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syria's foreign ministry says armed gangs were responsible for the massacre in the town of houla in a bid to start a civil war as washington mourns its ready to sideline the un and go into syria. the power to choose on and votes on whether the hand of the country's money matters to brussels which could see its sovereignty surrendered suit. and a tip off a high profile whodunit the father of poisoned executed the agent alexander litvinenko believes exiled russian tycoon bodies but is also was behind his murder in london. online on screen this is r.t.
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live from central moscow with the twenty four hours a day the syrian government says the massacre of more than one hundred people in the syrian town of houla was the work of terrorist gangs this is the u.s. secretary of state admits military planning for action in syria is already going ahead but moscow has vowed to block any moves for outside interference at the u.n. we get live expert opinion shortly from washington but first. reports from new york . mrs clinton during her visit to denmark she was speaking about the situation in syria saying there is an increased need for more international action in the country clinton also said that russia's policy on syria policy where russia does not support military intervention or sanctions on syria ms clinton said that is going to contribute to a civil war in syria the us secretary of state said in the absence of you weigh
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action in syria mainly due to russia's opposition makes it harder to respond to the crisis in the way the international community did in libya now these comments are clearly coming in the in light of last week's massacre in houla u.s. officials are making their words much stronger just on wednesday the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice said that if the. six point peace plan fails and if the security council does not agree on international sanctions on syria then countries would have to consider taking independent action without the authority of the security council what that action would be is not clear because the u.s. and european countries have already imposed their own independent sanctions on syria so those words led many to speculate that the u.s. and its allies are possibly considering military action the commander of the free syrian army he has called on joint special envoy kofi annan to publicly say that
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his six point peace plan that's about seven weeks old cars failed and out would allow rebels to resume their military attacks against president bashar al assad and his supporters nobody from the united nations has come out and blatantly said that peace plan has failed clearly there's been a violation of the cease fire on both sides the opposition and the. also the syrian government has publicly said that they are the results of their investigation into last week's massacre in houla has found that armed rebels are responsible they say for the deaths of more than one hundred people there and according to their investigation they believe it is because those are trying to start a civil war in the country the u.n. is also continuing their own independent investigation into what happened in houla and that those results will be no in the next couple of days. that well for more on
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syria we can now talk to lawrence freeman from executive management you magazine joining me now in washington well the syrian government has said today the going's are behind the massacre with some eyewitnesses saying assad forces were not to blame let's take a quick listen and then we'll have a check off which young could in those regions that though though on friday rebels shelled an army checkpoint the army returned fire and injured many of the rebels who attacked the army two days earlier the terrorist assistance told us the zero hour is coming soon on friday may twenty fifth at two pm right after friday prayers an army checkpoint and the army repelled this attack shortly after that another group attacked another checkpoint when the un observers came to the armed men gathered the bodies in front of the observers and claimed that there are civilians killed by the syrian arab army. but we can't independently verify that footage
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those comments and it's still very unclear what happened with the rebels blaming the government who should we believe lawrence. well i think one thing we should look into is the fact that the u.n. commander of the three hundred man peace force general robert mood said that this has to be investigated and he did not accuse the syrian government of stoli being responsible so clearly we have a situation where there are rebels who are being supported by outside forces there are people who want to see the country go into civil war and the people behind the scenes such as people like susan rice and president obama and tony blair and others i mean they're looking at this as a potentially. a replication of the libyan invasion and i think fact they the new french president said holmes today is
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a weapon guys he was yesterday so we're right on the verge of another responsibility to protect type intervention for regime change in syria well the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton she says russia risks allowing a civil war in syria by resisting u.n. action on syria do you agree. no secretary clinton is clearly wrong in this case the statements from the russian government are very clear that they support sovereignty i think people should look at the comments by the russian prime minister medvedev on the seventeenth of may where he said countries are preparing to take unilateral action to violate nation's sovereignty this is a violation of the united nations russia will defend sovereignty and then he concluded that they were may have to use nuclear weapons preemptively against
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targets hardly russia to protect its sovereignty so the russians are behaving in a responsible manner you have to look at this from the top that you have certain financial political forces in the city of london in wall street and unfortunately in president obama just briefly who are carrying out a policy that is this talk of military intervention without the sanction of the u.n. security council is this rhetoric or is it really a threat to a sad it's really a threat look what was done in libya i mean in libya we were told there was it incurred about to be a massacre in benghazi and obama and cameraman circles you all united and it led to the overthrow of gadhafi which was the intention so. we saw what happened in libya still unrest at the moment not really knowing who the rebels were in syria or
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in libya what about the situation in syria what's supposed to happen then if there is a regime change. well you pointed to the right question i mean the fact is that not only is the situation in syria libya not better it's worse in fact the the overthrow gadhafi has led to the destabilisation of mali and other countries in the hill who now have easy access to weapons the point is not what you're trying to do in libya where they're trying to do in syria you're certain global empire forces are playing a global game and the global game is to force countries around the world to submit to their intimidations and to give up their sovereignty and the number one target of nations that are resisting this. overturn of sovereignty of international courts is russia and china and that is the goal they don't really care what happens on the ground in syria this will destabilize the entire middle east and will never recover from it but the point is they want to get countries around the world so scared and
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so intimidated that they will submit to this kind of threat and the russians correctly are standing up to it and that's the best peacemaker move we have in the world is it that they rush in china are not going on with the plans of obama and susan rice lawrence freeman from executive intelligence review magazine talk to me live there in washington thank you very much indeed for your time. thank you well coming up on the internet the act runs out of bandwidth key committees blocked the act a treaty which activists feared was putting freedom of speech on the web at risk. that's still to come but first people are voting on the future of their finances and sovereignty if the majority says yes to the so-called fiscal pact power over the country's budget and the authority to impose penalties were largely in brussels . in dublin. it's hobson's choice ireland has two
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options as it goes out to vote on a fiscal pact with the e.u. to say yes to writing austerity into law and see precious sovereignty to brussels say no and incur the wrath of the european central bank and potentially kissed goodbye to e.u. 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. now we have lost a veto and it would be foolish to do anything else it is a matter of what we were both looking for to change france. has said that they don't want to go down group austerity and that's that aren't have gone 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 up to fifteen percent welfare payments a cut public sector spending has been slashed everyone's feeling the pinch
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including publican jimmy killed near he's seen his turnover full by half as locals batten down the hatches we would have had. five full time employees yeah for part time we're now down to two full time two part time we had a restaurant upstairs which is now closed that's another three full time jobs gone . income is it's a huge factor it's the discretionary spend that people have it you can feel it throughout. the restaurant business people are very very very careful on how they spend their money to pay the economy is tightly bound to the ailing eurozone through 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 askance by foreign direct investments by financial investment they would say well
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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
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united left alliance because of all of the gambling debts and banks and speculators have been put onto the books of the state that this would mean permanent austerity billions worth of courts every year for at least a decade or more in order to meet the treaty targets and that we believe will do on told damage to the economy which is already very traumatized for ireland it seems more damaging austerity is up ahead. no matter which way it turns here in dublin literally every available post in the city is bristling with referendum posters the new posters call the fiscal pacs the bankers tracy the austerity pocked 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 beleaguered. euro smith r.t. . earlier i spoke to declan ganley he's the founder of the liberal party advocating
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a no vote at the referendum and he believes are and should not be dictated to by brussels. the idea that we need to surrender sovereignty fiscal sovereignty while the entity that we're surrendering it to is literally above the law i mean the e.s.m. article thirty two and thirty five literally make it not subject to any juridical anywhere it cannot be investigated its offices can't be raided that's not acceptable we're doing it anyway we don't need to surrender sovereignty to do what we're doing anyway the e.s.m. which is supposedly this mechanism that would bail us out if we needed a second bailout it is not of sufficient scale in its current design to everybody that may need to access it sort of like designing the titanic with the whole already in its their planning for failure island has an even bigger proportion of failed private bank debt that was social lives after it fell down the rest of the
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european union and we did that in two thousand and eight and two thousand and ten in order to save the euro to prevent contagion from spreading so what needs to be done now is europe needs to come up with a solution that either federalizes that debt and spreads it across all of the european union or writes it off in some other form but to leave that stark on the irish taxpayer money that our government never borrowed which amounted to a doubling of our debt burden. almost literally overnight in september two thousand and eight that came out that cannot stand. the controversial piracy agreement has been dealt a blow by the european parliament three key committees of voted against the treaty citing concerns over its legality to spot europe wide protests with activists saying online freedom of speech is being put at risk rick for giving up from the swedish pirate party told me earlier that the treaty is confused at best. if you're sending something over the internet. your exercising creed or speech but at the
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same time if you're sending anything that means that you can also use this freedom of speech to infringe on the cockroach monopoly so our basic freedom of speech has become fundamentally incompatible with age old monopoly right. predominately up until couple of decades ago only used by corporate lawyers these last few years is battled its way into the bedrooms of ordinary citizens and it's just not doable to criminalize two hundred fifty millions of europeans on what they do pretty much every day that said even those who are in favor of strong monopolies recognize the actor deliberately conflicts the issues of fake medicine as a counterfeit fatal medicine with teenagers downloading and sharing music those two issues are not the same problem and they should not be covered by the same laws.
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more battles are fought on the internet as we report online the u.s. defense department is reportedly investing millions of dollars in a five year program to improve its ability to launch cyber warfare. and the field of cannabis is discovered in moscow with authorities saying the hemp seeds must have come in the soil used to grow the lawns log on to r.t. dot com to find out more. that to put in is heading west to talk energy and economics on his first foreign trip since being reelected russia's president he'll visit germany and france but the first stop for him is relations between moscow mints became somewhat strained during the presidency but political analysts dmitri babich believes this will now change. if you look at the economic ties between russia and these countries you will see a very clear picture burden is russia's biggest partner in europe and the european union is in general russia's biggest trading partner and in the former soviet union
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bella which is the biggest trading fog in the close of trading partners and they're going to discuss economy they're going to discuss their joint venture on production of drugs they're going to discuss privatization of the russian enterprises by russian business and i would say that quarrel. with bill it was there were more still on the line between will question and former president maybe buddha was always very cautious he never got involved in a very very. angry exchange awards that took place between maybe if and when question and there is a lot less bad blood between them and even with video if you noticed changed his tone towards aggression during the last one and the years. scotland yard has received a tip about who might have murdered the former russian security agent alexander litvinenko back in two thousand and six and the tapes sent to british investigators
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because phone blames ex old russian. and one of his associates so the first report from one of this new revelation will affect the long running case. of the twist in the story surrounding the poisoning. of former security official alex. has revealed in an interview the names of the people he's the killer of his son other people he names of the russian billionaire boris the better results and alex gold both former colleagues and friends 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. you open it will become apparent who was behind it
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. pays money to some high person. everyone is covering every one of my voice that was just caught in the hands of i want to return to russia. justice for my son alex goen he's the chairman of. the liberty was a very close confidant of the in the weeks leading up to his the unofficial spokesman he was also the man he wrote the statement at the time of. accusing the russian government of carrying out that crime now after the death the investigation stake is very heavily all over body. and a little boy he's now a russian and he recently passed to take a test of his carried out. by british experts did you do anything that led to the death of alexander litvinenko. were you involved in alexander litvinenko.
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have you ever had any dealings with. livin in case of the volta had previously apologized to him insinuating that he was involved in this crime being carried out though in an interview with r.t. full 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 could now 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 there in london now what are some other news making headlines around the world before we get the business update with dmitri thousands of taking to the streets of istanbul in turkey to remember the victims of an israeli raid on
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a flotilla that was carrying aid to gaza two years ago nine turkish activists were killed when israeli commandos boarded the largest ship with a convoy which was trying to break the blockade of the palestinian territory on monday a turkish court charged a former israeli army chief and other senior officers over the deaths the rate of strained relations between the countries with israel refusing to apologize saying its troops acted in self defense. a spate of attacks in iraq has killed at least eighteen people and left over fifty injured five bombings targeted a restaurant and police officials in baghdad seventeen were killed the home of advisor to the iraqi prime minister was also hit and gun attack in the city of mosul northwest of baghdad left one policeman iraq us in a number of deadly attacks in recent months after the u.s. combat troops left in december. israel has handed the bodies of ninety one palestinians to a storage is in the west bank the remains belong to those who died in past decades while carrying out attacks on israel which says the move is aimed at encouraging
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peace talks which collapsed in two thousand and ten after it refused to stop building settlements on land seized from palestinians if the talks fairly again the country's defense minister says israel could define the borders of a future palestinian state unilaterally. also the world update this hour the first private spacecraft ever to reach the international space station has successfully returned to earth the dragon has landed in the pacific ocean off the mexican coast from where it has been recovered the cargo capsule built by a california based company space x. spent five days in orbit on a test mission america has been without its own means of transportation to the s.s. since its shuttles were retired last year. as promised images next with the business news dimitri the i.m.f. is reportedly willing to help spain with its debt problems while there are no. reports citing sources close to the i.m.f. saying that it's mulling a plan to provide a loan should spain fail to resolve its stead problems actually and this is pretty
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much providing some optimism to the u.s. markets where we're seeing the dow jones up slightly however this is not going to help it avoid seeing the first loss monthly loss in eight months the nasdaq is down point three percent was facebook yet again losing one and a half percent it's now it's around twenty seven dollars per share which is a roughly more than ten dollars lower than it's an issue i.p.o. price and below its initial price range over in the year of the markets also ended on a mixed with the footsie up over the dax was down this is also on proposals by the european commission to create a banking union which would unite the whole banking sector and control it and provide bailout funds if the necessary but otherwise g.d.p. data coming out from the u.s. or one point one percent the first quarter was pretty disappointing. over on the
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commodities market was still can seeing this continued plunge more than one dollars per barrel and this hasn't been providing any support to the russian currency or the russian ruble falling more than two and a half percent more than two percent let me correct myself against. the dollar and the euro which ended kates that the central bank is not yet intervening to support the russian currency and to get a good deal of the head of the new economic school says this is normal. i think it is normal the trouble is we can you know it's an emerging markets currency it's also an oil currency so whenever europe is going through the volatility it has now it's normal that investor sorry but the money from the origin market going in the east or. that that we can see just like oh i think this isn't. very good news that the central bank doesn't intervene in interfere and let the will slide i think this sends a very strong signal that central bank is committed to the floor we're going to
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change. the policy which it has announced that more of the last year and is going to work this year. goes back a little bill will strengthen the four slides down but overall we can go there but the very fact that the central bank is committed to the floor going to change rate policy and the inflation target and i think it's good news for russian inflation macroeconomic stability. brought on the russian markets with their four saw losses with this negative data coming out of a disappointing rather data coming out of the united states specially in the jobs market which is slowing down compared to the first quarter and only my sex interesting stories if cases posted first quarter results first quarter profits group almost four falls compared to last year's race for hundred eighty billion dollars it was better than the market for the whole session except at the close there was a wave of selling rosneft was two point six percent on the back of
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a buy back from minorities. and that's it from the business for today bill thanks very much yes more to more here on our team that said to me to be there with all the latest business for you now shortly max kaiser hear me explaining why no matter how hard you save your money always ends up in somebody else's pockets the kaiser board continuing with our finance theme is next after the headlines. the.
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