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come. on. the final hours of joy in a sound as asylum bid turned into an international showdown was britain threatening to storm ecuador's london embassy and take the whistleblower by force. a powerful saudi based as lawn a group cancel syria's membership blaming solely damascus for violence and ignoring the rebels old style terror attacks. family way square up in asia and new reports maps the extent of america's military buildup in the region is china is early chords allies of its own. and in the business bulletin the russian markets are certainly bullish on the first hour of trade mainly thanks to rising crude all the details of the story and more in the business for twenty minutes.
this is going to live from moscow eleven am here on marina joshie welcome to the program. we are not a british colony and that's ecuador's reply to a british government threat to storm its london embassy and take joy in a songe by force whistleblower sought refuge there in june escaping imminent extradition to sweden where we now crossed over spawn and laura smith who is outside of the young the sea and has more for us on this one laura ecuador is not obviously happy about this embassy raid threat so what more can you tell us about this. but this is really turning into a bit of a diplomatic and political minefield really under international law the building that you see behind me the ecuadorian embassy is considered the territory of the
foreign nation. but we understand that in a letter delivered both in quito through the embassy there and also verbal here in london. britain has threatened to storm this embassy if julian assange isn't released we have seen the details of that letter and that has been construed in no uncertain terms by ecuador as a as a threat to storm the embassy and arrest him the british justification for that at the moment is that is using the embassy in a way that is incompatible with the convention according to a law that was passed in one nine hundred eighty seven which which then in turn would allow this embassies diplomatic status to be revoked of course that's incredibly unpopular with the ecuadorians the foreign office to says that they can give one week's notice and then that diplomatic status of this mission would be revoked and they would be able to come in and arrest them but of course they then said that they do want it diplomatically agreeable solution although agreeable to
whom is not clear at the moment the foreign minister ricardo patino of ecuador has come out and and expressed his intense displeasure at that he says it's unbecoming of a civilized and law abiding states and he says that it's being interpreted as an unfriendly and hostile act on behalf of of course this makes this whole thing as complicated as it was before because julian assange is still liable to be arrested whenever he leaves the embassy regardless of whether later on today we find out that he has been granted asylum in ecuador the thing that that depends on is him receiving safe passage from britain and of course all this means that that's very unlikely to happen now so really a diplomatic standoff has developed here already well laura tell us what the what's happening where you are now i mean i understand you're outside the doors embassy in london are there a lot of people there apart from the media of course what's happening what's the atmosphere there like. well there is
a relentless fear of anticipation as being inside the embassy for almost two months now and we've been coming down here intermittently cheering that time just to see what's going on a lot of the time there's been a few supporters name media tool but here as i'm sure you can imagine today there's a been a real buildup of media and behind me i don't know if you can see them there are some supporters it's still quite early in the morning here in london so we are expecting more to come later and supporters from all walks of life some who have been here before all along and some who have never been here before i've just spoken to a couple of them just asked them why they thought it was so important to come down here and they said that they are here to defend the rights of. underage national law they're very angry about this at this possible breaching as they see it of the vienna convention they think that the sovereignty of countries embassies very important and they think that it's an important precedent that we mustn't break that embassies are still for and when they're on british territory and indeed anywhere under international law and they also say it's not just about julian ourselves it's about
a bigger picture it's about protecting freedom of speech in fact there's a little sign just in front of me here that says heroes should be rewarded not persecuted there's obviously also a large police presence when it's not very evident here but i've just seen as i arrived that there were two police vans arriving wishes program about thirty police so that obviously ready for something to happen a huge atmosphere of anticipation as we wait for this decision to be made by ecuador later on today all right or while we were waiting it was here as well and of course monitoring the situation there thanks very much for bringing us up to speed and of course will be reporting on what's happening there as the day progresses laura smith thanks very much indeed well before an e.o. raid on the embassy the british governments would have to revoke diplomatic immunity or risk an act of war but lawyer and author and gone or says boring ecuador is a tactic that will backfire on the u.k. . under international law it's a complete violation so it would clearly cause a rupture in relations we don't know what could happen beyond that in terms of any
kind of violent physical interaction that could occur if if you know the united kingdom or to send its security forces team to ecuador as embassy i mean that that's a direct physical threat could be responded by a quid or as defending their own territory as would be the case in in one's own country it could cause for tensions between other latin american nations it would that mean possibly breaking relations on a regional level that could happen so i don't know where the u.k. thinks they're going with this i mean there's some speculation that maybe the u.k. things that this kind of intimidation in pressure against ecuador being a small country in south america will have some kind of effect and not just hand over julian assigns but i think that if that's what they're thinking then the brain have got it wrong on latin american sovereignty and integrity and dignity today because that certainly is not going to be the position that ecuador is going to take for latin america as a region. i'll just remind you of this is an honest on his asylum request to schedule the twelve pm g.m.t.
today i'll be covering that and the media reaction right here live but also on our website where you can find even more opinion and analysis as was four episodes of a salinger's international all that is available on r t v dot com. there hasn't been anything yet on t.v. . it is to get the maximum impact. material is what helps keep journalism we. we want to present. something. the syrian government finds itself further isolated after being expelled from another international body the organization of islamic corporation has suspended series membership of the arab league did the same last year the move was supposed
to sing a strong message to damascus which the group sees as the only culprit behind still it is in syria the decision comes despite the latest explosion in the capital syrian rebels have openly admitted they were behind the attack parties it's on a boy who heard the blast reports on how the opposition is becoming more familiar with terror tactics blasts and gunfire a daily occurrence here in damascus but once the explosion right next to the u.n. headquarters was something ordinary it took place at a heavily guarded army garage and you can probably see a fuel tank or under which the explosive device was planted still standing over there in terms of the damage it was relatively minor a few shattered windows in this hotel and in the building next to us but this explosion definitely attracted a lot of media attention because of the proximity to the u.n. have borders now the free syrian army already claimed responsibility for this blast
even though they said that they never intended to target to you in observers and that they were aiming for the syrian army personnel in any case the explosion a really underscores how easily available and how widely used explosives have become these days in syria in the beginning of the syrian uprising the rebels primarily on small arms but over months they have become and personally more sophisticated in bomb making and many experts attribute that to an influx of foreign fighters in particular iraqi insurgents who bring with them a lot of bomb making expertise the iraqi government even went on record to say that they have solid information that al qaida crossed. from iraq into syria to carry out those attacks on the top of that reuters news agency published the story a few days ago in. an effort to say monday it was saying that thanks to you and the expertise of iraqi insurgents they've been able to increase the debt to nation
range of up to seven kilometers also the use of mobile phones to sad those bombs off something that is very common in iraq and doubtless extremely rare in syria is now becoming more and more widely used what many in the west fail to recognize is that terrorism is not necessarily a derogative term it's a descriptive term to denote a guerrilla warfare a tactic that justifies the use of terror the use of violence for achieving political goals and at the same groups that. tara tactics and bomb making skills on iraqi civilians on the u.s. soldiers in iraq and now applying the same expertise here in syria. reporting from damascus in syria. journalist just believes that over time the presence of terrorist groups in syria will only increase. elements
of al qaida in iraq. infiltrated into syria basically what you've got is a kind of a foreign jihadi movement it's becoming pretty embarrassing for president obama who tells the fact that he killed osama bin ladden to wind up in a de facto alliance with al qaida the u.s. is trying to vet the opposition groups to prevent the arms from getting into the hands of al qaida and other. insurgents but once you flood an area with weapons it's folly to think that you can control where those weapons go to the syrian army is very sensitive unlike the us about the issue of collateral damage and so they're taking a good deal of time to avoid civilian casualties basically the minor forward
looking urban based segments of the population do not want to see an insurgency with neo solid fundamentalists and even al qaida becoming a dominant factor in their country they know that this will lead to absolute chaos and violence. the conflict is that going elsewhere in the region members of a shia clan have blocked an airport road in beirut they claim to have kidnapped over twenty sunni muslims with links to the syrian opposition the group says the hostages will be released only after syrian rebels free one of the or relatives captured earlier this week in damascus for gulf states including saudi arabia and qatar have ordered their citizens to leave lebanon immediately over concerns of massive tearing kidnappings but political analyst blames these nations for the escalation. this is the issue now of the sudanese and qatari
turkish been flaming this situation in syria. spelling to lebanon and all the sudden they worry about their safety of their country and they have to actually care about the country men that. explode the war in syria and made very sure that war would not stop in syria i think a lot of the blame what is taking place in syria fall in the hands of the qatari and the turkish because they actually prevented every find a solution for that crisis. you're watching are to live from moscow still to go in the program d.-day for justice a key opposition leader in bahrain awaits his fate in court as anti-government activists continue to be snatched and detained you know going crackdown. and
palestinian products struggle to reach the international markets thanks to israeli occupation and trade barriers. and they were poor it has shined a light on just how far the u.s. could go to contain china's growing power in asia the paper compiled by a washington based think tank is a rough road map to america's asia strategy it calls for china's chief regional rivals to be propped up and once the cream of the u.s. navy stationed in the region but as you know reports it's a risky plan. they are courting each other at official meetings but it's a different story under the table with the u.s. employing every turn to asia policy ties between washington and beijing are getting tense there is becoming. a crucial region the u.s. interest is hanging you along. because the u.s. is in much. trouble they are coming in to this region.
trying to. china. and that intention has already been felt south korea the philippines and vietnam have already held nato military exercises with several more countries in the region expected to have similar war games soon during a recent extensive tour of the asian pacific u.s. secretary of defense leon panetta said washington will relocate at least sixty percent of its naval fleet to the region by the end of the decade the official reason for such moves has been china's territorial disputes with the philippines in the south china sea but experts say that's only an excuse the u.s. is now promising some kind of support for the armed forces modernization creating a so-called minimum credit credible defense posture but the end the end result would be more in favor of the u.s. than in the philippines seeing that the u.s. or so many economic and business interests in china it wants to keep china obedient
to whatever dictates that you have at in store for china so all the treaty allies from japan south korea australia the philippines you're being mobilized right now to encircle china and keep it subservient to us dictate in interests with a deeply checkered historic background of the u.s. military presence in the region many concerns have been raised the united states has for many many battles and so a pivot towards asia should be considered something of great alarm for the. people of the continent fearing full scale conflict in the region beijing is looking for a helping hand and it has to look no further than its closest neighbor during the recent state visit to china who seemed glad to know she had russia's support with already strong ties all but making this point clear. washington the must stay vigilant in the face of china's growing military. openly criticize the new us
agenda in the asian pacific region all the statements by the officials so far have been mild declarations of dismay and warnings of a destabilizing situation but both in china and abroad believe this is just the calm before the storm and that beijing in fact is growing less and less tolerant of washington's behavior. from beijing in china. you can follow the latest twists and turns in the u.s. china relations on our web site also line for you right now america's hypersonic ambitions fifteen seconds as a test flight of the brand new wave rider plane with engine failure. and pussy riot in playboy the famous man's magazine hopes one of its future bodies will be released on friday and it's offered a member of the russian punk band the chance to appear on its agents.
in bahrain another prominent opposition activist has fallen victim to the government's crackdown citing a so tweeted that he's the latest to be arrested joins dozens of other human rights campaigners attained for their political views and all of them follow the bill a job every now and opposition leader who is on trial for common. he made on twitter against the country's prime minister is awaiting a court decision later on thursday a menace here jobs cases signed that the bahraini regime will not make changes in the country author and journalist have here in town seen believes the crackdown will continue. to build a job we must remember was given this three month sentence for twittering about an area north of monomer in bahrain is the center of thousands of people hundreds of
people arbitrary arrests twenty physicians sentenced for trying to heal the people injured and killed by this bahraini dictator there is no reform process in bahrain this is a complete sham and i mean all credit you to those gomers people that were. begging letter to the king of bahrain this dictator but even they seem to say that there was some kind of reform bruises there isn't. and watching r t let's now take a look at some other stories from around the world a group of pakistani militants have attacked a military airbase in the north of the country sparking a prolonged gun battle parts of the base were got of by flames these two soldiers confirmed dead the base is said to host high tech jets and has to the country's nuclear program the attack showcases the potency of the country's islam as groups despite repeated military offensives against them. hundreds of students have taken
control of several high schools in chile's capital demanding education reforms police used water cannon to disperse the crowd with already have said they will spend more than one billion dollars in education but protesters claim that's not enough demonstrations have rocked the country for over a year with activists demanding the right to free education. huge explosions have rocked the popular red sea resort city of a lot in its thoughts rockets were fired from egypt's sinai peninsula where sixteen egyptian soldiers were gunned down in the salt on a border checkpoint earlier this month that prompted an egyptian missile raid the region targeting islamist militants cairo has been repeatedly criticized for poor security in the area. israel seizure of palestinian lands brings with it the added x. rather harsh economic blockade any products produced there are not only prevented from making their way to the outside world bought they are kept from the israeli market
as well artist both leader has more. this tiny bottle of olive oil is at the heart of an economic battle it may be small and expensive but it's one of those products that defines where people stand in the ideological battlefield of the middle east from palestine to europe and beyond each purchase is seen as a shot in an economic war. other people are not sufficiently aware that israeli settlement products are competing with palestinian products abroad also when we tell the customer that there is a difference between settlement products and israeli products they understand we're living under occupation and they can choose what problems to buy or not and more and more consumers are choosing not to buy israeli products originating in the settlements in palestinian territories they are seen by many as the foods of the occupation the boycott movement of. movement by. products the problem is eliminated and it's difficult to make
a product stand out from those from israeli settlements. are products can't say made in palestine because we're under occupation and not yet a state they can say made in the west bank or made in gaza or a palestinian product and for some companies like this palestinian pharmaceuticals company in the west bank it's even worse it can't even sell in its own backyard a lot of the love to be able just love to be distributed because. it's with. but it will be rejected by the security is being restricted to the palestinian market is causing a lot and creating economic difficulties for the farmers. everyone here grows olives and so the local market is very small and the competition big we don't get much money for either it is part of a bigger problem when the demand is there the occupation means more often than not
farmers are prevented from gathering water or even getting to the land it me. more than half of palestinian crops go to waste but there is hope in a corner of the remote city of janine this private company is helping farmers overcome their troubles and get into international markets here the islands are processed pressed and stored as it is an order comes through the oil is pumped up here from where it is boxed and bottled to international standards it appears demand is growing especially in the u.s. refined. as much as much of the shops and. excited to find specialty goods in the market. ok what backlash on my going to get from blogs in the marketplace this snag is that these products sell for almost double the value because of the cost of getting them to market the hope for producers here is that the supporters around the world wouldn't begrudge the few extra dollars for a bottle of olive oil and rather they'll see it as a gesture of support. jeanine in the palestinian autonomy.
right in the entire show is a business as was always this for us and seems like crude a zig zagging this morning what's happening absolutely very choppy trade this thursday and that's obviously affecting the russian market more on this in just a minute first the equities and as i said the russian markets are managing to stay above the line in the second hour of trade but as you can see they are racing some of their earlier gains and of course lower crude is definitely adding to the pressure there move on to asia the nikkei is leading asian gains the energy stocks there one of the main gainers on stronger crude while crude was stronger but it has slipped in to read more of this in just a minute the yen is sliding to a one month high against the dollar in one's day was definitely offering support to export is on the hong kong's hang seng has slipped and to read over the past hour
losing around a tenth of a percent on wall street overnight stocks finished mixed the nasdaq posted moderate gains thanks to stronger july industrial production numbers and some robust housing market data but the dow ended a flat to negative the volumes remain pretty low on wall street mainly due to the vacation season being in full swing else a lot of any substantial news coming out of europe a lot of data coming out of the states on thursday including july building permits . weekly jobless claims and a business activity survey will keep you posted on all of that moving on to the currencies at the moment the dollar is strengthening to the euro i already mentioned that it reached a one month high against the japanese yen on wednesday the russian ruble this hour is losing to both major currencies and crude is in the red again very choppy trade this thursday at end of wednesday at the highest level in three months
and it's obviously struggling a struggling for a direction. it was on the u.s. energy department's report that showed a larger than expected drop in the weekly crude supplies this hour brand is still topping one hundred and sixteen dollars a barrel. investor george soros is losing faith in the banking sector and his fund has cut position in j.p. morgan goldman sachs and city group in recent months he no longer has thinks in the financial sector be it in the states or globally instead he is buying into a retail heavyweight wal-mart and into facebook the other picked by this same investor is bold which source once dubbed the ultimate asset bubble analysts say the move is just another sign that a new fresh wave of global money printing is on the way and that's all the latest from the business desk here i'll be back in about fifteen minutes i'll see them all
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