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russia's foreign minister says moscow is being blackmailed by the united states which are trying to force through grounds for military action in syria this is a u. turn to what's already been agreed. marco wins the general election but with not enough votes for her party to rule on its own while many in europe you're frustrated with germany's choice. and nuclear thong iran's leader readies for the u.n. general assembly pushing to ease the economic sanctions that appear to hit the weakest part of iranian society hardest.
you're watching are to live from moscow and lindsey france thanks for joining me. merkel has won germany's top job again but the landslide victory is overshadowed by some tough coalition choices let's take a look at the results the conservative bloc christian democrats took forty one point five percent of the vote that's not enough support for merkel's party to rule on their own as their main rivals the social democrats led by peers still brick came in with twenty five point seven percent a coalition between the two will be hard to reach parties peter all over has more from berlin. we've seen jubilant scenes at the christian democrats headquarters angle of merkel taking to the stage there and thanking her supporters those that have voted for her husband and then well the party really started then she told her supporters enjoy yourselves tonight because the hard work starts again tomorrow
they greeted her by chance of on g. and g. and g. it all looked a little bit like a football game at some point there in the crowd there very different scenes though at the s.d.p. headquarters the social democrats well they had been the main challengers to angola merkel their leader ph time brooke took the stage a little earlier to give his concession speech in which he said he really expected a lot more from the from they said this campaign it had been a really riddled campaign from him which even included the s.p.d. leader giving the middle finger to journalists during a photo interview with a newspaper here elsewhere the the center left parties the left body on the greens have seen a few losses but they've done pretty well ok the ones that are going to be coming away from this slightly disappointed well small and slightly disappointed are the free democrats know going into this election they were the junior coalition
partners they were in government and we saw the party chairman philip roessler looking inconsolable on stage as he is he addressed his followers there another policy that we're hotly anticipated going into this quote we're alternative for deutschland the alternative for germany party euro skeptic party and euro party they just miss out on the only five percent needed their leaders though luke said that just by getting this far in this election and bringing up the issues of the euro zone and germany's role within the euro that they had reached a democracy and brought strong. issues in the election so i'm glad merkel returned as german chancellor fourth the term and she said she will see out the full four years of the term which will make her the longest serving female leader in european political history as i report four more years until a merkel's election when you see comparisons deal with another three term female
leader on marcus' or that enough oregon merkel is a follower of margaret thatcher this is that truism two point zero america lesson one similarity policies between the two is they both pushed privatization although in mrs merkel's case that's not been as home but in cash strapped eurozone states. we have this obvious privatization agenda that is an essential feature of european politics it's not people and social needs that get addressed but business angela merkel supported the decision by portugal to sell off some of its publicly owned companies it's not clear sometimes whether what he is proposing for other countries she will do it itself in germany it's natural that some countries would question whether the call for privatization of countries is a way to open a. room for german companies around a company to buy in those countries angela merkel has convinced the german people
that she's the right person for the job but across europe people are wondering what four more years of her leadership will mean for them to get people is going to be negative that's logical she's the symbol of the recession in europe. i believe like . sandy strange. how he plays a very big. number a shooting carried our government not the people. that are not free. and. nobody but you know very. much that nothing will change for rose when we get more jobs and people have work then we can have growth i don't expect anything from the germans. critics accused of pushing europe in the wrong direction merkel must stop merkel must be stopped as
well as those who only represent the interests of international finance markets just like under satcher parts of northern england were devastated we see the same in greece today it leads to years of unemployment and poor living conditions. whether she's the new lady not sick before more years of the merkel. as the world's most powerful woman these are all over. merkel's victory comes despite the n.s.a. spying scandal and the revelations of german's involvement in america's notorious snooping program as the editor in chief of the german political compact magazine explains her rivals fail to play their trump card the german population is very much upset because of the spying of the. n.s.a. and cia on the tram and citizens. industry. it had no impact on the
elections because the opposition party is one of the willing to bring this topic on the top of the election campaign because. the green party and good social democrats they are also all following the american agenda so they did not make much out of this the mood of the population this fall for a reason. didn't win this elections they could have more. and still to come this hour another bout of artificial respiration for greek finances brings a little relief as athens talks with you lenders about another multibillion euro bailout its citizens are furious and valve a week of protests. there's a media leave us so we leave the media. by the scene motions secure the play your
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a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines joining to cause a report on our to. welcome back you're watching our to live from moscow and see friends. russia's foreign minister believes that western states are undermining efforts for a peaceful resolution to the syrian conflict after weeks of diplomatic talks to avoid military action in the war torn state sergey lavrov says the u.s. and its allies are simply looking for a pretext for a military strike on syria artie's gonna teach a kind joins us live right now can you tell us what is behind this tough rhetoric from russia's foreign minister. right now the u.s. says they will stop the work toward securing syria's chemical weapons a fresh it does not sign off on a u.n.
security council resolution based on chapter seven that would allow use of force and a lover of said this is not something that he and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry agreed on engine neiva and what the radar was to first get the decision of the organization for prohibiting of chemical weapons that would include a plan on how to get rid of syria's chemical weapons something that the experts a chemical weapons watchdog are working out right now and then get a u.n. security council resolution supporting that plan which the russian foreign minister says the u.s. is now trying to achieve other goals and pick a listen to talk humans that we have the. american partners are starting to blackmail us to have so they see if russia does not agree to a ship to seven this illusion in the u.n. to see stop working with the chemical watchdog in the hague this completely counters what we agreed on was john kerry namely the chemical watchdogs decision and then a signal to ms aleutian from the u.n. to see without a chapter seven. well so you know
a lot of also talked about the conflicting interpretations so the u.n. investigators report the report gave. a description of substances and shells that u.n. experts saw on the ground in syria but no indication of who used the chemical weapons in august twenty first attack near damascus russia says it's looking at evidence that rebels have used tearing gas and there is a report by israeli experts saying that the rebels took controls over the areas with chemical weapons facilities at least twice and they may have gotten a hold of it and also it is also known that members of java almost certain to smuggle some containers with sarin by turkey so harshly is not at all convinced that the assad government to use the weapons but whatever classified evidence the u.s. says it has to that effect it is not presenting it to the new one for everyone to see. see expecting the international community to take washington's word for it and by the way the russian foreign minister also talked about it he said that the u.s.
has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that decisions on global security decisions of the kind have to be taken together take a listen. to. the mortons of blinded by an ideological goals to remove the assad regime and want to show the big can call the shots in the middle east you know they're mostly concerned with proving their own supremacy and not the task that we are driven by which is to solve the syrian chemical weapons problem. he brought up the example the chaos in libya and in the iraq war and the russian foreign minister suggested that only extremists will benefit from such such a blind approach or his government should take on thank you very much. russia and china have repeatedly blocked security council resolutions on syria that would allow military intervention in the conflict historian and middle east expert mark
almond believes there is a precedent for russia and other states to reject any potential military action in syria. remember of libya in march of two thousand and eleven the resolution was presented as a humanitarian resolution to prevent the libyan army gadhafi forces entering the city of benghazi but it was used to justify a small of the six months of bombing until gadhafi was overthrown and in july the british prime minister david cameron so that over syria we don't want a resolution like the one on libya that would have labeled us to engage in regime change he was trying to reassure russia and china but precisely because back in march of two thousand and eleven david cameron obama president sarkozy said this was just a humanitarian resolution to do with the media crisis in benghazi i'm definitely not just russia and china but other countries like india brazil south africa all very suspicious that a resolution which authorized force over chemical weapons could be used to justify a broader range campaign to remove the regime and install
a different government protest although i have to say i think if we look at what happened in libya the chaos that followed i would be very reluctant to predict that even if the west was able to pursue a military option in syria that it would produce a regime that most people in the west would feel comfortable with. for the latest on this syrian crisis log on to our website r.t. dot com there we've got a detailed look at the comments made by russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov on the situation in syria ahead online for all the highlights of that interview. iran is reaching out to world powers to revive nuclear talks sparking hopes of resolving the standoff that's dragged on for years ahead of his upcoming address to
the u.n. general assembly the country's new leader hassan rouhani pledged not to seek a tonic weapons demanding the west make concessions to ease the painful sanctions and as artie's policy blair reports the restrictions. all the aim of sanctions is to harm the state but the real victims are ordinary regular people what small experience has shown that there is a huge wedge between what ordinary people experience under sanctions and what the easy to mohamed we heidi is one such case study he's a cancer victim in iran. it is my second communitarian. previously each session cost approximately three hundred dollars these days it costs about seven hundred dollars it is also a challenge to get the medication because you have to go to almost every drugstore asking for them and also because the prices are way too high i get
a chemo session once every two weeks and i'm a pensioner. there has never been more doctors also frustrated not only is the problem the cost of medication and getting that medication but also getting medical supplies its upkeep can also be a nightmare. if we have a problem getting high tech modern equipment to treat our cancer patients there are numerous obstacles for importing the equipment due to the sanctions in place against iran we have some equipment but it requires spare parts that we can't get anywhere a failure of any single piece or part of this equipment causes us to stop operating the entire machine history has shown that sanctions are a failure but in those few very instances where they do bring about some kind of diplomatic agreement that takes a long time merely prolonging the suffering of ordinary citizens. iran's rouhani and u.s. president barack obama are expected to meet at the u.n. general assembly in the first face to face between an american and iranian leader
and over three decades but as assistant professor at the imaam sadik university mohammad haasan carney carney says there's resistance to this thaw in both countries. he won the oscar for some hockley consideration with a concert to time that you won't believe. it would be a mistake for the west to think that you were not for a concert family weakness the skeptics are all both sides both in turn on washington. or knocked up most of the mystique about the possibility of such a breakthrough and even dalton look won't really happen so i could throw to find a solution to calling their own people their own factions their own political parties that this is in the best interests of both sides so the ward here is common in its. critics say sanctions on iran have not proven effective in achieving political
aims no matter their scope or duration the restrictions are justified as being better than war but they only seem to make things worse for the people within the countries or teaser in english govern ports. official washington seems certain that putting restrictions on countries is the best way to achieve any foreign policy goal but do sanctions actually work let's look at several cases in point for example more of korea its nuclear stations make the us highly uneasy as other countries been slapped with the military restrictions the close of nation's economy isn't exactly burgeoning and it's agriculture has suffered major blows from natural disasters the british medical journal claims as many as a million people died from malnutrition related causes in the ninety's and the situation hasn't much improved since international relief organizations decry the sanctions as inhumane and say they make their job in north korea near impossible but there's dictions stay in place while pyongyang shows absolutely no sign of
abandoning its nuclear program iran is get another nation against which washington keeps piling up sanctions and where doctors are sounding the alarm the treat in bargo has brought on shortages of food and medical supplies those affected already the most vulnerable members of society mothers children the elderly and cancer patients there's still no concrete proof that iran is developing nuclear weapons it insists this atomic program is for peaceful purposes only many observers say loosening sanctions would actually go a long way towards bringing iran to the discussion table on the nuclear issue bought washington is hearing none of that. syria to house fall and fall of the states the trade and economic restrictions on this middle eastern country are adding to the burden on the economy which is already ravaged by more than two years of civil war every day people here have to face not just the danger of being killed by a stray bullet but also the fear that they won't be able to put bread on the table
access to staple foods has been curtailed by the trade restrictions prices up skyrocketed and life has turned into a struggle for survival and then there's cuba no nukes here just a six decade association with communism again no trade with the u.s. and many say the country's economy is floundering those who have been hit hardest seem to be men and the elderly cuba has a rationing system which gives birth to women and children but consider these numbers the embargo called cuba roughly six hundred ninety million a year dollars but the losses for the us are between one point two and three point six billion dollars annually and in all of these cases we see common pattern emerging washington's restrictions in place for decades and some cases seem to have very little impact on the governments they target changing nothing politically but inflicting great damage on innocent people who didn't go to moscow. and there's
plenty for you on our t.v. dot com including nuking the nation it's revealed america was just one swept away from a nuclear disaster after its own air force drops to atomic bombs over north carolina fifty two years ago. meanwhile in germany it's time for leader hose an enlarger head to be in motion page on our website for the first drop of video from the unix world famous beer festival. today. these are the images. the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations rule the day. the troika of european lenders is now back in athens and it's to decide on a new bail a new bailout package aimed at healing the fragile greek economy but as our tears
lucy caffein off reports the new installment of cash will mean even more austerity and people have vowed a week of fresh street protests. a team of international inspectors is here in athens for a fresh audit of the country's ailing finances with debt stricken greece hoping for progress in reining in spending will unlock even more loans greece has been kept out of bankruptcy with two bailouts worth two hundred forty billion euros but revenues are falling short of expectations sparking fears that another rescue package could be needed to keep it afloat now each one has come at a high price for ordinary people painful austerity measures have brought cuts to jobs salaries and public services and some greeks are asking whether sticking with the euro is worth the cost instead of waiting for another bailout from europe some suggested that leaving the currency union altogether and one such voices theater cost on a bus he's an economist and former member of parliament now i had a chance to sit down with him earlier take a look do you believe that the cycle of bailouts for greece is sustainable policy
for this country. to be there they have to be fit because we really we would go to two to google to give us money look to the food needs but the big book the launch of the book. in the use. below to this whole thing raises there is the. guy who is one of the you will return it to live and we will never. regain the. strength of our economic strength to. an economic development to fight unemployment in the list because to move you to view. is is made. basically full force through condoms he says. it doesn't feed the not true for our economy now polls do show that
a large majority of greeks do not want to quit the euro just yet however more most people also seem to believe that the country's economy will never recover if it sticks to a you mandates to cut government spending enough to repay its debts reporting from athens greece accounting of r.t. . and now to our world update starting with the ongoing hostage crisis in the kenyan capital heavy gunfire and an explosion has been heard from inside the nairobi shopping center where militants are holding several people hostage but after the military announced that this siege is coming to an end with most people rescued the two day standoff has claimed sixty eight lives so far and injured more than one hundred seventy group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack saying it's in response to the presence of kenyan troops in somalia. to china now where typhoon has killed at least twenty five people around eighty
thousand have been moved to safety the most powerful typhoon this year has led to hundreds of flight cancellations in hong kong the city's seaport one of the world's busiest has also been closed. mexico has seen a thousand strong rally as protesters flooded the streets of its capital to oppose new energy reforms president and reka opinion yet so it's proposing to open up the state owned oil sector to profit sharing contracts with private firms xico is nationalization of its oil industry has become a popular symbol of sovereignty many in mexico are against any foreign or private investment in the industry. what has n.s.a. leaker edward snowden been doing since he accepted asylum in russia sophie shevardnadze has asked his lawyer just that that's up next.
the news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations are on the day. i want to. pick up something that is quite simply. was no way. clearly they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. and sold to the u.s. turned over to the u.s. for. the sole the birth of the law i. was saved with great
over. and they wanted to turn me into a terrorist so it was they wanted me to admit that i was a member of al qaeda the taliban but i fought with them. about time i didn't even know what al qaeda is nevertheless there are people. raving of the start of. something is going to be done that's going to be done by me never short of money but it's going to impact me i'd be prosecuted but it's going to impact. on wife my daughter. the one time a trap. on our t.v. .
hello welcome to sophie and co i was selfish ever accept the notorious n.s.a. leaks a better word snowden have ended their whole erode faith and privacy that can co-exist with modern technology and they also cost him his u.s. passport and force him to flee his homeland turn into a sea of uncertainty snowden has temporarily anchored himself here in russia which is now his place of refuge and also sort of a prison. it's strange sky sky he says he never planned. one says so into the world's biggest power he's now running from it's off to leaking some of its big secrets edward snowden would stay here a just. straight to the one. with no passport and no way to return to
russia because me is new. or does he feel it's a prison he cannot wait to escape. does he still believe his sacrifice was what the price. now we're talking about edward snowden to the only person that is known to have access to him at the moment and that's his lawyer on the twenty third if i say a budgeting thank you very much for being with us on the program today now we've been waiting a long time to get at least some information about snowden and his life i know he doesn't give interviews and he doesn't talk to the media why is that. right well at this point it is his choice pretty much and you have to understand that he found himself in a very tough situation. his position may change over time but right now he's adapting to his new circumstances studying russian reading russian classics in english because naturally he hasn't been able to master the language yet the brook .