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international law on the line as the u.s. talks of tougher action on syria without u.n. consent. in or out irish voters head to the polls in a referendum on the e.u. fiscal treaty which opponents say amounts to nothing more than permanent astaire and controlled by brussels while a backlash against cuts we've asked you are. the father of former security officer example of any young girl who was poisoned in two thousand and six believes russian tycoon and the country's most wanted exiled boys there is off to be could have been behind the murder.
in the russian capital you're watching r t joshie the u.s. says it's time to consider taking direct action in syria even if that means going against international law as follows the massacre of more than one hundred people in the syrian town of houla with damascus and the rebels blaming each other for the atrocity russia's vowed to block any moves for intervention at the u.n. but washington says the security council can be bypassed charge is more important i has the latest. well what was exactly said is the fact that the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice said that the syrian government is solely responsible for the massacres that took the massacre that took place in syria last week those those comments were also echoed by america's european allies and as a result where there is now a nother push within the security council for international sanctions against against syria now the united nations is conducting their own investigation to find
out who exactly is responsible for the killings of one hundred eight people in syria last week but the u.s. and its allies has come to its own conclusion now. if the six point peace plan put together by kofi annan which calls for a cease fire in syria that plan breaks down and if sanctions are not supported within the security council then the international community and council members will have to consider options outside of the authority of the security council now what those options will be exactly is not clear we do know that the u.s. and european countries have already imposed their own sanctions on syria so many are interpret these words as a threat of military action now russia's ambassador to the un vitaly churkin believes that countries should not come to jump to conclusions with respect to who was responsible for the massacre in houla last week said that all parties should
wait for the results of the un investigation ambassador churkin said that he's very disappointed with the fact that there's been very little progress or progress with mr anon six point peace plan and that both sides the opposition and the syrian government have been seen in some ways violating their agreements to a cease fire and many other things outlined by the six point peace plan but ambassador churkin said it's very important to note the fact that while. the responsibility of course lies on the syrian government the opposition group also is still carrying out acts of violence and it's important for those that are arming or financing the our opposition group to look at the circumstance and understand that maybe those moves are provoking the violence and further escalating it very important reporting there now syrian rebels say they will no longer be bound by the u.n. peace plan of damascus doesn't observe a cease fire and withdraw its forces within forty eight hours but according to the
world body there is no evidence to suggest the u.s. backed militants have been keeping their part of the deal some observers say washington and its allies are determined to replace the syrian government with a proxy regime. ambassador rice is is the basically i believe telling russia and china and other members of the spirity council that if they do not go along with western plans for more stringent sanctions and other actions against syria that the u.s. and its nato allies reserve the right to act outside of the security council as a did with yugoslavia thirty years ago and launch military actions against syria would be the same cast of characters in the same roads gallery that you know waged the six and a half month bombing campaign against libya last year it would be the north atlantic treaty organization with the u.s. at its core and it would be the u.s. and nato as newfound allies in the persian gulf that is their goal for operation council monarchies ensure a. guitar united arab emirates of participate in the bombing campaign against
eleven the last year this would be part of a pattern of course to bring down secular. governments in iraq for all in favor of you know the regimes installed the support of the aged care of monarchies in the gulf cooperation council morocco and jordan. this is in the light of this one am good syria we should be very clear about this likely targets which are they succeed in syria likely targets afterwards would include nations like you know jerry. had a french president has paris is also considering military intervention and syria it comes as a disappointment to those who hoped francois hollande would reverse his predecessor's aggressive foreign policy and focus on problems at how artists are cilia has more. new president. but not soon new rhetoric just two weeks into his post. benno i heard bernardo to relive the mention of military intervention and that but
it is not ruled out here. it's with. a comment that came in response to the massacre in syria. from the leader of a country that led the implementation of a no fly zone over libya last year critics have pointed out that there was no real choice between french president francois launch and his predecessor nicolas sarkozy but for those who thought they had voted for change now appear to be already faced with a case of deja vu one of the pillars of the laws election campaign was the pledge to pull french troops out of afghanistan this has made many hopeful the new president would focus on issues at home rather than spending millions of military campaigns overseas but it seems they were wrong as for the fair's magazine put it french foreign policy is on the outer part nothing her. french horn. and that's not the right thing. for imposed not
even an issue and a last words are in line with the position of bernard on the levy a french activists and philosopher who drove an open letter calling on the lawn to quote take the initiative in syria assad knows that time is counted for him the next emergency is to stop the killing in syria administered to vivie's active role of convincing former fed president sarkozy to support the libyan intervention and should france take the interventionists route again some say it begs a new question what's going to we're not going to interview the humanitarian argument is used to lower the bar for foreign intervention. before that i mean some bikies ago we intervene for me when the when there was a genocide you know it's a massacre and we were in for as little to twenty been. thinking about where we want to intervene in korea while all along to starting to sound
a lot like sarkozy was a mandolin. point out that there may be no real teeth to such rhetoric this time around telling that he will only act with the u.n. mandate. it is nothing nothing because without. china and russia. we can be sure that he can he can do anything and as far as french people are concerned they don't care about foreign policy they'd rather their new president do something to put out the economic fire in their own backyard first and foremost yes or sylvia r.t. brussels. also i have for this hour here on r.t. fact or fiction he speaks with the author of an article which accuses the u.s. and south korea of deep level of surveillance and in north korea even parachuting in spies story for back on on the ground military facilities.
voters in ireland had to the polls today in a referendum to decide whether or not to approve the european union's fiscal treaty driven by germany and controversially plan strict central control of the national budgets of member states who have signed up but opponents see it as a permanent a staring with many angry about surrendering power and sovereignty to brussels laura smith has more. it's hope since choice island has two options as it goes out to vote on a fiscal pact with the e.u. to say yes to writing austerity into law and seat precious silver and t. to brussels say no and incurred the wrath of the european central bank and potentially kissed goodbye to a you bailouts and it looks like it's going to be close the reason i'm voting yes this time is that we are in the e.u. you know we have lost a veto and it would be foolish to do anything else it is a matter of where we were both looking shortchange france. has said that they don't
want to go down groove austerity and that's all that i would have done so far and it's not working there's no change in our at the moment so that's why our people want to send a message to your votes taking place against the backdrop of a failing economy unemployment to fifteen percent welfare payments a cut public sector spending has been slashed everyone's feeling the pinch including publican jimmy killed he's seen his turnover full by heart as locals batten down the hatches we would have had two and five full time employees for part . we're now down to two full time two part time we had a restaurant upstairs which is now closed for another three full time jobs. possible income is it's a huge factor it's the discretionary spend that people have it you can feel it throughout not just the pop business but the restaurant business and people are
very very very careful on how they spend their money to pay the economies tightly bound to the ailing yuri's a bank loans and bailouts and many economists think a no vote would mean even steeper austerity and difficulty borrowing for the financial markets and we would find ourselves at the very least being looked at the scans by foreign direct investment financial investment they would say well are these people really in or of the european core that's arguable the sense of the sensibility of what's going on but if there's a club and they want to be part of us you know you join the army you are the votes we would be rejecting and i think that would be. attractive from a national pride perspective is it a pride we can afford i'm not sure people think it is thanks to their constitution the arash are the only european people who get to vote on the pact at all but two e.u. member governments have already signed it but if they vote no the irish will be joining
a growing anti austerity backlash france's new president francois hollande has talked about trying to renegotiate the pact and germany's angela merkel despite having written the treaty can't get her own parliament to ratify it most of ireland's main political party supports it but not richard boyd barrett of the united left alliance because of all of the gambling debts of banks and speculators of important to the books of the state that this would mean permanent austerity indians' worth of cults every year for at least a decade or more in order to meet. treaty targets and we believe will do one told damage to the economy which is already very traumatized for ireland it seems more damaging austerity is up ahead to which way it turned here in dublin literally re available posted the city is bristling with referendum posters the new posters call
the fiscal pact the bankers tree see the austerity pact meanwhile the yes campaign maintains it's all about stability either way the future looks bleak many seem willing to cede silver and tea in exchange for financial backup but even that's not guaranteed in a bid me good eurozone euro smith r.t. . and more on the e.u. fiscal treaty referendum in our interview section in about twenty minutes time here on r.t. . now reporting is making his first foreign trip as russia's president to belarus after snubbing the g eight summit in the u.s. has all the details from the country's capital minsk. but the two presidents will be discussing it can all of the matters political matters foreign policy internal policy a lot of things really will be covered during this particular meeting of course russia and did have some rather rough relations as of late is not
exceptionally bad not what you would call bad relations but they did have. disagreements over some of the issues for example as gas transfer from russia to europe but it does seem like those issues have been ironed out lately and it does look like this trip is what many believe to be indicative of russia's foreign policy off the way it's going to develop in the mean the nearest future and it does look like this trip which in is pointing to the observance that he is going to be focusing on russia's relations with its closest neighbors particularly with the valorous now traditionally first visit first official visit from a russian president has been to one of the c.i.s. countries this time it's valorous and it comes of course. it comes on the heels of the g eight summit which was held in the united states very recently to which a russian president was and did not go now a lot of people saw that as
a way to spike the west but again you have to remember that that was the time immediately after its. takeover in his capacity as russia's president and he did a lot of issues on his hands he did have to reshuffle the cabinet almost two thirds of the ministers have been replaced so really the president couldn't just leave the country and attend the g. eight summit seeing how he had a lot of internal issues he had that had to be dealt with again this trip to bellerose does seem however to point out to the west that russia is going to be focusing more on the relations with the countries and the states which surround this as opposed to putting a greater focus on the issue. on this dealings with any of the western or any other foreign country there in english the reporting there are join us on his legal team are continuing what's likely to be a last ditch attempt to stop his extradition to sweden they are reviewing
a supreme court judgment in london ordering that he be handed over to the swedish authorities where he's wanted for questioning over sex crimes accusations which he denies the wiki leaks founder and his supporters fear that he could be handed over from sweden to the u.s. to face charges it is these allegations stan from a scientist website leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential american diplomatic cables with sensitive and embarrassing information about secretary of state hillary clinton visit sweden within days to discuss internet freedom among other issues journalist and author alberto believes that it's a matter of principle for the swedish authorities to have a son convicted. and what i've seen so far on the net is pretty consistent with what we have seen all along in the past eighteen months or so and that is a mainly hostile and negative attitude towards julian assange and his attempt to avoid extradition to sweden my own opinion is that the swedish prosecutors have
invested so much per stage in this case that they're under a lot of pressure to get him convicted of something so i don't think they're just going to walk away from the case but they may surprise the ships so everything that i've seen thus far indicates to me however that the prosecutor in charge is rather seriously determined to convict him of something. well we are following all the developments in the join us on this case on our website or to dot com so go online for all the updates all so you can watch the latest installment of us on his interview show in which he meets various occupy activists to hear about the past and future of the movement. the father of the late former russian security officer always an eleven and go has revealed the names of those he believes masterminded his son's death his son died of polonium poisoning in two thousand and six in a case which has caused major division since between britain and russia but as
argue sarah ferguson reports his new testimony may shed further light on the murder . twist in the story surrounding the poisoning. a former security official alexander litvinenko. case has revealed in an interview the names of the people he says of the killers of his son other people he names of the russian. foreign affairs old and alex gold. former colleague and friend of alexander litvinenko. how do you think alexander first became infected with polonium to turn why do you think this case has been dragging on for so long have been no court case because they don't have anything and if. it will become apparent who is behind it. pays money to some high person as. everyone is covering every one of my boys since
it was just a card in the hands of i want to return to russia. justice for my son alex goen. the. parents of these people live it. was a very close confidant of the for the in the weeks leading up to his he was the unofficial spokesman he was the man he wrote the statement at the time of the case that accusing the russian government of carrying out that crime though after the death the investigation stake is very heavily all full of bodyguards and a little boy he is now a russian and he recently passed a lie detector test that was carried out by british acts but did you do anything that led to the death of alexander litvinenko. were you involved in alexander litvinenko. have you ever had any dealings with.
live in your case father volta had previously apologized to him if he knew a thing that he wasn't. in this crimes being carried out now in an interview with the tea bowl to live in yankee had said that he was with alexander at the time that he died and that alexander litvinenko had written down the names of the people responsible for this on a piece of paper he's also told r.t. that he should be used as a witness now and indeed it seems on the back of this interview and these revelations this could now be the case and this could be submitted to scotland yard to be used as evidence and perhaps we can see this now being a further push to the british authorities to continue other lines of investigation and other attempts to finding the truth of what really happened in this case. so first reporting there now it's a development likely to further fuel longstanding has still days between washington and pyongyang a media report accuses u.s. and south korean special forces of parachuting into north korea to spy on
underground military facilities the source is an american army general who admitted to missions to place has been vehemently denied by washington which now accuses the journalist behind the report of making up the quotes however he insist what he published was exactly what he heard it comes as the u.s. works to reinforce its naval power in the asia pacific region already experiencing an american military build up earlier we talked to the author of the article david x. and he told us that the full fallout from his piece what not be known for several days very clear at present both the pentagon and the lower level command whose general i heard speaking have both admitted that i did not fabricate the story earlier they had both said i fabricated the story he spoke in the present tense and it was not clear that he was speaking hypothetically not clear at all i mean it was actually quite apparent he was speaking in sort of the
present and literal sense of north korea tends to take a few days to process news reports like this before formulating some kind of response whether that response be an official statement or some sort of military posturing or something so i expect based on what experts are telling me that we'll have to wait a day or two to up to see what the official response will be i hope it's nothing i hope the general it is is telling the truth when he says he was speaking hypothetically i regret that this thing got out of hand. tell us take a look at some of the stories from around the world italian rescue teams have told was so relieved to be the final of body from the rubble after tuesday's earthquake and brings the death toll to seven hundred people three hundred fifty others were injured after the five point eight magnitude quake struck north of bologna in the region was hit by another earthquake just two weeks ago which killed seven people.
israel's defense minister says the country should consider you know laterally imposing borders for a future palestinian state tel aviv's has called for negotiations toward a two state solution in the past that peace talks of come to a halt due israel's continued building of jewish settlements against international law palestinian leaders oppose tel aviv's efforts to determine territorial borders and abandon negotiations salmond's tensions rose between the two states last year when palestine pursued un recognition in the face of israeli and us opposition. a french journalist of doctored a month ago in colombia by left wing rebels has been released unharmed to international mediators. was captured by far guerrillas while filming a report on the destruction of cocaine laboratories in the south of the country earlier this month. for eads ten hostages who had been held for more than
a decade after announcing it was ending kidnappings were the. right time now to cross to the world of business and tosh is there and is it true that the russian internet companies may have a hard time attracting foreign investors well it will be true if the parliament approves the bill that classifies them as strategic enterprises all of the details in just a couple of minutes but first let's check out the equity markets and it looks like the situation there is quite different this hour all thanks to the russian markets as you can see the r.t.s. is a lot of positive but it open. higher and the my six is still managing to hold onto its modest gains of course today's the last day of the month the time for some preliminary results and for the month of may the my sex is down the around eleven percent that it's one of the worst months of the year and if you look at the asian
markets the situation there is quite negative the nikkei is shedding around one and a quarter percent the hang seng has narrowed its losses over the past hour but is still in the red overall for the month of may the asian indices are shedding in the double digits the figure for the nikkei is minus eleven percent for the hang seng the losses around thirteen percent and of course speaking of thursday's trade this morning the stock markets in asia had no place to go but down considering what was happening on wall street overnight let's see what was going on there u.s. traders really dumb told the assets they considered risky and that sent the indices down resource stocks really suffering on the back of all the global uncertainty and as usual europe was to blame after italian and spanish bond yields skyrocketed on
the news that the greek people according to the latest poll are not ready to vote for the pro austerity party in next month's elections overall for the month the u.s. benchmarks are off around the six percent and traditionally investors run to the u.s. dollar to avoid risk and that's exactly what we're seeing go first let's check out the crude market and a light sweet and ground of both shedding a value this hour now on to the currency market as i mentioned investors are really trying to hide from the risk in the u.s. dollar and the dollars at the moment. it is gaining to the euro the russian ruble is shedding value to both major currencies and the large internet companies that have more than twenty million visitors to their websites a month. could be forced to report to the russian government of course that's
concerning russian internet companies they would report any plans for foreign investments enter their firms the russian parliament is considering a bill that classifies such companies as to teach it that means they'll need official approval for a mess investment of more than ten percent analysts say the move will likely make life more difficult for internet startups seeking capital abroad and a russian china want to challenge boeing and airbus as the leaders of the aircraft industry as you countries are now setting up a joint venture to build new airplanes based on that of russia's aircraft moscow will provide the know how and the technology while beijing will put in the couch the project is worth between seven and twelve billion dollars with an estimated seven years to produce the first plane and that's the latest from the business desk of the back of fifteen minutes i'll see them all right and that's thanks very much indeed sounds great and we'll definitely we're looking forward to your next update
next hour well here on our we move on with a program in just a few minutes we'll talk about one of the e.u. supposed answers to the death crisis the fiscal treaty and how some see it however as nothing but a blueprint for long term history for there will bring the headlines stay with us. wealthy british style. that's not on the title of.
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