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This is BBC World News Today. The Greek Prime Minister offers to

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resign and make way for a national unity government. The Greek people

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express their anger at more or austerity measures in order to pay

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off these huge debt. It is not about me any more, it is

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about our children. I do not see a bright future.

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Syrian refugees in Turkey vent their anger against the Assad

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regime, as the Syrian army prepares to enter another town in the north.

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In search of Tripoli's disaffected, we hear he is rarely told stories

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from opposition voices in the capital of Libya.

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President Barack Obama calls for a ceasefire in Sudan as fighting

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intensified amid claims of ethnic cleansing.

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There are reports from serious colics, who would not make things

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up, that they have been taking people from their homes and killing

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them because they are to black. And, the fisherman's Friend now put

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to music, D Shipping Forecast becomes an inspiration for a new

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Hello. The Greek Prime Minister is between

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a rock and a hard place. Greece has run out of money, it cannot borrow

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any more unless it hikes up taxes and carries out more cuts, but the

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Greek people have had enough of this unpalatable economic medicine.

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They voiced their anger in a general strike and a huge street

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protests as the parliament debated the new plan. State TV is reporting

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that the ruling Socialist Party is now in talks with the opposition

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Conservatives to form a national unity government.

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The fighting that took place outside Parliament was the most

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serious violence seen on the streets of Athens for over a year.

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Evidence, if it was needed, that the Greek public cannot take any

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more. The indignant movement, which had been holding a peaceful

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demonstrations, stood back as the rioters did their work. Nearly

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three weeks of continuous protests by the movement have had the

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desired effect. According to government sources, the head has

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offered to step down, but only on the condition that the new unity

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government sticks to the plan put down by the EU. He had always

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promised he had the strength to save Greece from economic collapse.

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But it appears he was forced to Tell the President he had lost the

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support of a rebellious element of his Socialist Party. Chris's

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economy is in a parlous position. Its national debt is �300 billion.

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It is supposed to be receiving �95 billion as part of a bail-out

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package. But the political chaos has put the handouts in doubt. As

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well as the hopes of the protesters. It is not about me any more, it is

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about our children. I do not see a bright future. The indigo movement

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has caught the imagination of the rest of the Greek mainland, and the

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islands off. -- the islands. In this fish market, they try to keep

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flies off the sea food. It is a metaphor for the Greek economy,

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except it is in a more advanced state of decomposition. This

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island's prosperity is dependent on visitors from Athens. On first

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glimpse, the waterfront looks puzzling. But it is just a facade.

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On the street behind, businesses have gone bust, and the full rent

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signs are spreading. You will find FIFA it -- 15 different places that

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are closing down. Business has been bad. In a backstreet bar,

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grassroots activists are stoking up opposition to the government, and

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the manner in which it is carrying out the demands of the EU and

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International Monetary Fund. What we are trying to communicate is the

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fact that we could bypass the parliamentary democracy, without

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furnishing it, but creating assemblies that can overall

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legislation. Some participants believe they should have become

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more vocal a year ago, when Greece received the bail-out. Everybody is

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fed up with the economic crisis and the way it has been handled

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internationally, because of the solutions are oppressing the people,

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and not helping development. How can we pay off debts without being

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able to develop? The speed with which the Greek public is losing

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confidence in the Prime Minister is exhilarating. For the first time in

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years, his governing Socialist Party is lagging behind the

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conservative opposition in the polls. The demonstrators may have

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won a victory against the Government today, but whether it

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benefits them and the longer remains to be seen.

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-- in the long run. Joining the from Athens, the

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political economist at the University of Athens, Yanis

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Varoufakis. The Prime Minister George Papandreou had a lot of

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support for his first or austerity plan. Why have people lost faith in

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him now? Because it proved a catastrophic disaster. Every single

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prediction, every single statement by the Finance Minister and the

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Prime Minister was undermined within a few short days after it

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was issued. You can for some of the people of the time... -- for what

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some of the people... Now, the recession, the crisis, the

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investment seizure has been added to a list at also contains a crisis

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of political legitimacy. But he always says he did not have any

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choice, these measures were imposed upon Greece by the IMF, by the EU,

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who have bailed the Greeks out. one sense, a recognised the

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conundrum in which he finds himself. He inherited an awful situation

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from the previous government. Just when he was finding his feet in

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government, the quit kit exploded. But having said that, a political

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leader has to make important decisions and take risks. In

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accepting 110 billion euro, on condition of austerity, that was a

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major assault on reason. Thinking that these huge expensive loan

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would solve an insolvency problem, as if it were a liquidity problem.

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What is the alternative? If I were to offer you a credit card with a

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very high interest rate, to pay back your mortgage, because you are

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finding it hard to meet your repayments, you would have been

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foolish to accept it. Leaders do not break, they know how to say no

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when it is fitting, and it was fitting last year for the Greek

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Prime Minister to attend the EU summit and declare what the

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situation was, presented to his colleagues in Europe and say, this

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is the situation, I am afraid I would have to declare in a few days

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or months, perhaps, that Greece is in default. But in that case, if

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Greece had done that, would the EU, the IMF and the banks have said, we

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are not helping you? If they wanted the Coretta Microsystems to

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collapse, that is what they would have said. -- euro system to

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collapse. That fear had a major fall in living standards after 2008,

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and they stabilised the situation by creating internal devaluation.

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Greece is integrated into the banking sector of Europe, and the

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contagion that is common to happen if Christie faults, because there

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is no way of avoiding it, the system was not designed to sustain

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a great Shockwave like that, and it would be history, together with the

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living standards of the average person.

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Another town in northern Syria is bracing itself for an attack by

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government troops. Thousands of people are leaving a Maaret al-

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Namaan and its fears of a crackdown. But in nearby Jisr al-Shughour, the

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government says things are getting back to normal after troops and

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tanks moved in on Sunday, and it is calling on the people to come home.

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He signed a fear of a northern Syria. Villagers have set up their

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own checkpoints to help protect people fleeing from the regime's

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guns. More and more are fleeing. These are Syrians waiting to cross

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into the safety of neighbouring Turkey. It is already playing host

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to over 8000 refugees, after the miniature crackdown on Jisr al-

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Shughour. Amid fears that the town of Maaret al-Namaan is next. More

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people on the mood. Based on evidence from refugees and from

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human rights groups, the United Nations says at least 1100 people

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have been killed over the past three months, and up to 10,000

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jailed. International outrage at the actions of Bashar Al-Assad's

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regime is growing. We just demanded freedom, this man says, just

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freedom. He has killed half his people. Today, an envoy from the

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President was in Turkey, which has become increasingly critical of the

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Syrian regime. He insisted the refugees will not be in Turkey for

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long. Our citizens are here for a short time, temporarily staying

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here in Turkey, but soon they will return. We are prepared for them,

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and they are returning now, actually. In Damascus, a grand

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display of defiance. This is being billed as the world's biggest

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Syrian flag. It was unfurled at an organised show of support for the

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Government. State TV said it was a sign of the country rejecting

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foreign interference, and of the country's cohesion. But elsewhere,

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protests have continued. This placard asks if the flight is long

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enough to make shrouds for the dead. Images from inside the country

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offal to regard, filmed by the protesters. But the full story of

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what they are protesting against, the actions of the regime's tanks

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and troops, cannot be told, with the international media shoot-out.

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-- shot at it. Pakistan says it has obtained several people suspected

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of providing information on Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts to the

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American intelligence agency the CIA. And on a spokesperson said

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most of the alleged informants had been arrested in the garrison town

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of Abbottabad, where Osama Bin Laden is said to have been hiding

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for years before he was killed last month.

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American reports said that the Central Intelligence Agency is

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preparing to operate on drone aircraft over Yemen to target all

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al-Qaeda suspects could. The Washington Post says the drones

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would join at unmanned craft than by the American military.

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British banks are being ordered to reorganise in an effort to avoid

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the multi-billion dollar financial crisis of three years ago. The

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Chancellor George Osborne is to announce later that banks should

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structure their businesses so that accounts held by the public are

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protected. He has also announced be nationalised Bank Northern Rock

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will be tougher sale. In Libya, opposition activists in

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Tripoli have told us that Colonel Gaddafi is more unpopular than ever.

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But he is clinging on to power through intimidation and murder.

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Foreign journalists work under strict government restrictions. Our

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correspondent has met opposition members, who live in daily fear for

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their lives. In a city penetrated by fear and

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suspicion, this is the only way to find out what many Libyans are

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really thinking. We have given our government minders the slip, but it

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is still a nervous journey to a safe house in a Tripoli suburb. The

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four young activists I need have also put at the regime's hands, in

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one way or another. Friends have been killed, they are tired of the

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corruption and nepotism, and they say pressure is mounting on Colonel

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Gaddafi to go. Their words are spoken by actors. It is a fight, we

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will fight, but not with empty hands. It is crazy to go out,

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facing people with guns, and we know what intentions they have.

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you think that Colonel Gaddafi will have to go? He is finished already.

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He is damaging the country as much as he can, but he is finished.

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the early days of the uprising, anti-government protests in Tripoli

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were brutally crushed. But people are beginning to find their voices

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again. At this recent funeral in the capital, the rebel flag is

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raised in open defiance. On this video, which is impossible to

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verify, government soldiers stand over dying rebels after recent

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fighting in the capital. You dogs, they say, this is revenge. Colonel

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Gaddafi's opponents know that Tripoli is still a dangerous place.

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I think it is going to be bloody, because he is not going to give up

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easy at all. Will we see more How does that make you feel? I am

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scared. But I am willing to sacrifice my life for this. You are

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willing to do for this? Yes, without hesitation. This is how the

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regime portrays things. Fanatical they may be many faces are familiar,

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and are fewer in number. Ten weeks of NATO bombing hasn't ousted the

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Colonel. From what we have seen, his fortress capital is solid no

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longer. President Obama has called on the leaders of northern and

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southern Sudan to stop escalating violence in border regions. In a

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month's time the oil rich south of Sudan is due to become independent

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from the north after decades of Civil War. South Kordofan will

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remain under the jurisdiction of the north but some 60,000 people

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have been displaced. The US President says both sides must use

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talks taking place to secure the peace that their people wanted.

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leaders of Sudan and south Sudan must live up to their

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Meanwhile the Vice-President of Sudan has been speaking to BBC

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Arabic television. He said immediate action is needed to stop

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the violence. In southern Kordofan we would want to see there is

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ceasefire and the presence of the UN, UN forces is also felt by the

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people, so that we don't get to a situation where there would be

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genocide, ethnic cleansing and situation of Rwanda where you had

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witness in the 1990s. We want to avoid this happening, particularly

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in southern Kordofan. I have been speaking to Baroness Caroline Cox,

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former Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in Britain who is involved

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in an aid charity down in Sudan. I asked what she had been hearing

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from her contacts on the ground. Two main things to high light, the

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first is the intensity of the fighting against the peoples of

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southern Kordofan, they have been suggested to Aero bombardment. The

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shelling and bombing of civilian targets and attacked by helicopter

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gunship, chasing people like animals, trying to run away, so

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there is the Aero bombardment, the military offensives and then there

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is the taking from house to house of people and killing them in cold

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blood, some of them in front of UN soldiers or peacekeeping troops who

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are there to protect the people. Can I get this straight. This is

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troops from the north. Attacking people who support

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independence of the south? Yes, attacking the people who they

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believe support the independence of the south but worry liing, reports

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from serious colleagues out there who would not make things up, that

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in some cases they have been taking people from their homes and killing

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them because "They are too black." The people are a African people

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with a long tradition of African culture and there seems to be an

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element of ethnic cleansing as well as military terrorism. That is a

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strong phrase to use. Yes. It is coming from several different

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sources and all of them reliable. That is worrying. When I was in the

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mountains last time, the people there are partners who are mountain

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people, Christian an Muslim, they were worried that one of the

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results of their coming under the control of Khartoum would be a very

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racist agenda, they would lose their African identity, so it does

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seem as though that is one sad element of a bigger picture which

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is the military offensive and the terrorising of the people of

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southern Kordofan. So they feel in the run-up to independence for the

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south, that the north is trying to clear people like them out of the

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country and shove them over the border south? Very much so.

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Estimates are up to 60,000 people who have had to flee one of the

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main towns, and other owns and villages, many are hiding in caves.

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It is rough terrain in the mountain, they suffered all this in the early

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90s. 500,000 perished in that war. It's a rerun of the horror, hiding

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in caves. You can't get water. If they are not in there it is rainy

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season. A lot of the access routes have been cut off so the reports

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coming in of people dying from humanitarian crisis as well as from

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the military offensive. It is a real catastrophe. Do you fear that

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independence of southern Sudan could be derailed by this fighting?

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Well, that is a real fear, July 9th is when they are looking forward to

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celebrating their independence but of course we have had the horrors

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when that dis-- disputed area is being grabbed by northern forces

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and captured. We have southern Kordofan, they are Blue Nile, that

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might become vulnerable. All this seems to be a serious policy of

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Khartoum perhaps to destabilise the region, and therefore by to

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destabilise southern Sudan on the border and make that declaration of

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independence precarious, think the sunners want their independence,

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they will try to go for it but these are serious aspects in the

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run up to that critical historic day. Briefly, President Obama has

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called today for a ceasefire, do you think that will have any

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effect? I hope it will. I have been asking the House of Lords this

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afternoon when the British Government will raise at the UN

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Security Council is need for much more effective UN action for those

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peacekeepers to stop looking on, and to do something, to help

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provide some peace, and the local people are asking desperately for a

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no-fly zone to protect them from this constant aerial bombardment.

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Baroness Caroline Cox. Now, economies in Asia have seen

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dramatic changes over the past 30 year, and that change is affecting

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power relationships in the region and beyond. If NATO is a western

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security alliance, how are countrys in the east getting together to

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form similar ties. Rayhan Demytrie reports from Kazakhstan which is

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playing host to the Shanghai Co- operation Organisation. Police in

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full dress. Keeping tight security across the city for the Presidents

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of China, Russia and central Asian republics. Their countries are

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members of the Shanghai Co- operation Organisation. A regional

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security alliance, which Iran, Pakistan and India are also keen to

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join. Military drills are at the core of this grouping. A fight

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against what it calls three evils, terrorism, extremism and separatism

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is the declared goal. For China that means a close focus on what it

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sees as activism in its western region and handing over suspects is

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part of the deal. Central Asia home to a large ethnic community. But

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this activist says Kazakhstan extradited a man who fled China

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after riots there. Through its ties says this activist, China is now

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putting pressure on them across central Asia After all... I was

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supposed to attend the Congress in the States but was stopped at the

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airport. The authorities prevented me leaving the country. Unlike in

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western alliances human rights is not a priority for the members. Its

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non-westernness makes it a point of interest for Iran while other

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states believe it has the potential to play a greater role in regional

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stability. As you know the Americans have announced a

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timetable to withdraw, then we will knee some other organisation to

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step in, that could be the SEO. Shanghai Co-operation Organisation

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is not yet the NATO of the east but with so many countries keen to join,

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some analysts believe it could one day change the global balance of

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power. BBC Radio 4's shipping forecast is intended to a to be a

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vital res for for crews to prepare for bad weather on the high seas

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but among non-nautical devotees it has a great following. It is a

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hypnotic mantra that can send do you sleep. Our correspondent has

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been finding out how it has become the inspiration for a new piece of

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music. Fair Isle, Faeroes. South- east Iceland. Shaning. Rockall.

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Become north-easterly five. Cromarty, variable four, occasional

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rain, moderate or good. The shipping forecast, a daily reminder

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of the hazards round this windswept island but to some it is also

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poetry. It is rhythm. It is strange words, words depicting amazing

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spectacular places. I think our imagination jumps over the words

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and visualises some of those places. Fair Isle. Faeroes. And now it is

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the inspiration for this new musical work by the composer

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Cecilia McDowall, who like many others find the forecast both

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beautiful, and baffling. Lundy. Fastnet and Irish Sea. There is

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great beauty in the rhythm. Very poe tick, but there is also this

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baffling thing I don't understand it. And of course, now falling

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sometimes good, all these thing, I know they mean something to

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somebody but even though they don't mean anything to me, I enjoy them.

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High Biscay slow-moving with little change. Indeed for most of us the

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shipping forecast is when we hear it on the radio, a bit of a mystery.

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Five to seven in the south-east later. Those words, the reassuring

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almost poetry of it out here mean rather more. And for Alan Gick the

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skipper of the Alice, a Thames stale -- sailing barge, it is

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better than any high tech gadgetry I listen to it at sea. I listen to

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it less on shore, because obviously you have got computerised

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technology to give you the stuff, but it gives a kind of reassuring

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view that people are still doing the same thing, and still collating

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the weather and telling you about it. Somehow the electronic stuff is,

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doesn't have the same meaning. Dogger. So why it is for Port

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mouth's festival choir poetry, the shipping forecast out here means

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rather more. A quick reminder of the main news tonight. Greece is

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faith facing a deepening political as well as economic crisis, reports

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that the Prime Minister George Papandreou has offered to step down

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after a day of violent protests over a planned austerity programme.

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Hello, we have had a different feel to the weather. It has been

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dominated by the cloud and showers. The showers return tomorrow where

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they will be more widespread heavy and we are looking at thunderstorms

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at times. We are losing the weak weather front but the low continues

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to dominate as we look through Thursday's forecast. It will be

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driving in showers which will get going as we head through the

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afternoon, with only occasional glim others brightness at times. As

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we look towards the afternoon for cast, 17 degrees on the face of it

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doesn't feel too bad but of course if you get caught in the wet

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weather et it will feel colder. You can see plenty of showers, round

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the coast it may be a better chance of seeing drier weather at times.

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The showers will be blown inland. Cardiff's temperatures 16, given

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some afternoon sunshine, round about 18 in Manchester. For

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Northern Ireland, we have a fair amount of cloud again, showers here,

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most of them out to the north and west. Belfast seeing some decent

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spells of dry weather. A lot of cloud in a good part of Scotland as

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well. Through the Grampians again, another favoured spot for seeing

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