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latest news in the week's top stories from r.t. washington fails to get the world on its side for an attack on syria with scant support from the g. twenty in the e.u. russia is taking a firm stand against saying the syrian rebels are provoking a foreign intervention. party sees the brutality of that civil war first time there's the syrian army tries to clear an ancient christian village of al qaeda linked rebels. also in the headlights officials in afghanistan say a nato air strikes killed civilians including women and children something the alliance denies we take a look at the legacy then that coalition troops are set to leave an out war ravaged nation when they withdraw forces next year. polling stations close here in moscow acting city chiefs. and opposition figurehead alexina velvia facing off as the key
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contenders in the capital's first mero lecture that nearly a decade. thanks for watching the artsy network my name is kevin owen you're watching or rather by the top stories of the last seven days of first than it's been a tough week for u.s. secretary of state john kerry has been trying to convince the european union to get on board with a military strike on syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons but kerry presented no new evidence against the syrian government and very few countries are willing to rush into action without u.n. approval and he now says the bombers make no final decision on whether to strike an apparent turnaround than from last week so far turkey from sort of being first to back the united states against syria but president barack obama was unable to change the minds. the other world leaders at the g twenty summit in st petersburg
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they agreed that tough action should be taken but they didn't endorse military intervention in this and now i was at that venue. i was elected to end wars and not start a u.s. military intervention in syria dominated talks that the g twenty but if obama was looking to gather overwhelming support at the summit he didn't get it in st petersburg there is no military solution there is no military service we will not participate in military action. aside from france turkey and saudi arabia few countries expressed outright support for obama's proposal of a military strike in a joint statement they condemned the use of chemical weapons blaming the office of government and called for some kind of response but they stopped short of backing a u.s. attack on syria summit hosted president putin accused the rebels of being behind a chemical weapons attack near damascus. that he says was carried out to discredit
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syrian authorities in the eyes of the west just the way. i view everything that hollandsworth the so-called use of chemical weapons in syria the publication by the count on help from abroad from those countries that originally supported them that's the reason for this provocation i also want to remind you that the use of force against a sovereign state is acceptable if it's done for self-defense and we know that syria hasn't attacked the u.s. and only if the u.n. security council approves action as one of the participants of our discussions on the issue put it yesterday those who do otherwise put themselves above the law. obama continues to insist it was behind the attack and he won't wait for the u.n. to respond assad's regime brazen use of chemical weapons isn't just a syrian tragedy it's a threat to global peace and security the u.s.
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president is due to address the american public on tuesday and try to make his best argument for an attack on syria one that failed to convince global partners at the g. twenty this summit could have been a last chance for a political solution to the syria crisis or at least an attempt to push forward with diplomacy but leaders part of st petersburg splits solidly on both for or against military intervention in the syrian war what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history reporting from the g. twenty and he's now a r.t. . so serious and have a shot of the talks in some places but there's last week but there are also pressing questions of course about where the global economy is heading parties venture capital caught up with the head of the international monetary fund christine the garbage to discuss monetary policy on the global economic outlook that shows coming up right after this news bulletin in twenty minutes time if you didn't catch it early on in the week.
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u.s. congress is still does some divided over whether to attack syria or not to attack it the first senate showdown vote expected indeed on wednesday the twelfth and the twelfth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks but a reuters poll says fifty six percent of americans don't want their country to use its armed forces against syrian some of making their voices heard in the capital. first. well those were the charms for a year in washington d.c. with crowds marching from the white house to capitol hill and n.b.c. polls found that nearly eighty percent of americans think the president needs congressional approval for any armed response against syria love barmer though says he does still have the authority to order a military strike even without the lawmakers support so let's talk about the polls there showing over half of americans against any strikes on syria that figure is
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even higher in france in the united kingdom where sixty and eighty percent respectively are against military action and similar sentiment shared in germany and italy to the share of those against intervention in syria is neighbor turkey is even higher both houses of the u.s. congress are expected to vote on what to do with syria as a mention in this coming week is tentatively where they stand on the board of a new small right now when you are both of the democrats the republicans in the house and senate just forty eight percent are in favor of a bar was planned for intervening in the syrian conflict two hundred sixty three are against military involvement while the remaining one hundred twenty two have made a decision just a reminder of course the two hundred eighteen total votes are needed for any resolution on syria to pass political analyst chris bambery believes washington's case against syria is part of its broader regional agenda. it's those is the question of syria it is a question of iran it's a question of his bar their kind of painting
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a new axis of evil if you remember way back in two thousand and three after nine eleven the original axis and we've all know the present you knew axis of evil and there's the this is why we have to intervene in syria have this there the obama is leaving st petersburg with his tail between his legs. time says he's going to go all the jews need to address what it calls a skeptical nation with an appeal for the public in america to rally behind a military strike but it seems to me that the public in america just as the public in britain is appalled to any strike and it's becoming more and more difficult for a buyer not just in peter's world not just elsewhere internationally but even the whole know to win support for a case for a military strike on the basis of these allegations of chemical the chemical weapons use retired need to merge the british firm's approve the sale of chemicals to syria that can be used to make the nerve agent sarin that was the substance allegedly used during last month's attack near damascus and licenses for it were
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apparently graham said ten months after the civil war broke out in the country the chemicals went to live the jury in the conflict but this week the british government admitted that these substances did reach syria at an earlier date so we initially asked the government a part of business innovation and skills about the situation the told us that the company that officers on monday which ordered these chemicals proved to them that they were only going to be used to make window frames nearly a million showers but the government later said that sodium fluoride was indeed delivered to syria between july two thousand and four and may twenty ten. got the story. business secretary vince cable certainly going to be facing some tough questions over these revelations that the british government has granted export licenses to open yet as yet unnamed british company now the first for a substance has to be sent to syria and it was due to so-called killed use
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substances and that was potassium for their eyes and sodium fluoride and both these agents can be easily precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas or those export licenses granted by the department for business innovation of girls it's reported in january the seventeenth and eighteenth there are going to be questions table that parliament willie working through and scrutinize exactly how these licenses for chemical agents that could be used in the types of weapons that the syrian government a big accused of using on their own people who are granted. sort of for through following the latest developments in syria itself as an ongoing army operation to in the ancient christian village of my which was stalled by al-qaeda linked rebels a few days ago art is rare for national was able to went to the village with the help of the syrian army she brings us this report we entered by lulu through its ancient gauge burnt and demagogued in recent attacks shortly after the syrian army
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announces that most of the militants were pushed back signs of the recent battle and destruction a river where we were told to move fast and to follow the military is the cause without stopping or even slowing down there are some parts of the road where we have to speed up offices to fear they could be snipers around we hear them shouting go go fast on one turn we suddenly stop. and when you stop. it's hard to understand exactly what happened we only hear a loud boom and feel the earth shake. we get out of the car to take a look around when i was inside our little. christian community all over the world now it is a battlefield look at this. and then we realized we have landed in the heart of the
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special as some live bullets start flying around us we've ended model of village with the army but just just a few minutes later they told us to get back the militants launch an attack fire in and throw in explosives from the safety of high ground so this is what we're doing right now we're coming back to you to the entrance this is where. a car bomb exploded on wednesday morning and this is how it all started after a suicide attack militants mostly from a job by the looser group stormed in and since then clashes have been continuing for three days and as you can see they are considered now soldiers firing shots back but they can't even see enemy fighters who are cooped up in the hiding places . that the real militants and my little now and in the us i fear hotel this is the mountaintop hotel which was my.
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brother told. from. also from behind the mountains surrounding the ma lula village and that's is where the danger lies because the wrong many snipers and the raw rocket grenades and the rock warms mortar bombs well as you can see the situation on the ground is very hard you can see that the army is rick rubin right now but this. is that so mario monday visitation changes dramatically because this is the day when the american congress starts debates on syria whether to strike this country or not the decision made thousands of kilometers away from these battlefield will affect the set up at this military theater but exactly how
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it is not easy to predict ration ocean asti from in syria. when marie is tweeting the latest on the standoff reporting on this ongoing clashes another story christian we do invite you to keep up to date by following her. to be in the. on line. officials in afghanistan say that nine out of fifteen people killed in nato as late as they strike were civilians including women and children the alliance were insists it's not aware of any collateral casualties saying only that ten militants were taken out in a precision attack as they put it the taliban is meanwhile killed at least four afghan troops in an assault on an intelligence office in the capital you're seeing pictures here of the aftermath right now all of this ahead of the show jeweled foreign troop withdrawal and twenty fourteen investigative journalist has said begg
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told us nato's presence is actually the main cause of the insurgency. the civilian death toll shows us over the over ten years that look nato is not winning in afghanistan that fighting militants is very very difficult and civilian casualties have been on the increase even though nato called these position precision attacks not very precise with a funny thought on one of the border regions of pakistan civilians are paying the cost of this war since the occupation started the taliban have seen an increase in support their. movement has been revived civilians normal people are looking for someone to resist against the occupation and i think that as you see the increase of civilian casualties if people's brothers sisters fathers homes are destroyed people are murdered family members killed they will turn to those people who say look we can free you of this oppression this is coming up after the break nelson
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mandela's health may be failing but that hasn't stopped his family from getting caught up in scandal a new reality t.v. show says his granddaughters cashing in on the women leaders heritage we've got more on that after this break. with. technology innovation. developments from around russia we've. covered. choose your language. we can't without. the consent you. choose to give us the degree to. choose the stories but if you. choose. to.
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critique three. three. three. three. three brown video for your media project free media darty dot com. voting is drawing to a close known regional elections across russia in moscow candidates been battling for the post city mayor the first with his support in a decade the incumbent so ok so bennett has been facing a strong challenge from opposition hopeful alexei novell me let's get more on how the vote was possibly government if you go piskun all fees obviously the kremlin their high what are they saying about the vote how it was conducted and how it
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might turn out importantly while polling stations are now closed so it's time to count the ballots we are now receiving the first exit polls from different sources but the figures are still very different they do have a however all suggest that the acting merits of you so going in seems to have gained the majority of the votes but it's still not clear whether or not a second round will take place that's what the opposition has been hoping for a represented by candidate aleksey in the wyly in order for a second round to take place and neither candidate has you managed to gain over half of the votes and now this election is being monitored by eleven thousand observers also web cameras have been installed at over thirty six hundred polling stations across the city they've been feeding a life of the vote into the web and while so far all told there are reports of
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minor procedural violations there's no news of any major violations actually the biggest problem during the vote became the unexpectedly all voter turn. which merely exceeded twenty six percent by the official data published around two hours ago now five candidates are taking part in this election including acting marriage ban and candidate from the opposition. it is widely recognised that they are the two biggest rivals in this in this election i like to say a couple of more words about mr no one needs a controversial figure in opposition blogger one of the opposition leaders as well also the controversies linked to his connection to the russian nationalists and to his various online anti corruption projects but actually in july mr not only found himself in the center of a also a scandal of a criminal case he was found guilty of him basil and sentenced to five years but if
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you least on b. and many analysts agree that didn't only allow him to continue campaigning and to take part in the selection but also served as additional published city to mr novel and so once again we are waiting for the preliminaries also or for more precise figures to be announced and whether or not a second round will take place as the opposition hoped for it. because of the center of moscow there thank you. all there are of course online as well as he dot com is a place where our web team has got lined up here today just a couple stories we picked out if you're a smart fellow know by phone android blackberry you'll security settings are no match should save is for the n.s.a. which is fully capable of accessing your data when we don't know that it's not open and see dot com for the details. and those are the cheers echoing across tokyo as the city was awarded the twenty twenty summer lympics leading rival istanbul b i b got the full footage of those
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celebrations and the reaction of other countries on the website of artie's new video agency you find out at roughly dot t.v. . the british firm has been revealed as the brains behind invasive spying software which allows clients including governments to get limitless surveillance access to people's computers gamma international was named in the latest wiki leaks tranche of so-called spy files this last week exposing close ties between intelligence agencies and private i.t. contract is wholly void picks up the story. say goodbye to the days of. listening to their. emails. three. companies. this is
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a. government . website. behind me. develops and. anyone. reporters without borders have named the company one of the corporate enemies that. the technology is marketed.
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as a way of identifying and catching serious criminals but human rights campaigners say that the software is regularly sold to repressive political regimes where the definition of criminals can be somewhat different as one human rights campaigner in bahrain found out she says that gammas been spice was used to get her off to she took part in anti-government protests looked like a genuine email addresses from another political activist saying that they were going to begin talks with the king of bahrain about the future of the country so i was in fact very very curious the manufacturer was government and not just opened my eyes into this other world of surveillance technology monitoring so we know that the british intelligence carries out this kind of activities of allowing private in the private sector to carry out these kind of activities for foreign governments researches have identified. around the globe. activists and
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journalists last year with all servers spyware it appears from the number of other countries so. called are you also a sample of the spyware by spyware appeared to be targeted to ethiopia the scary thing. is that this technology and child were created around the world without any sort of debris it may be the stuff of spying movies that campaign is say the british government needs to wake up and start regulating who's hands in basic technology is falling into we need to start acting like the weapons that can be used are exactly the same as the kind of weapons like bombs and guns that can be used to hurt people. on the scene. the world news or brief now this hour independence day celebrations follow the
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chaos of brazil protesters gathered in cities across the country against rampant corruption as well as overpriced ineffectual public services in rio police disperse the crowds with tear gas and stun guns to stop them from interrupting the military parade the demonstration started back in june over the mass mismanagement of public firms. test is in place plastic greece is second largest city after another round of stereotype rallies fighting broke out after the prime minister delivered a speech promising the economic recovery was on its way is governments but firm austerity measures in a relentless push to get a third bailout from international lenders those steps include tax hikes along with the labor market and ensure for. testers a blocked roads leading to one of the world's largest arms fairs in london over thirteen hundred military and security companies will be displaying the event set to launch tomorrow monday police were called in to manage the situation but no clashes have been reported so far and he will groups say the fair encourages arms sales to countries with poor human rights records. prisoner
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turned president nobel prize laureate father of a nation nelson mandela with no results of the face of an international brand while he remains bed bound relatives have been fighting to get us sykes of the money is a tease paul asleep. as far as reality t.v. shows go this one is right up there sibling rivalry feuds and family gossip but it's not any old family we're talking about here it's a mandela's it's clearly not an arson one project it's someone there in a family project is very uncomfortable about his name or his image being associated with commercial projects so the question becomes where do you draw the line the reality show follows the lives of two of mandela's granddaughters as they spend and lose money on extravagant business ventures and go on wild shopping sprees it's a far cry from the humble background mandela grew up in all the grim reality facing
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millions of south africa's poor black citizens bus argument bella's children it's their name and they have a right to use it however they see fit i think that he has paid his dues to society and i think his family who very often we don't mention the prize that they've had to pay to be without a father a husband and uncle who was behind bars all these years. and yet it's disgusted most south africans that while the icon lay for months in a hospital bed many of his family are cashing in on his famous name two of mandela's daughters took him to court for his legacy it hurt him deeply and dragged the country's moral compass to a new low is absolutely an outrage that's why the i understand why they're doing this a lot of money and after all if you have that name i suppose you feel the mark were true kept the last one. is like the father is a bit of
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a nation actually so all of these that i have pretty right now i'm not really sure if this is appropriate for people to be using this but iraq to use the mandela name it is their family name you cannot go far in south africa without being reminded of the ninety five year old nobel laureate he is everywhere on t. shirts banknotes bookshelves smiling down from up above more than just a man he's become a global brand one that's estimated to be worth millions of dollars. an extension of a brand has to be almost more of the same it has to respect the qualities and values about brand into all those other areas so it's a tricky area. of nelson mandela is being stretched and tortured and pulled in different directions but for most south africans nothing can match the man himself who lived inside this house this is the mandela family home for weeks people have been leaving here flour was gifts and cards the crowds might have gone but their
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messages and hopes remaining graved on small stones. it's a sad irony that the father of the nation who bought south africa back from an almost certain civil war has seen his own family descend into but a fighting within itself policy r.t.e. johannesburg south africa. about has promised french capital beats international monetary fund chief christine little.
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