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nato reaffirms its not going to take part in a military campaign against syria this as a u.s. nuclear aircraft carrier america's navy presence in the region meanwhile. revelations that a british company with wanted a life of six or ten children out of gas agents the theory is that let the government have they think tough questions about how that was allowed to happen. a thousand days in confinement house arrest time spent in the london prison and now limbo in the ecuadorian embassy at the price wiki leaks founder julian assange has paid in his battle for transparency. and radiation at japan's fukushima nuclear plant has risen to lethal levels to be enough to kill him just four hours of exposure.
from a studio center here in moscow has just turned eight pm this is. nato has again said it's not going to take part in possible military action against the syrian government adding that if allies individually opt for intervention they would need to win wide public support first america's navy is continuing to step up its presence in the region ahead of the congressional vote on the issue it comes as president obama called for strikes against assad's government leaving the war door open even if there is no eventual approval from lawmakers while a nuclear powered aircraft carrier is now in the red sea to support the attack on syria if ordered is accompanied by five smaller warships with tomahawk cruise.
missiles of the same kara group took part in the u.s. military operation in afghanistan there are currently five u.s. destroyers loaded with missiles in the mediterranean along with an amphibious assault ship and a letter to the un syria has asked the world body to prevent american aggression or he's more of a notion has been finding out how the threat of intervention in the country is affecting syrians. tomorrow next week next month series wondering if or when america's missiles will strike and what the aftermath will be but for many people here it doesn't pay to linger on what tomorrow will bring because the resolve ready award today. the snow is going on the money we've been at war for two years with bombs falling in our hands just a few kilometers from here cruise missiles arrivals will is the difference. every day every hour every minute tween der bombardment we have bombs and terror
attacks shelling it's not very hard to face america after dealing with a jihadi it's for so long michel walid not his real name has a nice apartment in an upmarket area of damascus but a year ago he moved into the hotel his running for safety reasons after a family member was kidnapped by what he says were members of an al qaeda linked group we don't feel safe of course not because of the. of. the strike we've got to put that out they are throwing these things against a sea of civilians and that's very bad and have had a looser is considered to be one of the most successful and aggressive opposition forces promote in fundamental islam and proclaiming the end of the assad regime they are believed to hold several districts around damascus where they engage in almost daily battles with government troops both the u.n. and the u.s. and others consider it a terrorist organization
a treaty i see that america should side because we are fighting terrorism america doesn't agree i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets that's just another entry on a long list of daily concerns which already includes terror attacks nothing's and killings. those living in residential areas of damascus say several days ago they started receiving letters like this one advising them to clear their basements in preparation for now no one i spoke to loot like they would follow the advice syrians may vote with their feet when the bombs start to fall but for now they've got plenty of other things to worry about. an hour to report in from damascus in syria. for more updates follow artie's on twitter she's been attempting to find out how other countries in the region would respond to a u.s.
strike on syria. it's been revealed that british firms approved the sale of chemicals to syria which can be used to make the sarin nerve agent and that was a substance allegedly used during last month's attack near damascus which is central to washington's case for military action licenses to sell the chemicals were granted to a u.k. company although they were never actually delivered so here's what the department of business skills and innovation told us about this well they are they claim the company which ordered these chemicals proved to them they were only going to be used to make window frames an element in showers it's not clear who exactly was to receive the shipments nor the name of the company which was set to provide the compounds. first has the details. business secretary vince cable certainly going to be facing some tough questions over these revelations that the british
government has granted export licenses to as and yet as yet unnamed british company now this is for substances to be sent to syria and it was due to so-called killed use substances and that was. and sodium fluoride in both these agents can be used as precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas or those export licenses granted by the department for business innovation and skills it's reported in january the seventeenth and eighteenth and that license valid for six months in two thousand and twelve when the civil war in syria was already raging but he's concerned anyway again about these suspected chemical weapons stockpiles a map of some of the suspected sites there of course huge concern about what the syrian government could potentially be doing with those chemical weapons but of course also that some of those sites could fall into the wrong hands if the
situation gets ever more complex but it's thought here today there are going to be questions table that the parliament really runs through and scrutinize exactly how these licenses for chemical agents that could be used in the types of weapons that the syrian government is being accused of using on their own people who granted well the issue has made its way to the british parliament and robertson there's a scottish national party m.p. who was among those who took an interest in examining the issue and he told us what questions he'd like to see. i would comment on the fact that the u.k. rescinded the export licenses when the european union told the u.k. to do it thank goodness for the european union intervening frankly the problem is that the u.k. was prepared to grant an export license in the first place and of course the u.k. has form in this sort of thing being prepared to sell military hardware and
other. things that can be used for the production of weapons and in this case chemicals which could in circumstances be used to produce chemical weapons and we do have to ask ourselves don't we why with the situation having already deteriorated so badly that the u.k. was even prepared to grant an export license where these chemicals do have the potential jewel use yes for manufacturing purposes but also for the production of chemical weapons russia was reportedly sending a reconnaissance ship to the mediterranean to gather information on the escalating conflict there meanwhile the country's lawmakers have suggested launching dialogue with their u.s. colleagues on the shore thomas has more on the reaction from the russian leadership . it seems that russia is proactively trying it to get involved in coming up with a global solution on the problem of syrian fact putin agrees to send the lawmakers to the united states to meet with congress to discuss the situation on the ground
in syria and saying that only through open dialogue and communication between these two countries where there has been pretty much a stalemate at the u.n. security council they can come up with a solution that is agreeable to both the united states and to russia and of course to syria as well now this comes after sergey lavrov addressed students at moscow state university of foreign relations today being the first day of class and he started off with some broad general statements about the western position on the middle east saying that the policies are inconsistent and that there are double standards that exist but specifically speaking to the idea of the united states having evidence saying that it was the assad regime that used chemical weapons inside syria he said that it just does not pan out in fact he said there's no concrete evidence no locations were given no names were given no specifics of any kind and listen to his own words about what he had to say as we believe we've seen
these papers there is no evidence there's just accusations if you have read any super secret data well you need to remove the secrecy because we're talking about war and peace now the big news also is that lavrov talked about the situation in march back in aleppo where the russia believed that it was the syrian rebels that used chemical weapons that pointing to evidence that russian. experts had looked at saying that the ordinance that were used were not manufactured by any professional company a gas that was used was also not done on a professional grade suggesting that it was the rebels that used chemical weapons at that point in time then russia wanted a u.n. investigation but it seemed to what he says his western part. there is on the u.n. security council didn't seem interested in investigating back then in march but now . reiterated russia's position and strongly is against intervention and putin now
saying that perhaps as congress goes through a debate in the next coming weeks and the vote goes to congress russian lawmakers will be a part of that conversation as well. everything you need to know about what's going on in and around syria is on our website for a live update so on the chemical weapons crisis. coming up a little later in the program here in our only full within i was. late as inspections showed radiation levels of the devastated fukushima nuclear plant in japan eighteen times higher than just over a week ago also still to come the. healing holds in the budgets with a smiling face later in the program we report on how the city of love has started to teach its in the poorest because the rules of tourist etiquette i mean physically losing a juicy slice of income we had to paris after the break. well
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the future covered. news continues here in r.t. house arrest a short spell in a london jail and trapped in the u.k.'s ecuador embassy that's where we could leaks founder julian assange has spent the past one thousand days he's hoping to avoid extradition to sweden where he's wanted on sex crime allegations and if he leaves the embassy and steps foot on british soil you'll most likely be arrested immediately there are also fears that assigns could face espionage charges in the u.s. because the site reveals so much damning information about how the country operates we can expect person kristinn hrafnsson told us the outcome of a recent high profile whistleblower trial has the worried about sanjay's fate. it
is quite obvious if you read through the transcript of the trial against chelsea manning and see what kind of arguments were raised there and how often we killie's was not mentioned in the trial that there is a very strong possibility that the next target is your innocence and it might also already be an indictment against him and all the others in our organization we see as well the escalating war against to those who commit the act of journalism and this is escalating from month to month the argument is this that bradley manning was the first whistle blower and he was history who has been. prosecuted and found guilty on the basis of us journalists will come next it could possibly be we can leaks and all the media organizations it's a real possibility i mean all of the on investigation in the us into we can leave
which has been now going on for three years and probably cost. quite a sum of money because it has been cited as the one of the biggest criminal investigation in la times in the u.s. so it is a very worrying situation. just a reminder for you if you missed something you can always get the full picture up on our website here's some of what else is lined up for you at the moment getting high but boarding load forces in the u.k. has become the addict of europe with sobering statistics of alcohol and drug consumption among the british you can get the full picture there on the website. and these people are seeing red in the celebration of the color of their hair you can watch this doesn't display in full on our video agency page. t.v. . radiation japan's devastated fukushima
nuclear plant is eighteen times higher than just over a week ago it is believed to be enough to kill anyone exposed in just four hours new equipment on site detected the dangerous radiation levels around tanks which store toxic water the plant operator tepco has come under a wave of criticism for its handling of the cleanup of the facility damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami back in march two thousand and eleven last month authorities admitted a massive amount of radioactive water may have leaked into the ocean and they're also claims that up to three hundred tons of contaminated water is seeping into the pacific from fukushima every day and prime minister has promised the government would aid tepco in managing the buildup of huge amounts of radioactive waters used to cool down the fuel rods from the damaged reactors. independent nuclear consultant sean burney believes the situation at the facility is far from being under control. in cells. which are.
as if. it dealing with a very complex three react to melt down and spin and it's. not enough workers incite the workers to get not being told about them selves or are they not. forward this is a problem is we didn't get worse. where we get. our absolute certainty the amount on street. savings is theirs to be trained as much caesium it's very dangerous you get three times as much as was released by the chernobyl accident he's sitting in the trenches. there's been no clear victory for german chancellor angela merkel in a key televised debate with her main election challenger with just three weeks left until the general vote merkel struggled to win over viewers as she locked horns with the social democrat here brooke now here's what the viewer polls of germany's
main public broadcaster showing forty four percent of those surveyed thought the incumbent chancellor one the jewel while almost fifty percent felt her rival was much more convincing and even among undecided voters the majority were more swayed towards steinberg but as a lot of reports both the top candidates seem to realize that they may be forced into a coalition despite their conflict over the handling of the greek bailouts and the recent n.s.a. snooping scandal. now this one and only televised debates between the main front runners in the german elections could potentially have a huge impact on who wins and who can try and pick up the few votes now currently as it stands at the moment called into the the latest polls that came out on friday angler merkel was quite far in the lead with forty one percent the s.p. deepish party behind them with twenty six percent however the personal feeling
amongst the german voters could be could be huge in this war the reasons for that is that the the two parties are quite similar and do agree on a lot of issues has accused merkel in the past of hiding the true cost of bailing out greece from the from the german people germany has put in the lion's share of the money to try and help the the financially struggling the fiscally struggling mediterranean nation after this election whoever is chancellor whether it's merkel or whether it is going to have to deal with what seems like the almost inevitable third bailout for the mediterranean country now one of the other major issues that in this election in this election is the n.s.a. spying scandal and just what's being done about it and what was done at the time now one of the main questions being pointed at angola merkel is just how much did she know about it and how much did she allowed the n.s.a.
the united states to spy on german citizens so greece and the n.s.a. emerging as the the two things that the two main candidates can go head to head on however what we are going to see though is them slam each other too much personally it's very likely that on the to after the twenty second when the vote is here in germany these two might have to sit down and talk and i in out in. a coalition that could lead germany in the coming years. now for some other news making headlines around the world in our world update this violent clashes have broken out during protests against the president in mexico's capital hundreds for police as seven days of mass demonstrations across the country came to a close and it is only one year into his presidential term but has already angered the public by proposing to privatized the country's oil production. thousands gathered in remaining as capital against toxic mining plans for the transylvanian mountains the country's government was also condemned for giving it
support canadian firm plans to export gold using twelve thousand tons of cyanide the deadly chemical every year of his remains at a second project to produce shale gas could devastate the environment. was in a world update this hour three insurgents have died in an assault on a us military base in eastern afghanistan prior to the attack they torched several nato trucks but failed to enter the base after a gun battle broke out no american or afghan soldiers were injured but it cast further doubt on the country's stability as nato troops plan their twenty fourteen pullout. egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi will stand trial for inciting violence and the murder of protesters back in december along with other members of the muslim brotherhood meanwhile the country's army backed government has set up a panel to revise egypt's constitution with the brotherhood refusing to participate the country suffered from violence in recent months with clashes occurring between supporters and opponents of the former business president independent journalist
and political analysts shahira amin believes only concessions from both sides in the conflict can resolve the political crisis. violence can only breed violence i see the only way out as. soon as you know marginalize ation and isolation of the muslim brotherhood can only lead to more protests and more violence so i think only negotiations and that is the only way out of the political crisis right now. we see you know hundreds of. thousands of muslim brotherhood supporters islamists not just muslim brotherhood but other islamist groups and they cannot be left out of the political process this can only lead to a deadlock an impasse really but i believe that there have to be concessions on both sides the muslim brotherhood if it wants to survive this crisis has to make
concessions and join because he ations otherwise they will be left out in the cold and the government as well must reach out otherwise they would be making the very same mistake that morsi made when he isolated the liberal opposition. maybe one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world but the infamous attitude of the french could be doing the country's tourism trade form so much so that in these dark economic times a drive has been launched to get locals to smile and encourage travelers to spend. as this report. going to go up are. smiling faces that belie a troubled economy with the number of job seekers rising to three point twenty eight million in july from the twenty seventh month in a row and a budget deficit the government can barely rein in france has been walking on eggshells since europe's economic crisis hit but there is
a small respite visiting the street painters of more modern paris is the last for any tourist in the city francis clenches title of world's top destination it's one of twelve with eighty three million visitors at thirty three million in paris alone but the numbers may not be enough as the reality is not always up to par with the dream. of a city of like known as much for its beauty as its unfriendliness at the extreme end of it a few years ago dozens of japanese tourists were reported to have been struck with the so-called paris syndrome they were so madly affected by rude encounters that they had to be repatriated back to japan and the state of shock. very says beautiful it's wonderful but the reason siregar they have to change there is because they rely on revenue from to america and other people that they're rude but i haven't had any reading counters myself i'm shocked at the behavior of some people who are supposed to be tourism professionals i won't get into details but
really i'm shocked at the attitude they've given me. with tourism making up more than seven percent of the french gross domestic product tourist officials of the country's capital decided to attempt the naysayers claim was impossible giving those who work in the service industry to be more pleasant. again being was launched this summer in paris called do you speak truest guide for. drivers and shopkeepers on how to behave towards their city's guests giving them country by country advice on what is expected from from them. it is important for everyone involved in pounces economy to treat tourists better regardless of their nationality in order to make them want to come back and to spend more. and that's precisely where france legs behind the competition despite being the number one destination the un world tourism organization found out that visitors to the u.s.
spend twice as much as those who travel to france and that's despite fewer people making the journey to the states that the loss of revenue is proving twice as costly as europe continues to struggle with a debt crisis that seriously endangering the french economy this paris taxi driver insists though that while the dream you speak truest is a good idea creating a positive experience is not a one way street. first of all for us taxi drivers that are passengers who are very excuse me for saying so annoying. something they may simply have to accept with a smile they want to hold on to one of its economic basis amid a slew of losing hands but it's important to remember the good manners costs nothing as france is learning bad manners may be very pricey indeed. tester sylvia r.t.e. paris. well that's it for the moment i'll be back with a news team with morphine just have
a huff enough now in the meantime more discussion on the crisis in syria with peter lavelle and his guests that seem crosstalk in just a few minutes from now after this short break. many gay bars are starting to refuse to sell russian vodka as a means of protesting the homosexual propaganda laws in russia as i've said before boycotts are a great way to put pressure on people but are they putting pressure on the right people not only is it racist to assume that hurting the vodka flow will deal a massive blow to the russian economy but it is also racist to think that any vodka with a russian sounding name is itself russian and many videos angry gay bartenders were pouring stolichnaya vodka which should be pronounced by the way onto the ground in
a fury but if those bartenders would take a closer look at the labels they would see that exported stoli is produced and bold in latvia by the s.p.i. group not in russia also according to the n.p.t. group beverage alcohol report the most popular vodka in america with a russian sounding name is smirnoff which is british owned and produced and bottled in various countries around the globe including the usa itself way to support the american worker people love to panic over the hip and trendy scandal of the month but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that homosexuality itself is legal in russia and is punishable in many other countries including a death sentence in some of them and yet russia gets all the attention if people really wanted to affectively boycott any country with any laws even hinting against homosexuality they would have to hit them where it hurts and stop getting natural resources imported from countries like russia saudi arabia venezuela and iran. and so on and so on that is a vastly more difficult proposition than pouring american made vodka onto the
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