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didn't. latest news in the week in review levanon seizes an arms shipment apparently bound for opposition forces in syria as russia uses rebels of trying to destroy the un brokered peace plan. nicolas sarkozy looks to the far right for support after losing the first round of the french presidential election to socialist candidate francois hollande less than a week of campaigning needed until the final bout. police in. police in ukraine will use photo of it images of the men they believe the sponsible for multiple bombings that night. and one eastern ukrainian city on friday that left thirty injured officers real but an investigation into
a similar bombing in that city last year believing the attacks the lake. effect or experts from the u.k. say the country's police have the wrong suspect in the killing of former f.s.b. agent alexander litvinenko in london six years ago. seven am in moscow i'm at treasure bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news as violence in syria continues unabated neighboring lebanon seized a shipment of smuggled weapons believed to be destined for syrian rebels the cash apparently came from libya which is backing opponents of the assad regime this as syrian state television claims rebels have stepped up their offensive with attacks on the syrian central bank and police patrols in the capital last saturday saw the
first insurgent attack from the sea a day after a suicide bombing killed at least nine people in the capital russia says the opposition is seeking to scuttle the u.n. brokered cease fire as the world body steps up its observer mission in the country franklin lamb director of the ngo americans concerned for middle east peace thinks the latest arms smuggling effort was an attempt at regime change. great suspicion is that these are arms that were left over from libya the craft was loaded there were to be fifteen containers but it turned out there were already in fact three that were filled with one hundred fifty tons of weapons the americans almost surely knew about it nato nato did the israelis didn't touch that ship this time not this ship it seems very clear that with all of the differences and we could name twenty or more between the situation in libya and the situation in syria the fundamental pillar i read. is identical to this ship clearly headed for the so-called free
syrian army as all other shipments of have come from lebanon into syria design is regime change and that was done one believes the overwhelming evidence in support of that regime change so who's got time answer now is washington and certainly brussels with nato the way what they know about about that ship if we follow where the facts lead in the coming days i think there's going to be a remarkable. result in investigation of exactly what's going on the syrian conflict balancing on the brink of civil war is also costing the country's economy dearly alleged terrorists destroying industrial sites under the pretext of fighting against the assad regime or he's excited boyko has more from the syrian city of aleppo. lifetime of work burned overnight.
this is one of a growing number of businesses in syria destroyed by those claiming to advance the cause of that revolution this factory was a classic example of syrian interpreter one hundred and fifty employees producing tax tiles for furniture it was never turning out a lot of profit but provided the descent a living for its people all of which is now gone north routes no warnings one evening in february a group of young man threw molotov cocktails into the building the owner said they had just enough time to evacuate the workers to safety but the rest of the evening he just watched his entire fortune go up in flames. the much prided textile machines they bought from spain three years ago had to be sold for scrap most employees lost their only source of income i don't think it was a personal attack against me political person i think the people who did it to me
are seeking to undermine the industry as a home to terrify people into supporting them aleppo is syria's largest city and its industrial capital prior to the uprising it was enjoying some of the highest growth rates in the region. this industrial park alone housed more than three thousand small and mid-sized factories. in the past six months some have gone out of business because of the economic sanctions while others because of industrial terrorism. they had of the local chamber of industry sas it's almost impossible to distinguish between attacks reach out politically motivated and those that are outright criminal we witnessed kidnappings we witnessed. attacks on factories. that are being robberies of trucks burning the raw material or finished goods. threats putting people on hit lists assassinations of course all
these activities criminal activities are taking place on the the cause of supporting the revolution what they call it the us advocated engineer for us al shahabi says many in industry side with the opposition when it calls for fighting corruption and liberalizing the country's economy but they couldn't disagree more with the means of achieving it. the first thing they'll tell them support us. we will kidnap your son or your kids. because you will we ask you to and you didn't pay for our. cause peaceful cause and i wondered how can this be peaceful if you are getting money like. organized crime and then many who succumbed to the racketeers to keep their business afloat the owner of these textile factory had to fire how awful he is workforce after one of his production
shops came under attack he says he now hands over thirty percent of his profits to those who claim to represent the freedom cos the i've been receiving threats to stop working and send my people to demonstrations we had to pay the money so that they leave us alone while the support of aleppo's business people is seen as crucial for the survival of assad's government even the most liberal of them now want nothing to do with the militarized position dealing with corrupt officials may be frustrating but it doesn't compare to losing your entire business to the revolution and wreck it tears some boycott art see aleppo syria now the latest updates on the situation in syria log on to our website r t dot com there's plenty more waiting for you online right now including america's most advanced fighter jets to point to the persian gulf we'll look at how many and why what's.
the latest episodes of julian assange his controversial interview show in the next installment boy or tuesday here on. the first round of presidential voting in france this week saw nicolas sarkozy lose the battle to france where the socialist candidate two candidates now face a runoff may sixth. things look at the issues dividing french society. they say it's better to travel than to arrive but for european unity the ride has been bumpy to say the least and where could it be headed and nor will the euro zone
will implode a considerable number of economists admit as well the french of four and that the eurozone is already dead it will collapse. oh. so says the candidate who surprised france by securing almost a fifth of the votes in round one of their presidential race all the other candidates without exception regard the european union as part of the solution or as the main solution as she has identified in her campaign the fact that it's actually the cause of the problems much of the french political talks are completely wedded to the euro project they cannot conceive of a foreign policy or domestic policy which is deeply. rooted in the whole european project one that finds itself in ever more shaky ground the second agreement one of european integration sacred cows allowing border free
travel across the e.u. is under fire. germany and france want member states to have the option to bring back those internal borders for thirty day period if there's a threat to security and public order there's a danger and more and more people are also going to start attacking all the good aspects of europe and divisions within the union don't and there amnesty international's recent report documents examples of prejudice in the block against muslims in education and employment ideas that were once very much on the fringe of the sort of political support terms on all being really mainstream in the right so to me it was sort of sort of thing when the left would come and see that people are more racist so to me not to but there has been some sort of. reuther or wider or fortunately for people to express the hate and to indulge into violent behavior so where does that leave europe even the people who are against this kind of europe
and against the euro in an idea that say they want a different kind of europe the e.u. may be trying to say in the past that set to achieve its vision and version of europe the obstacles are getting bigger from voters rallying behind that brussels candidates to proposal so putting back border controls some e.u. leaders have dismissed them as populist threats but the question is are they merely still threats or is this growing resistance already the tip of an iceberg. sylvia r.t. brussels in eastern ukrainian city of slowly getting back to normal after its residents were left in a state of shock by a series of bombings friday thirty people were injured ten of them children while doctors continue to treat the injured police are sifting through c.c.t.v. footage of the blast sites artie's aleck's airshows q reports from q. for some residents of new bit of skin ukraine of their regular crime joran and through the
city was cut short because the police and i just got up from my chair when i heard the explosion of the doors was smashed the windows shattered all remember that when i got up there was smoke and dust everywhere and women were crying. i was selling tickets when it came out of nowhere i grabbed my knees trying to hold on there was blood all over i got out sat down on a bench and like doubt it was a powerful blast the trousers i was wearing were all covered in holes i couldn't see if my legs were injured but it's not like it's a horror of previously unseen in ukraine's third largest city for homemade explosive devices hidden in trash cans detonated one after another at tram stops even doctors admitted they were startled to see so many severely injured. it's mostly splinter injuries to the back chest or face i'd like to show you some of the splinters we extracted from the victims' bodies sadly one man had his arm ripped
off in the blast and we failed to save it he had some serious injuries the worst of all the victims we treated. for many hours the city was gripped by panic people stayed in their offices fearing more blasts public transport was suspended cell phone connection was down twitter was flooded with messages of not four but explosions which proved to be mere speculation given the well coordinated nature of the blast authorities had no doubts this was a terrorist attack. there says that it's another challenge for us for zero country so we're going to think of a proper response to it. we'll find a way to tackle it we'll have the best investigators working on this case ukraine is not known to have any terrorist organizations operating on its soil and all explosions in the past were treated as acts of hooliganism by authorities and the
timing of this attack just could not be warse not only the country is going through a difficult political times with some already using the blast to gain points but is also about to welcome many guests from abroad. the attacks on people but they are still being investigated but they already have very serious implications we are only forty days away from the start of the u. a championship in ukraine and poland and the authorities are now under severe pressure to reconcile the hundreds of thousands of football fans who will be coming here. let's see reporting from kiev in ukraine and still to come here on r t why cairo's iconic central square is still in a revolutionary mood but less than a month before your passions head to the polls to vote for president protests and clashes continue as people demand change we have the latest from cairo. and we were poured on why there is a growing europe that anti muslim ideology could be on the rise especially with the
trial now underway in norway of mass killer and bravery. but first russian m.p. andrey lugovoy who the u.k. considers the main suspect in the killing of former f.s.b. officer alexander litvinenko passed a lie detector test earlier this week evaluation was specifically conducted by british experts to see if he had anything to do with the murder lugovoy answered questions relating to livin in those death from polonium poisoning six years ago but the polygraph test is unlikely to be decisive in resolving the case as british courts won't accept it as stand alone evidence journalist kenneth make taggart spoke to lugovoy in an interview for the sunday times which the paper never ran he believes the story is being largely ignored by u.k. media. the newspaper was very interested in the article right up until close of play late in the evening of friday. except of the article and i haven't heard anything since it did not appear in today's newspaper i have held some rumors that it was a subject of a d.
suppression notice to national security grounds but i'm not really sat in on that matter but no i still await an explanation that the subject of polygraph or lie detection is is currently a big story in one of the sunday papers today in regard to a notorious criminal case. and it's very odd that this technique which which is very unusual of the i believe and shows some very interesting results has not been the subject of public attention i would have expected it to have interestingly when i school. his reactions to the test is very typical of your average passion receiving the test he walks in confidence to study consing of his innocence but when he's confronted by the equipment and by the ex-pat he suddenly feels now reverse as do most of the people who are taking this test about the about the quality of the equipment about the professionalism of the individuals the confidence is immediately deflated and then of course he didn't psychomotor the very positive answer so his reaction was it was not but olds perhaps. and
a trained deceiver that was the reaction typical of people in the people who have taken these tests before that in itself doesn't prove anything but it is a significant part of the reaction to the test. tensions rising in egypt less than a month before the presidential vote in the latest round of violence muslim protesters clashed with security forces in cairo with one person killed and dozens wounded protesters want the ruling military council to surrender power which it's been wielding since the ousting of president mubarak the egyptian parliament suspended its sessions for a week in protest against a military appointed government generals accused of trying to cling to power while several leading candidates from the presidential poll one of them was reinstated after an appeal despite being a former mubarak official middle east blogger coral shero thinks the military could be trying to strangle the revolution. then took petition in egypt at the moment is that this is the military's push to maintain credible candidate credible that is
from their point of view someone that could take votes away from. that this and other candidates and possibly allow them to control the transition for the transition into egypt and maintain the minute that it's going to it's all about become because of this rushed nature and these extreme disqualifications it's going to be into second choices and perhaps their choices and i don't think that at all because that's the spirit of egyptian when they started this uprising and that aspiration for a more democratic egypt this would be it for about they say the next six months or two etc would be at that period people would see who the president would be but ultimately this will not be an end to that at all since there's a lot of spin ations and hopes that have been. through this process and the liberal parties and the secular parties and the leftist forces in egypt are not going to put up with it. turning now to some other stories making headlines across the globe at least twenty one people were killed at a church service on
a university campus in the northern nigeria and city kaino witnesses say gunman threw explosives into a lecture hall where the service was being held and the worshipers were shot as they tried to escape no group claimed responsibility for the attack but muslim extremist group boko harami is active in the area and the recently attacked christian churches. sudanese president omar hassan al bashir declared a state of emergency in three areas bordering south sudan the motion followed a month of border clashes with the south and south which separated the last july after a decades long civil war killed more than one and a half million people all bashir is wanted by the international criminal court for alleged crimes against humanity war crimes and genocide in the darfur region. in new york that seven people including three children were killed when the minivan they were driving in plunged more than fifty meters off the highway bridge and landed in the grounds of the bronx zoo the cause of the crash still under
investigation but reports say that van was traveling at very high speeds. the body of libya's former oil minister has been found floating under a bridge in vienna police say no signs of foul play were found on the body although an autopsy has yet to be done that once a senior government official under that gadhafi regime he defected to the rebels during the last year during last year's civil war. dmitri medvedev counting down the days till he packed his bags and moves from the kremlin to make way for of light amir putin's return may seventh along with his things will be taking with him four years of memories as head of state the outgoing leader's been reflecting on those thoughts as a reading reports. we do have spent most of the week summing up the accomplishments and discussing at the shortcomings of his four year tenure as head of state he's got about a week left in that post and so on tuesday he was meeting with the state council giving
a speech before them highlighting some of the issues which are still facing russia at the present moment among them are of course just the fact that the technological advancements are still needed also the fact that some of them are still living at or below the poverty line and of course he also spoke at length about corruption. we have declared war on corruption we have identified our enemy and we will not back down in the last four years we crees of legislation needed to battle corruption for the first time in the thousand year history of our country that there was the war between georgia and south the city in two thousand and eight so most immediately after he became russia's president there was also of course the economic crisis but also some things that meant that if these rather proud of russia's events but the two w t o for example and their reset off relations between russia and the united states forced their feet and help last year was marred by the parliamentary elections and the consequences of protests all across the country
with the biggest of them being in moscow and that was the subject of boss discussion during it but it was a meeting with russia's journalists from five television channels. regarding people who protest first of all they have the right to but the thing here is that that can be a genuine protest and it will calculate a political opposition and then we see right away i'm not judging anyone on that matter still there is such a thing as an hunger games if you've seen it i've seen it and those who do such things often pursue some of his political goals. on the subject as kind of course you need to be very upset that he couldn't pardon the man because it's not to ask to be freed but of course there were. also issues it was some were saying that those protests with which we've just mentioned were financed by none other than the united states the state department to that makes me head of the whole so how does something to say. to them washington's time can reach different places regarding
russia we shouldn't demonize americans little and say that they can influence some serious political processes in our country. when it came to international issues of course meeting with bet if could not possibly step up by the goings on in the middle east because that's of course the situation is unstable there radical forces are trying to grasp power in a whole number of countries and if they do working with a little become a lot harder and i told this to everyone to both or american and european partners i said the transfer of power to extremists shouldn't be the purpose of any transformation he is going to be russia's next prime minister and take over the post the chairman of the united russia party which is the largest party and the country. becomes the president of course but your presence of migration is going to take place homie seven. confessed mass murder anders breivik tried to convince judges this week that he was sane when he killed seventy seven people last july the
right wing extremist wants his ideology to be taken seriously as fears grow that his anti muslim views may have taken root elsewhere in europe. spoke with the far right british movement that some believe inspired previous campaign of terror. this is looted was considered the breeding ground of far right extremism in the u.k. so to a large muslim community and also to the english defense league who are now considered one of the most dangerous groups of the global counter jihad movement it started as a gang of football hooligans and in just three years its ranks have swelled to more than seventy thousand all united against what they call the threat of islam the same ideology inspired norwegian mass murderer anders behring breivik and now it's on the rise according to a report by a u.k. anti fascism group a worldwide counter jihad network has surged since predicts attacks with over one
hundred far right groups in europe alone it names e.t.l. leader tommy robinson a key figure in that they just some far left organization again i'd say things that when we express how we feel we're called far right extremist so you say you're not far right wonderful right now i'm not for any right none of my views of. for islam is for islam they speak or it's not it's responsible for a thousand nine hundred terrorist attacks of september eleventh you were about one in one man brevik praise the deal in his manifesto calling them a blessing campaigners fear these views could inspire a similar attack in britain if the government doesn't crack down soon matthew collins is a former fascist who's now switched sides we've being or the government for two years for separately on the so you must. you must view the deal as we do the radical islamic groups the problem is that they inspire people they organize people
they fill people's head up with numbers and there are people in the deal who actually do think they are some kind of religious crusaders often extremist groups can be the trigger for somebody to do something something quite unpleasant quite nasty britain is considered a hotbed of far right extremism with sixteen anti islamic groups operating here the report classes the british freedom party is one of them is chairman paul western it was another cited by brevik highlighting a blog that claimed the west is fighting a european civil war against islam but i'm not saying go out and commit violence and the most astonishing thing about this for me is it is the whole breivik thing has been picked up picked up on by the media with no documentary evidence of any so-called right wing movements say their issue whereas when the islam it is clear that you'll blog posts as an inspiration to him amongst others several of these are
these are simply that they may well be an inspiration to but we cannot do you know we cannot say nothing simply because there might be some lone psychopath somewhere in europe groups like the british freedom party and the e.t.l. still aren't considered far right all extremists by the or thora sees the two recently joined forces and planned to run in the next round of local elections the worry for anti fascist campaigners is that they could attract support either bennett's r.t. luton recap of the week starts tories coming up in a couple of minutes stay with us here on r.t. .