federal bureau of justice statistics in one thousand nine hundred three there were eighteen
thousand homicides and in two thousand and eleven that number was down to eleven thousand so apparently the trend according to these statistics has been dropping steadily that gun violence has been going down in the us. i mentioned a statistic is accurate for gun violence deaths that includes homicides and suicides something that isn't addressed at all more than half of all gun deaths in the united states are suicides so we have a systemic problem that includes both the homicides statistic that you mention and also the suicides it's fluctuated we had a high during the late eighty's and early one nine hundred ninety s. and it dropped or late ninety's and then it's been tracking back up again during the past four years during the economic crisis and i don't know how the culture. i've decided interrupt but to move on to the next question it's obviously very very early to speculate very early in investigation police don't have any suspects not much to go on now but do you see any parallels because this happened at
a public event any power as between this and the boston bombings. because we don't have information beyond that there appears to have been at least two people and at least two guns involved in the shooting and the early reports. that we'll have to remain to get some facts i think we have had many police shootings in the past. two dearie in terms of the motivation of the shooters so we'll have to wait and get some hard facts in that i don't see this as terrorism and i would go to court and i would say that the acts the bombing in in boston that i would really call a murder suicide these are two young men who are i would not classify as terrorist rather two men caught between two cultures who didn't know that whether they were american or chechen and this is classic american immigrant we had
a similar situation at virginia tech where the korean immigrant went postal as we say and killed a number of people at the university there all right professor mark mason thanks very much for your insight thank you. now a sheriff pakistan's prime former prime minister claiming victory in a country is historic general election which will mark the first transition between two civilian governments they are supporters of his rival emraan contact to the streets to protest the unofficial results the election campaigns been the bloodiest in the country's history with more than one hundred thirty people killed in the last month including dozens on election day parties losing caffein off has more from islamabad. despite the threat of violence pakistanis came out in record numbers to vote in the election which will determine the fate of the country for the next five years and as the votes are counted the man poised to come out of the very top is not wash a reef in his party fourteen years after being ousted in
a military coup he is on the road to a third term as pakistan's prime minister who had numerous problems to deal with from chronic power cuts to a taliban insurgency will be pushing for create free market economic policies and further strain ties with the united states but the vote has also crushed the hopes of millions of pakistanis who want to see real change in the entrenched political system they were counting on cricket legend imran khan and his party he had rallied massive support here in the country with calls to end corruption and to end u.s. drone strikes especially among young voters but it wasn't enough to put him at the top still a significant victory for his party now the pakistan people's party which form the outgoing government took a beating in the polls paying a price for being seen as failing to tackle corruption unemployment and violence while in power of course this in many ways is a historic election it's the first time a democratically elected government is replaced with another the first time that a staggering sixty percent of voters turned out but also on
a darker note the first election to go down as the bloodiest in pakistan's history now a string of bomb blasts disrupted election day killing dozens of people the violence came on the heels of a bloody intimidation campaign by the pakistani taliban which is claimed one hundred thirty lives leading up to the vote the group is fighting to topple poppy stone's u.s. backed government which it sees as quote on the islamic now there were also some allegations of voting irregularities and problems in certain areas mainly in caracas new voting will be held in forty two polling centers where officials said elections are free and fair overall however a successful largely successful election here in pakistan will of course keep you updated on the latest reporting from islamabad i'm lucy cough and. still to come on r t a fresh wave of violence strikes in bangladesh thousands of hard line islamists clash with police calling for tougher anti blasphemy laws including the death penalty for atheist bloggers that and more after a short break stay with us. at
see a good lumber tour. was to build its most sophisticated. doesn't sound anything. to teach the creation why it should care about. this is why you should. only. twenty minutes past the hour now is present as president francois alon marks one year in office the majority of people in france believe he's failed to meet their expectations his approval rating is sunk to less than twenty five percent the biggest fall for any french leader in decades artie's test has more from paris. change was a year ago thousands of people had gathered at this very place to celebrate the
victory of socialist president francois hollande but here on the thousands of people are again gathered but for a very different reason this time they're asking their president where are the changes that he had promised asked by the very same people voted left and put along didn't place recent poll shows popularity has plummeted to less than twenty five percent the biggest for any president in the past fifty years but. i thought it. i'll let you know where your promises are come on where are they is said to be sure he does not mean it and yet this is the mission that from now on will be mine to give the european construction a dimension of growth employment and prosperity you have france's hit record unemployment of three point two million people in march the biggest source of public anger it's also scratched hopes of cutting the budget deficit to three percent of g.d.p. by two thousand and thirteen and the european commission's most recent forecast
shows fast will be in recession until the end of the year the seventy five percent income tax on the super rich is also a no go after france's constitutional court overruled it for the very talk of it pushed french actor gerard depardieu to give up his citizenship for a law should one one promise a launch it did not have to keep is legalizing gay marriage pleasing supporters it also sparking fears consultation. the way it was all the. things people are happy with gay marriage but it doesn't feed our families it doesn't give us food there are realities that are good to say but are also priorities a priority is employment we need to eat it is obvious is it to blame. if you're the. new president immediately.
into the economy one hundred one anyway i just would like to hear your president which is not making that mr romney which is the piece of cake which is not going to explain that you know they're the magic recipient of no one hundred fifty four. yeah yeah yeah. a magic recipe this film. her says is nonexistent he made this video during last year's presidential campaign to show the country's lack of choice. in the memo that they feel when you listen to the media you'd think there were a lot of differences between the two but that's just on a superficial level the most important things they agree with do we need to intervene in another country to fight they will agree to intervening in other countries because the weapons lobby will always be behind a lot is well aware of his unpopularity but says he will weather this storm improve
he can't keep his promises at the end of this five year term. that he needs time fine we are here to tell him mr president the time is up you know need to start changing topics but others like these workers from a recently closed steel plant of eastern france are not even hopeful symbolically laid to rest a lot of broken promises under a heading which reads the trail. does our sylvia r.t. paris. more stories online at r t dot com including dressing to him press british billionaire and boss of virgin richard branson donning an air stewardess outfit and serving drinks on a six hour long flight after losing that see all of the pictures and video on our website r t v dot com. and an argentinean ghost town that spent a quarter of a century underwater comes up for air once again the story of this mysterious place
on our web site take a look. take a look now at some other stories making global headlines this hour and our man who held hostage is in new jersey home during a thirty seven hour long standoff has died police stormed the building shooting and fatally wounding gerald murphy two bodies those are murphy's girlfriend and her child both of whom he allegedly murdered were found at the house three other children being held in captivity were rescued unharmed it's not thought murphy was related to any of the victims. crowds rallied in madrid in a fresh protest against austerity the demonstration inspired by the so-called fifteen m. movement launched two years ago to battle the financial turmoil and the way authorities handle it activists also call themselves the spanish revolution and are trying to turn the tide of mounting budget cuts and soaring unemployment.
in bulgaria as capital sofia opposition protesters clashed with police after sunday's preliminary parliamentary vote demonstrators chanted mafia as they tried to break through police barriers exit polls show the party of expo garion prime minister boyko botha saw is leading the vote with slight margin over the rival socialist party or assad's government resigned in february following widespread protests against corruption. bangladesh has seen a week of violent protests with thousands of hardline islamist clashing with police throughout the country protesters demanding the introduction of tougher anti blasphemy laws and reinstating of pledges to all live in the constitution police used tear gas rubber bullets and water to disperse angry crowds the government has so far refused to give in to demands of the day a campaigner against war crime says extremists have been conspiring against the secular state for decades. it breaks it and they really do this they can i did to and over the last two years that they have. to eat those all of the secular state
and they are trying. to state like it's time to trying to make peace and the state creating anarchy and what you will see who is actually the result of all these it seems to have been trying. for the last few days it is some of the major political parties that you can be the main opposition has been simple. recapping the hour's breaking news at least seventeen people injured in a shooting during a mother's day parade in new orleans louisiana a ten year old girl among the wounded according to reports three people in critical condition though there were no deaths police claim there were three gunmen involved the search for the suspects ongoing we'll keep you updated on the story as the situation develops. well up next we take you back to some of the twentieth century's bloodiest battles as we visit britain's forum a reenactment of armed conflicts that's coming your way in a few minutes stay with us.
the illusion of safety trumping your right seems to be the main political theme of post nine eleven america unnoticed pushing the keep you safe at any cost more than new york billionaire mayor michael bloomberg who recently had to defend his stop and frisk strategy after giving a speech to police brass stop and frisk is the practice of just being able to search anyone in new york at any time for any reason with your hands this gestapo style practice has been in place since two thousand and two but thankfully was finally recently found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge you know the fourth amendment all the talk about no unlawful search and seizure seems pretty clear to me why did this take so long to figure out bloomberg despite that silly constitution thing stands firm with this policy
declaring if you end street stops looking for guns they will be more guns on the street and more people will be killed it's just that simple well to that i would say if you stop nazi style first kings of random innocent people there will be more freedom on the streets it's just that simple but that's just my opinion. well for the. science technology innovations all the developments around russia we've got the future covered.
in the early hours of a hot july dawn a group of unusually dressed people carefully laid on to the shore of one of the up as tributaries clad and servant military uniform from the days of world war two. in the summer of nine hundred forty one on the crossing the. one hundred thousand people were killed while they were trying to escape the surrounding enemy eyewitnesses say that the river ran red with blood for several days now candles flowed down the river. moscow's military history club called the division has traveled here to honor the memory of full and russian soldiers but this journey to smolensk is just the beginning now they have three thousand kilometers to cover across the european roads to take part in the legendary war and peace show in england.