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so i not pirates but a friend is president putin says greenpeace activists broke international law when they tried to climb aboard an offshore platform protest against drilling for oil in the arctic. chemical weapons to resume its probe in syria following criticism that its previous fallings a one sided and inconclusive. residence the british colonial outpost in the atlantic is saying they're being ousted to make room for a u.s. military base we report.
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from moscow very good evening for just joined us that for me kevin owen it's a here watching r.t. our top story thirty arrested greenpeace activists are in temporary custody after being questioned by russian authorities campaigners face charges for trying to storm an oil platform to protest against drilling in the arctic this is where they're being held in russia's northwestern port city of murder manske a criminal case on suspicion of piracy has been opened by investigators the activists could get up to fifteen years jail if they convicted president putin brought up the instant a day that the international forum in corpus cannot report. 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 or for greenpeace activists who tried to board the floating platform in the north russian were detained. was
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also talked about here and according to the president clearly the activists are not pirates but they still violate the law and i believe we're going to know which is it would be better if those greenpeace representatives said with us together in this school and told us would be think about the problems we're discussing the street 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 but they try to storm the platforms are security forces and border 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 gather here from across the world
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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
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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 well post another discuss how to better protect the arctic from college and disputes over its massive oil and gas fields are definitely heating up and also includes the potential threat of countries increasing their military presence in the region as defense expert has been explained to us earlier. to talk about about. their territorial claims to talk about behavior to be actually corporate and certain types of search and rescue and those kind of things but it's still that you have areas which explained by by two or more countries where both countries or more
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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 they actually risk clearly an increasing trend on the five countries to increase their presence to military presence in the arctic. u.n. inspectors back in syria to investigate more cases of alleged chemical weapons use the team 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 all asleep it's called the latest. now the team was established by the un secretary general ban ki moon and it is being headed by
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swedish scientist dr k. cells from the convoy of supplied united nations cars 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 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 not 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 other allegations we do expect them to examine some thirteen to fourteen alleged 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
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these accusations possibly by the end of october now there has been criticism as to the fact that the team can or 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 or will comment on the u.n. report of last month's chemical weapons attack is riddled with inconsistency is according to political analysts sharmeen the want to scrutinize the report because for us. in the human sampling for instance there are inconsistent things with with symptoms. by for victims and survivors that are not atypical and
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not our conventional understanding of what occurs in a nerve gas exposure and 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 theron there are a few samples taken that show degradation of theron but even these are not consistent in in 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 so we said what if i don't jump to conclusions ok what about the culture quinces of those in consistencies 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
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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 attack. the sort of conflicts also a key focal point of discussions of the ongoing u.n. general assembly the president of neighboring iran stood up to call for a peaceful solution. to the chance to defend his country's nuclear program a correspondent reporting 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
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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
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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 that meeting both men called constructive with russia and the u.s. agreeing to continue to push towards destroying all chemical weapons in syria under . our minister level of stressed out 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 russia's top diplomat also expressed concern about the pushing of this military option for
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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. a correspondent in new york city that coming up what i would say after the break with me kevin opening how the olympic flame set for a very high jump boldly go on the leak threat say that where the sochi games is said to be having a few minutes to. the island is so small the for me it's the center see the center of the universe.
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on a tiny island the size of a football field in the middle of a lake stands a ruined monastery forty years ago two lovers decided to spend their honeymoon here . they have no idea but the island would change their lives forever and that they would change the fate of the island. never seen anything like this before is going to come in the house. in the fortress of ice is grown in just one hour and it's only the beginning. of the media leave us so we leave the baby. by the soon bush and secure. your party there's a bill. for shoes that no one is there still with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all politics only on our team.
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now again a tiny remnant of the british empire in the middle of the atlantic the ascension island used to be home to barely a thousand people believe in their dwindling numbers are in jeopardy these days this remote dot is ascension island it's sixteen hundred kilometers from africa and twenty two hundred kilometers from brazil historically a safe haven for mariners as it was it's now being dominated by u.s. military base and some residents are crying out for help because of it what is there a smith report. 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 a tension island has all the hallmarks of big enough the diego garcia the british and indian ocean islands whose inhabitants were forced to leave to make way for
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a u.s. base despite having lived through generations islanders accuse the british government of. rooting families who've been there for more than a century ten years ago it all so different person was promised democratic institutions for the island a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community that but today the population's 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. 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
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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. with david lucy's family originally from the island who says it's outrageous the british citizens could be forced 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 that i was born there there is a very very strong sense of ascension out of his being but 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 of all people all born there people do live their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not
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do so is not to mention the sick if this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the american base 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 people are being treated like this for the sake of i a station a place 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. report online tonight that the u.s. drone fleets just spin expanded with a new supersonic addition it's an r.t. dot com for learn more unmanned operations cannot be carried out at the speed of sound or even faster apparently after engineering upgrade was applied to retired f. sixteen s on life more details about that then and another story to get
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a lot of interest right beijing mulling plans to end its internet censorship although only for twenty eight square kilometers of territory that r.t. dot com you tell you where china's tiny oasis of web freedom is set to be. right to see. first rate. and i think you're. on a reporter's. be in the. european union faces the decision of whether or not to freeze an essential data sharing deal with the united states trivial tariff on the source's amid the fallout of the national security agency spying scandal the united states pressured brussels
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into signing a pact in twenty ten to surrender a confidential bank transaction details using the system known as swift no it was supposed to help track organizations suspected of bankrolling insurgents but some hero in piece a washington has been abusing the deal by hacking into europeans private data swedish pirates media and his daughter says the bank should ensure security by being held responsible for transactions not by giving up private data. it's quite serious for us if some foreign national security agency is looking at this data and using it to manipulate our public procurement we were talking about the substantial part of european public spending 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 we know that also in the united states they caught the eight 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
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terrorist groups and in fact what happened was that there were no sanctions against the bank even though the bank was aware that they were doing these activities the problem we have in the banking sector and 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 their men and saw 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 banks accountable when they fail and when they violate the law. elsewhere in the world tonight a powerful seven point seven magnitude earthquake in southwest pakistan's no known to have killed more than three hundred twenty people it struck a remote mountainous area causing hundreds of thousands to last thousands of people of a display in the mud in the open tremors really felt hundreds of kilometers to the east in the indian capital of new delhi. kenya continues to fall
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victims of the westgate mall hostage crisis the country's worst terrorist attack in fifteen years president kenyatta says sixty seven people died but the number is expected to rise as troops still try to clear that shopping center five members of the islamist group are killed in the standoff eleven others are in custody authorities looking into unconfirmed reports that several americans and a british citizen remember the al qaeda linked insurgents behind the atrocity. crenshaw 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 temporarily the storm forced hundreds of flights to be canceled the major shipping lines had to be closed as well the weather estimated. to inflict damage to the around three billion dollars and counting. by all the limpid toss usually gets a gentle jog around the event's latest host country before the game stop of assault ships going into hyper drive for world wide track at more than twenty eight
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thousand kilometers an hour for scott reports next rubs are the baikonur cosmodrome to explain how. the. russian cosmonauts culture of and resents came 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 result skin culture of have one more time usual task to perform in november now become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. whose deal is the correct use of 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 that work and see what we do you'll be able to see the outside of the earth in the background we aim to
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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 assess 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 berries two of which will be on the i.s.a.'s although it won't be late twenty's and skiing cultural got their hands on it the very same toss 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 in the space craft but as you can see here in the press
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conference as well always has a calming presence after launch the soyuz spacecraft is set to over the four times before docking with the eye assess 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 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 has taken around two hours this is done a walking pace as not to damage the technical equipment inside and although all
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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 r.t. by colonel. following it at those times for your back on terra firma now with the u.s. holding a quarter of the world's prisoners having martin negs looks into the penal system floors in the late station of breaking the set.
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if you leave with the economic ups and downs in the find out on monday the london deal sank i and the rest that life will be a few will be everything come out they. will all told me my language of war but i will only react to situations i have read the reports and let you know what is the know i will leave them to the state department to comment on your latter point of the month to say it is mr kerry you have a car is on the docket no god. radio no more weasel words when you have a direct question be prepared for a change when you throw
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a punch be ready for a battle pretty well off speech and a little down to freedom to crush. it's people that want to. pick up something that is quite simply this. was no way. clearly they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. and sold to the u.s. or turned over to the u.s. for. the sole that could be buried alive. was saved with great effort. and they wanted to turn me into a terrorist so it was they wanted me to admit that i was a member of al qaeda or taliban but i fought with them. not about time i didn't even know what al qaeda is nevertheless there are people all. brave enough
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to start a fight. something's going to be done that's going to be done by me and it's been a short amount of time but it's going to impact me i'd be prosecuted but it's the it's going to impact. the wife my daughter. the one time a trap. on our t.v. . welcome to break in the set i'm abbie martin so this past july was the height of the get my bay hunger strike where one hundred six of the hundred sixty six detainees were starving themselves to protest their indefinite detention if it with more than half the prisoners taken such drastic measures of all the media so large they are largely ignored their plight for the past few months the number of hunger strikers has steadily dropped just yesterday get my military officials affectively
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declared destructive over the military said it will stop issuing daily reports on a number of these protesters since only a core group of nineteen of them remain striking now. considering how the response of the strike was force feeding the inmates is it any wonder why so many of them have given up as i demonstrate on the show force feeding is torture and a complete and utter violation of human rights going through this excruciating experience day after day after day is unimaginable but just because so many detainees have reached the absolute limit of human suffering doesn't mean we should pay any less attention to the crimes occurring at the chateau prison just a few hundred miles from our shores. it was. very hard to take a. look. at her had sex with her right there though.

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