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Hello, I'm Karin Giannone, this is Outside Source.

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Donald Trump's son has released emails implying he knew

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about what seemed to be Russian efforts to influence

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It was revealed in a series of messages he posted online

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from last year showing he was eager to accept incriminating information

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about Hillary Clinton promised by a Russian source.

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Amnesty International accuses Iraqi and coalition forces

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of using excessive force in Mosul - leading to the deaths

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I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, not

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lawful, or excessively targeted civilians.

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report from front line of Raqqa where female commanders

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are leading the charge against the so-called Islamic State.

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These fighters are coming up against snipers from IS in streets around

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here and other than that they have drones, this will be a hard fight.

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And in OS Sport, we'll be looking towards the 2024 Olympic Games.

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More on our top story - Donald Trump Junior releasing emails

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showing he was eager to accept what he was told was damaging

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information about Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian state,

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It appears to be the first confirmation that a Trump

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associate attended a meeting in the expectation of being handed

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sensitive information from Russian officials.

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There's been strong criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.

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But there are those saying it's no big deal -

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like Elizabeth Price Foley, an American legal theorist

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I think at this point it is much ado about nothing and there is nothing

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illegal about obtaining opposition research from whatever source.

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Recently Politico ran stories showing that a DNC operative, which

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is a campaign arm of the Clinton campaign, had meetings out the

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Ukrainian Embassy for the express purpose of obtaining dirt on Donald

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Trump during the campaign. So I think we are naive if we think this

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kind of thing does not happen all the time and it does not make any of

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this activity illegal. I think it is pretty normal. It certainly doesn't

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show... You go as far as to say that you think what we have heard today,

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Donald Trump Junior said he loved the idea he would get information

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from a Russian state source, is normal? Yes, absolutely, in fact

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what is wrong with it? Normally what would happen, as what happened with

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the Hillary Clinton campaign, is you have low -- lower levels Darfur

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meeting with in this case Ukrainian officials and you have the report

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back and the only difference here is that instead of a DNC staffer, it

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was actually Donald Trump Junior who again, is not his father. You talked

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about this not being the president himself. It is as pretty much as

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close to the president as you can get, also the fact this is an

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administration that has repeatedly said it has had no contact with

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Russia, repeatedly denied it and here we have an e-mail published by

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the President's Sun saying he accepted the offer of a Russian

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lawyer who purported to show him damaging information. There is no

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indication yet that Miss Veselnitskaya was a representative

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of the Russian government. It was not whether she turned out to be

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what she said she was it is the fact it was offered and he accepted it

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with no surprise and did not report it as something suspicious that a

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foreign power was getting involved in an election campaign. What you

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don't know with all respect is whether or not there was letting

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down by the campaign as to whether Miss Veselnitskaya was actually a

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Russian government official, just because she used the words in the

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e-mail does not mean she was a Russian government official. A lot

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more on that story on the website as well as analysis about where this

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leaves the investigations. Just a day after declaring victory

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in Mosul, Iraqi and coalition forces have been accused of using excessive

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force by the human rights group This is the report on Amnesty

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International's website. Among other things, it claims

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that between February and June of this year,

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nearly 6000 civilians were killed as a result of attacks by Iraqi

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and US-led coalition forces. It also said a claim

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by the British Government that hundreds of RAF air strikes

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in and around Mosul resulted in no civilian casualties

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"is at best implausible". As you'd expect, the report has been

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dismissed by coalition forces. Here's the coalition

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spokesman in Mosul. I would challenge the people from

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Amnesty International or anyone else who makes these charges, to first

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research facts and make sure they are speaking from a position of

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authority. I would argue this... I believe the most precise campaign in

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the history of warfare. We have gone to extraordinary measures to

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safeguard civilian lives. Measuring every single time how many civilians

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we think may or may not be in the target area and what ammunition to

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employ and how can we strike that building and take out only that room

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and not an entire floor, the entire building. These things are factored

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into every single strike, that number in the tens of thousands.

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I turned to BBC Arabic Newsnight presenter Rasha Qandeel

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The problem is the three parties accused of committing what can be

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mounting to war crimes are the Iraqi government, the coalition led by the

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US and what is called Islamic State. The problem with the use of FA 18,

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heavily used by the US is it is a super hoard it and basically a twin

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engined carrier and indiscriminate and disproportionate as a weapon and

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this can affects the lives of civilians. The Iraqi army has, there

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have been accusations flying around about what sort of treatment may

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have with civilians. What is called Islamic State, the main thing is

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taking civilians as a human shield and if you put the three together

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the report is based on what it says to be witnesses. It might map to be

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real war crimes committed by the three parties. We have had a strong

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response from the US, saying the report is offensive to people who

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risk their lives to rid Mosul of Islamic State. The facts we have

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mentioned, the weapons being used, the number of civilians in a small

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area, makes it closer to be believable. Rather than the

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opposite. The problem is, the United States has to react like this. There

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are two ways to put any case of a war crime in front of the ICC.

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Whether the security Council takes the whole thing to the general

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prosecutor or general prosecutors take the whole thing on his own or

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her own in front of the ICC, it could amount to be catastrophic for

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the American army, coalition and individuals who can be taken up

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cases. Victory has been declared -

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but what's the true reality of the situation

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on the ground in Mosul? According to the UN,

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some 3000 civilians remain trapped The BBC's Basheer Al Zaidi filed

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this report from a rooftop in Mosul. As you'll see - coalition

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bombing continues. The people of Mosul are celebrating

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on the first day after declaring victory on IS, but the sound of

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music is mixing with the sound of bombing from the western side where

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there are pockets held by extremist militants. The Iraqi aviation and

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coalition forces launch air strikes targeting these locations and it is

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not known when it will be cleared. There is an overwhelming sense of

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relief among the people, who hope the next stage for their city will

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be based on reconstruction. It would allow hundreds of thousands of

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people who have fled the city to come back home.

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With IS all but defeated in Mosul - according to the government,

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anyway - the next challenge is to achieve similar

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And that means taking back the city of Raqqa.

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Our correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse, along with cameraman Fred Scot

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and producer Peter Emmerson, have been with them on the front line.

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In Raqqa Islamic State is making its final stand. Fighting their way into

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the heart of the caliphate, a fragile coalition of power is great

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and small, of Arabs and Kurds, of men and women. This person is in

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command of around 1000 fighters on the Raqqa front lines. Together

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these men and women make up the Syrian Democratic forces. An

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alliance that includes Arabs but is led by the Kurds. Their success

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against IS has come thanks in no small part to backing from the

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United States. The Americans have quietly built up a presence on the

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ground, providing weapons, training and firepower. This commander and

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her unit are on the Western front. It is a tight squeeze inside the

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home armoured truck with a couple of her fighters driving towards the

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centre of Raqqa. Islamic State is supposed to be surrounded inside the

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old city. But IS have built tunnels. They frequently pop-up way you do

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not expect them. -- where you do not expect them. These fighters are

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coming up against IS snipers in all of these streets. Other than that

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they have drones, suicide carbons. It will be a very hard fight into

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the centre of Raqqa. Inching their way into the city house by house.

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Some fighters are so close, they can hear IS in the building across the

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street. This is a battle for territory, they are fighting to take

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the capital of the caliphate. But something has happened here.

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Everyone is springing into action. They think they have got... Some

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Isis snipers in the buildings around. What is going on? They are

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moving here. They now face Islamic State that perhaps its most

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dangerous. We did, cornered, and with nothing left to lose. But the

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fall of IS is within sight. Stay with us on Outside

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Source - still to come. Looking at the 2024 and 2028 Olympic

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bids because the International Olympic Committee voted unanimous --

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unanimously to award both the sake time.

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A trail of new technology is helping people with dementia to stay

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It monitors activity and sends alerts if there's a problem.

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For Phil and June Bell, the home they've lived in for 30

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years is very definitely where their hearts are.

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They're trialling technology that should help June

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She was diagnosed with dementia a year ago.

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One of our aims has always been to stay as long

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as we can within the home, our home.

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And what the technology's done is enable us to do that.

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You said it makes you feel safer, doesn't it.

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Yeah, to think that somebody's out there, concerned about me,

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and I think that's, you know, quite touching, really.

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Various sensors in the house monitor June's movements and activity.

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Phil also regularly checks her health,

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blood pressure and oxygen levels, for example.

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The information is then immediately sent to this clinical monitoring

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team and staff here can combine June's medical and environmental

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data to build up a fuller picture of her health.

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If you look at some of the motion data here,

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Also, we see how often she was in bed.

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We can look at some body temperature, and all the data,

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could suggest if she's becoming agitated or not, is there

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Putting everything together could give us a good picture

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A red stethoscope and an on-screen alert warns the team

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They may then call the household, enlist help from medical teams,

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or ask staff from the Alzheimer's Society to pay a visit.

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The results of the trial, the first of its kind in the UK,

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won't be known until next year, but early indicators are positive.

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These gadgets are helping people stay longer in their homes,

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safe and secure in the knowledge that help, if needed,

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is just a phone call or a mouse click away.

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This is Outside Source live from the BBC newsroom.

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Donald Trump's son has released emails implying he knew

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about what appear to be Russian efforts to influence

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the US elections as early as June last year -

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and was offered incriminating information on Hillary Clinton

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It's been raining in south-west London today.

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That doesn't normally make the news here but it does

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mean that play was stopped on some of the courts at Wimbledon.

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Marc Edwards is at the BBC Sport Centre for us

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We have been getting used to end the sunshine, what a shock today.

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It has not stopped the day's big story. We might have taken 40 years

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but Johanna Konta is the first British women's Wimbledon

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semifinalist since 1978 and had to fight back from one sets down to

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beat Simona Halep, the second seed, using aggressive tactics from the

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start and finishing the match with 36 unforced errors to Janne Korpi's

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nine. Producing 48 winners to 26 so the right game from Konta. The Brit

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will take on the five-time champion Venus Williams on Thursday for a

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place in the final. Venus Williams beat Jelena Ostapenko in straight

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sets and at 37 is the oldest player to reach the last four since Martina

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in 1994, Williams competing at her 20th Wimbledon and one victory away

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from what would be a ninth final at Wimbledon. There has been a fairy

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tale, continuing for the unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. 35

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previous attempts at a grand slam and has never got past the third

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round since turning pro. She was ranked outside of the top 400 in the

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as March, due to injuries. She was appearing in her first grand slam

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quarterfinal, at 87 in the world, the lowest ranked semifinalist in a

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grand slam in history. The International Olympic Committee

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is preparing to vote on whether to award the 2024

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and 2028 summer games Paris and Los Angeles are the only

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two cities in the running and made The French President Emmanuel Macron

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was at the meeting in Switzerland, throwing his support behind

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the Paris bid. French people are ready. Or they

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would not be here, if they were not ready. They decided to hope, they

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decided to make a bid themselves. I am here to say, OK, our people are

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ready to host these games. Not to be outdone, US

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President Donald Trump tweeted saying working hard

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to get the Olympics Let's speak to Marc at the BBC

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Sport centre again. LA, Paris, where is everyone else?

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Due to the spiralling costs, a lot of people have dropped out. Rome,

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Toronto, and these two cities now vying for that 2024, though it seems

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it will be decided hopefully amicably now in this meeting so that

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one will get 2024 and the other 2028. Paris has said quite clearly

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they want 2024. They are the favourites for 2024 and there is a

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feeling the IOC will look favourably on the capital after the failed bid

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for 2008 and 2012 games. Two more less make it the anniversary of the

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last games hosted in 1924. LA last hosted in 1984. They have indicated

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they are open to waiting four more years. The French president putting

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out a strong message. He has welcomed an executive IOC campaign

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committee two days after being sworn in as president and sees it as a

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unifier and is very much pinning his hopes on a 2024 Olympic Games in

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Paris. Will you be Paris, will it be LA? We will find out soon. Thanks.

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The future of the British Grand Prix has been left uncertain

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after Silverstone's owner confirmed they've activated a break clause

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Silverstone has been home to the race every year since 1987.

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However, the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the circuit,

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is struggling with the financial cost of hosting it.

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Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre has called off a much-anticipated ballet

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about Soviet star dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

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The world premiere was due to open on Tuesday,

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It's raised questions on whether censorship is returning

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The theatre insists the production will go ahead next year,

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as Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.

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It was be THE event in Russian ballet.

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The life story of Rudolf Nureyev, one of the greatest ever dancers,

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played out on the Bolshoi Theatre stage.

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So when the premiere was pulled at the last

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This was the last run-through, met with great applause.

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So was the story of an openly gay dancer too

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much for today's conservative Russia, or could this be linked

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to a corruption case involving the director?

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Not according to this man, the boss of the Bolshoi Theatre

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calling in the press to say that he chose to tell Nureyev's

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story, even though he realised it would upset a lot of people.

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He has pulled it, he insists, as the ballet was underrehearsed

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Listening to him was a prima ballerina.

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Earlier, she had posted this on social media,

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warning that censorship was returning to the arts.

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He had three roles in the ballet, including one as a transvestite

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and he says he does not agree with the

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TRANSLATION: I don't agree the ballet was raw.

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If they let us have extra rehearsals, the performance

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would have been ready, we would have had time.

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In recent years, the Bolshoi Theatre has become almost as well known

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for the scandals and intrigue backstage as well as its

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performances, so as the management insists there is nothing suspicious

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about the decision to call off this much-anticipated premiere with just

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days to go, the questions are likely to linger.

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But one historian of the Bolshoi saw some rehearsal footage

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and suggests the decision could be about quality after all.

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The decision to put it on correctly reflects the decision to put on well

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rehearsed and tight and all the social media blocking

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is there and the multi-media rules, it is a tough decision.

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The Bolshoi insists that Nureyev the ballet will premiere next May

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complete with a huge naked portrait of the dancer.

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What began as a homage to a star now looks like a test

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Back to the main story. Donald Trump Junior releasing e-mails implying he

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knew about Russian efforts to influence the US elections as early

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as June last year. The lead Democrat on the house intelligence committee

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has spoken in the last half-hour. As we saw the constantly evolving

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stories from the President's son, we cannot rely on public

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representations from the family about contact with the Russians. We

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have seen a pattern of obfuscation and dissembling about these

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meetings. Originating with denials that they have never had meetings

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and forced acknowledgement once the meetings were disclosed and then a

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shifting explanation about what the meetings were about. Thanks for

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watching.

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