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the u.s. prevents venezuela's president from flying through its airspace and denies visas to a delegation being sent to the un stopping tensions between the two. a 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. the syrian opposition is numbers infested with extremists we look at the aftermath of the rebel siege of an ancient christian village where people were forced to flee their homes to protect their faith. a string of a taliban has seized britain's police come under criticism for their reliance on an arsenal of apparently non-lethal tasers to control suspects.
we're watching are two live from moscow and lindsey france thanks for joining me. venezuela's president has accused the us of refusing to provide reasons for a delegation going to the u.n. next week nicolas maduro was also apparently refused permission to fly through american airspace to get to china venezuela's foreign ministry says these incidents were an act of aggression and violation of international law artie's marina portnoy has the details. nicolas maduro plan to china was denied that's according to foreign minister elliott how he said washington prohibited the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over the rico forcing the world leader to find an alternate path now while speaking to reporters about the incident foreign minister how i denounce the move
as a won't act of aggression on the part of north american imperialism against the venezuelan government unquote president maduro was due to arrive in beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the chinese government and venezuelan officials insist that mr majority will reach his destination despite the interference of foreign minister how argues that no country can deny air space to a plane carrying a president on an international state visit he also added that he expects the u.s. to rectify this situation now the latest this is the latest 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 ambassadors in each other's capital since two thousand and eight that's when the former venezuelan president hugo chavez. to back you waited the american envoy from his country
accusing the u.s. of 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. abroad including venezuela well we've already heard from a libyan president evo morales who has called on latin american 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 their at their airspace 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 air sprees airspace mr morale is says the latest incident against the venezuelan president demonstrates that the u.s. is predisposition to humiliate other governments they've lindorff the founder of this can't be happening dot net believes the incident shows a two faced policy is at play. the u.s. is supplying it east it is trading essential trading with me to venezuela it's not an enemy of the us there's no fighting between the us and venezuela and furthermore it's one of the democratic countries of latin america which was supposedly an important thing to the united states supporting democracy and so we're nobody's
contesting the validity of his election so the us 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 that an elected leader of a. of a fellow nation in latin america is denied the right to fly over one of our colonies our t. is keeping an eye on tensions between the united states and venezuela we'll bring you the latest updates on the situation as it develops stay with r.t. for that. syria's deputy foreign minister says the nation's civil war has reached stalemate with neither side strong enough to win he said if peace talks in geneva take place to ask us will 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 god has the latest on what's hampering the diplomatic efforts at the moment. the main disagreements seem to be over the un report that was published earlier this week on the chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus on august the twenty five 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 the environmental chemical and medical fair bills that the u.n.
investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to surface rockets used in this attack contained a nerve agent sarin we know the regime possesses. and there is not a shred of evidence however that the opposition does please this is in kabul a good when we said we know what is true we meant it so case closed then according to u.s. secretary of state john kerry but according to russian president vladimir putin who also spoke on the serious subject on the day the issue is slightly more complex with thirty magoo. 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
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 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 where the united nations security council is set to meet next week to discuss that resolution but it seems that despite last week's breakthrough in geneva the diplomatic wrangling and the high stakes diplomacy looks set to rumble on for the coming weeks and months 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 former rebel allies but the fiercest battles taking place near the turkish border civilians are also suffering where the ancient christian villages are just one area to follow the hands of jihadists artist correspondent in syria maria for national reports. in the syrian village of the new ruler 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 all damascus we try to meet them only the thirty dollars vocal music stores for us that. many refused to talk because their relatives remain
missing they say is the mess kidnap people and they fear this could put them in even more danger and these people know well about danger three members of on two on its family were killed on the first days of the wireless siege. in the morning by the shards of a log by the doors and all gathered in one room i told her to run there and we won't harm you and one may call and shyly went there and surrendered they pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was intent on my chest and. one of them offered to save me but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die. 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. was going to be their a game other than to
destroy the territory and most muslims and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages my that maybe they see this as the last obstacle in their parking here on to on it's father 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 they want to throw all the christians out of the country who pray to god that will 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 rendition and to instill fear their goal is not assad their idea is to establish an islamic emirate in all of the middle east however find 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 are the syrians equally shocked prayed together for the dead and in the ancient language in my lula united people feel 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 cross talk peter lavelle's gas clash over how the refugee crisis caused by the syrian war is affecting neighboring countries as well as the situation on the ground there'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 in the for the reason i have to say that we are you know we just over the solution in the last forty eight hours of syrian refugees 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. affiliated cells take hold in syria yemen where the terror group is especially strong has just seen a fresh deadly attack at least thirty eight soldiers were killed in coordinated blasts targeting military bases in the south of the country heavy clashes are reported still under way under at near a third military camp very car bomb detonated outside the barracks be a many government has been battling the country's al qaeda branch for more than
a decade declaring open war on the group in two thousand and ten the fighting has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced tens of thousands of people war on al qaeda has led to the u.s. stepping up its targeted killings with unmanned drones on yemeni territory but some reports suggest civilians are falling victim to such attacks as well as militants. still ahead for you this hour a tale of caution new report warns europe against pursuing austerity policies claiming that another twenty five million will end up in poverty if governments don't listen the details are coming up after the break. and greenpeace. greenpeace ship was boarded by armed russian coast guard after activists attempted to disrupt an oil rig in the arctic sea that and more after the break.
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choose the access to. welcome back you're watching live from moscow and lindsey 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 two thousand and 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 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 in turn 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 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 is actually dropped in countries where spending has 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. it has quadrupled between two thousand and eight and twenty twelve so how to stem the tide of rising poverty and growing inequality while oxfam argues 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 from the r.t. moscow. and over to our web site u.s. drone 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 as enemy aircraft we've got the full story online for you lots on being in motion section of the web site you can see the full version of this dramatic footage of a fire engulfing an oklahoma chemical plant after a series of explosions we can get all that and more at our. right to see. her story. and i think you're.
on the record with. tasers are fired up to five times a day in the u.k. with british police increasingly relying on an arsenal of fifty thousand high voltage weapons the authorities say they save lives but after a string of fatalities human rights activists have grave concerns over the real extent of the dangers they pose as our seas laura smith reports. imagine the feeling of fifty thousand volts coughing through. people who have been tasered say it's a massive shock that starts in your liver and kidneys courses through your heart and your brain it feels like you're being right. it's being told and yet instances of tasering by police is the only time in the u.k.
more than doubling between two thousand and nine thousand and eleven that's of great concern to human rights groups who say tasers all the more should and 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 a so it's not like a little trick. you might get from. a friend around the field it's much more serious than that one of the big mistakes because in the hands of people who aren't trained to the sufficient level and you risk serious instances happening tasers were originally only given to highly trained marksman but they're now being issued to specialist units and the beats a total of fourteen thousand seven hundred offices amnesty says the training calls for a new tase that power is woefully inadequate it only lasts three days but the association
of chief police officers insists they all adequately prepared so tasers 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 there the higher the potential for accident ten people have died since tasers were introduced in the u.k. in two thousand and three one man exploded in a fireball off to 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. and worry that negotiating in volatile situations will be noticed and be replaced with shock no questions. now let's take a look at some other world news in brief a three year old child is among thirteen people injured in what police are calling a gang shooting at a chicago city park at least three people including the child remain in critical
condition and several are reported to be serious witnesses say one or two gunman opened fire at a basketball court so far no arrests have been made the incident comes just days after a shooting at a washington naval yard that claimed twelve lives. in mexico at least ninety seven people have been killed as two hurricanes continue to batter both the pacific and atlantic coast at the same time weather forecasters say there is a danger of one of the side one of us could be about to move into 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. at least three greenpeace twenty five i'm sorry greenpeace activists have been arrested by the russian coast guard after trying to disrupt work on an oil platform in the arctic security forces had to board the environmentalists ship after it ignored warnings refused to stop activists are protesting against the environmental dangers of the oil drilling tom burton joins me now live with details tom can you give us an idea
of how the situation played out. hi there lindsey yes it must be said first of all that our only source for this boarding of this search ship at the moment is greenpeace itself they say that around thirty of their activists are being held on the ship by about fifteen masked gunman they call them they believe they're from russia security service the f.s.b. this all comes after dramatic scenes yesterday as greenpeace activists tried to board an oil rig but oil rig owned by the russian oil giant gazprom oil and gas giant trying to drill their first attempt to drill for oil in the barents sea at the time shots were fired across the bow of that greenpeace ship by the russian coast guard and those people were removed under arrested trying to board the toile rig as far as greenpeace is concerned they say that oil rig threatens very seriously a very delicate environment up there and that's why they they did that the foreign
ministry though and russian authorities take a very different view they say it was downright dangerous what greenpeace tried to do and they did the right thing in removing those are those people another potentially explosive issue over this is the fact that this greenpeace ship the arctic sunrise is flying under a dutch flag the dutch ambassador's being summoned to the foreign ministry over that and the dutch foreign ministry says that it is giving the issue its full attention greenpeace has in the past been criticized by various governments around the world for its some of its more direct attempts to make these protests. tom back live in moscow thank you so much. up ahead we continue our report on the phenomenon of friendly fire stay with us.
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equipped people in the world. sometimes fall short of the mark in his book friendly fire dr snoeck investigates an encounter in a no fly zone in which two u.s. f. fifteen fighters shot down to u.s. army black hawk helicopters instantly killing twenty six u.n. peacekeepers this happened in one thousand nine hundred four full three years after the end of the first gulf war was that a high shooting war going around there's not a lot of bad guys running around on the ground there aren't a lot of enemy planes flying around near broad daylight unlimited visibility relatively benign conditions at the time can play in this one in the fog of war on the call sheet that morning the two f. fifteen pilots were briefed that they would be the first aircraft to enter the no fly zone by regulation no helicopters were allowed to fly into the zone without fighter coverage. unbeknown to the f. fifteen pilots a last minute early morning trip was scheduled to get peacekeepers to or below a town deep in northern iraq.
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