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The plight of the civilians of western Mosul -

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a special report on the hardship after so called Islamic State.

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There are chaotic scenes in Iraq's second city as the authorities

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try to provide for up to half a million people.

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They say they have no running water, no electricity, no access to medical

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supplies and people in the queue are really afraid that the food

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is going to run out before they are able to get some.

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Also tonight... we'll be live in northern Iraq

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A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a one-year-old.

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North Korea's leader celebrates a successful rocket test,

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but it's stoking tensions across the region.

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George Osborne's latest job sparks a rethink of the rules for MPs -

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the Committee on Standards meets this week.

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And tributes flood in for Chuck Berry -

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remembered tonight as a founding father of rock and roll.

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One month on from the renewed offensive to finally re-take Iraq's

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second city from so-called Islamic State.

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We have a special report on the plight of the civilians of Mosul.

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Many thousands have fled the fighting in the western half

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of the city in recent weeks - but the half a million people

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still there are facing a new battle to survive.

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Amid shortages of food and other essentials,

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our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin has seen the desperation

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first hand - from the edge of Al Mansur district of western Mosul.

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GUNFIRE. many go empty-handed.

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GUNFIRE. trying to control the crowd

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Survivors of the caliphate, now at risk from hunger.

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Troops not keen for the chaos to be caught on camera.

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The front line is just a mile away. from an IS car bomb.

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But those who flee the fighting here, end up in overcrowded camps.

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There are no good options for the people of Western Mosul.

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You can see here the utter desperation in this area.

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that have come here. this is the first aid supplies

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to medical supplies. no electricity, no access

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People in the queue are really afraid that the food is going

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to run out before they are able to get some.

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Barely able to walk, but with many mouths to feed,

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Hamda Mohamed, whose family is living on bread and water.

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I hope they will burn. because my children don't understand

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One had just got married. suffered a double loss.

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As the troops keep watch, there's tension in the crowd.

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forces to his former oppressors. Hatem Ahmed compares the security

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and these guys, he asks. between the IS police,

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just for asking for food. and they beat us,

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Is this the liberation they have brought us?

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Like Abdul, an ice cream seller. battle-scarred neighbourhood.

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His home was occupied by IS for three months.

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She hid in the fields to survive. to hang his wife because she

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unseen from house to house. he tells us, so they could move

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Their reign of terror has destroyed the fabric of his neighbourhood.

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We can never live again with those who collaborated with IS, he says.

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I will cut him into pieces. informed on my wife,

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The battle for Mosul may now be in its final phase.

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This ancient city emerging from modern-day barbarity.

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including a divided community. there will be much to rebuild,

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You taught there about the battle from Erbil in northern Iraq.

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You taught there about the battle for Mosul, what sense have of how

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far this offences has got to achieving it same? This has now been

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dragging on for more than five months, but there is no doubt we are

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seeing the dying days of IS in Mosul. The final phase of the battle

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is proving to be the most difficult. But was always expected to be the

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case. Iraqi troops are fighting in the old city area of western Mosul.

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That is a narrow series of alleyways, and maze of streets. They

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cannot move forward there with heavy armoured vehicles. They are actually

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advancing on foot. One commander we spoke to a few hours ago said this

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is the hardest fighting, harder by the day. There are fierce clashes

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taking place. They are trying to proceed with caution, because this

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area is still densely populated. They are closing in on a key

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strategic objective. That is a centuries-old mosque. This was the

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place where the leader of IS made his first public appearance back in

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2014 after IS declared its caliphate. Today the black IS flag

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is still flying at the mosque but the security forces tell us they

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expect to reach it within days. If and when it is taken, it will be a

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key symbolic loss for IS. The UN is warning that they expect or fear

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that many more civilians will flee in the weeks ahead. They are saying

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perhaps as many as 300,000. As they leave they risk being shot by IS. If

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they stay they risk coming under fire from mortars, shrapnel and air

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strikes. And they have to endure an increasingly dire humanitarian

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situation as we ourselves have witnessed.

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old boy at a flat in North London. on suspicion of murdering a one-year

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Bidhya Sagar Das - who's thought to be the toddler's

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father will also be questioned over the attempted murder

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Sangita Myska reports. the boy's twin sister.

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The top floor flat of this building in Finsbury Park

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is now a crime scene, where a one-year-old boy was killed

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and his twin sister was left critically injured,

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in what local people describe as a brutal attack.

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Police began door to door enquiries early this morning,

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in Wilberforce Road. around the property

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Following closely behind were forensic teams,

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difficult investigation. evidence in this

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It was just after 11 o'clock last night that the police were called

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by neighbours, who said they had heard the children's

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I ask her, can I help you? babies had been hurt.

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She didn't say anything. or the ambulance for you?

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She was crying. wrong, what's happening?

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Police have now arrested this man, Bidhya Sagar Das.

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He is believed to be the children's father.

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working at a nearby hotel. until two days ago he had been

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Officers had spent the day searching for the 33-year-old,

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services arrived. by the time the emergency

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We expect forensic teams to work here at the flat overnight

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as investigators try to piece together the moments before

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the attack, in which a little boy was senselessly killed.

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His sister has been operated on in an East London hospital.

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We understand her condition is critical but stable.

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Sangita Myska, BBC News, Finsbury Park, north London.

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The final day of the US Secretary of State's East Asia tour has been

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in its rocket programme. announcement of a breakthrough

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The North Korean leader has been pictured celebrating what he said

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was a successful test, as Rex Tillerson warned from Beijing

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that tensions on the Korean pensinsula are at a dangerous level.

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Our China editor Carrie Gracie sent this report from Beijing.

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met America's top diplomat. when when the Chinese president

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relations are headed. anxieties about where US-China

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they were upstaged by another. posed for the cameras,

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With these pictures of Kim Jong Un, North Korea announced the successful

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Rockets can be repurposed. space and satellite programme.

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to reach the United States. missiles will soon be able

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Mr Tillerson was in Asia to warn that US patience is at an end,

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China is in a bind. to persuade its North Korean ally

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It's frustrated by North Korea's recklessness and anxious

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to find common ground with the new Trump administration.

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But it's also sceptical about whether more economic pressure

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would force North Korea to renounce nuclear weapons.

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And it's suspicious of American intentions in the region.

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China wants fewer Americans in Asia, not more.

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are on exercise in South Korea. from Pyongyang, US troops

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And the US is deploying a new anti-missile system there.

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to agree on how to stop him. as the big powers failed again

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and his next-door neighbour China. message of defiance to both the US

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What are the Chinese government's in Beijing for us.

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What are the Chinese government's options in how to deal with this

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latest situation from North Korea? I think it feels the options are

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limited at this point. The problem is it doesn't seem North Korea as

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simply a nuclear weapons problem, it sees North Korea as a strategic

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problem. North Korea is the buffer for China against US strategic

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rivalry, with the US system based in South Korea. However much they

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loathe Kim Jong Un, and they do, they can't really let his regime

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collapsed because that might possibly put a reunified career as a

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US ally with US troops on China's north-east border. That is the risk

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for them. That means they will support his economy and they will

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resist ratcheting up economic sanctions against him in the way

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that the US is now putting pressure on them to do. And cunning Kim Jong

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Un knows all of this perfectly well. He knows what he has to do to

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survive is to prevent a grand strategic bargain between the US and

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China and go on fuelling mistrust between them. And given all that, I

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think what we will see in the next couple of weeks in the run-up to the

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expected summit in Florida will possibly see more show stealing

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moments from North Korea like the rocket test of the weekend. Thank

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you. The committee which draws up

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the rules on MPs having second jobs is to meet this week,

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following the appointment of of the London Evening Standard.

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as Editor Our political correspondent

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Chris Mason is here. I think it's fair to say it rather

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Mr Osborne's new job? I think it's fair to say it rather

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flabbergasted Westminster when this announcement was made on Friday.

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Jaws were on the floor. It is practice in editable that this

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latest addition to the portfolio of extra curricular activities for the

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former Chancellor will provoke. I have been looking at some sums

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tonight. Around 100 MPs out of 650 have some sort of other job. There

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are doctors, lawyers, farmers and a dentist. The chairman of the

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Committee on Standards in Public life said there is a balancing act

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to be struck between time devoted to parliamentary duties and the option

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of pursuing other professional interests. He said at this meeting

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which will happen on Thursday they will discuss exactly that balance. I

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think he is hinting at the idea that the heavy nature of the order

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Osborne's diary might be stretching it it a little bit. This is just the

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start of the process. George Osborne has six jobs in total. Some of them

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are pretty small and don't require a huge amount of time. He says he can

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manage the juggling act. This is the beginning of what could be a long

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process to change the rules so it is not guaranteed rules will definitely

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change. Thank you. Nicola Sturgeon has said that

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an independent Scotland would apply to re-join the European Union

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and would keep the pound. Scotland's First Minister also said

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she was determined to hold on Brexit negotiations.

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but the exact date might depend The Conservative leader in Scotland,

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Ruth Davidson, of voters didn't want one.

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referendum and said the majority The Liberal Democrat leader,

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Tim Farron, has urged Conservative MPs who oppose Theresa May's vision

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of Brexit to join his party. Speaking at the Lib Dems'

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spring conference in York, Mr Farron accused the Prime Minister

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of pursuing the same "aggressive nationalistic"

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agenda as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen.

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National Front leader, A man's been arrested

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after a Thomas Gainsborough painting at the National Gallery

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was vandalised. The 1785 work, best known

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as The Morning Walk, with a sharp instrument.

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after it was attacked The NHS is facing a "mission

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impossible" to meet the standards and targets required

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by the Government. The organisation which represents

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health trusts in England - NHS Providers - has said money

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allocated for the next financial Our health editor Hugh Pym reports.

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waiting time targets It's been a winter of

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unprecedented strain on the NHS, and patient demand on the increase.

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or close to it - The budget earlier this month

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included new funding for social care and investment in A

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units in England. NHS providers representing hospitals

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and other trusts said that may ease some of the pressure,

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but there'll still be a yawning gap in the resources needed just to keep

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services ticking over. This is the first time in recent NHS

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history that trusts are saying targets and hit financial balance.

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and emergency and elective surgery That's before the year

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has even started. I think it's a very worrying sign.

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that's actually happened. The warning comes after

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the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospitals in England should get

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back to the target of seeing or assessing 95% of patients

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in A within four hours. It's not going to be overnight,

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but it is essential. of the next calendar year.

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to that target during the course NHS providers say there'll be big

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increases in the number of patients in England who lose out next year

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because key targets are missed. With 1.8 million waiting more

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than four hours in A, and on another key bench mark,

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waiting times for routine operations and procedures,

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100,000 patients will wait more than 18 weeks before

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their surgery takes place. The Department of Health said

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the comments fail to acknowledge that the NHS has a strong plan

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to improve performance - others argue efficiency should

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be the top priority. away from hospitals.

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by treating more people The NHS and social care have

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had five emergency cash More money is not the answer.

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and a half years alone. What it needs is a whole programme

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of modernisation, change. that process happening.

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of extra money would stop as well as England.

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Wales and Northern Ireland Is it simply a question of money

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or can the NHS transform the way it provides services as a growing

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and ageing population increases the demand

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for health and social care. The music world has been paying

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tribute to Chuck Berry - He's died at the age of 90.

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for many - invented rock and roll. Sir Mick Jagger said Chuck Berry had

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"lit up" his teenage years and "blown life"

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into the Rolling Stones' dreams. being remembered as legend.

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back at the life of a man All Chuck Berry classics today,

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but revolutionary back in the mid-1950s, when the one-time

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hairdresser from St Louis rocked America with his electrified fusion

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of gospel, blues and country. He gave the kids what they wanted,

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songs about the teenage dream of fast cars, hot dates

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and unrestrained freedom. and I wrote about life.

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half the young people go to school, Half of the people have cars,

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I wrote about cars and mostly all of the people, if not now,

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they will soon be in love. for all those who followed him.

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his guitar licks a foundation The Beach Boys, the Beatles

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and The Rolling Stones "Chuck, you were amazing", he wrote.

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as Mick Jagger tweeted today. "Your music is ingrained

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inside us for ever". Chuck Berry makes the guitar

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the rock and roll instrument. You can't lug a piano

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to your friend's house but you can take a guitar and Chuck Berry uses

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these riffs, these wonderful and as he himself says, copied from.

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Keith Richards learned, Chuck Berry was never slow to remind

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Richards who was the boss. OK, then realise it.

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for 60 years with it. Is it going to be around

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after we are all dead and gone? relations with a 14-year-old girl.

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to prison for having sexual When he was released two years later

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he found that his wife had left him But his showmanship had not.

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had his songwriting mojo. He continued to perform,

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duck walk and all. You can argue all day long

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as to who was the father of rock music, but one thing is for certain,

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Chuck Berry was there at the birth. Chuck Berry - who's

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died at the age of 90. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. That's all from me, stay

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with us on BBC One -

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