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syria's. chemical weapons program to the hague watchdog. group. christian village. in the country. blackmail.
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with international news and comment the hague based chemical weapons watchdog has received syria's toxic this comes as part of the country's chemical deep militarization. top russian u.s. diplomats. has the details. well under the deal of brokered between washington. and the process has begun the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons or. a spokesman for that organization says we have received part of the verification and we expect more that's what the spokesperson was quoted as saying it's believed that the initial declaration outlining syria's chemical weapons program. but a meeting. day has been postponed no reason was given and no future date has been
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set but it's believed that syria has one thousand tons worth of chemical weapons dotted around the country making it logistically difficult for this process to be carried out president bashar al assad was quoted in made a week saying that the process could take over a year just about over a year of course under that deal struck in geneva syria has until the middle of two thousand and fourteen to complete the process for the united nations are set to discuss a possible u.n. resolution in new york next week on the syrian crisis that will give a legal backing to the deal struck in geneva however the two sides have slightly different views on the wording of that possible resolution with the united states britain and france king for the threat of military intervention to be on the table to remain on the table if damascus fails to comply with the u.n. resolution russia saying that any threat of military intervention is counterproductive i'm not needed in the initial resolution russia says that only if
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damascus fails to comply should the matter. to the united nations well those discussions are due to take place in new york next week but the early signs are that damascus is keen to comply with that deal struck in geneva last weekend. one on the ground in syria al qaeda linked groups which by some estimates make up to fifty percent of the forces have turned against them more moderate rebel. now a truce earlier this week radicals pushed the free syrian army out of a village they were in control of when i spoke to security expert gregory copley and he says that there's never been a conventional civil war there. there was not a civil war there to begin with certainly there was discontent with buckshot of assad's government by many elements of the population but largely this was not a civil war which was naturally occurring and if you remove the foreign elements of
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the foreign funding there wouldn't be a civil war there today we spoke to a free syrian army spokesman about this and this is what he had to say understood is that the syrian regime has recruited extremists to discredit the revolution and explain to the west that there is no revolution we are fighting radical groups syrian government recruiting mercenaries you had it is there an element of truth in that you think well i don't think so i think the syrian government's got enough on its hands right now particularly when we see the qataris the saudis and the turks each sponsoring pretty radical groups. and then having very little effective control on the outcomes they've poured money into really. al-qaeda or pro al-qaeda or certain e.g. hardest and salafi groups all along basically with the intent of destroying bashar regardless of the outcome and that's the problem where some of the fiercest battles
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involving radicals have been raging near the turkish border but the influx is felt elsewhere in syria what is more of a notion of reports from the ancient christian village of monger. the syrian village of the luna is where the aramaic language believed to have been spoken by jesus christ was in daily use but not so much these days. after the harvest attack this mostly christian village in syria more than two weeks ago local residents were forced to flee the battlefield that was once their native land and carm organized life. many of them to graph huge with christian families in old damascus we try to meet them only the third house vocal has its doors for us that. many refused to talk because their relatives remain missing they say is the missed kidnapped people and they fear this could put them in even more danger and these people know well about danger three members of antonymous family were killed on the
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first days of the violence siege. you know in the morning by the shadow of a lot of. the doors and all gathered in one area i told her to run there and we won't harm you and try and make her and shyly went there and surrounded they pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was intending my chest and. one of them often to say but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die. hundreds gathered for the funerals of the three men who they now call mall to use those muslims and christians the attack on malala village syrians say was an attack on their country and its way of life. what can be their aim other than to destroy it in the current strand of muslims and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages lie that maybe they see this as the last obstacle in their parking here and two on its father in law is eighty eight years
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old he says nothing like this has happened in his lifetime. we were living in peace and now it seems there. want to throw all the christians out of the country who prayed to god that would defeat them and kick them out another relative who's afraid to show her face says it's hard to say how many people were killed in marla because militants holed in the village often keep bodies for further ransom and to instill fear their goal is not assad their idea is to establish an islamic emirate in all of the middle east however fine countries are helping them with weapons money whatever they need helping them destroy the country and people of this region special swede sanctified bread he serves in the family to commemorate the dead. in church they held special ceremonies for several days. and again are the syrians equally shocked prayed together for their dead and alive the ancient language in my lower united people for thousands of years they have now is that it
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can sustain them for a little longer and all over the country the two and a half year long conflict is taking lives language and shattering people's hope. from damascus in syria r.t. live here in moscow where the twenty four hours a day coming up in the reviving relations between iran and the u.s. president rouhani called on the bomber to join efforts and work together to bring peace to the middle east party takes a thorough look at just what they might have to overcome to achieve that. the standoff in the arctic russia's coastal guard captures a greenpeace ship and the rest all on board saying they threaten the lives of all right workers by trying to disrupt their work those stories and others coming up shortly. the first caracas has declared america's decision to deny airspace to the venezuelan president is nothing short of an act of aggression nicolas maduro was on
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route to china for a state visit when he was reportedly turned away from puerto rican airspace. more than now it's venezuela says is dead or gets could potentially be denied american visas head of a major u.n. meeting next week. is following the story for us. after initially denying airspace to the venezuelan president the us did an about face and granted approval for mr nicolas maduro to fly over puerto rico on his way to china a spokesperson for the u.s. state department so the u.s. initially denied them as well as a request because it was submitted only one day in advance instead of the mandatory three days. authorities granted over flight approval to the venezuelan leader now this happen only after as we earlier reported venezuelan foreign minister early as howard told the media that the aircraft carrying majority china was forced to find an alternate flight plan because washington perhaps it is
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the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over quarter rico president or was due to arrive in beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the chinese government now in addition to this fall out the venezuelan leader while speaking on state television also is accusing the u.s. of attempting to set these conditions for one of his ministers who is planning on traveling to new york next week for the united nations general assembly debate see this you don't know you don't know your event is where you can delegate she will attend the u.n. summit but the u.s. laid out conditions saying it might don't issue a visa to one of my ministers we're not going to be us as tourists but as delegates representing our country so the u.s. embassy must issue visas for the entire delegation you don't have to take diplomatic measures against the u.s. government will take you to the most drastic level if necessary but i'm not going to accept any type of aggression the united states government must understand it
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doesn't own the u.n. . these latest incidents will likely add more animosity to the already strained relations between washington and caracas let's remember that the u.s. and venezuela have not had a masters in each other's capital since two thousand and ten president maduro announced that his government was halting taps attempts to improve relations with the u.s. the move was in response to comments made by newly appointed u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power who told a senate committee that her new role would include challenging the power on civil society abroad including in venezuela the biggest reaction is coming from bolivian president evo morales who has called on latin america. countries to recall their ambassadors from the us in response to this recent incident our viewers may remember that president or alice was caught in a similar situation this summer when several european union countries denied their air space to his jet allegedly because the u.s. suspected that n.s.a.
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whistleblower edward snowden was on the plane so this latest incident against the venezuelan president demonstrates according to evo morales he says the u.s. is predisposition to humiliate other governments still ahead the program a bleak future for europe twenty five million more people living in poverty in a dozen years from know that's the number us to me to buy a new report which blames the aggressive financial cuts supposed to shore up the use economy that more. right. well. it's technology innovation all these developments from around russia we've got the future covered wealthy british style. time right.
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market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune in to conjure reports on our. news continues here in r.t. the russian coast guard has seized a greenpeace ship in the arctic arresting the twenty seven activists aboard the
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action was taken after the environmentalists tried to disrupt the work of an oil platform the authorities say the protests threaten the lives of the rig crew. as the details. greenpeace say that at the moment thirty or so of their activists are being held at gunpoint all near boat the arctic sunrise in the barents sea they say that fifteen masked men with guns that they believed to be from the russian security services stormed their boat and arrested them on it that comes after dramatic scenes yesterday asked for greenpeace activists tried to board the oil rig up their own by gas from its gas from first attempt to try and drill for oil in the barents sea greenpeace say that that operation threatens very dangerously a very delicate environment up there shots were fired across the bow of that that
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greenpeace ship up there and those activists were removed from from that oil rig the foreign ministry takes a very different view to greenpeace it calls their activities aggressive and provocative and says that it threatened people's lives on board that oil rig and that is why they took the action they did there is also another potential dimension to this is that the the arctic sunrise that greenpeace ship is flying under a dutch flag the dutch ambassador has been called to the foreign ministry in moscow over the issue and the dutch foreign ministry says that it is giving this issue its full attention greenpeace has in the past been criticized by various governments for some of its more direct protest methods. ortiz tom barton there when iran's new president hassan rouhani has reached out to barack obama through an article in the washington post urging him to join hands and work together towards
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a peaceful middle east it's the latest in the recent arrest steps taken by terror and to for the current i see relations with washington but this is likely to become a thorny path for the countries that have a look at why here's how the tensions have been building up it all started over a decade ago when george bush labeled iran an axis of evil following a cia report claiming tehran had one of the most active nuclear programs in the world three years later the white house started making its first threats that the u.s. was considering an attack in two thousand and eight bush went as far as accusing iran of being the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism and urging the global community to confront the danger before it's too late two years later the u.s. joined with israel in launching a cyber attack in a bid to derail its nuclear program then in two thousand and twelve the u.s. force world banks to stop completing oil transactions with tehran this dealt a major blow to iran's economy aggravating inflation and accelerating the nation's currency devaluation and this september
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a bomber reiterated that he still considers military action against iran along with other options to apply pressure. artie's in the tsunami try to find out whether iran's offer of cooperation is likely to find a positive response in america. the u.s. and iran haven't had diplomatic relations for over thirty years but recently both sides have suggested that steps could be taken to change that next week the new iranian president will visit the u.n. general assembly and the obama administration is preparing for high level talks between a rainy and u.s. officials possibly even a direct exchange so could this be the beginning of a fall after three decades of failed foreign policy towards iran well joining me now to speak more about that is hillary mann leverett and flynt leverett co-authors of going to tehran why the united states must come to terms with the islamic republic of iran. who's seen as much more open to work with the u.s.
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he has a softer line on israel he has come out and said that iran is not going to seek nuclear weapons is that enough to change u.s. policy towards iran the obama administration is very fortunate in terms of the incoming that the new iranian administration both president rouhani and his foreign minister mohammad job in syria have a lot of experience dealing with the west dealing with international law they both have ph d.'s in international law they we work very closely i in particular i personally fall i was working for the state department negotiated with the iranian officials including the foreign minister zarif over afghanistan to overthrow the taliban set up a new government there the problem really is on the u.s. side you don't have that on the u.s. side you don't have a real serious understanding of what iran's interests are what their needs are how to work with iran in the framework of international law the u.s. makes demands for concessions that have no basis in international law so in tune there can be a real change on the u.s. side to work with other countries especially iran within the framework of
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international law i'm afraid any negotiations aren't going to get far i think that particularly for president obama it's been it's been two things one is a sense that he doesn't really appreciate that. at this point the united states needs an improvement in relations with iran at least as much as iran can benefit from an improvement in relations with with america but that gets to the second big flaw is obama really prepared to examine the islamic republic as an enduring legitimate political entity representing legitimate national interests if he is in the possibilities for improvement in relations. but if he's not prepared to do this you know whatever nice meeting he might have with me next week in new york whatever other nice exchanges there might be that's not really going to be. well we will
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certainly be watching very closely next week in new york thank you so much for your analysis like i said in the spotlight next week very much so iran and the u.s. people will be watching very closely to see if possibly a step towards diplomatic relations is possible reporting from washington and he said now way. always plenty online for you including paying a high price for design an independent scotland could face a major hike in taxes if it breaks away from the u.k. and out of citizens then i think it will be worth it. and how about this a dream job read about how you can cash in on your bed time and never worry about oversleeping with this career opportunity for. the full details on our website right now. inequality unemployment soaring debt all kinds of troubles have hit europe over the
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five years since the financial crisis struck governments have been trying to rescue the ailing economies with brutal austerity measures hurting the everyday well being of average citizens now a fresh reports suggest as many as a third of europeans will be pushed below the poverty line in just over a decade the details now from. it's a prediction of a bleak future for europe twenty five million more people living in poverty by twenty twenty five now that is according to a new report from oxfam the charity warns that europe's unchecked austerity programs could spell a lost decade for the continent and entrenched poverty for an entire generation now bailouts of europe's financial institutions may have helped save the banking system but they've also pushed the public debt the assumption was that balancing budgets would give confidence to markets that was supposed to allow credit and investments of plough making a condom is growing and creating jobs but in many countries that simply hasn't come to pass now at issue are deep spending cuts to public services like education
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health and social security many european countries have been forced to slash public spending in order to balance their budgets in ireland for example they have cut public spending by forty percent of its g.d.p. roughly twenty percent in the baltic states twelve percent in spain and so on but those numbers have a very real effect on people and they mean fewer services available to those who need the most according to oxfam this will drastically increase poverty and inequality across the continent not just now but for years to come now in these economic times having a job itself doesn't mean you're in the clear in fact almost one in ten working households in europe now live in what's known as in work poverty now they may bring home a paycheck but it simply doesn't buy what it used to and that is because the value of wages has actually dropped in countries where spending cuts have been the harshest prices go up salaries stayed the same causing many families to struggle just to get by now the spending cuts also mean fewer jobs unemployment in the many
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european countries is hitting record highs and the report notes that women and young people are often most effective what about those who lose their job only just spend months even years looking for another in ireland greece and spain the long term unemployment. it has quadrupled between two thousand and eight and twenty twelve so how to stem the tide of rising poverty and growing inequality while oxfam argues the poor shouldn't pay for mistakes made by bankers it's called for attacks on the transactions of big banks that could deliver billions of dollars of help to ordinary people but even lawmakers have said that such attacks would be illegal oxfam is also calling for areas like health and education to be protected from cuts the group claims that europe can afford these measures but whether finance ministers agree is a different question this is r t moscow the political faction that the schedule credits for and why it is celebrating its twentieth anniversary today in london had
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fled to the celebration the united kingdom independence party today enjoys unprecedented popularity polling around twenty five percent in local elections but what in its future is it merely a protest party or does ukip have the makings to rule britannia. reports from its party convention. it was known as a fringe party marginal and its members even dismissed by prime minister david cameron as fruitcakes a loonies and a closet racist but today members of the u.k. independence party or you could for gathered inside to celebrate twentieth anniversary of the party and its enjoying its strongest public support to date now it's known very much for its course skepticism wanting to leave the e.u. as well as a strong stance on immigration and it has averaged about twenty six percent in local elections earlier this year though much of this war was being felt by david cameron's conservative party and its every party chiefs have admitted that about half of their members have quit the since they were cameron became the leader in
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two thousand and five you could leader nigel farage had said that the success of the party is because of the total disconnect between those in power and ordinary people and you can because they're filling up that gap however criticism still come their way a lot of it focusing on the fact that people are voting for this party because it was simply a protest vote and not necessarily agreeing with their policies we spoke to some of the members and this is what they had to say if we're for a test case because there's a hell of a lot to protest about how the old established parties not listening to old married people want and you know politics is a marketplace we believe in certain things we sell our ideas and people are buying those ideas so that i think the reason that we do it so well is because we represent what a lot of ordinary people actually think of one crosses on our crosses we're going to get bigger even the european union is just the beginning we want to change britain we want to britain where you have individual responsibility where people
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are free from high taxation where we have academic selection in schools where we control our borders where people feel safe to grow out of an evening what we want is a better britain believe in your opinion is just the start of you keep changing with the rise of ukip has been well noted in the country but also outside the most recent of which is in germany. very be a conservative finance minister wolf i'm sure the have warned german voters against voting for a similar party in the country this so why is it showing this in chapman with establishment across europe has been translated into votes much faster than those in power might have expected reporting from london i'm tester sylvia. more news with the team in from now just over half an hour in the meantime i'll be most in looks at how a man accused of being a war criminal and become a lecturer at the city university of new york breaking the set is coming away very shortly.
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i got some angry but polite messages after i came out in favor of the foreign adoption ban of russian children by people in the usa this is not a dig on america i think russia or any country that respects itself should export any children to anywhere at all people tell me that i'm paranoid that the decision to stop the foreign adoptions punishes the children while a massive reuters investigation called the child exchange has exposed some dark secrets about adoption of foreign children they expose often by using the term re homing which is normally about finding new homes for animals people are basically advertising adopted children they don't want like baseball cards on e bay just found out that on just one yahoo group of child a week was offered up to the public my wonder what kind of people want to
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discreetly get children off the internet the thing is that in the us adopting a child from overseas is hard but transferring them to someone else later on is a breeze all you need is a notarized power of attorney document to clearing the child is another adult's care so for those of you who think that i am a cruel nationals because i support. russians doctrine ban than take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just my opinion. of. what's going on guys i'm abby martin
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and welcome the break in the start so if you haven't heard x. in general david petraeus has a new gig as a professor he said in public policy at the city university of new york and i put it lightly students aren't exactly happy to war criminals now lecturing them on conflict resolution and fact of the past few weeks dozens of students have protested his crossover in academia. he was. not sorry. about what a warm well deserved welcome from mr petraeus and just last night students held another demonstration against the retired general calling the rival a cooney a move to militarize the university despite the fact that this bill was a peaceful protest when the n.y.p.d. is involved things tend to get a little out of hand.


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