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president obama weighs options for military action against damascus with no clues yet if the green light has been given while u.s. naval forces move closer to syria. this as syrian troops say they found toxic weapons in tunnels used by the rebels while the west blames chemical attacks on the assad regime. the hunger strike at guantanamo bay prison reaches two hundred days with inmates carrying on their protest against force feeding and indefinite detention. a digital currency gets real recognition germany's government decides that virtual money bitcoin is a legal and private means of payment. to
him in moscow i'm not good to have you with us here on r t our top story president barack obama and his national security team have met to consider possible military action against syria washington's pledge to announce its decision after looking into evidence of an alleged chemical attack in a damascus suburb that's being blamed on government forces meanwhile the u.s. is moving naval forces closer to syria in case the go ahead is given for a military strike three destroyers currently deployed to the mediterranean according to reports a fourth on its way all of them carrying up to three hundred cruise missiles which is more than enough to act rapidly if the administration orders a strike also a nato maritime group in the region including more than including for more ships we take a look at the mainland the u.s. and western military allies presence all around syria also significant parties marine important is following the military maneuvers. well it appears that the u.s.
is no longer just using words to address the ongoing syrian crisis plans of possible military action are now being deliberated now despite the fact that the unconfirmed reports made by the syrian rebels have not been verified president obama has called recent allegations of chemical weapons being used by the syrian government a big event of grave concern now white house official says that the u.s. has a range of options and that the obama administration is going to act very deliberately in making decisions consistent with u.s. national security interests and how washington can advance its objectives in syria meantime on friday the u.s. navy. ship armed with missiles in the mediterranean u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said obama has already asked the pentagon for options on syria according to c.b.s. news potential targets include command bunkers and launchers used to fire chemical weapons now up until this point the u.s.
leader has been very cautious over intervening in syria previously saying quote the u.s. should be wary of being drawn into very expensive difficult costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region unquote however one year ago obama also said that chemical weapons used in syria would be a red line for the united states and now he is under pressure growing pressure to act u.s. officials have acknowledged that there is no conclusive evidence linking syrian president bashar al assad to this week's alleged chemical attacks nonetheless a state department spokesperson has also said that washington doesn't believe the rebels are capable of carrying out a chemical attack so logically this would lead one to think that the white house has already found the syrian government guilty of the alleged chemical weapons being used in syria now the media has also played a significant role in recent days with many west. loop
a very sad and shocking video of dead victims in syria while reporting that the assumption is that the syrian government is behind the mass killings new reports from syria say the army has discovered chemicals in an area earlier controlled by opposition forces according to iranian officials the syrian government has agreed to allow a team of u.n. investigators to examine the area where the alleged chemical attack happened despite no confirmation of reports that the government has used chemical weapons and rational pressure on assad is increasing the french foreign minister insists that all indications suggest the government was behind the massacre and wants to respond with force if the allegations are proved the u.k. foreign secretary william hague says that it was a chemical attack by the assad regime and there's a similar voice from sweden its foreign minister who i mean he had a hard time coming to any conclusion other than that deadly chemicals were used by the regime forces while turkey joined in calling for a necessary a sponsor to what it condemned as a crime against humanity this is president obama called america an indispensable
nation in stabilizing the middle east and there's been no international reaction so far on the chemical findings by the syrian army archie's middle east correspondent paula sleepier has more. syrian state television is reporting that syrian soldiers found traces of chemical agents off to entering tunnels used by rebel fighters in a damascus suburb the empty shells that they found had markings on them met said that they had been made in saudi arabia just a reminder that saudi arabia is very mentally opposed to the syrian president bashar assad now these soldiers started suffocating and ambulances had to be sent to the scene to assist them syrian television is also reporting that these soldiers found antidotes that are used to kill the intoxication this comes after reports of a new attack earlier this week that saw the involvement of chemical weaponry we have heard reports that anywhere between dozens and one thousand three hundred people were killed in that new attack and it has been lots of verified footage
making the rounds online we've seen photos of people phoning at the mouth people suffocating all of the pointing to the possible use of seven gets some of the photos online do show empty shells it does seem to point to the fact that this latest attack had this weaponry fired from rebel held areas all of this comes as u.n. inspectors are inside syria they arrived last sunday they carrying out investigations on some thirteen our ports of chemical weapons usage the e.u. in chief of disarmament arrived in the country and the u.n. team has now been tasked with trying to reach the scene of this latest chemical attack and damascus has indicated that they are giving them full support and they will be helping them in whatever way they can but there is heavy fighting on the go in that area. still no confirmation about the number of victims of the alleged mass chemical attack doctors without borders saying they got around thirty six hundred
patients suffering from intoxication following the reported assault three hundred fifty five of them allegedly died exactly who was behind the attack still unclear despite the west a spanking it was the assad regime and not the rebels that would carry your ally professor of international law at georgetown university says that if the u.n. proves it was the syrian opposition who used chemical weapons washington may be left empty handed i think if it is going to turn out to be the rebels who are using these weapons loose poisonous material the u.s. would be embarrassed because it could be the allies of the u.s. because the opposition that the u.s. supporting and claiming that these are people who are seeking democracy and rule of law and fighting corruption and whatever in syria and this is the purpose of that he can change the u.s. would like to to prove or would like and some of its allies that it is
the regime who has done this but this has not been independently proven very fired and without any defendant verification i think if we would take all you want the u.s. president has said does not indicate that military action is imminent. meanwhile there's been a suicide bombing in the syrian capital six reportedly killed twenty two injured by the explosion in the center of damascus according to local media car bomb went off in a crowded mainly christian area this is heavy fighting between government troops and rebel forces continues on the city outskirts more details as we get them. to strike at guantanamo bay detention center and during its two hundred a day since early february many inmates have been subject to force feeding and alleged sexual abuse president obama's pledge to shut down the facility but he has yet to take any action on the promise to see what the situation is like right now at the detention center of the year on hundred sixty six inmates their military
says thirty seven of thirty seven of them still refusing food to protest their indefinite detention many of the prisoners haven't even gone to trial and more than half were cleared for release years ago and u.s. taxpayers are picking up an ever increasing tab on this operating long tunnel costs about two point seven million dollars per detainee annually over thirty times higher than similar costs at the most expensive domestic prison in the u.s. that can all add up and you get nearly a half a billion dollars per year coming out of citizen's pockets u.s. public defender carlos warner frequently speaks with continental inmates that he represents an earlier he told my colleague bill dodd what he thinks going on at the camp and why remains open. the words that i hear from the camp are just as bad as they've always been suffering to feeding people not getting along no communication with the military so although the military is telling us that the numbers have gone down that's not the story that we're hearing we're hearing that again there's still
that this horrible suffering going on and this is the two hundred day of this and we've heard accounts of horrific detainees treatment by the prison stuff including allegations of sexual abuse is anybody actually investigating these allegations now sexual abuse i think goes around these these searches these growing searches that they began and they did these searches obviously to keep my clients from talking to me in terms of investigation i don't think anybody's investigating that the camp says that we're doing this for security purposes but that's preposterous when you consider that the client isn't even seeing a lawyer the clients with soldiers talking on the phone entire time not present obama hasn't kept his promise to close the prison that cost millions during that time the budget cuts then the states will lose to make some are actually cleared for release so what will it take to finally close down guantanamo guantanamo is a political animal it's run by a phobia here in the united states and it's going to take
a lot of hard work like people not only like people like me but but some people in washington in order to close it right now you don't see that the president has the authority to transfer these individuals now he can do it under the current law with no exceptions and he's choosing not to do so and he's even said that there are several countries that are ready willing able to take these individuals we know there's eighty six of them that are cleared for release the president has done nothing on that yet still to come on our t.v. russia's far east on the edge rescue workers soldiers and volunteers struggle to protect the safety of out of skies massive floods threaten it on all sides latest on the efforts drug. bust thousands of of id. protesters gather in the streets of rain just ten days after a police crackdown on a similar demonstration this and more after a short break. speak
thirteen minutes past the hour germany becoming the first country in the world to recognize bitcoin as a legal unit of currency holdings of the cyber cache now subject to german tax laws or can be exchanged for other currencies within the banking system let's take a look at how big coin has so far been making its debut it first appeared in two thousand and eight when an anonymous creator published a paper laying out his ideas on how the peer to peer electronic cash system should be operated since then the digital currency gained popular. already across the world thousands of small online merchants recognize that as an alternative to other currencies the value of individual bitcoins hit a record high in april when it was being traded at more than two hundred sixty u.s. dollars growing concerns over of the effect it could have on the dollar prompted
the u.s. government to investigate it earlier this month washington claims it could be used for money laundering and other criminal activities or peter all over reports from the capital of bitcoin berlin. well germany and particularly lynn is one of the places in the world that has really embraced bitcoin as perhaps a new major player when it comes to world currency i'm currently stood on the floor of the trading floor of the pearl and bitcoin exchange this is where the coins can be cool for cash it's a great growing a community here inside berlin and if they said guys like this dressed in the bowler hand to depict a traditional of the old london stock exchange they are holding up their thank you very much just how much they're selling their pick coins for so this gentleman here selling one pick cotton for eighty five euro that's correct or incorrect ok what you do is you pay your money you get your pick one that goes into a online wallet and starts yours then to spend how you will how to find out just
where because it's going here in berlin i'm joined by the organizer of this events are encouraging thanks very much for talking to me yes hello so in the what we've seen is from the german finance ministry that they've actually given their backing to big coin haven't they at the moment it's it looks like that and i think that's a great decision because it brings clarity it's clear that it will never be illegal and hopefully they are they setting a standard saying we shouldn't have too many rules but we should rather see how it develops just a clearly so this is because bitcoin has been accepted as a a unit of account by the german government that means they haven't said it's legal tender but that it can be made that it can be taxed actually why do you think in particular has see as embraced bitcoin in such a way. many innovative people from all over the world coming to be there has always been a place to try out new things i mean did you know the computer was amended a million so i think it's just natural that bitcoin is very strong here ok i did not know that the computer was invented in berlin there you go so the latest in the
crypto currency the coin it's being given in almost a green light by the german government and it's drawing people to exchanges like this in all. to try and trade them and get involved in big cooling and so it can reach out to more remote people around the world while the pacesetters in germany are using the virtual money the euro was cause in the netherlands some serious trouble housing crash rising unemployment and poor economic growth have left holland teetering on the brink of a credit downgrade here's what max keiser and stacy herbert had to say. as it got the economic. private debt has got them down the housing bubble is bursting bursting bursting the economy is contracting sterrett is buying zero on. and unemployment is rising but how is this possible when the dutch current account is positive remember the dutch were at the forefront of parading the likes of
greece and portugal for their profit spending as an example they imposed austerity just to prove that it can be done you've got an ideology that's informing a public document financial suicide even though the evidence on the ground is clear that these policies are are horrible austerity for example has never been imposed upon banker it's their cost get lower and lower and lower and lower and lower and lower depths in ideology just that at low interest rates are all is always good just like drinking arsenic laced kool-aid is always liberating. but it's not always good. or gets into amsterdam's finances at midnight g.m.t. . flood levels in russia's far east are surging now seven metres high and
rising soldiers and civilians bracing for that to get even higher and what are already the worst floods the region has seen for more than two centuries russia is not the only country though suffering as you can see the armor river runs along the border between russia and china it's been hit by catastrophic weather since the beginning of summer already more than a hundred reported dead another one hundred fifteen missing three of russia's regions severely affected experts say the floods have yet to peak more than half a million homes and livelihoods are under threat in the far east hubba hubba rob's going over the next twenty four hours it's a critical time our correspondent paul scott is monitoring the situation. base is a city under threat a city on the edge at the moment water levels continuing to rise with the peak not expected for another twenty four hours or so now is the hour more river so that my right that is causing all the problems it's breached its banks and is are beginning to filter through to the city now work is continuing to reinforce the city around fifteen kilometers worth of dikes have been built like this one and they are being
reinforced and raised along with the water levels now despite the perilous situation authorities say that they are prepared for the worst. we're going to use racial issues are worked out could be some setbacks but the main point is that there are no victims analyze or work who will work for the good now around two and a half thousand people have been affected by the floods so far in and around the city in the majority of those people have been housed in temporary accommodation centers the provide things such as food drinking water shelter and medicine and basically rest bite from the floods there are around seventy that have been built in and around the city and sports arenas and schools for example and this resident told r.t. he simply doesn't know what to expect you know everything has been washed away because firewood the second floor is already been flooded my flat is on the first floor and there are one and a half metres of water there i'm here now but all my furniture all my clothes are
there now president vladimir putin is expected in the city and in the region early next week to inspect the damage that these floods of course but if the water levels continue to rise and they show absolutely no sign of receding it could be a while yet before the full extent of the damage is revealed. let. me plenty more stories on line for you including this religious intolerance in egypt flaring up with islam as torching coptic christian churches are t. dot com photos of the destroyed places of worship plus. a surprise entrance holiday years on a crowded beach in a russian city of kaliningrad shocked by the lending of a craft carrier sliding on to the shore ahead i do our website for the video of the unexpected docking. of the wonderful strong arm and a life in these communities face i think you're right.
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three minutes past the hour now a fresh wave of anti-government protests has hit bahrain is thousands gathered outside the capital for a peaceful march demonstrators in the kingdom demonstrations there began back in two thousand and eleven but human rights activist saeed youssef i'm a fatah says that arab neighbors are undermining what they're trying to achieve. you know i mean. you have to keep in mind that you out of office in one go to me. we are facing many government many is it g.c.c. troops came to my country to pick up the economic down they don't want that you see going through they don't want any of what they're going to see in the g.c.c. so that's why where we as a behavior people we are facing many countries supported by many it was that it can't be so that's why and even then that there needed to come out of my well what's happening in micah to me or the media out that program and the way i get it and some media that don't care about the speech you do that i don't we don't care about it. what's happening in my country because many of them are owned by. by the
government and that you see so it's complicated we as we are out and bought and we have bought them out of spring but the student we cannot get that but you don't think that people get that and to each other and i thought. here now some other stories making headlines across the globe thousands of people rallied in the capital of tunisia calling for the resignation of the islamist led government a coalition of opposition parties staged a massive protests demanding new elections be held demonstrators took to the streets tired with authorities inability to maintain security and restart the economy the ongoing crisis erupted in july after the assassination of a left wing opposition politician. a state of emergency declared in the u.s. state of california after raging wildfires swept into yosemite national park the blaze doubled in size overnight and force the city of san francisco to shut down transmission lines with fears there could be further damage to his power infrastructure wildfires have also led to the evacuation of hundreds from
a nearby town officials say that only five percent of the blaze so far contain. in colombia anti-government protests turned violent with at least one person reported dead in the end arrest earlier this week the country's truckers and farmers took to the streets angry over presidential reforms they say are hurting their incomes police used tear gas to disperse the crowd after rioting demonstrators threw rocks and explosives and officers this is colombia's largest guerrilla group the fark has walked away from peace talks with the government. a mass rally stage in washington to mark fifty years since martin luther king's i have a dream speech on civil rights thousands march in the streets voicing concerns over voting rights a spike in street violence and excessive use of force by some police the original margin one hundred sixty three gave a kickstart of equal rights campaigning contributed to passing the civil and voting rights act. technology update coming your way after
a break stay with us here are. you know people in moscow say they're like whoa websites and facebook groups about the childfree lifestyle which i didn't believe until i saw the cover for the aug twelfth copy of time magazine childfree is no real thing sadly basically these are people who have started a cool trend of not having children and using their time and resources completely for themselves you know if you don't want to have kids that is your business and i really couldn't change your mind even if i wanted to but there are people all over the internet who are just swimming in their own self-satisfaction like pigs in slop because they are part of the no kids trend the sickening part about this trend or
should i see mentality is that these people glow in the door themselves for being too selfish to give their time and money to a child oh i'm the center of the universe and i'm proud of it. this is an extremely antisocial and destructive mentality to adore yourself for contributing nothing to anyone else nothing to society and nothing to the future but wait let me put it this way if your life is shopping wearing ironic t. shirts starbucks and texting on your i phone about your stupid feelings that maybe is for the greater good the church childfree but that's just my opinion. exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman got killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about
polygraph results. innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off taking they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said.