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The Government launches a review into the cost of energy,

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But critics question what the inquiry, to be

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completed by the end October, will actually achieve.

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I think that frankly a three-month study of this issue is nothing more

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It's not going to add anything to a wide-ranging debate

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The review comes days after British Gas, raised some

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Representing the United States of America, Justin Gatlin.

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The crowd's left unimpressed, as Justin Gatlin receives his 100m

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gold medal, after beating Usian Bolt into third.

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United against North Korea's missile testing.

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China and America welcome new UN sanctions.

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And, the British Army is enlisted, to help track elephant

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The Government has launched an independent review

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of the cost of energy, days after British Gas raised

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The Prime Minister had pledged to cap energy prices

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during June's election campaign, but shelved the plans after losing

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The review will look at prices, and the UK's commitment

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It'll be completed by the end of October.

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Here's our Business Correspondent Joe Lynam.

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How much we pay for our energy, to run our households and companies

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Policies like capping energy prices to support working families.

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That's why Theresa May promised a price cap and an independent probe

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into the energy sector before the general election.

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The cap may have been shelved but this Oxford University

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professor, Dieter Helm, has only three months to find out

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where any fat can be trimmed from our energy bills.

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He says he will sort all the facts from the myths

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This review will look at all the costs that make up your bill.

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The main ones include buying gas and electricity

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That accounts for 36% of a typical bill.

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Moving it through pipes and cables, known as distribution,

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But 13% of our bill includes subsidies for poorer households,

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and the cost of developing renewable - or green - energy supplies.

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The rest is made up by operational costs and VAT.

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And, for some households, it's not clear whether this review

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will be the green light for lower bills.

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They've gone up so much and I find I'm paying a lot of money.

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Like, it can't just happen at the click of a finger.

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It's a case of they have to go away, review it, and come back.

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If they have promised a price cap, obviously they should deliver on it.

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Tom Brook used to advise Labour and Conservative governments.

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He says there's not much that Dieter Helm can do in three months.

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I think a review this short is essentially headline management.

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I don't think Dieter, heroic though he is,

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is going to be ale to come up with something that isn't

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already widely discussed inside the energy community.

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Where we know that the quickest and cheapest way to drive bills down

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is to improve the efficiency of our buildings.

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After British Gas said it would be raising its standard electricity

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prices by 12.5% - this energy probe would allow the Government

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to say it's not tone deaf in the face of rising prices.

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And our political correspondent Vicki Young is here.

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Consumers obviously want lower prices. Is that the point of this

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review question is that what is likely to happen? Theresa May has

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talked about helping the just about managing. Cheering the election

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campaign the Conservatives promised something pretty bold, a price cap.

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That is off the agenda because some conservatives do not like the idea

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of intervening in the market even though customers feel the market is

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not working for them. The bit that has survived is the wide review of

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the industry. It is an independent review, always worth looking at the

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person in charge of it. Deta Hedman has taken against green subsidies.

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He does believe that solar and wind power have all role to play back he

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feels they are too expensive. If you're looking at immediate action

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on bringing the bill down, ministers say they are urging Ofgem to use

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powers it already has two protect those particularly on the lowest

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incomes. The advice remains the same does that if you want to bring the

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bills down immediately, the best advice is to switch.

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The American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won the 100m

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at the World Athletics Championships in London, was given a mixed

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reception this evening by the crowd, on receiving his gold medal.

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Gatlin, who's twice been banned from the sport for doping,

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beat Usain Bolt into third place last night, prompting

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Our Sports Editor Dan Roan is at the London Stadium.

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Clive, ever since Justin Gatling crashed right Usain Bolt's farewell

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retirement party last night, the world of athletics has been waiting

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with bated breath their -- head of the awarding of the gold medal. He

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was spared the torrent of booze and rancour that were witnessed after

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the race last night but that victory has exposed some awkward questions

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for the world of track and field. It was the sight and the sound that

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athletics had feared. The American, twice banned for drug

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offences, crowned world champion Some booed, some applauded,

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others did not seem to know Instead, the cheers were reserved

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for the man the crowd had been desperate to see win in his final

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individual race, but Usain Bolt had The sprint superstar

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denied the perfect end Gatlin's triumph has gone down badly

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with the world's most senior This is unfortunate in the current

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debate at the moment, and it is unfortunate mainly

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because he was a two-time offender. In many ways I wish it had not

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happened but it has, and we have to abide by the rules

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of the game. At the last World Championships

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in Beijing, athletics breathed a sigh of relief

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when Boltnarrowly beat Gatlin. But two years on, Gatlin has become

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one of the sport's most controversial winners and some now

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want track and field to get tougher. Is it his fault he is

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allowed to run again? It is the people

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that make the rules. Yes, we should be disgruntled

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with the people that make the rules and go,

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it is time for change When you're caught for drugs,

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you're banned for life. It is something that clean athletes

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have been saying for 15, 20 years. The shadow cast by cheating

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extends well beyond Gatlin. World champion hurdler

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Sergey Shubenkov is one of just 19 Russians allowed to compete here,

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but only as neutral athletes, because the country is banned

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for state-sponsored doping. But it is Gatlin who is athletics'

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pantomime villain and the sport's most powerful man admitted

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it is a result he could do without. I am hardly going to sit

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here and tell you I am eulogistic that somebody who has served two

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bans in our sport would walk off with one of our glittering prizes,

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but he is eligible to be here. Last night, I asked Gatlin

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whether the sport could be proud I faced all the rules

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and the penalties, and I have inspired other athletes,

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you know, to be better, I have done so much

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in the community back home. I want them to know that mistakes

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can happen but you cam come back and work hard for them,

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and you can be accepted Many in the sport had hoped

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the Jamaican national anthem Instead, a twist athletics

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had not seen coming. For track and field,

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the retirement of its greatest star Away from all the controversy

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surrounding Justin Gatlin's in, it has been another action packed day.

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Here is Natalie Pirks with the rest of the news, including another

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significant medal ceremony. The moment felt familiar,

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nostalgic even. Jessica Ennis-Hill topped the podium

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in London once more. This time she was finally

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getting her hands on what was Cheated out of gold in 2011

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by Russian Tatyana Chernova, she wasn't sure if this moment

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would ever come. My husband said to me,

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"You're not going to cry, are you?" But I'd forgotten that feeling

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when you step out in an arena like this and actually hear

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the crowd cheering for you. It was just really special to be

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on the podium for one last time. Katarina Johnson-Thompson has long

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been considered Britain's heir Yet again, in a major championship,

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he hopes plummeted. Despite a season's best

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in the javelin, she left herself far too much to do in the final event -

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the 800 metres. Eventually she finished

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fifth overall. Disappointment too

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follow Holly Bradshaw. She had a good chance

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of a medal in the pole vault. After failing at 4 metres and 75,

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she watched with horror as the next two athletes to clear

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it claimed bronze. When she realised how close

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she'd come, she couldn't Sir Mo Farah turns his attentions

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to the marathon after these championships and he could well

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have a fellow countrymen Calum Hawkins equalled the best

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finish by a Briton in the event, This man could be one

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of the greats of marathon Jamaican fans had travelled a long

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way to see their men and women be crowned champions. Another shock as

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their darling was left for dust by the USA athlete as she timed her dip

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to perfection. Many are troubled by the way Justin

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has been portrayed as track and field's he-man. There are many

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athletes who have served doping bans, not just the Americans. The

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sport has been trying to make progress, getting tough with Russia

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and setting up a new integrity unit. Repeat offenders can now receive

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life bans. That win over Usain Bolt has threatened to undo that good

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work. Now that Bolt is no log on the scene, one can't help but feel some

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of the frailties have been exposed like never before.

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China's Foreign Minister, has urged North Korea,

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to end ballistic missile tests, that have raised tensions

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He says the regime in Pyongyang has to make "smart decisions,"

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in the wake of tough new UN sanctions, imposed yesterday.

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He has been holding talks with the US secretary of state.

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from the South Korean capital Seoul, contains flash photography.

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Putting on a united front at a meeting in Manila.

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The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson is on a mission.

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America wants more countries to isolate North Korea,

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a day after the Security Council voted to ban exports from Pyongyang.

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The sweeping measures were even backed China, a North Korean ally

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The Chinese side urge the North Koreans to handle

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the Security Council resolutions and not do anything

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unbeneficial, such as a missile launch or nuclear test.

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The two leaders described the sanctions as a good outcome.

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Testing missiles like this is what prompted action

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The new sanctions could mean the loss of $1 billion,

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but experts say it's unlikely to deter the state.

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They are unlikely to negotiate anything until they have a proven

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capability to deliver a nuclear strike to the United States.

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Once they get such a capability, probably in a few years' time,

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Here in Seoul, the President's office has welcomed the UN

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resolution but in North Korea the response has been

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A newspaper run by the ruling party said that the US would be catapulted

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into a sea of fire if it did not change its hostile policy

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In Manila, the US Secretary of State commemorated those

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And with his meetings there, he hopes to contain

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It is making America nervous, but there seems to be no

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One man has died and two others are still missing,

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after their boat sank off the Sussex coast.

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A fourth man was rescued early this morning, after being found clinging

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The coastguard has now suspended it's search,

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Searching for the missing men who were on a night fishing trip.

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Their boat went down in seconds with no time

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The alarm was raised when another boat spotted a man in the water,

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a 45-year-old from Romania who lives in London.

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Anybody that spends that length of time, you know,

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numerous hours, potentially, in the sea, without any

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protective equipment, at this time of year,

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it is a nice day, but the sea is still cold, very,

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The rescued man told the emergency services that

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three of his friends, also Romanian, were missing.

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Just after 8 o'clock this morning, the body of one of the men

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Police are now looking into the possibility that the boat

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He has described that their boat was struck by another

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He describes that he jumped from the boat to swim for safety

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and has therefore lost contact with the other three

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Despite several more hours of searching out there, there was no

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At this time of year, the temperature of the water

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People generally can only survive for a few hours at best in that.

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This afternoon, the search was suspended.

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The key question, why did a pleasure trip end in tragedy?

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The British Army is helping to fight poachers, who're threatening

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the existence of one species of African elephant.

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Tens of thousands of forest elephants, have been killed

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in the west African state of Gabon, mostly for their ivory,

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but now the President has asked the Rifles regiment,

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to teach gamekeepers how to track and stop the poachers.

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You may find some of the images in Jonathan Beale's report

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We are travelling through the second largest rainforest in the world,

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trying to find an animal whose numbers have declined by more

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And this is about as close as you'll ever get to them.

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We had to turn the engine off and stay silent.

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They are much smaller than the better-known savanna

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elephants but just as vulnerable to poachers, who target them

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This is what's been happening to them.

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It had been dead for weeks, just the valuable tusks taken.

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Talking about Gabon, I think we lost 30,000

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It's a big and important programme now for Gabonese Administration.

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85% of Gabon is covered in rainforest that stretches

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This is the last century for the elusive forest elephant

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but it is also ideal hiding and cover for the poachers,

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who are killing them at an alarming rate.

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And, with the help of the British Army.

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For the first time, we've been allowed to film the small

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team of UK soldiers, who are helping train

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Gabon's National Park Agency in their fight to save the elephant.

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Gabon has got a real high density of forest elephants.

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That's why it's got a poaching problem.

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Out here, training the Gabonese National Parks Agency to combat

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that, both at the tactical and operational levels,

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means that the British Army make a difference in that fight

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They've even brought in jungle warfare specialists,

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who, in this exercise, show them how to find and then

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But the British are also teaching them the importance

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of recovering evidence that might lead to prosecutions.

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Among those being trained are former poachers,

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Ulrich says, as a boy, he used to hunt elephants

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That used to be tolerated but not any more.

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These days, the greatest threat to these elephants is not

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the locals but criminal gangs, who operate across the border.

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We are faced with organised crime cartels, heavily armed.

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And now we're in a situation where, in some of our national

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Even with a global ban on the sale of ivory,

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And, hidden away in these forests, these elephants are still easy prey.

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Now with the rest of the sport, here's Katherine Downes

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Good evening. We are starting with cricket.

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England's batsmen have been struggling in the gloom

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in Manchester - they've been losing wickets aplenty on this third

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day of the final Test against South Africa but they do

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have a healthy lead, despite the rain.

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Pulses of energy moving the game onto England's and table with South

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Africa left on the platform. England were 136 runs further down the track

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in the first innings but soon hit the buffers. The game finally

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slowed. For a time it revolved around Jennings. Fighting for the

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runs that might keep him in the team against the flaws that might condemn

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him. He could not help himself. Test cricket is a ferocious beast.

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England four damn. For reassurance they looked to the still angelic

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face of their captain, Joe Root. Right now the nearest there is to

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guarantee of runs. Look at the expression. This on 49. Say it ain't

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so, Joe. Moeen Ali dropped once, no South African was catching this.

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Jonny Bairstow fielding several laws up. He may have put England out of

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reach. The weather has finally caught up with us at Old Trafford

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but not before an entertaining day's Test cricket. England in charge. Two

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scheduled days remaining. We may not need all of them. Looking at the

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forecast, we may not get all of them.

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The Premier League starts in just a week's time,

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and today Chelsea and Arsenal met in the Community Shield.

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So it's time to leave the room if you don't want to know

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the results as Match of the Day follows on BBC One.

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The game finished 1-1, with Arsenal winning 4-1

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on penalties against the Premier League Champions.

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For viewers in Scotland, Sportscene follows Match of the Day,

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so you know what you need to do if you don't want to

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Rangers have begun their season with a 2-1 win at Motherwell.

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Graham Dorrans scored twice on his debut.

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And Aberdeen beat Hamilton Academical 2-0.

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Hosts the Netherlands have won their first major women's

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tournament after beating Denmark in the Euro 2017 final.

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The Dutch, backed by the majority of a sold-out crowd, won 4-2.

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The win sparked huge celebrations inside the stadium

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on the final whistle, where virtually every home supporter

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was wearing the orange of the national team.

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Details of the day's other sports stories

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are on the BBC Sport website, including the build up

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and all the latest action from the World Athletics

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