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yes to your optic. breaking news on r.c. a blaze at a psychiatric facility in the moscow region claims the lives of up to thirty eight people with only three surviving the tragedy it's thought that many died in sedated and their beds. all from the sound confirmed intelligence from the u.s. points to the use of chemical weapons in syria and fuels war rhetoric in washington similar to that seen ahead of the invasion of iraq. and the terror trip says hundreds of european volunteers that are fighting in syria and could pose a serious security threat when they return from the radicalized fronts that.
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this is all see coming here live from moscow hello and welcome to the program and faster go to our breaking news story this hour a devastating fire at a psychiatric hospital in the moscow region has killed at least thirty eight people living only three survivors the blaze reportedly erupted in a waiting providing special treatment to patients and for more let's not cross live to our own boston who's on the scene of the tragedy. that long so what happened and bring us up to date on what's going on there right now. here in the village of roman ski about sixty kilometers out from moscow smoke is still rising from the psychiatric hospital that caught fire in the early hours of this morning thirty six bodies out of thirty eight dead have been found inside the remains of the hospital the fire broke out around two am so locals quickly
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swept through the building many people were unable to get out in time the fire. brigade took an hour to arrive by which time it was too late to help those inside the only three that got out were a nurse who managed to grab another patient on her way out and escape another patient who did manage to escape without her help. tell what more can you tell us about possible causes of the tragedy and why were there so many casualties that. well when it comes to causes we're receiving quite a few contradictory reports here in rome and ski a number of emergency ministry and police spokesman have have spoken slowly revealing more details as investigators and forensics experts go through all of that building they have said that the doors of this hospital were not locks that
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there was free access for the patients to get out they also said that earlier reports said there were bars on the windows very few of the windows were in fact barred so that access wasn't actually really a problem which raises the prospect that many of the patients inside were under medication which made it difficult for them to get out in time and the spokesman have also said that that was the case that they think that. a lot of the patients were indeed under medication contradicted by locals who say that in fact two men who we spoke to who ran in some of the first people who ran in to try and help those inside but weren't able to do so said that they kicked in the doors. which which obviously shows that they would have been locked that they would have been very very hard to get out and a number of bodies were found close to the doors very difficult to know whether they they succumbed to smoke inhalation or whether in fact they they couldn't get
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out locals also saying that the patients in that psychiatric hospital weren't using medication so very difficult at the moment to establish what exactly happened in those frantic minutes in the night when fire swept through the building none of this of course lessens any of the tragedy here and the clean up operation and the efforts to try and find out what exactly did happen are ongoing. bottom line from the. tone thank you very much indeed. this is not the first blaze in a russian medical facility to claim lives and for more on the tragic history of hospital fun is lindsay friends is joining us here in the studio lindsey nice to see you so this is not the first time all has happened before can you bring us the sun to record just some. just a couple of the incidences that have shocked the nation and the world that have taken place here in russia in recent years we've got
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a graphic here in two thousand and nine in the republic of komi there was a fire in an old people on that claimed thirty one lives in two thousand and seven just a couple of years before this in tula thirty two people died when a fire broke out in an old person's home in this case two hundred forty seven people managed to escape but again thirty two people did lose their lives in that instance i could have been much worse but still it was a shocking number of people to lose that in siberia in two thousand and six a very tragic weekend here in russia right then a fire broke out at a mental hospital nine people died out of two hundred and fifteen there some video of that incident right there and this followed an even bigger disaster just twenty four hours earlier in moscow the incident. where forty five people were actually killed most of them died from smoke inhalation from being trapped inside of this blaze one hundred fifty people managed to escape but the rest one is lucky because of locked exits and and barred windows gross safety violations were responsible for
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the for the deaths in this situation so when it comes to a lot of these medical facilities drug treatment centers the problem is that some of the patients are heavily sedated they take sleeping medications and so it's very difficult when a fire like this breaks out for rescuers when they show up in small numbers at first with the first responders to actually go in and get all of these people out especially if they're elderly or sedated so obviously it makes these rescue efforts . much more difficult and of course when the initial questioning happens in a structure fire that engine tragedy a lot of the people that may have been overseeing the initial safety of that building may fudge the details a little bit so it's always difficult to get the real facts. when the when the investigation first begins it's it's the following the follow up days that where the facts really start to come out more right about on the fly is to claim a lot of lines not just in russia maybe elsewhere in the world. well most recently what we have seen such as in brazil in january with that horse club fire that took
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place a two hundred forty people lost their lives a lot of heroic tales of people being rescued but a lot of young lives being lost mostly to toxic fumes inhalation a lot of very large safety violations and that nation has as having to really focus on how it's dealing with its fire codes and fire safety standards in that nightclub incident not only that but most of us can remember in two thousand and nine in the city of perm the lame horse nightclub fire that took place that killed one hundred fifty people and it was pyrotechnics that are on a stage show and it was essentially not supposed to have have happened there are not enough exits for people to leave and huge amounts of lives lost so while russia does have fire safety standards that are first world form what it's realizing is that some of these proprietors of nightclubs and possibly even various treatment
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facilities may not be following those to the letter of the law and that's where the situation is turned tragic and so we will see as this investigation goes on with this latest tragedy that's just happened just outside of moscow what the safety violations may or may not have been. thank you very much indeed for that update we appreciate it thank you. u.s. officials claim they have intelligence pointing to the small scale use of chemical weapons by the regime in syria the data is said to be sketchy and difficult to very fine washington has warned a chemical attack in syria could spark a u.s. intervention and some lawmakers now say that red line has been crossed but as we're in a fortnight of rules the drumming up a war a trip is reminiscent of a previous an invasion. but u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said at the white house and has informed members of congress that intelligence officials believe with some degree of varying confidence
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that syrian president bashar al assad's government has used chemical weapons against members of the opposition specifically sarin gas he didn't provide any specific facts on when or where the alleged weapons were used that it was not even clear what the phrase with some degree of varying confidence even means does that mean that one intelligence official is confident and says taken place and one is not confident clearly that that language is either convoluted or erbe it confusing now secretary hagel said that assad's use of chemical weapons violates every convention of warfare but what's interesting is that on tuesday israel's intelligence officials claim that syria the syrian government had used lethal lethal chemical weapons against rebels and at that time secretary hagel expressed his doubts about those findings now the u.s. is currently pressing for the united nations to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations of damascus use of chemical weapons but the united nations secretary general has previously appointed
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a team of experts but the syrian government has been accused of blocking the team from doing its work now u.s. president barack obama has previously said that the use of chemical weapons by the syrian government would be a game changer in the u.s. position on intervening in the two year old civil war in a letter sent to two u.s. senators a white house legal official did write that the assessment of likely chemical weapons use in syria will not automatically trigger action including military intervention but the official also referred to a bad intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in iraq that led to the invasion the us invasion of that country in that case the intelligence was proved wrong everybody can remember just a decade ago when colin powell sat in the chambers of the united nations security council shaking a vial to try to to try to convince the internal community. to go along with saw america's indigent into iraq and clearly his claims of iraq having weapons of mass destruction were proven wrong but nonetheless u.s.
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senators like john mccain are already calling for action mccain has said that if the u.s. now is lines to intervene in syria it would send the wrong message to other adversaries in the region warning to some experts what is proving positive or factual here is that the current accusations against the syrian government is eerily similar to the accusations that were made against the iraq government proceeding america's two thousand and three invasion so many experts believe year that all this talk can be leading the u.s. and its western allies to take military action against syria possibly without all the correct facts in place. we've been closely following the chemical weapons scene the syrian conflict and you can find the full account of a bunch of them folded on our website called verified. questionable evidence of the intends to use chemical weapons in syria has been something of a thing like this supposed threat from the rebels these pictures. supposedly from
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with these talks in fact tree apparently the poison of gas on rabbits that story and plenty more is available on our website and on the way in just a few moments here and that. is such a radical volunteers from europe to the syrian frontlines sparks french fears of a terror threat. member will be notorious pussy riot punk band. hoping she will be set free the details and i mean. the world into the future makes two futures these days so super that is the memory for that russian research is have got a few ideas that could make cognitive computing a reality what about the process or check out a radical new architecture that promise is unparalleled powered design for the
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stars is that got you all hot under the collar don't worry because the lead is consistent in sure neither you or the globe's top supercomputers break a well known jumping on a largish we've got the future of. the international airport in the very heart of moscow. this is also he will combine a parole hearing for
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a member of the notorious punk band pussy riot is underway in central russia last august now there's a tele corney car was sentenced along with two other women to two years in prison they were found guilty of hooliganism following a stunt in the country's main also excuse siegel let's not get more from autism exceed our shows. the biggest question of course is whether an idea of the account of the member of the pussy riot band will be able to walk free following this hearing her defending lois points to the fact that first of all her behavior since the conviction well she's been spending her prison time here in central russia has been relatively good there have been no complaints about her behavior also one of the facts pointed by the defining law is that she has a five year old child and also she has already received several job offers while being in detention while being in prison which from the legal point of view makes her eligible for parole especially given the fact that she's already spent all of her conviction of a prison term behind bars already one of the other members of the pussy riot band
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has already been released on parole. the hearing of the other members parole plea will be reviewed later in may of course now the whole attention is on whether the ideas will get a positive decision here which nobody can rule out of course it is the last attempt of an idea of the newcomer to walk free before her prison term expires next year because the next time she would be able to file. an appeal the plea for parole if she gets a negative decision today will be only in six months talk crazy pussy riot saga started in february twentieth when the band performed a political protest a so-called punk prayer in russia's main cathedral the crisis savior cathedral in moscow. later that year on twenty twelve they were convicted to two years in prison for them ever since this story has been making huge ways both in russia domestically and internationally with many of us saying in the streets that these
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women do differ in fact deserve their prison term for offending religious views of many in russia and violating the law while many others have been protecting them defending them saying that such a long prison sentence was completely unjustified the band also received support from idols like madonna rock bands like red hot chili peppers worldwide so it's been definitely causing huge media attention as well in this court building which i'm standing right now here almost three hundred journalists have crammed in despite that it's only able to fit about one hundred people so this all shows that this saga is definitely causing a huge interest worldwide and it's interesting to see whether this new twist will bring rather unexpected deliverance and in the long run and our correspondent in. the court so you can follow his twitter to get the latest updates and to watch live thirty hearing head to our web site. the terra truth is sounding the
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alarm over the number of young europeans going off to the syrian war hundreds of volunteers are already fighting alongside rebels and could pose a serious security threat when they return home according to their official. reports europe is increasingly worried about the terror threats from within. syria's two year old conflict is already seen spillover some neighboring countries but now it has turned into far beyond that it's estimated that hundreds of europeans from fourteen countries mostly young men have joined the rebels in syria in fighting against bashar al assad london based international center for the study of radicalization put the tall figure at six hundred. we'll hear that were built for the media coverage of the radicalization of young people as recently focused on one specific story that of a father in search of the son i believe she wanted saw him sort of radical islam as
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group and had gone to syria to join the fight father had gone all the way they're hoping to bring this somebody. built planes are flying overhead all the time when we are on the streets or inside a building we had a bomb was dropped on us i haven't had a contact with a year and we should meet here in aleppo we spoke with dimitris lawyer who's a constant contact with him and he says the father is hell bent on finding his eighteen year old son. we don't expect that he will send me to syria i think that's that's clear so that's also why i didn't leave until it was most eager to go yourself he said i want to do something for myself a son who started changing about three years ago the problem with to us that certain moment he was influenced by some radical list he made contact with some people on the streets and there was also
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a story about. i'm told of. a girlfriend and he didn't he didn't work out and there were some friends who say ok come with us and very slowly started that he was really influenced and really brainwashed so that that are the words of my client to grow beards and. started wearing in order to. five times a day things like that so it was a little bit awkward for some fifteen sixteen years old so he was really under influence of radical. radical people this rupie you had come into contact with shari'a for belgium radical islamism group whose leader followed have been arrested for hate speech and calls justifying the use of violence. there is judgement day if you're if you're muslim you will go to paradise if you're this believer you will go to hell terrorism expert claude many cases the rise of radicalized is alarming many
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of whom are easy prey the. question is why they convert and usually they don't convert because. they convert because of a problem at one moment in their life most of them have no clear political ideas to go to fight because the fact and their goal is to fight if. they don't meet listen to convince them. trapped in the net of people who. are creating them and from convincing them that to be good nothing they want to go to. another terrorist attack. authorities are paying even closer attention with alert levels heightened while worried family members of summer youth fighting in syria have been calling for a clamp down on radical groups the best they could do short of going to syria
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themselves although that may not be completely out of the question does or sylvia r.t. antwerp in belgium. the u.k. is thought to be one of europe's main suppliers of volunteer fighters to syria the homegrown terror threat is well known and person with three islamic extremists were jailed on thursday for plotting a series of attacks and my colleague transit discuss the issue with r.t. contributor afshin rattansi. it is if the british government only just realised what's going on that there are these jihadist homegrown as it were to leave in. previous battles in libya and moving in to work with the syrian opposition indeed which is named name i haven't come across that much in the new counterterrorism coordinator his comments about home group jihad he's from britain and all that britain make the most of them according to recent college london so it's as if the british government only just suddenly realised it would william hague writing a letter to british m.p.'s warning about this and we had of the commons foreign
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select committee here saying that this presumably signalled intervention of a kind because now the british government can make a case for we have to intervene in syria because they have to stop these militants coming back to being trained by elements of the free syrian army or whatever opposition movement there is in syria and returned to. the suspects in the boston marathon bombings all logically products of self radicalization and the survivor claim that they planned the attack alone without any outside help but were inspired by wars instigated by the west in muslim communities in countries does this mean do you think that the u.s. and european allies should review international policies that we should understand the impact of nato and u.s. foreign policy and the disastrous consequences unleashed in afghanistan iraq libya mali who knows where next just just say that one understands that as
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a catalyzing effect on people that we must remember are in these environments where islamophobia is rife in their media where they are being stopped and searched by police forces and so forth just to say one understand that foreign policy may have an impact seemingly is to be accused you get accused in britain and in the united states of being somewhat patriotic and somehow a threat just by expressing that viewpoint governments within europe they have to start making a much better effort at making their muslim populations realize they are part of their societies and not some kind of enemy. and you can always try out all of our news stories online by heading to r.t. dot com and here's what we've got there for you right now. massive protests turned violent and spread with unemployment level reaches a record of more than twenty seven percent to thirty july.
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and alleged boston marathon bombers are reportedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack in new york's times square get all the updates on our web site. in iraq nearly fifty people have been killed in the northern city of mosul after fierce clashes between gunmen and security forces that's on top of over one hundred deaths since tuesday when troops storming a sunni process count caused unrest of spread quickly is the worst spate of violence as u.s. forces pulled out in december twentieth eleven and there were fears this iteration was deepening political turmoil has led the government deadlocks in its efforts to rule a country made up of radically different groups. and who's just returned from a log of my colleague gave my colleague how to take on the escalating violence there. iraq is a country that is divided into three major areas you have for example over here this is the largely sunni provinces over here is the i mean autonomy is kurdish
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region below which are certain disputed areas and this is the largely shia area of iraq now the incidents the latest wave of violence really began near cure kook this is close to the town of who we are where demonstrators have been camped out for several months now on tuesday things came to a bloody boiling point when government forces had raided the area the government says that the protesters had opened fire the demonstrators meanwhile say that these security officials are the ones who opened fire first the result of which was at least fifty people killed and hundreds wounded now why the protesters were in here in all these areas to sunni areas and sit back down now they've basically been protesting against the government based say that the policies of nuri al maliki this is the shiite led government has resulted in their oppression this is what they say and news of the attacks there and how we have spread very quickly and
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that's what's behind this latest spate of violence we saw attacks in mosul in other areas north of baghdad in the anbar province and people feel that this was perhaps retribution perhaps basically just the straw that broke the camel's back with essentially largely peaceful demonstrations turning into now violent escalations and expressions of outrage frankly in order for things to essentially deescalate there has to be changes in policies that we were in fallujah talking to the protesters they feel that the way the very structure of the government this is a sectarian government this is part of the constitution that has been written in large part with the help of the u.s. that divides iraq i mean it divides iraq constitutionally and these protesters say that unless there's a change in policies they're not going to stop coming they're not going to go back to their homes and stop these demonstrations and the impetus for this violence right now has been the physical clashes that took place and i don't really see a situation where the protesters will just say ok we're done we're going to go home
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