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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 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. with the syrian opposition whose 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 fatalities seized britain's police come under criticism for their reliance on an arsenal of apparently non-lethal tasers to control suspects.
live from moscow you're watching r t and lindsey france thanks for joining me. as well as president has accused the u.s. of refusing to provide visas for some members of a delegate of a delegation going to the u.n. next week nicolas maduro has was also apparently refused permission to fly through american airspace to get to china venezuela's foreign ministry said these incidents were an act of aggression and a violation of international law artie's marina portnoy has the details. venezuelan president nicolas maduro flight plan to china was denied that's according to foreign minister elliott how large he said washington prohibitive the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over the ricoh 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 will 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 now the 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 the 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 bill. president evo morales who is called on latin american countries to recall their ambassadors from the u.s. in response to this so he said 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 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 lay around 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 in an appearance on state television the venezuelan president insisted he will not stop until he one b.'s a dispute is resolved accusing the u.s. of acting unlawfully here's what he had to say you know you're not otoh they've been syrian delegation will attend the u.n. summit but the us you should conditions soon it might not visa for one of my ministers why not go into the years as tourists but as there were gates represent
no country so the us embassy must issue visas for the entire delegation if i have to take diplomatic measures against the government and i will take them to the most critical member with necessary but i'm not going to accept any type of aggression the us government should know they don't know when the un. dave lindorff the founder of this can't be happening to nap believes the incident shows a two faced policy is at play. the u.s. is supplying it is 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 according to mark rypien so we're nobody's contesting the validity of his 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 u.s. 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. of a delineation in latin america is denied the right to fly over one of our colonies r t is keeping an eye on tensions between the united states and venezuela well bring you the latest updates at the situation develops stay with r.t. . syria's deputy foreign minister says the nation's civil war has reached stalemate with neither side is strong enough to win he said of peace talks in geneva took place damascus 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 paul scott 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 fifth 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 bulls 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 but 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 when 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 in 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 with the fierce battles taking place near the turkish border civilians are also suffering with ancient christian village of my lad just one area
to fall into the hands of jihadists artist correspondent in syria maria for national reports. further to 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 the harvest attack this mostly christian village in syria more than two weeks ago local residents were forced to flee the battlefield that was once the 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 third is going to lose its doors for us that. many refused to talk because their relatives remain missing they say is the miss kidnapped people and they fear these 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 by lula's siege. you know
in the morning by the shards of a log by the doors and all gathered in one room i told us to run that and we won't harm you and try and make a will and shyly went there and surrounded us they pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was injured in 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 aim other than the throw in the israel that was worthless and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by the one of five muslim villages my do maybe they see their last obstacle in their party with here on two on it's father in law is eighty eight years old he says nothing like this
has happened in his lifetime and we were living in peace and now it seems there. want to throw 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 our newer because militants holed in the village often keep the bodies for further rennison 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 swede 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 united people for thousands of years the help now is that it can sustain them
for a little longer and old 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 and cross talk little about gas 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. i think it's a cheap shot to talk about refugees of being terrorists that scepter we just haven't seen them 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 goes drag on for years and years not just in syria but also indeed for the reason i have the same there you know you judge me 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. as al qaeda 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 have the clashes were reportedly still underway near a third military camp where a car bomb detonated outside the barracks yemeni 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 or on al qaeda has led to the u.s. stepping up its targeted killings with unmanned drones on yet many territory but some reports suggest civilians are falling victim to such attacks as well as
militants still ahead this hour iran seemingly holds out an olive branch to the west. we look at whether washington is willing to grasp it and many ties with the islamic republic that have been severed for decades. and. russian coastguards or greenpeace ship after after activists attempt to disrupt and. work the work of an oil rig in the arctic see that and more after the break. we'll look at. science technology innovation called the least developed mints from around russia we've got the future covered. wealthy british style. time to.
elected president has offered to oversee talks between the syrian government and the opposition assan 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 far in relations with washington but that's not an easy goal to achieve let's take a look at the tensions between the two in the past decade or so a year after the cia accused iran of having one of the world's most active nuclear programs then president george w. bush named iran in his infamous axis of evil causing outrage in tehran in two thousand and five came the first of several statements in which bush hinted at the possibility of using force three years later president bush described iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism saying action was needed before it's too late in two thousand and ten the united states and israel stepped up cyber war
efforts aimed at disrupting one of iran's main nuclear power plants in summer two thousand and twelve the u.s. imposed some of its most crippling sanctions banning world banks from completing oil transactions with tehran a few countries were exempt in return for an agreement to cut oil imports from iran and just this september president obama hinted that pulling back on it on a strike against syria doesn't mean he would do the same when it comes to iran in light of iran's current apparent change of tone artie's innocent takes a look at how responsive america is likely to be. 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 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 fall 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 mohammed jobbins really 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 personally fall 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 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 no way r.c. . 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 story for you online. plus on the in motion section of the website
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of fifty thousand volts passing through your body people who have 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. it's been cold and yet instances of tasering by police albright is doing all the time in the u.k. more than doubling between six thousand and nine and two thousand and eleven that's of great concern to human rights groups who say tasers all the more day truncheon 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 or so and it's not like a little trick. you might get from. a friend around a field it's much more serious than that and that's one of the big concerns because in the hands of people trained to the sufficient level and you risk. is 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 course for a new taser tower is woefully inadequate it only lasts three days but the association of chief police officers insists they all adequately prepared so tasers are 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 month exploded in a fireball off the 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.
dealt. and worry that the negotiating and volatile situations will be noticed and be replaced with shock no questions. let's now take a look at some other world news in brief a three year old child is among the thirteen people injured in what police are calling a game shooting at a chicago city park at least three people including the child remain in critical condition 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 of the pacific and atlantic coast at the same time weather forecasters say there is a danger one of the cyclons 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 twenty seven greenpeace activists have been arrested by the russian coast guard after trying to disrupt work on an oil platform in the arctic security forces boarded the environmentalist's ship after it ignored warnings and refused to stop the authorities say the actions of the activists were dangerous and threaten the lives of the rig crew tom barton joins me now live with details tom can you give us more information on how this instant played out in the arctic. by the lindsey they must be said first of all their only source for these latest developments at the moment is greenpeace themselves greenpeace say that at the moment thirty or so of their activists are being held at gunpoint all nerved boat the arctic sunrise in the barents sea they say that fifteen march six men with guns that they believed to be from the russian security services stormed their boat and arrested them on it that
comes after dramatic scenes yesterday as four greenpeace activists tried to board the oil rig up their own by gas from its gas from the first attempt to try and drill for oil in the barents sea green can you say that that operation threatens very dangerously a very delicate environment up. shots were fired across the bow of that that greenpeace ship out there and those activists were removed from from the from the oil rig the foreign ministry takes a very different view to greenpeace. it calls their activities aggressive and provocative and says that it threatened people's lives on board that oil rig and that is why they took the action they did there is also another potential dimension to this is that the the arctic sunrise that greenpeace ship is flying under a dutch flag the dutch ambassador has been called to the foreign ministry in moscow
over the issue and the dutch foreign ministry says that it is giving this issue its full attention greenpeace has in the past been criticized by various governments for some of its more direct protest methods. like tom barton live in moscow thank you tom. tough questions and answers that matter and artie's interview show suffolk oh that's coming up after the break. 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 usa 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 while a massive reuters investigation called the child exchange has exposed some dark secrets about adoption of foreign children they expose it often by using the term re 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 just found out that on just one yahoo group 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 to clearing the child is another adult's care so for those of you who think that i am a cruel nationals because i support russians the option ban than take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just my opinion.