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From here in the BBC newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring

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you the best reports from across the globe.

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In this week's programme: Defectors from Daesh.

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Quentin Somerville gets exclusive access to a Syrian camp for former

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so-called Islamic State jihadists and their families

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TRANSLATION: They use people like human meat.

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I hope I can get out soon and live my life normally.

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Hello, my name is Cathy Ingram, and I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.

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I am Jay Ingram and this is my son Cade, and we are voting for Trump.

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With less than four weeks to go until the US election,

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Rajini Vaidyanathan meets one of many families divided

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Chris Buckler visits Londonderry in Northern Ireland and asks,

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could there be some truth in the legend?

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Do you object to being called a giant?

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No, not at all, people call me what they like, and many's

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They're jihadist fighters, many who have come from all over

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the world, but share one thing in common.

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They have defected from the so-called Islamic State.

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The BBC has had exclusive access to a secret internment camp

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for around 300 former IS militants and captured fighters,

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including French, Dutch and Polish nationals

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They are being held at the prison, operated by a rebel group that

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claims it is trying to rehabilitate them, and in some cases,

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then release them, and as Quentin Sommerville reports,

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Where do jihadists go when their beloved Islamic State

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Some are being held here, at a secret camp in northern Syria.

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The men are from Europe, across the Middle East,

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They are defectors and prisoners of war, so few want

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In retreat, many have brought their families with them.

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He joined the so-called Islamic State from Holland.

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Now a captive, he renounces the group.

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TRANSLATION: They use people like human meat.

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You give your life to them, so they are going to start to take

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I know I will get into trouble, but this is what I choose,

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I hope I can get out soon and live my life normally.

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These are Egyptians, Tunisians, Holland...

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The camp is run by the rebel group Jaish Al Tahrir.

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Its commander showed me the details of dozens of prisoners.

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Some will be returned to Europe if the authorities promise to jail

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them, but others will face Syrian justice.

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TRANSLATION: We refer them to courts and they rule according

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If they have committed murder, then they might be executed.

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Some are jailed just because they still hold

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The Islamic State's core is collapsing.

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They are losing territory, and an increasing number of people

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Joining IS was relatively easy, but leaving is difficult.

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"It was hard, really hard," says this defector,

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We have also learned that European intelligence agencies

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are on a mission in northern Syria to find, capture

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They are working alongside some rebel groups to create a kind

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of underground railroad which will bring IS group supporters

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For now, they are held in Syria, but these European jihadists

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Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Istanbul.

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In four weeks' time, Americans will finally vote

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in their presidential election, which makes the fact that

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Donald Trump is waging war on his own Republican party

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But it's not just the Republicans who are divided.

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Many families are finding themselves at odds, some siding

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with Hillary Clinton, others with Donald Trump.

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Rajini Vaidyanathan has gone to meet one such

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family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, facing

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In the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Ingram family

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Hello, my name is Cathy Ingram, and I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.

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I'm Jay Ingram, this is my son Cade, and we're voting for Trump.

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I think she's totally crazy because she's voting for Hillary,

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and she thinks I'm totally crazy because I'm voting for Trump.

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And obviously one of us is right.

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His questions were all attacks on Trump.

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At dinner, talk of politics is unsurprisingly lively.

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Jay's vote for Donald Trump is as much a vote against

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Hillary Clinton, the candidate his wife Cathy is supporting.

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She wants to do the best for the country, so even though

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she has a little bit of a storied past, and she has some ideas that

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really need to be pushed through that on the Democratic side

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she hasn't been able to push through...

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You believe she comes off as a good person,

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She reminds me of the evil schoolmarm, the schoolteacher.

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I mean, you know, she's old, she's overweight, just like...

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No, he is, what, he's 230 and hits a golf ball 280, so he's fine.

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A self-confessed liberal, Jay backed Bernie Sanders

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in this year's primaries and voted for Barack Obama

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I really believed he was going to do things.

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I believed what he said, the fool that I am.

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He seemed to like to just sit around and tell jokes and look pretty.

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Their elder son Cade is getting ready to cast his ballot

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for the first time, and he's with his dad.

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I could not bring myself to vote for Hillary,

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there's just too many strikes against her.

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A lot of people like to make excuses for what happened, but...

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She'll literally say anything to get elected.

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He never threw one attack at Hillary.

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The table's as split as this state, where it is looking close between

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I golf every day of the week, and I meet a lot of people,

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and nobody comes out and goes "I'm voting for Trump."

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But they'll come up to me after I've made a putt, and say,

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I just don't think the passion is out there behind anyone,

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The undecided voters in Pennsylvania are key this election.

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Whatever the outcome, expect sparks to fly in this house

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Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Lancaster.

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Ireland is rich in mythical tales about giants, and now

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there is a thought that those legends may be built more

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Scientists are working to identify people carrying

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Researchers have found it is more commonly carried by people

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in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

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Chris Buckler has been there to find out, is there any

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These stone circles are not the only link to history here in Mid Ulster.

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This is a land of giants, and that's a title that comes not

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That's me when I was seven, eight years old.

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At his height, he stood almost six feet 11 inches tall,

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and it's likely he would have grown to well over seven feet tall

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if he hadn't been treated for a genetic disorder

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Do you object to being called a giant?

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No, not at all, people can call me what they like,

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However, gigantism is a condition that can be life-threatening.

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My mother passed it to me, and she never knew that.

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And many people still, to this day, are passing the gene

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on without knowing it, and that will continue.

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DNA evidence shows Brendan is related to Charles Byrne.

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Born in Mid Ulster in the 1700s, he became famous in London

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-- his skeleton is still part of a museum.

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Irish folklore is full of tales of giants, not least Finn McCool,

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who is claimed to have built Antrim's famous Giant's Causeway.

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Researchers believe in at least some of the many stories,

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And with the gene still present in the population here,

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they have been carrying out tests to try to identify

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It is keeping 63, but you do not want to be seven food. Both -- most

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giants wish they were normal. There was probably at least some

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truth in the centuries of stories told about giants,

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but it's likely that at their heart was a gene that caused

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considerable pain and problems. That's why many want the idea

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of generations of giants to be Chris Buckler, BBC News,

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Mid Ulster. And that's all from us this week.

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From me, Philippa Thomas, goodbye for now.

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