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President Trump's travel ban sparks legal challenges -

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16 state attorney generals say the restrictions

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Travellers from seven named countries are now

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being denied entry - including this family

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an extreme vetting policy - but there's been confusion about the

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and the call for President Trump's state visit here to be put on hold.

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Parents' rights to take their children

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on holiday in term time face a new legal test -

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Did he ever believe it? Did he ever dare believe it?

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President Trump is facing growing criticism tonight both

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at home and abroad - over his controversial order

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restricting people from seven mainly Muslim countries

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The temporary ban on travellers from countries including Iraq,

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Syria and Somalia has seen people turned away at airports -

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Tonight, there are more protests - and legal challenges -

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but Mr Trump has defended his actions, saying America "needs

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Our first report is from our correspondent

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New York has always been the great gateway into America and

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demonstrators gathered in a highly dramatic setting, under the gaze of

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the Statue of Liberty, that welcoming symbol for new arrivals.

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But today we've see large gatherings across the country. The fractious

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mood reminiscent of the 1960s. Protest is becoming a permanent

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feature of the Trump presidency. And at JFK airport last night,

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the demonstrations lasted deep Demonstrations took place

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across the country. These are scenes in Boston

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as a US senator defied the I knew that Donald

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Trump would be bad. At this courthouse

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in Brooklyn came a late-night legal challenge and civil

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liberties lawyers emerged claiming victory as a federal judge blocked

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parts of the executive order temporarily banning all refugees

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and travel from seven President Trump enacts laws

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or executive orders that are The courts are there

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to defend everyone's rights. What started as a protest

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outside this courthouse in Brooklyn has now

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become a celebration. At the arrivals hall in Dallas

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airport outside Washington, A Muslim woman from Iraq

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finally making it back All of a sudden I get

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a call telling me they are detaining my wife, who is a green

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card holder, a legal resident But despite the court ruling

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and others making it through immigration, the Department

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of Homeland Security said it would continue to enforce

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the executive order. The president says his policy

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is working out very nicely, and television network, claimed falsely,

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that the old Obama policy favoured Do you know if you were

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a Christian in Syria it was impossible, very, very,

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at least very tough to get If you were a Muslim

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you could come in. And I thought it was

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very, very unfair. But this Christian

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family was also refused entry even though they thought these

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US visas offered them the chance of They were turned away at

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Philadelphia airport, forced to fly TRANSLATION: My son has been

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in America three years and They had spent all their money

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on the plane tickets and seen their American dreams

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eradicated with the stroke of a pen. Here, there are growing calls

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for President Trump's state visit to Britain to be called off,

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because of his travel crackdown. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has

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said it shouldn't happen while the ban is in place -

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and an online petition making the same demand has attracted more

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than half a million signatures. Tonight, ministers have gained some

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clarification about the impact Our Political Correspondent,

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Eleanor Garnier has the latest. New leaders and new friends. It was

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all going so well. Then, just hours after Theresa May left Washington,

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Donald Trump enacted one of what many think is the most extreme of

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his campaign policies. By then, the Prime Minister was in Turkey for

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trade talks, where she avoided condemning the President's travel

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ban. The United States is responsible for the United States's

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policy and refugees. The United Kingdom is responsible for the

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United Kingdom's policy on refugees. Overnight a new statement clarifying

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that the Prime Minister did not agree with this kind of approach.

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And condemnation from the Foreign Secretary, who said it was divisive

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and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality. The British Olympian

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Sir Mo Farah was born in Somalia but lives with his family in America. He

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said he'd been deeply troubled and he'd have to tell his children that

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daddy might not be able to come home after a training camp in Ethiopia.

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The president, he added, had introduced a policy that comes from

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a place of ignorance and prejudice. And government ministers were

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publicly echoing concerns. The Prime Minister is not a shoot from the hip

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type of politician, she wants to see the evidence, she wants to

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understand precisely what the implications are. There is always

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pressure to respond within a news cycle and so on. The important thing

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is we are saying we disagree with it and we think it's wrong. Friends can

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be candid with each other, that's what the Prime Minister said before

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her trip to the United States. It now seems that is far easier in

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theory than it is in practice. And having failed to live up to her own

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words once, there is now criticism she's undermined her own strategy.

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After concern all day, the Foreign Office said tonight it had been

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reassured by the United States that it wasn't imposing travel bans on

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any UK dual nationals, though they might face extra checks. And the

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Labour leader stands by his call for Mr Trump's state visit to be cold

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off. I'm not happy about him coming here until the ban is lifted quite

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honestly. Because look at what's happening with those countries, how

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many more is it going to be and what is going to be the long-term effect

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of this on the rest of the world? This relationship, like many, is

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complicated. The last 24 hours have shown the difficulty of forging

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closer ties with the US while keeping a suitable distance from Mr

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Trump, a huge challenge the Prime Minister will have to get used to.

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In a moment we'll be speaking to our North America Editor Jon Sopel

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in Washington, but first Eleanor Garnier is here.

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How much detail do we have on how British citizens might be affected

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by this? First of all I should say this isn't an exemption for the UK,

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this is simply a clarification of the rules. In a sign of how

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difficult it has been to unpick everything, I'm told conversations

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have been had at the highest possible level all day. Boris

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Johnson on the phone to his US counterpart. To clarify if I can, if

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you are a British citizen who happens to be travelling to the US

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from Iraq, you will not be subjected to the ban. If you are age National,

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perhaps British and Iraqi nationalities, and you travel to

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America, you will not be subject to ban, though you will face some extra

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checks. As the Foreign Office understands it, it's only people who

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are just nationals of those seven named countries currently subject to

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a ban. We've been getting reaction coming in. Sir Mo Farah had said he

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is relieved but still fundamentally disagrees with what he cold a

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divisive and discriminatory policy. I've just given you the latest

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Foreign Office advice but I think there will still be a lot of

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confusion tonight, not least many people will be worried about them,

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their family, their friends, travelling to the united States,

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concerned about how these rules are being interpreted on the ground by

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US officials. And Jon Sopel is in

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Washington for us now. What sense did you get there about

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how the administration feels this is going? I think they have been rocked

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by the criticism and the protests we've seen springing up across

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America. Look, there was no surprise that extreme vetting was going to be

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introduced, Donald Trump has said it repeatedly, but there was so little

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political preparation, telling congressmen and women this was

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happening. There has been sullen silence from them over this weekend.

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More telling and more damaging, so little administrative preparation.

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You've had this situation where today we have Donald Trump's chief

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of staff saying, this won't affect green card holders. Yesterday the

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Department of Homeland Security said it would. We heard Eleanor trying to

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clarify the situation. And in the last few moments a statement from

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Donald Trump which is fascinating, because it seems to be much more

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conciliatory in tone. Let me read a bit of it. America is a proud nation

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of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing

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oppression, but we'll do so while protecting our own citizens. To be

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clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting, this

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isn't about religion, this is about terror. I have tremendous feeling

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for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in

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Syria, my first priority will always be to protect and serve our country.

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But he says he's going to revisit the whole policy. Is it a U-turn?

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No. As the White House been rocked by the wave of criticism from around

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the world and with them in America? You bet it has.

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The US military has confirmed that Donald Trump has authorised

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the first raid by American special forces of his presidency.

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The pre dawn raid in Yemen targeted al Qaeda militants -

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A US serviceman also died, and three others were injured

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in the operation that was aimed at gathering intelligence

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In France, a politician from the hard left has defeated

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the country's former Prime Minister to become the Socialist party's

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Benoit Hamon, whose policies include legalising cannabis and introducing

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a universal basic income, prevailed against Manuel Valls.

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As our Paris Correspondent Lucy Williamson reports,

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it's another surprise in the race for the Elysee Palace.

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It was the unknown against the unpopular.

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And in this election, inexperience counts.

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Benoit Hamon has been dubbed France's Jeremy

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A one-time junior minister with a plan to tax robots, legalise

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marijuana and pay everyone ?600 a month.

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TRANSLATION: Faced with a privileged right and a destructive

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far right, our country needs the left.

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But a modern, innovative left that looks to the future.

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The problem is half the party hate his

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This primary was meant to force the socialists' slender

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chances by giving them a candidate they would unite around.

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But after five bitter years of infighting,

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Especially as this man is already siphoning centre-left supporters

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Emmanuel Macron is 39 years old and has never been

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more energy than experience, is drawing crowds his rivals can only

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Antiestablishment, pro-European, and liberal on both

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This is populism for centrists on both the

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Before Emmanuel Macron I tried other political

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But those last years, the Parti Socialiste was

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lost and the main subject on which it was not

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very clear was about the

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After political upheavals in America and the UK, how is

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France's presidential race taking shape?

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Francois Fillon, the centre-right favourite, is fighting

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off allegations that his wife received public money for work she

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Far right leader Marine Le Pen also has strong support.

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She's promised to pull France out of the you wrote and drastically reduce

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immigration. Benoit Hamon, lagging far behind, seems unlikely to pose a

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serious threat. But one man who could is Emmanuel Macron. He is

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likely to gain the most from the socialist choice of leader. This

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primary has eluded both the sitting president and a Prime Minister. The

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men with power, it seems, don't always win the party. Just as hard

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perhaps for the party to win power. Lucy Williamson, BBC News, Paris.

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The case of a father who refused to pay a fine

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for taking his daughter on holiday during term time heads

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Jon Platt won an initial legal victory last year -

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on the grounds that she attended school regularly.

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A BBC investigation has found that dozens of councils in England have

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changed their policies on fining parents, as a result

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Our Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys has the story.

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For some angry parents, Jon Platt is a bit of a hero.

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Dozens get in touch with him every day about term time holiday fines.

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You take a child on a five-day holiday and you live

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in somewhere like Suffolk, Lancashire, Norfolk or Swindon,

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they are going to send you a truancy penalty notice and then you have got

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At home on the Isle of Wight, John told me he has no regrets.

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After taking his daughter on holiday, she had 90% attendance.

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The legal row is about what going to school regularly means.

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If you look up the dictionary definition of regularly,

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because that's what this is all about, what it means

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to attend school regularly, the dictionary says,

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What about teachers and head teachers who are having to teach

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children to get them through their exams?

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And who say with ten time holidays every single week there might be a

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And sometimes kids off school due to term-time holidays.

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The issue is blown out of all proportion.

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Because for every child that misses a day due to a term time holiday,

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there are 12 days mist due to illness.

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The cost of holidays, home or abroad,

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So what's happended since last year's case?

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108 councils in England out of 152 responded to our questions

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35 have changed their policy since the judgment.

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28 have dropped cases against parents.

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22 have noticed parents taking more term-time holidays.

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Councils from the Isle of Wight to the north of England

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One dad's battle here on the Isle of Wight has implications

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It's drawn a line in the sand, with, on the one hand,

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the government insisting that every day missed matters.

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And on the other, parents furious about the cost

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Ministers say exam results shape children's futures and missing even

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We look at our students, and any student who has

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attendance below 95%, we can track the fact

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that their progress isn't as good as it should be.

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The Supreme Court will reach a decision within months.

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With all the sport- here's Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes

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We're starting with the incredible achievement of Roger Federer.

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Already the men's Grand Slam record holder, the 35 year old has

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now won 18 major titles after beating his old

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rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final today.

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Katherine Downes has the story of the thrilling

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Of all his titles and trophies, this, surely,

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Roger Federer had been out of tennis for six months,

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but he battled his way to the final of the Australian Open once again,

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and once again the man at the other side of the net was Rafael Nadal.

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An old rivalry reignited, and Federer rolled back the years,

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Nadal himself was an unlikely finalist, also on the comeback

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With sweat and grit, Nadal was level, the second set secured.

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For a while it looked like he'd given all he had, while Federer

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had rediscovered his signature wizardry.

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But just when you think Rafael Nadal is beaten,

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Nadal's sheer determination dragged him and his old

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An early break for Rafa, but Roger fought back

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with two of his own, and in the end, just the finest

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of margins confirmed what he'd thought was impossible.

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I would have been happy to lose too, to be honest.

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There's no draws, but if there was going to be one,

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I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share

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Two unlikely finalists, two legends of the sport.

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Now one familiar champion, and a trophy he thought

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It's been another fascinating day in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

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Match of the Day follows the news, so if you want to wait

:19:47.:19:49.

There are now two non-league teams into the last 16

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for the first time in more than 90 years, after Sutton beat former FA

:19:57.:20:00.

The National League side won by a goal to nil.

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Leeds are currently 4th in the Championship.

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And there were further upsets today, as two of the three

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Hull were thrashed at Fulham and Watford lost

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Manchester United were comfortable home winners against Wigan.

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Celtic have broken their own long-held Scottish

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record for consecutive unbeaten domestic games.

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Their 4-0 win over Hearts today means they've now

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gone 27 league and cup matches without defeat.

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The previous record was set by Celtic's famous

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England's cricketers just missed-out on sealing a significant Twenty20

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series win over India, beaten by five runs in Nagpur.

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In a thrilling final over, man of the match Jasprit Boomra

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bowled brilliantly to deny England the chance to overhaul

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The series is now level at 1-1 and will be decided in the final

:20:55.:20:59.

Carl Frampton says he wants a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz

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after the Mexican inflicted his first

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Frampton lost his WBA World Featherweight title on points

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in Las Vegas and has already demanded another rematch - this

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And Scotland's Paul Foster has won his 5th World Indoor Bowls title.

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A first look at tomorrow's papers coming up on

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