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Political pressure mounts in Washington -

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a grand jury's called to look into claims that Russia interfered

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in the election that brought Donald Trump to power.

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Speaking for the first time since the news was announced,

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the President once again dismissed concerns about his campaign's

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The Russia story is a total fabrication.

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It's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history

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The Royal Bank of Scotland, still mainly owned by the taxpayer,

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reports substantial profit for the first half of the year.

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Ireland's Prime Minister and challenges Britain to come up

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with an answer to the difficult issue of the Irish border.

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The Brazilian forward Neymar's unveiled at Paris St-Germain,

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as the most expensive player in the history of football.

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As the deadly heatwave in Europe continue, a warning

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for holiday-makers and those living in countries

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with temperatures now reaching over 40 degrees.

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And I am here at the London stadium as Mo Farah goes for gold on the

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opening day of the World Athletics Championships.

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News, England won the toss

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and decided to bat on the first morning of the Fourth and final

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Test at Old Trafford - they lead the series 2-1.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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The man leading the investigation into claims of collusion between

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President Trump's election campaign and Russia, has convened a grand

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jury to consider whether there are grounds for criminal charges. The

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panel of ordinary citizens which hears evidence in private has

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already reportedly demanded more information about a meeting between

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Mr Trump's eldest son and a lawyer in Russia last year. The White House

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says it will cooperate with the inquiry. At a rally last night, the

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president rubbished claims about Russian interference. Tom Baric

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reports. In West Virginia last night,

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it felt like the president But he and his very loyal supporters

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are battling allegations that his campaign in last November's

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election colluded with Russia. Now, with a grand jury up

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and running, the investigation is into a new phase,

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and the president, as always, The Russia story is

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a total fabrication. It's just an excuse for the greatest

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loss in the history of American politics,

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that's all it is. The grand jury is meeting

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to consider evidence behind closed Their job isn't to determine

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guilt or innocence. They can call witnesses to testify

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or demand to see documents, and they must decide if the evidence

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that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is strong enough

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for a criminal trial. The decision to call a grand jury

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was made by this man, The move is a logical next step

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in his investigation into the Trump campaign,

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but it shows the evidence gathered so far merits

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a thorough investigation. But the whole affair

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is a rallying cry for His supporters are not

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put off by all that's happened in Washington,

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rather they've been The constant drumbeat

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of opposition from the media and the resistance, as they call it,

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of the Democrats in Congress. According to the US media,

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the grand jury already wants information about a meeting

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between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer

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in June of last year. Donald Trump Jr has admitted

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he was promised damaging material about his dad's opponent,

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Hillary Clinton, but The White House said it

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supported any action that would accelerate the conclusion

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of the investigation fairly. Today, the president is off

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on holiday to play golf. The US media is unlikely to take

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time off from talking about what went on before

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he was elected. Rajini Vaidyanathan

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is in Washington. Just how significant has this -- is

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this being seen? It issues the significant. It is worth reminding

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that there are five different investigations going on into whether

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the Trump campaigned -- colluded with the Russians. Four of those are

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being led by politicians for the fifth is being led by Robert Muller,

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looking into potential criminal charges. The grand jury is

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significant because it has huge power to demand that witnesses come

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forward with statements, to request documents as well, as it decides

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whether or not to pursue criminal charges. The second reason this

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matters so much is because the net is also closing in on President

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Trump's inner circle. We have heard reports the grand jury has already

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requested documents relating to a meeting that the President's son had

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with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign meeting in which

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he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. And the other reason why

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this matters so much is because once again the White House is having to

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play damage limitation, damage control, on another story about the

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Russia investigation. Instead of focusing on what it wants to, and

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policy priorities, like health care reforms, like trying to boost jobs

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and the economy. President Trump has described this as a witchhunt. There

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is no evidence at the moment to prove that his campaign colluded

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with the Russians. But this grand jury does showed that things are

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ramping up. It is being taken extremely seriously. Thank you.

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The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has called for "unique

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solutions" to preserve relations between Britain and the

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Speaking during his first official visit to Northern Ireland,

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he raised the possibility of a bilateral customs

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union between the UK and the EU and an alternative

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to the European Court of Justice to oversee any deal.

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Our Ireland Correspondent, Chris Buckler, reports.

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Leo Varadker crossed the Irish border for the first time as

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Ireland's PM -- Prime Minister to set out his concerns about what

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could happen to it after Brexit. He arrived after upsetting unionist

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about Brexiteers. But in Queens University the new Taoiseach was

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quick to point out how much relationships have changed in a few

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decades. The border itself was a very different place. A place of

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bloodshed, of violence, of checkpoints. He is of a new

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generation. The first time Leo Varadker voted was in the referendum

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for the Good Friday Agreement. But there is a new challenge and the

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potential of a new border. There are people who do want a border, a trade

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border, between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and

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therefore between Ireland and Britain, and therefore, across

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Ireland. These are the advocates of the so-called hard Brexit. At a time

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when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge between North and South

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between Britain and Ireland, we need to build more bridges and fewer

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borders. There are scores of cross-border links. He wants to keep

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them completely open. Today Mr Varadker post is demand for any reds

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agreement to protect the free movement of people, goods and

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services across this island. -- Anni Brexit. When people talk about the

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border of the past, they refer to the troubles when huge security was

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needed. That is not the case any more. This is the dividing line

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between the countries, not so you would notice. The political tensions

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in Northern Ireland are obvious. Those questions of what will happen

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to the border after Brexit. The Irish Prime Minister will be on the

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EU's side of the table during negotiations. On a shared island

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there is a shared interest in finding solutions. They only have

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months to discover them. Chris Buckler, BBC News, Northern Ireland.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland, which is still predominantly

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owned by the taxpayer, has reported a substantial profit

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after a ?2 billion loss for the same period last year.

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The bank made almost ?940 million in the six

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They also announced they were in talks to move

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their European headquarters to Amsterdam after Brexit.

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Our Business Correspondent, Joe Lynam, reports.

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It's been posting annual losses almost a decade but today at least,

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it can say that things were looking up in the first of the year.

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RBS made what's called an attributable profit

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of ?939 million over the past six months.

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That reversed losses of more than ?2 billion over

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And unlike Barclays or Lloyds, RBS won't be setting aside

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Its boss admitted that taxpayers would not be getting their money

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back in full if the government sold its shares in RBS immediately.

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If we sold it, they wouldn't get their money back, but it is...

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What we're trying to do is create a good bank so they get as much

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And a 70% stake won't be sold overnight.

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So it will take some time and this bank is getting

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And the bank's capital buffers have reached a new high.

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It means it should have more than enough money

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set aside in the event of another major downturn.

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But RBS still expects to post a loss for all of 2017,

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that's because it is still dealing with past misdeeds.

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It is expected to pay a further multi-billion pound fine to US

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regulators for mis-selling specialist investments called

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mortgage-backed assets before the financial crisis.

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The estimates for the Department of Justice's fine is anything

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Most of us would estimate it is going to be between five

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and six but if it is more than that, then actually, it is

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The difficulty we have is we don't know how big that fine could be.

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And what we have signalled very clearly, that it could be large

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We haven't got into those conversations with the

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It's the last big issue this bank has to face.

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The bank has also had to take steps to minimise any

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It has chosen Amsterdam for its European headquarters,

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Up to 150 staff may have to move to the Dutch city.

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At terror suspect in Australia tried to smuggle a bomb on a plane by

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planting it on his unsuspecting brother, according to police, who

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say they plan to ring down the plane was directed by so-called Islamic

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State. Investigators believe the bomb was made using military grade

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explosives and another device had been found to release toxic gas in a

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public place. Howell Griffith has more. Described as one of the most

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sophisticated terror plots ever on Australian soil, officers say they

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have ended a plan which could have caused catastrophic loss of life.

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They believe that Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat were sent military

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grade explosives by so-called Islamic State on a cargo flight.

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They allege they then put together a bomb packed inside a meat grinder.

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On July 15, it's alleged the men went to take the improvised

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explosive device onto an Etihad flight out of Sydney. But officers

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say it was never checked in. We will be alleging in court that a fully

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functioning IED was to be brought on that flight on the 15th of July. One

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thing that is important to state is it did not get through security.

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Having aborted the first attack, it's alleged the mental part of the

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bomb to try and create a chemical device instead, which would emit

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poisonous hydrogen sulphide. Officers say the men were arrested

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before that plot became advanced. Detailed forensic searches are

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continuing. A third man is still being questioned by police. Airport

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security routines have secured -- returned to normal. Passengers are

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being assured the threat has been disrupted. But new questions have

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been raised over how explosives could be sent into Australia by

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Islamic State, and how the terror threat is evolving.

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British holiday-makers and people across Europe are being urged

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to take great care as the dangerous heatwave continues -

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in parts of Italy, Spain and the Balkans, temperatures have

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Several countries have issued red alert health warnings, and some

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regions are still contending with drought and forest fires.

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Plane spotting at wildfires in Corsica. Last week, the North of the

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Mediterranean island burned. Now it is the South. The extreme heat has

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sparked wildfires across Europe. Swathes of the South of France were

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scorched. Now hungry, too. Here, hundreds of hectares in grassland --

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of grassland burn. Firefighters battled to put out flames before

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they spread to urban areas. Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 60

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years. Thousands of tourists travel there every year in search of

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sunshine. But the intense heat means people are desperately searching for

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shade. We have had some nice weather this year but it is not as hard as

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Rome. Nowhere near. Drinking lots of water. It is fantastic having the

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water fountains around Rome. Across the country, 26 major towns and

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cities are on heat alert. Hospital admissions have increased by 15%.

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And the prolonged drought is said -- set to cost agriculture billions,

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with 11 regions facing critical water shortages. Arlit crops are

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already 50% lower than normal. -- Olive. In Sicily, beaches are

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quieter than usual as people follow the leader of the local and staying

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indoors. Others do what they can to protect themselves and keep cool, as

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forecasters see no respite. Sophie Long, BBC News.

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Gavin Lee is in the town of Castellammara del Golfo

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As we heard from Sophie, the beach is very quiet.

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What is it like where you are now? It is 43.5 degrees here, an all-time

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high of Sicily this year. You have to go back to 1999 when the

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temperature was higher, 48.9 degrees, and for some comparison we

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are talking about average temperatures for August in the

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south, on the Mediterranean, of about 33 degrees, 10 degrees higher.

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This is the main square in Castellammara del Golfo, very close

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to Palermo, Sicily. Usually packed, look at it now. The restaurants in

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front of us, the tourist information completely empty, goes down. They

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say mad dogs and Englishmen in the midday sun, there are just a few

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waiters and me at the moment. Talking about the fires, above this

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building here, there are three fires going on right now being put out by

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fire crews, those are the charred remains of there, it started a few

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days ago and was put out two days ago now, and that is the big risk.

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We are told, stay indoors, it is a Government emergency, there are

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seven countries like Italy saying the same advice for the afternoons,

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if you are going to go out, this is the best place to be right now, by

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the sea. Gavin, thank you very much indeed.

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Serious situation indeed, thank you. He's now the most expensive player

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in the history of football. Paris Saint-Germain have completed

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the record ?200 million transfer deal for Neymar

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with the Brazilian forward The French club have been

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unveiling their star player Our correspondent, Jonny Dymond,

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is outside PSG's stadium in Paris. The anticipation finally over?

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The anticipation is over and I think the focus of the fans is on the

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skills of this astonishing player. The focus of the rest of the world

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is on the staggering amount of money he is being paid. There are already

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complaints from Barcelona and from La Liga about the way that this deal

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has been made, and there is focus on the extraordinary position of Paris

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St Germain, because this is not a normal football club, this is a club

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that is entirely owned by a country, by oil and gas rich Gulf state

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Qatar, the accusation is that Qatar is not just buying one of the best

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footballers in the world but buying global influence and political power

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with that purchase. Neymar, when asked about the money, said it was

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not about the money but about the new challenge, and for the fans it

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is all about the football. One person I spoke to coming in here

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said, every footballer has their price, so long as he wins.

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Thank you. Political pressure mounts on Donald

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Trump as a grand jury is called to look into claims that Russia

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interfered in the election that brought him to power.

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Coming up, we will be live at Old Trafford for the first day of the

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fourth test between England and South Africa.

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Coming up in sport, Neymar has arrived in Paris ahead of becoming

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the most expensive player in the history of football. He signed a

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five-year deal with Paris St Germain.

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The deadline for submissions on what the Grenfell Tower fire

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inquiry should cover will expire later today.

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Hundreds of suggestions have been received, with the total expected

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Our home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds is at the tower

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What have people been telling you? There is a big debate in this

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community about the terms of this inquiry. To give you the context,

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the judge said, when he was appointed, that he would look

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primarily at the causes of the fire, and a lot of people took that to

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mean that would be a very narrow focus. He later clarified and said

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actually he would look at the whole history of Grenfell Tower and its

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fire safety record and therefore it would be a much broader examination

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of the issues, but that still has not been enough.

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I have been at public meetings at this church in the last week or so

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where he has faced a lot of angry pressure from people in this area

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for him to expand the scope of the inquiry, and today one of the

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residents' groups, justice for parental, has published a document

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setting out in detail the kind of green that they would like to see

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for the inquiry. For example, they would like him to look at the way in

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which councils, this council in particular, Kensington and Chelsea,

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has effectively outsourced the provision of social housing and the

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effect not just on the fire safety issues, standards of fire safety at

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Grenfell Tower, but also the standards of housing in this area,

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and potentially much more widely. Now, sources at the Justice

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Moore-Bick inquiries said he will have to take on board that sort of

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pressure, he may have to find another way of delivering that sort

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of an inquiry, because he is intent on keeping the inquiry manageable.

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The timescale is quite punishing for him, he has to deliver his recommit

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to the Prime Minister next week, she will respond the week after because

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it is her decision in the end as the sponsoring minister what the inquiry

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examines, he will then work throughout the rest of the summer

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until September, when the inquiry is due to start, and then he has to

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produce some form of an interim report within probably a year. He

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has said it will take some months to do that but that could be quite

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detailed, it could go to some detail about the causes of the fire.

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So there is a lot of pressure on this judge.

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I get the sense that in the area generally people have accepted him

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as the chair, but their raw a lot of people who feel he is not right for

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the job and this inquiry will run into difficulties. OK, Tom, thank

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you. Amid the controversy over air

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pollution and debate about the merits of electric cars vs

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diesel and petrol, today sees Our business correspondent

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Jonty Bloom is here to go They basically show there has been

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another fall in new car sales, down 9% in July alone. That is the fourth

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month in a row that car sales have gone down. Previously the Society

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for motor manufacturing and trading said it was due to changes in

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vehicle excise duty, now they say they are noticing lack of consumer

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and business confidence caused by uncertainty around Brexit, a popular

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whipping boy at the moment but not the full story, because we have seen

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a collapse in diesel sales in particular. Petrol

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cars not so bad but diesel cars down 20% in just one month, that is bound

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to be about the controversy about pollution and fears the Government

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may step in and do something about that, so making diesel less

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attractive. The other side of that, a large increase in electric and

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hybrid cars, up 65% in just one month, so sales taking off there but

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it still accounts for only one in 20 of new car sales.

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What about predictions going forward?

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As predicted by the Society for motor manufacturing and traders, it

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predicted a slowdown but putting the best possible spin on it it says

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there will be bargains out there because all of those companies have

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a lot of cars on their hands they are trying to sell.

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OK, thank you. It's the first day of the fourth

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Test between England England lead the four match series

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2-1 and won the toss Our sports correspondent

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Patrick Gearey is at Old Trafford. England haven't actually won a test

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series in more than a year, they have lost the final test in eight of

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the last nine series. Their form is as changeable as the local weather

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here in Manchester so just as well they have a man in their side who

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knows this ground so well he is officially now part of it.

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The first morning of the test, a good time to get a new bit of kit.

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James Anderson took this frame, part of Old Trafford took his name. The

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Pavilion End now the James Anderson end, a title chosen by Lancastrians

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for a Lancastrian. England's record wicket taker had to watch the first

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over bowled from it, Kagiso Rabada of South Africa nearly channelled

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Jimmy, Keaton Jennings escaped this time. The outfield here has suffered

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since a Radiohead concert was held on it a few weeks ago, still no

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alarms and no surprises for anyone in the first half an hour. Nothing

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is truly calm when you are still finding your way in this game,

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though. Young Jennings edgy, caught behind the 17. After that nervous

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energy departed, all was becalmed, the occasional Alastair Cook push

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all that moved the match from a standstill. No matter,

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England lead the series, they have time. The plan was to keep South

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Africa waiting, and, wherever possible, chasing. It is, after all,

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a good idea in Manchester to stay out there as long as you can while

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it is dry. And dry is by no means a given in

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this part of the world, Monday and Tuesday look like a chance of rain

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and that is bad news for South Africa. The onus is on them to win

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this match, remember, in order to win the series, they must make the

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running. England will be pleased with their morning work, 67-1. They

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know in this case slow and steady might well win the race.

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Patrick, thank you. The World Athletics Championships

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get under way in London tonight, with Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt

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both competing in the event Farah, who'll switch

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to road racing next season, is hoping to win an unprecedented

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fifth double in the 5000 and 10,000 metres races,

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while Bolt is set to compete in the 100 metres

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and the 4x100m relay. A record 650,000 tickets have been

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sold for the ten-day event. Our sports correspondent Andy Swiss

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is at the London Stadium. Huge excitement of course for the

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next ten days. Yes, it was here exactly five years

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ago that British athletics enjoyed one of its greatest days, so-called

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Super Saturday at London 2012. Once again this stadium will be packed

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out for the start of the world Championships and all eyes will be

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on a home hero. Back on British turf,

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five years on from the Olympics the stage is set once again

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for the world's greatest athletes. And if this morning's for mowing,

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tonight's for Mo, back in the stadium where,

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on this very date in COMMENTATOR: Mo Farah

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for Great Britain, it's gold! Farah goes for gold in the 10,000

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metres tonight in what will be his It's once-in-a-lifetime

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to have the Olympics right on your doorstep,

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and to do what I did. And then you come back years later

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and it's the world champs. I'm like, "You know what,

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I'm going to end it at that track." But while Mo Farah's

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back competing here, Britain's other stars

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of 2012 aren't. Greg Rutherford's injured,

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Jessica Ennis-Hill now retired. The hosts will have

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to find some new heroes. One potential candidate

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is Laura Muir, who goes The British team's target

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here of six medals will be tough, I look at Sophie Hitchon

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in the hammer, I look at Katarina Johnson-Thompson

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in the high jump and the heptathlon, Many of them are young,

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their futures are ahead of them, and this is a fantastic stage

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for them to step up in front of a home crowd,

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excite us and win medals, But, as ever, there's no

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doubting the style of show, as athletics says goodbye

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to the greatest. Tonight, Usain Bolt begins his quest

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for a final 100 metres Some believe it's

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far from guaranteed. The emotion of it being his very

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last race will certainly get to him. He's an entertainer,

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he's a performer, and when the crowd literally are going to give him

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a standing ovation when he lines up, and how much does that take out

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of him before he lines up Who knows, it's going to be

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a tough one for him. It will be the very

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fondest of farewells. How on earth will athletics replace

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the utterly irreplaceable? So, catch him while you can,

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as sport's ultimate showman looks So, Andy, Tal is a little bit more

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about what we can expect tonight. It should be some opening evening,

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Katy B stop we have Laura Muir going in the heats of the 1500 metres

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around 7:35pm. In with a chance of a medal, she has been in exceptional

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form over the last year or so. At 8:20pm, Usain Bolt goes in the heats

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of the 100 metres, the final of the 100 metres takes place tomorrow

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evening, a game that should be some atmosphere, one of the highlights of

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these championships. At 9:20pm, Mo Farah going for gold in

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the 10,000 metres, it is the first final of these championships, a

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chanter Briton to win the first gold here in the London stadium at these

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championships, and certainly the vast majority of the fans here will

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be willing Mo Farah onto what would be the perfect conclusion to his

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extraordinary career. Thank you very much, and if you

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would like to follow the coverage, which I'm sure many of you will, it

:29:45.:29:47.

is 6:30pm on BBC Two, 7pm on BBC One.

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Time to look at the weather. I thought I would start with the heat

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in the Mediterranean. Very high humidity, temperatures in the low 40

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Celsius again today. This dangerous heatwave. The ebb away this weekend

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and into the start of next week. Meanwhile, drifting northwards, an

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area of low pressure gradually clearing away from our shores. In

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its wake, good spells of sunshine, there have been plenty of that this

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morning across England and Wales, a lovely start of the day, a few

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showers around in south Wales, south-west England, probably most of

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them throughout the day will be across Scotland, but largely fine

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and dry for many to England and Wales.

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The wind will remain a feature across southern areas as this area

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of low pressure pulls away and the wind will continue to become lighter

:30:38.:30:39.

but quite fresh across Scotland and the North East of England, most of

:30:40.:30:42.

the showers here, Northern Ireland and Scotland with that wind around

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18 Celsius. On the flip side for England and Wales the wind is much

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lighter than yesterday, more in the way of sunshine, warmer air as well,

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tempered is already around 23 degrees in the south-east, we could

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make 2425 Celsius. The showers continue for a while this evening

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and continued to fizzle out during the night away from Scotland, a

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cluster of showers pushing in across Ireland and a rising across Wales by

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the end of the night. That takes us into Saturday and for the start of

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the weekend, sunshine and showers feature, some of those showers

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across Wales pushing into the Midlands, eastern England, East

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Anglia, could be happy through the David Hale and Thunder mixed in but

:31:18.:31:22.

will gradually clear away, we should see sunshine behind, elsewhere

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sunshine and showers. As we head towards Saturday evening, those

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showers fizzling out so it looks like a fine, dry end of the day for

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many. On into Sunday, ridge of high pressure builds in, that will keep

:31:42.:31:45.

things fine and dry before this feature booths in late in the day

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but it will bring a wet, windy day towards Northern Ireland, western

:31:52.:31:52.

Scotland, eventually reaching north-western parts of Britain as

:31:53.:31:56.

well, but it looks like for the bulk of the country are flying day, dry,

:31:57.:32:09.

light wind with some sunshine. Into next weekend, we start the regard

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shall we note, mid week on with the high pressure becomes established,

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turning drier with more in the way of sunshine. A bit of good news!

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A reminder of our main story this lunchtime...

:32:17.:32:18.

Political pressure mounts on Donald Trump as a grand jury is called to

:32:19.:32:23.

look into claims that Russia interfered in the election that

:32:24.:32:24.

brought him to power. That's all from the BBC News at One,

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so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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news teams where you are.

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