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here for another look at the front pages. Coming up it is time for

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Reporters. Welcome to Reporters,

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I'm Philippa Thomas. From here in the world newsroom

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we send out correspondents to bring you the best stories

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

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The unnamed victims We track down the graves of some

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of the hundreds of men, women and children who have died

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pursuing their dreams. And we hear from the relatives

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they have left behind. Entire neighbourhoods in ruins after

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this Canadian city is engulfed by wildfire. We will find out what is

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left standing after the blaze in Fort McMurray. And China raises its

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game, we will find out how it is nurturing young talent as it sets

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its sights on becoming a footballing superpower. We know hundreds of

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thousands of people have been making the dangerous journey across the

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Mediterranean trying to reach Europe for a better life, but what about

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those who do not make it and end up drowning in the sea are being washed

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up on shore? Our correspondent has discovered that 1700 men, women and

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children had been buried in unmarked graves in places like Turkey, Greece

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and Italy. He reports now from the Greek island of Lesbos, which has

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become the landing point for many migrants in Europe.

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A boat full of Syrians fleeing war land on Lesbos.

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No one on this boat drowned but one man was crushed to death on board.

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And another died of a heart attack when he set foot on land.

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Both victims were travelling with other people who are able

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But there are hundreds more who have either been lost at sea or found

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Their relatives scattered across the globe are left

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with a lingering pain that could haunt them

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In the last two years more than 8000 people have died

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On average at least one person each day has been buried

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Which you see on these red dots, scattered across Italy,

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More than 70 of these burial sites have been found as part

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The cemetery on Lesbos is one of them, with dozens of bodies.

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Some are recovered when the boats they were on capsized.

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Others wash up ashore days or even weeks later.

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Many relatives of the missing are desperately trying to find them.

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Farouk Pakar has been on such a quest for the last five months.

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His brother and wife died when their boat capsized off Lesbos

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but the bodies of their four children were never found.

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He has travelled hundreds of miles in Turkey and in Greece,

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hoping to find either proof of life or at least a DNA match

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with unidentified bodies of children buried in Lesbos.

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Local authorities in all three countries have been stretched

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as they try to deal with unidentified dead bodies.

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Because of the large number of bodies found by Greek authorities

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they have had to bring in containers like these.

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Sometimes the bodies of migrants stay here for days

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These containers are on the island of Samos, which does not

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Many of those who brave death to reach Europe leave relatives

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behind, with the hope of someday seeing them again.

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But those lost along the trail leave a darker kind of longing.

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No longer for reunion, only for closure.

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The Canadian city of Fort McMurray used to be known

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Now it's become famous as the city which had

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to evacuate its entire population, more than 80,000 people,

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It's now thought around 2000 homes have been burned to ground but it

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will be weeks before it's safe enough for people to return.

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The BBC's Laura Bicker was allowed into the city to see for herself how

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The fire has ripped away the flesh and fabric of this

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Once prized living rooms are now burnt out foundations.

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The flames have left little but twisted metal

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The grim aftermath of a frightening force of nature man

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You can see the remainder of family homes here, you can see that this

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was somewhere that people cherished, there is garden furniture,

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there are pieces of life which are now blackened

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Once the home of striving couples drawn to an oil-rich town,

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the panic and chaos of their flight to safety has been replaced

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This was a beast, it was an animal, it was like a fire I've

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Exhausted and emotional the chief wants residents to know

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he did all he could - but the fire did not

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This is rewriting the book, the way this thing

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They are rewriting the formulas on how fires behave

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The hospital, the schools, all untouched.

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But there is no power, no clean water, no gas supplies.

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The city will be abandoned for some time while officials

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And not far away the fire lingers in the forest, still

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threatening and, in places, still out of control.

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Laura Bicker, BBC News, Fort McMurray.

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and you probably don't immediately think of football.

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But the country's President, Xi Jinping, wants to change all that.

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Last month he announced ambitious plans to transform the country

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China's Super League is one of the richest and fastest growing

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leagues in the world and already competes with top European clubs

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to sign some of the world best football players.

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The rhythm of football is taking hold.

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A growing fan base and love for the sport is spreading

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fast across the most populous nation on earth.

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And there is fierce, competitive ambition here.

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China wants not only the best league, but the best

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Sven-Goran Erikkson has been one of the top coaches in world football

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He has worked within China for the past three years and insists

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there is no end in sight to the game's rapid growth.

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Three years ago it was not like this.

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But now, recently, this season, it's gone crazy.

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It's absolutely the right time to be in China in football.

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The big foreign names were not really interested in China,

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only when they are getting older, on the way down.

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But now, even when they are at their peak they are

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Jiangsu Suning are the biggest spending club in a league

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responsible for five of the six most expensive global

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When Ramires left Chelsea to come here and Liverpool lost out

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on Brazilian striker Alex Teixeira, the world sat up and took notice.

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China's leading players agent believes more stars will now follow.

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It's going crazy right now, it's really going crazy.

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We had a saying that the only players who are not coming

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to China in this window where Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

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The other names were all highly possible.

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It's here in Tiananmen Square that China's political power is centred.

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It's also been the location for some of the darker moments of the past.

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But President Xi Jingping, well, he is firmly focused

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He wants the country to be a global leader in football,

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The President's love of football was apparent during his visit

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to Britain last year, famously posing with Manchester

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His master plan will aim to have 50 million Chinese citizens

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China will build or renovate 6000 stadiums and pitches.

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And 50,000 schools specialising in football will be established

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Chinese big business is falling into line and winning

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The same companies that lend their names to the top clubs

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of China are now investing in European leagues.

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That is all for this week. From me, goodbye for now.

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Even if you felt the warmth by day, it has been feeling cold out there

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at the moment. We are dragging the

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