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Tonight at Ten - Westminster prepares for a Brexit Battle

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as ministers tell MPs, don't stand in the way

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Labour says it will fight for changes to the bill

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in the Commons tomorrow, putting them on a collision

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What we can't have is either House of Parliament reversing the decision

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On the front line in Iraq - as the Iraqi Army makes more gains

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We've heard three car bombs going off in the distance.

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We've also had a lot incoming mortar fire.

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You can hear now the sounds of battle.

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Violent clashes in the Netherlands between the police and Turkish

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protesters, as the diplomatic row between the two

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And Tottenham on their way to an FA Cup semifinal -

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The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has called on MPs to back

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the Government's Brexit bill when it returns to the Commons tomorrow,

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after the Lords twice went against the Government.

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Peers voted to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK,

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and to ensure that Parliament has a vote on an eventual deal.

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But Mr Davis said it would not be acceptable

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for Parliament to try to reverse the will of the British people.

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If MPs do pass it, Theresa May could trigger Article 50 -

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that's the formal process of Brexit - this week.

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Our chief political correspondent Vicki Young reports.

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For months she has vowed to kick-start Brexit talks

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But some here in Parliament are fighting to get safeguards

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written into law before the negotiations begin.

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Today, the Brexit secretary tried to reassure MPs and peers that

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they would get a vote on the Prime Minister's

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What we can't have is either House of Parliament reversing the decision

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Peers have defeated the Government twice, and Labour's standing firm.

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What we say to the Prime Minister, and I wrote to her on Friday,

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reflect on what the House of Lords has said by majorities

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They have sent back two really important issues.

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This issue of the EU nationals, and the issues of the vote.

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Don't just have this obsession with getting Article 50

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The two line Brexit bill is still making its way through Parliament.

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Last week, the House of Lords made their changes.

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The Government will try to overturn these in the Commons tomorrow.

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If they succeed, the Bill returns to the Lords almost immediately,

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and if they give way, the final stage of Royal Assent

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So the Government has some Parliamentary hurdles

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but ministers seem confident that Theresa May will be able to stick

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formally telling the rest of the EU that the UK is ready to start

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negotiating its exit, and attention is turning

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to exactly what kind of deal, if any, the UK can get.

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The Prime Minister has said publicly that no deal for the UK

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is better than a bad deal, but that would mean

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tariffs on exports under World Trade Organisation rules.

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My fear is that what this is really about, is us deliberately,

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not the Prime Minister, but others deliberately ensuring

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And no deal pretty soon, and in that event, we jump off

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the cliff on to WTO tariffs and nobody in this country,

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the people of this country don't have a say.

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Some Cabinet Ministers seem relaxed about the possibility. As it happens

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we would be perfectly OK if we weren't able to get an agreement,

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but I am sure we will. Mr Davis admits the Government

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is preparing a contingency plan in case there's no deal,

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but he doesn't think Let's make no bones about it,

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there will be tough points in this negotiation,

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but it is in everybody's interest Parliament's debate about this bill

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isn't quite over, but after months of talking about the talks,

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formal negotiations We can join Vicki

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in Westminster now. How likely is it that the

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Parliamentary rebellion will continue? First of all tomorrow, the

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eyes will all be on Tory MPs in the House of Commons, they want more

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verbal guarantees from ministers, the rebellion could well be bigger

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but I don't think they have the numbers to defeat the Government.

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Talking to both sides it is clear Cabinet Ministers are confident

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about getting their way. If they do the action moves to the House of

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Lords. There the Liberal Democrats have promised to dig in their heels,

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the question is whether Labour peers will join them. I guess the sense

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they don't want to prolong this. It It could be be by tomorrow the

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rebellion has melted away and it is hard to find anyone who thinks that

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Theresa May will be prevented from thing what she promised to trigger

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Article 50, to get those formal Brexit negotiations under way, and

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it could come as early as Tuesday. Thank you.

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Iraqi forces have made more gains in west Mosul -

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the largest city still under the control of the

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Government troops, backed by a US-led coalition,

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recaptured the east of the city in late January, after more

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Now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely

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Around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside.

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Our Middle East correspondent, Orla Guerin, and cameraman

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Nico Hameon have been travelling with the Iraqi forces.

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You may find parts of her report distressing.

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Caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians.

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This is the place where IS proclaimed its Caliphate.

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Here it was born, and here, Iraqi forces say, it will die.

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On the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold

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Then frantic gunfire towards the threat overhead.

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An IS drone, maybe carrying explosives.

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Well, this is as far as we can go for now.

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As you can hear there is a lot of gunfire in the area.

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There are snipers in position on this street.

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We have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position,

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but within the last half an hour or so, we've heard three car bombs

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We've also had a lot of incoming mortar fire -

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you can hear now the sounds of battle.

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The IS fighters that are in this area are putting

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The man who didn't flinch is Major Alani.

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Hours later, he was wounded in battle.

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Troops using every weapon, even home-made rockets.

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Then the rush to retrieve a casualty.

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We can't say how many have paid with their lives, Iraqi forces don't

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But they have the extremists outgunned and encircled.

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They believe victory is guaranteed in Mosul, in time.

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But ending the Caliphate may not end IS.

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General Abbas is in the thick of the battle.

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He told us the narrow streets and civilian presence

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In front of us is all city, it is very hard because we need

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to keep to take care for the citizen.

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We need to be aggressive against IS guys, we need

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to put a very clear plan, to clear the area.

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That means we need to put a plan to survive our citizens.

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And as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave

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Where they have been caught between the militants and the army.

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Few may have endured more than this man.

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IS put an anti-aircraft gun near his house.

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An air strike targeting the extremists brought

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"Three of my daughters are dead", he says.

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"My daughters were under the concrete of the house."

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"They didn't let me see them before they were buried."

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As well as losing his daughters, and his home, he lost his leg.

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He prays God will destroy IS, as they have destroyed Iraq.

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Orla Guerin, BBC News, western Mosul.

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Turkey's President Erdogan has called for sanctions

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against the Dutch government, after it prevented two

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of his ministers from making political speeches in Rotterdam

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Last night Dutch police broke up a rally by Mr Erdogan's

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The speeches had been intended to bolster support among Turkish

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expatriates with voting rights in Turkey.

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Our diplomatic coreespondent James Robbins has more details:

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Our diplomatic coreespondent James Robbins has more details.

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Not our usual image of the Netherlands.

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This was the wound the dog left behind as riot police

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used considerable force against Turkish demonstrators.

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They were angered by the Dutch government's refusal

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to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support

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He is counting on the backing of more than a million Turkish

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citizens living in Europe to expand his powers back home

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But his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them.

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The second Turkish minister turned back by the Dutch government.

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TRANSLATION: In Holland - Holland as a country that speaks

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of freedom and democracy - we were faced with very

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we should treat women in Turkey. about women's rights and tell us how

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All this followed President Erdogan's far stronger

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language at a rally, denouncing the Dutch as "Nazi

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Those words have infuriated several European governments,

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including Germany's, mindful of the Nazi

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occupation of Holland during the Second World War.

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We are absolutely willing to deescalate, but of course these

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utterings of the president of Turkey Republic do not help and

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But this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in Turkey

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The Dutch go to the polls first on Wednesday.

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It's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti-immigration

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He blames the Prime Minister for allowing immigrants in,

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It's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary

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diplomatic crisis with Turkey will influence Dutch voters, making

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big choices against a background of rising populism across Europe.

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The intelligence services are to provide the political parties

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with advice on protecting themselves against Russian hackers.

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The advice will come from experts at GCHQ's

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Several politicians have been calling for more assistance,

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saying they fear that hackers might try to influence future elections.

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Rail workers in three parts of the country

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go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months

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of chaos for Southern Rail commuters spreads to the north of England.

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Conductors working on the Merseyrail, Northern

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and Southern services are walking out in a row over their future role.

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Our correspondent Danni Hewson sent this report from Liverpool.

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It may have been business as usual today, but here in Liverpool

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and right across the north, commuters are bracing

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From midnight, rail workers with the RMT union will begin a 24

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hour strike, affecting thousands of passengers.

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I don't know how I am going to get home.

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We'll just have to see what we can sort out tomorrow.

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A lot of people will be stranded and won't know where to go.

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Especially if you are not from the area.

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The companies affected are Northern, the UK's second largest operator

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which serves passengers across the north, including Leeds,

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Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool.

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Merseyrail, which serves mainly Merseyside, will run trains every

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half an hour, rather than every 15 minutes,

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The row was triggered by proposed changes to the role

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of the onboard guard, changes the union says

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We believe that services operated on a driver only,

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driver controlled operation are fundamentally less safe,

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and every train in the UK should retain a second safety

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Efforts to resolve the dispute in recent weeks have broken down.

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Operators say they need to modernise and safety won't be compromised.

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We put safety at the heart of everything we do.

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The Independent Rail Regulator has the indicated this is as safe

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The Independent Rail Regulator has indicated this is as safe

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This isn't about who opens and closes the doors,

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this is about giving customers what they want.

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For now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect

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tomorrow's disruption will be the last.

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For commuters, the focus is is now on tomorrow's rush hour, and how if

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it all they will make their journey to work.

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Now, this weekend the United Nations has warned of a looming humanitarian

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crisis, with 20 million people facing famine.

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Its experts say that without urgent help,

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There's growing concern about four countries

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in particular - Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia -

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and our correspondents in the region have been to some

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We begin with Andrew Harding in Somalia.

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The southern town of Baidoa is at the heart of Somalia's

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Thousands of families are on the move here.

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These people arrived this morning, looking for food, looking for water.

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Now half the population of this country is in need

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Drought is the main problem, but so is conflict.

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In the countryside around here, for instance, al-Shabaab,

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the militant Islamist group, is still in control.

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Aid agencies say they desperately need more funds.

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They only have a fraction of what they need and what

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And of course remember this is just one of four countries currently

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Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan,

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but this is a man-made crisis and those fleeing war come here,

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Around 2000 people cross the border daily.

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This has become Africa's biggest refugee crisis

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and the world's third-largest after Afghanistan and Syria.

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People can no long stay in their villages and towns,

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because of fighting between the government and rebels.

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Those who come here bring with them harrowing tales

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of violence and a desperation to avoid starvation.

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But it's not just east Africa that is struggling

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Here in Nigeria in West Africa, mass hunger has been fuelled

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by the brutal seven-year insurgency of the Islamist group Boko Haram.

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In the north-east of the country, where so many people have

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had to flee their homes because of the fighting,

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it's estimated 8.5 million people are in need of food aid,

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and 75,000 children are at risk of dying in the coming months.

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All this week on BBC News, we'll be taking a look at the hunger

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crisis of four badly affected countries and asking what can be

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done to help 20 million people facing famine.

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My colleague Clive Myrie there, reporting from Nigeria.

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Now, with all the sport, here's Karthi Gnanasegaram

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Tottenham Hotspur are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup

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after an emphatic 6-0 win over League One side Millwall.

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South Korea's Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick but the Football

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Association is expected to investigate allegations of racist

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Tottenham were already on their way to Wembley -

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it is where they will play next season while their

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But here was their chance to travel there early for an FA Cup semifinal.

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First, they had to get past League One's Millwall,

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a team on a 17 match unbeaten run, and when Harry Kane limped

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off after six minutes, they looked like it could be

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The England striker was replaced by Christian Eriksen,

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who with one swing of his boot, turned the momentum

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In their rush for a second goal, Son fumbled his first touch,

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He makes amends with an absolute beauty.

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Son has played in the shadow of Kane for much of the season,

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but his movement was too much for Millwall, and he scored

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Viewing wouldn't get much easier for Millwall's manager

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There was time for more, after Son completed a somewhat

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This was the last FA Cup tie to be played

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at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham's

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It's time to pop out of the room if you don't want to know

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today's other results, as Match Of The Day and Sportscene

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side beat Burnley 2-1 to put them just one

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point behind Manchester City, who are in third place

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Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of Craig Shakespeare

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as their manager until the end of the season.

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He's led them to victory in his two games as the caretaker boss

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following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

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While a late equaliser for Rangers from Clint Hill denied Celtic a 23rd

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consecutive league win, but they are now 25

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points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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World number one Andy Murray suffered a shock second-round

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defeat at the prestigious Indian Wells Open, beaten

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Dan Evans has also been knocked out, while world number 11 Johanna Konta

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lost her third-round match this evening in three sets

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And Britain's Elise Christie has become a triple world champion

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at the Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam.

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And tributes have been paid to the singer Joni Sledge -

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of the group Sister Sledge - who's died at her home

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The band - four sisters - achieved fame in 1979

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with their signature track "We Are Family".

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Other hits included the disco classic "The Greatest Dancer".

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A statement from the family said Joni Sledge had

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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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Now on BBC one it's time for the news where you are.

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