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the u.s. defense secretary says our forces are on the standby to unleash cruise missiles against syria while reports suggest that the first strikes could take place as soon as thursday. washington waves away comparisons with iraq with officials insisting that possibly stakes won't be repeated and as we report such promises can be hard to keep. as floodwaters in russia's far east to show no signs of receding one of the region's main cities a pin's its homes are men made dam. and a clash of cultures in the u.k. as tensions russia's dhaba between vocal muslim groups and those who question the plays of islam in britain.
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it's one pm here in the russian capital you're live with us on our t.v. for more international news here with me to bomb would say an american that military offensive against syria could start as soon as thursday and the missiles already pointed at around fifty sites according to u.s. media reports citing senior officials the north from president obama is all that's needed for the bombing campaign to start archies. gathering toward an intervention in syria after the u.s. is trying to figure out how to respond to the alleged chemical attacks in the area of good which is east of damascus last week now we're hearing reports that military
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commanders have sealed an agreement on the scope of attacks with allies and with syrian opposition on the ground that could look like three days of cruise missile strikes aimed at sending a message to assad not at toppling the government or the regime or crippling the military now we're expecting to hear from the u.s. secretary of state john kerry at some point on wednesday so that he can present more evidence why the united states believes that it was the assad regime that carried out this chemical weapons attack so far they have not been able to present any convincing argument but they say they have no doubt that it was the assad regime one reason that may be aside from the videos that everybody's been able to see on you tube and pictures and witness accounts the web site foreign policy is reporting that there were calls that were intercepted between the syrian defense ministry and a commander on the ground in charge of a chemical weapons unit and the defense minister was trying to figure out what had
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happened and demanding answers as to what was happening this was in the immediate aftermath of this alleged attack russia in the face of the possible intervention the military intervention that could happen as early as thursday they have evacuated all of their citizens from syria as that specter of violence looms sergey lavrov had a phone call with the u.n. special envoy lakhdar brahimi in that phone call he said attempts at a forcible solution in syria will only result in further stabilization in the country and in the region in general now he's concerned about the diplomatic and political solution he says that that is the only way forward and he's disappointed and worried about. the failure of water have become known as the geneva two talks these are talks that were orchestrated between russia and the united states jointly to try and find a diplomatic solution and russia has always been urging that the world community
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should wait until the u.n. investigation on the ground is complete. the russian foreign ministry has warned that an attack on syria will only result in sowing discord across the middle east a sentiment repeated by china for more on moscow's position let's not talk political analysts said dimitri bobbitt mr bobbitt russia's of foreign ministry has warned that this attack could have catastrophic consequences where does mall school see this all leading. well. prime minister here has already said recently that. you know the continued she will war in syria and the western intervention could lead to a civil war in iraq in fact there is already a latent civil war with more and more terrorist act terrorist acts happening every day all saw the syrian opposition which is unpredictable i mean the us united
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states media story for example americans have been abducted in and tortured in syria by the militant islamist opposition just recently in the new york times there was a story largely ignored by the american television about an american photographer who has been tortured and held hostage by this syrian least one destroyed just so you know you don't have to be a genius to predict that there is going to be on the rubbish no violence in no but neighboring lebanon where you have their share community and kind of by hezbollah are you know you know very fragile balance of forces with other communities in the country so indeed there is little doubt that the. escalation of hysteria to shield syria will have a disastrous effect on the region we saw the united states and britain displayed planning an attack of they've also always said though also one the political solution can both have this both ways can they have retaliation class talks.
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well they may have a false impression that they are they going to have board here in fact aid has been the aim of the united states and of the european union of their proclaimed aim to have me star studded removed from power so it's very strange now to hear from example for example from the british prime minister. nick clegg that. returned in a series not a regime change but just their messages just some kind of a response to the chemical attack i think it's hypocritical because we have just heard them say in some very different things it's quite clear so their russian foreign minister lavrov said several. actually yesterday that. escalation of hostilities in syria and other western intervention we were in fact. for oil any attempt to bring
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a peaceful resolution to the crisis in syria it's very difficult to imagine a peace conference on syria convened by a country like the united states so all members of the european union and out of the lobby which will already be fighting in syria yes that bothered i would have to let it go at that point i'm sorry i don't have enough time with you but there was a debate about his political analysts they giving us his a thoughts on what's happening in syria now the united states has some strong back as a new europe when it comes to attacking syria british lawmakers have been recalled from this summer holidays for an urgent vote on whether the u.k. forces should take podmore on this from artie's a london correspondent laura smith. prime minister david cameron is making some very carefully weighed statements on the one hand he says no decision has yet been taken whether to get involved but on the other hand he says it's very clear that it is the assad regime that is to blame for using chemical weapons according to him he reckons that he's got clear evidence that it that it was the regime the government
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used chemical weapons so in response to that he has convened a meeting of the national security council here in london on wednesday they're going to talk about the information that they've already received from the un inspectors obviously not the final report because that will be available for another few days and then they will to again to talk about whether to push ahead with a military strike following that on thursday and he's will meet in parliament they've been recalled from the summer holiday and they will be given a chance to vote to discuss and to vote on what they think should be done also downing street is saying that the u.s. and the u.k. weren't necessarily be bound by what the u.n. inspectors are saying and also britain's made clear that it would consider going ahead without a u.n. resolution foreign minister william hague says that the use of chemical weapons contravenes international law and its own account so that is reason enough to go into syria downing street has confirmed that bush is forces all ramping up in
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preparation for a possible military strike in line with that we've heard reports from cyprus which has a u.k. base that's about one hundred miles from the coast of syria so very close ideally positioned people there are saying that war planes and military transporters have started to arrive well interestingly we haven't heard anything from the european union as a whole but from called for a reaction of force against the use of chemical weapons and said that the u.n. security council could be bypassed under certain circumstances turkey obviously a key regional player agrees with that the rest of the european countries slightly less gung ho about it germany says that intervention is needed if the use of chemical weapons is. but it isn't going to go ahead without a u.n. mandate similarly italy and norway would not be keen to go ahead without a u.n. mandate but in the region the arab league thinks that it was made this attack but that it's not happy to to intervene in any way but remains to be seen how much
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this effort can be led by britain the u.s. and france and it looks like it's seriously ramping up now while the u.s. gears up for a military campaign in syria a newly declassified data has revealed that twenty five years ago washington actually encouraged iraq dictator saddam hussein to use chemical weapons in his war against iran to talk more on how america has a shifting policies on chemical weapons here's a syrian political analyst how has america changed its thinking on chemical weapons . well america always looks forward to put unity to intervene and enlarge their sphere of influence basically i don't think they are really interested in who kills who. uses chemical weapons against him we know that they supported saddam hussein in the in the eighty's in his war against iran we know that they benefited from
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mistakes that were taken that took place during that era to raise public opinion against him when the invasion of kuwait took place in ninety ninety and so on or so forth so it's just about their interest and their company in the region nothing more washington seems willing to push ahead without this without a u.n. mandate as a u.n. security council effectively been rendered powerless. while i don't know how they are going to do it i mean it was just circulated here in london that the motion to morrow in the parliament is going to be about authorizing the government to take appropriate measures in response to the syrian chemical attack however if you don't have this u.n. mandate then it's not going to be illegal and you won't have me you know u.n. mandate or security council mandate unless you specify who carried out the attacks in late may of this year about three months ago the turkish authorities seized grams of sarin gas in southern. turkey city of other now with twelve people.
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affiliated group which is overrated in syria if it turns out that it was those people who carried out the chemical attack last wednesday then the americans and the british are going to intervene in the opposite direction members may lead to further chemical that well the americans are saying that that a rogue syrian officer acted without authorization and ordered the chemical attack last week do you think that's possible. i mean i wouldn't rule out anything but i need to stress that that the the capability of using the chemical attacks at the levels that we've seen last wednesday isn't really exclusive only to the syrian government now we've seen one hundred people killed here and i fifty people killed there and hundred fifty people killed over there and that doesn't mean a scud missile for example of half a ton or a ton warhead was launched more synonymous with mortar bombs being launched we've
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seen videos about experiments taking place we've seen videos about you know rebels using canisters of gas and they were surely not using tear gas against advancing military forces so the issue is that there is a shift that is deliberately being made between the certainty about the use of chemical weapons into this is being turned into a certainty that it was the syrian government who did this act this is not right people need to be convinced this is a democracy at the end of the day here in london and that very much and people need to be convinced that it was indeed the syrian government not the very capable opposition who did it. syrian political analyst sharing his thoughts with us on this ongoing syrian conflict and its new latest revelations by the u.s. is insisting there this time around it will be nothing like iraq or serbia even
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libya washington is confident that when it comes to syria the evidence is unquestionable just like it was when saddam was accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction his art is damage again on america's record of missteps military. before every u.s. intervention in the last fifteen years there was a hype of lies misinformation and discrepancies but every time washington would present its case for war as the ultimate truth leading people to believe that waging war was the only way to peace as the us is preparing an attack on syria striking similarities can be found in how lawson can makes its case for intervention material i will present you comes from a variety of sources some are u.s. sources and some of those of other countries we have additional information about this attack and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners and we will provide that information in the days ahead some of the sources
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are technical such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by satellites what have we learned about the actual proof the white house claims it has on syria's use of chemical weapons it will for u.s. official is telling me that this intelligence assessment contains forensic evidence that actual chemical attack took place as well as some intercepted communications among syrian forces that suggest the regime was responsible a separate sources also telling c.n.n.'s john king that the report contains some satellite images of activity at potentially chemical weapons depots back in two thousand and three in the run up to the iraq war the media also diligently repeated what the white house said we know that iraq and al qaeda have had high level contacts that go back a decade we've learned that iraq has trained al qaeda members in bomb making. and poisonous. and deadly gases before the u.s.
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step to tame washington's claims that the government which was about to be attacked did not cooperate thus this crediting any u.n. investigation that was underway saddam hussein and his regime are busy doing. we possibly can to ensure that instructors. finding absolutely nothing. well they found nothing because there was nothing but it was an argument that couldn't be heard through the deafening sound of war drums iraq is not the only example when the u.s. effectively rendered a diplomatic solution obsolete with serbian leaders on the other hand refused even to discuss key elements of the peace agreement before the us started a two month long bombing campaign of the former yugoslavia the us love government had accepted proposals for the near independence of cost of all within the republic of serbia as well as an international peacekeeping force in kosovo but the
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agreement that nato put forward had a clause that they could not accept in the words of former secretary of state henry kissinger the text which called on serbia to admit need to troops throughout yugoslavia was a provocation an excuse to start bombing runway is not a document that an angelic could have accepted years later we see diplomacy brushed off again in syria even as the un team is working on the ground at every turn the syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the un investigation washington has bypassed the u.n. both in the case of the former yugoslavia and that of iraq in libya the u.s. and its allies have effectively carried out a regime change although the un mandate was to protect civilians we came we saw he died. because we acted quickly a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided but for many libyans a humanitarian catastrophe has just started as the nation plunges deeper into chaos
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and care like in iraq where the intervention was followed by a decade of care for those wondering what awaits american politicians found to have light no weapons over there. should be under here. to check on r.t.e. washington d.c. . and the relentless terrorism violence continues to shatter lives in iraq of a countries just seen it yet another wave of coordinated bomb attacks a wave of blogs has killed at least fifty eight people and injured dozens small in the capital of baghdad the attacks targeted restaurants small kids and seem to be dominant the shiite areas district in the northwest of the city was worst hit at least ten people died and twenty seven were injured at the extreme is have been stepping up zakarian violence across the country since the start of the year july was iraq's deadliest month since two thousand and eight with about
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hear on all the top teams in the world talks about the ip interview intriguing story. arabic to find out more visit arabic. dot com. thanks for staying with us here watching our team floodwaters in russia easter will be part of one of the region's main business hops of meds for the next month according to local officials residents of a. home to some five hundred thousand people are keeping their fingers crossed hoping that manmade dams protecting the city hold call scott tests at the water. well up until now it had been a remote rural areas that had been worst affected by these flood waters but as you
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can see now the waters are beginning to encroach on to the city of how about a loss canal just twenty yards behind the camera is a residential area and some residents are being evacuated as we speak in deciding to go to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up but the first thing you notice about the city actually is the amount of hills that are off meaning that it's communities. that are most at risk of being worst affected communities and areas like this one and there's a surprising number of residents although many are going to the accommodation centers in their hundreds there are still boys who are resolutely staying with their properties and deciding not to leave. my family is going to affect your way to from my home but i decided to stay today the electric power supply has you're into the pumps are working and there's no water in the stairwell anymore water evaporates in the pavements become visible so we're still living through those that stay on those that go basically those who have their properties ruined attention is
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slowly turning to the future and what happens when this water subsides when it was seeds and the extent of the damage is revealed when the authorities have said that they will give compensation of up to one hundred thousand rubles to people whose properties have been damaged the compensation will range from fifty to one hundred thousand rubles depending on the severity of the damage. archies postcard reporting there from of the myths after the worst flood to hit the region in more than a century right now time not for to look at some other stories around the world japan has raised the threat a rating at the crippled fukushima nuclear plant to three out of seven classing it as a serious incident of the decision was taken after consultation with the u.n. nuclear watchdog the main danger comes from a massive leak of contaminated water three hundred tons of which some may have reached the pacific if the grave us warning about fukushima since the twenty eleven
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and quake and tsunami that caused the meltdown of three reactors. on to the u.s. state of california where firefighters have contained a twenty percent of the wildfires always continue to sweep through you see mick national park the blazes are edging closer to a large reservoir that provides ways of their francisco's water supply the flames have also damaged two hydroelectric plants force in the city to switch to other pass or says more than three thousand five hundred firefighters are battling to control the fire which has been raging for eleven days now in the u.k. police have launched a probe into who is responsible for sending a cd with part of graphic images and pictures of the prophet mohammed to several mosques in london it's just the latest in a chain of provocative acts that have heightened tensions between muslims and other parts of british society which is tells us all here when to find out what it takes
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to bridge the religious divide. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind you and freedom foundation we start. that is we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them somewhere further to ask the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and cooed traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine there's a wrong doctrine now exactly is called for returning to sure if a company church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blasting armies to commit acts of war all you would immediately say that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about islamic faith even if
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what he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really in terms of traffic congestion impacting the local area if people have those objections really genuinely feel that it's going to create an impact raise them but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and and and speaking to muslims across print and across the people feeling vulnerable because they do feel as if the muslim community has been picked we have had instances where a local mosque had sausages thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned
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against it called themselves mega mosque. no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed the project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions but the spotlight once again on why this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion that we see i think is poor little to the failure within multiculturalism people become invested in a very particular notion that britain is characterized by first of all a white christian dominant culture which historically is certainly true but may be less the case today most simply become the symbol i think for this greater hands on the table a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents in november two thousand and twelve and may twenty thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons we really need
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a more frank and open and detailed discussion about what islam is about what britishness is and about how we manage social change and evolution in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept in britain which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures any less likely just are so you are t. london. so with us as we continue a true story of cuban spying and intrigue in miami that's coming up next my documentary called will the real terrorists he send up is good but for me. to see good leverage or to mccurry was able to build a new most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give
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a dollar amount anything tunes mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans and we're going this is why you should care only on the dog. from the fog of war to the drums of war washington and its western regional allies are again agitating for a senseless conflict in the middle east this time against syria again it's all about weapons of mass destruction an echo of the catastrophe called iraq western military intervention in syria only make things worse.
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when i was sleeping it was around six am. but what i remember hearing all like someone breaking the law because. i was surrounded by people with machine guns helmets stuff you see in movies. they examined my mouth they seem to many james bond movies i thought i had signed up there. they told me i was under arrest i asked they said you know. cubans busted here in the united states flying for fidel are they terrorists or freedom fighter.

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