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foreign mercenaries fighting alongside libyan forces reportedly spotted during the going assault on a full get daffy stronghold go first hand accounts from bani walid. at least five people were killed and dozens injured in a car bomb attack in the syrian capital damascus despite a four day truce agreed between the government and some rebels for the muslim holiday. and we look at how the upcoming presidential election in the u.s.
could determine an attack on iran action that america's ally israel is increasingly pressing for. international news in coming live from the new center here in moscow this is r.t. libyan forces are now using foreign mercenaries in their assault on the town of bani walid the traditional stronghold of the toppled gadhafi regime now that's according to sources who spoke exclusively to r.t. the deadly siege is said to be turning move on and just days after washington objected to a u.n. call for a peaceful solution. in the region well fighting continues in the besieged libyan city of bam where it has been on the go for more than three weeks now we are beginning however to. disturbing reports that
a foreigner troops and snipers could be used in the assault on the city. they told something dangerous that. the sniper is the father and mother not even maybe if it got out of them somewhere inside the city to let it invisibility you know. now earlier in the week there were conflicting reports at the city had fallen these reports have proven untrue but not before thousands of bani walid residents try to make their way back to the city now we are hearing from our sources on the ground that these people have been stopped by word blocks that have been set up by militias at the entrances and exits to the city that there has been firing in the air wide scale panic and that thousands of people are on the desert highway look at this. this get this gun and just be
able to think now why i don't know why don't we. go outside and know what they were doing even when i think when we're going to the government we want to. get our rooms. just or homes. our homes we want to protect the room. in addition to this our sources tell us better continues to be armed gangs and militia that are patrolling the streets and are ransacking people's homes we're hearing reports of homes been bulldozed of homes being looted and we continue to hear these reports over the at the moment and verified of the use of chemical weaponry i can confirm that these militias used internationally prohibited weapons they used phosphorous bombs nerve gas we have documented all these in videos recorded the missiles they used on the wire transfers raining down from these missiles many people died without being wounded or shorter they died as a result of the. the whole world needs to see who are they targeting other really
dark his men other children women and old men killed his men the united states state department was questioned by our team in terms of why the story is being ignored in the way it's done their answer was that they're not ignoring the story they are following it but you only need to take a look at the u.s. state department website and see that the last time anyway it was mentioned was back at the beginning of the year we support the efforts of the libyan government to get control of militias and to provide security throughout the country including in bani walid and to do so in a way that. is respectful of the human rights of all citizens and allows humanitarian organizations to get in so we are watching the situation very closely now the libyan army was given the order to use all means necessary to deal with the city and so what they're saying is that all means necessary are being employed to.
choose a message to all of them across libya wherever they are whoever you are and however strong you are and whoever your backers are the revolution should win. also we hear from our sources both within the city and elsewhere in europe and north africa people who have family inside the city that the killings are far from over water and journalist neil clark believes the worsening humanitarian situation in bani walid is an inconvenient truth for those who threw their weight behind last year's revolt in the. let's think back to every twenty eleven we couldn't because the newspaper in the u.k. or us or put on the b.b.c. or c.n.n. without hearing about what was going on in libya a humanitarian disaster or a whole colonel gadhafi forces were killing lots of people there were dangers of a massive massacre in benghazi and because of that we went to war that that was the reason for war and today the situation in libya is much worse you got a humanitarian catastrophe taken place the number of people killed since need to
intervene has gone up but by between ten and twenty times we've got massacres going on at the moment and there's silence complete silence here in the u.k. and in the u.s. they got what they want what they wanted they got rid of gadhafi they've got a pro western government in power now in tripoli they've taken control of the oil industry there's privatization western corporations moving in and they don't really give a toss to be honest about what's going on about about the human rights abuses the fact that demonstrations are banned throughout the country it's time to move on on to syria of course we're keeping an eye on the situation in the besieged town gathering first hand accounts on the ground we'll continue to bring you the latest as the fighting goes on. a car bomb has exploded in the syrian capital damascus killing at least five people and wounding dozens of others children are thought to be among the casualties the attack came on the first day of an agreed truce between rebels and the government
for the four day muslim holiday read opposition activists say there have been several deadly clashes with the syrian army throughout the day some rebel groups such as the al qaeda linked all nusra front announced they would not observe the ceasefire the truce also saw a rare agreement to the u.n. security council over syria with its members in animists lee calling on international powers to use their influence on all warring parties independent journalist robert harness says there are questions over how serious foreign states are in their commitments how sincere the western powers are of course is another matter they are beginning to realize that what they're doing in syria because it's taking so long and then so messy and unsuccessful is beginning to make them look very bad indeed i don't think there's any doubt that the west if ever they have are losing the argument the intellectual argument in this case they're beginning to look very shoddy they're willing to look as if all they're interested in is all oil and power and it doesn't matter how many syrians get killed now eventually it sinks
into the to the political leaders that this actually doesn't make them very good look very good and not to even domestically eventually people begin to notice so they start moving a little in the security council but how sincere they are i seriously question one year after the e.u. hailed key measures to tackle its debt crisis the blocks financial turmoil is only worsening with greece failing to deal with its deficit in spain hitting record unemployment a little later this hour we got an expert's opinion on why it's all going wrong. and also russia's top opposition figure has been charged with inciting unrest in the country's major cities we look into the case. the story still to come first recent calls by israel to bomb iran have stoked the u.s. presidential debate making support for television a tough issue for the candidates and as it is going to explains president obama and his rival romney and now walking a tight rope with less than two weeks left until election day
a red line should be drawn right here the line beyond which lies war with iran many thought benjamin netanyahu his message at the u.n. general assembly this fall was addressed not so much to the international community but to washington netanyahu would like to be able to communicate to the world that . the israelis are ready which he has to attack and that it will be done with the full support of the united states and he's not getting that the tension in the media peaked when president obama practically referred to is world's warmongering as noise that he's trying to block out any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people and i am going to block out any noise that's out there pledging full and unconditional support for israel is part of any presidential election campaign in the u.s. the possibility of war with iran needs
a new dimension to this election season the israelis will attack the iranians they will attack it's just a matter of when so americans must decide which presidential candidate can better manage the situation despite campaign big kring president obama has thrown allies like israel under the bus the last debate on foreign policy has shown the candidates hold almost identical views on the issue what if the prime minister of israel called you on the phone and said our bombers are on the way we're going to bomb iraq what are your let's not go into hypotheticals of that nature had our relationship with israel my relationship with the prime minister of israel is such that we would not get a call saying our bombers are on the way what i've sent young men and women into harm's way i always understand that that is the last resort not the first resort of course a military action is the last resort as far as red lines for iran i understand
and share. mr netanyahu is insistence that iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon my red line is iran may not have a nuclear weapon iran is a nuclear nation is unacceptable the united states president obama said exactly the same thing. twenty nine standing ovations to these really prime minister's speech before congress among other things showed just. how powerful these really lobby is in washington despite president obama's support of a two state solution for israel and the palestinians his party members at their convention this fall called for moving the capital of israel from tel aviv to jerusalem it remains evident that there is no daylight between the two parties of israel obama was the guy who gave the impression with his cairo speech and others that he was willing to begin to renegotiate america's policy. on israel and palestine but in fact when it came down to hard political realities has backed off but will he back off when israel decides to attack iran whoever is
elected as america's next president will have to walk on the same raise the weight which is between it's world that is itching to bomb iran and the american people don't want another costly and devastating war based on phony red lines in washington i'm going to check and. now the u.s. presidential candidates will have their second debate next tuesday sharing more ideas and alternative ways to handle america's foreign policy because you vote online as you watch this final round between gary johnson and jill stein brought to life by r.t. america and a website. we both agree we agree we had to bring the tax rates down i felt the same as the president did. you agree let's get back to something the president i agree on and there to you agree that others have a choice perhaps you wonder who to vote for what romney and obama agree on so many things remember you do have other options come november sixth tuned in to see the
second round of debates between the major third party candidates october thirtieth . i mean those calls from israel to strike terror on the iranian opposition is a new voice on the airwaves of a london based television channel in which came on the heels of a band of more than a dozen state run iranian t.v. and radio stations in the european union where he's put it takes up the story. in london we went to the launch of a brand new and very different iranian news channel this studio belongs to t.v. now from fast the rocket translates to freedom and that could give an indication of the political agenda behind the new t.v. station in fact its founder is so very opposed to the current government that he says that he wants to help the iranian people to capitated the current regime denies having any financial backing or any seal of approval from international
organizations or western governments cannot believe. the british government back. to the regime can be a t.v. for the change of dictatorship. they want to put this regime on the news in fact it's the very emergence of a new oppositional iranian television channel in britain teamed with involuntary departure of press t.v. from the u.k. that's led some to question whether the brits with all their love of trumpeting free speech and balance are doing so very selectively. very early on the first country in the world that. television news channel there are only. a propaganda channel as it were the one percent does no one in iran even those opposed to. even those opposed to them we do have islamic theocracy. would support
this out t.v. its founders say that they're inspired by events like the arab spring and television channels like al-jazeera and al-arabiya in fact they say that unlike in libya and afghanistan they want to promote political change from within and looks like perhaps because of their oppositional political agenda nobody here is stopping them. r.t. london. r.t. live here in moscow border you still to come after a short break. nineteen iranian channels have been banned in the countries that's called iran for not tolerating free speech among other things well played lads well played i love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning personally
a bit of censorship doesn't bother me that much because there has always been censorship and there were always be censorship if there are any words or symbols or opinions that could get you bumped off the air or legal trouble in your country then guess what you have censorship sorry to say it but that's how it is i don't mind a country saying that there is something so antithetical to their way of life that it must be banned i'm fine with that that's your business in your country and you should be able to protect your culture and your values but they'll lie to me and tell me that you live censorship free when you don't it's your choice you let the iranian channels back on the air or come out of the closet and admit you believe in restricted speech but that's just my opinion. what lies ahead for action will the movement mobilize cools for a new american who stands for the ninety nine percent us election
a close go. to the twenty ninth on r.t.e. . sigrid laboratory to kirby was able to build the world's most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tombs mission to teach creation why it should care about humans in this this is why you should care only on the o.t. dot com. more news today violence has once again fled up. and these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets and canada. giant corporations are all.
of work in spain as unemployment in the debt ridden country reaches another record the grim news comes as madrid's transport workers go on strike out into a sixth day of protests in the capital against austerity cuts that is another epicenter of the e.u. crisis greece looks likely to miss its promise deficit deadline the full cost from the international monetary fund's debt inspectors comes a year off to e.u. leaders applauded what they considered a key deal to save athens well he's more of a notion of reports. bures approved by european union leaders this day ego were designed to tackle the debt crisis that german chancellor angela merkel described as europe's worst economic crisis since the end of world war two the e.u. has spent months hammering this package out and eventually it was proclaimed and it was hoped to first save greece by a write in of half of its that which amounted to that at that time again to one hundred sixty percent of the countries disappear and the second aim of this package
was to protect other european countries from this financial instability too and for that purpose it was decided to more than double the european union bailout fund also known as european financial stability facility we've been hearing skepticism already then but a year later it's clear that not only has the crisis not drawn back but also the european financial climate has worsened with more and more countries now joining greece and experiencing financial economic fallout likes pain of all to go. well for a publicist women doll says that all the measures the e.u. leaders are imposing a failing to address the core problems on the continent i can't imagine if you if you understood her you want to get everything wrong in the way that the e.u. governments have done in the last four years in this crisis for three and a half years but from the get go they have shied away from any resolute action
on the banks involved in in the in the dodgy loan in the first place during the financial bubble years so those banks remain the source of the problem there's no lending going on to the real economy and that's what is the root cause of twenty five percent unemployment in spain and greece and elsewhere across the e.u. the same errors are being repeated again and again you have to isolate the dodgy credits of these banks that one honest. elation binge triggered back in the last decade by ear ultra low interest rates generated are with us from alan greenspan and others so earth until the problem of the banks is addressed we're not going to see economic recovery we're not going to see so to treated only as a sovereign debt crisis is grabbing the tail would be open when calling it a snake no other news making headlines around the world conflicting reports claim up to five people may have died after a supermarket roof collapsed in argentina
a number of people are still said to be missing while around eighteen were injured the accident occurred shortly before the store closed leaving customers trapped under the day barry officials claimed construction work at the site. the former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi was today handed a four year jail term for tax fraud however just a matter of hours later the sentence has been reduced to just one year under more aimed at tackling overcrowding in prisons the trial dealt with the purchase of rights to show us films on an italian t.v. channel discone the media mogul wasn't in the courtroom and is expected to appeal against the verdict friday's conviction is the first for previous criminal proceedings are ended in acquittal were thrown out due to a statute of limitations had to r.t. dot com for a range of expert analysis and opinion on this current story. plus violence during the religious holidays being reported from northern afghanistan
forty one people being killed and fifty wounded after a suicide bomber dressed in police uniform bloom self up in a crowd outside a mosque the province's top officials were inside the building but escaped unharmed police officers soldiers and civilians including five children were among the dead no one has claimed responsibility. one of russia's top opposition leaders has been officially charged with plotting mass disorder in the country's biggest cities. who's now subjected to a travel ban denies the accusations artie's tom barton is following developments. opposition figure and leader of the left front political movement in russia or doubt soft has been investigated after suspicions that he may have been planning mass and rest across russia this investigation started after a documentary was shown on russian television which showed hidden camera footage and said that solvent others were planning nothing less than
a coup in russia the documentary also said that he met with georgian politicians to seek funding the caucasus republic of georgia has a hostile relationship to russia russia has seen its largest antigovernment protests in twenty years over the past months and some of them have turned violent without soft denies the charges against him and say's the videos are fake investigators though say they have verified their authenticity he could face up to ten years in prison if convicted and remains under a travel ban after the charges two others have also been arrested in connection with this investigation one of them investigators say gave a confession although he say's he was abducted from abroad and forced to make that confession investigators do say though that they think they have enough evidence to convict these three men and bring it up to date for the moment coming up very
shortly the latest edition of our debate program cross talk. if you're passing through rushes to be a region you really can walk on the wild side thousands of kilometers of unspoilt countryside make up an area where it's still possible to live off the land such spectacular scenery makes it a paradise for fisherman and provides a business opportunity for hunters. there are defined hunting seasons in russia but lax enforcement means many animals are killed out of the allotted times which can leave young animals orphaned and unable to survive the heart of just us forest provides a sanctuary for the most famous beast in russia it's home to a group who rescue often bear cubs and raise them when they're old enough to fend for themselves the cubs a target taken to a remote location and released back into the wild but it's not just bears who find
a haven here this is wolf island here wolf pups have been captured by hunters or bought from zoos have a second chance at life and conservationists have a unique opportunity to observe them these walls are all around four months old and they'll stay in this area for up to three years then most will go back to the wild for good just viewing them from the car was an experience in itself but then after a bit of a bumpy ride came an opportunity i just couldn't pass up and this is what i was hoping for when i heard i was coming to a place called. a chance to get close and personal with the locals and it's these guys are going to act as foster parents for the next generation will come here using the older walls as surrogate parents has already proved a successful technique. every year i place infant wolves with one year old wolf cubs his parental instinct is totally shaped and they take them as their own cubs it's going to continue to take time and money to rehabilitate the wolf's reputation
in russia. but the keepers here hope their research and dedication will mean that wolf island remains a place where visitors can truly understand the cool of the wild. sacred laboratory to look kirby was able to build the world's most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tombs mission to teach creation why it should care about humans in the world this is why you should care only dot com.
if you. follow in welcome across people about living in a turbulent and dangerous neighborhood this is long been lebanon's fate the assassination of the country's top security official and the political fallout that has followed again reveals just how fragile this country is with those powers in forces determined to see the end of assad in syria will be destroyed lebanon in the process. to cross-talk lebanese mayhem i'm joined by claude jaime in beirut he is a journalist author and political analyst specializing in middle east politics also in beirut we have now xabi he is the director of the research unit and in
washington we cross to gareth porter he's an investigative historian and journalist or a gentleman cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want if i go to you first in washington everyone knows lebanon is a very fragile country so in whose interest the most this time around is there to see interest in stability in the country. well that question of course is is not easy and saying no and i would preface my own answer to that by saying that very seldom if ever does reality in lebanon conform to the presentation of it in the western news media and at the current narrative of course is that the syrians are really interested in destabilizing lebanon in order to somehow take the heat off the the regime from within syria now you know i'm not in a position to say.