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a declaration of war that is how syrian officials have described the latest israeli airstrike a military research center near damascus pummeled with rockets or early sunday morning the arab league has condemned the strike demanding action from the u.n. while the u.k. calls for an end to the arms embargo on the opposition saying peace in the region is now under threat. and in bahrain a court has sentenced thirty one protesters to fifteen years in jail for throwing fire bombs during riots last year.
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broadcasting live from moscow this is r.t. glad to have you with us. syria says israel has effectively declared war after its planes bombed targets in damascus the second airstrike in as many days syrian officials say missile batteries have been pointed at israel and according to unconfirmed reports they will be launched in case israel strikes again syria's state media says israeli rockets targeted a military research center on the outskirts of the capital video footage and eyewitness accounts suggest the attacks hit weapons dumps triggering a large explosions syria says a number of people were killed and wounded amid widespread destruction the arab league has condemned strikes and demanded the u.n. security council act to stop any further attacks meanwhile a. t.v. station run by lebanon's hezbollah militant group showed images of what it claims was at the site of an israeli air strike in syria this unverified footage was reportedly taken at the side of a mill. terry research facility john brier after the attack but the center itself
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appears not to have been here but the strike apparently left a major road filled with debris and shell casings ortiz middle east correspondent as more tension on the ground is increasing and increasing by the hour the syrian information minister. said after a special cabinet meeting that syria will not accept a breach of its sovereignty all of its security and that all options were on the table syrian officials say that they've turned syrian artillery also to face towards israel the syrian deputy foreign minister final hour said the alleged israeli attack on syria is addictive ration of war now make that has said that syria will retaliate against israel in its own time and in its own way meanwhile iran which has a defense agreement with syria says it will respond to alleged israeli airstrikes on sunday morning and it's also urging neighboring countries to stand up to his
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radio question we haven't heard anything so far from the israeli government the israeli military also continues to refuse to either confirm or deny reports that it attacked syria in the early hours of sunday morning israel however has declared the north of this country a no fly zone to civilian flights this is a precaution that's also a way of defusing the situation and for allowing it to be allowing for the iron dome defense missile system to be put into place the iron dome is being deployed in the north of israel it's aimed at protecting northern israeli cities from shortly angel missiles that could be fired from either levanon also both the mayor of haifa which is in. the north is also taking steps to potentially increase the level of readiness of the city's citizens meanwhile there's a way to prime minister benjamin netanyahu held an emergency security cabinet and then take that meeting adjourned without any statements in fact the only statement we've heard from the israeli prime minister was off to his weekly cabinet meeting
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on sunday morning and he did not comment on the strikes the only thing he said was reiterating his commitment to israel security they won't give up that a senior and israeli official come soon that tel aviv was responsible for sunday's strikes that would be the third strike inside syria that israel has carried out since january this year or to his policy reporting for us there now egypt has condemned the israeli strikes on syria with the arab league also demanding action from the u.n. security council the league says that there has been a dangerous violation of the arab states sovereignty in fact article two of the united nations charter bans the use of force against the territorial integrity of any state and u.s. white house spokesman meanwhile said that obama feels israel is justified in his concerns over the threat from hezbollah parties going to cannes is in washington and probably boyko in london they told us more about the reaction coming from the
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u.k. in the united states. the u.k. foreign secretary has said that this latest israeli air strike is making the case stronger for lifting the e.u. arms embargo on the syrian opposition according to william hague this recent escalation of the conflict shows that there's a real risk that the violence could spread outside of syria and into the wider middle east of course this isn't the first time that the u.k. has called for an end to this e.u. arms embargo in fact it's become somewhat of a regular occurrence this is just the latest reason that they're citing for providing extra assistance to the syrian opposition and we know that germany has to provide extra weapons to provide weapons to the syrian opposition we also know that yet the united nations have begun reservations about it they say that flooding the region can only create more violence underscores many international and there's
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been keen to point out that arming the syrian rebels could have some very dangerous consequences for the wider of region and for israel of course as well a lot of people are still very wary of what took place in libya the libyan scenario when weapons flooded out from gadhafi is army and into mali and algeria into neighboring countries the still a lot of problems to do with that so it's a lot of countries are very fearful about making that mistake again guyon so you know are there any indicators that the you are about israel's attacks in advance the u.s. and israel according to both governments work very closely in terms of intelligence gathering so it is difficult to believe that washington didn't know anything about israel's plans to bomb damascus the question that is very much unclear at this point is whether the strikes were really about hezbollah will whether it was an intervention into the civil war in syria the sources in the u.s. government on the officially call for the strikes just as they did. days ago when
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said they were targeting weapons headed for hezbollah in lebanon damascus sees it differently they see the strikes is an attempt to boost the morale as they say of the rebels whether or not the strikes were actually intended as an intervention into the syrian civil war they may affect it anyway there is another concern the strikes are based on some sequence information and also so what is heading somewhere you can tell will be in the washington have officially confirmed anything and many worry that we're stepping into this very gray area worse right against another country can be carried out in absolute secrecy the strikes come days after the u.s. defense secretary said washington is rethinking its position on or mean the rebels the defense secretary did also say he personally has not decided whether he would be wise to provide weapons to the rebels he said the administration is looking at a range of options at the moment as you can see there is nothing definitive in the
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administration's remarks at this stage but put together the events of this week which now include the israeli strikes may have created a certain momentum and this kind of momentum could actually bolster the forces on the ground and result in more violence in a country where it's already devastating israel has closed part of its airspace to civilian aircraft following those strikes on syria but as asia times online correspondent. told my colleague bill daughter earlier the attacks are really a plan b. after the u.s. and other nations failed to accomplish their mission in syria. if anybody believes that any saying israel does in the middle east it does not go so the americans later you know group back to play in the garden go back to kindergarten it doesn't work like this in the real world they did it because they were concerted with the obama administration which is in a bind at the moment they cannot intervene directly in syria they know that the support for the so-called rebels all the different strands of the rebs is going
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nowhere because their elected retreating instead of advent sing so israel with this provocation they're willing for a response either from syria either from hezbollah all or better yet from the point of view of the obama administration and israel from iran so if iran and syria don't do anything for them and they just wait you do this will be seen as it is just a provocation but if there is you know this slightest bit of a response from either syria or iran that's the perfect prick text for what any shock and awe against syria just how dangerous is the situation now is this really a sign of what everybody be worried about is the sparking of a regional conflict just briefly. yes absolutely and in fact this proves among other things how desperate this so-called coalition of the willi us brits france saudi arabia qatar and turkey are with what's going on inside syria they were
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expecting about charles our government to collapse in a few months so with two years it's still in place there are no major defections you know they still control the business classes in damascus in aleppo it's still there it could fight for a long time and they want a quick resolution so they use israel as a proxy it's the perfect foil you know and they can blame israel in fact the arabs the arab league which nowadays is a manics of the other blaming israel saudi arabia is into it as well because the u.s. the saudis that israel is they are actually arming the rebels as well they see that it's going nowhere ok let's activate plan b. let's start bombing syria and see if they respond other developments in the syrian conflict and there are indications that syrian rebels not the assad government have been using chemical weapons that's according to the u.n. independent commission of inquiry on syria investigators have gathered testimonies of victims and doctors that field hospitals which indicated that rebel forces have
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used the nerve agent sarin is inquiry into human rights violations in syria is separate from the investigation monitored by u.n. secretary general ban ki moon which has now stalled the issue of possible chemical weapons use by the regime in damascus has been a key point in the u.s. and european countries stepping up their rhetoric of possible involvement in the conflict. a court in bahrain is sentenced thirty one protesters to fifteen years of imprisonment each they are all aged between sixteen and thirty four and have been charged for carrying out fire bomb attacks during anti-government protests which engulfed of the kingdom last year one of the lawyers claims his client was tortured to get a false confession the monarchy has been widely criticized for its violent suppression of protest rallies artie's lucy toughen off as more. this group of thirty one protesters as you said is aged roughly between sixteen and thirty four
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so you can imagine for the sixteen year olds this is an incredibly hefty sentence they all come from island in the northwest part of the country which has been the hotbed of protests that have rocked early twenty's and led and now these protesters have been sentenced on a range of charges including for example setting a car on fire protesting possession of petrol bombs and also attempted murder this is according to the lawyers but the protesters deny these charges they say that they're innocent and they in fact claim that they were coerced into confessing in order to get these charges now the background to all of this is these escalating protests that we've seen in bahrain that as i mentioned began in two thousand and eleven basically what you have is ongoing unrest with the majority of shiites in the country demonstrating and demanding a greater voice in the political system that has been ruled by the sunni monarchy ruled in many ways with an iron fist these protesters allege and so what began as peaceful gatherings people taking to the streets to protest has really transformed
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into what we've seen in many cases brutal crackdowns by the police with tear gas being used mass arrests of protesters in fact one of the most best known cases of people when the regime essentially cracking down on some of the protesters was the case of libya where job he was actually interviewed here on our t.v. by julian our song and in august twenty twelve he was actually sentenced to three years in jail for participating in one of these protests so a lot of human rights activists say that and i'm tenable situation that these people are really stepping out to demand democracy but they've really been met with an iron fist so of course continue to watch you see how this situation develops but it's quite possible that the sentence sentencing of these thirty one protesters could spark fresh rest in that country. political analyst eric draitser says bahrain's ties with the u.s. give the kingdom's rulers freedom to deal with the uprisings the way they see fit. but the people of bahrain have been ruled by one single family of
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a minority in the country so you're talking about the vast majority of that country having lived in a state of disenfranchisement for their entire lives and they see and remember that bahrain was in many ways the the kernel at the very beginning of the arab spring and the struggle that has continued in bahrain since that early part of two thousand and eleven gets no attention in the western media primarily because as i think many people listening already know bahrain is a client of saudi arabia which is a client of the united states bahrain houses the u.s. fifth fleet bahrain is central to the u.s. imperial plans for the region and for that reason the democracy upsurge in bahrain has been marginalized while the fraudulent uprising in syria has been glorified this illustrates the hypocrisy of the united states and the hypocrisy of its policy in the region we've got more news online for you in clued in the mystery of an
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antonov a into play in which disappeared off radar as last june has it been solved the debris of the crashed aircraft was found in the year old tiger forest and our two dot com for the full story. plus more sports women from saudi arabia could soon reach the olympic podium as the ultraconservative kingdom approaches a progressive reform which will allow female students to take sports classes more details on our website. this week workers around the world are joined a day of a protest against unemployment poor salaries and violations of their rights a number of may day rallies and particularly made the headlines first let's start in turkey where there was violence with police resorting to tear gas and water cannons against angry crowds at least twenty eight were injured and dozens were arrested there and then these are pictures from barcelona where the rally was also march. by clashes with police thousands took to the streets in spain protesting
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austerity and unemployment which is at record highs may day protesters then also protested in athens as well as all a part of a twenty four hour walkout following the recent comeback of fifteen thousand public sector jobs and all of this comes as the e.u. faces the prospect of another year of recession and job losses according to the latest forecast let's take a look at those numbers now these are the three countries with the highest unemployment rates in the eurozone in greece over twenty seven percent of the workforce is out of a job while spain one in every four members of their citizens is unemployed and portugal's rate not far behind that at seventeen point five percent artie's ties are cilia has looked into how people across europe are dealing with skyrocketing unemployment and found out that leaving a europe is a popular choice. the unemployment rate in the years old has recently reached
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a record twelve percent of for those aged twenty five and below in countries like spain and greece that number is as high as more than fifty percent with very little signs of any economic improvement for those who are looking for a job that search is no longer just about trying to find work many are now trying to leave their home countries. like niccolo wriggles e a biology graduate from italy now working in a show in brussels and the situation in italy was actually awful because the only thing i was able to get is a really short contract for like three months or six months with absolutely no possibility of growing out in an industry or in the laboratory anything most two of most of them were totally unpaid because you can't really think of your future he says it wasn't a walk in the park in beijing either as many companies require working knowledge of
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both french and dutch a barrier that may be hard to overcome that perhaps still more attractive for some of the going back home to read it in two thousand and twelve. and the person the person of young people who immigrate from italy grew up by thirty forty percent in two thousand and twelve i really don't know what will be interesting for you and it's not just e.u. citizens feeling the pinch foreigners would come to europe to seek new opportunities starting their will businesses and building their lives have now will also change their minds freds iana this meant leaving greece and going all the way back to her native ecuador and while homesickness was the initial reason for the move she has no regrets about making that decision is expensive it also many for. and is decided to leave greece and move to countries like germany and switzerland
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but the greeks who stayed behind are saying that the situation is really difficult that for instance servicemen he used to get one and a half thousand euros are now paid just nine hundred out place has been open for two years even though still new i believe we have very good prospects for the future. something she says just isn't possible in europe right now to trend look at the figures in countries like ireland some people argue that the whole generation has left and perhaps for good you know. i don't think so i would rather stay here for the time does so sylvia r t brussels the face of british politics appears to be changing with some unexpected results coming out of the local elections this past week the anti e.u. anti establishment u.k. independence party picked up a quarter of the votes propelling it from the margins into an actual real force let's take a closer look ukip gained one hundred thirty nine new local councillors
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that's up from just eight previously the labor party finished two hundred ninety one seeds up and the two coalition parties were badly hit with the liberal democrats losing one hundred twenty four seats and the conservatives well they're down three hundred thirty five seats they're left to contemplate how to get their frustrated voters back from ukip prime minister david cameron is now planning to focus on the main issues of you kept program e.u. membership and immigration in his speech outlining the government's legislative plans r.t. asked the deputy leader of the u.k. independence party paul not all if he felt that the conservative party was about to wrestle the initiative away from them. david cameron is committed to the european union we know that because he said if that is it our friends and he will campaign to stay in and if you're members of the european union you can't control your own borders so we have a problem in this country where we have twenty two percent youth unemployment
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a million kids in britain who are going to work every day and what about open our borders all to twenty nine million remaining in a bulgarians when restrictions fall on january first income earners are permitted that is not a good can do about that so quite frankly we're not worried that he's going to park his time can are because he simply can't we will take a seat in the house of commons if not two seats before the general election in two thousand and fifteen if we continue on our project tree in byelection zameen we are finishing seconds and a lot of by elections now particularly in the north of england and i think that we can eventually take a seat in a byelection but let's not forget that a big elections next year the european elections take place in june two thousand and fifteen these at elections that we will win i genuinely believe we will send more any peace but brochures than any other party and then in two thousand and fifteen ukip will be standing in every single constituency and we will be putting
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up a good fight and if we enter the election on double digits ahead of the liberal democrats we have leadership debates in this country and will be on those leadership debates and he will wipe the floor with clegg cameron bans mania will start. let's take a swing around the globe to see what other news making headlines around the world this hour at least nine people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of attacks in and around baghdad the first attack occurred when a bomb went off near a moscow mosque excuse me in the western suburbs of the iraqi capital leaving one person dead six people were killed after another blast near an internet cafe in a sunni neighborhood and south of baghdad the mayor of mahmudiyah and his son were killed in their house by an unknown gunman the attacks come amid heightened sectarian tensions that left forty people dead last week. in paris tens of thousands of protesters marched against economic austerity to mark the end of president francois hollande first
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a year in office with france on the edge of recession and unemployment at an all time high has also suffered a sharp fall in popularity for his support of gay marriage thousands also staged a protest against a gay marriage bill that was recently passed by the french parliament. at least ten people have been killed and hundreds injured after hard line islamists clashed with police in bangladesh is countable dhaka demonstrators blocked roads and threw stones at police officers as they called for strict anti blasphemy laws of security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters who also demanded death for atheist bloggers that caused a public uproar over the snow. thousands took to the streets of tripoli to support a new bill banning khadafi era officials from government posts soon after it was passed by the would be important moment the move could unseated the prime minister and other top officials despite their role in toppling the dictator politicians
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debated the bill for months but it came to a head after heavily armed groups took control of two ministries and stormed other institutions including the state broadcaster earlier this week. six people have reportedly been injured in the city of east palo alto in california by an unknown gunmen who fired several times from inside a car passing by a mcdonald's restaurant a child around the age of six is among the victims one of whom was taken to hospital with serious injuries medics say that he is in stable condition the incident happened an hour after three women were shot two of them fatally in a separate incident on the other side of the country and tampa florida police are now looking for the suspects orthodox easter has begun. vigils held the last night kicked off a week of celebration. one
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town outside of moscow market. price joining in procession the tradition was launched more than a decade ago and the children have been preparing for their easter parade during the fast working on handmade a symbolic banners but the most exciting part of the celebration was the traditional night of service at moscow's main cathedral. there. christ is free send us the phrase to read each other with the celebration continues. believe. in the church of the holy sample in jerusalem and the vote is described as believers as a miracle that happens alfre here on the eve of the easter celebration later that fire is distributed to the are to doc's countries including. russia serbia georgia and many others and it was also brought to russia. in moscow. and was
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later delivered to the christ deceiver which is read more. in the country and that's where the main easter service was taking place this service to begin shortly before midnight on saturday chris and holding candles and carrying around the cathedral. glory following the resurrection of jesus christ and service lasted for several hours and hours it's well into the early hours of sunday it was also attended by the russian president vladimir putin in the last week. and really despite what about one of those days as it was pouring with rain throughout saturday still hundreds of people here on this special night service easter is a pretty city it's a by quite a long. figure it out constant beavis abstain from meat ax fish and do you re
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