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turkey closes a major supply route to syria's opposition this after al qaeda linked jihad is seize control of a key town and turn on rebel forces. meanwhile president vladimir putin mourns again sparking extremist factions in syria saying there's no simple way to shoot them from power should they eventually get it. on the killing of unarmed spoken auntie fascist rapper sends greece spiraling into violence with authorities now looking at the suspected murderers linked to the far right golden dawn party. plus the son of i stood libyan dictator moammar gadhafi has his war crimes trial adjourned until december it will still take place in libya despite requests by the international criminal court to ship him to the hague.
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welcome you watching r.t. with may. now the civil war that's devastating syria for more than two years has changed extensively from the initial conflict rebel forces and the al qaeda linked factions that once fought side by side in the n.t. said pushing pitted against each other in violent battles some reports suggest that increasingly the more radical elements appear to be gaining ground. well in the most recent incident they seized the strategic town of as need be to border the free syrian army rebels jihadi stormed the area on wednesday in some of the heaviest fighting between the two factions yet the time sits on a key rebel weapons supply route raising fears that arms could fall into the hands
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of islamic militants or sold by al-qaeda linked extremists have become a daily concern for syria's kurdish minority as well although the kurds managed to drive them out of a village earlier this week more than twenty people reportedly died in the clashes on both sides and some analysts think that the rise of radicals has been sparked by foreign interference. i think a lot of different. people at the table a lot of different countries that have their own interests in what's going on in syria right now that range everywhere from the saudis who are just interested in making sure that shia rebellion is not successful in in any country and in making sure that it's the shias are put down in their own country you have cutter and turkey who are interested in regional dominance and some of the pipeline politics related to some of the proposed pipelines that are going through syria you have israel which is always worried about threats to its itself from some of the groups in the area and you have foreign u.s. and nato allies that are always interested in what's happening in the region so you
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have a lot of different players that are there for different reasons and then you have these these looser affronts and other foreign jihadists that are being shipped in is sort of the sword of these these different interested parties at the table so it creates a very violent and chaotic situation and to certain extent for some of the interested parties there the chaos is in fact the goal of what's happening there rather than any particular outcome i think that the destabilization is it plays into the hands of many of the people who want to see the syrian government basically thrown off kilter in the stable and well president vladimir putin also warned about the rise of extremism in syria the statement came during his address to delegates at the conference and western russia. has been following and gathering for us. the russian president was once again the flamboyant speaker he's known to be talking passionately but to the point and not afraid of making jokes even about the more sensitive issues speaking about syria he's slammed washington's considerations of
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military intervention saying that it's a well known fact that many of the rebel groups are closely affiliated with internationally recognized terror organizations like i applied which is known in washington but according to him what's not known in washington is if you operation does take place what. what happened next. i often asked my western counterparts you're essentially backing the extremists ok let's imagine they come to power with your help what do you give him to do next newspaper and try to shoot them from power it just doesn't happen that way i ask them what are you going to do then and their response is we don't know it's an open discussion well if you don't know what's the point of rushing headlong into a fight especially if you have no idea valid might end. the whole talk about a possible military intervention that began after the recent chemical attack in late august on the outskirts offer damascus which was now confirmed by u.n.
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experts about the president also reminded it still hasn't been determined which side a use these chemical weapons and thirty magoi. us we're always talking about the responsibility of president assad if he had used the chemical weapons but not if the rebels did it what are we going to do with them we have every reason to believe that it was a provocation a smart provocation of course but that they can eat was very simple they used an old soviet missile which is no longer in service with the syrian army the key thing is that the missile carried the label made in the u.s.s.r. . one of the other issues touched upon in the president's address was moral and moral values in general and according to budget of fortune the western civilization which was initially built on the religious by christian values is now witnessing their rapid decline following up on moral values and minority rights as
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well the president made a joke in his specific style of humor which involved the former prime minister of italy and the situation around him. on trial because he lives with woman if he were homosexual no one would leave finger. talking a bit more about minorities the president said that of course all minorities have the right for their opinion and that has to be respected but another thing which has to be respected is the opinion and rights of the majority. and check out r.t. dot com to get more on what president putin had to say at the discussion club in valdai still to come this hour a lack of unity slows and they tell you push for involvement in syria is the cure all for spending says the head of the lines an in-depth look at this just ahead for you. the murder of a prominent anti fascist musician has sent greece into
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a frenzy with riots in clashes reported in different parts of the country the killer was reportedly a member of the far right golden dawn party whose membership is the country's economic misery his crime quickly became known for terrorizing migrants a correspondent you see cough and sent this report basically the large group of protesters have clashed with the police the police are holding their ground right now as you can see there's fires behind me tear gas is in the air it's a little bit difficult to breathe here as you can see in front of me the police are trying to hold their territory on the other side there's basically a group of anarchists black bloc kids whatever you want to call them many of the protesters here have been picking up stones along the side of the road in fact if you can pan down you can see someone trying to pull out a fire and stones on the ground from the clashes this smoke right here if we can pan to it that's tear gas so we're actually going to move away we don't really have
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. a safe safe area to go to are effectively stuck between the. protesters behind us and the ones who are seeing in front of us who are who are throwing anything they can get their hands on really people had come out here to this neighborhood to commemorate the death of a young man a young hip hop artist leftist leaning i suppose who was murdered on tuesday evening by someone who was a self-confessed golden dawn member that's one of the sort of neo fascist parties that that's been growing a lot more powerful here in greece which provided the fuel for the fire no pun intended. for for for these ten's clashes that really developed i mean basically while this is at heart an economic situation this and these economic tensions have really translated into social issues for example dividing communities some people have have been driven perhaps by desperation to join certain parties certain ideological divisions have been hardened and this is their results the result is
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a tinder box that unfortunately this particular evening erupted and came to a rather terrible clash. well the greek government is now dropping hints it may try to go indoors the far right group is nigh the third largest in parliament and said to be growing fast george professor of constitutional law believes the rise of extremist sentiment in greece is directly linked to the state of the economy. the majority of the people. the most was that unfortunately the idea is that this fear is feeding those so that eyes of the new fascists in the force this sort of minority now we. mustn't there must be some of the above except. of course not the violence that most of them but all of that has been cut. by them or they're also young babies a new
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a fascist group the only called for greece is to reverse. this if it comes back to the mother of all utopian sorts those things. to come for you this hour wind of change in iran president rouhani seems to be steering his country to a more moderate future releasing political prisoners i'm promising no nuclear weapons that still ahead. is the general election campaign and hates up with just three days to go before the vote but young people feel left on the margins and america looks set to remain chancellor that's still to come. unexplored antarctica what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who come here. now i only go to the dock.
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welcome back and iranian president hassan rouhani has pledged a completely peaceful nuclear future for his country the statement has been generally welcomed by the international community and is seen as a step by to iran towards a more moderate stance on the global political arena portnoy it takes a look at water runs new to elected leader has already done the great empire and its favorite nemesis for decades relations between the u.s. and iran have been ice cold but in recent months attitudes have been thawing ron and washington have taken steps to overcome years of hostility to begin with president hassan rouhani is appointment of foreign minister mohammad it is a relief was received positively by western officials this summer zarif a western educated former iranian ambassador to the u.n.
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has been called a worthy negotiating partner the appointment has been seen by some as an olive branch to the white house another optimistic development came in july when one hundred thirty one members of the u.s. house of representatives wrote a letter to u.s. president barack obama encouraging him to use the opportunity offered by president rouhani for the improvement of bilateral relations speaking of letters iran confirmed this week that president rouhani and president obama exchanged. written correspondence rare contact between the leaders of two nations that cut off diplomatic ties in one thousand a.d. in his letter mr obama indicated that the u.s. is ready to resolve the nuclear issue in a way that allows iraq to demonstrate that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes and on wednesday iranian officials released prominent iranian lawyer nasreen sick to day from prison after being jailed for three years for her
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human rights work in the past the us fought actively for so today's release in addition iranian media reports that thirteen other political prisoners rounded up for involvement in the two thousand and nine anti-government protests had been released this comes as the rons new moderate leader who has promised more freedoms at home and constructive engagement with the world travels to new york for the united nations general assembly debate however on the heels of mr rouhani as a rival the u.s. government is preparing to seize a thirty six story meant heightened skyscraper that prosecutors say is secretly owned and controlled by the iranian government a u.s. judge has ruled that the owners of this fifth avenue building known as the alvey foundation and asset corp transferred rental income and other funds to an iranian state owned bank a violation of u.s. sanctions this seizure couldn't have come out
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a worse time considering that the leaders of the u.s. and iran could possibly meet face to face next week reporting from new york marina for niamh artsy. cherry covalent tribune scituate for international answer to relations in paris says iran is ready to be flexible with the u.s. but only to a point the i and reduce nuclear issue you have the question of the relationship between iran and the us and. also read this for you so i think that you know the two countries have been really nearly out war. and lakes in seventy nine revolution so they just need to talk to you know the fact that. a return of. obama's and the fact that you know that they really need to start to talk to each other the all regime you know even there are liners i've come to the conclusion that the situation cannot go on they need to solve the nuclear issue they knew to
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decrease the amount of economic pressure on the contrary so they need to engage with the u.s. that's really a conclusion and they really are so you some vision. i think they are ready to be flexible but there are also some red lines that that they will never give up to the fact that there are iran wants to enrich uranium but that they are ready to be flexible. the man nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen has given a speech outlining the future of the organization he said a stronger nato needs a stronger and more unified europe uncalled for military spending by e.u. members we spoke to former m.e.p. clean for he said the bloc needs to decide on a common course of action and urgent matters like syria. the problem is not money the programmers lack of political will to actually work together the twenty eight members of the european union are probably collectively the second largest military spenders in the world but the impact we have with it is actually minimal because
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we're completely incapable of the military integration and secondly political integration in terms of actually pursuing common goals there clearly are significant divides on syria but in a sense everyone's going in the same direction but a very different speeds and also of course there's a reflection of public opinion very clear in the united kingdom for example that if you want ed miliband stance of opposing the intervention was actually welcomed by a large majority of people not everybody by a large majority of people we have for the use of chemical weapons but actually military intervention every time things people do terrible things is not the way forward. the son of the late libyan dictator can get daffy has briefly a painting call with his trial immediately edge and until december saif al islam is accused of war crimes during the country's twenty eleven civil war the hearings are taking place in each tripoli despite the international criminal court's many requests to send him to the hague paula slayer has the details of the case. twenty
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eight members of the former libyan regime are facing trial among them abdullah allison you see who was the former intelligence chief of the libyan leader moammar gadhafi as well as safe islam who was the heir apparent and also the only gadhafi son to be held in custody now the charges they're facing include murder inciting rape and kidnapping as as well as forming armed groups in violation of the nor the libyan authorities are insisting that the men will get a fair trial but human rights groups as well as many in the international community believe that this is not going to happen that the authorities are actually simply incapable of being able to do this since the capture of the men in the hague has repeatedly castigated the liberal forty's for not handing them over to face who crimes as well as crimes against humanity if the trial and when this trial goes ahead in libya it is in direct defiance of international criminal court rulings and
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the court can complain to the united nations security council for what is interesting is that it was the libyan rebels themselves before they came to government at work at the forefront of calling for the united nations to order the international criminal court to action and this is what many analysts are saying when the rebels were fighting the gadhafi regime they were very quick to curry favor with the international community to call for the gadhafi family to be put on trial at the hague but no sooner do they themselves come into power then they're turning their backs on the very same community that they were cooperating with very few people believe that safe will get a fair trial this case is a really taken a very long time and also the fact that they're not prepared to hand him over to the hague does suggest that old scores with the gadhafi family are being settled this is being called the trial of the century but even those who are trying to organize it on capable of doing so. so let's take
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a look at the international criminal court's pursuit of siva al islam since the start of the libyan revolution in february twenty levon six months into the unrest the i.c.c. issued arrest warrants for both colonel gadhafi and his son on charges of crimes against humanity the war in libya ended with the death of moammar gadhafi at the hands of rebels in october twenty levon the i.c.c. then started informal talks with saif al islam urging him to surrender himself to the hague however he was captured by libyan authorities while trying to leave the country in november shortly afterwards the government announced he would go on trial for war crimes in tripoli rejecting the i.c.c. has called for his handover saying it had no jurisdiction then in june international criminal court officials were detained by a libyan armed group for several weeks after visiting him accused of conspiring against the state and since then he hasn't had access to a lawyer libya saw the i.c.c.
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approval for its domestic trial of duffy's son in may this year but that request was rejected john jones the i.c.c. appointed lawyer for cyber al islam spoke to r.t. . in her talk show worlds apart and explained why he says there's little chance of a fair trial in libya. what do you think is the most realistic scenario what do you think is the most likely fade that key can face if he's delivered to the hague to the i.c.c. . world standard good chance of being acquitted and being being freed because you can have a fair trial before an international court you can have a trial in circumstances where there isn't until gadhafi which antonen the country i see credibility at this point of time is pretty tarnished not only by be wholely be in a fair because the i.c.c. played a very destructive very politicized role in this whole a libyan controversy and the lead up to the. ouster of more margaret coffey but
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what do you think will be his most realistic fate if he is tried in libya. he would be convicted and would receive the death penalty only couple of weeks ago former education minister mr ibrahim was sentenced to death after a very short process. and. he could easily suffer the same fate. just go back to your point about the i.c.c. and i think one has to distinguish the different organs of the i.c.c. you can talk about the prosecutor. who she chose to indict and a political decision or not but when we talk about a fair trial you're talking about three judges who have been chosen for their independent. expertise and i'm confident that he would have a fair trial before the i.c.c. . candidates are making bad last appeal to the public before germany's general election on sunday it's an important day for the country of course but also for the
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rest of europe still mired in economic strife and as peter all of the reports jim is young people are feeling increasingly sidelined as electioneering kicks into high gear. political promises ahead of the general election in germany just plain patronize in say the country's young people according to a poll of the next generation of voters less than a quarter of those asked believe the social democrats can challenge merkel and only three percent would vote for mrs merkel's current coalition partners the free democrats. are about the political what's best for us they don't listen to us and we don't trust them there isn't one person in the blue that represents our needs those with their fingers on germany's political polls say those who use needs a very clear they want education they want jobs as well as other cultural and leisure aspects this wishes aren't being addressed by the main parties past exit
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polls show the average german voter is around forty five years old and that's the demographic. christian democrats challenges the social democrats of focused on. the most part their parties of all the males dealing with the issues that the fact all the people there the largest block a vote and that's why they get. a prime time televised showdown between mrs merkel and. attended. which had been billed as a clash of the political titans barely touched on one of the key issues the n.s.a. spying scandal and the topic of surveillance and the fact is our surveys for the future of democracy is mine of the issues that we're concerned now young people especially in the future so that's why i'm in the green party when germans go to the polls on the twenty second the major political parties probably shouldn't rely on too much support from the country's young voters peter oliver r.t.
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germany. international news in brief a senior egyptian policeman has been killed and nine others injured during an army on an opposition stronghold just outside cairo dozens of police. military vehicles moved. on thursday morning more than fifty people were arrested in a raid it comes a month after an attack on a police station that left eleven people dead. in afghanistan where a district governor of the northern province is saadi paul has defected to the taliban according to officials because the abdul high is thought to be the highest ranking civilian official to defect to the taliban it comes as the american military needs to gear up to completely withdraw from the country by the end of next year. students of a new york university have accused city police of using heavy handed tactics while bringing a protest under control police reportedly shouted punches and some of the protestors and shoved down into the pavement six students were arrested the protesters were
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venting their anger over the university's decision to employ former cia chief general petraeus. up next now a special report antarctica by left. i got some angry but polite messages after i came out in favor of the foreign adoption ban of russian children by people in the us say this is not a dig on america i think russia or any country that respects itself should export any children to anywhere at all people tell me that i'm paranoid that the decision to stop the foreign adoptions punishes the children were a massive reuters investigation called the child exchange has exposed some dark
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secrets about adoption of foreign children they expose often by using the term really homing which is normally about finding new homes for animals people are basically advertising adopted children they don't want like baseball cards on e-bay . writers found out that on just one yahoo group i child a week was offered up to the public my wonder what kind of people want to discreetly get children off the internet the thing is that in the us adopting a child from overseas is hard but transferring them to someone else later on is a breeze all you need is a notarized power of attorney document the calling the child is another adult care so for those of you who think that i am a cruel nationals because i support russian adoption ban then take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just my opinion. summer is coming to an end. the crew of the academic field of is waiting for the
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station to pick up the winter everything has to be done quickly if the wind gets any stronger the helicopter won't be able to take off and there's no other way of getting people onto the ship from the station they need to hurry winter begins tomorrow. night used to be the biggest antarctic research station. now it only works during the summer. in the southern hemisphere has some a stance in december and ends in much it's now april so seasonal operations are over. geological samples are gathered during the summer
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a loaded into containers. water is drained from the station and windows are boarded up and filled in with insulation fun. is given even the slightest. chance to sneak in it will be impossible to dig it out. but diesel generator was the last to be shutdown no one can survive without heat. takes just a few hours to complete. the station is ready for winter. helicopter will fly people to the economic field of.


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