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diplomatic tension over the syrian conflict rises after a deadly bomb attack in the capital with the country's a rebel movement seemingly on the brink of war with hezbollah in lebanon. russia wants the younger brother of a russian adoptive child who died in the u.s. to return home while there is still a little clarity in the case which has sparked a media controversy. and leading from the fans to new figures suggest david cameron is britain's most indecisive prime minister in recent times having backtracked on more decisions than his predecessors.
in broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is r t i'm sean thomas top stories. russia has accused of the us of attempting to justify terrorism in syria moscow criticized washington for blocking a u.n. security council statement condemning a string of bomb attacks in the syrian capital the blasts on thursday killed at least fifty three people and wounded two hundred while also damaging the russian embassy there moscow says it is unacceptable to make excuses for terror and especially after u.s. diplomatic missions have been targeted in other countries there says the syrian conflict could well spill into neighboring lebanon the rebel free syrian army threatened to attack hezbollah bases demanding that it stops shelling insurgent areas in syria there's been no response yet to that deadline which expired on thursday activist and journalist chandan believes that foreign powers backing the rebels were behind that initiative the ground puppet. this here is is the western
states particularly london who is really trying to get the americans to arm the serial terrorists for good part of two years but really the agenda is to get revenge on his blog now and open confrontation with hizbollah by means of nato or particularly the white settlers state will probably is not the ideal situation for the west it's an ideal situation doesn't matter how much what capacity the f.s.a. and the other terrorist have got in syria it's the ideal situation for them to ratchet up tensions against hezbollah and to really not divide and rule but divide and destroy which is the name of the imperialist game currently so like with libya like with iraq like with afghanistan like with syria now unlike the during from mali they need to totally knock out these countries totally to devastate these countries to really kind of self merge them into ethnic and civil strife and so they can get the security contracts and military contracts and the essential hydrocarbon and natural resources that they can from these areas so really that's what's going to be because it's a kind of one lebanon and everyone in the region knows this very clearly r.t.
has spoken exclusively to the main a mediator in the syrian conflict who had to some barbed comments for the opposition the u.n. peace envoy lakhdar brahimi said that their reluctance to make any concessions to the assad government is one of the major roadblocks to peace. do you think the only problem. and not stepping down. lot of people who are opposed to all who are involved in this conflict in syria think that the president is a serious important part of the problem this is a fact and their picture to every day do you believe that's the problem doesn't matter what i believe doesn't matter what you believe either when you're saying you may be talking to the government but not the president directly. the problem is only in one man. himself the problem is that the opposition is seeing every five minutes but they don't want to talk about how last or this is the problem it's his
future in his own hands at this point should it be in his own hands i'm talking about assad i don't want to talk about that. and you can see that full exclusive interview with the u.n. and arab league envoy to syria twenty g.m.t. is also available online at r.t. dot com now the death of a three year old adopted russian child in the u.s. last month has become an emotionally charged international incident moscow is demanding the return of maxime's younger brother with the police investigation still going on r.t.c. got a piece going off as the details. the death of three year old much mean has caused definitely an emotional reaction from russian authorities but first let's look at the facts the boy died over a month ago the exact cause of his that still haven't been established there are
reports that american authorities have. received to the preliminary results of his autopsy but haven't disclosed them yet his adoptive mother as she described what happened said that she was in there all the while he was playing outside with this brother where she caught him unresponsive immediately called for help but this brings us to the second sticking point yourself towards themselves mitt that to be investigation into much seems that was not started immediately unfortunately we get these kind of this particular kind of calls for. every day we don't put a press release at all unless we start suspecting that something may be out of the ordinary. it was until a little bit later that we started getting some suspicions of what was going on and that all developed from talking to the parents the people that live there it just took a little more time for us to develop. adoption is
a major stumbling block in the relations between moscow and washington due to the many cases of abuse and sometimes of even deaths of russian children after they were adopted and brought to the united states that's why shortly after the new soft mark seems that came out several russian officials including were just children's alderman's men were quick to point the finger of blame at his american adoptive mother also because of reports from u.s. authorities that they found bruises on the kid's body we had information that the. boy had been severely beaten. before birth or. led to a conclusion. possibly he had been killed now officials. in moscow do acknowledge that the investigation is still ongoing and it hasn't established the exact person to blame for months seems that but another issue fueling anger here in russia is
that mark seems that again less than a month after russia introduced the general ban for all americans to adopt russian children not only because of the many cases of abuse and sometimes of even deaths but because of a lack of a proper legal reaction from u.s. authorities including the lack of a proper follow up which apparently we're seeing now again. david cameron it may be the most indecisive prime minister in recent british history new figures calculated by the guardian newspaper show he's made more u. turns since taking office in two thousand and ten minutes two predecessors are teases their first trying to find out why they've been changing their mind so often at number ten. it can be hard to tell what goes on inside the mind of the prime minister say many decisions to be made on a daily basis it's perhaps little wonder that sometimes they change their minds and from buses to badges healthcare to housing to scars caravans charities and circus
and old petulant even past these the list of this government's u. turns buried and long in fact there have been so many recently that someone this is the most indecisive british government ever this kind of difficult to get the data i see partly because people change what we call them so and after modifier to talk about you turn a low you stop turning your everybody's where do you turn for the top are coin towns or part downs or whatever back then the words you turn carried negative connotations you turn if you want to i don't thank the ladies not for turning thank you the warmest thirteen might not have been for turning this prime minister certainly is his coalition's clocks up to getting thirty five you tend to say far roughly for every twenty nine days the coalition's
been in power there's been a change of direction a u. turn if you like i can pass around fifty two days for gordon brown and tony blair was much more wrong was less likely to change ration he was himself and margaret thatcher you know use terms i took around four hundred days to get a change or a shot of tony blair's government going back to the coalition then when it comes to why do you think we have seen this government have so many so many more than previous governments i think a lot of it is down to the fact that it is a coalition. that this is a very new thing actually in british politics it's very common and embarrassing for them do you think i think it's been difficult from a leadership point of view but i think it's something that. has been accepted going in and during the coalition agreement there will have to be compromises when it comes to this government is clear that what they say might not always be exactly thing but is the fact that they close up so many times a sign that the government is listening or doesn't leave their pledges and promises
sounding a little well both it's not good is not a good thing you know if you know. thinking if you vote for a government in aspects of what they say it's going to be good for you this time gosh i'm going to do this instead it's not proper to say well i don't know why i think if it's an issue the obviously people are worried about that it will interest them if it's something. where they believe the call is a huge turnabout time climbdown will back down when it comes to changing your mind in government many think it's a case of you're damned if you day and. this government may well be recorded as being indecisive but he wasn't called to this being indecisive it be a check for the opposite for being mean so ultimately and this is something which i often used to say you take your money you pays your money you takes your choice. or you're not decisive enough as to what david cameron thinks about who the coalition
well he hasn't given us an answer yet perhaps he hasn't made up his mind so. london well still to come here on r t a license to drill a u.s. company wins permission from israel to search for oil in the occupied golan heights despite the region being considered syrian territory we've got the details a little later in the program. also ahead online at but off limits iceland's considering becoming the first western democracy to introduce web censorship under proposals to block off internet porn we'll bring you an expert on the opinion after this break. if you have a business than you need customers right this is perhaps the simplest law of
capitalism but if your business is making juvenile prisons how are you going to attract more customers by bribing judges into condemning innocent children so you'll have all of the captives i mean customers that you need to charge mark c. of a relative junior from pennsylvania has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for illegally accepting money from a juvenile prison developer the pennsylvania supreme court determined that he may have unlawfully convicted up to five thousand youths some of whom were just ten years old for crimes they didn't commit this is obviously sickening a total exploitation of power but the thing we need to think about is the fact that the us has by far the world's largest prison population and a booming prison industry it leads me to believe that may be this one scumbag judge from pennsylvania isn't the only one out there abusing his power if you see a prison full of kids near you you better make sure that they're actually baby guilty of something but that's just my opinion.
based company the region was seized by force from syria over forty years ago and is still occupied by israel even though it is considered syrian territory by the international community and is r.t. falsely or explains the drilling permit could raise serious concerns especially from the u.s. . israel has awarded its first ever license to drill for oil in the golan heights to be an american energy company this is according to sources in the energy sector who say that after it's all decided last year to allow for oil and gas exploration in the golan djimi energy was awarded the license to drill but the new jersey based company still needs further work permits for drilling to commence and this is a process that could still take several years the company is headed by none other than the golan heights residents and a former i.d.f. general and it could cabinet minister the company's shareholders reportedly also include rupert murdoch and one of the company's advisors is former u.s. vice president dick cheney geological terrorists have indicated the potential for
oil and foreign oil discovery in the golan heights which is all captured from syria back in the one nine hundred sixty seven six day war in one nine hundred eighty israel and mixed the area in a move that is not recognized internationally the strategic area has seen exciting extensive israeli settlement construction it is also the signs of a major israeli wind turbine a project the golan stymies has has been at the heart of previous talks between israeli and syrian leaders damascus is demanding its full return and there is concern that as the syrian revolt threatens the president bashar assad's rule israel is digging in its heels on the golan heights it was also an observation that on the eve of almost every high level visits to israel by american officials the israeli government has without fail angered the americans by coming up for example with announcements of settlement expansion in the west bank president obama is due
to visit israel at the end of march and no doubt the state department is likely to criticize this permit as they do not recognize the area as being part of israel and we all should keep you updated online with more stories and videos that are. dot com here's what we've got waiting for you there right now. staying silent on drone warfare barack obama refuses to reveal the legal justification for america's secretive aerial assaults on people in pakistan afghanistan and yemen. plus drug deadline sentencing for georgia state prison inmates now depends on the expiration date of a new lethal medicine used for execution the full story at r.t. dot com. the french president will receive a peace prize from the u.n. for his military intervention in mali the us go cultural organization says francois hollande should it be rewarded for his valuable contribution to peace and stability
in africa this as the violence in the war torn nation shows no signs of slowing down leading rights groups have condemned the french led operation saying the conflict has seen a serious human rights violations including the killing of children french in mali and troops are meanwhile struggling to keep islamist militants out of gal where there's been another wave of fighting the latest on rest comes as france plans to start withdrawing some of its four thousand troops next month editor at the pan african newswire abio me ozzy keyway says that the french leader doesn't deserve such an award given what's actually happening in the west african nation that has not been in office that long his political career since being in office as president of france has been marked by this intervention in mali something that was done you know latterly it was totally unjustified there's been reports of gross human rights violations that have taken place since the french intervention in mali
they've admitted the defense ministry in paris that they killed hundreds of people and the operation overall is not turning out the way in which france had initially play. and these developments in mali do not bode well for someone who is being offered such a prestigious award for peace of course this is being fueled by the overall economic crisis that exists in france they have the highest unemployment rate that they've had in many many years that's almost eleven percent they have a huge deficit which they're trying to deal with this intervention is not a humanitarian one it's based upon the economic and political interests of france as well as the other countries in nato is also including the united states as well because the united states is actually transporting troops into mali from the prizes for peace to awards for movies and oscar nominated film director has been stopped
at a los angeles airport and threatened with deportation he says it's because he's palestinian and authorities couldn't believe he was in the running for a top movie accolade r.t. caught up with him to find out exactly what happened. shane started the questions me and is. they all want me to give them more a brew and invitations and why why i came to united states i thought of them that i am on all scott nominees so for them to understand that the palestinian and also nominate is very was very difficult i give them their i had their visa and i had the hope that it is a vision of light and i was trying to show them the e-mails from decade to me award the invitation by their immigration lady their office she she didn't to be at the ancient i. mean what was i saying to her and she told me if you don't come up
with. more documents we would send you back the sap and often to palestinian still be able to hold on the scene and spoiled and i had this probably and this is billions and different countries also and we have all those this problem and we cannot just live like this we are a humanoid saw and we are the only. one all the world that we live on the local beach and that is that i do call vision. iceland could become the first western democracy to introduce censorship of the internet the government is thinking of banning online pornography in an attempt to protect children and reduce violence methods under consideration include the introduction of the same filters used by china as well as making it illegal to use credit cards to access pay per view porn m i five agent or former and i five agent any make and it says iceland may be creating a dangerous precedent. it's
a very slippery slope to start going down the path of any sort of recent censorship for whatever reason because of course once you're in a position where authorities can look into what is being passed down the wires and then choose to block whatever they want be it violent porn to begin with then of course they have the tools to look into other communications and blocked other things in the future so it's a very slippery slope for me to believe it and trying to go down the issue of paedophilia the issue of porn and the issue of terrorism has always been used to justify any sort of attempt at censorship in a crackdown on freedom of the internet and this is crucial for the development of the global society as soon as you start allowing certain technologies to be important to the internet to stop and censor certain nations they will be misused by our police state by our intelligence agencies and as soon as we are aware that the internet is being censored then we might be being watched or monitored at all times then we start to sell censor as well we will not download books or
information as freely as we might in case it might be deemed to be radical or subversive me go into some domestic extremist hit list and then of course we sell sense of what we say on the internet as well so be very quick to slide into some sort of orwellian big brother dystopia i mean we probably slide down that rabbit hole faster than any of us could say i was. a circus when around the globe a look at other headlines making news at this hour israeli forces are showering up palestinian protesters with rubber bullets water cannons and tear gas in an attempt to quell demonstrations in the west bank violent clashes broke out this morning in support of hunger strikers detained in israeli jails the detainees are said to be in a critical condition. police have killed two protesters during violent clashes across bangladesh forty people including twelve journalists have been injured as two separate protests emerged in the capital activists angered by what they see as lenient court sentences are demanding the death penalty for recently convicted of
war criminals a second protest accuses the government of plotting to ban islamic political parties. indian police have revealed that they were warned in advance about two blasts that ripped through the city of hyderabad on the thursday the two simultaneous explosions killed at least fifteen people and wounded over one hundred fifteen no militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. oscar pistorius has been granted bail by a south african court he is accused of fatally shooting his actress girlfriend reeva steenkamp on valentine's day after a heated argument in the early hours of the morning the paralympic athlete claims he mistook her for an intruder stories will appear in court on charges of premeditated murder in june. now egypt's president mohamed morsi has called parliamentary elections for april struggling to calm the ongoing protests and
street violence and golfing the country the opposition's accusing morsi of backtracking on reform promising the hijacking and hijacking revolution rights groups are reporting widespread police abuse and torture resulting in the death and detention of minors bell truly has been investigating forty. in his home town of town to the big game of the point south where local youth have renamed his street after his son mohammed a twenty eight year old activist allegedly tortured to death by security forces two weeks ago after protesting on tyreese square. on the first time i went to see mohammed in the hospital i didn't recognize him seriously his face was covered with wounds his skull fractured when i asked the doctors they told me this is mohammed and giving them as a doctor all i know the one that will be although mohammed's injuries points to torture his mother sammy says the official forensic report maintains he died after a car crash yeah but that's what vehicle breaks teeth is there
a car that stamps on a person with a shoe shattering the glasses and pushing them into his eyes what car only injures a person's head but not their legs yeah. right now egypt is witnessing unprecedented levels of police violence against protesters rights groups reporting with at least ten x. a judicial killings by security forces since president mohamed morsi to power the west divide it's often a chis in places like this infamous security directorate behind me which can be big for mohammed's balcony however the most worrying trend activists say is the targeting of children in an impoverished district of alexandria explains how her thirteen year old son up to rahman was detained for over two weeks for being. bystander i thought demonstration the police use violence against children my son has cuts and bruises all over his body they hunt young children because it keeps
contre away from them. and i believe if anyone cries to contact their family or friends they would beat us despite the scenes like these the interior minister denies security forces use violence against protesters and refutes that torture is systemic in the police force but instead the government says it will arm and low ranking police officers sparking fears of their abuses human rights organizations and advocates are extremely concerned by the increase in one violence between the supporters and the opposition to president morsi to the political cover that president morsi the administration and the legislators are giving to the. violence exercised by the police force and the increased level of brutality. being exercised by the police force three were they concerned by the increase of
weapons back during egypt's revolution a key demand was police reform but people here say there is no evidence about until there is crowds of thousands continue to push for change though many fear the worst is yet to come true for r t cairo. and now it is a time for business with kerry and it seems that the currency wars are big theme at the moment now is the british pound getting in the battle well apparently so yes it's all been about the yen the japanese currency so far but right now the british current say is are getting involved in the battle drop quite substantially against the u.s. dollar five percent the range and i'm going to be talking about what that means to the british economy and also coming up after the break in the business but us and john all right thanks kate.
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welcome to businesses saving now the british pound has been taking an absolute pounding so saw they share now is the way year lows against the u.s. dollar ofter dropping five percent this year at a time when the british economy is also battling with forwarding exports low productivity and a shrinking economy so is worsen joining in the so-called currency was aware of as asli the struggling british consume up well earlier today i spoke to mike ingram from three d. see paul as a majlis him exactly that. it means that you're likely to have persistently higher inflation because you're importing more inflation and in the bank of england's own inflation report last week they did admit that having come over their two percent target pretty consistently over the last two years inflation is going to remain
above that two percent target for the for the next two years what that does of course to the domestic economy is well it's not only import inflation but it means the real value of people's wages is continually being ground down the other issue of course is that with a third of. british government debt being held by overseas investors they're going to look at it and say what you know we're not really getting any yield it's not even covering inflation and you know they will sell they were sold their holdings down and that of course feeds back into even we compare and so we we do seem to be a little bit of a death spiral as far as sterling is concerned right now and you mentioned wages so really is it the average british citizen going to the supermarket trying to make ends meet are they the real loses in all of this. yeah i mean i would say you know the vast majority of britons are poorer than they were you know a few years ago there was actually some data last week that suggested that real wages in the u.k.
a back to where they were in the year two thousand and three sets of a decade of any increase in prosperity effectively wiped out by real wages wages are running at about one point three percent at the moment inflation is double that and for sort of bills like gas electricity etc that's running at you know four five or even six percent so people are feeling progressive leap for a while of course that's hitting consumption altimetry growth and in terms of current says we've had the topic of the currency was really dominating the markets recently spoken about here in moscow the g. twenty meetings is astounding the new men by all of this wall well and perhaps unwittingly i mean i think the issue is is that no government is going to stand up and say i deliberately trying to get my currency weak or what however is going on is they are connecting policies which are going to make currency is weaker so you know look at the bank of england they're saying that we are we going to come in above our inflation target they're also saying that you know we're thinking about
printing more money again i mean that was what came out of the minutes a few days ago that is sending the power lower and they'll say well look that's a byproduct of other policies it's the same in japan to some extent it's going to be the same in the u.s. so yes they try to tone down the rhetoric of currency rules but you know that is the. you know almost by default let's talk about someone who loves the current says george soros he's he's been shown in the gann he's more than one billion in profit since november and now he set his sights on the british pound so what is he up to right now and should the bank of england be worried i'm i'm referring bouts of the black wednesday of one nine hundred ninety two he broke the by having learned so what's going on that i will see out say well you know he loves money but he hates the parent again. i mean i think what george soros is talking about is is symptomatic of the fears of many many investors out there that you know given that
the budget in the u.k. is clearly not coming is not being reduced as is the chancellor george osborne would have liked even though inflation is running persistently high given that you know that seems to be little or no growth in the u.k. economy that sets a very very dangerous dynamic for the u.k. so why would you be holding. guilt why would you hear of investing in sterling at this point in time so yeah i mean i've been saying for a number of months now you know a lot of people have been very keen on sterling back in the in last summer there are lot of long positions out there those are reversed right and as you say you know everybody short and to be honest with you with a credit rating downgrade likely i think next month. i think they're probably pushing on an open door. rival it's open the doors in the markets and have a look at u.s. stocks they are and again aimed at the dow jones around half a percent on the same for the nonce that they're ready staging a comeback most socks are indeed rising so cutting weekly losses now we did have an
upbeat german business confidence data coming out and as well as up better than expected results from personal computer hewlett packard as well so a bit of optimism on the markets this friday and the same goes for europe as well the markets really fighting back you see the footsie seven tenth's of cent up the dogs over a percent in positive. as i say is that german business confidence also the biggest event going on with the elections in italy of course taking place this weekend the results are due on cheese days investors were really holding tight for that let's see how the russian ruble perform today did actually manage to get a against both the u.s. dollar and the common currency so finish up the week on a high as the actors here in moscow again the theme once again bouncing back to the lows that we witnessed yesterday as you can see the r.t.s. and the mice that go around fifty each though both of them in positive territory want to mention some of the gain is a good truck make a comeback two percent up and that's after production returned to
a full working way that's after cutbacks partly biggest move today is going to be probably ross gold gaining almost three point five percent now why well the stock soared after the news broke that mackell pull off sold thirty eight percent stake in russia's largest gold mine for three point six billion dollars now with the profit is one of russia's wealthiest men and the sixty eighth richest in the world he has vowed to focus more of his attention on political aspirations and less on his business ventures to go for the presidency of russia last year but of course he goes up to putin now party ross was his largest asset in his empire of stocks which actually included the brooklyn nets basketball team in the u.s. . moving on the following the revelation that overhauls of the fifty
billion dollars that the russian borders in twenty two of was illegal russia's economic minister is in berlin to discuss the topic so on the table roth has addressed german economic ministers and says these numbers will decrease this year and then don't necessarily a bad thing. to compute the use of her share of russian capital outflow crease and reach some fifty billion dollars and twenty thirteen we should understand that this greed amount of leaving capital consists of direct investments by russian companies abroad we welcome such capital flows you should create companies and assets to have some market shares. in the bickering between gas prom and ukraine over gas payments continues now the president of ukraine viktor yanukovych is refusing to pay seven billion dollars for
a news gas gas from is demanding the doffs under the take or pay contracts from two thousand and nine mr yanik of it is hopeful that the dispute will get resolved and has expressed a desire to liberalize the gas market squabbles will continue for quite some time. all right that up next on your bush so examines how the u.s. fares among other western nations on many major life indicators the truth seeker and after this break i'll be back in less than two hours. sigrid laboratory was able to build the world's most sophisticated robots which fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tim's mission to teach me. to care about humans.
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