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From Tripoli, Orla Guerin sent us this report.

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In Abu Salim district, just the embers of battle remain today.

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Yesterday, there was fierce fighting on the streets. By morning,

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Colonel Gaddafi's troops had not away. -- melted away. We find rebel

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units searching in other areas, moving on foot, warning residents

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to stay inside for their own safety. They exercised the past. --

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exorcised. We're trying to do the check-up for this area, to clean it

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from the Gaddafi enemy. He how many troops do you think there might be?

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Up to 100, I think. Maybe there are a lot, but I do not know. They

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hated green flag of the Gaddafi year-old was torched wherever it

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was found. -- your eye. We are looking for Gaddafi. Another rebel

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unit and another target. This was And they have just been making

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their way through the building. They have been told by local people

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that there are some good that the forces inside. They are trying to

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make sure this area is secure. They found documents and files. That's

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there was no hiding place for at the men of their regime here.

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Prisoners of the regime have freed themselves this week. This former

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prisoner came back today. He was arrested for praying too much, he

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says, and spent a decade in jail. At that time there was only one

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window here, he told us. We got very little air and slapped back

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together. One of the regime's worst atrocities happened here in 1996

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when an estimated 1200 prisoners were killed. Now the door to the

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past is wide open. Many other medical staff have freed the city.

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The lack of medicine and other suppliers has also meant them many

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seriously injured people had been left to die. Our correspondent has

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been to look at the situation at the main hospital in Tripoli. This

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is one of the most distressing sight I have ever seen. In and

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around his hospital their hundreds of dead bodies. Men, women and

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children are just lying on trolleys everywhere. We don't know who they

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were, fighters, civilians or mercenaries. What we do know is

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that when bodies and injured people are brought here, there were no

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hospital staff left to treat them because of the fighting going on in

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buildings around here. People were left to die and they slowly did die.

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There are hundreds of bodies lying everywhere. It is a very

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distressing sight. Many people here are blaming Colonel Gadaffi for

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this, but to was responsible is impossible to say. These are local

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people are you trying to clean up the mess. The residents of Tripoli

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are trying to get back to normal but they are obviously facing many

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difficulties. Slowly, slowly life here is getting

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back to normal. But there is a water shortage. Someone has brought

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in this tanker to help alleviate the shortages. Do you live here?

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Yes, I do. You have no water? Nothing. He closed it. The big

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monkey, Gadaffi. Her many days without water? Four days.

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brought the water? He heard that Tripoli had no water, so he felt

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this and product round to help people. Was the water deliberately

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cut off? Before this problem, no one cut its, and now when they

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removed its themselves from Tripoli,, they cut everything.

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he has not gone yet its? We need him to go. We don't like him any

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more. Finished with him. Goodbye. Even though Colonel Gadaffi's here

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is all but over, he still has his ability to impose his ideas on the

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people of Tripoli who are trying to move on to something different.

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We sold their how difficult it is for suppliers to get through. Were

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people just waiting for the next government to come in? This is a

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city in waiting, and country in waiting. While they wait, they are

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still waiting about the conditions of life. People are starting to

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talk about if there could be electricity shortages as well

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because these key services are still held by a loyalists to

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Colonel Gadaffi. Also, the fighting is not over. Some of the heaviest

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fighting has been taking place just south of Tripoli. There is the

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constant sound of gunfire. Some of it is in celebration, but there is

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also incoming fire, exchanges of gunfire and a lot of guns on the

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street held by rebels, the supporters of Colonel Gadaffi, so

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until this situation stabilises it will remain on edge. When you talk

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to people, you can see their broad smiles that his regime is over, but

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he still hangs on, both in the audio messages we hear answered the

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way he is controlling people's lives by cutting off the water.

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With most of Tripoli under rebel control, their next, and possibly

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last, big challenge is to capture the town of Sirte, Colonel

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Gaddafi's birthplace, which is still run by regime loyalists.

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British Air Force Tornadoes pounded targets there overnight. The

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Ministry of Defence says it hit a command and control bunker and

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nearly 30 armed vehicles. Our correspondent Paul Wood reports

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from Ras Lanuf on the coastal road to Sirte. The rebels have been

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steadily fighting away at this road. The evidence is everywhere. As in

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all wars, there is a lot of destruction of public property, and

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private. One resident of this down returns to find his home looted.

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Gadaffi Fawcett used it for three months. A unfortunately, they had

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lifted the house. They took what they could take. Where are the

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clothes of my children? Nothing. They even took my children's toys.

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A in his few, it is a small price to pray for freedom. He remembers

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when secret police and took away and neighbour. They did not see him

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for 14 years. I was afraid it's that at any time the same thing

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could happen to me. They would take me without any reason. That is why

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do rebels are fighting. They are pushing on to Sirte, Gadaffi's home

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town, helped by NATO air strikes there today. He provoked us for 42

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years. He kept promising as every six months that the system would

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change. We always thought, we will give him a chance and he will do

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better. But nothing. What is the new Libya that you would like to

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see? Even better than England! Freedom. And for it to be safe.

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Nobody to be afraid of anything. You can do or say anything.

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rebels are a mixture of people who have never really held a gun before.

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They are a pretty idealistic bunch and certainly talk the language of

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democracy. The question is, what will happen if a new government

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disappoint their expectations. There are a lot of guns in Libya

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today. There is still unfinished military business here. After that,

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and you struggle, one to see if Libya can be the democracy that

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these men are fighting 4. With me now from Brussels is the

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Director of Operations with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Stephan

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Goetghebuer. We have seen some appalling pictures from the

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hospitals in Tripoli. What are you shearing? Pretty much the same

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situation. In the hospitals that we did manage to visit, although there

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were other hospitals that we could not because it is still not safe,

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but in the hospitals we did get to there is no staff, no medical

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equipment, no electricity. There are still hundreds of wounded that

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are waiting for basic care. It is not only do when did, but also the

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normal emergencies did you would finds in a city the size of Milan.

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There is obviously still a power vacuum. What are the implications

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there for the she met them - - humanitarian needs that you're

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describing? Over the last week we have been able to Nicosia access to

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the hospitals with both sides, with the loyalists and the rebels. It is

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free for us to move around, the only constraint is their security.

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We can go to areas that are controlled by the loyalists and so

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areas controlled by the rebels. The difficulty is security. Is it

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difficult to assess the situation because many people must be afraid

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to leave their homes? Indeed. Your reporter described what we have

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seen, dead bodies, when did people. But this is just the tip of the

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iceberg. There are a lot of people in need of help care that can move

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because they have no fuel to move around so, and there is no security

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for them. It is not safe enough for them to go to the hospital's.

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you very much for joining us. A suicide car bomb in the Nigerian

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capital, Abuja, has exploded at the United Nations building. A local

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hospital said 60 people had been brought in, many in critical

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condition, and 18 people have already been confirmed dead. The

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radical Islamist group Boko Haram said it carried out the attack. The

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BBC's Mark Doyle reports. The attack took place mid-morning

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when the building would have been full of diplomats and office

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workers. Some 400 people worked there for International Development

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and two humanitarian agencies. Eyewitnesses spoke of a car being

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driven to security barriers and exploding near the reception area

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of the building. This man was one of the first that the scene. The

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whole area was damaged. The first floor was in flames. All the glass

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came down. Quite a few number of vehicles and the compound were

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destroyed as well. Rescue workers and armed police officers took the

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dead and injured to nearby hospitals. This is a purpose-built

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capital, well organised compared with some of Nigeria's conurbations,

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so help was at hand. The deputy foreign minister talked about the

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shock that many Nigerians will field. It is an attack on the

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international community. An attack on the world's. It is really sad.

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It is not acceptable to the Nigerian nation. This is the first

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time an international target like the United Nations has been

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With the now is the Nigerian novelist Mohammed Omar. What is

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your assessment of the motivations your assessment of the motivations

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behind this? It is not yet Clare whether they did it. Boko Haram

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claimed responsibility, but this is too shocking. This is the first

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time we have had such a huge car bomb in Nigeria. Lots of people are

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thinking that there might be outside influence. Al-Qaeda at?

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is a bit opaque, the relationship that Boko Haram has with other

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groups. We know, it has been published in newspapers, that some

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members have been to Sudan and Somalia, and North Africa, but

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nothing has been known to. There is no concrete relationship

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established. Which gives the Government a headache if to --

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headache. The President had been planning to negotiate with the

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group and that has now gone by the by. That is probably one of the

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reasons why they carried out the explosion. In order to get

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attention so that they can put themselves back on the agenda.

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There was talk that the President would talk to them. But as it

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happens, it was forgotten or put aside. And here we are. As you say,

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it is a big escalation, because there have been suicide bombings

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and attacks, but the attack on the police headquarters, nothing. This

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is a step up. This is worrying. The group started in 2003. Normally,

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they engage in low-level activities. And then in 2009, we had the

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uprising, and after that, their leader was killed. We have never

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had a huge thing like this. It is worrying in the sense that this

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could set a trend for bigger things. Looking back at the motive, is it

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something about the UN's activities in education? There is some

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speculation that this is a move against Western education.

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People indicate that Boko Haram means that Western education is

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sinful. It is not that. The UN has never been a priority in Nigeria.

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It is not a target for Nigerians. The level of education provided by

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the UN in Nigeria is very minimal. If Boko Haram actually wants to hit

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those who are encouraging Western education, there are other targets.

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I think there is a different agenda here. Much more for us to find out.

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Mohammed Bouma, thank you for coming in.

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At the head of the US Federal Reserve says the bank will not be

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pumping in more money to stimulate the economy. In a much anticipated

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speech to international central bankers, Ben Bernanke said the

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Government needs to take steps to reduce long-term unemployment. His

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speech follows news that the US economy almost stalled in the first

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six months of this year. The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto

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Kan has announced his resignation after 15 months in office, cleared

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away for politicians to pick the country's 6th new leader in five

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years. He has been criticised over his response to the earthquake,

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tsunami and nuclear disaster. Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon,

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has declared three days of mourning after more than 50 people died in

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an arson attack on a casino in the northern city of Monterrey. Armed

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men drench the building with fuel before setting it alight.

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The start of the Italian Serie A football season has been postponed

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because of a players' strike. The League has failed to reach

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agreement with the players' union about a new deal for footballers

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Rights. Their boarding up launch parts of

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America's eastern seaboard this evening has hurricane Irene moves

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in. -- as Hurricane Irene moves in, due to make landfall on Virginia

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and North cut line at on Saturday. New York has ordered a mandatory

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evacuation of 250,000 residents in low-lying areas. -- North Carolina.

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All visitors be advised, there is a mandatory evacuation. Along the

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tourist beaches of North Carolina, nobody is staying to see Hurricane

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Irene arrive. You are advised to leave the area immediately. Tens of

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thousands are headed for higher ground. And ply wood suppliers are

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at a -- ply wood supplies are at a premium. All we can do is offer the

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best. Take what you can and hope it does not disappear. This is what

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they're trying to avoid. Hurricane Irene said the palm trees dancing

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and flatten neighbourhoods as a barrel to cross the Bahamas. --

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flattened neighbourhoods as it barrels across the Bahamas. These

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pictures taken from a plane flying into the eye of the storm show a

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malevolent weather system 700 miles wide. The American government is

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preparing for the possibility of a major disaster. If you're in the

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projected path of the hurricane, you have to take precautions now.

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Do not wait. Do not delay. We all hope for the best, but we have to

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be prepared for the worst. More than 50 million people live in the

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path of the hurricane, among them the residents of New York,

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America's most populous city. People living in low-lying areas

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have already been advised to evacuate. The mayor is considering

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shutting down the entire subway system to avoid the risk of

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flooding. What we have to do is assume the worst and prepare for

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that and hope for the best. Hurricane Irene's exact course,

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strength and time of arrival remain difficult to be predicted with

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prescription -- precision because this is La large and slow-moving

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hurricane. People are stocking up on supplies in many areas. -- A

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large. Forecasters are warming -- are warning that Hurricane Irene

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could bring flooded ages -- flooding and power outages all the

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way to Cape Cod. His career has spanned five decades

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and he has released more than 70 albums. Now Glen Campbell, known

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for hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, is preparing to come to the UK for a

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farewell tour. The singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

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nine months ago and has been very open about his medical condition.

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We went to meet him at his home in California. # Just knowing that

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your door is always open and your path is free to walk.

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Good evening, I am Glen Campbell. Glen Campbell in his prime. A

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career spanning five decades and scores of albums to his name.

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Like a Rhinestone Cowboy... today, the Rhinestone Cowboy is

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slowing down. He is planning to go 1-1 last time. # I am lineman for

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the county. You will do all the hits, but Glen Campbell has

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Alzheimer's disease and performing the songs poses a new challenge. --

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he will do all the hits. I think it is the best song. # I am a lineman

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for the county, and out what? Drive them in rows. Looking at the Sun

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from another wrote. I hear you ringing through the wires. That is

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just, what a great song. Glen Campbell and his wife have been

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married for almost 30 years. She helps her husband filling the gaps

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when he is struggling. -- Phil in the gaps when he short term memory

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fails. I have not been marred with this thing at all. I have accepted

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it. What is it called? Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's. I have not felt any

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different. What is Alzheimer's? That means you forget things? Well,

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you do that. I know, it worries me! In the studio, that memory seems to

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disappear. # Just knowing that your door is always open and your path

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is free to walk. He fluffs the online and has the lyrics on a

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screen just in case, but Glen Campbell, with a band featuring his

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children, still hits all the notes. We try not to worry about tomorrow.

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We just want to enjoy each day as it comes. Gosh, yeah, one day at a

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time. That is an old song. # One day at a time, sweet Jesus. That is

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the oldest country him I believe that I have ever recorded. This is

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Glen Campbell, living with Alzheimer's. It is also the start

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of his long goodbye. # Is still on the line... God is going to hand me

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my full pot of beans, I know that. It does not bother me. I am here. #

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Glen Campbell, still making great music and finishing our programme.

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Next, the weather. For now, from me We have had some heavy rain around

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today. There is a warning through the next few hours for some more

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heavy rain to affect western Scotland. Tomorrow, it looks dry

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and brighter for many. Still, some showers to dodge courtesy of this

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area of low pressure. Tomorrow, it will move north and the wind

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direction will come in north- westerly. Pretty breezy. The one

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good thing from that, the shares should move through swiftly. For

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Saturday, hit and miss for the Leeds Festival with fleeting

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showers. Further south, further heavy showers, so not great news

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for Reading festival goers. With the breeze, if you catch a shower,

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it should move on pretty quickly. Dryer for South West England after

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the torrential thunderstorms of today. The showers will ease off

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across Wales. Perhaps a few more showers for Northern Ireland

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tomorrow. In between the showers, the promise of brightness. Across

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Scotland, still uncertainty as to the exact location of the weather

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front from today. But it is likely to affect the north-east of

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