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not pirates but a founder is president ford and says greenpeace activists broke international law when they tried to climb aboard an offshore platform to protest against drilling for oil in the arctic. the u.n. chemical weapons team resumes its probe in syria following criticism that its previous findings were one sided and inconclusive. and the residents of a british colonial alpha post in the atlantic are saying they're being ousted to make room for a us military base. this is r t coming to you live from moscow i'm marina josh welcome to the program.
thirty arrested greenpeace activists are in temporary custody after being questioned by russian authorities the campaigners face charges for trying to storm an oil platform to protest against drilling in the arctic well they are being held in a russia's northwestern port city of more man's a criminal case on suspicion of piracy has been opened by investigators the activist could get up to fifteen years jail if convicted president bush brought up the incident at the international arctic for as archie's a work is going off reports. 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 incidents with the group of greenpeace activists who tried to board the floating platform in the north of russian were. dane's was also
talked about here and according to the president clearly the activists are not pirates but they still violate the law. is it would be better if those greenpeace representatives said with us together in the school and told us would be think about the problems we're discussing. their complaints demands and concerns no one is trying to brush them aside would gather for meetings like this specifically to discuss such problems it's obvious there aren't pirates they try to storm the platform our security forces and troops did not know who exactly was trying to seize the platform under the greenpeace guides it's obvious these people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the platform 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 exports of gathered here
from across the world were heard from the presidents of russia finland iceland and 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 be too 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 it's a responsibility i would i would say in a cascade globally we have to work together nations have to work within them their own borders and among others in the border all the way down to those of us who live in our own homes i am of the opinion that that we do not have to back up we're going forward there are all kinds of really remarkably new ways of providing energy not only about current energy projects and 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 but as world powers team up to discuss how to better protect the arctic psychology disputes over its massive oil and gas fields are definitely heating up and also includes a potential threat of countries increasing their military presence in the region as the fans x. men explained to us earlier. to talk about about. their territorial claims they talk about behavior that dexie call traits in certain types of search and rescue and those kind of things but it's still that you have areas which are claimed by by two or more countries where both countries or 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 to decipher arctic countries to increase their presence to military presence in the arctic. you want inspectors are back in syria to investigate more cases of alleged chemical weapons use the team earlier concluded that nerve gas had been used on a large scale last month that report did not assign blame but was still used by western powers to build a case against the syrian government russia called the u.n. findings inconclusive and one sided policy here has the latest. now the team was
established by the un secretary general ban ki moon and it is being headed by swedish scientists dr kay sells from the convoy of a supply of united nations cause arrived at a central hotel in damascus shortly before midday on the wings day we understand that there are at least some eight u.n. investigators 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 a clear and convincing evidence that sarin 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 and up to cells from has said that they're supported was an initial finding it is an initial document and that their purpose now is to look into the allegations we do expect them to examine some thirteen to fourteen attacks that took place inside syria during this thirteen month conflict the team does say that
it hopes to position to its final findings addressing 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 now the un report on last month's chemical weapons attack is riddled with inconsistency is according to political analyst sharmeen or wannabe who scrutinize the report and summed up her findings. in the human sampling for instance there are inconsistent things with with symptoms. by for victims and
survivors that are not atypical and not our conventional understanding of what occurs in a nerve gas exposure some very stark ones in the environmental sampling it appears that in the west. where the human sampling showed almost one hundred percent positive there are no samples taken by the u.n. team that show seren there are a few samples taken that show degradation of sarin but even these are not consistent in within both the labs there could be false positives i started to write about it i asked questions and then i looked for other inconsistency and found them there to be found i don't think any report is perfect but he said what if i don't jump to conclusions ok what about the consequences of those inconsistency and what sort of impact could that have on the perception of the situation in the country. i think i don't know there are going to be huge
ramifications because the political level is operating by itself right now they're looking at removing chemical weapons from from from syria so so a certain part of this process has moved to had the u.n. now as a result of all these holes in its original report needs to address these and ensure for itself that it has the proper access and time to investigate other areas of alleged chemical weapons attacks. now the syrian conflict is also a key focal point of discussions at the ongoing u.n. general assembly the president of neighboring iran stood up to call for a peaceful solution as an rouhani also took the chance to defend he's country's nuclear program i'll respond and maria has the latest from new york. the iranian president did address the world body for the first time on tuesday and his speech was largely absent of any vitriol are anti israel rhetoric instead he offered up a chance to negotiate with the u.s.
and its allies over iran's disputed nuclear program standing before a world leaders he declared president hassan rouhani declared that nuclear weapons have no place in iran he said his country is ready to remove all concerns about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and that iran does not seek to increase tensions with the united states he says he believes this country is an anchor of stability in the stable region where iran is located he said the iranian threat that has been perpetrated for many years is imaginary and he believes that it's been used as an excuse for other misdeeds by certain countries president. said that iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or to the region he also said there is no military solution to the conflicts in the in the region and that iran seeks to resolve all issues not create them he once again underscored
that iran is ready to willing to be ready and willing to cooperate with the west and believes the best way to manage differences is on equal footing with mutual respect it what he was essentially saying in his speech is that he's trying to are sure in a new chapter with the international community and wants the international community particularly the u.s. and its allies to treat iran with respect and like an equal russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov did have a bilateral meeting with u.s. secretary of state john kerry on tuesday in that meeting both men called constructive with russia and the u.s. agreeing to continue to push towards destroying all. nicol weapons in syria under international supervision foreign minister level of stressed that all chemical weapons including hazardous material he says needs to be destroyed he says there's a lot of concern that the syrian opposition possesses hazardous material also
expressed concern about the pushing of this military option for the security council draft resolution because he says that that is something that once again russia does not support but he did express hope that the u.n. security council would would decide come to a consensus on a resolution and then it would be adopted in the coming days immediately after required decision is announced by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons in the hague. now more from r t after the break including how the olympic flame is set for the very high jump so boldly go on a unique torch track to see word of the sochi games play will be happening in just a few minutes here on our t.v. . talk to the man mr president this is what some are saying to bravo obama as he and his are waiting counterparts address the united nations well hardliners in both
countries particularly the u.s. to ride diplomacy in on its negotiations there appears to be a genuine moment for engagement in the u.s. ever take yes for an answer. more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations are the day.
welcome back this is our now attorney remnants of the british empire in the middle of the atlantic essential island used to be home to barely a sounds and people but even there dwindling numbers are in jeopardy well this remote dot is essential in effect sixteen hundred kilometers from africa and twenty two hundred kilometers from brazil historically a safe haven for mariners and it's now being dominated by u.s. military base and some residents are crying out for help artie's laura smith reports. it's a tiny island in the mid atlantic made of 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 british government of. breaching families who've been there for more than a century ten years ago when all the difference britain 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's already decreased by a quarter with communities replaced by contract work because retired or unemployed people eighteen to leave and the similarities with. 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. to haul in the special relationship. and david lynch is family originates from the island and he says it's outrageous that british citizens could be force out on the whim of the us military. in the several times i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seventy years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension on it is being all 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 probably 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 it is 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. now the u.s. drone fleet has just been expanded with a new supersonic addition as you can learn on our website unmanned operations can now be carried out of the speed of sound or even faster after an engineering upgrade was applied to your retired after sixteen so had
a line for more details. beijing malls plans to and its internet censorship although only for twenty eight square kilometers of territory at r.t. dot com will tell you where china's tiny away says a web from you don't globally. european union faces the decision of whether or not to free is an essential data sharing deal with the u.s. to reveal terror of finding sources amid the fallout of the national security agency spying scandal the united states pressure brussels into signing a pact in twenty tan to surrender confidential bank transaction details using the system known as swift it was supposed to help track organizations suspected of bankrolling insurgents but some of your own p.c. washington's been abusing the deal by hacking into europeans private data well let's now bring in a daughter she's an m.p. for sleaze pirate party million thanks for joining us here now they have your poll
longer with us with top lawyers say that there is no evidence or reason in fact to believe that there's been an unauthorized access to the data so what's behind the commotion. so the european union has made procurement for instance. mandatory in the european union so we have the vast majority of the transactions of our public sector also in this banking system that means it's quite serious for us if some foreign national security agency is looking at this data and using it to manipulate the republican meant we were talking a subset about the substantial part of european public spending so. that was already controversial before the swift agreement was signed but of course it's even more controversial now that we know for a fact that all of those transactions are being monitored. well given what's happening you know and in fact the initial purpose of it which was to curb
terrorism by tracking its funding so how would you cut off the millions of dollars that find their way to terrorists now. could you repeat that question oh yeah absolutely well you know given the. initial purpose of this deal which was to curb terrorism by tracking the funding of millions of dollars in transactions so how would you cut off those funds that find their way to terrorists. but the thing is we can't really cut off those fundings we know that also in the united states they called a just b. c. which is one of the largest investment banks in the world laundering money for mexican drug cartels i think they were also laundering money money for iranian terrorist groups and in fact what happened was that there were no sanctions against a bank even though the bank was aware that they were doing these activities the problem we have in the banking sector and the financing of terrorism and money laundering is really a different one which is that we are unable to hold banks accountable for when they
violate the rules that we have already made for them and and so that isn't a problem best solved by extensive data sharing between our two jurisdictions i don't think but by having more assertive departments of justice or public prosecutors that can actually hold. when they violate the law. when we see an order to span this deal when i need a qualified majority of countries to agree to do that so how possible is that in your opinion. that is the good question. i'm very happy that we've had some notifications from the commission that they're looking into. looking into maybe breaking off these data sharing agreements finally at the pre have with the united states we need to have a more assertive european union that cares about its own public institution that cares about its citizens that believes that fundamental rights and systematic
stability and predictability of public institutions is important. but i think it's really something that we need to look at very carefully in the european union right that we need to decide how do we want for these big databases to be dealt with and if we can get agreement on this inside of the european union. that would be a very good step to maybe rebuilding some of the trust that we have lost in many of these systems over the past few months that will require quite a fair bit of political determination. all right i see that was an appeal live from brussels thank you. and more of the world's main news for you right now a powerful seven point seven magnitude earthquake in southwest pakistan is now known to have killed more than three hundred twenty people it struck in a remote mountainous area causing hundreds of houses to collapse thousands of people have had to span to the night in the open tremors were even felt hundreds of
kilometers to the east in the indian capital of new delhi. kenya is mourning the victims of the westgate mall hostage crisis the country's worst terrorist attack in fifteen years president kenyatta says sixty seven assigned but the number is expected to rise as troops clear the shopping. center five members of the. group were killed during the standoff eleven others are in custody authorities are looking into unconfirmed reports that several americans and a british citizen were among the al qaida linked insurgents behind the atrocity. to rancho rains caused by typhoon a soggy have hit central china after earlier slamming into the southern coast at least twenty nine people have died and over half a million others relocated to safety the storm force hundreds of flights to be canceled and the major shipping line had to be closed the weather is estimated to inflict damage cost at around three billion dollars so.
the olympic torch usually gets chantel jog around the events latest host country before the games start buying for so much it's going into hyper drive for worldwide trek out more than twenty eight thousand kilometers an hour both cars reports from outside the baikonur cosmodrome to explain how the. russian cosmonauts coach of and resent ski 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 resound skin culture of have one more unusual toss to perform in november now become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. it's the correct we'll 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 i assess 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 i s.s. on their specially branded rocket once the russians have taken it on its unprecedented space walk it will head back to earth with returning crew members 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 feel very competent and part of that comes from our commander who is obviously very experienced to us in the space craft 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 orbit the earth four times before docking with the eye assess the entire journey taking just around six hours the crew set to remain on board until mid march michael fossum who returned 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 is that as they look forward to their first flight they have dreamed about this like all of us really 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 it 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 rocket can deliver the eye assess its recruits pull scott by colonel. app exparel bow and his guest discuss the chances that iran and the u.s. have an opening any sort of dialogue.
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