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latest news the week's top stories from r.t. washington fails to get the world on its side for an attack on syria with scant support from the g twenty and the e.u. russia is taking a firm stand against the syrian rebels are provoking a foreign intervention. r.t. sees the brutality of that civil war firsthand as the syrian army tries to clear it christine village of al qaeda linked rebels. officials in afghanistan say a nato air strikes killed civilians including women and children something the alliance denies in the program we take a look at the legacy that coalition troops are said to leave in the war ravaged nation and they would all forces next year. as voting draws to
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a close here in moscow with exit polls suggesting opposition figurehead alexina volleys come second to the capital's first where are the election in nearly a decade. good evening from moscow if you're just joining us my name is kevin owen you're watching our weekly roundup of the top stories of the last seven days and first off it's been a tough week for u.s. secretary of state john kerry has been trying to convince the european you need to get on board with a military strike on syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons would carry presented no new evidence in the week against the syrian government and very few countries are willing to rush into action without u.n. approval and it now says a bomber has made no final decision on whether to strike an apparent turnaround them from last week so far turkey in front of first in line to back the united states against syria. but president barack obama was unable to change the minds of
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the other world leaders at the g twenty summit in surprise they agreed that tough action should be taken but didn't endorse military intervention in this and now it was that. i was elected to end wars and not start a u.s. military intervention in syria dominated talks that the g twenty but if obama was looking to gather overwhelming support at the summit he didn't get it in st petersburg you know. there is no military service we will not participate in military action. aside from france turkey and saudi arabia few countries expressed outright support for obama's proposal of a military strike in a joint statement they condemned the use of chemical weapons blaming the author government and called for some kind of response but they stopped short of backing a u.s. attack on syria from a host to president putin accused the rebels of being behind
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a chemical weapons attack near damascus in august that he says was carried out to discredit syrian authorities in the eyes of the west just the way. i view everything that happened with the so-called use of chemical weapons in syria as a provocation by the rebels who count on help from abroad from those countries that originally supported them that's the reason for this provocation i also want to remind you that the use of force against a sovereign state is acceptable only if it's done for self-defense and we know that syria hasn't attacked the u.s. and only if the u.n. security council approves such action as one of the participants of our discussions on the issue put it yesterday those who do otherwise put themselves above the law. obama continues to insist assad was behind the attack and he won't wait for the u.n. to respond to assad's regime brazen use of chemical weapons isn't just a syrian tragedy it's a threat to global peace and. security the u.s.
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president is due to address the american public on tuesday and try to make his best argument for an attack on syria one that failed to convince global partners at the g. twenty this summit could have been a last chance for a political solution to the syria crisis or at least an attempt to push forward with diplomacy but leaders parted st petersburg splits solidly on those for or against military intervention in the syrian war what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history reporting from the g. twenty and he's now a r.t. and surprisingly little syria overshot of those talks in some petersburg this week but there were also pressing questions of course about where the global economy is heading as well venture capital called over the head of the international monetary fund christine legarde to discuss the global economic outlook you can watch the full show at twenty thirty g.m.t. it's also available online from my set up t. dot com.
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he was congress is still decided over whether to attack syria or not the first senate showdown vote expected on wednesday the anniversary of the nine eleven attacks but a reuters poll says fifty six percent of americans don't want to come to use its armed forces against syria some of them making their voices heard in the capital to . they were the chants ringing out of washington d.c. with crowds marching from the white house to capitol hill and n.b.c. poll has found that nearly eighty percent of americans think the president needs congressional approval for any armed response against syria a bomber though says he does still have the authority to order a military strike even without lawmakers support so let's take a look at the polls what they say a showing of a half of americans are against any strike on syria that figure is even higher instantly in france and the u.k. where sixty and eighty percent respectively are against military action that's how it pans out similar sentiments are shared in germany in italy to the share of those
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who fight against intervention in syria's neighbor turkey is even higher both houses of the u.s. congress are expected to vote on how to tackle syria this coming week is tentatively the way it's it's going to work out right now when you add up both the democrats and republicans in the house and senate just forty eight percent are in favor of a barn as but bombers plan for intervening in the syrian conflict so it's putting out two six three against military involvement whether remaining one to two yet undecided just reminder for you as well two hundred eighteen votes in total are needed in the house and fifty one in the senate for any resolution on syria to pass syrian president bashar assad meantime says he had nothing to do with any chemical weapons attack and that there's no evidence linking him to it in the u.s. that claim was backed up in a letter to president obama written by a former intelligence and military analyst i spoke to ray mcgovern he's a cia veteran who signed that letter he told me about the mood on capitol hill of why i think the president could be softening his stance now. last friday kerry went
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before the cameras and say we got to do this and here's the not intelligence assessment mind you but the government assessment meaning the white has white house had a chance to massage it had it edited ok here's the s.f. and it didn't hold up to scrutiny and apparently the military got to the president and i see some evidence of this next thing we know that the president has changed his mind on saturday afternoon and the only thing that really intervened was the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey telling the president look you know it's going to be really hard as we're going to be really hard to explain what we have to do this now we could do this tomorrow or next week or next month we don't really have to do it now and the president said that and justifying his delay now what's more evidence lindsey graham and john mccain the next day just took off after the joint chiefs of staff chairman in
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a very personal and vindictive way because they know that finally the military leaders went to the president said look you know we know we know you've been told that this is going to be easy and limit all our stuff but these guys and these gals don't know a thing about war we do how do you think the congressional votes going to play out in the upcoming vote which way is it going to go i talked to a congressman last night for five minutes and it was very clear that he pledged to house leader nancy pelosi that he would vote according to what that what the president says because we have to protect the president and are you could have are you going to say that the president is why you don't have to say the president is lying when you do need to say according to our information is that the president being given cooked up intelligence because john brennan the head of the cia and james clapper can the confessed perjurer have thought it in their interests to to cater to the wishes of the white house which had been very clear this time we want
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to strike syria. policies go back and forth we're following the latest developments in syria itself is not on going army operation the ancient christian village of which was stormed by al-qaeda linked rebels a few days ago at his roof and been reporting but from those who is able to enter in the village now with the help of the syrian army scott this report for us. we entered my lula through its ancient gates burnt and damaged in recent attacks shortly after the syrian army announces that most of the militants were pushed back signs of the recent battle and destruction a reverie where we were told to move fast and to follow the military is the cause without stopping or even slowing down there are some parts of the road where we have to speed up offices still fear they could be snipers around we hear them shouting go go fast on one turn we suddenly stop. to understand.
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it's hard to understand exactly what happened we only hear a loud boom and feel the earth shake. we get out of the car to take a look around right now and sight our little. christian community all over the world now it is a battlefield look at this. and then we realized we have landed in the heart of this battle as some live bullets started flying around us we've ended model of village with the army but just just a few minutes later they told us to get back the militants launch an attack fire an instrument explosives from the safety of high ground so this is what we're doing right now we're coming back to you to the entrance this is where. a car bomb exploded on wednesday morning and this is how it all started after a suicide attack militants mostly from the looser group stormed in and since
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then clashes have been continuing for three days and you can see they are considered now soldiers firing shots back but they can't even see enemy fighters who are cooped up in the hiding places. that their own militants and that my little now and. us i fear hotel this is the mountaintop hotel which one my. brother told me up. front. also from behind the mountains surrounding the ma lula village and that's is where the danger lies because the wrong many snipers and the raw rocket grenades and the raw warms mortarboard was even to the situation on
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the ground it's very hard you can see that the army is recruited right now but this . is that monday is it jay shouldn't change dramatically because this is the day when american congress starts debates on syria where why can't you know what the decision made thousands of kilometers away from these battlefield will affect the set up at this military theater but exactly how it is not easy to predict. from in syria. officials in afghanistan so that nine out of fifteen people killed in nato is latest strike were civilians including women and children the lion soever insists it's not aware of any collateral casualties saying that only ten militants were taken out in a precision attack as they put it the taliban is meanwhile killed at least four afghan troops in an assault intelligence office in the capital these pictures
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you're seeing now the aftermath of the soul all this is ahead of the show jeweled foreign troop withdrawal of course in twenty four to the investigative journalist said begg told us nato presence is actually the main cause of the insurgency the civilian death toll shows us over the over ten years that look that nato is not winning in afghanistan that fighting militants is very very difficult and civilian casualties have been on the increase even though nato called these positions precision attacks not very precise whether they are in afghanistan want to border regions of pakistan civilians are paying the cost of this war since the occupation started the taliban have seen an increase in support there it's almost that the movement has been revived civilians normal people are looking for someone to resist against the occupation and i think that as you see the increase of civilian casualties if people's brothers sisters fathers homes are destroyed people are
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murdered family members killed they will turn to those people and say look we can free you of this oppression. very quick break just ahead after that muscovites of custom votes in the city's mayoral election and the results indeed are ready to come in we'll bring you the latest on that. science technology innovation all the list of elements from around russia we've got the future covered. choose your language. choose the consensus to. choose the opinions that you. choose the stories that impact your life choose access to.
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mission free critique a should free. for charges free. arrangement free. three stooges free. download free books clothing videos for your media projects free media down to our teeth dot com. hello again any results being announced from moscow's first lection in a decade the incumbents been facing a strong challenge from opposition hopeful alexina veld and it's got speed on the latest how he can offer some sort of credit and then across it of those polls close well just about two hours ago but already we're getting some of the primary results
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for. yes the first preliminary results have just been officially announced and they say that just over three percent of ballots have now been processed and by this point it seems that acting mayor said he said bad and has managed to gather around fifty seven percent of votes while his main rival the candidate from the opposition i don't see in the in the so far is managed to get around twenty one percent of the votes now just to remind you the second round is only possible if neither candidate manages to pass the fifty percent mark and so far it's only three percent of the ballots which have been processed now this election is being monitored by eleven thousand to observers so a large part of which are independent activists also all web cameras have been installed at over thirty six hundred polling stations across the city in efforts to ensure the transparency of this vault and. during the course of the world itself
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no major violations were reported so now the focus is on how these ballots are being counted now six candidates are running in this election but it's widely agreed that it's acting mayor city is that bad and. are the two main rivals now if. it has been hitting the city for over two years now for aleksey not by any of this is the first attempt at such a high political post he's quite a controversial figure in russia partially due to these links with the russian nationalists he then became one of the leaders of the opposition movement during last year's wave of mass protests. which is also known to this various online anti corruption projects but he himself was found guilty of in basil mint and sentenced to five years behind bars was released on bail many analysts agree that that didn't only allow him to take part in this election but also served as additional publicity miss and mr nardelli is actually planning to appeal that verdict after
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the election. he also says that hughes hoping for a second round to take place and says no matter what the results or the outcome of election would be he's already received the green light from the authorities to stage a rally on monday in central moscow to meet with his supporters now once again at this point just over three percent of the ballots have been processed will we'll be waiting for more figures coming out from the central all committee and we'll be reporting the latest news now absolutely you go thank you for now. online for us at r.t. dot com hala to you through the stories we've got lined up for you today this was getting a lot of clicks on it interesting a lot of you if you're smart follow no little bit i phone android blackberry whatever your security settings it seems are no match for the n.s.a. which is fully capable of accessing your data now we've got the story party dot com plus. they were the chairs
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a cross tokyo you're looking out there is the city was awarded the twenty twenty summer olympics leaving rubble istanbul behind got a full footage of the celebrations reaction of other countries to on the web site of a new video agency that is called replicative website is roughly dot t.v. . one man with a loud hailer has an opinion on well just about everything from snooping spying to overpriced clothing and he's sharing it with anyone who cares to listen or not at westminster london artie's polyploid have met the man he's been making a bit of a stir. johnny shines got an unusual addiction the father of three likes to take his megaphone to central london and talk to passes by about things like why wait here on the perils of consumerism actually i'm. sorry for my private. good friday i'm.
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sorry my i won't call it stream of consciousness novels and definitely call it a bubble but i read. yeah i did see the spoken word form of office earlier this year westminster council confiscated danny's megaphone and summoned him to court. what are you looking for a night one of your bright also lost all your things you ladies i think about. to let you know this is go up they go up they proceeded so it is illegal. thank you for everyone. danny's being prosecuted for breaking a by law banning anyone from making any noise which is so loud or so continuous over peterhead as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to all the persons was ok i'm not sure but i mean just the way his message was. but chris i mean this is more
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than just about public speaking it's about his human rights freedom of expression to me who should really shut up now does not threaten freedom of speech in a country that is the current that is the problem i think it's good for the passive consumers as you and i to free our minds from the perpetual consumption of consumerism but i saw you complaining about the decibels a little earlier so much can see many of my subconscious self coming out of my mind it's like you're in a demon i mean i'm here to make a pretty penny mug and is like raining on my parade when i'm afraid for some fans there john he's a ray of sunshine i mean you know if i were like you know what we did but you know you know you can't but then i heard that you have a crush on him nor like i have a crush on him and just like he's beautiful that he's hearing his life about what he really cares about danny's doing court where he set to argue that the law the westminster council of prosecuting him and infringes his human rights. thank you
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very proud of her curves are very different i actually took your perfect four years of architecture. pride anytime i race for our convention have a private conversation. i think i think it's completely wrong because if they do manage to point in that way it's not going to stall i mean we're all just going to be surprised into not talking not speaking you know i just think that's going to be a bad thing so they don't need to danny to keep the black boy from freedoms and while westminster city councils have told us that their conflict with danny is merely a question of decibels danny shine is planning to get even louder if i had the resources one day i'd be quite be quite nice to go out there with like a really good p.a. system and they're in a really nice light and i would get a reaver maybe five or ten people in percentage i've seen and. you have to say well it's right. in brief tonight independence day celebrations of spiraled into chaos in brazil protesters flooded city centers across the country voicing their anger
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over rampant corruption failing public services in rio police dispersed crowds with tear gas and stun guns to prevent them for interrupting a military parade demonstration started back in june of mismanagement of funds. more world news in brief protesters and police clashed in greece's second largest city after another round of until started to rallies fighting broke out after the prime minister delivered a speech promising that economic recovery was on its way his government has backed firm austerity measures and a relentless push to get a further bailout from international lenders those steps include tax hikes along with labor market and pension reform. testers have blocked roads leading to one of the world's largest arms fairs in london over thirteen hundred military and security companies will be displaying the hardware at the event set to launch on monday facebook called in to manage the situation but no clashes have been reported so far and he will group say the first encourages arms sales to countries with poor human rights records. thanks for being with us tonight we're of you watching around
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the world got some great programs coming up ahead oksana boy can actually say shortly probing america's campaign from when a tree strike on syria from syria in a program called worlds apart. with economic downs in the final hour day the old saying i and the rest because i think the be everything. the loop.
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dramas that can't be ignored to. stories others refuse to notice. the faces change the world writes never. the full picture of today's needs long gone to and from around the globe the book to. get. they were ready to do anything for their country. is to love the country more than yourself if you join the military for any other reason that you're probably not going to have a good day there were schools in the state now they live remembering that which is impossible to get rid of. the war. but oh ever good people get
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hurt. but i've heard good people them to be silent. but would prefer not to be sometimes i feel like. i should have died over there. i saw some people who. is cheaper than their fate. on our. hello and welcome to worlds apart saving lives has long been a convenient pretext for fighting wars and it is invoked here to again as the united states considers a punitive strike against syria and while the us politicians seem to be taking all
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of our bybee yes we can mantra the rest of the world is more on the side of do no harm we each of the two is in service of human rights while to discuss that i'm now joined by counter-offer executive director of human rights watch mr roth i really appreciate you being here if our viewers go to rise watch website now and check some of the news releases that were issued over the last few weeks they can find all the usual suspects russia china has them bob way libya even israel but why. they wouldn't be able to find is any criticism of the proposed serious strikes against syria doesn't mean that human rights watch is in favor of these proposed attack but we've actually put out two statements on this subject and so i mean i do refer people to our website h r w dot org the we are so explicitly not taking a position for or against particular airstrikes our main focus as you can find
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in the statements that was we've issued is that our concern is with protecting civilian lives and obviously you know the issue on the table at the moment are the approximately fourteen hundred civilians who died as a result of the chemical weapons attacks in the damascus suburbs but obviously we're concerned about the tens of thousands if not hundred thousand civilians who have died during the conflict mostly at the hands of conventional weapons and our concern is that while there is heightened attention to this problem of syria now we hope that the answer is going to address the plight of civilians across the board the many who have died already the many more who might still die the two million refugees there's a lot to be concerned about some lives there you just mentioned that you try not to take sides and the latest statement that i saw you are issuing on the syrian issue
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was in late august when the organization put out a statement in which is sad that not gassing children in their sleep is a basic humanitarian norman obviously everybody would agree with you on that but the major disagreement in the wall there is who actually was gassing children in their sleep and it seems to me that despite positioning itself as an international organization standing up for universal human rights human rights were seen to be taking the position of the american government in assuming that it was the assad regime. who actually perpetrated that chemical weapon attack i wonder why is that if you are indeed an international organization why not wait for the united nations which is the main international body to conclude in its investigation and then decide and what the course of action should be well i should say that you know human rights watch does not represent any government we represent the troops.

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