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This is BBC World News Today. The fight for justice that became a

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defining moment in British race relations.

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18 years after the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, was killed in a

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racist attack - Gary Dobson and David Norris are found guilty of

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his murder. At the police done their job

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properly, I would have spent the last 18 years grieving for my son,

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rather than fighting to get his killers to court.

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D-Day for Republican voters in the American state of Iowa as they

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prepare to choose their candidate for the 2012 Presidential race.

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Singer, percussionist, UNICEF ambassador and President? Youssou

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N'Dour confirms he will stand in Senegal's Presidential elections

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next month. Also coming up in the programme:

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The lurking menace found in the office of Hong Kong's Chief

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Executive. His brand new, multi- million dollar government building

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is found to be contaminated with And St Trinian's creator and

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internationally acclaimed cartoonist, Ronald Searle, dies at

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Hello and welcome. There were tears and shouting at

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the Old Bailey this afternoon as two men were found guilty of the

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murder, 18 years ago, of the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence. Gary

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Dobson and David Norris were convicted after a six-week trial

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that hinged on new scientific evidence, in a landmark case that

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exposed racism in the Metropolitan Police, and led to a change in the

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law that allowed suspects to be tried twice for the same crime.

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Both will be sentenced tomorrow, as Tom Symonds reports.

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An unprovoked, a racist attack near a London bus stop. A young black

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man fatally stabbed. A notorious unsolved murder. As the police

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watched their suspects and public anger boiled over. A bereaved

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family fought for justice. Today, after 18 years, they got it. His

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mother, Doreen worked as a silent court heard the verdicts. She spoke

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afterwards of her relief, but also her anger. How can I celebrate when

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I know that this day could have come 18 years ago, if the police,

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who were meant to find my son's killers, failed so miserably to do

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so. This is not a reason to celebrate. We paid tribute to Mr &

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Mrs Laurence's courage and dignity. They have contributed to major

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changes in policing, the law and within society as a whole. Gary

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Dobson is convicted of murder following the scrapping of the so-

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called double jeopardy law. He had been acquitted in the 1990s. David

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Norris had never been charged. Forensic scientists at this company

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began what is called a Cold Case Review. Clothes are taken from

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Stephen Laurence and the defendants were subjected to months of modern

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forensic tests. Using this taping technique, clothing fibres were

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collected from the garments and the bags they were in. On this

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colourful jacket taken from Dobson's house and this cardigan,

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fibres which matched Stephen's clothes. On these genes from

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Maurice's House, a single her. significant finding was based small

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stain on the back of a collar. Microscopic blood stain that

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wouldn't have been apparent to the naked eye. That staying is on Gary

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Dobson's jacket collar, whose blood is it? It indicated it came from

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Stephen Laurence. Blood, fibres and her linked the two suspects to the

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scene, to the victim, to the killing. Dobson denied knowing

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David Norris, but despite these surveillance pictures, all the

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suspects had to be released. Detectives tried fitting a covert

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camera in Dobson's flat. They watched a group of friends and

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Months turned into years. In 1995, Stephen's desperate parents tried

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to prosecute three of the suspects themselves - the case collapsed.

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The men refused to answer questions at the 1999 inquiry which run --

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produced a report critical of the police. Even this latest

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prosecution has taken four years. But the case remains open. Nine

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people are still of interest. From the original five, two are guilty.

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What of those that remain? Stephen Laurence is buried in Jamaica, his

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mother still turns his grave. always a very sad time. As his

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picture is beginning to wear out, I will have to get another one done.

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It has been 18 years. But for him, the British justice system has now

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finally delivered. Joining me now is the writer and

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broadcaster, Darcus Howe. A long road to justice for the family.

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What was your reaction? More importantly, when I heard he was

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killed, I thought, there but for the grace of God go I. I have boys,

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a couple of years younger and older than he was. That was the first

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thing. To be concerned your son would be playing football all be

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dead. It went through the black community. That was in 1983, 18

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years later how has that changed attitudes? So much has altered in

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the last 18 years hasn't it? and No 4 stock in the sense we

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carried through enormous trouble to get these guys before the court. It

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seemed to be over. His parents, they are my age, my generation and

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they did it. That is important. you think the elements of racism

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that existed in British society in 1983 has been changed for ever, as

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a result of this murder? And the inquiries that followed? I would

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like to say that, but it goes backwards and forwards. A few hours

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ago a young students was walking near student when my daughter works

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in the BBC and lost his head, for no apparent reason. Whether things

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are improving or changing, then something like that happens.

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Metropolitan Police, the inquiry deemed to be institutional racist.

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These are issues being discussed across the Establishment? Yes it is.

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Even in football? It goes back and forward all the time. In that sense,

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sometimes you think, we are moving nicely along. Then something

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enormous happens, like this the police being institutionally racist

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in the Mac fierce an inquiry. That is accepted and we are working on

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it. Then they say they are not institutional racist any more, and

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we go backwards. The consequences that happen that produces change,

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you don't begin to shake and tremble when these moments happen,

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that one not happen again. Is that the legacy of his murder? It is the

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legacy of his execution. I am very careful with my words. It was his

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execution. It is for young people, young blacks, it is one thing. But

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for us, his parents have lost a son. Their relationship crashed. She is

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stuck with it. Only a couple of years ago she started a school in

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his name and the most horrible racist graffiti was there. Coming

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out of that school, some students have graduated and had started

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working as architects, which is what Stephen Laurence wanted to do,

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so some good has come out of that? It is fine by me, but to have the

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graffiti, the abuse of the institution.

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There are six candidates thought of the Iowa election. The BBC's Steve

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Kingston is in Iowa. On the island eyes, a slow and

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arduous struggle to move in the right direction. An image for many

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here, sums up President Obama's America. I feel like he made a lot

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of promises prior to the election that hasn't necessarily come to

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fruition. We need a change in direction. We need somebody who

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will get the economy moving and get some confidence built back up in

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the people. This is a country where the mood of hope and change of four

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years ago has given way to disappointment, even

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disillusionment with Barack Obama. Which gives the Republicans a real

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shot at the White House in 2012, if they can unite around a credible

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candidate. The polls suggest this man, Mitt Romney as the broadest

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appeal, the best chance of beating Barack Obama. And in a polling day

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rally, he was already looking ahead to November. The President said he

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wants to transform America. I don't want to transform America. I want

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to restore the principles that made America. I want to make sure we

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take those principles to the White House and get America working again.

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More conservative Republicans are suspicious of Mitt Romney, they

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think he is not one of them. Which explains the late surge in support

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for Rick Santos Oram, a social conservative backed by evangelical

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Christians. The other main challenger is Ron Paul, a plain-

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speaking champion of small Government. For weeks, the

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Republican rivals have been tearing each other apart. The attack and

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its of brutal as they seek the tiniest advantage in a small state

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that punches above its weight. is not first because it is

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important. It is first. So this offers the first chance to see what

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real life members of a particular political party think about their

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candidates. The man whose job they covert, arrived at the White House

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today after a Christmas break with family in Hawaii. He might not

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admit it, but Barack Obama will have a close eye on Iowa.

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Let's speak to someone from a think-tank. The polling for Rick

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Santos Oram has jumped, but Iowa has a mixed record in picking

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eventual winners? It is batting less than 500. In the last five

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contested caucuses, only twice has the winner in Iowa gone on to be

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the nominee. It is not a great percentage. It does not mean the

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race is not important. It can exclude people and a poor showing

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tonight means they don't have much longer on the trail. What is the

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problem with Mitt Romney, it seems to be him against everyone else?

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lot of the conservative wing of the Republican Party is not sold on

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Mitt Romney. He was the governor of Massachusetts and has changed his

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position on difference core principles. Voters are more

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religious than in general, so that is why I think we are seeing this.

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Mitt Romney gets about 25% a cannot seem to get more. Is his biggest

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assets is that potentially he might be able to reach out to voters

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outside the Republican Guard? is what he is arguing is his

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biggest strength. If it comes down to electability, that is his

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strongest argument. Even though the Republicans say they will break the

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turnout record to nine, the turnout record is only 119,000 people. --

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tonight. This is a small amount of dedicated individuals, who are more

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concerned about Conservative values than necessarily political

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considerations. It is a huge media focus on this, but this is nothing

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more than a non-binding straw poll is it? No delegates will be sworn

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up having to vote for candidates later on? That is correct. This

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cannot Crown a winner but it can tell you who the losers are going

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to beat. It mitt Romney comes in a distant third and suddenly

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collapses, that electability argument takes a hit. If he

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outperforms expectations, he's a La Paz or -- solidify has himself as

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the prominent favourite. It is a quest for momentum. If the

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Conservative Christian cannot win in Iowa, where can she win?

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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The authorities in Southern Sudan say more than 150 people have been

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killed in the past few days in clashes in Jonglei State. Tens of

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thousands more have fled into the countryside, due to the violence

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between members of the Lou Nuer and Murle tribes.

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Thousands of Nigerians are demonstrating against the removal

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of fuel subsidies which has caused the price of petrol to soar. In

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Lagos, protesters lit bonfires, blocked main roads and forced

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petrol stations in the city to stop selling fuel. There were reports of

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one person being killed in the west of the country.

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The Taliban in Afghanistan say they have a preliminary agreement to

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open a political office in Qatar or another Islamic country. They said

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the move would help communication with the international community.

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Last week, President Karzai said he would support the idea of a Qatar

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office to strengthen a peace process.

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The renowned musician and political activist Youssou N'dour has

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announced that he will stand for President of Senegal in elections

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next month. The singer said he was responding to requests to run

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against the incumbent, Abdoulaye Wade, who intends to seek a third

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term. Youssou N'dour has long been involved in humanitarian issues,

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being a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund.

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He is probably the best known Senegalese in the world, and he

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could be about to get even more famous. International musical star

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and UNICEF ambassador Youssou N'dour has confirmed he will stand

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in Senegal's presidential election next month. He made the

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announcement on his own television station, saying Senegalese people

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had urged him to contest the election. TRANSLATION: For a long

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time, we have demonstrated the optimism, other news sensible.

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People have called for me in many ways to stand in the February

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presidential race. I have heard and I am responding positively to their

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request. Youssou N'dour will be facing veteran leader Abdoulaye

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Wade, who caused controversy last year when he proposed

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constitutional changes to pave the way for him to seek a third term in

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office. The proposed changes, which sparked violent street protests,

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also include provisions for the creation of the post of vice-

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president for his son. Youssou N'dour has been a vocal critic of

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the President, accusing him of wasteful spending in a country with

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a low income and high unemployment. During his announcement, he

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answered his critics who claim he is not qualified to be President.

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TRANSLATION: It is true that I don't have a university education,

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but the presidency is a function and not a profession. I proved my

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competent, commitment, rigour and efficiency on numerous occasions

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and I learned a lot at the School of the world. Travelling also

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educate, in the same way that books do. -- educates. Youssou N'dour

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announced in November that he was cancelling concert dates to focus

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on politics. And while he enjoys huge popularity in Senegal, it

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remains to be seen if he will be able to translate his fame into

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votes. The authorities in Hong Kong are

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disinfecting a brand new multi- million dollar Government building

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after finding that it was widely contaminated with the bacteria that

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causes Legionnaire's disease. Tests were carried out after the

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Education Secretary became ill with the potentially fatal disease last

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month. Traces of the bacteria were found to be 14 times above

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acceptable levels. Peter Biles reports.

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The new government building in Hong Kong was officially opened last

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August. But when the Education Secretary was diagnosed with

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Legionnaire's disease last month, checks were ordered and water

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samples collected. Nine out of 31 samples were found to be

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contaminated and the authorities began disinfecting the building.

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Positive samples were found in private washrooms, kitchen water

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taps and a tap at the food counter. If the water entering a water

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supply system of a building is not fully treated, not fully

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disinfected, the bacteria can persist in the water tank and in

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the pipes. Legionnaire's disease stems from bacteria that can cause

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a lung infection or pneumonia. It is often founded heating or air-

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conditioning systems and it is contracted by inhaling water

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droplets containing bacteria. The investigations are continuing as

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the final Laboratory results are still pending. Experts say it would

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be surprising if more tests samples prove positive. Either way, it is a

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deep embarrassment for Hong Kong. He created St Trinian's, a world of

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misbehaving girls in a comic and chaotic school, and he drew

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cartoons for a string of publications including Punch and

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the Sunday Express. Ronald Searle has died at the age of 91 and has

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been hailed today as one of Britain's most influential

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cartoonists. Our Arts Correspondent David Sillito looks back at his

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These drawings of pigtailed anarchy, the hockey stick-wielding girls of

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St Trinian's, made Ronald Searle famous. It was only a small part of

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his life's work. What people don't remember is that there were so few

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drawings, it was only a small part of my work. There were no more than

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60 drawings, probably. To me, it was a series of drawings of no

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consequence. Born in Cambridge, he sold his first cartoon as a

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teenager, but the war intervened. His grim experiences as a prisoner

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of the Japanese led to drawings of a very different sort. In the 1950s,

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along with the Molesworth books, his images were everywhere. Term

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has begun. When St Trinian's was turned into a film, the characters

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took on a new life. This very British mix of slightly saucy

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mayhem was loved. Even when he tried to blow St Trinian's up, the

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public wanted more. He created St Trinian's, which we all loved. He

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despised it. He couldn't get away from it. Everybody called him St

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Trinian's. He did many other things. He worked in France, in America, in

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Germany. He is known throughout these countries, yet we know him

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through St Trinian's. He moved to France, he produced books, graphic

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art. His dark wit and intelligence won acclaim. There was far more to

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Ronald Searle than just hockey sticks.

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Ronald Searle, who has died at the age of 91.

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Anita O'Brien is curator at the Cartoon Museum in London, which has

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recently held two exhibitions of Ronald Searle's work. Thank you for

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coming in. There was something very different about his work. I wonder

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if it is possible in a few sentences to describe what that was.

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You have brought in several books of his work. Let's look at this one,

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maybe, first of all. This is the obsolete generation. This is one

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that Ronald very kindly dedicated to the cartoon grim collection. In

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a way, it sums up their humanity and the tragic comic quality that

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he was able to bring out. Hugely talented in terms of his

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observation and the details of say, an older couple, but also the

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pathos. And also the tumour. -- but the humour. And you can see what is

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not far away. The thing that came from his experiences as a prisoner

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of war -- do you think? When he came back, he was six stone and he

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had witnessed so much slaughter. the people died from dysentery and

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cholera and he said that he went in as an art student and he came out

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as an artist, because he had a reason for drawing. He felt that a

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drawing was going to be a testament to the people who didn't come back,

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the people who lost their lives. He didn't even know that he would

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survive. I remember this, Down With the School. That cartoon is

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brilliant. Also, Mrs Moore. -- Mal. He was internationally recognised.

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Last year, he got a special order of merit from the Government of

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Saxony. When we did the exhibition, we had a Mexican cartoonist who

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came all the way just to see the exhibition and ended his car to the

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following Saturday about Ronald Searle. You met him when he was 90.

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Someone was quoted today as saying he had a ferocious bark and

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actually the bite was as ferocious but it was always done with a

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twinkle in his eye. He also said he thought his longevity was down to

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drinking copious amounts of champagne. That was what Ronald

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would say himself, his favourite thing was champagne. He had

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incredible focus, you can see it in his work, is up -- in his

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observation. Another thing that makes him so exceptional is the

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versatility and the breadth of his work. He was influential in

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animation. I spoke to Mike Leigh today, a film-maker who was usually

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inspired by the observation and the detail of the characterisation. In

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some ways, it is not dissimilar to Charles Dickens, where you have the

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tragic and the comic. Has he created a school of people who have

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come through his tradition and are now a sort of taking his style and

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taking it further? Gerald Scarfe, for example? It is hard to imagine

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how the satire boom would have happened without Ronald Searle. He

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was such a huge influence on them. If you look at people like Steve

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Bell, so many artists and cartoonists, and not just in the

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world of cartooning, so many people have been influenced by him and

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sometimes they are not even aware of it. What was so wonderful was

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when we did the exhibition, so many young students, illustrators, came

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in and went away saying they were inspired. We will leave it there,

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but thank you very much. Ronald Searle, who has died at the age of

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A reminder of our main news: a court in London has found two men

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guilty of killing a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, nearly two

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decades ago. That is it from me and the team

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here in London. Stay with us, more on BBC World News, but back again

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Hello, there. And after an exceptionally stormy day across the

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country, things stay windy through the night and for tomorrow, but the

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wind is not as strong as we have been seen. It is also going to be

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quite cloudy. If we have a look at the overall picture, the area of

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low pressure that brought the strong winds through Tuesday has

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cleared to Scandinavia. The isobars are still very tightly packed,

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there will be some early brightness across the south-east corner but it

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will cloud over for the afternoon and we have some rain in the north

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and the West. The rain could be heavy at times across parts of

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Cumbria and Lancashire but to the east of the Pennines, a little bit

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more patchy and light. Grey skies for the afternoon across much of

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the Midlands and the south coast. We will see some outbreaks of

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patchy light rain at times. The breeze is quite strong, coming in

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from the West, temperatures of nine degrees across Devon and Cornwall.

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For Wales, the wettest of the weather across parts of Cardigan

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Bay and the mountains in the north. A little bit drier further south. A

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blustery day for Northern Ireland where it will be cloudy and wet for

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much of the afternoon, the north- west corner seeing the heaviest

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rain. Some hill snow across parts of Scotland, to the north-east, a

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touch drier but cloudy and the damp. Wednesday night, weather fronts

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