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as i. was. breaking news this hour the u.s. prevents venezuela's president from flying through its airspace and denies visas to a delegation being sent to the un stoking tensions between the two. the blame game surrounding the use of chemical weapons in syria hampers the russian american disarmament plan with fresh exchanges between moscow and washington over who's at fault. and a cautionary tale of a new report warns europe against pursuing austerity policies claiming that another twenty five million wind up in poverty governments don't listen.
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live from our studios in moscow you're watching our defects if you for joining me breaking news this hour venezuela's president has accused the u.s. of refusing to provide visas for a delegation going to the u.n. next week a plane carrying leader nicolas maduro was apparently refused permission to fly through american airspace on its way to china but as well as foreign ministry said these incidents were an act of aggression and a violation of international law for details we're joined now by our port and i are from new york. can you tell us more details of what actually took place in this incident. well here's what we know so far venezuelan president nicolas maduro as flight was in route to china when according to foreign minister l.a.'s how wa us officials per hit of the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over were to rico forcing the world leaders to find an alternative
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alternative path now while speaking to reporters about the incident foreign minister howard i denounce the move as quote an act of aggression on the part of north american imperialism against the government of the livery delivery in. republic excuse me unquote president maduro was due to arrive in beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the chinese government venezuelan officials insist that mr majority will reach his destination despite the interference the foreign minister how argues that no country can deny air space to a plane carrying a president on an international state. but he expects the us to rectify this situation of the latest this is lead us incident will no doubt bring animosity to of the already strained relations between washington and caracas let's remember that the united states and venezuela have not had embassadors in each other's
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capital since two thousand and eight that's when the former venezuelan president hugo chavez. back you waited the american envoy from his country accusing the u.s. backing a group of military officers he said were plotting against him and other u.s. responded at the time by expelling venezuela's ambassador and also just a few months ago in july president majority announced that his government was halting attempts to improve relations with the u.s. now that move was in response to comments made by the newly appointed u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power who told a senate committee that are her new role would include challenging the crackdown on civil society and abroad including venezuela so we've got reactions from venezuela what about the rest other south american countries. well we've already heard from bolivian president evo morales who has called on latin american
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countries to recall their ambassadors from the u.s. in response to this recent incident now president morales was caught in a similar situation this summer when several european union countries denied there at their air space to his jet now that's allegedly because the u.s. suspected that n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden was on board president morales his. airplane now the bolivian leader had to land in austria after portuguese authorities wouldn't let the president's plane land for refueling in lisbon french authorities also wouldn't let the plane enter their airspace airspace mr morale is says the latest incident against the venezuelan president demonstrates that the u.s. is predisposition to humiliate other governments are enough for ny and new york thank you very much david leonhardt lindorff the founder of this can't be happening
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dot net believes the incident shows a two faced policy is at play the u.s. is supplying it is treating essential trading with three to venezuela it's not an enemy of the us there's no fighting between the u.s. and britain smell it and furthermore it's one of the democratic countries let me rerack it which was supposedly an important thing to the mid states supporting democracy and so we're. the validity of this election so the u.s. is denying an elected president the right to fly over one of its colonies in order to get on a trip to china on a state visit and yet the us allows dictators president military leaders known to have slaughtered their own people in latin america all those people are welcome to come and vacation in the united states but an elected leader. of a fellow nation in latin america is denied the right to fly over one of our
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colonies our t. is keeping an eye on tensions between the united states and venezuela we'll bring you the latest updates as the situation develops stay with. syria's deputy foreign minister says the nation's civil war has reached a stalemate with neither side strong enough to win he says if peace talks in geneva take place to mask as well push the opposition to agree to a cease fire this comes as the u.n. security council tries to finalize a russia u.s. deal to destroy syria's chemical weapons artie's pos caught joins us now live with the latest developments. paula with all of the. progress that has been recently made what is hampering these diplomatic efforts now well there were a number of statements made on thursday on both sides and it seems quite clear following those statements. both sides washington and moscow standing firm in their viewpoints now the main disagreements seem to be over the u.n.
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report that was published earlier this week on the chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus on august the twenty five so now the united states along with the united kingdom and france believe that that u.n. reports or the technical details in that u.n. report point to the fact that it could only have been the syrian government that carried out those attacks however russia say that the evidence isn't strong enough to draw any conclusions and that they have their own evidence to suggest that it was the opposition forces who carried out a chemical weapons attack on that date as an act of provocation now is the diplomatic wrangling is continue here's what u.s. secretary of state john kerry had to say to the state department on thursday anybody who reads the facts and puts the dots together which is easy to do and they made it easy to do understands what those facts mean the environmental chemical and medical fair bills that the u.n. investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to
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surface rockets used in this attack contain the nerve agent sarin we know the regime possesses. and there is not a shred of evidence however that the opposition does please this isn't complicated when we said we know what is true we meant it. well russian president vladimir putin also spoke on the issue of syria on thursday he reiterated that he believes and that russia believe the evidence presented in that u.n. report isn't strong enough to draw any firm conclusions as to who was to blame for the attack thirty magoi we're always talking about the responsibility of president assad if he unleash the chemical weapons but what if the rebels did it what are we going to do with them we have every reason to think that it was a provocation
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a small provocation of course but the technique was very simple they used an old soviet missile which are 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. . while another bone of contention between washington and moscow is the wording of a future u.n. resolution a u.n. resolution that will give the deal struck in geneva last weekend legal backing and support of course that deal that will see geneva that will see sorry damascus destroy its chemical weapons stockpile now the u.s. the u.k. and france one the threat of force to remain on the table if president bashar al assad doesn't comply with that u.n. resolution russia say that that is unnecessary and not what was agreed in geneva and president vladimir putin is urging the international community to have clear objectives for the end goal in syria. i often ask my western counterparts
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you're essentially backing the rebels ok let's imagine they come to power with your help what are you going to do next roll a newspaper and try to shoo them from power it just doesn't happen that way i asked them what are you going to do then and their responses we don't know that's an open discussion well we don't know what's the point of rushing headlong into a fight especially we have no idea of how it might end. well the united nations is security council is set to me next week to discuss the resolution but it seems that despite last week's breakthrough in geneva the diplomatic wrangling is in the high stakes diplomacy the accent to rumble on for the coming weeks and months all right paul scott live in moscow inside syria the number of al-qaeda linked extremists within the opposition ranks is reportedly growing and they're not just fighting government troops but also their formal former rebel allies the fiercest battles taking place near the turkish border civilians are also suffering with the ancient
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christian village of just one area to fall into the hands of jihadists artie's correspondent in syria maria financial reports. further the syrian village of the luna is where the aramaic language believed to have been spoken by jesus christ was in daily use but not so much these days. after jihadists attacked this mostly christian village in syria more than two weeks ago local residents were forced to flee the battlefield that was once their native land and calm organized life. many of them to graph huge with christian families in old damascus we try to meet them only the thirty dollars vocal music stores for us so that. took them to many refused to talk because their relatives remain missing they say is the best kidnap people and they fear the escaped with them in even more danger and these people know well about danger three members of on two on its family were killed on
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the first days of the lunar siege that's not marlon out in the morning by the shards of a love letter in the doors and all gathered in one interview i thought i was the one that and we won't harm you and try and make helen shyly went over there and surrounded by pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was intending my chest and our way about that around one of them offered to say but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die but hundreds gathered for the funerals of the three men who they now called walters those muslims and christians the attack on malala village syrians say was an attack on their country and its way of life. the formula was going to be there a mother that didn't work in the current strand of muslims and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages lie that maybe they see this as the last obstacle and they're packing them with here on to on it's father
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in law is eighty eight years old he says nothing like this has happened in his lifetime. we were living in peace and now it seems there. and through all the christians out of the country who prayed to god that would defeat them and kick them out another relative who's afraid to show her face says it's hard to say how many people were killed in the lula because militants holed in the village often keep bodies for further ransom and to instill fear their goal is not assad their idea is to establish an islamic emirate in all of the middle east however foreign countries are helping them with weapons money whatever they need helping them destroy the country and people of this region special sweet sanctified bread he serves in the family to commemorate the dead. in church they held special ceremonies for several days. and again all the syrians equally shocked prayed together for the dead and alive the ancient language in my lula
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united people for thousands of years they have now is that it can sustain them for a little longer and all over the country the two and a half year long conflict is taking lives language and shattering people's hope. from damascus in syria and later today in crossed out here lavelle's guess clash over how the refugee crisis caused by the syrian war is affecting neighboring countries as well as the situation on the ground here's a quick look. you think it's a cheap shot to talk about refugees as being terrorists or is that scepter we just haven't seen that except for a few isolated cases there were over two million iraqi refugees that didn't form terrorist cells and in neighboring countries i think we do agree in terms of the long term consequences on human beings if this conflict does drag on for years and years not just in syria but also indeed for there really i have to say that we're you know you just sort of solution in the last forty eight hours of syrian refugees
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in lebanon who were caught going over the border with heavy weapons to give to the nusra front so you know i don't know that we can really sit here and say that you know that the refugee situation is not going to have a negative impact on the fighting on the ground. iran's recently elected president has offered to oversee talks between the syrian government and the opposition rouhani addressed the western world in an editorial for the washington post calling on countries to focus on the future and not past frosty relations the apparent readiness of iran's new leader to engage has given hope for a thaw in relations with washington parties and s. and now it looks at how responsive america is to the change of tone. the u.s. and iran haven't had diplomatic relations for over thirty years but recently both sides have suggested that steps could be taken to change that next week the new
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iranian president will visit the u.n. general assembly and the obama administration is preparing for high level talks between a rainy and u.s. officials possibly even a direct exchange so could this be the beginning of a flaw after three decades of failed foreign policy towards iran well joining me now to speak more about that is hillary mann leverett and flynt leverett co-authors of going to tehran why the united states must come to terms with the islamic republic of iran. who's seen as much more open to work with the u.s. he has a softer line on israel he has come out and said that iran is not going to seek nuclear weapons is that enough to change u.s. policy towards iran the obama administration is very fortunate in terms of the incoming that the new iranian administration both president rouhani and his foreign minister mohammad job in syria have a lot of experience dealing with the west dealing with international law they both have ph d.'s in international law they we work very closely i in particular i
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personally i was working for the state department negotiated with the iranian officials including the foreign minister zarif over afghanistan to overthrow the taleban set up a new government there the problem really is on the u.s. side you don't have that on the u.s. side you don't have a real serious understanding of what iran's interests are what their needs are how to work with iran in the framework of international law the u.s. makes demands for concessions that have no basis in international law so in to there can be a real change on the u.s. side to work with other countries especially iran within the framework of international law i'm afraid any negotiations aren't going to get far i think that particularly for president obama it's been it's been two things one is a sense that he doesn't really appreciate that. at this point the united states needs an improvement in relations with iran at least as much as iran can benefit from an improvement in relations with with america but that gets to the second big
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flaw is obama really prepared to accept the islamic republic as an enduring and legitimate political entity representing legitimate national interests if he is then the possibilities for improvement in relations are enormous but if he's not prepared to do this you know whatever nice meeting he might have with rouhani next week in new york whatever other nice exchanges there might be that's not really going to be substantive well we will certainly be watching very closely next week in new york thank you so much for your analysis like i said in the spotlight next week very much so iran and the u.s. people experts will be watching very closely to see if possibly a step towards diplomatic relations is possible reporting from washington and he said now way. still ahead a series of shocks from the police and. human
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rights activists say the apparently non lethal use of tasers on suspects is proving to be anything but their report i'm not sure why. do we speak your language or not advance. your music programs and documentaries in spanish matters to you breaking news a little too much of angle is good news stories. for you here. to ensure it all to spanish to find out more visit. wealthy british sign and sign some time to write.
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market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike's guns are the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into kinds a report on our. welcome back you're watching our two live from moscow with me when de france inequality unemployment and soaring debt europe's had its share of troubles in the five years since the financial crisis struck the aggressive austerity programs launched to cure the ailing economy appear to have made everyday life worse a new report suggests almost a third of europeans will live in poverty by twenty twenty five the details now from lucic half an off. it's a prediction of a bleak future for europe twenty five million more people living in poverty by twenty twenty five now that is according to
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a new report from oxfam the charity warns that europe's unchecked austerity programs could spell a lost decade for the continent and entrenched poverty for an entire generation now bailouts of europe's financial institutions may have helped save the banking system but they've also pushed the public debt the assumption was that balancing budgets would give confidence to markets that unsure and was supposed to allow credit and investments to plough making a condom use grow and creating jobs but in many countries that simply hasn't come to pass now at issue are deep spending cuts to public services like education health and social security many european countries have been forced to slash public spending in order to balance their budgets in ireland for example they have cut public spending by forty percent of its g.d.p. roughly twenty percent in the baltic states twelve percent in spain and so on but those numbers have a very real effect on people and they mean fewer services available to those who need the most according to oxfam this will drastically increase poverty and
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inequality across the continent not just now but for years to come now in these economic times having a job itself doesn't mean you're in the clear in fact almost one in ten working households in europe now live in what's known as in work poverty now they may bring home a paycheck but it simply doesn't buy what it used to and that is because the value of wages has actually dropped in countries where spending cuts have been the harshest prices go up salaries stay the same causing many families to struggle just to get by now the spending cuts also mean fewer jobs unemployment in the many european countries is hitting record highs and the report notes that women and young people are often most effective what about those who lose their job only just ten months even years looking for another in ireland greece and spain the long term unemployment. rate has quadrupled between two thousand and eight and twenty twelve so how to stem the tide of rising poverty and growing inequality well oxfam argues
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the poor shouldn't pay for mistakes made by bankers it's called for attacks on the transactions of big banks that could deliver billions of dollars of help to ordinary people but even lawmakers have said that such attacks would be illegal oxfam is also calling for areas like health and education to be protected from cuts the group claims that europe can afford these measures whether finance ministers agree is a different question. r t moscow. and austerity stricken greece angry crowds have again taken to the streets in protest at the far right golden dawn party which has seen its popularity surged amid the economic troubles the demonstration took place in athens the funeral of a leftwing campaigner and musician who was stabbed to death by a man claiming to be a member of golden dawn activists left graffiti around the city and carried banners condemning the far right movement as neo nazis the group is the country's third largest political force and entered parliament in last year's elections the government has hinted it may seek to ban the party over its alleged connection to
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the murder. at least ninety seven people have been killed as two hurricanes continue to batter both the pacific and atlantic coast of mexico at the same time weather forecasters say there's a danger one of the cyclists could be about to move into oil the oil producing gulf of mexico tens of thousands have been evacuated to safety so far rescue operations are underway with dozens of people reported missing. there was a scare at japan's fukushima nuclear plant after a five point three magnitude earthquake rocked nearby areas fortunately there were was no spike in radiation and no damage to the facility structure has been reported this comes after the plant's operators admitted that radioactive groundwater has been pouring into the pacific ocean the two thousand and eleven earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused a meltdown forcing a mass evacuation of the area. moammar gadhafi his son saif al islam has appeared in court in libya's western city of zen town the government has been
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unable to put him on trial in the capital because regional authorities refuse to hand him over and the international criminal court wants a wife to be prosecuted in the hag fair fearing that in libya he won't get a fair trial john jones the i.c.c. appointed lawyer for safe al islam told r.t. why he thinks such fears are justified you know we have a fair trial before the i.c.c. whereas the conditions for trial do not exist in libya carney and there's no death penalty i see where there is a death penalty in libya in terms of having any kind of fair trial does a country where judges are being killed on the steps of the court houses where lawyers being killed where ministries are being raided by ministers and simply not a country where the conditions for trial independent judiciary different story can defend without fear or favor a decision to come forward and testify without fear of being killed or mistreated none of these conditions that there were to be
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a fair trial in general and then you take who he is the son of colonel gadhafi was murdered in india it's been investigated in terms of all his. pertussis. in a country where gadhafi is the reviled the idea that he could actually be tried in a very. proper calm and measured way on the evidence i think is a fantasy. but you have the i.c.c. finding that you know you haven't been appointed lawyers but impossible to point to a lawyer because there was a scared for their safety if they represented their new witness protection programs in place so you could only be a show trial. and over at our website us turn attacks have caused outrage because of the number of civilians they kill but according to a former u.s. air force general the one thing they can't target as successfully is enemy aircraft we've got the full story online for you. plus twenty five greenpeace activists are detained by the russian coast guard after trying to storm the oil rig in the arctic
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sea i don't mind for more of the story. right to see. her story. and i think richard. on our reporters were very. instrumental. in the little little. it's been nearly twenty years since the first has your devices hit the market with more than seven hundred thousand sold so far it took top customers the u.k. police force which has an arsenal on these so-called non-lethal weapons but after a string of fatalities human rights activists have grave concerns over the rising use by british bobbies as artie's laura smith reports. imagine the feeling of fifty
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thousand volts passing through. people who've been tasered say it's a massive shock that starts in your liver and kidneys courses through your hearts and your brain it feels like it's being right fall far it gets to be cold and yet instances of tasering by police albright is the only time in the u.k. more than doubling between two thousand and nine two thousand and eleven that's of great concern to human rights groups who say tasers on the more they should in the police seem to think they are but a potentially lethal weapon being rolled out to huge numbers of offices you have to have a fifty pounds and poked a so it's not like a little trick. of trying to get from. a stranger around the field it's much more serious the much much more of a big mistake because in the hands of people who aren't trained to sufficient level . you risk serious instances happening tasers were originally only given to highly
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trained marksman but they're now being issued to specialist units on the beats a total of fourteen thousand seven hundred offices amnesty says the training course for a new tase the counter is woefully inadequate it only lasts three days but the association of chief police officers insists they all adequately prepare so tases aren't being fired more often but there are loads more of them to be fired and they're up to five instances of taser use a day now and the more tasers out the higher the potential for accidents ten people have died since tasers were introduced in the u.k. in two thousand and three one man exploded in a fireball often dousing himself in petrol and in the us they've been linked with more than sixty deaths human rights groups say it amounts to the police being all by stealth and worry that the old.

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