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Mass rallies take place in Turkey, marking the anniversary of last

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Turkey's president says the defeat of the plot

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was a victory for democracy - his opponents say he's

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Tony Blair suggests the UK could win concessions

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on immigration to try to keep it within the European Union.

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Wimbledon has a new champion in Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

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And celebrating 25 years of the BRIT School for Performing Arts.

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Mass rallies have been held in Turkey to mark the first

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anniversary of the failed military coup which resulted in the deaths

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Turkey's President Erdogan said the defeat of the plot was a victory

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for democracy and promised to punish his enemies.

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His government has, in the past 12 months,

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dismissed or arrested 200,000 people, with 7,000 arrested today.

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They returned to the nightmare began, seized by the tanks one year

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ago, it has been renamed the 15th of July marked's Bridge. Tens of

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thousands celebrating victory today. They call a turkey's second

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independence. Joy and relief clear and he remembered the 260 killed as

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the people stood up to the plotters. Last year, that line was the Turkish

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nation, it was strangled by the Kurds. The federal militia tanks,

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F-16s, bullets and rifles. But they could not strangle the line. It was

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the greatest ever attack on the Turkish state, rogue soldiers

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bombing buildings, blocking roads and driving tanks into civilians. By

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dawn it had failed. Then came the purge, 50,000 arrested and 150,000

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sacked or suspended. One year ago there was unity against the military

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coup button at the opposition says it is not coming here, deep cracks

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have opened up over the arrests and dismissals. This half of the nation

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believes the 15th of July marked the rebirth of Turkey and the other side

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says it is killing of what was left of Turkish democracy. As night fell,

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their hero arrived. He was almost captured in the coup but President

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Erdogan emerged stronger and tightened his grip. I would like to

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thank all of our citizens who protected and defended their

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freedom, democracy, religion, state, government and the future and

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independence. I thank each and every individual member of our nation.

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Elsewhere, they are fighting back against the purge, protests in

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support of two academics on hunger strike for four months since they

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were fired. Alongside the human rights monument is now sealed off,

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public metaphor for the plight of Turkey. TRANSLATION: One day their

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name is on the list and you are struck off, your life is turned

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upside down, you are killed off by the system, they are political state

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I cannot think of any alternative. The celebrations went on beside the

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new markers monument, the 15th of July edged into this country, for

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better or worse. One year since the national trauma and Turkey is still

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torn. And Mark is live in

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Istanbul for us now. What signs are there

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that the president will be able Frankly, there are very few signs at

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all. One week ago, 1 million people rallied here in Istanbul against the

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government, against the mass dismissals, chanting the word

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justice, President Erdogan labelled them terrorism supporters and over

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the past year both sides have grown dramatically further apart. Another

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development is that Turkey has grown dramatically further apart from the

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West and the EU, a chasm has opened up to the extent that a few months

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ago President Erdogan labelled Dutch and German leaders Nazis and

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fascists. Turkey's government believes there was a lack of

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solidarity from Western allies on the night of the crew. It is a

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dangerous moment, the West needs this country, it is a vital Nato

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member and a candidate for European Union membership and a crucial

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pillar of stability previously in the east. The West cannot afford to

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lose this country but one year on from the failed coup, Turkey feels

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like it has lost its way. Mark, thank Lowen.

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Tony Blair has suggested the UK could win concessions

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on immigration to try to keep it within the European Union.

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The former Prime Minister said European leaders might be prepared

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to offer a compromise on the free movement of people.

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His comments, though, have been dismissed by senior

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Our political correspondent, Eleanor Garnier, reports.

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Balancing the needs of the UK economy at the same time as getting

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control of Britain's borders is a key issue in the Brexit debate

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but a former Labour Prime Minister has suggested political change

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in France has opened the path to compromise.

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Tony Blair claims the EU could be willing to make concessions

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on the free movement of people to allow the UK to stay

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Britain benefits enormously from that freedom of movement.

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However the question is, where there are changes to it,

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not alteration in the visibility of the printable but qualifications

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to it, around the things that concern people.

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But these claims directly contradict what those in Brussels are saying,

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that the UK must accept free movement without

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I'm not going to disclose conversations I had within Europe,

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but I'm not saying this on the basis of a whim.

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Some of those who campaigned to leave the EU says there is no

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The EU has made it absolutely clear that the four freedoms

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including freedom of movement are indivisible.

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They took four minutes to agree these guidelines,

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It's complete nonsense, another attempt to undermine Brexit.

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Campaigning in Southampton, the current Labour leader rejected

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the position of his predecessor and says his party respects

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Anyone is entitled to give their views and I listen to all of them.

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The views we have are that we want to see tariff free access

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to the European market, protection of EU nationals

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and of the rights and consumer rights we achieved through

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This latest intervention from Tony Blair will not

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change the government's approach to negotiations.

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Ministers say the former Labour Prime Minister

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that he is out of touch with voters yet Mr Blair has reopened the debate

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on the central issue of Brexit, a decision he says is the biggest

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country has faced since the Second World War.

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Once he helped determine Britain's place in the world.

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Now this former Prime Minister must settle with commenting

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One of two teenagers arrested by police after a series of acid

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attacks in north London on Thursday night has been charged

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Among the charges the 16-year-old faces are five counts of grevious

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bodily harm with intent, three counts of robbery and four

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The second teenager has been released on bail.

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A 15-year-old girl has died after suffering an adverse reaction

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to a psychoactive substance, commonly referred

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The teenager was found unconscious in the early hours of this morning

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Two other girls were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

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It is important for me to make sure that people don't misuse the term

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legal highs, as has often been talked about.

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It tends to give it some sort of legitimacy.

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These are all illegal drugs and, in fact, they

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are very dangerous because we don't know what goes into making them up.

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Time and time again we hear locally, regionally and nationally, people

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It is not worth experimenting with your life.

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With all the sport - here's Lizzie Greenwood Hughes

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There was a stunning and surprisingly swift victory

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for Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon Ladies

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The 14th seed beat the five-time winner

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Our correspondent, Joe Wilson, reports from Wimbledon.

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14 years between the players, would you have

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experience be decisive, the

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20 Three Rd Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams. That is fair.

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Beneath the roof, amplified rallies, longer and longer. And the growth

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was getting better. The first set 7-5. The second set started with a

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double fault and venous unravelled. Even when she threw everything into

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her shots, there was Garbine Muguruza, strong and certain. A new

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champion Andoni Iraola? The match settled by a computer. The final

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Williams era but there have been many, second set 6-0, Muguruza had

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beaten the player and reputation. The hardest match today, against

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Venus, she is such an incredible player, I grew up watching her play

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so it was incredible to play her in the final! Mark Venus experience

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today was what the Williams sisters inflicted on so many opponents here.

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But neither done? Venus had this message for Serena. I tried my best

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to do the same things you do but I think there will be other

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opportunities. I do. APPLAUSE.

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There is a new champion. Changed out of tennis gear and surrounded by old

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friends and plenty of new ones as well. This occasion always stays the

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same but Wimbledon always need somebody to handle it a bit

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differently. It is the new take on tradition. It keeps us enthralled.

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Jo Wilson, BBC News, Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Gordon Reid

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and Alfie Hewitt won Britain's first trophy of the tournament,

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successfully defending They beat French rivals and top

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seeds Stephane Houdet England have left themselves

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an uphill battle to avoid losing the Second Test against South

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Africa. They slumped to 205 all out

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on the second day at Trent Bridge. Captain Joe Root the only player

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to make a half century. South Africa will resume

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their second innings on 75-1 - Meanwhile, at the Women's World Cup,

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England finished top of the round robin stage

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after thrashing West England will play South Africa

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in the semi-finals. Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's

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Formula One British Grand Prix on pole for a record-equalling 5th

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time. Claiming the support from his home

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fans made him drive faster as he scorched round Silverstone

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to qualify more than half a second ahead of the Ferraris

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of Kimi Raikkonen, in second on the grid, and Championship leader

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Sebastien Vettel in 3rd. It's been a golden second day

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for the British team at the World Para-Athletics Championships

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in London, including a 4th successive 200m victory

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for Richard Whitehead. Our correspondent, Andy Swiss,

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is there and rounds At 40, he has never been faster,

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Richard Whitehead, ready once again tonight London. The story was

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thrillingly familiar, a slow start followed by one of the most

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breathtaking surges in sport. His rivals left trailing in his wake as

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Whitehead lowered to glory. He says he might retire after this

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championships. If so, some banana. I enjoy racing and competing and every

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time I get on the track I want to give you the best of Richard

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Whitehead and if that is a world champion, that is what it is. There

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was soon as second British gold over 200 metres with a new world record.

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Kadeena Cox taking bronze. And success on the track was matched in

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the field, old medals for Hollie Arnold in the javelin and Stephanie

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Reid in the long jump. So far for the British team, so much to

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celebrate. And in the last few minutes, a fifth British gold of the

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day for wheelchair racer Sally Kinghorn. All these thousands of

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fans, it really has been another super Saturday. Thank you, Andy

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Swiss reporting from the London Stadium.

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England's Under 19 football team are the new European champions.

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Lukas Nmecha scored the winner as they beat

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It's the third title for an England youth team this summer after success

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in the Under 20's World Cup and the Toulon Tournament.

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And amongst the day's other sports stories,

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Britain's Chris Froome has regained the leader's yellow jersey

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at the Tour de France and Ian Poulter is one of two

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Englishmen tied for the lead going into the final day

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You can find out more at the BBC Sport website.

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But from me, for now, it's goodnight.

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Now, it's the school known for launching the careers of some

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of our biggest names in music and film.

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The BRIT School in south London is celebrating 25 years since it

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Our correspondent Colleen Harris has this report.

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Before they became household names... Their talents were honed

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here. The BRIT School. Britain's answer to the American music school

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fame, where dreams came alive and Grammy award winners nurtured. I

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suppose I just want to get back, it really helped me out, it was a Free

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School and I had some amazing times here and it really set me up. It was

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great for my career. It became the first free state funded performing

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arts school in 1991 with the help of Sir Richard Branson, Sir George

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Martin and the British record industry trust. Today, former

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students have returned to inspire the next generation with their own

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success. I just felt instantly wagons in a place where I belonged

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because it would fill its kids from all over the country that are so

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talented but didn't have the money to go to a specialist school and

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because of that we were quite an ambitious, hungry crowd. Coming

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through the doors has opened up opportunities for thousands of

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students. But like many state schools across the country, there

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are funding challenges ahead for the BRIT School. All political parties

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do not appreciate the arts. And their importance. The amount of

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income that the arts generates for this country and what gets given

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back in return is peanuts. The government are quite willing to

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praise success in theatre and everything else but they are not

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willing to support it. I vision that started 25 years ago. And new

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students are hoping they can keep the dream alive. Colin Harris, BBC

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News, the BRIT School. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. If today was a little cloudy for

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your liking, in most places there is something brighter on the way

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tomorrow, things brightened up a little for the end of the day in

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Cambridgeshire, beautiful sunset from one of our Weather Watchers and

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weather cloud did

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