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of the. united nations inspectors returned to damascus they are due to continue with their probe into the use of chemical weapons in syria. president putin says greenpeace activists are not fire it's blood for one man's them for breaching international law when trying to storm a russian oil rig. in the u.k. are brutes its own citizens people of a tiny mid atlantic island say they were being squeezed out to make room for u.s. military base.
this is r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital i'm marina josh or you want inspectors have just arrived in damascus they're due to complete their probe into the allegations of chemical weapons used in syria for more on this we're now joined by our correspondent paula. hyder paula so do bring us up to speed what do we know about the situation well the united nations team has arrived in damascus where they will be competing they probe into the use all the possible use of chemical weapons in that country now the team was established by the un secretary general ban ki moon and it is been headed by swedish scientists doctors from the convoy of supply united nations cause. in damascus shortly before the day on wednesday we understand that there are at least some eight u.n. investigation is participating in this investigation the team was in syria last month and in a report that was handed to the united nations on the sixteenth of september it
concluded that it had clear and convincing evidence that seven gas had been used in an attack on the twenty first of august in the suburbs of damascus in which hundreds of people were killed not up to the cells from has said that this report was an initial finding it is an initial document and that their purpose now is to look into the allegations we do expected to examine some thirteen to fourteen major attacks that took place inside syria during this thirteen month conflict the team does say that it hopes to present its final findings of grace in all of these accusations possibly by the end of october now there has been criticism as to the fact that the team candle cannot conclude whether or not chemical gas was used but it's not going to be able to say who was behind these chemical attacks and indeed this is not one of the missions of this particular investigation moscow has also pointed out that u.n. inspectors ignored evidence that was handed to them by syria it was handed to them
secretly and that this evidence was ignored as a result of russia saying that this initial report was biased and needs reinvestigation. for paul thanks very much indeed for bringing us the very latest artie's policy you're reporting. now addressing the u.n. general sam why barack obama stressed the president asad staying as head of the syrian state was not an option saying it would create an extremely violent space for extremists to operate and i were active as brian backer believes washington is just looking for a pretext to push through a military solution to the conflict but the united states and what friends are trying to do at the security council is the bully. russia and china in order to get wording into that resolution that would authorize them to carry out military action under the rubric of the united nations but clearly the obama administration says it has the authority to act unilaterally but it would like to have some sort of shield
or at least a mask for that sort of unilateral operation chemical weapons in this instance are a pretext for an escalating intervention the obama administration's hand it's been stayed because of global opposition including massive domestic opposition in the united states they're strong they're trying to come back but they're in a weakened position right now it's a double standard it's hypocrisy the united states is trying to bully the u.n. security council to do what it really wants to do which is to escalate the conflict in syria to overthrow their government now in his speech at the u.n. general assembly iran's president has sung rouhani said he's ready for dialogue on the country's nuclear program he's called for a consistent voice from washington on the issue while obama also signaled his willingness to talk or he said now reports. at his debut speech at the u.n. iranian president hassan rouhani stressed iran is not a threat but made to be won by other countries to promote interests in the region he said that no military solution is acceptable in the region and the syrian crisis
is a result of external influence to change regional order now rouhani talked about how people in the world are tired of wars and violence and how moderation is needed he added that iran is ready to cooperate he once again said iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and is ready to help quell concern over its peaceful nuclear program but only as see. iran's nuclear program and for. that of all other countries must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in iran security and defense doctrine and contradict their fundamental religious and ethical convictions. as expected he had a much softer tone than his predecessor but the israeli delegation was not present for rowhani speech in fact in an interview after his speech he did talk about the
holocaust saying that it was a horrible crime against jewish people much different kind of rhetoric than we heard. from. in his speeches at the u.n. the u.s. was present for the speech a lot of hope of course that this week could see a reset of u.s. iran relations no direct exchange between the president but the highest level meeting since one thousand nine hundred seventy nine will be held as of now on thursday between foreign ministers and we are closely following all the developments in the general sampling and we've got all the details for you online so to listen to all the speeches by the world leaders and more you can log on to r.t. dot com. greenpeace activists are under arrest in russia after a town. and to storm an oil platform in the arctic they insisted it was a peaceful protest for the sake of the environment while authorities are calling it a reckless assault president putin spoke about the incident at the international arctic form are using more of his skin off has more environmental security in the
arctic is what this forum is all about and it's widely understood that the arctic itself is quite a fragile system and any misuse any accidents there would lead to major consequences and last week's incident with the group of greenpeace activists who tried to board the floating platform in the north of the russian were detained was also talked about here and according to the president clearly the activists are not pirates but they still violate the law. it would be better if greenpeace representative sat with us together in this whole show and told us what they think about the problems we're discussing they could state their complaints demands and concerns no one is trying to brush them aside would gather for meetings like this specifically to discuss such problems but it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform with our security forces and border troops did not
know who exactly was trying to seize the platform under the greenpeace guys it's obvious these people by later international laws by coming dangerously close to the platform. according to investigators by attempting to board the floating platform the activist didn't only put at risk the a lives off its workers but also created death threats to the environment they are currently being kept at a detention center in the northern russian city of more months and they are waiting for official charges first it was believed that they may be charged with piracy or even terrorism but now we're getting reports that the charges may be softer it's the third time that russia is organizing this forum and clearly it's taking place in. the only city located exactly on the arctic circle around four hundred x. chorus of gathered here from across the world were heard from the presidents of
russia finland iceland then a representative of the arctic council all talking about environmental issues and environmental security off the arctic in general like i said it's widely understood that any misuse or accidents will lead to severe consequences which the future generations will have to deal with that's why according to president putin only companies with experience working in the arctic and the financial resources to do it properly have to be allowed to develop energy there so not only about current energy price. jackson future energy projects but also about cleaning up the heritage of the cold war era like abandoned military bases military hardware tens of thousands of barrels of oil which are still there left not only by the soviet union but by the united states and canada and it's also widely understood here that it's not only the responsibility of one country to clean that up but really the responsibility of the international community as world powers came up to secure the
ecology of the arctic rivalry over its rich oil and gas resources is heating up that also includes the potential threat of countries increasing their military presence in the region as simon who is a man from the stockholm international peace research institute explains. to talk about about dema cation off of their territorial claims they talk about behavior they actually call prates in certain types of search and rescue and those kind of things but it's still that you have areas which a claim by by two or more countries where both countries are more than two countries are patrolling sending ships or aircraft and when they meet each other it's always a little bit tricky what are you going to do how much do you take from the other side and something can actually go wrong there is a risk clearly an increasing trend on the defy fark to countries to increase their
presence to military presence in the arctic. and coming up later in the program be a lympics goes out of this world as a cosmic trio cads to the international space station on a mission to bowl retake an olympic torch word has never gone before. talk to the man mr president this is what some are saying to bravo bamma as he and his arabian counterpart addressed the united nations well hardliners in both countries particularly the us to ride diplomacy in on its negotiations there appears to be a genuine moment for engagement in the us to ever take yes for an answer.
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though the population has severely reduced over the past decade at let's take a look so this tiny dot as you can see here is ascension on its scituate a roughly midway between the horn of south america and africa it may be small but for the islanders the problem it represents is huge residents in human rights activists accuse the british government of squeezing the life out of the volcanic island the reason america wants to expand a military base their art is laura smith investigates. it's a tiny island in the mid atlantic made a volcanic rock and covered in pitch and water no but to eight hundred people. but now the story of ascension island has all the hallmarks of being another diego garcia the british owned indian ocean islands whose inhabitants were forced to leave to make way for a u.s. base despite having lived through generations islanders accuse the governments of.
families who have been there for more than a century ten years ago when all the difference person was promising democratic institutions for the island's a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community that but today the population is already decreased by a war with communities replaced by contract work because we're tired or unemployed people eighteen have to leave and the similarities with diego garcia and the dominant feature on the island is you guessed it an american base heavily used during president obama's recent trip to africa there are also satellites and submarine tracking stations and one of those now infamous listening posts run by g c h q the british government now conveniently insists ascension has no indigenous population and many residents believe they intend to evacuate the island completely
and abandon it to the americans from the dreams of a permanent home they had a decade ago. reduced to a hole in the special relationship. now david lending his family originates from the island and he says it's outrageous that british citizens could be forced out on the whim of the us military. i have been there several times and as i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seven years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension island is big one might almost say starve to death and there is a precarious kind of political representation there is the absence of guaranteed property rights or indeed a very much property rights at all people are born there people do live their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not do so is not permitted this if this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the american base there which is largely
intelligence related and it is a serious question to be asked about why on british territory british citizens living there these are full british passport holders of why these peoples are being treated like this for the sake of a station a base which is almost certain you might know more of the details of this in fact engaged in the activities that have been such a huge global story in terms of spying on pretty much everyone but that is happening on british not american territory and a british population there is being mistreated. and had a long time to get the latest from our web team including naming the day investigative journalist tackled the secrecy of pakistan drone strikes to find the real down still covered us for fear. and greed armies under fire over allegations of maybe training members of the far right or innovation of golden dawn all this and more is just a click away on r t dot com. they say education is the best
investment but it could prove costly one for the students in france scared away from the job market by record unemployment figures many prefer to stay at a university by a few can afford it and even for those who can there's still the question of what to do with their skills are just as are so your reports. the point of view of six million unemployed youth has been well documented to date in france it's above twenty six percent and in deprived there isn't a country it could go as high as forty percent the chances of getting a job are so slim some of opted to go back to school but even that is proving to be problematic as students fall back to university campuses like this one for another academic year student unions are sounding the alarm over the cost of funding one year of study away from their parental home they say they'll have to shell out between ten thousand five hundred euros and fifteen thousand five hundred each year
a very steep price they say in addition to what they see as a bleak future ahead of the. story today the students from working classes have less possibility to access university education because of course the university tuition fees are not very high but the cost of living is very hard returning to university this year is going to be difficult because of the fixed prices of food health what we call mandatory fees for social security all of it is going up in the month of september for the new school year he says is once again synonymous with sacrifice and financial hardship something that is all too familiar with a working student completing her degree and theater her story is not uncommon finding herself in a vicious circle of ashy puts it trying to live with the superman series i'm an optimist but it's so complicated to think about my status and at the same time
having to work you have to find a job but even if you find one there is no stable salary without a stable salary you can't rent a room it's not such an extreme idea that one day you'll end up on the streets there on a public servant accommodation but never enough to meet demand government funding the number of public housing doubled by twenty twenty but does little to ease the present burden of an already lost general. there's a bit of good news though the budget for student scholarships has been increased to one hundred eighteen million euros starting this month which student unions hope with better university access and experience some of the country's poorest. and for many heading into higher education that extra cash is vital to allow them to make a note of their studies. many students get part time jobs to pay for their education that's ok if they were less than twelve hours a week but any more the education suffers from this is experiencing an economic crisis and we need to have more graduates for the future it's urgent that the
public power acknowledge the problem before it becomes catastrophic assuming one does not get an education it goes back to the question of managing to do something with it getting a job when there are no any tests are syria are to paris and more to national news in brief now. so more than two hundred people have died in a powerful earthquake that hit us from pakistan aftershocks cause houses to collapse in a remote area near the iranian border claiming mannie lives tremors have been reported across the region and hundreds of kilometers away in india's capital new delhi the quake was so strong that it forced a new island to rise from the sea off the southern coast of pakistan. many as president has announced and to the rescue operation and then robby's westgate mall the scene of the country's worst terrorist attack in fifteen years five members of the militant group responsible for these sold were killed during
the standoff eleven others are in custody at least sixty seven people died in the hostage crisis with around one hundred seventy injured at least two americans and a british citizen are among the al qaida linked insurgents that carried out the assault a u.s. led investigation claims the plot was hatched weeks or months ago in somalia were a team of english speaking foreign fighters were selected there are reports that a british woman may have spearheaded the attack. central china is being hit by tarantula rains caused by the typhoon a soggy which earlier crashed through the southern part of the country the confirmed number of dead in the worst hit areas risen to twenty nine with over half a million residents relocated economic losses from the storm have reached almost three billion dollars having rains in nearby viet-nam in cambodia of caused at least thirty six deaths. such
a twenty fourteen winter olympic torch is boldly going where no torch has gone before it will take on a spacewalk by two russian cosmonauts who are due to blast off from earth on thursday paul scott has more on his sword mission. russian cosmonauts culture of and scheme along with american astronaut mike hopkins the trio are about to embark on the thirty seventh expedition to the international space station but along with carrying out the usual array of hundreds of scientific and medical experiments present skin culture of have one more unusual task to perform in november now become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. as dealers at the caress you as a community will make it as beautiful and spectacular as we can we want to make it memorable millions of people around the world will be able to see us at work and
see what we do you'll be able to see the old side of the aisle with earth in the background we aim to make it a visual spectacle but we don't want to give you all the details just yet the torch will follow the crew to the eye s.s. on a specially branded rocket once the russians have taken it on its unprecedented space walk it will head back to earth with returning crewmembers ready to continue its relay across russia. starting in moscow in early october the torch is to travel sixty five thousand kilometers around the country and will be carried by fourteen thousand bures two of which will be on the i assess although it won't be late twenty's and skiing cultural got their hands on it the very same torch will be used to light the cauldron during the games opening ceremony in february the crew of expedition thirty seven a relatively inexperienced only commander cult of has been to space before and he's providing a reassuring presence for the newest members of the space community but i'd also
like to say i feel very competent and part of that comes from our commander who's obviously very experienced tubes in the spacecraft but as you can see here in the press conference as well always has a calming presence after launch the soyuz spacecraft is set to over the four times before docking with the i s s the entire journey taking just around six hours the crew set to remain on board until late march michael fossum who would turn from the i s s two years ago and one day hopes to go back and explains what they can expect i'm very excited for my concern again as they as they look forward to their first flight they have dreamed about this like all of us relief from the time of childhood and now they're preparing to live that dream they're a little nervous they're a little excited and they're professionals they're looking forward to doing the job for which they've trained for many years while following the final preparations in the testing center behind me the rocket has now embarked on its journey to the
launch pad and although this train track is only five kilometers long the journey is taken around two hours this is done a walking pace as not to damage the technical equipment inside and although all does look set there's plenty more final preparations to be done in the few hours ahead of launch. some of those preparations include cooling the rocket with nitrogen to minus two hundred seventy degrees to stabilize and keep the four hundred tons of fuel cool so that come the early hours of thursday morning this rockets can deliver the i assess its recruits got by colonel. now is there a chance of open dialogue between tehran and washington some answers to that question are coming up your way in crossed up after the break.
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