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the u.n. says it should be the only one to establish whether there's been a chemical attack in syria that's after the us secretary of state john kerry claimed his intelligence agencies had their own proof. of. this is the world holds its breath over possible intervention in syria as president obama calls for military action but looks for approval from congress. while the russian president appeals to the american leader as a nobel peace prize winner over the grave consequences of a campaign against syria. also. rising radiation at the fukushima nuclear plant eighteen times higher than previously thought which could prove lethal within hours.
with a look back at the top stories from the past seven days and the latest developments this is the weekly. the u.s. president wants to launch a military strike on syria but he wants to win a domestic political battle for that to happen barack obama is seeking congressional approval for the attack and the congress will consider it on september the ninth washington wants to punish damascus for an alleged chemical attack but the evidence so far presented has left much of the world unconvinced more on this now from puerto. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n.
security council according to international law any military strike taken needs approval from the security council and a resolution to be adopted but u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says washington's planned military strike against a mask is is is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground instead would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of this use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and
a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been presented no where in the report did the u.s. confirm that assad the the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used were being such as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of. this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in up for tension and military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that atta lies saying the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion auntie's more important than was secretive state
john kerry said the u.s. has evidence that the sorra nerve agent has been used in syria that's despite the u.n. team not yet completing its own investigation in fact they no plan to return to the site of the alleged attack with the world waiting in anticipation of the results u.n. spokesman martin the su ski stressed the group is the only one to establish the credible facts. the united nations mission is uniquely capable of establishing in an impartial and credible manner the facts of any use of chemical weapons post directly on evidence collected on the grounds to chain of custody this morning as i'm sure you saw and saw secretary kerry said very specifically talked about blood and hair samples struggles to answer that i understand you said it but seems like your lab has moved pretty fast are you saying that their lab work is is is less than credible have they share this evidence with the u.n. as the secretary general requested all i can do is repeat what i already said but
the united nations mission is uniquely capable of establishing in an impartial and credible manner the facts of any use of chemical weapons based directly on evidence collected from the ground ok and if the u.s. share any of this evidence that is described with the u.n. well as we've repeatedly said member states are encouraged to share information information they may have with regards to alleged incidents i would just remind you we're keeping track of everything that's going on around the world after that u.s. announcement on syria social media reaction expert analysis and fresh updates waiting for you right now at r.t. dot com. well obama wanted to strike syria without consulting congress at first but changed his mind at the last minute and that decision is in line with public opinion one paula showed that eighty percent of americans believe the president should get the stamp of approval for military action but the majority of people in
the u.s. still don't want their country attacking syria while more than twenty percent are actually in favor of military action over half of those who participated in a reuters poll are against it and even if assad is implicated in using chemical weapons only thirty percent want the u.s. then to attack syria france and turkey are the only ones who are backing washington on this and the british parliament said no and most of syria's neighbors declined to provide support for seamus mil he's an associate editor at the guardian he thinks the focus shouldn't be on chemical weapons but on ending the conflict altogether. one of the risks of this action and one of the reasons people oppose it not only that it won't achieve what it's aiming to do but will actually increase killing and spread the war but that not only the syrian government but its supporters both states and non-state actors in the region may well take retaliatory action but i think what really is missing from this debate at the moment is
a serious focus on bringing the entire conflict to an end because the problem for most syrians is not chemical weapons however gruesome that may have been on this or even other occasions the problem is the huge scale of conflict death and destruction that has taken place in syria in what has become an increasing be vicious sectarian war despite the fact it'll be more than a week until the u.s. congress gets to make a decision on intervention in syria america's military in the region is already waiting for the green light to strike its naval forces in the mediterranean to be boosted to five destroyers now. assault ship with hundreds of marines on board officials stress the troops are not part of any military planning and just a precaution when as you can see here the destroyers pack some serious firepower each of them carries up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles now they can strike syria from a safe distance while dealing massive damage to the country the syrian president
bashar assad says he is ready to deal with any external aggression. from notion is gauging the mood in damascus. i followed obama's message from the white house i was in with the syrians and i had a very good opportunity a chance to see their vivid reaction to their to read their faces and to see all the developments of the emotions and feelings that i have to say that if at the beginning of about my speech people were nervous and would tans and of course were right and obviously what i saw at the end of the mass it america was relieved what i saw in people's eyes because the president said that the u.s. should take a minute to response to chemical weapons use in syria and that could happen tomorrow next week or next month he'll see congress' approval for attacking syria
and that manned delay for everybody here and many here are two good legs that strategy they say congress is unlikely to a group interaction against we're so there's a strike they've been waiting for several days and they this pressure had they been leavin after first announced about a possible strike against syria they can now forget about that at least for some time. but you can follow through. on twitter she's posting on the latest from damascus and earlier today she was reporting heavy artillery fire around the capital. the u.s. beating its war drums of sport warnings in her criticism in moscow president
vladimir putin said washington's assessment that the assad government had launched a chemical attack against his own people is utter nonsense or to sean thomas has more now on russia's reaction. moscow has been very busy this week urging the west not to intervene in the situation in syria vladimir putin spoke on the situation saying that the idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons in country is ridiculous saying the situation on the ground just does not allow for it he said that the g twenty summit this week is a good place for the global leaders to discuss the situation in syria he also called on president obama as a nobel laureate not just as a fellow head of state a winner of the nobel peace prize to consider his actions and what it would mean for military intervention and more loss of life in the country the president said of course russia is against the idea of the use of chemical weapons but in this case that the global community needed to wait for the u.n. to do its job and then present evidence to the u.n.
security council and then they would decide how to react in a lawful manner according to international law listen to what he had to say about that when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that syrian forces have use w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have proof they should demonstrate that proof to the u.n. inspectors and the security council because lames at the proof exists that cannot be shown to to secrecy do not stand up to criticism it's disrespectful towards america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it has not shown it doesn't exist and the president also said that he was pleasantly surprised at the situation in the u.k. as the british parliament debated and then has voted down the idea of military intervention in syria right now the global community is waiting to see if the u.s. congress will follow suit and also continue in a spirited debate as obama has sent the idea of military intervention to congress.
demonstrators all over the world of taking to the streets to speak out against an attack on syria protesters gathered in front of the white house after obama's announcement and there were also crowds in new york in before the u.s. confirmed its plans for military action more than a thousand were seen in london chanting hands off syria in paris some held up signs saying president will land is a terrorist along with david cameron and barack obama sentiment was echoed in turkey as well and you're seeing some of the latest pictures from there as well as footage from. britain's former first seal or nancy curity minister told us that the intervention could have unforseen consequences. the danger with saying we're going to use a limited surgical strike is all my experience of wars and i've been in them and in the lead up to them and i've been running them and things is to find that you have a lot of unintended consequences you think you're just going to do one little thing but actually things then happen expands we need to be very clear what is it we
actually want to achieve what is the end state we want we need to have in place mechanisms militarily to ensure that things don't go beyond a certain degree but i'm not at all convinced that an attack would actually help the condition of the people within within syria we've seen what happened in iraq you know we've seen what's happened in afghanistan i have no doubt that the al qaeda group and there are a very large group i'm afraid in the opposition funded by people who haven't thought through what this really means would be delighted if america and britain and france attacked they would be delighted by it but that doesn't mean they like us and they want to actually have they oppose us and would like to do is farm but in a temporary basis that would suit them so we need to be very very careful how we actually act radiation levels of japan's devastated nuclear plant in fukushima have increased by eighteen times we'll bring you live reaction on the story after the break.
news continues here in r.t. radiation has risen to japan's devastated nuclear plant the fukushima reading showed levels in one of the storage tanks of contaminated water of shot up by eighteen times now that's enough to kill and expose men in just four hours this comes just after a massive leak of radioactive water a week ago which may have reached the ocean the fukushima plant was damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit japan in march two thousand and eleven operator tepco announced on friday that it take to new radiation hotspots impulse of the compound where. emanating water is stored well to discuss these latest
developments we're now joined live by professor chris has been he's the scientific secretary from the european committee on radiation risk it's not sounding good is it that. the leak a week ago and now these massive increases in radiation just how serious is the situation now i think this is an end occasion that it's it is actually deteriorated significantly very suddenly in the last week. because what you what they're not saying and what is the missing piece of evidence here is that in fact radiation suddenly cannot increase i know something has suddenly happened and that something cannot be a leakage from the tank because gamma radiation goes straight through a tank the tank has only got very thin metal walls and as we know these metal walls will only attenuate gamma radiation by about five percent if even if it's one centimeter thick so although they may think that this is a leak from the tank and there may well be leaks from the tank this sudden increase to one point eight sieverts power which is an enormously big dose in fact probably
kill somebody and in two hours not four hours and today i learned that today there was another leak found one point seven. in more or less the same place these huge increases in radioactivity to my mind mean that something is going on outside the tank something. some radioactive fission is occurring like an open air reactor if you like under the ground i don't know what do you and what impact is this having on the cleanup operation now and those who are involved in that operation well two things first of all is clearly out of control and secondly nobody can go near it i mean nobody can go in to measure where these leaks are or do anything about them because anybody who approached that sort of area would be dead quite quickly they would be seriously harmed and so that presumably some of those who are there early and not knowing that the radiation levels are so high risk now i think it's likely that many people are going to die as a result of this just like that the liquidators died after chernobyl they will die
over the next ten years or so. the planting reza tepco it's clearly been struggling to contain this for the last two years why has it failed. i think nobody has actually realized how bad it is because the national you cleared the streets in trying to play this down so much that they've sort of come to the idea that somehow it can be controlled was all along it could never be controlled and in fact i see a photograph today taken from the air well recently in which the water in the pacific ocean is actually appearing to boil well it's not boiling but you can certainly see that it's hot steam is coming off the surface there's a fog condensing over the area of the of the ocean close to the reactors which means that hot water is getting into the pacific that means something is fissioning very close to the pacific and it's not inside the reactors it must be outside of the reactors in my opinion but short of the international nuclear industry should it come to help well before this shouldn't it yes they should not i'm not this is this is not a local affair this is this is an international affair i couldn't say why it hasn't
i mean that i think they're all hoping that nothing will happen no ping it will all go away and keeping their fingers crossed but from the beginning it was quite clear that it was very serious and there was no way in which it was not going to get very bad and now it seems to have suddenly got very bad i think they should start considering if that graph i see is true they should now be evacuating people outside the hundred kilometers up to the hundred kilometer zone this is not just the people in the vicinity who are working in the clear up operation those who live within one hundred kilometers could be it wraps absolutely if those if the pacific ocean is i mean and i say that this may be a faked up photograph but if that's real and these levels of one point. are real then something very serious has happened and i think people should start to get away but of course there are strong currents in the pacific ocean surely that the whole threat is going to localize it could it not have a nature impact and of course of course what happens is that it moves all that radioactivity up and down the coast and right down as far as tokyo i see
a statement made today or yesterday by the mayor of tokyo saying this will not affect the application of tokyo for the you know to be considered for the olympic games actually i would have thought that it would consider that he ought to be considering evacuating tokyo this is what i think it is it is very very serious. responsibly very good to talk to you about this thanks very much indeed for enlightening us scientific secretary of the european committee on radiation risk thank you for your thoughts and. you can find more live updates on the emergency at fukushima on our website as well and here's what else online team have their free at the moment. they've been thought your anus was all alone but now astronomers have spotted a lump of rock n ice they've named trojan orbiting the planet over two billion kilometers further from the sun and typical asteroids you can go online to check out why it's been given the ancient greek name in particular. plus the latest leaked from whistleblower edward snowden shows america conducted
hundreds of cyber operations in one year alone with iran russia and china topping the list of hacking raids you can read the full article right now at r.t. dot com. download the official publication. stream quality and enjoy your favorite. if you're away from your television just doesn't matter now with your mobile device you can watch ati any time anyway. greece's jobless rate is continuing to rise for the latest a used to six released this week pointing to another record nearly one point four million greeks are out of work today that's almost fifteen percent more than just three years ago well back in two thousand and ten with the recession already taking its toll the unemployment rate was at almost fifteen percent but the number has
only been increasing this year reaching the record of twenty seven point six percent or young people appear to be the worst affected when nearly sixty five percent of those aged between fifteen to twenty four with out a job well this is greece is stuck in its sixth year of recession and seems to need another bailout next year international lenders have already poured billions into rescuing its ailing economy its creditors already paid one hundred ten billion euros back in two thousand and ten now greece accepted it had to wield the axe on its spending and by embracing a sturdy another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly after it but public debt as only been growing in those three years at the beginning of the meltdown rocketed to one hundred twenty nine percent of the country's g.d.p. the extra aid boosted that by more than a quarter well author and journalist. who believes that the e.u. rescue package seems to have been
a trap. what happened during the last two or three years during the so-called salvation period was that greece became. for foreign intervention and foreign help it's simply impossible anymore during the three hundred twenty billion saying it was impossible even in two thousand and nine everybody knew that but we wanted to bring greece into the strap that help only foreign banks were selling germany france and some other countries we only. it's to deform having the greek people in control of the procedure eurozone creates deficits and debts to the european very very well at the same time create services to the european court so we were saying from two thousand and nine two thousand and ten that we should leave the eurozone again in our therapist and not in terms imposed by berlin brussels or any other place in in europe it destroyed again the infrastructure of the greek economy
not only of the greek economy the same thing happened in spain portugal and ireland all the countries that took the strait jacket off. of the monetary union. let max two thousand and thirteen and space show has made its final approach and drawn to a close one of the world's top aviation events has just been held outside the russian capital showcasing all the latest aerospace technology heavy rain may have delayed performances but it didn't keep the planes grounded paul scott is there for us. it's been a good weekend for the crowds unfortunately the weather on the final day has risen disrupted the shuttle slightly this big thick gray clouds above us and the rain has predominantly held off it has made visibility quite difficult the highlights on the final day included a display from the russian knights the acrobatic display wing of the russian half force for the planes came out and thrilled the crowds with that death defying stomach churning stunts we also saw commercial flights as well the airbus a three
eighty was spinning around overhead and also they were military on display the highlights of which was the showing of the t fifty which is the stealth fighter that is going to be part of our russia's force come two thousand and six day now final testing on those planes is still going ahead is expected to be completed by the end of two thousand and thirteen when the russian air force will take delivery on some of those some of those stealth fighters the rule was deafening the crowds the plane wist around overhead it really was an impressive sight now unfortunately the weather on the final day put paid to it display from better kuti which is the helicopter display team of the russian air force they were meant to impress the crowd on a sunday afternoon but unfortunately that was council however they did participate earlier on in the weekend or friday and saturday when the weather was slightly better organizes will be looking back on a record breaking year for max in terms of business deals struck almost sixteen
billion u.s. dollars worth of contracts was signed it was record breaking as well in terms of number of attendees with representatives from more than one thousand companies worldwide from forty four different countries striking those deals and. this is. just ahead for you the issue of gay rights here in russia has been sparking international control to see in about twenty minutes you can catch his panel discussion on how it compares to what's happening in other countries and what it has to do with the sochi olympics. it's all the latest from the world of business in venture capital that's after this break. so we leave that maybe. bush and secure. there's a goal. that no one is with to guess that. this is from.
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meanwhile safe havens gold and u.s. treasuries so as investors proceed with caution so it's more a market's reaction to the preschool rhetoric over syria and joined by mike ingram from b.b.c. partners it has been a tumultuous week for the market says been a lot going on can you just start off by telling me the general for the anxiety what is it general feeling in the financial world at the moment in response to what's happening. well i mean i think you know the prospect of the west getting him in what is at this stage of the syrian civil war just added to troubles that the market's been having over the last few weeks and it's coming into the background of very thin some of volume so the reaction is is probably a little more dramatic it might otherwise be but if you look at the you know the list of concerns that the market has at the moment you've got a situation where we don't know what kind of form the.