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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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President Trump says he won't give up on his travel ban -

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and could submit new legislation in the coming days.

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We will win that battle but we have other options.

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Clashes in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad

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over government corruption - have left at least five people dead.

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At least six people die and dozens are injured as a powerful earthquake

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And another group of whales is stranded

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It comes after 300 died in the same bay on Friday.

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President Trump says he's considering issuing a new executive

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The president is hosting the Japanese Prime Minister but his

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weekend of golf and dining is dominated by questions over what

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comes next from his policy on immigration. The original order

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banned citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from the United

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States. That has been overturned in the courts. Mr Trump told reporters

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on Air Force One a new order could be issued as early as Monday and he

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has not ruled out an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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It was one of his boldest first actions.

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After an appeals court backed the suspension of the ban, he said

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But speaking on Air Force One, the President revealed he is now

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We also have a lot of other options including just filing

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We need speed for reasons of security.

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It could very well be that we do that.

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But his tweet this morning showed he is still not

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The original executive order was signed at the end

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It immediately brought chaos to airport terminals and sparked

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It suspended America's refugee programme and banned travellers

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Exactly how the White House might rewrite the order is not clear.

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Perhaps that is something Donald Trump is considering this

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weekend as he hosts the Japanese Prime

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Lawyers would almost certainly have to address the claim that the ban

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is unconstitutional in its current form because it discriminates

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by blocking entry to the US on the grounds of religion.

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As he went for a round of golf, the president reasserted that tough

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immigration controls are crucial to protect America.

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But for now people are free to travel.

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So is the White House better off going to the Supreme Court

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How successful would a watered-down travel ban be in the courts?

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To answer these questions, I've been speaking to Areva Martin -

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a civil rights Attorney in Los Angeles.

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I think the White House is best advised to rethink the entire

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position and strategy around protecting the Borders and national

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security issues. The Court of Appeal made it clear that the current

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executive order potentially runs foul of the Constitution and they

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would not lift the ban on the executive order. I do not think the

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president will fare much better in the Supreme Court, we only have

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eight justices sitting and if it were to make it to the court in all

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likelihood they would be a swift decision on ideological lines which

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would mean the Court of opinion, the opinion would defect to be the law.

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Essentially a major loss for the president and the administration and

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I do not think trying to rewrite the ban is going to fare better because

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civil rights lawyers have vowed to continue to fight in the court

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system any efforts to ban individuals from this country on the

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basis of religion. Moving on to illegal immigrants in the United

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States. Concerned they might be deported, tell us why they are

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concerned? Well, there has been reports of some raids by the

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immigration and Customs and enforcement agencies in states like

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California and Texas and North Carolina and there is tremendous

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fear in immigration communities primarily because of the heated

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rhetoric, the highly charged rhetoric president from during his

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campaign and after he has been inaugurated around his efforts to

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deport millions and millions of immigrants in the country. The real

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concern here is priorities have changed and he is not just going

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after individuals that have committed violent crimes who

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everyone agrees should be the target of any deportation actions, but

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these families, we are seeing individuals, mothers, even, who were

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brought here as kids to have children of their own and there is

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fear families will be torn apart and individuals who have not committed

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violent crimes will be swept up in the raids. You might say that the

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rhetoric has changed but a spokesperson for the immigration and

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Customs enforcement says the operation was in the planning before

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the executive order and reports of checkpoints and that is

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irresponsible. What do you make of that? Conflicting information. We

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are being told different things depending on where the information

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comes from about whether these raids are as a result of the President's

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stepped up immigration policies or if they were all ready planned

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before Trump was elected. Right now, there was such a high level of

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distrust of the administration it is hard to know which stories are

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believable. Many thanks. Clashes in the Iraqi capital,

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Baghdad, between the security forces and supporters of a powerful

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Shia Muslim cleric have left The trouble began with

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a demonstration against corruption by tens of thousands of protesters

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waving Iraqi flags. Huge numbers of demonstraters

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converged on a square They chanted

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anti-government slogans. They complained of corruption

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and demanded changes to a commission Then some protesters tried to move

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towards a nearby area known as the Green Zone,

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which houses government ministries. Riot police were determined

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to drag them back, Video images from the scene show

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tear gas filling the air and the sound of explosions

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and gunfire can be heard. Well, staying in the region -

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In Afghanistan, at least six people have been killed and many more

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wounded in a blast in southern in the provincial capital,

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Lashkar Gah - the Taliban has said A spokesperson for the

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regional governor told the BBC that the attacker drove

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a car into an Afghan National Army The target was a bank where

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government employees come every month to collect their salaries. It

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is seen as a soft target because this bank has been targeted in a

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similar manner a few years ago. After a few hours, the Taliban

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claimed responsibility saying the target was Afghan National Army

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personnel. Helmand has been the subject of heavy fighting and in the

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past few months even in the months of winter there has been sporadic

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fighting in the province where it is said 80% of it is now under Taliban

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control. Helmand is a strategic province and that is for the Taliban

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and government. Come summer, the fighting will become even more

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intense. Some other news... Violence has broken out in the Paris

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suburbs at a demonstration in support of a twenty-two year-old

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black man named Theo. The young victim was allegedly

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sodomised with a baton Some of the protesters threw

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firecrackers at police patrolling the demonstration in Bobigny,

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and a car was set on firet. The president of the European

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Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker says he doubts that the remaining 27

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members of the Union can maintain a united front as they negotiate

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Britain's exit from the EU. In an interview with German radio,

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to be broadcast tomorrow, he also reiterated that Britain

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could not negotiate trade deals as long as it remained a member

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of the European Uunion. The Polish Prime Minister Beata

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Szydlo is said to be in a stable condition in hospital

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after her official car hit a tree A spokesman said she would remain in

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hospital for tests but to carry out all her duties as the head of the

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government. At least six people are reported

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to have been killed in a earthquake The 6.5 magnitude tremor struck

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the southern island of Mindanao The worst affected area

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was around Surigao - where more than a hundred

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people were injured. Family members watch on as emergency

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workers pull a body from a collapsed home. Many had been asleep when the

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magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck late on Friday night. It sent panicked

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residents fleeing to the streets. Hospitals were pushed as the injured

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came in. More than 100 people were hurt but that number is expected to

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rise. Emergency workers combed through homes looking for

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casualties. Heavy snow and rainfall in Eastern

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Italy is continuing to cause damage. This is the mountain village

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of Bisenti in the Abruzzi region. Access to the village

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is now completely shut off Snow in the area reached

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two metres in height. Elsewhere, in the region a ten

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metre - wide and deep - The city's been hit

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several snowfalls and Volunteers in New Zealand say

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a further 240 whales have become stranded on a beach on the country's

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South Island. Hundreds have already died in one

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of the biggest ever mass strandings It's hoped they'll be able to swim

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to safety during the next high tide. You might find some

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of the scenes in this report Doing whatever they can to help

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before it's too late. These volunteers have been

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working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool

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as they lie stranded. Some say singing also

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helps to keep them calm, but what they really need

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is high tide. Very quickly this tide has come

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racing in, and now we're all up to our knees,

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some people are up to their waists in water, and we're starting

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to get a bit of floating, and we're just helping assist

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the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough

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they can swim. This is one of the worst whale

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strandings in New Zealand's history. 400 whales came into

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Farewell Spit on Thursday. Rescuers managed to refloat 100

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of them, but they failed to stop Scientists don't know for sure

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why beaching happens. The whales could simply

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have become lost. One theory is that if a single

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whale gets stuck, others But once it has happened,

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it can lead to devastation. For those ones that restrand

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there's very little chance they will ever swim away,

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so we have to euthanise We do hope they corral their

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resources and head back out to sea. It's very difficult to manage that

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part of it, but dealing with the ones that are left

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is quite an issue. Efforts are stood down

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overnight for safety reasons, but the logistics of trying

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to save these whales and then dealing with

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the aftermath if they can't Stay with us here on BBC news...

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Still to come... Huge swathes of Australia

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are in the grip of an extreme heatwave - with firefighters

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worried about bushfires. Mr Nelson Mandela, a freeman taking

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his first steps into a new South Africa. Iran's spiritual leader says

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he has passed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie, the British author

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of a book which many Muslims say is blasphemous. The people of Haiti

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have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their

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former president. Because of his considerable value, Shergar was kept

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in a secure box on a stud farm. She was driven away, the thieves bought

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it with them. The stepped down from the plane, a figure in mourning,

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Elizabeth II, Queen of this realm and of all her other realms and

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territories, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith.

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The latest headlines... President Donald Trump says he will not give

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up on his travel ban and could submit new legislation in the coming

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days. Clashes in the Iraqi

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capital, Baghdad - over government corruption -

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have left at least five people dead. Australia is known as a country

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of extreme weather and that is In Western Australia,

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residents are being evacuated In the east, authorities are warning

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of catastrophic bushfire conditions as the mercury soars

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past 45 degrees. Residents evacuated their homes as

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floodwaters threatened to inundate the West Australian town. The nearby

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river has swelled after days of torrential rain. Locals say the

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water levels are the highest they have seen in 30 years. Three people

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were rescued with some properties cut off by the floodwaters. My

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backyard will go under, I reckon. It has six inches to go. We have

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sandbagged around us to try to stop it but if it comes, it comes. More

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rain is expected over the next few days. And while the West has had too

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much of it, Australians on the east coast are sweltering through a

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record-breaking heatwave. Temperatures reached over 40 degrees

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in more than 50 cities and towns across the state of New South Wales.

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The highest was 47 points six. Authorities say the worst is yet to

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come. The most catastrophic fire conditions in New South Wales's

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history are expected in parts of the states north on Sunday. It is not

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another summers day or bad fire, this is as bad as it gets in the

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circumstances. It is simply not a safe environment which is why we are

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making it clear to people that the only safe place to be is not in at

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risk areas. The Bush is a no-go zone but conditions are better in Sydney

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where thousands of people are taking to the beach. Some sport other big

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day in rugby. Yes, we will bring you up to date.

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Liverpool have won for the first time in

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it's quite a scalp they've claimed too.

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They beat second placed Tottenham 2-nil at Anfield to move back

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Liverpool forward Sadio mane got both goals.

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Within two first half minutes as well...

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With Jurgen Klopp relieved to finally get his first three

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All this being nervous and stuff, it could have happened, show something

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but the positive crowd was fantastic and a big joy to play here tonight

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and it was a wonderful wonderful sign.

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Alexis Sanchez scored twice for Arsenal as they ended a run

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of two straight league defeats with a two nil win over Hull City.

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The Chilean is now the Premier League's top scorer with 17.

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He's eased some of the pressure on his manager Arsene Wenger.

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He has faced renewed calls to step down after more than two

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We played resilient, focused, organised but we wonder big pressure

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to win the game. They played well and we need to be focused and come

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away with a positive result. Manchester United beating

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Watford at Old Trafford to extend their unbeaten run

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in the league to sixteen games. Juan Mata opened the scoring

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before Anthony Martial - making his first start in nearly

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a month - added a second late on. People sometimes forget these teams

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like Watford and Stoke, many of the medium teams in the table, they have

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very good players. And I look at this team and these players were in

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Italy when I was and they were playing in the Napoli, in Milan,

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Eilat CEO, these are top players with top experience so the players

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are good, these teams are much better than in the past. They can

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discuss results with a top teams so I'm pleased because the three points

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are important. These the results... IN Spain Barcelona have gone top

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of the Primera Division The two will meet in the Copa

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Del Rey final in May... They're above Real Madrid

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by two points BUT have Real are currently

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leading at Osasuna. Bayern Munich are now seven points

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clear in Germany's Bundesliga. While second placed RB Leipzig lost

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3-nil at home to Hamburg. The teams in third

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AND fourth also lost... Onto rugby union AND a thrilling

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encounter in Cardiff was won by England over Wales thanks

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to a late try from Eliot Daly. They've extended their record

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winning run to 16 now... BUT spent most the match

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holding the Welsh at bay. The home side pretty much throughout

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before Daly's touchdown If you could bottle the ingredients

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that got England over the line today, as with France, what is it?

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It is gripped. The players believe we can be the best in the world. If

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you want to be the best you have to win the games. You are not at your

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best against an opposition playing well, and we did that today.

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After defeat to Scotland last week...

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They ran in nine tries to score the competition's first bonus point

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The movie industry in Pakistan has long been overshadowed

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by the output from Bollywood - so when Indian films were boycotted

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in Pakistan, many cinemas reported falling audiences.

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That ban has now been lifted - but Pakistani actors

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are still effectively prevented from working in India.

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Now one Pakistani leading man is calling for the two nations

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to open up their film industries to each other.

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Osman Khalid Butt says it would benefit both nations -

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and the BBC Asian Network's Haroon Rashid went to find out why.

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It was assumed he would not have any competition at the Pakistani box

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office because of the ban on Bollywood films. Now the movies are

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back in business and the start of the romantic drama says it is a good

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thing. We're not producing enough content in Pakistan to sustain

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ourselves on our own. Generations have grown up on Bollywood so to

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remove that we saw ourselves promoting the movie that it was put

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for the cinemas because of the lack of Indian movies so I believe it is

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great and healthy competition because it forces us to up our game

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and show what we have got to offer in Pakistan. On the other side of

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the border in India, Pakistani actors and stars are still banned

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from being part of Bollywood films, is it fair Pakistan is allowing

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their films to screen? There is a lot of jingoism and patriotism, when

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even our actors go across the border call people claim it is the power of

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the Indian and why not stay in Pakistan, even if we do not mention

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it and were critical we do feel pride at the plethora of Indian

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talent available and Pakistani talent was chosen on the basis of

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their work and the work ethic and experience so I believe it is

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unfair. And I feel India should be relaxing its policies after Pakistan

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has removed the ban. It has all the ingredients of a typical Bollywood

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film but how realistic is this representation of Pakistan? An

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interesting question, especially because we live in a post-Trump

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world and all the cliches you associate with salvation -- South

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Asian region are coming back into play. People are have a myopic

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vision of what Pakistan as a country is, they think terrorism and women

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in burqas and no women in parliament or education but that is not the

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case. It portrays and showcases to the world Pakistan is not what you

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think and see in the news and the rhetoric you hear Donald Trump

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talking about, bad is and ban Muslims. These are trigger words and

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we're trying to showcase the poetry, the beauty and the majesty of our

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country and show there are people just like any other people. Whether

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the film is enough to change mindsets remains to be seen, it is

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getting people talking. After more than 50 years trapped

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in India, a Chinese man has finally Wang Qi was working

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as an army surveyor in 1963 when he accidentally

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crossed into India. Lacking the necessary documents

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he was unable to leave the country After initially flying to Beijing,

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he finally landed in his home city of Xianyang, where he was greeted

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by family members and staff His return follows a report

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by the BBC on his plight. Needless to say he was

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very happy to be home. Live two pictures from Neath in

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France. Authorities are on high alert

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and security is tight as Carnival celebrations get underway

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in the south of France. Tens of thousands of people

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are expected to attend the annual festival in Nice,

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marking a week before In the wake the wake of last year's

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Bastille Day truck massacre, which left 86 people dead,

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authorities are taking no chances.

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