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Dawn-Marie will be back in an hour. Coming up next, Reporters.

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Welcome to Reporters. From here we send out correspondence to bring you

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the best stories from across the globe. In this week's programme: The

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street to street battle for Mosul. Quentin Somerville joins Iraq's

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counterterrorist forces as they face stiff resistance from so-called

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Islamic State militants. Islamic State are 200 metres in that

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direction. Look over here, you can see children running and playing.

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This war is happening on peoples doorsteps. Hale Trump, hail our

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people, held victory. The American far right new awakening. We meet

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members of the alt-right, the white Nationalist Movement Party staring

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up race relations in the US. And Katie Watson goes on patrol with

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Mexico's all women traffic cops, but are women better at fighting the

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country's endemic corruption? TRANSLATION: Some drivers are

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aggressive. They feel uncomfortable with a woman doing it. They used to

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be the powerful one. Iraqi forces say they are being

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slowed down and their advanced against so-called Islamic State in

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the city of Mosul. They are facing stiff resistance from IS who are

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fighting back with sniper fire and suicide bombings. The Iraqis are

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also worried about causing civilian casualties, particularly in the east

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of Mosul where street to street battles raging. Quentin Somerville

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has been travelling with Iraqi counterterrorism forces. Their

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report contains some distressing images.

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In a battle for a city this big progress is not always easy to map.

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After five weeks of fighting, much of Mosul has still to be retaken.

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Below, the war plays out. In the streets, life or death is

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decided in the blink of an eye. Just metres away, the so-called Islamic

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State. In no man's land, a dead body. Iraqi special forces say he

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was an IS fighter, one of a dozen they have shot dead this week.

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TRANSLATION: Yes, many civilians have been attacked by IS fighters,

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but they also view them as human shields. It is very difficult for

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us. Sometimes they come forward carrying babies, using them as

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cover. Near by a car bomb detonates.

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The only safe way past this front is through walls, holes, and backyards.

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We are right at the very edge here. Islamic State are 200 metres in that

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direction. Look over here, you can see children running, children

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playing, people are living 20 metres away from here. Yesterday there was

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a car bomb. No military were injured, just civilians. This war is

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happening on peoples doorsteps. At house after house, white flags

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are raised. Where else could these children and their families go. An

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exodus would cause a humanitarian disaster for Iraq. They watch on in

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disbelief. This man's son has just been shot in the chest. And I

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sniper's bullet, say his brothers, they had left the house only a few

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moments ago to sell eggs. -- a IS sniper's bullet. He has gone? The

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appalling truth is that his death is one of hundreds here every week.

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This is the horror of this situation. We cannot even take the

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boy's body down the street because they are worried the sniper is still

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down there. You can hear the gunfire, you can hear the

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heartbroken family in there. Many people are still trapped in the

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city. Fighting is going on all around them.

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And this is the moment his brothers realise he's gone.

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And while people remain here, much more will have to be endured.

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The fight for Mosul has only just begun.

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Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Mosul.

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Donald Trump's election has many people concerned about race

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One group that has been associated with his campaign is a white

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nationalist movement, known as the Alt Right,

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and last weekend they met in Washington to talk

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about what they see as their new awakening.

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Hundreds gathered outside that meeting to protest against a group

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This protest outside this building, very close to the White House

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is because of an Alt Right conference that's going on inside.

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We've already seen it get very heated indeed.

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Particularly when one of the people attending the conference went

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They started calling us Nazis, which is incorrect, because I'm not

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a racist, I'm a very tolerant person.

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Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory.

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Filmed by the Atlantic, this was what was going

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To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an explorer

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We build, we produce, we go upward.

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Earlier in the day we were allowed in, too.

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But with outsiders watching, the tone was different.

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I do think that we have, you could say, a psychic connection,

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or a deeper connection with Donald Trump.

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It was clear that while Donald Trump says he denounces racism,

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far right leaders here feel their ideas helped shape him

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as a candidate and will guide him as president.

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Many in the room told me of their excitement

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This is the first time in a very long time I've been interested

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Because someone was talking your language?

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Someone was touching on something very real.

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Can you understand why Muslim Americans, for example,

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why African Americans might be concerned, might be worried?

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Can they understand why we might be concerned?

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That we are being replaced and being forced to become

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I've spent a lifetime fighting for these causes,

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I've always felt that a harmogenous state is a happy state.

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Just imagine by accident of birth that you'd been born

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If I were African-American I hope I'd feel the way I feel now,

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that I would dedicate myself to improving my people and living

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with my people and I would have no trouble with white people who wanted

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And whether he likes it or not people with these views feel

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America was, until this past generation, a white country,

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designed for ourselves and our posterity.

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Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, Washington.

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Corruption is a massive problem in Mexico.

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It costs the country billions of dollars every year,

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and the problem is most acute in Mexico State.

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Their solution is a police force with fewer men.

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Katie Watson reports on the all-female traffic

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cop team that's helping to combat corruption.

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Together with 400 other women, these two are part

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Five years ago, authorities got rid of all the men in the department

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and decided only women should do the job because they are more

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trustworthy, but it's not without its challenges.

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TRANSLATION: Some drivers are aggressive and feel

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uncomfortable with a woman giving them a fine, they are used

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to being the strong and powerful one in control, but these are life

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experiences that taught us to change attitudes and be emotionally strong,

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First offender identified, Rosa is in charge of doling out

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the fine for this taxi driver not wearing his seatbelt.

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It may not be his day, but he doesn't seem too grumpy.

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TRANSLATION: Things have improved, because man-to-man, it's easier

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The treatment you get from women is different.

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For every 100 complaints they used to get about corruption,

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TRANSLATION: A study shows woman

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is more responsible and knows the repucussions

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We have given the women ethics training to prepare them,

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so they don't fall in a trap that could cost them their job.

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Women's roles as carers and mothers have traditionally held many back

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from working in the public sphere, but it's these very traits

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being used as a reason why they are better in some jobs.

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The reason being they are socially more responsible.

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In the long-term as women take spaces in the public space,

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if we don't address the structural issues causing corruption,

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I don't think women in general, in the long term will be as less

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Back on patrol a very different situation.

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There's no doubt that mother of two Rosa is using what she calls her

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caring side, but whether that makes women inherently less

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Katie Watson, BBC News, Mexico State.

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That is all from Reporters for this week.

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A weekly programme of stories filed by BBC reporters from all over the world, ranging from analyses of major global issues to personal reflections and anecdotes.


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