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the syrian government takes its first step towards chemical disarmament with washington's threats of force remaining one of the main stumbling blocks for the top diplomats meeting in geneva. the n.s.a. has reportedly been discussing itself as google to trick online users into surrendering private data using techniques from the world's top packard's. reporting the. latest crackdown on protestors britain has condemned for its willingness to support the actions of its.
live from our studios and here in moscow which is ten ten pm this is with international news and comment syria has made a key step towards implementing russia's plan to remove its chemical weapons the un confirmed it has received documents which will see damascus join the chemical weapons convention now this comes amid crucial talks between top russian and u.s. diplomats who are in geneva discussing the plan to put syria's chemical arsenal under international control. reports on what the sides have agreed on and what sticking points remain. a lot of people holding their breath in geneva and indeed around the world at the moment while russia's and the u.s.a.'s top diplomats meet to try to come to a diplomatic solution for a way of disarming syria of its chemical weapons a u.s. military strike against syria is currently on pause while john kerry and sergey lavrov meet and try and thrash out
a viable diplomatic solution to the crisis now some progress has already been made we've received confirmation from the united nations that they've already received syria's treaty papers to sign up to the un chemical weapons convention and this morning sore a meeting between john kerry. and the international envoy for syria lakhdar brahimi all expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of coming to a viable resolution a diplomatic solution to the crisis let's take a listen to the. government. joining the chemical weapons convention and we have to show a professional so there goes that was the chemical weapons for if you should have been ization as we agreed with the united nations. to design a road which would make sure that these issues are resolved quickly professionally . as soon as practical countries our presidents are deeply concerned
about the death toll and destruction. the both sides all sides and we are committed to try to work together beginning with this initiative on the chemical weapons in hopes that those efforts could pay off despite talk of working towards a diplomatic solution seems that there are a number of sticking points that remain between all the sides now one major issue could be the question of timing in his latest interview bashar al assad has said that. will start to provide information on its chemical weapons stockpiles thirty days after signing up to the u.n. chemical weapons convention this is something that john kerry has already rejected he's rejected this thirty day timeframe he says that he said last week that bashar al assad should be able to give up all of his chemical weapons within a week and he doesn't think that that's very viable that damascus will be able to
do that that's already led a number of international observers to question how constructive such a strict timeframe from the usa is whether or not it's even viable considering that the process of chemical disarmament is extremely tricky and indeed dangerous now u.s. military remains prepared and poised to strike syria if a deal is not come up with here in geneva that is what is at stake here at these negotiations and russia has already said that this very strict condition is unacceptable that they are not going to be able to come to a diplomatic solution if the usa is threatening to use force against syria this is something that was echoed by bashar al assad in his latest t.v. interview as well. this won't be about syria signing a protocol and delivering it with no positive feedback 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 refrain 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 russia should play a major role in the disarmament process we don't trust washington and don't talk to them is the only party that can fulfill this role now so we are going to see if all these. major differences have been ironed out and if they are two sides have been able to come together and issue a realistic plan and ultimately naresh avoid a u.s. military strike on syria. the issue of syria is also dominating a meeting of the shanghai cooperation organization. a group which represents more than half the world's population and summit so iran's new president insists that
any possibility of force against syria must be condemned and averted. as the details the russian president vladimir putin met with the iranian leader for the first time since he was elected and obviously syria was in the spotlight both countries are completely on the same page when it comes to understanding that any foreign military intervention would not only lead to more violence in syria itself but would risk spreading it throughout the whole region also both leaders to welcome to serious decision to sign up for the international convention on chemical weapons which basically bans the use and the fact that it agreed to the proposal to move control over its chemical arsenal to the international community in fact mr rouhani added that the way this proposal is been acting out so for creates real chances for a peaceful solution in the meantime is now widely recognized including by u.n. senior officials that iran is a key player in the region it's
a close ally of. there is no way a diplomatic peaceful solution. without getting involved in this summit here in curious stan is a great opportunity for to start doing so. discuss the syrian crisis and the current diplomatic efforts surrounding it with. who has served as france's foreign interior and prime minister he told my colleague of a why he thinks the use of force will do nothing to end the bloodshed. i think we should do our best to avoid the use of force we know that the force without blow the force without. diplomatic effort. is always useless that's why the priority today is negotiation but of course we should go forward and we should have results today we have one result to see the signature by the syrian
regime of the convention on the ban of to be called weapon that's a first step but that's not enough washington is convinced syria agreed to be designed only because of the real threat of being attacked and bashar al assad says that's not the case or do you think well i think you're firmness is part of the game is showing some results but i think the main factor is the willingness of russia to take responsibility and russia taking the lead. making some proposals this is really changing the. figure of the whole fijian army of the of the situation threat of military force is now a stumbling block in negotiations and diplomacy as sad ones the threats to end while washington wants to keep the possibility of strikes on the table off the way out of this we know that military strikes are not easy. because there is no majority in the congress favoring the use of force second because we know that in
the last thirteen years the use of force did not gave any result in the international scene we've seen it in afghanistan we've seen it in iraq we've seen it in libya so we know that the solution for syria is not force. and we know also that there is a way to escape from force from the use of. an attack and this way out is to have some results on the ground some diplomatic results in order to find better solutions for the syrian. it any other interests be behind the u.s. and its allies in wanting to strike syria beyond just punishing assad for the chemical attack here allegedly connected. well first we know that punishing assad should not be by force for that we have. the league the national legality we have the international criminal court so the answer to punish is never to use force the answer to punish is to go through justice that's
the real issue but the main problem today again is to try to protect the syrian people and for that the force is not going to give us any force will mean more people dying on the ground i mean new escalation we should not forget that not only we have a civil war in syria but we have a big fight between sunnis and shias and so the problem is not at the level of the use of force and we have seen in iraq that force. only created more problems with one south than people dying every months in iraq so i don't think forces and their answer is to use diplomacy to have steps going forward and that will eliminate the risk of force if we can have peace again. peter lavelle and his guests on artie's cross-talk program again address the syrian issue later and this
time they debate the recent chemical disarmament proposal made by russia's president and you can watch the full show at seven thirty pm g m t but here's a brief preview for you. which not just mr putin but many other people have been saying is that this matter has to be dealt with in accordance with international law while all the great powers discuss everything with security council there are a hundred thousand syrians dead the last time i came on this program october twentieth eleven there were three thousand syrians dead mark my words that this is numbers are it will be another one hundred thousand next time i appear and a hundred thousand after that what is extremely dangerous is when certain countries the united states britain to some extent france claim that they have a special. all right which no one else has to intervene in those situations where they judge what they call international law norms being violated.
crosstalk seven thirty pm g.m.t. the n.s.a. in google's clothing media reports suggest the u.s. spying agency has been gathering private data through a stealth site they allegedly do so by carrying out so-called man in the middle attacks which help trick users into giving away information voluntarily now here's how it works imagine if you want to find something online you log into your computer and you open up a search engine and then you type in the details of what it is that you're looking for and now the interesting part when clicking on the go button your data is being directly transferred to the agency remotely connected to your internet service provider after that information is checked your request reaches its final destination in the blink of an eye so you wouldn't even notice. britain's g q is believed to be practicing the same technique but it's not only governments tracking your online steps universities trace students private data claiming this could
improve the education experience. where good intentions might lead to. remember the film minority report it's the one where tom cruise is the cop in the future and uses pass in the day to stop crimes before they happen while the fictional future is now universities or our allies in the electronic trail of students how often they use the library what books they guess out even where they park their cars to create a picture of them and how they learn and they use the data in different ways the different you need for 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 student private emails to negative comments on their university 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. to be more violated i don't think it's right it's a kill that 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 monetise. i mean the private email is should have exclusive rights to the c m a's case again universities do have a good track record for keeping data private but the worry here is that there's so much states 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 a new academic year they'd better beware big brother is watching them now more closely than ever. r.t. live here in moscow right after the break we look at the crackdown on protesters in bahrain stay with us for that and more needs.
reins ruling mauna kea is threatening legal action against anyone taking part in protests shut for today on thursday an anti-government demonstration was violently dispersed by police mean one another than an almost fair showcasing and the right equipment intended for bahrain security services so the protests from activists demanding the british government stop supporting oppressive regimes but human rights activists cited a way it is says not even weapons or legal threats will stop the movement for change. we have witnessed a severe a crackdown on the peaceful protests since february two thousand and eleven and surprisingly those the protests have continued to protest and in fact nothing had to stop them we have seen these are all the arming entering the terrain and participating on the crackdown. the protests from carry on they did not own with the more restrained the government the more bans they basically issued
the more people are more determined to continue i mean we have seen in last month they stopped people from protesting anywhere in manama and it's there is ongoing a protest in manama and people are determined to continue so basically the more repression they face the more they are clear about achieving the demands of freedom and democracy. just got more news online for you including from bad to worse at fukushima the operator be crippled nuclear side of the situation is out of control and called for more details on the crisis plagued facility. also the flames ravages seaside tourist park in the american state of new jersey devouring fifty businesses including an ice cream shop the dramatic footage is on our website right now.
a blaze in a psychiatric clinic in northwestern russia has claimed thirty seven lives including a nurse who died trying to rescue others twenty three people managed to escape the fire which witnesses say have been caused by one of the patients. has the details. the fire reportedly broke out in the evening hours and in a wooden an excess of this facility in the northwest of russia had near the village of luka apparently this wooden an excerpt is the men's ward many of these patients were bedridden at the time and witnesses are saying that they saw
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 have spent 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 it's reported died trying to save patients now the 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 a so obviously that's being looked at very closely on and on a very tragic morning in the village of luca 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 nightclub one leaf of the double doors was sealed shut and that really brought fire safety into focus here in russia and unfortunately tragedy has struck again last night and this morning in the northwest. and the front reporting that some of the global headlines for you this on a world update in iraq a twin bombing near a sunni mosque killed at least thirty people and injured dozens the blogs targeted worshipers as they were leaving for. they prayers the attack in just two days after over thirty years were killed in explosions that struck a mosque in baghdad sectarian violence in iraq has surged since two thousand and eight with over five thousand people losing their lives this year alone. for when found guilty of raping and killing a young woman in the indian capital have been sentenced to death by hanging the
brutal attack on a moving bus in new delhi last december left the victim with severe injuries that two weeks later officials crime spot nationwide outrage and triggered massive protests. and since ruling can be appealed in the supreme court. thousands of supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi and the muslim brotherhood have taken to the streets in cairo and elsewhere across the country demonstrators refuse to acknowledge the army backed government and the mahdi morsi reinstatement during a rally in alexandria protesters clashed with locals after being attacked with stones brotherhood's top leaders and hundreds of activists have been arrested since a military coup in july. we go to france where members of topless protest movement femen appeared in court charged with damaging the cathedral during a protest as february activists rang the cathedral's bells with wooden sticks and
chanted no more post the same protest that homophobia according to french law these actions could be punished with up to five years in prison and a seventy five thousand member of the trial will resume in february next year. red wine pungent cheese and foreground they're all products strongly associated with quality french produce some of the vat in their masses across the country but keep political figures and now go to great lengths to get french consumers to buy more homegrown products to boost the economy riseley reports on a new push to buy local and think national. when france's industry minister are no more divorce struck a pose looking as french as one can be consumer affairs minister been one more thought it was a joke. this is a real photo of on new moon two. i don't believe it was only when the value. in fact of what it was message was serious choose french products over foreign made
ones to help more their countrymen and 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 that if consumers were 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 can really be seen in the prices of the goods now this one for example is peaches from spain it costs of court might be five per kilo rather this one which is clearly marked made in france cost six 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 money first. yes if i have the money certainly. just a few other commodities as i think globalization allows us to find cheaper goods. when you look at the product you know a. little short of whatever your goals are bottle he has been dug into in france but bought over the been done as well in fact a french political parties have been accused of hypocrisy as a local newspaper's investigation last year showed election campaign materials had been made in china valid morocco you name it. musician is here for example this little case is made in china so i'm not afraid buying things in china that's of the point the point is we have. no hope in france at all as a d.c.m.
is a brand that takes pride of having its manufacturing base in france its director says the study was an important point that paying more to support their own industries creates local jobs it is far less of an economic burden than the cost of three point two million unemployed big amount of those ducks of course. is a social care we have in france and a big amount of the social care is employment so we'd move we would be much more healthier in france and with lower deficit public deficit if everyone was to have a job the world trade organization has criticized this campaign as patriotic protectionism as france's economic y. 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 past. tense or sylvia r t paris. so that brings up to date for the moment all be back with the news he would move in just over half an hour from now in the meantime the former u.n. chief weapons inspector is all some tough questions on syria that some so i think go right after this break. david silverman president of american atheists initially had his request for a custom license plate with the word atheist on it rejected atheist written with 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 spelled 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 an 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 to 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 yourself or 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 show just my opinion. russia has formally presented a proposal for the disarmament of syria's chemical arsenal plan amir putin has
personally appealed to the american public and political establishment to give negotiations a chance in war torn syria so tough questions remain primarily whether washington can restrain from its habit of using brute force. helen welcome to mean sophie shevardnadze and today we're talking about syria again years limited strikes are being held back and may not take place at all in no small part thanks to russia but it progress in a war that has already cost so many lives are we back to square one. millions of people displaced hundreds of thousands killed.
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