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breaking news this hour injuries and casualties are reported as an amtrak train derails from a bridge in the state of washington will be going live to our u.s. correspondent. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations signals that washington will veto a draft resolution rejecting donald trump this is to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. protesters take to the streets of the capital of austria vienna after a far right party takes key positions in the new coalition government.
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giving it to you my name is the this is r.t. and. let's start with our breaking news story this hour because an amtrak train has derailed on a major highway commuter route in pierce county washington state the pierce county sheriff's office has tweeted that quote injuries and casualties have been reported stating that exact numbers will be revealed soon now this all occurred during the morning rush hour and now highway lanes are being blocked according to the washington department of transportation. our correspondent in washington samir khan joins me on the line may we just saw some pictures that looks like there's a really bad traffic situation and that this was a pretty nasty accident what happened. well an amtrak train just to rail on
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to i five a highway just forty miles south of seattle washington injuries and casualties like you said have been reported but unfortunately the exact number is unknown at the moment the highway is now closed but first responders are at the scene and they're treating it as a mass casualty incident but unfortunately we don't have any more details but we'll continue to provide you with the latest updates yeah you can see from those pictures though things this looks like a particularly nasty incident we'll bring those details that as soon as they come in many thanks to. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley has signaled that washington will veto a draft resolution rejecting donald trump's decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel joining me live in the now killer. the latest that will tell us more that about the security council meeting what's been happening. well at the moment the u.n. security council meeting is paused they will be returning shortly in order to vote
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now in essence this is a meeting to discuss a resolution that was proposed by egypt and the resolution is intended to counter and reject the move by donald trump's administration to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital and move the u.s. embassy to israel now the u.s. embassy to jerusalem now it's important to note that though the resolution is aimed at the united states and specifically avoids mentioning the usa the resolution from egypt says it expresses deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of jerusalem not directly naming the united states in the resolution now nikki haley the u.s. ambassador to the united nations has now indicated that the usa intends to veto this resolution and she when she took the floor she expressed what she has expressed before feeling that the united nations does not treat israel fairly this
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is nikki haley addressing the united nations security council just a few minutes ago earlier. he noted states's often stood beside israel we did not on december twenty third two thousand and sixteen we will not make that mistake again. now we've also heard from the envoy representing bolivia now the bolivian envoy was rather passionate and he criticized the move from the trumpet ministration and he also emphasized the need to return to the nine hundred sixty seven borders of israel and palestine furthermore of the bolivian ambassador did call for recognition of east jerusalem as the palestinian capital so at the moment the meeting is paused we are expecting that the united states will veto the resolution that is what nikki haley indicated in her remarks to the council earlier and as is the rules of the u.n. security council if one permanent member of the security council vetoes
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a resolution it cannot passed in order for a resolution to pass at least nine members of the fifteen member body must vote for it and there cannot be any veto from a permanent member so we are expecting the united states to veto the resolution but at the moment the meeting is paused people are waiting to see what happens next of vote has not yet taken place ok. when the vote gets underway many thanks with the latest. the move to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital continues to cause wide scale anger across the middle east. listing ins have been involved in protests and clashes with israeli forces for almost two weeks that follows on from this isn't to end u.s. neutrality on one of the most complex issues in the region both palestinians and
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israelis claim to the ancient city move has been followed by a wave of condemnation from european and muslim leaders. and the turkish president has been one of the loudest voices he has now announced plans to open an embassy in east jerusalem where if an option has more on how the jerusalem movie is being confronted here we are in is juror still in that part of the city considered by palestinians to be their territory so in this status maybe supported by turkey now ankara has a dental consulate here but the country's president is now saying he wants to open an embassy here. we've already declared east jerusalem as the capital of the palestinian state but we haven't been able to open our embassy there because jerusalem is currently under occupation god willing we will open our embassy there . the turkish leader has been reacting fiercely to donald trump's controversial recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel slamming other nations for
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a weak response mr aragon appeared to be speaking home behalf of the muslim world when he claimed if we lose jerusalem then we won't be able to protect me dina if we lose medina we will lose mecca and caba the organization of islamic cooperation held an emergency meeting in istanbul weight called on the international community to commit to making east jerusalem the palestinian capital. the us decision on your rousseau them because of its great piracy against the historical and permanent rights to palestine. jerusalem see the united states the solution to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel is a dangerous one it won't threaten security and stability and frustrates efforts to resume the peace process boy yet as a mayor all every possible step must be taken to prevent the implementation of this illegal action by the us administration however there is one question that sticks out here what factors and eleven months made it possible for the u.s.
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president's trip to take such an outrageous act and it's not just moved in nations reacting to the u.s. recognition of jerusalem with violent protest all over the globe the u.n. security council is now reportedly considering a draft resolution to abolish trumps decision that's following an emergency session requested by eight out of the fifteen member states it is highly unlikely that the resolution like this could pass through the security council with america of course one of five permanent members with veto powers regional shouty from jerusalem. could be difficult for richard bedouin to carry out such a move if the entire city is controlled by israel which calls to his limits in divisible capital doesn't currently host any foreign embassies. and discuss these. council meeting now i'm joined by guild hall for news of political analyst with the jerusalem post good evening. part way through this this meeting although we do
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anticipate what's coming next because nikki haley's all but admitted that she's going to veto this resolution have you been surprised by anything said so far. i've been surprised that so many countries have decided that instead of taking the palestinians to the security council to discuss why they decided to react to trump's announcement by firing rockets at israeli kindergartens instead they've decided to take israel to the security council what they should be doing is encouraging the palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table were donald trump in his announcement did not rule out whatsoever there being a palestinian capital and. he's just reflected the reality that for three thousand years jerusalem has been israel's capital it can still happen violence is not the way to bring it about and we were just talking then about. his concerns he says that well of jerusalem goes that other places will follow d. do you see the concerns that are coming from what seems to be the majority of countries around the world. no that's absolutely ridiculous suggesting that israel
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will take over mecca and medina come on israel has had jerusalem as its capital since its founding seventy years years ago we're celebrating hanukkah which marks two thousand years of jerusalem being the capital of the people of the jewish people three thousand years since king david and nothing that says it's going to change that i mean to an extent these votes are a bit of a popularity contest how do you think this vote will go will many countries do you think side with israel and the united states. you know only other marshall islands and another micronesian area countries apparently are going to be siding with the united states but the american veto will have its effect and they're just really really wasting their time what they should be doing to help the palestinians is telling them to come back to the table every right in terms of the messages he sends out there is as i said we'll see presumably a lot of nations representative saying they condemn this announcement from what it
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actually achieve anything that this meeting apart from sending a message in the in the media what will it achieve it's a complete waste of time today i was in the israel's parliament the knesset i asked the opposition to netanyahu the doves in the parliament whether they regret their endorsement of trump's announcement and they said absolutely not i've never seen more of a consensus in israel on any one issue and nothing that the un says and no violence is going to change that it's such a divisive issue the israel palestine conflict normally the sides are divided why does it seem to be that so many people are against what donald trump has said on this occasion can you can you see the point that many of them are making because it does seem quite one sided. and no i don't because i've lived here and seen how there's been peace processes over the last thirty years that have all tried the same thing and it's failed the palestinians and the international
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community should be celebrating that donald trump is taking a different approach that has not failed and maybe can lead to a real peace process that can move forward instead they're firing rockets they're going to the u.n. and wasting people's time they should be coming to the table changing things moving forward using this new approach to have a better life possible for the palestinian people and all the people of the region greatly appreciate your time coming on r.t. this evening my guest gil hoffman political analyst with the do you suppose thank you bill. protests have come out in the austrian capital of vienna following a far right party joining the new coalition government or the new government is being sworn in as historic book palace anti far under the left wing activists protested outside a heavy police presence stopped demonstrators from entering the building protesters have been marching through the streets carrying placards that said don't
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let nazis govern a major concern for them is that the state positions have been given to the freedom party it will take on the foreign interior and defense ministries as well as the vice chancellor ship. there's been widespread condemnation of this agreement across many european media outlets lots of fears that this will lead to the the far right side of the coalition having more and more say over politics in austria but we can look at what the well the coalition of put out themselves of what they say their policies will be we can expect that they'll be an increase in direct democracy along the switch
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small of putting big votes to the people in order to get their opinions on which direction the country goes in next but one decision that won't be put into the people's hands like that it's been confirmed that austria has no intention on holding in a brags that s.k.u. referendum any time soon we can also expect tougher immigration control we could also expect the austrian government to push for an end to turkey's accession to the talks we can also expect to see this austrian government pushing more for n.t.e.u. sanctions against moscow the. regarding the sanctions against russia yes we would like for those to be lifted and we will try to play a part in this is a mediator to find a solution in the interests of yours so europe and russia can overcome the differences when you talk to people on the streets of vienna opinion still very split over the direction the country is headed in that i think things that i think
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we have seen this before it was triumphant brock's it in england and i think that i was freshly taking it and i really don't think it's good when it went it's good throughout europe there's a return to the far right you can see this in germany. as well with the f.t. got a lot of votes and if someone speaks about the refugee crisis you get the impression that this could have been handled better. i don't think you know man i think the far right are correct they're working for the people doing what people who wants them to do so i'm in favor i am happy with the situation well twenty seventeen how see in the far right rise to prominence in european politics if we look right to the beginning of the year of course we saw it get billed as pushing hard for the the dutch prime ministerial race and there are elections there we also saw a marine le pen in france be the number one challenger to a manual crown in the french presidential elections where is here in germany where
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i'm talking to you from the alternative third germany party of they took up seats for the first time in the poll in the stack in germany's parliament well while sebastián could deny that he has any truck with the far right the fact that he's had to go into coalition with the with the austrian freedom party has seen him heavily criticized now there's an unexpected presidential bid from a famous name in libya we'll explain all of the break. join me every thursday on the alec simon show and i'll be speaking to guests of the world of politics or business i'm show business i'll see you.
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anyone else seems wrong. just don't call. me. yet to see how it does they come out to. engage me because betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. because vessel only forty years they play a short tournament. i'm a chess you have your life time you have thought of the olympics they've won so many. wise whatever some have six times well it's a little stiffer story. of comeback life in a pit in this cold donald trump to thank the cia for volatile intelligence which
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helped prevent a series of terrorist attacks in st petersburg. joined my colleague kate poetry's in the studio earlier to discuss welcome to both the white house and the kremlin a tip off from the cia i allowed russian authorities to arrest a number of people in st petersburg over the weekend who are planning a series of terrorist attacks throughout the city the white house also released a statement on the situation calling an example of how there can be positive cooperation between the two countries let's take a listen. but it's only information iraqis were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people no russian lives were lost in the terrorist attack as well course and now incarcerated so in his thanks and congratulations to the cia and its director mike pump a.o. and trump in turn passed on that appreciation complimenting the entire intelligence community in the u.s. and that warning from the cia led to a series of arrests happening a series of raids happening last week by the russian security services during which
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seven people were arrested and they found large amounts of explosives and weapons and even a bomb making workshop and so it's believed that that thwarted a suspected series of attacks from taking place in st petersburg and a number of public places which of course there can be tons of turkey tourists in those areas and then the call putin also promised to react in kind with the united states that if the russian intelligence services some sort of west any attacks being planned in the united states they would also turn over that information well great news in the fact that they managed to stop attacks but also is it good news in the fact that it seems that there is what they're trying to produce just storing in u.s. russia relations well i would say that might be a bit premature at this point in time donald trump is in fact today expected to roll up his first national security strategy and one of his top officials when briefing reporters on the speech said that while ties between washington and moscow how picked up a bit after the real low that they had
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a few months ago it's still often seen that the two countries their interest just don't align and sometimes is still directly conflict with one another meanwhile trumps national security adviser general mcmaster has hinted that trump strategy really is going to resemble his predecessors and many ways mean that russia will likely remain on that top list of challenges to american security as they would put it so this hint of cooperation really might not be the light at the end of the tunnel just yet. russia's back to cold war era hostility towards the west according to british foreign secretary boris johnson who's speaking ahead of this week's meeting with his russian counterpart sergei lavrov. ahead of this first visit by a u.k. foreign minister to russia in five years johnson has certainly been making some curious comments in his typical manner for starters he has drawn some comparisons
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between russia and sparta i was reading few city's history of the political war it was obvious to me that athens and its democracy its open this its culture and civilization was the end of united states and the west russia for me was closed no militaristic and democratic like sponsor well boris johnson has also said that russia has not been so hostile to the u.k. or western interests since the end of the cold war and quote now was speaking to the sunday times on the oh so popular issue of russian meddling he said again that he see no evidence of russian influence when it comes to the bracks it referendum if you remember in the past he's even used the words not a sausage of evidence but he has said that there is some evidence that there has been russian trolling on facebook this might be in reference to some of the numbers released by facebook that have said that only two hundred people in britain had seen any adverts which cost just over seventy p.
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these numbers are certainly quite curious given all the endless talk about this alleged russian meddling and facebook influence when it came to that referendum now also ahead of this visit it's curious that some apparently here in westminster are nervous about what is going to happen when boris johnson finally gets to moscow for talks with his counterparts we have seen the chair of the parliamentary group on russia and labor m.p. chris bryant publish an open letter to boris johnson warning him of certain things that could come including things such as his food potentially being spiked some kind of influence to not let boris johnson get enough sleep things like honey traps why beautiful kremlin agents as well as maybe his phones being hacked or bugged the . has also been warning to stay away from any drinking games and has been letting boris johnson to be weary of being alone in an elevator and making faces so that this doesn't get used against him in the future but that said boris johnson has
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made it clear by sort of repeating his mantra of be aware but engage that he does plan to have serious talks when it comes to the situation in syria and specifically collaborating with russia to defeat isis terrorism so certainly lots to look ahead for when it comes to this visit later in the week. let's return to our breaking news story this hour track train has derailed from a bridge over interstate five this is a major commuter highway in pierce county located in washington state and we're getting information that one passenger car is actually dangling from the bridge and several other stuff fall and onto the highway you can see pictures from the scene right now the pierce county sheriff's office previously said injuries and casualties were reported are now updated and we're hearing official confirmation from the pierce county spokesperson that there been multiple fatalities several
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cars were hit by the for the train you can see the scene it's a busy road the train has come down on to the vehicles as well as fatalities many motorists injured numerous assistance vehicles at the scene and made worse by the fact that this accident occurred during the morning rush hour as you can see an extremely busy road filled with vehicles and move waiting for more information to come through keep you updated with the latest as it comes in. the. degree of insanity. so that's our breaking news story a multiple fatalities at an amtrak train derails from a bridge onto the highway. below i will bring it dice at the top of the.
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