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the syrian government starts heading towards chemical design them and the details of which are being thrashed by top russian and u.s. diplomats in geneva that's after washington pres the pool's boston in its wheel drive against syria. of america is still sticking to its believe that damascus gassed hundreds of civilians in august a man who was held hostage by rebels in syria at the time is challenging this version of events he caught up with him. also as the n.s.a. aligned spying scandal spreads ever wider universities too are getting in on the action forming secret digital signposts to glean personal data from students. sleeping patients and stop at a psychiatric hospital in northwestern russia
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a quarter of a massive fire overnight with austin or an unguarded cigarette suspected of causing there. this is all see coming to live from moscow volatile main story now you see where it's taken it stops along the path to chemical design them and the u.n. has confirmed it's received documents from the syrian president bashar al assad joining the chemical weapons convention which bans the use and production of poisonous agents this comes amid to us was threats against syria although washington hesitantly agreed to try diplomacy first all she's point of is following the meeting a russian foreign minister sergei lavrov and u.s. secretary of state john kerry in geneva for. they were talking about meeting
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later this month at the u.n. general assembly in new york to further discuss syria they also spoke about outside the issue of chemical weapons about planning for a geneva two peace conference that would bring to the table all the sides in the syrian conflict in order to try and thrash out some sort of towards of peace plan now we know that both delegations the hare with large teams of technical and chemical weapons experts who are going to be advising both sides on the logistics of any plan that they come up with and we are expecting a press conference later on this evening to see if. managed to thrash out a deal and set aside their differences timing is already becoming a major issue the syrian president bashar al assad said in a t.v. interview just yesterday that damascus would start to provide information about its chemical weapons stockpiles about its storage facilities thirty days off to signing
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up to the chemical weapons convention which is the standard procedure in fact we've already received confirmation from the united nations that they've received syria's treaty papers bought john kerry has already rejected that thirty day timeframe speaking earlier this week he said that he thinks assad should give up all his chemical weapons within a week and he doesn't think that damascus will be able to comply with that which has already led to a number of international observers to question how constructive this type of u.s. rhetoric really is when we're talking about a very dangerous and very technical procedure of chemical disarmament this also brings me to the next stumbling block which is the threat of the use of force we know that u.s. military forces remain poised to strike syria if they fail to come up with a deal here russia or in town has said that that is completely on except. well they've said that
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a diplomatic solution can only be sought if military strikes are off the table and as i said earlier speaking in that t.v. interview basher al assad also said that he is going to work towards this proposal and he's going to give up chemical weapons only under the condition that the u.s. stop this very threatening rhetoric of a potential military strike against syria. this won't be about syria signing a protocol and delivering it with no positive feedback but it has to be a mutual process and above all the united states has to give up its policy of threatening syria once we see the united states truly want stability in the middle east and once we see it from threatening us and pursuing intervention once we see them stop supplying weapons to terrorists then we'll consider this process is truly acceptable for syria and we'll look to finalize it as you want to russia should play a major role in the disarmament process but we don't trust washington and don't talk
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to them moscow is the only party that can fulfill this role now. so number of tough and very different position is that need to be reconciled here in geneva if there is even a sliver of a trial it's that we're going to come up with a diplomatic solution to this crisis by the end of the day and former top ranking officials have written an address to the international community warning against military action in syria and calling on foreign governments to stick to that spirit of law former u.n. official was gone as del prado was one of those who put his name to the letter and he explained why he thinks government governments should pull their military horses . or pre-show leave or i'm officially days have been no help india the rebels i don't think this is it at the way due to settle the conflict in the middle east so we have the experience in the us dead those awards they have been know
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done or carried out without any respect for the un charter and you have the example of iraq where the. terms of mass destruction were not plant so we don't have any proof for the time being and we have many examples in the past there this has been. and what is without any proof and even if there are any proofs they have to be seen by the security council and they have to take it. in decision all the members of the international community. and there's been no official findings yet on who was behind the chemical attack which sparks america's at the site for war and while washington accuses president assad of being responsible some westerners who were inside the country at that time challenged this notion and my colleague bill dot
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spoke to belgian rights at pierre keane and he came to syria under the rebels' protection but later found himself in that attention. i don't think bashar al assad in the syrian government are to blame for the chemical attack you know during that time my italian friend and i had been taken hostage by jihadists from the alpha rupe group in syria we were held at one point in a room facing an office of the free syrian army and the el for jihadist group we have been in the barracks of the free syrian army and of the oil for about she had this group with her as well and we heard a conversation from this office the conversation was between one general from the free syrian army we knew him from earlier as he was the one who was in charge of her detention and another officer from the. kids were just. there was also a third person who was speaking perfect english and they were talking to him via
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skype it says they were talking about the events about in the damascus suburbs and from the conversation it was clear that the syrian government wasn't behind the attack but the but it also it. was it clear to you what the motivation was to use chemical weapons to launch a gas attack on civilians in this way what was the motivation do you think was it mentioned. the motivation was unclear from the conversation but we figured that it would have been i served for the syrian government to use chemical weapons with the regime had nothing to gain from that the massacre on the contrary it played into the hands of its enemies the u.s. france and the u.k. and it gave them a good reason to use force against the assad government and he did the syrian government lost its mind but i don't believe that or the authors of the attack or the opposition and it is clear that the rebels are the ones who wanted to benefit from the situation. let us remind you that the rebels already tried to simulate
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a gas attack a year ago and alms they made a video showing people on the ground acting as if they had been victims of neurotic gas attack that have been. representing half of the world's population the shanghai cooperation organization will be looking at how it can lend its weight to peace in syria and for that to happen it's thought that iran will have to play a major role coming out were fought on the organization summit happening today in kyrgyzstan. the director of intelligence in the u.s. has said the wide ranging leaks on the n.s.a. spying program have fueled an important debate on the tradeoff between privacy and national security but he says his worried more revelations from whistleblower edward snowden on the way and earlier are you see he spoke to renowned for kevin mitnick here in our moscow studios while he believes snowden secret leaking can be
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criticized his still feels the revelations were crucial for americans. i have some mixed feelings that he did cross the line when he revealed n.s.a. operations that we have against other countries because as we all know all countries spy on each other i think is a whistleblower you know i don't look at him as a true i'm actually glad that he revealed what the national security agency was doing at least against americans by violating our constitutional rights to privacy that's dead very damaging right because this was you know it was kind of like how i felt in a lot of colleagues in the information security world felt we already felt this was already being done but there was actually no confirmation but now there is definite confirmation and now that the cat is out of the bag it should surely damages national security because now our adversaries now potentially terrorists know our methods of operation or at least have it confirmed so now they could change the way they communicate with the revelations of snowden that allegedly the n.s.a.
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has approached and partnered with a lot of companies that develop security software that develop p.p.m. technology you might have intentionally weaken this technology so they could intercept communications but an average citizen probably but they're you know if they're not a terrorist they really are not concerned about is intelligence agency intercepting communications but more criminal organization i believe it's all about scott mcnealy said i think about fifteen years ago you have no privacy get over it and that was the axiom of sun microsystems and i think that quote is really holds true today. and i thought just governments trying to pay into what she did on line and universities to see there are serious concerns about how the digital trails of students are tracked and gazed i think that goes for another semester or smith looks now at the risks of data collection. remember the film minority report it's the one where tom cruise is the cutoff in the future and uses pass in the day to
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stop crimes before they happen while the fictional future is now universities are our allies in the electronic trail of students how often they use the library what books they get out even where they park their cars to create a picture of them and how they learn they use the data in different ways the different you need the marketing courses but also to predict which students are likely to fail or dropouts and here's where it fits into nineteen eighty-four territory in the dystopian novel any negative thoughts is thought crime every party member has a telly screen in his or her home which the thought police use to watch them and record anything that resembles an unorthodox opinion or in the struggle now look for a university in the midlands says it's considering doing something frighteningly similar monitoring students' private emails but negative comments on their university
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experience to see if they're at risk of quitting. students at the london school of economics are not keen on the idea. that it would be an infringement of my integrity it sounds a bit cia now i think people are the things that went on i think people are much more kind of them. more violence is i don't think it's right it's a kill if you can say sure you wouldn't do it in denmark where i come from i think people would like that i would mom my emails to money. i mean the private email is should have exclusive right to see may's. private universities do have a good track record for keeping data private but the worry here is that there's so much data and of course how it could be used ultimately the information could be used to allocate resources for example if it identifies the type of person most likely to fail universities could stop recruiting those people altogether or not waste money on trying to retain them as students start returning for
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a new academic year they'd better beware big brother is watching them now more closely than ever. in the break with all the details on the deadly fire that roared through a psychiatric institution in russia's northwest stay with us. the main competitor girl on the market is mother nature. may customers struggle with to. fight for each drop from a dirty supplier. let people think you're prices pure water. bottled life on our teeth. they use it up there and wash their hands. and flush their toilets with the same
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a hopeful humanity is meeting today in kyrgyzstan and aside from the usual talk over of a tie to economic and military alliance series featuring heavily less and he is going off as one. besides the six council members of the shanghai cooperation organization which include russia and china iran and india are also here in the capital looking to become members of the organization as well so its future growth is also more on the issues here along with the situation of ghana stand on the korean peninsula the iranian nuclear program and others but it's definitely syria which is among the key issues on the table now we've heard from russia's president putin who serious decision to sign up for the international convention on chemical weapons which basically bans their use and he reiterated once again that only a peaceful diplomatic solution is possible for that conflict and now iran's stance
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on the issues similar to that of moscow's and beijing's we've heard from the iranian president who called for international condemnation of the plans of a possible strike on the country also earlier iran said that any military intervention in syria would not only create more violence in the country itself would actually risk spreading it throughout the whole region now there's also a different side to this story and that is iran and hezbollah are our allies with syria and many analysts agree that syria is actually the key link in that chain warning that if it drops out for whatever reasons then that will lead to unpredictable consequences first of all a power vacuum and the breakup of the current balance of forces so syria is very important in that chain and the whole situation is obviously very complex but it's
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widely understood now that iran obviously it's a key player in the region but it's widely understood including by senior u.n. officials that any peaceful resolution of the conflict in sioux. it would not be possible without iran's involvement well since the iranian president is. russian president is here and now the leader of china is here now as well so this is a great opportunity to get iran involved. thirty seven people have been killed after an overnight blaze at a psychiatric facility in northwestern russia rescuers are shifting through the debris for bodies while twenty three people managed to escape to safety all seasons of france. the fire reportedly broke out in the evening hours and meet in a wooden an excess of this facility in the northwest of russia on your the village of luca apparently this wooden and extent does the men's ward many of these patients were bedridden at the time witnesses are saying that they saw
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a person within the facility who was engulfed in flames before the structure caught fire obviously investigators are taking a very serious look at this and trying to ascertain the cause of this blaze now crews arrived within minutes but it is said there was very heavy smoke and rescuers and spend the morning searching the surrounding areas to find possibly any patients who escaped the fire and run out into the into the areas surrounding the facility in are possibly still hiding so many many concerned people out there trying to find people who may have survived this blaze one nurse reported died trying to save patients now the hardest emergencies ministry has said that it's cited this facility for safety violations and the facility had until august first of twenty fourteen to fix those so obviously that's being looked at very closely on an under
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very tragic morning in the village of luka what really brought fire safety into focus the infamous lame horse nightclub in december of two thousand and nine one hundred fifty six people killed this was because of a pyrotechnics show on stage at the at the night club one leaf of a double doors was sealed shut. and let's now have a look at the biggest fires that have hate care facilities here in russia a massive blaze in a psychiatric hospital occurred earlier this year on april the twenty six in a run in scare east of moscow and killed thirty six patients and two staff members two patients who were led to safety by a nurse or the only survivors there in august twenty ten thousand people died in western russia after a retirement home caught fire and also in two thousand and nine in the russian republic of commie a blaze in an elderly care home claimed the lives of twenty three people in march two years before the flames claimed the lives of sixty two residents or retirement
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home in southern russia and in november that year a fire in the city have to lead again in an old age care home left thirty two day while two hundred forty seven people both patients and medical staff were rescued and plenty of more online for you including the military and citizens push out sixteen thousand people are evacuated from cities in the russia's far east as soldiers fight to hold back floodwaters there. and try to take the first highly anticipated step towards flooding on the floating on the stock markets but the company worth an estimated ten billion dollars it's keeping the details tightly on the run sculpture r.t. dot com to find out more. now red wine and for grass they're all products strongly associated with high quality french produce and are
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divided devoured in their masses across the country but key political figures are now going to great lengths to get french consumers to buy more home grown products to boost the economy artie's tests are seen the reports now on a new push to buy local and sink national. when france's industry minister are no more the bush struck a pose looking as french as one could be consumer affairs minister bid one more thought it was a joke this is a real photo of our new moon to be. i don't believe it was only. in fact what it was message was serious choose french politics over foreign made wants to help more the country manage to keep jobs and appeal to french patriotism in the face of a thirteen year high unemployment rate with the number of jobless hitting three million for the first time a move that comes as france talks about reforms to restore global competitiveness a critical priority says the international monetary fund. a recent study suggests
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that if consumers want to buy only french made goods they would have to spend between one hundred three hundred euros more each month and amount that would squeeze an already weakened purchasing power because of all the publicity the french are even more aware now are made in france products versus those coming from the outside but most of the time the difference could really be seen in the prices of the goods now this one for example is peaches from spain it costs a fortnight or five per kilo right this one which is clearly marked made in france cost six and ninety five per kilo that's a two year old difference so the question here is how well it will decide d.s.l. to the french. we definitely know i won't spend three hundred extra you have to find this manifests. yes if i have the money certainly. it is now i think globalization allows us to find cheaper goods. when you look at
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the product you know some of those short or whatever you go that bottle he has been dug into in france but part of it has been done elsewhere in fact a french political parties have been accused of hypocrisy as a local newspaper's investigation last year showed election campaign materials have been made in china vigeland morocco you name it. here for example this little case is made in china so i'm not afraid buying sings in china that's of the point the point is we have. no hope in france at all isn't d.c.m. is a brand that takes pride in having its manufacturing base in france its director says the study more is an important point that paying more to support their own industries creates local jobs and is far less of an economic burden than the cost of three point two million unemployed big amount. works of course to.
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the social care we have in france and the big dogs the social girl is an employment so we'd move rude be much more healthier in front. if everyone was to have. a job the world trade organization has criticized this campaign as patriotic protectionism as france's economic wide was getting treated to manage politicians seem to be grasping at straws the government's new call to arms may look good on paper but its critics point out it could end up an economic fall power. juster sylvia r.t. paris. and to some other world news in brief now a bombing of the u.s. consulate in the city of tehran sparked an hour long gun battle between militants
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and security forces a military spokesman says because it has now been secured it would be five attackers killed at least three other people have been reported dead with nine more injured in that time they taliban has claimed responsibility. outraged crowds of filled bahrain streets on thursday as people lashed out at the security forces and accusing them of killing a protester they say a prominent a gang activist was run over by a police car on wednesday the protest movement in bahrain has been pressing the government to implement human rights or falls under keyes's the rulers of carrying out a crackdown. on protesters in the u.k. who also blame an arm of all pressing x. it is have stationer wryly are the world's biggest arms for a london they say many of the items presented there will be used to plunk down on the opposition in countries like bahrain the event is held every year to provide a platform for weapon money factories and their clients. the man found
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guilty of raping and killing a young woman in the indian capital have been sentenced to death by hanging virtuous hansei place on a bus in need to any alleged victim with such severe injuries that she died two weeks later that vicious crime sparked a nationwide anger triggering massive protests the man will be allowed to pale. and coming up next to how one major company turned wall of free whistles into a multi-billion dollar industry. david silver and president of american atheists initially had his request for a custom license plate with the word atheist on it rejected atheist written with
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a one as the eye was deemed to be just too offensive after some pressure the new jersey motor vehicles commission caved in allowed the plate this is only logical because it properly spoke atheist point had already been in use i look at this two ways one if you're going to give people the freedom of choice of expression then some people are going to express themselves in the offensive way so if you're terrified of offending people then why not just give everyone a random plate with a random number and no one will be offended at all or two if you really believe in freedom of speech and expression all that then allow drivers to pick whatever they want and be responsible for themselves if someone throws a brick through their car window for having an ultra offensive license plate and if you want to express your soul for express something really offensive on your car then you better be prepared for some blowback or at least a few people spitting on your windshield but the surest my opinion.
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