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syria's president rejects the west and finger pointing over an alleged chemical massacre outside damascus the same facts another function that should come first as you with weapons inspectors head to the site. planted embassies in each new offices and now even the united nations headquarters a newly leaked document reveals another front in the n.s.a.'s on our spying effort . as libya marks two years since the fall of gadhafi we report on how the government is reverting to the colonel's savage methods to crush the scent of the country's lies into economic turmoil.
has just gone past ten am here in the russian capital you're live with us on r.t. with tell them what say. now there is the president has responded furiously to allegations that his army was behind a chemical massacre outside damascus last week branding them nonsense u.n. inspectors will be heading to the site today to probe the attack but some foreign powers seem reluctant to wait for their findings the united states with says it is confident that bashar assad who was responsible for the deadly attack is moving its warships closer to the syrian border and the u.k. says its royal navy is now making preparations for a possible strike but other jumping the gun artie's very a phenomenal went to find out united nations experts are in syria to investigate whether chemical weapons were used during the ongoing conflict finally but. a senior u.s. administration official has said there is very little doubt that chemical weapons
were used by the syrian regime against civilians these are the arguments we have told were given to president obama as proof the reported number of victims talkin the number explain how they see during world war two up to eighteen million people were killed what does that tell us about how they died the next argument the american administration says leaves them in little doubt assad attacked his own people with chemical weapons is the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured symptoms of course speak for themselves but how does that answer exactly who was behind this u.s. intelligence cites witness accounts that is hardly a reliable argument for syria since the beginning of the conflict there almost two and a half years ago each side has accused the other often acquainted charger while covering events from different cities in syria those undercover manto or rebel control i
often matt and talk to witnesses from both sides whose accounts contradicted one another the truth was never easy to find even on the ground well it would if chemical weapons were used in syria why does it automatically point to the syrian regime isn't that still to be investigated it all appears to be based on assumptions we still believe that they don't have the capability to use chemical weapons that has not changed again we're looking into the facts on the ground but there's no reason if there's nothing to hide for the regime not to let the investigative team do you know with the u.n. team is a greeting and they do seem assumptions that the opposition doesn't. use these kinds of weapons yes there. meanwhile major world media album bargain audiences with grotesque pictures of dead people include. children allegedly killed by chemical agents allegedly used by the syrian regime and all that during the
military escalation in the region the pentagon is moving its naval forces closer to syria three destroyers already in the mediterranean ready and for a variety of attacks all of them carrying up to three hundred cruise missiles more screwed warns the west against repeating a tragic mistakes all these is remiss and of events of ten years ago in which he was in false information that the iraqis processed weapons of mass destruction the united states launched a reckless enterprise with consequences that everyone is well aware off russia's foreign minister spokesperson said well this small tube colin powell the u.s. secretary of state at that time presented to the u.n. security council as proof led to disastrous consequences will history repeat itself . r.t. moscow in a further reaction from a russian foreign minister sergey lavrov has warned of
a result catastrophe if the u.s. or proceeds with a military intervention and joining me live now is our teaser shandor timers or to talk more about moscow's concerns surely so what are the main points of moscow's concerns in this. well russia is urging the western powers to use caution not to jump to conclusions and judge too soon to avoid it tragic mistakes when it comes to be alleged use of chemical weapons in syria now russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov called his counterpart in the united states john kerry to draw attention to the implications of what could happen if there was military intervention specifically for the middle east and for all of northern africa in fact lavrov told kerry that calls from the west to use military intervention in syria bypassing un efforts is basically wiping out joint efforts by the united states and russia to
meet in geneva to try and come up with a viable solution to the syrian crisis now while not mentioned specifically by name on sunday the foreign minister. basically asking all parties who might be considering military intervention to use caution because they need any intervention or any action needs to be done with international law in mind using verifiable facts from a un investigation. if anyone should proceed it would just escalate the situation even further now this comes after president obama met with his national security advisers as well as military advisors to find out what options he has on the table not only that obama called his counterpart the prime minister in the u.k. cameron to talk about this serious response if it is proven that chemical weapons were used in syria by the regime now in the meantime moscow is calling on rebel
groups and people who have authority within the rebel groups not to intervene or to . basically hamper the u.n. investigation a moscow is also calling on the u.s. to back off on damascus and to help the u.n. carry out this probe it in impartial way also this syrian war civil war inside the country has expanded already beyond the borders into a broader regional conflict any further escalation could mean a catastrophe for the entire region also. moscow says that threats from the west could lead to more bloodshed and will lead to more bloodshed in syria because it encourages the rebels to keep on fighting in a conflict where countless syrians have already been killed. i mean moscow has of course we know that has been trying to push peace efforts in syria out there we'll see how all of this unfolds on thomas they've given us the latest update on the syrian conflict. no the prospect of yet another war is not getting the thumbs up
from the american public let's have a look now at a recent poll that suggests that just nine percent of u.s. citizens want their president to launch military action now while about sixty percent said america should keep of the situation in syria one us about washington support for the opposition just the ten to said obama should do more for the rebels than just sending arms while almost ninety percent don't want the country to help the syrian opposition and it will activism time barry explains why americans have taken the sauce for the last twelve years the united states has been fighting. a war of choice in iraq it war of choice in afghanistan that turned out to be longer for battle the longer for war than then the vietnam war which also was a war of choice the american people are war weary we know that what's going on
inside syria americans even the average american know it's a proxy war we know we're not going to get the correct information from our government and we know that our government officials are only interested in continuing what would be a fear tactic of a continuation of war after war after work to keep the american public in check in the american public is no longer going to buy into it. but a massive flood in russia's a five east shechem communities as thousands are forced to say good bye to their homes. who are determined to stay at this of mess houses to the bit to. the u.s. national security agency has been spying on the united nations headquarters in new york that's according to newly published information leaked by edward snowden is marina is a new york with details on this latest revelation. america's national security
agency allegedly cracked the encryption guarding the united nations' internal video conferencing system that's according to german or spiegel the publication says that the n.s.a. surveillance of the united nations took place last summer and three weeks after hacking into the video system america's spy agency had allegedly boosted its number its number of such decrypted communications from twelve to four hundred and fifty eight now for anyone who doesn't already know this spying on the united nations is illegal under international law spiegel also reports that the u.s. maintains a monitoring program called the special collection service in over eighty embassies and consulates around the world often without the knowledge of the host country now many may be wondering why is it that the united states would want to spy on the united nations with spy on its allies because as as we've been reporting and as
u.s. president barack obama said himself recently the n.s.a. is in place to protect american security and target only potential terrorists but we do have or some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or e-mail address that we know is connected to the terrorist threat now it's unclear how spying on the united nations and international partners coincides with america's war on terror if anything what many critics are saying is that what may come out of the n.s.a. is world wide surveillance is a loss in confidence and reliability in the united states because you have to think about it if you have a friend that you trust to find out is always spying on you is listening to what you're saying is watching what you're doing is reading what you're typing does that relationship still stay strong and that is a question that is clearly coming to light not only following this report but those questions have been coming to light over past months ever since edward snowden blew
the whistle on n.s.a. spying programs. i mean it is end of story to an m.e.p. for the swedish pride pirate party believes as such spying practices have been made possible by the loose interpretation of terms like terrorism by the us and european governments terror threats have generally been described as anything from copyright infringement to actual making of or for bombs that could be harming to people's physical integrity and so we have a very vague understanding in international law today of international discourse of how we make policy especially in western europe and in the united states we don't know what we mean by the war it's like two weeks ago i heard in sweden that copyright infringement can be avoided what is more actually that this war and he stuck with the united states is trying to stop at united nations we don't know because we have there's absolutely no logic to how they're using the word war. money is coming up after the break they do stay with us we'll have more on libya
it will turn it into angles stories. here. i'll teach spanish find out more visit actuality. welcome back is still with us here on r.t. two years on from the fall of colonel gadhafi in libya the euphoria of the revolution has all but gone today armed militias and islamists rule much of the country fighting over territory smuggling routes and shows of drinking all revenue to top that off a desperate government is quietly reactivating colonel gadhafi is feared surveillance a parrot is using it to hunt down dissenters. reports on the sobering anniversary. anniversaries are often a time of celebration but two years on libya has pushes little to be applauding.
i'm not sure it will be right to assume that there's a government in libya there's no army no police armed militias are in control there's violent chaos the. militia violence stalks the land jihadist groups are growing strikes threaten to cripple the oil industry and economic stagnation is everywhere with all the bad negative things that they say about that they those that. control it by force the situation of these device the by the countries libya post gadhafi is far from the haiti days of the with illusionary euphoria human rights watch says a wave of assassinations has killed dozens of politicians activists judges and members of security agencies all we hear is very. very troublesome because we hear about clandestine detention centers. detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody these armed militias reportedly
have more power than the government turning the country into a new hub for his nomic extremism over the past few weeks three new kind of camps have allegedly opened in the south libya is becoming the main base for al qaeda in the maghreb we also know that as a direct result of the libyan intervention that the civilian government embalmer mali was overthrown in the north of the country and certain islamicist took over creating a humanitarian disaster leading to tens of thousands of internally displaced persons not to mention tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into mauritania linked to burkina faso basically creating a mirage and if that's not bad enough. the much promised constitution has failed to materialize politicians are deadlocked over the role of sharia law and regional
rivalries. libyan society consists of arabs berbers and taboo so the constitution should represent all segments and if any group is ignored then this means exclusion. the berbers who make up ten percent of the population are threatening to take up arms against the government there is a real danger that libya may break up you have a severe problem in libya with regard to the darker skinned nationals of the south of the country. except that it's all those who are lighter skinned in the north and the deteriorating economic situation isn't helping commercial banks are closing their doors imposed test against the current armed robberies in a desperate attempt to keep a grip on things the new government is reportedly using methods that were popular during the duffys time libya's transitional government has quietly we anticipated to be surveillance technology it inherited from the depths of the sea it uses it to
protect the mobile phones and online communication of gadhafi loyalists the two machines it seems on the back to front after all except that oil production is down with libya unable to promise crude deliveries next month as an off strikes paralyze its major terminals two years on and many are asking was it worth destroying libya to get this broken state when it's not clear who won it definitely doesn't seem to be the libyan people policy r.t. to level. libya's oil production has plummeted to fifty percent of what it was before the revolution now for a country heavily dependent on feel exports that represent a catastrophic loss of income ideas katie pilgrim explains. according to the libyan oil and gas minister nearly one point six billion dollars has been lost in less than a month because of the security guard strikes libya's two main crude oil export terminals remain shut which means the country's financial recovery after the twenty eleven
brest has been told become trees reliant on oil exports accounting for ninety five percent of output produces shipments have been cut to the lowest level since the civil war of twenty eleven more than half of libya's it's what capacity with some estimating just three hundred thousand barrels per day and now being shipped out of the country and as a consequence libya's government to have said it will use military force if necessary to stop the striking security guards from selling the country or independently but the root of the problem remains so is the ousting of gadhafi his regime the country is still plagued by chaos this time the cause is economic and north. and as of economic turmoil in infighting weren't enough for al qaeda is now reportedly making southern libya its new base of operations a top official described how the terror network is taking advantage of the chaos
and establishing itself in the south of the country by a editor of the pan-african newswire predicts that the instability will only get worse. this counterrevolution has been detrimental to the well being of the libyan people what we've seen over the last two years is a total disruption of libyan society in the area of the economy it has been the most pronounced we've seen the production of all cut in half because of the strikes and rebellions have been going on there is no plan for the national restoration of libya many of the key political players involved in an attempt to run libya right now divided over tribal regional as well as political levels and until the general national council of. reins in the militias and tries to bring about some type of national reconciliation process the economic decline and consequently the
social instability will intensify that opinion there is not shared by everyone there and yeah my colleague. spoke to a deputy from libya's parliamentary told us that met those aren't as bad as they seem. i cannot ignore the three have some some complications some mistakes have been done during the arts we're going to do shouldn't be the war but now we had a moving that. we have a security committee voting guys we have a suspicion specialized committee in the genes he wrote is dealing with a human rights watch but it's been two years since the full of the previous regime and even though you say that the situation is improving why there's so no safe stance to minutes in leaving these scenes to security and stability it was was a grain of. sensitivity and if. they didn't get it. oh what a bribe i'm sad to do when we were after the liberation of the country we have
a neck bar on the ground in certain areas does a crime sort of criminals or being based from outside groups some. country. friday the same thing us up put strong pressure on cuba to allow edward snowden to be in his search for asylum a russian newspaper has found to have and i was all warned the adverse consequences if the n.s.a. whistle blew onto its territory you can get all the details at. a ticking time bomb for an aging you're a economist or one a financial meltdown by mid century when strange economies struggle to provide for their growing numbers of pensioners that story and i'm all on our team dot com.
america five levels and russia's far east are forcing more people to leave everything they have behind and as the authorities try to find ways of helping the devastated region survive the upcoming winter war rains are for cost artie's pascola talk to those who decided to stand their ground no matter what so obvious is a village under threat on the banks of both the are more on the red river residents wait nervously. record breaking water levels in the region a still rising forcing more and more people from their homes ruining property and livelihoods this lady is a full time carer for her disabled father she says leaving is simply not an option here not. if i don't live here i live in that neighboring house my garden is
underwater i'm here because i take care of my dad life was tough for residents in rural eastern russia even before the floods here father and daughter grow their own potatoes and vegetables but now the land they used to rely on is totally under water various again all of that my garden and chicken coop flooded the water is coming nearer and nearer to the house they are the only residents to remain artie's film crew later came across this man he's also decided to stay with his submerged property like many scared to leave through fear of looting because that they are with every three hours a report to the emergencies minister the situation is under control we are on guard and we are ready to deal with all variance to the situation as it changes up to ten thousand people can be housed in temporary accommodation centers that have sprung up across the region shelter and supplies are provided along with psychiatric support to help people deal with the fallout from the devastation. that was going
yes now people are grateful to those who have evacuated them from their homes who have provided everything they need matunga sleep residents worry about the future about being hoons and how they will spend the winter well how about office remains relatively untouched by the flood waters so far the same parts to the fifteen kilometers worth of dimes that have been built around the city in order to keep the water at bay or thirty's ordering it to reach a height of nine meters at the moment in order to contend with the rising flood waters but that is of little comfort to the people in the remote rural regions you're seeing their lives swept away. how about us. now for some international news in brief in china a court is set to rule on transfer of corruption bribery and abuse of power like a former top ranking government official bolshie lay the prosecutor today called for a severe sentence against him as a goal c. lay was set for promotion to china's top political body questions emerged over
whether he used his influence to help have after the murder of a british citizen his wife has since been convicted of the crime. the greek finance minister has confirmed rumors that the country could need a third bailout but insists that athens will not accept for the austerity cuts he said around ten billion euros will be needed the countries still receive two bailouts totaling two hundred forty billion euros earlier german magazine der spiegel reported athens a could need another cash injection sparking a wave of nationwide anger as most germans think they've already contributed enough . and it should court has adjourned to the trial of former president hosni mubarak who is accused of complicity in the killings of protesters during the twenty eleven uprising mubarak was sentenced to life behind bars last year but was later granted
a trial the hearing comes at the same time as the prosecution of similar figures in the muslim brotherhood movement that replays the mobarak regime but as a cell force from power in july. a huge wildfire in california as yours might a national park is continuing to spread to ten days after it broke out forcing people in small mountain communities to evacuate their homes the flames are fueled by high winds and dry conditions are also edging closer to a reservoir that san francisco depends on for its water supplies around three thousand firefighters and a dozen helicopters. i bethink the blitz. coming up next with the beads in the bells cross talk to stay with us.
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