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believing. syria completes the first step of its chemical disarmament plan while russia and the united states diplomatic progress on the issue is overshadowed by fresh exchanges over who's to blame for last month's poison gas attack near damascus. amid reports of moderate opposition fighters joining extremist ranks in syria we look at the jihad as siege of an ancient christian village where people were forced to flee their homes to protect their faith. polls open in germany's parliamentary election which looks set to see chancellor merkel securing a third term but growing social and economic difficulties leave many disillusioned . and as germans cast their ballots greece awaits the outcome we'll look at how decisions made in berlin will echo in the country
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where there is growing anger at the severe austerity measures. you're watching are to live from moscow and see friends thanks for joining me. syria has fulfilled one of its obligations as part of a chemical disarmament plan handing over a list of its toxic stockpiles to the international watchdog the deadline set in a russia u.s. deal hammered out last saturday was also met this apparently surprised american officials with some saying the inventory was more complete than they expected but despite serious compliance so far not everything has been smooth on the diplomatic front this week artie's innocent has the details. as kay often violence continue in. syria so does the diplomatic battle surrounding the conflict this week
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a un investigation concluded chemical weapons were used on august the twenty first environmental chemical and medical therapies that the u.n. investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to 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 but the u.n. report doesn't blame the assad regime for the attack or mention other chemical weapons attacks allegedly carried out this summer russia claims there is still no evidence the syrian government is guilty and rather many suggestions the attack was
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a clever attempt by rebels to push for foreign intervention we have every reason to think that it was a provocation a small provocation of course but the technique was very simple they use 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. russia says the u.n. report was rushed and ignores relevant evidence of other chemical attacks in syria the deputy foreign minister called in damascus this week confirmed un inspectors were informed. this material which was killed by the syrian authorities was discreetly handed over to orcus drum the head of u.n. mission here mission of experts which came and investigated the incident but never did so on the three subsequent incidence and then sell strong was
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asked to look into the and eventually factor this new evidence even to the final report of self from his mission you can never happened in fact still the u.s. is pushing for a response based on this u.n. investigation just last week the u.s. and russia agreed to a six point plan to read syria of its chemical weapons damascus pledged to move forward and has so far complied the chemical weapons ploy if you like by the west and by the by the jihadist was. was countered effectively by russia and damascus saying ok you want to chemical weapons you've got the chemical weapons it's interesting to note that the free syrian army disavowed that agreement and will not of its own and you know a little in the other forces will not give up their chemical weapons in this whole dispute and and john kerry the u.s. secretary of state is not even pushing on that instead he is pushing on the u.n.
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security council to sign a strong resolution possibly even mandating force but recently seems like a small victory for diplomacy in the syria crisis a new road is slowly going back to old ways as washington continues to threaten force and moscow push for compromise the battle continues and he said now r.t. washington. as we just heard u.s. secretary of state john kerry insists there is no evidence to suggest that the syrian opposition now sarin gas weikel maloof who worked for the u.s. defense department for nearly thirty years showed us what he claims is a classified u.s. intelligence report stating otherwise. i have. a report from a source who has direct connections with two to classified information it's one one page i mean expecting others it's classified secret no foreign it's from
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the n.g.i. sea or the national ground intelligence center the u.s. military did an assessment based upon fifty indicators that and clandestine interviews that the sourcing siren originated out of iraq into turkey before some of it was confiscated in may in turkey and that there has actually been a more significant amount of crn production both in iraq and in turkey going to the going to the opposition principally al-qaeda and we've had separate reports now that al-qaeda elements are rather significant numbers. and have and now have permeated into the opposition so the the ability to be able to. distinguish who gets what and where is going makes it much more problematic for this
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administration. meanwhile on the ground in syria the number of al qaeda linked extremists within the opposition ranks is growing rapidly hundreds of rebels from the free syrian army brigade have reportedly defected to the islamist al nusra front as the extremist element grows and violence turns increasingly sectarian syrian christians are becoming a frequent target of the rebels' parties where if a national reports on the aftermath of a brutal jihadist attack on the ancient village of malala. 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 say not sure 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
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meet them only the thirty dollars vocal music stores for us that. talk to many refused to talk because their relatives remain missing they say is the next kidnap people and they fear this could put them in even more danger and these people know well about danger three members of an two on its family were killed on the first days of the violence siege. in the morning by the shouts of a lot closer to the doors and all gathered in one area i thought i was there run that and we won't harm you and one mikel in charge he went there and surrounded us and they pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was in the in my chest and. one of them offered to save me but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die but hundreds gathered for the funerals of the three men who've they now called walters those muslims and christians the attack on malala village syrians
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say was an attack on the country and its way of life. the family what's going to be there a mother than today in that area of muslims and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages maybe they see this as the last obstacle in their parking here antoine 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 the 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 fine countries are helping them with weapons money whatever they need helping them destroy the country and people of this region
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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 in-laws the ancient language in my lula united people for thousands of years the hand now is that it can sustain them cruelly can longer and old over the country the two and a half year loan conflict is taken lives language and shattering people's hope. from damascus in syria germans have begun to cast their ballots in the country's parliamentary elections while polls suggest angela merkel's christian democratic union will win there is a growing discontent with the mainstream political parties but us have been left unimpressed and camp with campaigns and as artie's peter oliver reports many feel the bulk of the most pressing issues have been left out of the debate. well there's
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nothing more the politicians can do it's up to the german people now to decide who will be the next chancellor of their country and perhaps more importantly just who will be taking up seats behind me in the german parliament and it's hardly been an election campaign say pulses racing it's been more notable for the major issues that were talked about than those that were things like the future of the eurozone in the ongoing crisis within the monetary union were hardly mentioned if at all also germany's role within europe over the coming years how will that change well if i'm going to merkel becomes the chancellor for a third time it's unlikely that i'll change too much mrs merkel has been the chief cheerleader of all star ity for the cash strapped southern european countries also at the n.s.a. spying scandal now across germany we've seen demonstrations here in berlin as well as all of the other major cities by people wanting answers from the german
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government germany was one of the main countries that was spied on by the the n.s.a. is part of their prism program no answers were forthcoming from either angle or merkel or her main challenger in this election campaign. of the social democrats none of that particularly touched on in the lead up also the current financial situation for germans as being an increase in the amount of people in the country that would be regarded as working poor pish time to put forward a minimum wage that he wanted to see imposed that was knocked back by angela merkel saying it just wouldn't work now to get into the german parliament any party just needs five percent of the votes in the past this is a lot smaller parties to get a foothold within german politics one party that it seems may get across that threshold and could have potentially huge influence when it comes to forming future coalitions alternative for deutschland alternative for germany or a euro skeptic party an anti euro party if they get into parliament well that.
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could seriously affect just how whoever comes out with the majority deals with coalitions that have been formed now they say that they won't operate with mrs merkel unless she is being adopted a euro skeptic policy so that could be all very interesting to see just who comes out as part of the coalition government after this german election the polls close here at six pm local time i'll be bringing you all of the news as we get it throughout the day here on r.t. . underlain merkel recently described her country as the engine of europe but that might not sit well with many germans unwilling to partners on top of that many are concerned about an ever widening income gap and tough job market business and government consultant christoph four star says this has led to apathy among the german electorate people in germany by a large numbers very frustrated so frustrated that all the media are coming out
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these days with you know please take part in the elections daughter who go to vote don't stay at home the government is very clearly afraid the whole system in germany is afraid that more than fifty percent of the germans could epstein and that would be a very bad sign for the system obviously right now many germans are in the mood that they would be ready you know to vote for dirty or donkey to get rid of the euro eighty percent of the germans don't want to pay in the you know more tax payers hard earned money into supporting the road the currency euro while voting today germans will not only decide their own country's future in austerity stricken greece people too are closely following the election the country needs another bailout to keep going which depends in large part on germans have to say about it let's take half not reports from a sense. when it comes to finances decisions made in germany are often felt right
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here in greece and the outlands may be the birthplace of democracy ballots cast by german voters have a huge role to play in this country's future that despite two bailouts and across the board spending cuts is still struggling through one of its worst recession since the second world war unemployment just soaring and two thirds of young greeks are without work despite two aid packages was to two hundred forty billion euros revenues are still short of expectations what's more the growing consensus is that greece is unlikely to get back on its feet without more help so little third term for chancellor angela merkel mean more austerity as well starship for greece and how do people here actually feel about a potential change in leadership in europe's largest creditor nation but we decided to hit the streets of athens to find out take a look at your money believe. the city you. do with it it's in there. it's been your local markets polls he's hurt the greeks as well as the
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germans but regardless of who wins the result will be bad for us because our politicians are weak during the initial huge blunders with intervene so much in my country that it feels like greece is controlled by foreign politicians germany in general has a good. time to move. its i don't believe what some greeks see that. is good so as you just heard a mix of views there although germany contributed to to bailout loans to greece more goals austerity policies are widely blamed for future spending cuts and whichever way germans and up voting it certainly is likely to be felt right here in greece reporting from athens from r.t. on this the council of. greece has seen violent protests this week following the murder of a prominent left wing activist he was allegedly killed by a man claiming to be a member of the far right golden dawn party which has been riding a wave of popularity amid growing economic troubles in the country george petro
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galo say a professor of constitutional law believes there's a direct link between anti-us territory anger and the rise of extremist movements. the majority of the people is rejecting this austerity measures that unfortunately . get into despair you speak you know so did eyes of the new fascists in the first this is a small minority now we've got a massive demonstration of the public sector. and of course not at all via the most of the some but all of that has been a complete way the manager was like a young person babies a new a fascist group the only call for greece is a purse this is steady. income but little money over european socialist state. so i had for you this hour iraq is rocked by a bloody day of sectarian violence a series of attacks targeting shia neighborhoods and gatherings make it the
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deadliest day this year. and signs of a saw in iran u.s. relations we look at tehran's charm offensive ahead of president rouhani is a visit to new york. well. it's technology innovation all the developments around russia. the future covered. wealthy british soil. the time is right for. the market why not. find out what's really happening to the global
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economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into cars a report on our. welcome back to what you are to live from our moscow headquarters islands in france thanks for joining me the deadliest assault on civilians in iraq this year has claimed the lives of at least ninety six people after a string of attacks targeted shiite muslim neighborhoods the majority were killed when suicide bombers attacked ishi a funeral in the capital baghdad and who were activist richard becker from the
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answer coalition believes the bloodshed raging in iraq is just an echo of the u.s. led invasion. the fundamental cause of the ongoing violence in iraq is the us invasion and occupation which tore iraqi society apart and in which at the time of the occupation the us occupiers favored certain groups in the population against others demolished the state had existed and said in that in it's place we are going to give you something new and better democratic and wonderful and in fact the tearing apart of iraqi society back in two thousand and three. is still. reaping the kind of consequences that we saw the horrible consequences that we saw in iraq and i think that. we responsibly for at least could claim for this has never. been attributed in the
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mainstream media in the united states to those who are responsible and that is those who created this war the bush administration and all of its agents. and on our website a mass pro independence rally comes to edinburgh ahead of next year's referendum but there are in vision section that are to dot com to see how thousands of scots have stress their cultural identity saying no to a centuries long time with london. boss russia's female soldiers prove they're just as tough as their male counterparts they showed off their skills special forces training we've got footage of that at our in motion page. it's. the.
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iran seems to be offering an olive branch to the west ahead of next week's un general assembly meeting a change of tone that first appeared with the election of a new president has become especially noticeable this week here's a look at some of his son rouhani is moves that may be signaling a thaw first in a recent interview he made it clear iran will never pursue nuclear weapons adding that his government might be ready to strike a deal with the west or honey for their address the topic of cooperation when he made his case for putting an end to frosty relations and engaging in constructive dialogue in an open letter to the washington post and in a conciliatory gesture gesture iran released almost a dozen political prisoners this week two of them were announced human rights activists at the core of this push to defrost relations is an exchange of letters between rouhani and president obama. well the white house indicates the pair
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can meet although not formally at the u.n. general assembly next week jamal abdi a policy director at the national iranian american council shares his thoughts on what can be expected from this potential landmark meeting you know there's a lot of work to be done i mean no u.s. president has actually sat down with the iranian president since since you know the nine hundred seventy nine revolution so i think what we can expect from this upcoming meeting is probably some sort of symbolic handshake or or signal something along those lines but i do think that this paves the way for a substantive meeting between both sides to actually address with these outstanding issues that are on the table including obviously the nuclear issue where rouhani has expressed willingness to increase transparency and perhaps put some caps on the nuclear program but that meeting will also necessitate some discussion of actually easing sanctions on the u.s.
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side but i think that this is definitely possible. and to some other news in brief now starting with pakistan where a suicide bombing at a church in the northwestern city of peshawar has killed fifty two people including women and children thirty more were injured in the explosion that happened while people were leaving after a sunday service no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. yet. kenyan security forces and militants are locked in a hostage standoff at an upmarket nairobi shopping mall around thirty people are reportedly being held by the al qaeda linked gunmen the death toll from the attack has meanwhile risen to fifty nine with one hundred seventy five injured two attackers were killed during the assault on the shopping center which started on saturday somalia based al-shabaab says the attack was in response to the presence of kenyan troops in their country. china's former top politician bo
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xilai has been sentenced to life in prison he was found guilty of bribe taking embezzlement and abuse of power the downfall of the once rising star of the communist party began in february last year she'd lie was accused of interfering in the investigation into his wife's killing of a british businessman. coming up in r t team heads to the harsh continent of antarctica to find out what the lives of explorers are like there. 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
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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 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 we're just found out that on just one yahoo group are 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 adults care so for those of you who think that i am a cruel nationals because i support russians doctrine ben then take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just. my opinion.
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is. one of. the face people. a pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure.
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summer is coming to an end to talk to the crew of the academic field of is waiting for the research station to pick up for 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 soviet union's biggest antarctic research station. now it only works during the summer. in the southern hemisphere summer starts in december and ends in march. so seasonal operations are over.
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water is drained from the station and windows and filled with. given even the slightest chance to sneak in it will be impossible to get out. to be shut down no one can survive without heat. just a few hours to complete. the station is ready for winter. or will fly people to the.


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