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i'm convinced it's nothing more than a provocation from those who want to involve other countries in this series called the russian president blasts the u.s. for considering military action in syria saying the evidence is to blame has no leg to stand on. intervention plans are leaving president obama isolated with america's allies in nato rejecting support of the campaign against us but despite yet another destroyer has joined america's warships in the region. and u.n. inspectors arrive in the netherlands after completing their investigation of the sides of the alleged chemical attack near damascus with lots of lab work ahead of them all top stories this hour.
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international news and comments live from our studio center here in moscow was just turned eight pm this is. russian president vladimir putin has hit out of the allegations that assad's government carried out a chemical attack against its own people warning the u.s. against military intervention he also added washington's claims the from intelligence report providing evidence cannot be published disrespectful to its international partners well to sean thomas has more on russia's reaction to the u.s. drums of war. president vladimir putin was addressing the press in vladivostok and he did have some strong words to say on the subject of syria he said that russia is of course against the use of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction but in this particularly we need to wait and see for the u.n. to do their job for the investigation to come forward and that russia's position
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has always been then act in a lawful matter as a global community now one of the things he says is that it is ridiculous that the assad regime used weapons chemical weapons against his own people saying that under these circumstances it just doesn't call for it let's listen to what he had to say on that subject. syrian government forces are advancing in some areas they have surrounded the rebels to think that in such a time they would give a trump card for those calling for intervention. now as the u.n. chemical weapons inspection team has just left syria we haven't heard anything back yet and he says that if the proof of chemical weapons has not yet been presented it means that there isn't any now the other thing is he spoke about his surprise about the british government who met over this past week to debate the idea of intervention in syria he said you're surprised that they voted down the idea but that it proves that there are sane rational people who are out there who are using
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common sense in this situation he also appealed to president obama not just as a president but as a peace nobel laureate basically saying look if weapons are used look at what it will do to the peace process let's listen to his words on that. let's not forget that barack obama is nobel peace prize laureate of the cost of the decade the u.s. has started seven conflicts and there is parts of the world but did that really solve any problems afghanistan iraq libya there's no democracy then now which is what the u.s. claimed it tried. bringing this new civil peace or balance all of these has to be taken into account before making the decision to stop bombing syria which will lead to civilian casualties so as the world expects a u.s. airstrike at any time a prudent urging restraint at this moment in time. told us there and while washington is becoming increasingly certain to carry out at least
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a limited military operation in syria much of the world seems to reject that plan what he's going to check on reports while the obama administration is laying the groundwork for a military strike against syria but the president says he has not made the final decision the administration has spent the last few days scrambling an intelligence assessment that would make the case for an attack on syria today we finally saw that report beyond classified four page version of it secretary kerry presented the report with this take a listen the american intelligence community has high confidence high confidence this is common sense this is evidence these are facts so the primary question is really no longer what do we know. the question is what are we we collectively want to read in the world or do about it but if you read the paper you also come across this line our high confidence assessment is the
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strongest position that the u.s. intelligence community can take short of confirmation so u.s. intelligence does not confirm the evidence that the white house says is undeniable as far as the evidence is concerned the report shows no evidence as such just conclusions then we have to bear in mind that this was the unclassified version of the report it mentions satellite images and intercepted communications with the paper's main argument seems to be this the assad government has huge stockpiles of chemical weapons they have the capacity to deliver them and therefore they were likely responsible for last week's attacks near damascus in the last few days several members of u.s. intelligence community spoke out on condition of anonymity saying the actual evidence that the u.s. has is not a slam dunk and there are caviar in the report related to the analysis of the satellite images and the intercepted communications also from secretary kerry's prison presentation it seems the main selling point for the strikes is the horrible
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horrible images that we've all seen the report refers to several times it refers to the video seen the social media but they do not prove who carried out the attacks not only the american people are against an attack on syria but also the international community although secretary kerry talked about what he sees as a substantial international backing for for action whatever international backing he was talking about it's not the u.n. whatever military action the u.s. takes eventually against syria it will be illegal under international law nato secretary general just said nato does not plan to produce in the military intervention in syria the un security council is yet to receive the results of the u.n. investigation but even that investigation will not reveal who is to blame for the horrific attacks that took place the inspectors only have a mandate to ascertain the use of chemical weapons but not by whom they were you just so the key question will still remain up in the air even as we receive the results of that investigation nonetheless the u.s.
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has already made its judgment. what he's going to check on was secretary of state john kerry said that both he and president obama believe a military strike on syria needs to be discussed directly with the american people first let's take a look at what the u.s. public thinks about all of this well over half of those americans who took part in a reuters poll don't want intervention in syria only twenty percent are in favor of it and asked whether assad should be attacked if he is implicated in chemical weapons use just under thirty percent of americans said yes and the british parliament wasn't convinced that a strike on syria should happen labor m.p. khalid mahmood told us why he voted against the move there in the u.k. i don't think america or anybody else has that intelligence to say exactly who it was we know that the syrian government does have stockpiles of chemical weapons but unless we have a clear. direct intelligence to relate to who's done it we can't just just be
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pointing fingers we have this before when there was the weapon of mass destruction destruction debate and the presentation in the united nations by colin powell and we knew that didn't come to be true so we have to be very very skeptical of any form of this sort of intelligence that comes out unless it is the that is substance of proof on military action is not going to be a resolution in syria it hasn't been anywhere else so let's let's change history let's change what's been going on before because we're talking about bloodshed now if this is allowed to take its course there'd be far greater bloodshed. just remind you r.t. is on facebook and here are your responses to obama's plans to attack syria some of you are calling for impeachment of the u.s. president and many others aren't convinced that obama is acting in the best interests of either the american or the syrian people well you can join the debate right now the address is facebook dot com forward slash our team needs.
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what we've already seen countries neighboring syria say that they want no part in the military intervention and won't allow their territories to be used for any sort of a western backed operation and with the u.s. having six warships in the mediterranean now syria's allies are on tenterhooks and ortiz is in beirut to tell us more about her things are shaping up in the region at the moment of course you are there in an area where there are key allies to syria wat is the situation now and how is the region reacting to the possibility of an imminent u.s. attack on syria. well as you can well imagine the situation here is extremely tense i've been speaking to across spectrum of lebanese and without fail most of them tell me that they were extremely worried that lebanese airspace will become the battleground for future conflict between syria the united states israel
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and hizbollah as one woman put it to me she watches the american president barack obama on television calmly saying that he's considering an air strike but it is really people here whose lives will be directly affected so the situation is extremely tense lebanon is very vulnerable in the last few weeks it has experienced a spate of car bombings the worst sick tarion of violence in years people here are afraid people are not going out of night as often as they used to people are staying at home and many are concerned that this fear will only increase at the same time the lebanese transport minister earlier on saturday warned about catastrophic consequences if any if any side in their going on became directly involved in a conflict in syria now this does follow warnings of indications by a militant hizbullah group that it will not stand idly by if its ally the syrian president bashar assad is attacked by the united states at the same time another factor to consider is the thousands of syrian refugees who are currently inside
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lebanon and the united nations says that in the last few days that number has been increasing their thousands have been crossing over we're looking now at some seventy one thousand syrian refugees who are here the country is unable to cope with them and i've spent some time talking to some of these two inmates in the suburb of palestinian camp this is a camp that is where it particularly poor because winter's sheet many of the syrian refugees are actually finding their way there all of them without fail told me that they do not support an american strike if they leave that this will simply lead to further bloodshed now the united nations inspectors would. in beirut they have subsequently lift and they're on their way to behave very they will be presenting preliminary findings to the un chief banking although we do understand that the final results of the investigation inside syria will take several more weeks and of course that is findings in terms of chemical attacks that were carried out in that
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country there was also an iranian parliamentary delegation that has arrived in syria and they are meeting with the syrian president bashar assad and after that they will be making their way here to lebanon we understand that they will be meeting with hizbollah so this is presumably for you around to be fried and talk to its allies in the region we have heard from iran that all too and said will support the syrian president bashar assad with the supreme leader ayatollah khamenei saying that it will be a disaster for the region if damascus is attacked so the situation here in the region is extremely fluid many people extremely concerned that we will be looking at regional fallout if indeed damascus is attacked paula thanks very much indeed for that update ortiz put us in a lot of that in beirut well i don't learn of what we're closely following international tensions brewing over syria as well as the situation on the ground
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you can head to all two dot com for live updates. also on the website of the moment the u.s. government's assessment on the use of chemical weapons in syria in full you can read it closer and try to find where washington's high confidence of assad's guilt is coming from. right to see. her story. and i would think that you're. on the recorders were the. instrument. the u.k. government is pressing the new york times to destroy the documents leaked by n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden these sensitive materials on the snooping activities of the u.s. and britain made its way to the american daily newspaper from the u.k.
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garden which was forced to obliterate the hard drives containing the leaked files however snowden's revelations of still being making their way to the public and here's the latest exposure for you apparently the u.s. has been spending more than fifty two billion dollars on intelligence gathering alone this year now the cia got the lion's share of more than fourteen billion dollars significantly more than the n.s.a. or any other agency the national reconnaissance office and the geospatial and general defense intelligence programs also came near the top of the money lead as you can see here and together they got nineteen point six billion dollars to operate imaging satellites troll maps and assess foreign military plans and resources but meanwhile snowden's leaks of one him international recognition he's been awarded the twenty thirteen whistleblower prize by a coalition of n.g.o.s and as artie's peers are all over in berlin reports snowden has been stealing the show in germany's general election race. well he's certainly
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not on the christmas card list of the german government as it stands at the moment these leaked documents that he says he's put forward have really been rather damning on the german government and just how complicit it seems that the b n d the german security services were in terms of spying not only to help the n.s.a. but spying on their own people here in germany when edward snowden released these documents one of the things i'm sure he didn't think he would be was a major issue in the german elections the that's on the twenty second of september the general election here and it's become one of the main the only real issue that people seem to be attacking anglo merkel over. the leader of the social democrats who had a main challenger in this election it said if he becomes chancellor if he wins this election then he will be asking some serious questions of the united states and he also be looking into delaying an important trade deal saying how can we possibly
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look at doing trade with the americans when we don't know if they have microphones under all of our desks so this has become something that the politicians are looking to attack on glimmer cologne it's probably one of the only things she's really weak on in the public eye because not only it seems to allow the united states to spy on germany but it seems that she also helped the united states to spy on germany so this is one of the reasons why edward snowden has received this award and he is being honored with this by a number of groups for his work in revealing what turns out to be the the wide ranging spying activities of the n.s.a. and the united states. buckle up because the break max packs the stands we check out some of the hottest dead devils to grace the skies. london streets a home to an increasing number of people with thousands sleeping rough despite pledges by the mayor to provide shelter for the city's homeless the details.
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wealthy british. market. find out what's really happening to the global economy with. the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kaiser reports. interview.
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to turn eighteen minutes in the russian capital news continues now london seems to have failed to deliver on his promises to combat homelessness in the city and the five years since he's been in office the number of people sleeping rough has only grown. reports now from the streets of london. the charity nightwatch head out on their nightly run distributing food to london's homeless no one knows exactly how many people are homeless in the capital but one thing that's agreed
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upon and that is that the numbers are increasing it's gone up from thirty people a night to fifty six to seventy. you can see a large number of people have gathered here to use night what is. now more all of the people who are here. but a number of them are when london mayor boris johnson came to office in two thousand and eight he pledged to end rusty paying by thousand and twelve not only did he not hit that target but rusty paying numbers for the increase every year he's been in office in london and promised he eradicate the thing by thinking. yeah. it's very difficult. although it's. a problem. about paris database change shows a rise from three thousand four hundred seventy two people when the mayor came to power to six thousand four hundred thirty seven sleeping rough last year but the
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mayor's office insists it's not all bad news and the increase in numbers isn't party to an increase in funding longer hours on the streets reach teams mean more people than ever before being identified and now eight out of ten new rough sleepers will only spend twenty four hours on the street yet despite the increase in funding many of the people here have been sleeping rough for months. on the street. that doesn't have. a lot of them are a problem before. the council. go get the police from moving on in the middle of the mindful room. twenty two year old silas doesn't want his face shane he tells us he often sleeps in
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a car park nearby it's a complex story silas tells us that he has had some contact with out which creates operating in the area but he hasn't yet got benefits and therefore can't get into council accommodation. through. the local outreach team have told us that they're looking into this is case here's just one of thousands of the homeless in the capital this is the face of london's famous in twenty thirteen and it seems it's an increasingly young one so arty london time for some other international headlines this hour to afghanistan first where suicide lost eighteen lives in the southern city of kandahar the attackers stormed a security checkpoint as people queue to enter a nearby bank both police and civilians were among the victims while according to military officials insurgents in the east killed a nato soldier the country's daily insurgent attacks.
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while in neighboring pakistan a u.s. drone strike has killed at least four people according to officials the missile strike devastated the compound in northern waziristan this is part of a tribal belt and a tourist taliban and al qaeda stronghold recently leaked reports show the deeply unpopular drone strikes have substantially increased under obama's rule. eight bus drivers and a woman have staged a crucifixion in protest at being fired from their jobs and paraguayan their anger came in response to years of unpaid benefits for over fifty employees of a bus company. it's already their third week of protests and it's planned to last another twenty two days. in india has found a teenager guilty of rape and murder in the first conviction in a new tourist gang rape he was sentenced to three years in a reform home for sexually assaulting and beating a woman to death five other men one of the group's members was found dead in a jail cell this march while the rest face the death penalty the brutal attack set
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off a nationwide protest with the government acting new laws for the protection of women . waves of discontent over the upcoming football world cup are continuing to cause ripples in brazil hundreds of demonstrators flooded the streets of rio de janeiro protesting against corruption and income inequality the demonstrators mocked the president dilma rousseff who is under pressure to boost spending their brazil's largest cities are part of the marches turned violent protesters attacked a major bank and national media giant and was sparked in june of a public transport hike and pouring money into high profile sporting events or social services remain severely underfunded. now for some thrills and spills from the world's finest pilots russia's next aviation show the biggest daredevils don't need an ejector seat or a supersonic jet engine lindsey france explains. it's not the size of the engine
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that matters it's how you use what you've got that's what the pilots of first flight rushes only aerobatics to use in propeller planes no jet engines here no mach two or eject buttons just good old fashioned pistons and plenty of guts at air shows like max these pilots may no longer be the main attraction but propeller planes were the first to take on aerobatics and they plan to stick around. and main goal is to show everyone how beautiful flying can be and to demonstrate the potential of these planes and popularize esports and aerobatics though these planes may not be so big and powerful they have great potential. reminiscent of the barnstormers of the one nine hundred twenty s. in america this team's planes are equipped smoke systems that leave patterns in the skies piloting on a stunt team is still a man's world but irina markov a is one russian woman breaking that mold. the people often ask me how i feel different from the male piloted by i just assume
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that flying planes makes us the same i feel complete freedom in the skies it is believed there are six degrees of freedom but in reality it seems to be much more out there that is how free you feel. making it look easy is part of the job and world champion aerobatics pilot. insists that means his mood has to be put to one side when he takes the controls. the most important thing when you do a great flight is to follow the guidelines and express your emotions be they sad or happy only to you land and turn off the engine during the flight you have to be focused on performing the elements flawlessly and stay safe so if you is going to have fun. of course just watching isn't enough so off i went in a bright shiny fifty two with irina at the controls and a leisurely two hundred kilometer per hour cruising speed it was clear that for the pilots it's more about finesse than g.
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force lindsey france r t moscow. and our online team called some of the best moments in the skies today you can see the full coverage of all of our photos on our website right now it's in the in vision section. plus the voting on the bottom of the sea a new species of this brown and white bamboo shot has been discovered in what is now indonesia which of the creature uses its fins to move along the sea bed you can do that right now. i'll be back with more news with the team for you just over half an hour from now in the meantime from considering suicide to becoming a renowned psychology professor we follow the pull of the one extraordinary man that's off to a short break here. sometimes
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it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power could really do against the system but you never dull in fact if you remember toward discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well chef jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist portrayal of russians of the game company of heroes two well all the rage. actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the change dot org petition that game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but
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because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash flow they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's just my opinion. there's a so we need to be. bush's secure. place for the physical . for shoes that no one is asking with to get they deserve answers from. politic. lol lippold. live. clip.
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