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This is BBC World News Today with me Lucy Hockings. A nightmare

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scenario in Texas. The search for survivors continues in the United

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States as daylight reveals the incredible damage caused by a huge

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explosion at a fertiliser plant. Up to 15 people killed and hundreds

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are injured. An emotional ceremony in Boston

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remembers the victims of Monday's bombing as the President promises

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to find those responsible. Also coming up: In an exclusive

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interview, Israel's Prime Minister tells us that his country has a

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right to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands in

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Syria. It is clear that this is a serious challenge, not only to us,

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if chemical weapons fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda, that is a

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challenge to Britain, challenged to Europe, a challenge to the Middle

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East. And no more Your Majesty. The Dutch

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Crown Prince adopts a more informal approach ahead of his coronation as

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A search and rescue effort is continuing in the US state of Texas

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after a huge explosion at a fertiliser plant killed up to

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fifteen people and injured hundreds. A local sheriff said the scene in

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the small town of West resembled a war zone, with many buildings

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flattened. The blast, which is believed to have been started by a

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fire in the factory, produced a tremor equivalent to a small

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earthquake. From Texas, Alastair Leithead reports.

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The first sign a fire filmed on a mobile phone from what seemed to be

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a safe distance away. This was a huge explosions. You OK? Are I

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cannot hear. Let's get out of here! The blast before 8pm was felt many

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miles away. Voluntary fire fighters were among the dead. Stark was

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complicated the rescue operation as the extent of the damage became

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clear. Fire queues a riot. -- crews. Areas were levelled by the blast.

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An apartment block collapsed. was a major explosion. The windows

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came in on me, the reef and the ceiling came in. I worked my way

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out to try and get some more help. We lost all communication because

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the power went out. The force pushed me back and there was

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shrapnel flying everywhere. Many people were injured. The local

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sports field is used as a staging period for treating people that

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needed help. They picked up people to get them to hospital to treat

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the injured. And nursing home was within the radius of the blast.

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Some were trapped as the building collapsed. I saw the rest home and

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people were buried under the rest home, it was calm. There Wroxham

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top of them, we had to remove that. The ceilings were down. -- there

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were rocks on top of them. We evacuated one of the wings as fast

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as we could. The plant was in that small Texan town of West, a short

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distance from Waco. The blast was felt fortified miles away. On the

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edge of the town, there was a school, homes and a care home. It

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is thought there were 20 tonnes of ammonia stored in the storage

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facility. The damage around the area is a shocking with the

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explosion tearing through homes. They had been going door-to-door

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looking for survivors. There is nothing out of control there at the

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moment, meaning the fire is not that of control. There is no

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chemical escaping from the fertiliser plant that is held to

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have control. -- that is out of control. They are doing a fantastic

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job in harass circumstances. This is what is left of the fertiliser

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factory come up what is smouldering behind us first caught fire and

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exploded sending a fire ball across this neighbour would, destroying

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homes, killing and injuring many. Investigators are now looking

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through what is left of the factory trying to establish the cause of

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the fire and explosion that had such a devastating impact.

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And we'll be speaking to a reporter at the scene in just a few minutes.

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Barack Obama has attended a memorial service for the victims of

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the Boston bomb attack today. Scores were wounded in the blast

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and three people died. The National Security Adviser has spoke about

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CCTV footage and wanting to speak to those responsible.

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It has been a week that Boston will never forget, from early morning,

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the crowds gathered at the cathedral. They were waiting to see

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their President. They wanted to remember the dead and wounded and

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share thoughts of what happened that day. It is terrifying and

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terribly sad. I personally know somebody that was hurt and is in a

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critical condition. It is terrifying and it hits close to

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home because you feel like it is in Harrow and backyard and Boston as

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that experienced anything like this before. -- it is in our own

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backyard. The President came to one of the victims and comfort those

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whose lives were never be the same again. Once again, he is having to

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speak for the nation in a time of mourning. You resolve is the

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greatest rebuked you will ever committed this he must act. --

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committed this devastating act. If you want to terrorise us, shake us

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from those values that were described, the values that make us

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see we are as Americans, while it should be pretty clear by now that

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they picked the wrong city to do it. APPLAUSE Investigators are saying

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they have a strong lead, a potential suspect. They have CCTV

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footage of a man dropping a bag off at the scene of one of the

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explosions. And they are analysing this, a photograph that shows a bag

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next to a post box close to the finish line. This is the same scene

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a seconds later, one of thousands of Leeds that the FBI has junior

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sift through. Today he is an opportunity for the people of

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Boston to come together to pray and reflect. It is a moment to remember

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those who lost their lives and the many that suffered terrible

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injuries and a chance to thank those who selflessly rushed to the

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scene. Like Natalie, a paediatrician and marathon runner

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who despite the dangers, dashed into treat the wounded at the

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finishing line, Gabriel he wrote whose emotions today are of guilt.

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-- a real hero. So much these people died because of me, and I

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mean, they were there cheering for me at the finish line and they were

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there to get me through, and they lost their lives and they lost

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their limbs and I have such sorrow. Was it my fault? Was it because of

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me? Had they not been there, they would be alive. In a country where

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people often feel immune to the dangers of the outside world, the

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bombings have left many people feeling less sure, at less safe, as

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they struggle to make sense of the attack on the Boston Marathon.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news. The head of the IMF,

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Christine Lagarde, has been summoned to appear before a French

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court investigating alleged abuse of office during her time as

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finance minister six years ago. It concerns a case where Ms Lagarde

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ordered a panel of judges to arbitrate in a dispute that ended

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with a payout of more than 350 million dollars to the businessman,

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Bernard Tapie. She denies any wrongdoing.

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A man's been arrested in Mississippi in connection with a

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letter sent to President Obama containing the deadly poison, Ricin.

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The letter was discovered at a mail screening centre before it got to

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the White House. The FBI says there's no indication of a

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connection to Monday's attack on the Boston Marathon.

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A leading campaigner for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough

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football stadium disaster, has died. Anne Williams was 60 and had been

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suffering from cancer. Mrs Williams fought to get the original inquest

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verdicts overturned for her son Kevin and the 95 others who died in

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the 1989 tragedy - a campaign which succeeded in December.

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The most successful Olympic cyclist ever, Britain's Chris Hoy, says

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he's retiring after 13 years at the top of the sport. Sir Chris, who's

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won six Olympic golds and eleven world championships, said he'd

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committed every last drop of effort and couldn't give any more.

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The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the BBC that

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Israel reserves the right to prevent weapons from falling into

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the wrong hands in Syria. In a rare sit-down interview with the BBC's

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Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet, he warned that the

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flow of arms from Syria could change balance of power in Middle

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East. We have Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah,

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remember, Hezbollah at his firing thousands of rockets into our

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cities and committed to our destruction, so is Al-Qaeda. There

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are others in addition to them, inside Syria. They have the worst

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radicals in the world, so we are concerned that the weapons that are

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ground-breaking could change the balance of power in the Middle East

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and fall into the hands of these terrorists, and we always reserve

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the right to prevent that from happening. A like when in January

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when Israel struck Syrian government at weapons, a convoy

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heading to Hezbollah in Lebanon? am not confirming the news reports.

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I am Ehud Barak confirms this, he said that when his real says

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something, they mean it. I am the Prime Minister, and I will tell you

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that I prefer to just stayed our policy, and that is our policy, and

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it is clear that this is a serious challenge not only to us. If

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chemical weapons fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda, that is a

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challenge to Britain and Europe and the challenge to every Arab country

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in the Middle East. Watch duty say to David Cameron, deja or urge him

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not to lift the arms embargo in harming the rebels? I can ensure

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that we see eye to eye with the British government on preventing

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further terror and bloodshed in Syria. It is complicated because

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you have got bad fighting the bad. They know you do it on to reveal a

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private conversation, but teacher or urge him to be cautious?

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arms in Syria, these chemical weapons, they are very, very

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dangerous weapons. I what happens next? There are reports that Israel

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has reached out to some rebel groups and reports you are even

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harming some of them? I'm not confirming that we did. If we were

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in touch, it would not make sense to talk about it, even on the BBC,

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and I am not confirming that we have done that. The arming of

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rebels presents a question of which rebels and which arms which is a

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very complicated question for every country, including my country.

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Israel planning a more aggressive military operation in Syria? We are

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not aggressive, we do not seek military confrontation but we will

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defend ourselves if the need arises. It would be both measured and

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serious. What does that mean?It means we are measured and serious.

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A have a new plan? Be constant plan to defend our country.

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Lyse Doucet is here with me. What to see me when he will defend

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against Syria? They mean they will have to have an interventionist

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approach because it is right on their doorstep. In recent weeks

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there were more incidents of gunfire, mortars landing on the

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Israeli side of the border, some from the Syrian government, some

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from the brambles. Israel feels threatened from the growing

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strength of Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda. We know from his radio

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officials that it was an Israeli airstrike on weapons had for

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Hezbollah. He said that the terrorists had to understand that

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if this happened with them, they would not hesitate to act. There

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are reports that they are considering arming rebels, he was

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quite careful about that. recognises and he discussed with

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David Cameron that there are growing calls for the arms embargo

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to be lifted and to harm the rebels. He said if we are going to do that,

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it is very complicated. Which weapons and which groups? The

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problem is, Syria is falling apart and in this chaos, how can you

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control them. The message is, they will do everything possible because

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the risks are too dangerous. worried are Israelis? They are not

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as focused on what is happening in Syria, because it is far away, in

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the Golan Heights. They have a Prime Minister talking about an

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existential issues. There talking about Israel and the dangers that

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they pose, so it has not really registered. There have been

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comments by the Israeli chief of staff painting that this is the

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most pressing concern. It is right on Israel's doorstep. Did you press

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him on what is happening in Iran? He seemed a bit more relaxed about

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that. Last September he true world attention when there was this

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cartoon bomb and said its Iran across as this, if it him riches

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enough uranium two rapidly acquire a bomb, that Israel would strike.

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After the visit by Barack Obama last month, at the feels that they

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have Israel's back and there has been unprecedented co-operation on

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this issue. But the international community is clear that Iran is

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arrest on a group of judges. Rather than accept the court order, the

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former president swiftly returned to his heavily guarded farmhouse on the

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outskirts of Islamabad. And among the throng, she left the

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High Court moments after the order for his arrest. The former military

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ruler managed to beat his bullet-proof car and get away. One

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of his bodyguards clung to the side. There were cheers from lawyers who

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called him a traitor but there was no move by police. It is a far cry

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from his glory days as army chief Watson says return from exile last

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month, she has been barred from running for office and looks like a

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spent force. A party official told us he is a little upset but not

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giving up yet. We will fight it and he is a brave man. She will prove to

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people that he is not guilty. remains inside his heavily security

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farmhouse. There are police raid outside the door but they are there

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to protect them, not to take him into custody. There has been no

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attempt by the authorities to place him under arrest. Pakistan once

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all-powerful military dictator is now a wanted man. Judges might agree

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that he remained there under house arrest but this is new territory for

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Pakistan. The military has been untouchable, now a former army chief

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is at the mercy of the courts. Let's return to our top story. The

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explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas. We are joined by our

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reporter. We have seen some incredibly dramatic pictures as

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daylight has come to the town of West. Can you describe the scene?

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Very dramatic. Unbelievable when you look at close. Were being kept about

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a mile away because investigators say it is still not safe for us to

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go and and gets the kind of respect that we are seeing now. They

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continue to search for people trapped in the rubble. The

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explosions went off overnight in Texas and firefighters first

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responded to the scene because there was a report of a fire. They were

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trying to evacuate the area at this fertiliser plant and they had no

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idea that minutes later there was going to be a massive explosion.

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Several people are still missing right now. Authorities do not have a

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death toll just yet. They believe from five to 15 people were likely

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killed. More than 160 injured and taken to hospitals. There are still

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a number of people missing. Homes were completely levelled in this

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explosion. We saw a video of a little girl with her father. The

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work recording it on their phone. -- they were to recording it. Her

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father believes she likely suffered some sort of ear damage from the

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magnitude of this explosion. Our investigators seeing what caused

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the explosion? No they aren't. They lead

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investigators on the scene are federal agents who are coming in to

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see if a crime may have taken place. Right now they are treating it as a

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crime scene even though they have no evidence that it was a crime. Until

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they go through, they do not want to deem it as an industrial accident.

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They are treating it as a crime rate they as they sift through the

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evidence. We are not even 24 hours since the explosion took place and

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are still smoke and fire in different areas. They are being very

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cautious as they go in. Five blocks and radius around this plant. It is

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going to take them quite some time to get to the bottom of it.

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I can only imagine the shock that people are experiencing. Most

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families must know someone affected by it. You seen the community coming

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together? -- are you seeing the community coming together?

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Unbelievable amount of support. President Obama set out a message

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saying that his thoughts and prayers were with the community. These

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people have rallied around each other. We had people who were making

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fit and bringing it to help feed these people. When we spoke to some

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people here on Main Street, they were very sad but they also said

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that this town rallies around each other like no other town in Texas.

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They believe they can help each other get through this.

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The Dutch Crown Prince has set the tone for what could be a hands off

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monarchy. King Willem-Alexander says that his subjects will not have to

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address him as "Your Majesty". A man soon to be king but this

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future monarch is proper thing a more laid-back style. In an

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interview ahead of his inauguration to the Dutch throne, he said that it

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begins with what will he will be called. Firstly my name is William

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Alexander. I would find it strange to have to abandon that because I am

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King. His mother is abdicating after more than 30 years on the throne and

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there have been calls in the Netherlands for the future monarch

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to strike to ceremonial duties. the lawmaking process is democratic

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and constitutional, I will accept everything. I have no problems with

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that. If my signature is needed, I will sign. With the new King will

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come a new queen. His glamorous Argentinian born wife is the most

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popular Royal in the Netherlands. Her popularity comes in spite of her

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family background. When she married him, her father was not on the guest

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list. That was because of his links to the military dictatorship of old

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Argentina in the late 1970s. He served as an agriculture minister

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and he hasn't been invited to this month's inauguration either. She is

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fluent in Dutch and said becoming Queen will not change her. I will

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not act differently. My background is Argentinian. I love to dance, I

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love music and I will keep on doing that. I will stay the same. King

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Willem-Alexander says he is ready to take on the role he has been blamed

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for. An American women will make history

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at the world's largest and longest-running music festival that

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the BBC Proms. Marin Alsop is to be the first conductor of the "Last

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night of the Proms" concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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The mass celebration of classical music that is the "Last night of the

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Proms". This year, for the first time, it will be a women holding the

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baktun and leading the orchestra. The American conductor Marin Alsop.

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I am very proud to be the first women to conduct but I am also sad

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that it is 2013 and there still can be firsts for women. I think we have

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to create more opportunities for women to be seen in these types of

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leadership roles. It is here at the Royal porthole in London were later

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this year, Marin Alsop will take to the stage. She will once again be an

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exception that proves the rule. When it comes to professional conducting,

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it is a man's world. Almost all the great orchestras at led by men. Why?

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There are lots of reasons why composers and conductors who are

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women have been slow to come through. You can only work with what

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you got. What is encouraging is that there are so many women composers

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and conductors beginning to come through. She thinks that education

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is partly to blame for the lack of female representation. In the

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institutions, we don't have very many women who are teachers,

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professors and so on. I think if that changed, it may help to inspire

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women composers. Highlights include the return of Nigel Kennedy, Marin

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Alsop's first last night at the Proms.

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I met to look forward to. A reminder of our main news stories: Up to 15

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people are thought to have died although police have so far been

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unable to release exact casualties figures. A local sheriff said the

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scene in West resembled a Warsaw and with many buildings flattened. The

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blast is believed to have been caused by a fire in the factory.

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classic mixed bag. We had thunder and lightning in some places.

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Tomorrow, lighter winds it still 12 showers around. This evening and

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overnight, there will be some rain around across the country. First

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thing in the morning there will be some rain across the South East and

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a story of sunshine and showers tomorrow. I think the showers during

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the course of Freddie will be much lighter compared to what we had

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through Thursday. -- through the course of Friday. 12 to 13 degrees.

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It will take that chill away. One April showers around. Good sunny

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spells from time to time. Across Scotland, some lovely weather across

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