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toxic discovery syria's military allegedly finds of rebel laboratory men to produce and store chemical substances reports coming from syrian state television. a criminal probe for an ex-president egypt's former leader investigated for allegedly spying killing and wrecking the economy even as his supporters continue to protest for his return. and protests growing across the u.s. over the controversial acquittal of george zimmerman who shot dead an african-american teenager while the justice department pledges to review the verdict. and fugitive n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden asked russia for asylum as he struggles to put an end to his legal limbo in a moscow airport brands of zone sparking u.s. outrage toward the kremlin.
five am in moscow i'm at treasure bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news syrian state television says the army has found a chemical lab where rebel forces are making poisonous materials military sources claim the substances were meant to be packed into mortars and used to attack government forces in damascus our middle east correspondent paula slee are has the latest. the syrian army has found chemical materials in the town of jobar which is on the outskirts of the capital city of damascus initial reports said that the syrian army seized a factory that was occupied by a group of foreign backed militants and that chemical materials were found inside their factory now we do see canisters we do see white packages that they have uncovered and it does seem as if they were producing chemicals in the laboratory it says poison chemical substances made in saudi arabia so we do see that the
factories are also involved we're also receiving reports of the rebels were planning to stop artillery shells with the chemical weapons that they were producing here and use them to attack damascus this comes on the same day as heavy clashes supported near the capital on sunday on the seventh of july armed rebels were found in position of some two hundred eighty barrels of chemical substances at the time of the syrian ambassador to the united nations said that the quantity found was enough to destroy a whole city if not the entire country be use of chemical weapons has always been a red line for washington and its allies they've always constantly pointed fingers at the syrian government and accused of using chemical weapons saying that if the if it was in the pacific head this would be the red line that they would not tolerate but back in march there was an attack in the the second largest city in
damascus and it was later found that the did the seventh nerve gas had been used in that attack moscow conducted its own investigation and concluded that the syrian rebels were actually to blame for the use of the gas and russia gave samples and documents relating to those to the united nations last week russia's united nations ambassador said that wisdom claims appear to be aimed at undermining investigations into the chemical attack he said this when he explained the findings the results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in common assault was not industrial manufacturing and was thrilled with saddam. the study and technical specifications prove that it was not invested in manufactured either the projectile involved is not as standard one for chemical use therefore there is evidence you seem to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons in a so it's very important to make the point that the united states claims that the
regime is using chemical weapons that these claims are without any kind of proof and of course the whole argument over the use of chemical weapons were mains a hot potato but without that kind of proof the u.s. and its western allies are going to have a hard time moving anything that they came. and previously threatened action against damascus if it uses chemical weapons against syrians but middle east expert and historian tara gully says that even a reported discovery of a rebel chemical lab wouldn't change u.s. rhetoric. very clear that the sections of the rebel leadership have been desperate for west amended cream to bring. and i had to go a long way through it she retired remember before hole just after the sarin gas attack media emblazoned across their front pages in some european countries to put pressure on washington so if the latest clearly from the syrians is true it's very
serious indeed but washington doesn't need to react to i mean double standards. in international diplomacy there are very few norms if it is not in the united states and its european union allies to react fable uncreate actor told they would not treat the rebels in the same way as they agreed to a syrian state meanwhile anonymous u.s. officials claim israel attacked syria's port city of latakia ten days ago the strike allegedly targeting a russian made anti ship missile battery that syria got a couple of years ago well let's take a look back at some of the other alleged israeli air strikes on syria recently let's take a look back at some of those areas though israel's prime minister saying that this latest alleged airstrike is not confirmed or denied but he said he wouldn't allow weapons to reach hezbollah militants in lebanon while i military compound just outside damascus was struck by a bomb on january thirty first
a similar operation happened on may third those rockets struck outside a warehouse at the damascus international airport there allegedly being sore a stored surface to surface missiles and then it two days after that massive blast that witnesses described being like the shakings of an earthquake struck the struck the same military base that had been targeted in january and on all occasions attacks were justified as operations to wipe out weapons that were being sent from iran through syria to lebanon amir oren a senior correspondent for israel's hauritz newspaper says that if confirmed this they this airstrike was probably done with the same motivation. israel's defensive agenda of not clashing syria but when a terrorist organization such as his beloved tries to get its hands on such a sophisticated missiles we have no current confirmation of direct hezbollah
involvement we also know that these russian weapons were actually sold to syria more than two years ago now if indeed israel is involved in these airstrikes what's tell of eve's motivation here israel does not go out and preempt syrian missiles and it does so only when syria seems to be on the verge of transporting transferring those missiles to hezbollah so rather than wait until these missiles reach beirut or side of israel probably decided to preempt and hit the. egyptian prosecutors investigating the country's ousted president mohamed morsi for allegedly spying killing protesters and ruining egypt's economy he was deposed by the military early last week and prosecutors are cracking down heavily on members of the muslim brotherhood party or he's bell true has more from cairo. egypt's prosecuted general this is from judicial sources has actually frozen the assets of fourteen leading is the most figures who are behind mohamed morsi
this comes after of course reports all the rest so many of the lead is of course off to these recent reports of the charges laid against the former president himself meanwhile the most a brotherhood for their part maintains they will steadfast they want president the former president ahmed mostly to come back and they will not move from my city in a mosque in central cairo and that the university is to cairo in till he is reinstated meanwhile with things in the can developments here in the interim government we have a lot of appointments and now one of the most significant ones is the vice president for foreign affairs and mohamed el baradei he is a leading opposition figure and once head of what was the largest coalition of opposition forces the national salvation front another leading opponent we've had is that the foreign head of this. former egyptian ambassador to the u.s. the bill for me he was a barack era ambassador and is very well regarded in washington in america to these
two appointments mohamed el baradei and the bill for me could be seen to be a nod towards the west as they both have very good relations with america meanwhile america for their part have announced that they will have an envoy coming to you. to egypt the first. leader to come from america to egypt since the ouster of mohamed morsi this is reportedly to be a leading member of the state department bill burns he is due to come in the coming coming months america is looking cautiously egypt at the moment they haven't announced the last two weeks as a coup neither have they confirmed that it neither confirm that it isn't it's obviously very important that definition because that would affect u.s. assistance to egypt you know america paid to be extending a hand out to the new interim government so we have yet to see what's going to happen with the people who are determined to support the deposed leader. and whether that involves a clash isn't a key check and also to see how this interim government to continues in the next
few months morsy supporters refusing to leave the cairo streets calling for his reinstatement the crowd chanting slogans waving flags holding pictures of the ousted leader meanwhile the muslim brotherhoods called for a million people to march monday middle east journalist barry lando says if the brotherhood isn't included in a transitional government egypt may face even more chaos the big question is what what power will they really have the civilians i mean it's really it's really the military running egypt they run the country since one thousand nine hundred fifty two and to say that they are no somehow going to let the muslim brotherhood back in the political game i think that's the question morsi being much more. than he was to the opposition not trying to get a monopoly on power as he did i mean morsi played a very stupid game and in effect shot himself down and shot his own party down at the same time and he's he's as much response was only one crew creating the mess
that egypt is in right now if the muslim brotherhood now is frozen out the future political system in egypt there is nothing but trouble ahead. still to come a shelter from the storm fugitive n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden turns to russia for refuge as he remains freighted in moscow sheremetyevo airport for more than three weeks now we look at his asylum in terms of quest to evade u.s. prosecution. but first the u.s. justice department says it will review the verdict that set a former neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman free after a jury found him not guilty of murdering black teenager trayvon martin meanwhile protests over what demonstrators call racial injustice are unfolding in several cities across the u.s. let's go live now to our teams were important who is in new york for us you were at one of the protests tell us what's going on on the streets that's right i was one of the protests and a lot bigger than i initially anticipated i didn't want thousands of people walking
through the streets of twenty third street you know right in the center of manhattan thousands this crowd was freaked out and the cars could not get through they could not make it down fifth avenue and broadway eighty because there were many you know protesters that were taking part and in the entire crowd actually blocking the streets to make sure that the procession could continue. high every other person who was carrying a sign that either said i am trayvon martin or justice for trayvon martin i clearly the sentiment among all those that turned out not only to york but also in boston in san francisco and other protest planned for the united states is that they feel these people feel that justice has not been served they feel that i'll bite by bite the jury finding a george zimmerman not guilty that essentially the fine maher and and all those that could have been in his position are still susceptible to. what they call
a injustice we did speak to some the parts that are participating in the rallies taking place in the united states of print for the next few days i here's what they had to say. this verdict makes it very clear and gives a green light to anyone that wants to shoot and kill a youth of colored people and you can get off the rock and go on and live your life and it's ok i do have a daughter and it's terrifying that i now have to go and have this conversation with her about being profiled and keeping her safe and helping her not just stand what she has to do to keep ourselves safe against other people and the police department now let's remember that it was back in february of last year and that george zimmerman neighborhood watch of a person living in florida that was are. ok with a gun i shot and killed seventeen year old trayvon martin he he had his defense
attorneys claim that it was in apparent to us self-defense according to prosecutors according to those that are supporting trayvon martin's family they feel that george zimmerman acted outside of the law because according to to the testimony zimmerman was not just standing his ground as he attest he actually followed the seventeen year old a lot teenager and then got out of his car after following and and approached him many argue critics argue that george zimmerman a lot to his own hands he's not a police officer he said neighborhood watch member of a community in florida and many argue that if trayvon martin was not black maybe this situation would not have occurred but at the end of the day a jury be imparted to find george zimmerman not guilty and as he see there are protests and rallies rebuffed him not just in new york city but throughout the country but i can tell you this being in new york city i did not anticipate the
thousands of people that i saw taking over the streets in the big on sunday and they were right artie's marina porton i live for us in new york thanks very much for that update. well i mean i mean as a keyway an editor of the pan-african news wire thinks that the shooting of the seventeen year old was racially motivated in a lot of far reaching repercussions zimmerman of course acted based upon the racial profiling political culture that exists broadly here in the united states he is not a law enforcement officer he had no right to be pursuing trayvon martin and at the same time the people who came to his defense are the same people who defend white cops who defend white graces we need to take this type of blatant valent actually that gets african-americans this is clearly a case of people of color of oppressed people here in the united states not being able to achieve justice inside this country and what's very interesting about this case is that many people don't realize this is definitely going to have long term
implications in regard to race relations inside the united states it's not an isolated incident george zimmerman would have never even then arrested or indicted in this case if it had not been for the how waves of millions of african-americans and their supporters throughout the country just one and a half years ago they were going to allow him to go scot free in this killing and they have done so anyway so kind of a half years later. turning to some of the week's other top stories more than three weeks after arriving the world finally got a glimpse of n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden this week when he surfaced from his hideout in a moscow airport transit zone he met human rights activists at sheremetyevo asking them for their help in requesting temporary political asylum in russia or has before. russian immigration officials say they have not received an official request from edward snowden regarding his political asylum in russia but that request has been filed on friday evening so perhaps due to the fact that it's the
weekend in russia right now the people it simply hasn't hasn't been properly process just yet russia's conditions were that snowden has to stop his anti american city something which snowden promised he will no longer do three latin american countries said they're willing to take him on now he does not have any people want to travel with his american passport has been the knowledge he doesn't have any other people work he cannot even buy a ticket and he does need some something in order for him to move to another country so that is safe passage could be provided in that he's relying on russia snowden himself has explained the situation that he was living in during the meeting with human rights activists a little every one month ago a. family home in paradise and i lived in great comfort. i also had the capability without any warrant of law just search or see and read your communications anyone's communications at any time there is the power to change
people's speeds it is also a serious violation of the war so finding himself in such circumstances it seems that what he was doing came into conflict with snowden's own personal believes and he has explained that in an interview to the guardian newspaper the interview that started it all the second part of it came out just very recently i increasingly was exposed to true information that had not been propagandized in the media. that we were actually involved in misleading the public and i was actually a victim that i grew up with the understanding that the world i lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with them each other and the privacy without of being monitored without being measured or analyzed or or or sort of judged by these shadowy figures or systems so really the ball is in russia's court at this point and it's all up to moscow to decide whether or not to grant edward snowden
a status of an asylum and for how long they're willing to do that. german chancellor angela merkel's called for global rules on the protection of personal data merkel made the statement in your honor in her annual t.v. interview where she said also that she's expecting the u.s. to adhere to laws on german soil in the future european nation has been one of the top targets of n.s.a. surveillance but analyst william angle doesn't think the spying revelations came as any surprise to berlin i think the politicians are feigning surprise on the americans and others about the level of involvement between german intelligence. they're not naive germany knows that the united states has. locked grip control over anything sensitive that happens in germany and has since the end of world war two. so i've been told and so are not amateurs they may not have the skills of the russians and the chinese in that regard but they're not amateurs so i
think the politicians are pretending to be shocked in order that their voters not to overreact if germany starts becoming. too close to russia to china in terms of trade agreements in terms of economic agreements so they can preempt that energy especially they can preempt that intervene at the point at the key time it's an enormous weapon so enormous advantage. data from edward snowden is building up a picture of how the u.s. global surveillance operations are structured let's take a look at what we know so far first off there's the nucleon system this listening to your phone calls were ever they may be directed it's thought if it catches a suspicious key word or phrase it'll be flagged then subject to further further scrutiny then there's the pen whale system this is jim said to trawl for suspicious activity through videos on the web whether it's a live skype call with friends or family or you tube video that's been uploaded up next who you phone to where you phone from and what time you called them all stored by a system known as main way reportedly capable of building
a facebook like friend list profile of you just from your calling habits and lastly we know of a marina program in charge of recording your life said to be a catch and store and record your sent emails before they reach the intended recipient four of these systems making up the u.s. surveillance network the ones that we know the workings of anyway well snowden is meeting with human rights activists at a moscow airport triggered immediate reaction from washington the u.s. criticize russia for providing him with a quote propaganda platform although the accusation was met with a certain skepticism at the state department briefing the senate. we are disappointed that russian officials and agencies facilitated this meeting today by allowing these activists and representatives into the moscow airports transit zone to meet with mr snowden despite the government's declarations of russian's neutrality with respect to mr snowden sorry you're disappointed that they let someone into their own airport i don't know that well that they facilitated this
event of course why because this gave a forum you don't think that you should have before as he flees forfeited his right to freedom of speech is well met miss mr snowden as we've talked about let me just say this because i think it's important he's not a whistleblower he's not human rights activists he's wanted on the series of serious criminal charges brought in these certain eastern district of virginia in the united states i'm sorry but i didn't realize people wanted on charges forfeited their right to speak just to free speech for their part presidents putin and obama discuss the status of edward snowden on a phone call in an apparent attempt to resolve the durang going over the whistleblower stephen cohen a professor of russian and slavic studies at n.y.u. says it's a tough test for the leaders. this is a classic case of the testing of leadership both in moscow and washington neither leader neither obama nor putin can be happy about mr snowden city in the moscow
airport who didn't invite him to show but he can't talk for very political reasons obama needs to show he's tough on snowden. i can't believe that the united states actually wants to put snowden on trial because it was a fair trial a legal trial all snowden would have the right to subpoena american officials who have knowledge of all this intelligence these explosives would not be so i think there's a vested interest in those with obama and putin to find a way to solve this problem so that neither is damaged politically so we'll never know what kind of leaders they are check out the latest revelations of the whistleblower saga on our website r.t. dot com including claims by the guardian journalist that snowden has quote specific blueprints of how the n.s.a. operates and there's more news online for you including russia staging its largest military drills since the soviet times about one hundred sixty thousand servicemen
a thousand tanks one hundred thirty planes taking part in the exercises the full story on our website plus. taking to the skies a canadian engineer creating the world's first human powered helicopter click on r.t. dot com for the video of the machine if you will only by the pilot's heavily. sporadic clashes broke out in belfast for the third consecutive night after the annual pro british parade there turned violent hundreds of additional officers were deployed from across the u.k. dozens were injured and more than thirty arrests were made trouble spark when protest protestant marchers found their traditional route shortened to keep it from passing through a sectarian flashpoint r.t. sara for three points. a tinderbox of tensions once again ignited police on the front line feeling the heat at belfast's most recent riots more than a thousand police officers from across the u.k. drafted in to assist northern ireland's police force angus surrounding the july
twelfth parades spilling over into a second night rising the scene of the disturbance once again focused here in the loyalist would fail wade barely more than a stone's throw from the republican arguing district police it in force the controversial ruling from the parades commission that the much could not pass the arduin shops on its return rate sparking the latest on rest but was the first light riot who waged by loyalists to taking part in the parade these rioters were younger and smaller in number seems like these actually the flare up over the decision to restrict the flying of the union flag last winter but their protests occurred almost daily and the cost of policing those riots estimated to run into the tens of millions of pounds these riots taking place in a loyalist street rioters waging this fight on their own doorsteps forty i mean
having children is so what do you want to see happen for younger people to stop us yeah i want all that stuff we have enough i want i don't want the feel of. that's obviously. something. i need a round of multiparty told seem to be held in belfast led by american diplomat richard haass the questions many will want to see addressed they surrounding cultural expression the flags and parades that still marked some of the most inflammatory if she's tween northern ireland's protestant and catholic communities scratch below the surface of all the violence pains pilots play at the famous the sectarian divisions within. the big question right now need to be that given the events everything they did about it may be having. headed by members that the international community. will. be.
turning now to some international headlines of this hour a roadside bomb explosion has killed at least three people left scores wounded in egypt's northern sinai the attack reportedly carried out by militants targeting a bus carrying workers to a factory outbreaks of violence have become more frequent in the country since the ousting of president mohamed morsi the rising number of attacks has triggered fears of a looming confrontation between egypt's military and islamist militants. a bomb blast has wounded four police officers outside a shiite village in bahrain i mean growing unrest in the kingdom rioting erupted after a leading female activist accused guards of physical and psychological torture while in prison earlier this month a police officer was killed and three others wounded in separate explosions violent clashes with security forces in the oil rich nation have left more than eighty dead and hundreds behind bars since two thousand and eleven. a string of deadly blasts in mainly shiite areas of iraq on sunday has now claimed the lives of thirty eight
the most recent attack shaking the city of basra which killed eight this after a series of bombings and shootings across the country over the last week including assaults in the city of kirkuk that left more than fifty dead the death toll now surpassing three hundred in the month of july. i phones typhoon soulik downgraded to a storm but continuing to cause devastation in china three people killed in guangdong province where a rain triggered a landslide claimed the lives of forty eight in the sichuan province sewage has prompted a mass evacuation from coastal areas forcing more than three hundred thousand to flee their homes earlier the typhoon wrought havoc on taiwan and left two people they're dead. next our in-depth examination to ghana is economic success after a short break stay with us.
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