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new evidence suggests victims of the london tower inferno could have died due to cyanide poisoning the hundreds attend a day of rage in london demanding justice for those affected by the fire why is the council getting away with this so. to speak that all those people in the parliament the good part to play for the. japanese parliament approves a plan to allow snooping on of suspects use of messaging services such as what sounds. and american forces in yemen have reportedly been involved in the interrogation of detainees in prisons where torture allegations are rife.
this is the news at the top of the hour from international in moscow welcome to the program i'm kate. victims of last week's grunfeld tower blaze may have been exposed not only to smoke and fire but also to highly toxic gas that's according to the latest expert analysis on the tragedy in the british capital artie's pretty boy has more. cyanide is one of the deadliest poisons there is and apparently the insulation boards on the building on ground felt how it could have been letting off cyanide as the building was burning and we know this because the hospitals treating some of the victims of the fire one of the hospitals as said that they have treated three people for cyanide poisoning bear in mind the building's management we're telling people will stay in their apartments until help arrived the other part of this scandal that's rapidly growing is that cladding so the material used on the
outside of the building which turned out to be extremely flammable the government's been checking to see whether it's been used anywhere else in buildings in the u.k. that cheap and very combustible material which according to the chancellor here in the u.k. philip hammond is actually illegal to use take a lesson the clothing that was used to run just like a rocket is but across most european countries is burned to the united states my understanding is that the clothing in question this flammable client which is banned in europe in the u.s. is also banned here just after a week after the tragedy the first official head has rolled the c.e.o. of kensington and chelsea council nicholas holgate he's the highest or he was the highest on the elected official at the council he's been forced to resign by the government and to even may said that's a good thing that he's lost his job the reason may has already apologized for the
way that the government handled the aftermath of the fire and also the failings that brought it about but a lot of people here is been calling on to resign made to resign the support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough people were left without belongings with. without even basic information about what had happened what they should do that was a failure of the stay. local and national to help people when they needed it most as prime minister i apologize for that failure do you accept. if she comes out here maybe. i think that it's too little. too late. when they. when they. make choices but it was a lot of thing after this massacre they could just buy people and everyone's going
to hash out serious say you know this is mean justice and laws need to be turning is that how so getting away with this sort of. back to to reason to blame for this we all introduce remote through all those people in the house of parliament the good part to play. well the deadliest fire in britain for more than one hundred years broke out last wednesday and was only extinguished over twenty four hours later the death toll currently stands as seventy nine people though that number is expected to rise to resume antigovernment have been widely criticized for not doing enough while the course of the fire is still unknown while earlier we spoke to allister hay professor of environmental toxicology at the university of leeds he believes the claims about cyanide are too serious to be ignored. many different fabrics because of their composition when they break down give rise to a range of different gases cyanide can kill really in
a matter of seconds what it essentially does is block oxygen use in your cells in the body and the cells are where the energy is produced and somebody just would be immobile and would die from a heart attack very quickly the concentration is probably going to be very very high indeed in fires carbon monoxide and sign knowledge of the sort of gases that you're really concerned about most often it's the gases that kill people roll the all certainly before people are exposed to flames or anything like that i have read that the residents being concerned about the reason. they were concerned about gas pipes in the stairwells not being sufficiently protected and they've raised a whole variety of issues that we're worried about the lack of sprinklers for example just looking at the fire was almost impossible for the firemen to do
anything above a certain height of people and the top stories of that building were completely trucked in and there was nothing anybody could do for them. now germany's parliament has approved and or allowing the secret services to monitor online messenger systems such as whatsapp some have branded it one of the most far reaching surveillance laws in german history for more details on this us live to. one other piece of all this legislation seems to mark a turning point doesn't it. well this is a potentially huge piece of legislation that's gone through the bundestag late on thursday evening it's not law yet though what it says is that the german authorities would be able to monitor messages that are sent through messaging systems like what's up that are encrypted what it does is it actually gets them before the encryption happens which happens when it's being sent now thomas to me
is the air the interior minister here in germany says this is an important bit of legislation because terror attacks that have happened here in germany and elsewhere around europe have been coordinated to using these type of messaging apps however those the critics of the proposed law as i think we should probably call it. they are saying that world this opens up the door to possible abuses of power by those that have the keys what we're seeing is the green party here in germany vehemently against this law they are expecting that it will be held up in the constitutional court i would say that would probably be likely and we may see perhaps a watered down version or at least a different version of this law eventually being passed the saying is that a piece that we've had similar statements like this before that have a way. well yes in brussels dall has been talking about the
need for cyber security the need for security services to have access to these type of messaging services if they're able to do their jobs. i have also agreed on the need to cooperate closely with the online industry. we are calling on social media companies to do whatever is necessary to prevent further terrorist work to go on the internet and practice this means developing new tools to detect and remove such materials automatically. well following the terrorist attacks in manchester and london the british home secretary amber road and the prime minister to resign may of also have been saying that they want to see whenever online extremist material is posted that it automatically deleted this is something that has caused controversy but it's what the british prime minister and the home secretary say needs to be done if we're to try and combat
against future potential terrorist attacks we want companies to develop tools to identify and remove harmful materials automatically i want to see them report this content to the or storage is and block the users who spread it there should be no place for terrorists to hide we need to make sure that organizations like whatsapp and there are plenty of others like that don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted whatsapp. well this is said to be a continuing debate particularly with the move by the german parliament on on thursday to to give the green light to this law allowing messaging services like whatsapp to be. to them to be able to see what you're sending through there if they deem that they have the necessity to do that this is something that's going to go on for a long time this is still very new technology and we're hearing politicians talk
about it and they generally don't know the ins and outs the the the minutia that goes into how they're wanting to do how they're going to do a big part of what they want to do when it comes to listening in and trying to find those messages that are pertinent to. some fascinating implications are on their face or on a very valiant thank you very much indeed. i mean what australia's foreign minister has made another headline grabbing statement sebastian kurtz says muslim kindergarten should be closed down as they culturally and linguistically isolate children. guarded should prepare children for school so the girl can speak german and muslim community is a difference in terms of language principles we don't need that well kurtz has previously advocated further curbs on immigration in march he proposed the opening of refugee centers outside the european union and last year he also made incendiary
remarks about refugees being rescued in the mediterranean saying rescued from a boat in distress should not mean a ticket to europe what it's all comers ahead of the country going to the polls in october in snap elections the freedom party which favors a raft of anti islamic legislation has seen a major boost in support sitting at around thirty percent polls. well we discussed by science of austria's time in migrant policies with pianist deputy mayor your hand get an s. and the chairman of the austrian muslim initiative tariff back at your so called we should go out states like poland czech republic slovakia hungary the gawd you're going to right away so it's politics is about protecting the own people you elected by own people in a state in the region and just to protect your own people so loon the right sink unfortunately mrs merkel in. germany also austria government like could spark to four p.
and the socialist party to the wrong re we accepted more and more illegal migrants like economical or social migrants. and this is the wrong way not because now the criminal rate increased raping women increased unfortunately and women for example in my city again are now of freight going alone on the streets when it's dark this hasn't been before the last years of change now because we accepted so many refugees so-called refugees this is a great problem with our minister now at these till now we had the three of them that i had to in party who are taking islamophobia and suspicion against muslim. political program the problem is that cause is the laying this also seems to all of the years and this would be a great problem for austria this was also. another shock again to have such
a themes against the muslims because he was he was he was speaking about the criteria nobody is against criteria we the muslims say that we need for our children the best kindergarten at the best school but if you are just for beating for religious money unity the muslims and let the other. there's this would be a good problem of this is a very clear institutional this commission of religious communities this would be a sham actually for the most beautiful country of. american forces in yemen have reportedly been involved in the interrogation of detainees in prisons where torture allegations are rife that's according to an investigation released by the associated press a middle east correspondent paula slayer has more united arab emirates and allied yemen i forces have allegedly been running a network of some seventeen secret prisons across southern yemen and one in eritrea
now the locations include military bases at least one airport even private villas and a nightclub there are reports of regular abuse and extreme torture now u.s. forces are reportedly also involved in these interrogations and one of the methods of torture is reportedly one that includes a grill in inverted commas now this is when the victim is tied to a suspect like a roast and spun in a circle of fire here is what two former detainees had to say. always stayed there for around one hundred seventy seven days without proper investigation the question me after ten days of the tension and that was it but during those one hundred seventy seven days there were beatings insults humiliation and asked for broke to sing torture there is a man they called the doctor and morality was a specialist in torture. then it was here we heard that there are american
investigators and lebanese translators they were questioning some people. it's unclear how come. they were interrogating me and they would tell me they didn't know for wat i asked them what are the charges and they say they don't know about oscar and they say they don't know they would go ask the head of the prison and he would say i was involved al-qaeda and another would say i had confessed to being a drug dealer but say anything another one was say al qaeda everyone would just say anything that i went to iran was trained in iran and i'm a rainy in intelligence and the interrogator would say he doesn't know i never got charged. now inside water on lawyers and families say that nearly two thousand men have disappeared into the can discover in prisons this number is so high that it has triggered nearly weekly protests among families that are seeking information about their missing sons brothers and fathers the united states and the united arab
emirates are cooperating in yemen the u.a.e. is part of the u.s. backed saudi led coalition that is backing the aster government in the country's civil war now the u.a.e. is government has denied the allegations and issued a statement in which it said and i'm quoting that there are no secret detention centers and no torture of prisoners is done during interrogations the same kind of comments coming out of the united states where the chief spokesperson for the u.s. defense department said and again i'm quoting we always said here to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct we would not turn a blind eye because we are obligated to report any violations of human rights. and professor lyle sung the specialist in human rights and humanitarian law believes a simple denial is difficult to believe based on previous experience. i think we've seen in the past that. these are very serious things that they're not just credible they cannot be waved away by by mere denials and. you know unfortunately we've seen
this kind of things happening in iraq and also it seems in afghanistan if you want legitimacy at the international stage any country has to really make sure that when it conducts interrogations that it has to be fully in line with international human rights law and the geneva conventions and not to not to go beyond that because otherwise it's. not only questionable in terms of the actionable intelligence that you get but it completely helps radicalize. you know would be terrorists or meanwhile human rights watch has released its own report on the secret torture prisons in yemen the organization has demanded the united arab emirates grants them access to the sites bench m.c. from human rights watch says the methods used by u.s. backed forces are unacceptable but we just documented is. this is likely united arab emirates to force yemeni forces to take force being tortured and abused
dozens of people during studio regimes in the u.a.e. which is. so i mean this is arms and trees these forces even though there are still instantly men to fight yemeni branches. i say this. is just not acceptable. in syria the u.s. led coalition is conducting a major offensive in the city of raka its lamé state stay facti capital in the country however u.n. secretary general antonio but that is has expressed concerns over the loss of civilian life during the operation he said he remained alone at the human suffering throughout the country he warned that civilians are being killed or injured and displaced at a terrifying rate without as i added the situation in iraq remains particularly grave with people trapped inside the city and facing threats from every direction.
the secretary general is particularly concerned about the perilous situation for civilians in iraq where trapped and face threats from every direction the united nations and humanitarian partners are doing all they can just down the suffering in iraq and across syria often at great personal risk the secretary general made an urgent appeal to all those conducting military operations in syria to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure as fighting continues in iraq and elsewhere well according to u.n. estimates since march at least three hundred civilians in rocka have been killed as a result of u.s. led airstrikes however the coalition claims it's caused fewer than five hundred deaths in total over three years and its military campaign is reported the coalition employs seven full time investigators monitoring civilian casualties there an increase from two earlier this year well arty's open went on the streets of new york to find out how much people know about the plight of civilians in rocca
. you live in america and you follow the news related to syria here's what you've probably been hearing lately you've heard that the u.s. led coalition downed a syrian government jet because it was moving into the deescalation zone of al tam why they say that this syrian jet was posing a threat russia is obviously not happy now what you probably haven't heard about is all the civilians who died as u.s. led coalition forces are moving and rocca you probably haven't even heard of rocca you heard about what's happening in iraq i know. now. you heard about civilian casualties in iraq oh. i had think i have heard something about that we have a video someone talking about it here is the attitude of when the war planes come they strike multi-storied buildings where the terrorists are but they're also civilians in that house and how can the plane strike then more civilians die than
terrorists so civilians were either helping eisel or being used as hostages or as protection against u.s. armed forces so that they wouldn't attack that house in order to get to ice so how are we supposed to take care of that and not kill innocent civilians if indeed they're innocent secretary of defense matters he says that's two billion cattle thieves are a fact of life in this sort of situation do you agree with that oh no not at all you know all life is precious you know and nobody does really but that's the line they use always and it's in reality there will always be some civilian casualty but it shouldn't be if that life you know for someone sitting in a desk chair in washington to say that it's very difficult. you know i think it's a very delicate political situation some of the reports that have come out say that more civilians have been killed and i still fighters but in surprise me at all
especially by. is that it's like they're wearing a badge says a spider right there or there would be a brush like civilian so how can you always tell me who's who's who and it's been a big thing of the friends in the military tell me like you have no idea who it is until what they're shooting at you now that this is a prize they say that as many as three hundred civilians according to the u.n. have died since march. oh yeah i mean if if if there's ten airstrikes a day that's treaty expected but again because i think they're making it a fact of life so it's become normal it has become part of life and once again like i said all like this precious and civilian life shouldn't have to perish for whatever. the reasons whether reasons be by the hands of our government based on our conversations here in manhattan it seems that average americans aren't really aware of what the pentagon is up to now as u.s. coalition forces are moving in on the city of raka civilians are dying bombs are
exploding but their plight remains largely under the radar cable mopp and are seeing new york. french president emanuel close says he doesn't want to see a repeat in syria of the mistakes made in libya the intervention there which france was a part of is widely regarded as having field global terrorism on t. shirt a do bensky reports from paris he almost gave a suggestion that they could be uncomfortable times ahead for the two countries the u.s. and france which have been historically very strong allies the historical conflicts that the u.s. and france have been involved in together particularly in the way he actually said that the intervention over nato allies france and the u.s. in the side of the nato allies in two thousand and eleven which eventually helped lead to the removal of duffy was actually wrong a mistake and he said that he doesn't want to make the same mistake in syria.
france did not participate in the war in iraq and this was right but it was a mistake to enter the war in libya what are the result of these two invasions destroyed states in which terrorist groups thrive i do not want this to happen again in syria president mark owen said that he now believes the removal of bashar al assad which has been called for by france in the past by his predecessor for its war on long is now not an absolute priority he basically said that he's been given no evidence that there is a viable successor to ensure that syria doesn't become as what he described a failed state as libya and he also said that the key now is to ensure that terrorism is the top priority and he's called again for this issue to be dealt with by a coalition of countries coming together and he said dealing with terrorism because that he says is the most pressing issue in today's world. at least in the u.s.
have released new footage and yet another controversial case of an officer fatally shooting a black man a year ago just to warn you the following footage contains disturbing images. ok. richard i'm not going to. be. well the video was released by investigators just days after the officer was cleared of the killing that expand large protests by members of the black community thousands of people gathered near the state's capitol building last week demanding an end to police brutality thirty two year old philander castillo was a supervisor at a school cafeteria that day he had been out driving with his girlfriend and four year old daughter in the back seat in the footage castille is heard warning the officer he had a firearm the officer claimed when he asked castillo for his documents he thought the man had gone to his gun. we spoke to dawdle been
heard from the national committee to combat police terrorism he believes the lack of police punishment makes poor communities vulnerable the need to understand what more enforcement means in this country are police can kill you and they can't be asked questions by a prosecutor or a state for for seventy two hours whereas if you were to be accused of of of a crime such as murder they will be tried to get a testimony out of witnesses immediately after the fact we have to understand that although this is police offices this police officer was was terminated with with that department that doesn't mean he can't go somewhere else and get a job until we radically change how we police in two cities in black communities and poor communities we're going to continue to have these agreed use of injustices we are police commit cold blooded murder or an on camera and then they are quoted
or they are slapped on the wrist and nothing happens to them. now a group of british football fans has been arrested in the russian city of cazan after they were found carrying a backpack with sixty one fled the group claimed they were trying to test security arrangements out the confederations cup which is currently under way in the country auntie's medina question of a as more. a group of men were arrested near a hotel and after they were spotted acting suspiciously now security guards asked to see inside their bags and discovered sixty flares which are banned during sporting events now the man said that they bought the players just several days ago in moscow to check the security at a rino which is hosting confederation cup matches the group clean two local police that they were representative self the media company a big balls and were planning to film security problems at the stadium now r t
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