tv News Weekly RT October 6, 2013 8:00pm-8:30pm EDT
welcome to over russia the olympic flame arrives in moscow as the first torch bearers begin the marathon four month relay through russia before it launches of the sochi two thousand and fourteen winter games. celebrations for the fortieth anniversary of egypt's last war with israel turned violent in cairo where fierce clashes between opponents and supporters of mohamed morsi was ousted regime lead scores killed and wounded. the u.s. operation in libya seems a top terror leader seized in a separate raid in somalia proves unsuccessful with special forces unable to capture a wanted al shabaab militants leader. and at least a dozen children are killed in a suicide attack in iraq the targeted an elementary school the most recent assault
in a wave of violence that has hit the nation. guessing a lot of direct from our studios in moscow this is our team let's get right to your top stories a big day for russia and the olympic flame arrived in moscow for the final countdown to the two thousand and fourteen sochi winter olympics. a massive convoy of bikers brought it safely to red square and a cheering crowd before president putin sent the torch on its way or does he go to peace going off watching the festivities by the kremlin walls. well it's truly a historic event for the whole nation and possibly even for the history of the olympic games themselves the olympic flame was first delivered on board the special
flight from greece to. the supported by the. biker gang one of the most famous ones in the country many of these guys are athletes themselves and also known for their various charity projects they said that it was a great honor for them to be able to take part in this offense then several thousand people were waiting for the flame to arrive the heart of the capital to red square where was greeted by president putin and celebrities congratulating pretty much the whole nation with the flame finally arriving to moscow and basically laying the foundation ahead of the start official start off the a longest olympic torch relay in the history of the games we're talking about one thousand nine hundred cities and villages across the whole country it's glenn that the flame will be taken on top of the biggest mountains like the war on the bottom of the biggest. it's also plans of that the olympic flame will be taken on board the
international space station and even. into outer space but cosmonauts themselves so far have been hiding the secret hell technically that's going to be possible fourteen thousand people are going to be taking part in this really it's estimated that around one hundred thirty million russian citizens will be at a reasonable distance to the flame at one point or another to be able to see it with their own eyes or possibly even participate in the relay itself when it comes to the transportation then this flame is going to be transported via all the possible. means of transportation not only airplanes and trains but dogs and reindeer camels even hot air balloons and spaceships so this is truly a historic event. what we've seen here in moscow but it's also really the start i guess the final stretch sort of before the actual start of the winter olympics
which so many people have been waiting for. well arty's and her former follow the olympic flame all the way from greece on board to the very jet that brought it here to russia he shared his impressions of the journey. which is going to take you back a week because this flame started its life in a limpia this time last week and the reason it's been increased for the last seven days is just to remind us about the history of these olympics the birthplace of the olympic games two and a half thousand years ago two and a half thousand years ago and in olympia there are still the remains of the great temples that were there then and you can also still see the original running track that the in pins used back in seven hundred b.c. so essentially what happened was they used the rays of the sun as they did back then to light the flame that flame is used to light the first torchbearer he was in olympia and then this top twenty around greece the flame was handed over to the russian olympic committee it's
a beautiful stadium it's called the palace and i call stadium in athens and that's where the first modern olympics were held at the end of the nineteenth century and the public were allowed to go in and watch and they did in the hundreds so it was well received there and then the question was what happens to the flame now how will we get it to russia well i found it so the question is how do you take the flame from sunny athens all the way to moscow well it's quite simple you put it in a small lantern and then you put it on a plane but that's not just any old plane that's a b. i paid plane and i've got a ticket. we're now cruising at thirty thousand feet and tucked into the seat twenty five billion pick flame you might notice it has been used to light a couple of other lanterns and that's because one of them might go out god forbid so they've got those extra ones just in case now they are in good company because on board among other people is the president of the sort she organizing committee dimitri tunisia and he sat just over here dimitri you spent the last eight years of
your life trying to bring this flame to russia you must be pretty excited yes very brode very much so because it's once in a way come up with your for the generations. is the new modern russia to the wall with the global with us. with this several billion so viewers you're in the opening ceremony which will be held on one hundred twenty four days in the very heart of my immediate city of sochi ok we've got a busy time ahead so i will let you get small rest we are g.'s to touch down in moscow in a bank two hours time. and we have just landed in moscow it is in this story moment and if you look out of the door you will see the olympic flame for sochi twenty fourteen is a bank to receive a very warm welcome or we've spoken to a veteran organizer of the olympic torch relay race who was a consultant for the soldier two thousand and fourteen games he told us about
choosing torchbearers and the logistics for making it all a success. for years have been planning this and like i said over the last two years is thirty to forty people with the organizing committee and with the operational agencies in addition and presenting partners there's a hundred people who've been working on this over the last over the last year and when when we go in there all there will be be thousands every day involved it's a fantastic story behind the fourteen thousand torchbearers and you can see your problem what they are and and it's really building the excitement for the game so basically the celebration starts now everybody will realize wow with your four months till the games and we are carrying this message all of the games now you know all their selection processes were different category holders select torchbearers so numbers have been selected through campaigns with the percentage partners where they have gone out in public campaigns and people can i apply or be nominated based on their merits and they're good your local communities they apply
in or some are nominated but there's there's more than a hundred thousand applications behind these really. deliberate torch is on it's a big journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two hundred cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand killings. in a record setting trip by land air. and others face. a limp dick torch relay. m r t v dot com. at least a fifty one people have been killed and scores injured in egypt after violent clashes erupted between rivals and supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsy over four hundred protesters have also been arrested according to the country's interior ministry riots broke out as thousands gathered in the streets of
cairo to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of egypt's last war with israel true brings us the latest from talkers square. a few kilometers away from where i'm standing here in the giza district and in other locations across the capital there were very bloody scenes very fierce street battles erupted between security forces and supporters of the ousted muslim brotherhood leader mohamed morsi on the fortieth anniversary of the nine hundred seventy three arab israeli war this and we also have wyvil protests with supporters of the military gathering in tahrir square as you can see behind me some people even collecting signatures calling for army chief advocacy seed to be president mohamed morsy supporters and the missing brotherhood had attempted to march on this very square so they wanted to hold on to military protests they say they went against necessarily the institution of the army but they were against their generals who they want to see changed as they say they are really leading the country to destruction and targeting them as mother heads and those calling for mohamed morsi to be reinstated at the scene it was very
chaotic the battles are spilling over into the science streets of what is essentially a residential middle class neighborhoods and security forces were joined by civilians who were throwing tear gas and also firing and you see these protesters with birdshot but it's and i've had reports of mine i mean it's not that i can't confirm that there are a number of people here as on to her square and also the presidential palace who were celebrating what is considered to be one of the greatest military victories in egyptian history and they told me today they are very angry with the mizzen brotherhood and their supporters for staging protests however the brotherhood to their part saying they are being treated in a very heavy handed manner and these clashes show no sign of abating we expect them to go on through the night and possibly through the week as this egypt remains extremely divided. award winning middle east a journalist hugh miles. away to break the cycle of violence there. the government could reconcile with the muslim brotherhood it is possible the egypt
could turn around in a short space of time probably not this current government because this is pretty to steal me running the country at the moment but in a few months when elections have taken place that will be a new government and one would expect that they will be much fated to reconcile i mean that was beyond the democratically elected i'll be on the national pressure a little pressure inside egypt and also international pressure to reconcile with the brotherhood and of course the brotherhood aides a force to be reckoned with in each of it's going to be very difficult for them to run the country without without having the reconciliation with the brotherhood. the long anticipated disarmament process in syria has finally started after the break we'll bring you the latest updates from the campaign to eliminate syria's chemical arsenal.
welcome back you're watching our team the destruction of syria's chemical weapons has begun with some of the arsenal having already been dismantled international inspectors in the country say that warheads chemical mixing installations and rockets are all to be demolished however the process is expected to take months historian and middle east expert to recall the believes there may still be provocations ahead. the opposition is very disturbed because they were banking and this applies to all sections of the opposition even those sections like the more religious extremist groups who loathe the united states who are hoping for
an invasion which which they could then use to take the country and then fight each other like it's happening in libya but that hasn't happened where the sections of the opposition are going to destruct the inspectors from go taking off disarming doing whatever they're doing to the chemical weapons i don't know what totally surprised me of some section from within but tried to create a procreation and then blame it on the government because they were very upset when no war happened artie's middle east correspondent has arrived in damascus to find out more about the destruction of syria's chemical weapons here's the report of policy or sent us as she crossed the border from lebanon. we've just driven through the lebanon syrian border and aside from a couple of bureaucratic delays the whole process was relatively smooth it took only about twenty minutes for sport to be checked and stamped on the lebanese side
and there in the departure swore they were around two hundred two hundred fifty people everybody staying in and in a queue everything or to be the lebanese army managing and controlling everything the situation is really stable here at the border post it took us around an hour and a half to drive from beirut to the border at this time in the morning it's around ten o'clock the traffic is mostly in the direction we are going which is from beirut to damascus and here there are a number of mostly civilian cars there are a number of taxis that also some buses and inside those buses mostly women and small children i managed to speak to some of the taxi drivers and they say that business is still good between beirut and damascus you still have a number of lebanese gangs that are working inside syria at the same time you have a number of businessmen who while being based in beirut are still having to come
through to damascus on a fairly regular basis trying to speak to some of the passengers particularly the women that no one would speak on camera of course they're afraid of any kind of retribution that the situation as you can well imagine is still very sensitive here . on the lebanese syrian border we've got plenty more stories for you online including at least eight people have been killed after a vehicle ran over spectators during a monster truck show in my mexico on the emotion page of our website we have shocking footage for you. plus a boston engineering company has released a video of a robot capable of turning a running and leaping at a speed of twenty five kilometers per hour and had darted out. for all the details . u.s. secretary of state john kerry has declared that america will hold those responsible
for conducting acts of terror accountable that's after american troops carried out two separate operations aimed at seizing senior terrorist figures in somalia special forces raided a villa of a suspected al shabaab leader but were unable to find their target while in libya they captured a suspect from the one thousand nine hundred eight u.s. embassy bombings in kenya and tanzania later he was taken to a u.s. navy ship and is now undergoing questioning however activist ryan dawson says that washington is very selective when it comes to fighting the war on terror the war on terrorism has really replaced the cold war to justify massive military spending and so when they're supporting a dictator like hadi in yemen who want an election because it is the only name on the ballot or they're supporting al qaida or getting mercenaries in syria or whether it's in the in afghanistan or any of these terrorist groups or drug cartels and so on if they are supporting u.s. policy in the region then it's not terrorism it's not spoken of if they're opposing
neocolonialism in us and they're terrorists it's not about how the actor who they kill us has no problem supporting terrorists all over the rest of the world so for them to be fighting terrorists in somalia sounds a little disingenuous when they're supporting. al-qaeda in syria as well as and many other terrorist groups all over the world. it's whose side attack on a primary school in iraq has left at least twelve children dead as another string of blasts hit the war torn country police and a shia pilgrims were targeted in two other attacks bringing sunday's death toll to over thirty people and after dozens were killed in a wave of bombings just a day before jason did say news editor at antiwar dot com says that iraqi authorities are failing to curb the sectarian violence that is threatening to push the country into civil war there is really a question here it's fair to ask is whether or not iraq is already in a new sectarian civil war were enormous death tolls all through the summer and i
think the reality is the current government doesn't have a. reasonable policy to respond to that there is just an enormous amount of state kerry in tension above and beyond what we saw during the u.s. occupation. supposedly coalition government arose from the last direct election has ended up being a disaster it's really the disastrous way that democracy has sort of failed and interact is a lot of why we're seeing all of this fighting us it's definitely a problem for the whole region we're seeing a lot of spillover violence back and forth with syria especially sooner or later it is it's going to be something that's i'm dealt with region wide. former warlords controversial politicians as well as the brother of president karzai harman those who submitted applications to run in the election for the top post in afghanistan
the vote which will be held in april will mark the first democratic transition of power in afghan history but whoever wins will be left with the tough task of dealing with taliban insurgents after nato troops withdraw from the country by the end of two thousand and fourteen afghanistan expert jerry van dyke who was kidnapped and held by the militant group explains why they won't recognize the vote they consider democracy a western religion for them islam of course which is submission to god which should be the rule of god which is what they want and democracy meaning the rule of men is anathema to them this is they are diametrically opposed to this so for them to see in their eyes a western religion come to power truly by having a democratically elected president step down a new one come forward is not something they're going to want at all to have right now nato the united states depending upon the afghan national army and the police
force which number three hundred fifty two thousand to take over you have the taliban who number approximately twenty to thirty thousand at the most and you have the taliban on the upswing they killed four american soldiers today you have that you have a desertion rate of up to thirty percent in the afghan national army can they stand up to the taliban there are many people and i am one of them who question whether they can see the united states and its allies may pull out in total about two thousand and fourteen but can they afford that because that will mean twelve years perhaps have gone to waste. some other world news making headlines for you this hour a powerful typhoon has hit eastern china forcing the evacuation of thousands of people earlier the nation issued a top level red alert the typhoon is expected to bring torrential rains to five provinces over the next three days. in peru at least one thousand people have been
killed and fifteen wounded after a bus drove off a road in the country's southeastern region the vehicle was traveling through winding roads in the andes and fell eighty meters the driver is believed to be at fault for the crash. in yemen an attack in the capital's district where foreign diplomatic missions are located has left a german embassy employee dead the victim is believed to be the bodyguard of the country's ambassador in a separate assault kidnappers seized a unicef employee had gunpoint from a vehicle in northern sinai no group has claimed responsibility as of yet. in tunisia the ruling islamist party has begun talks with the secular opposition aimed at resolving the political deadlock in the country earlier the sides agreed on the creation of a cabinet of independents that would be in power until elections are held the nation which has been hit by political turmoil since the two thousand and eleven
uprising has seen a fresh spike of tension after the assassination of a prominent opposition leader and. there's been a deadly shooting in the u.s. city of philadelphia and has killed at least one person and injured four more they have been taken to hospital in critical condition police say police excuse me have been deployed at the scene and are investigating the incident we'll bring you more details as we get them in as the situation develops. that's the news this hour let's now take a few moments to look back at a day of excitement here in moscow the socially two thousand and fourteen winter olympics flame as it began its epic four month tour of russia. you have picked torch relay has been touring the capital after a colorful welcome ceremony several hours ago let's take another look at the highlights of the flames arrival. i.
i recently read headlines all over the russian internet screaming in full paranoia mode that china has just bought five percent of ukraine now they're writing that china will lease five percent of ukraine over ukrainian officials themselves claim that china won't be getting either and that this is a deal about some drip irrigation system the situation didn't explode onto the internet to the fantasies of bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop and pig farming plan design utilized nine percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land ukraine. been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting a rich foreign country to pay to develop your nation's agriculture might not be too
bad of a deal it would definitely take a lot of money to restore ukraine's farming to its former glory they see that ukraine used to be the bread basket of europe i'll give you that status back could really help the country but it's selling off or even just leasing nine percent of the nation's territory is absolutely unacceptable doing a large project with the chinese that is mutually beneficial is one thing but selling or leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion. it's ok. to. expect some of the straight.
welcome to the capital i'm going to believe it's all ten so thank you for your company this week the u.s. government. now i know hey guys we paid our bills as a budget. so just as the u.s. economy was beginning to show the first size of our recovery it manages to buy into a wall well a ceiling in a way so that the help of the biggest most powerful economy in the wallet managed to get itself into such a mess well actually it's all to do with the squabbling between politicians over health meanwhile the health of the us economy is at risk the question seems to be about who can hold the longest obama's health care supporters all the tea party republicans meanwhile the aid to king. rule now by your columns on the seventeenth of october when the debt ceiling will be
breached the health of the economy will really be on the line because the u.s. government run out of. and while u.s. politicians are all busy arguing about money economic damage to the already fragile economy is intensifying according to independent research of macro economic advisors if the shutdown was to last two weeks that it would result in a loss of about two hundred thirty three billion dollars so let's first get to the epicenter of it all with liz wahl reporting from washington a lot of uncertainty as the government shutdown continues with no end in sight right now about eight hundred thousand federal workers have been a furloughed and are not sure if they will get back pay when the government reopens this government shutdown is historic it hasn't happened in seventeen years and the worry is the effect that it will have on an already fragile economy.