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United States and Russia put on a brave face while the relationship

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grows frosty. John Kerry sets down with his Russian counterpart and

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says ties have been complicated. There is no secret we have

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experienced challenging moments. Gunman opened fire on a mosque in

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Pakistan and a credible threat shuts the US consulate in Lahore.

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Oprah Winfrey says she was racially discriminated against while trying

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to buy a handbag in Switzerland. Miss Iceland's crown is up for grabs

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and thousands have applied, but many think there's an ugly sides to the

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beauty pageant. Good evening. Russia and United

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States are trying to the parent relationship that has become very

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frosty. The US Secretary of State says the relations have been by what

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he called challenging moments. John Kerry and his Russian counterpart

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Sergey Lavrov have been meeting in Washington just days after President

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Obama called off a meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

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Central to the debate is Edward Snowden, given refuge by Russia but

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the Americans want him back. The relationship was already on

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Rockingham Road over Syria. -- rocky ground. We have had some challenging

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moments and not just over the Edward Snowden case. We will discuss the

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difference to do -- differences today, but this meeting goes above

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and beyond the collisions and disagreements. We must prevent the

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stabilisation of the global situation and the proliferation of

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mass destruction. We must ensure a peaceful settlement of crises in the

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global community and resist forceful solutions. We have seen examples in

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the past that we have seen they are not working. Let's talk to our

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correspondence lives now from Washington. These people -- these

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two countries hardly agree on anything? The agony for example that

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a political solution is needed in Syria, but they do not agree at all

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on how to get there and what a political transition might look

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like. On the issue of Edward Snowden in particular, there is a lot of

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tension between the US and Russia, but it is important to point out

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that this case was really the catalyst for the crisis between

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Russia and the US, which led to the cancellation of the summit. The

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countries have been far apart on many issues over the last two years

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and Syria is one of those issues and Syria is one of those issues in

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particular which has maybe divide grow day by day. They are very much

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at odds and, in essence, fighting a proxy war in Syria with the US

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supporting the levels and Russia behind the President Assad. It is a

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throwback to the Cold War days. The US is engaged in this dynamic as

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well as Russia. Have we any idea what President Obama is going to

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say? President Obama is going to give a press conference in about an

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hour and he will be asking for measures to add transparency to

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America's surveillance programme. He may be asked about the cancellation

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of his summit with President Putin and we will see what -- we will see

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what he has to say about that. Thank you. Some off today's other

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news. Turkey is advising its national is to leave Lebanon on

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after two pilots were abducted in what appears to be a revenge

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kidnapping. They were snatched from a shuttle bus near Beirut

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International airport. This is the highway that connects

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the airport to the capital city year. The pilots were on board a bus

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belonging to a hotel here and they were only if you meters away from an

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army checkpoint when they were attacked. A previously unknown group

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has claimed responsibility and is demanding the release of nine

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Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria last year by a group claiming to

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belong to the Syrian opposition. This incident is an embarrassment

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for 11 on because this highway is meant to be heavily guarded. Another

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worrying indication that they are unable to control the ongoing

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violence directly linked to the violence in Syria.

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For the second time in two days, militants have targeted the

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Pakistani city of Quetta. Gunman opened fire outside a mosque killing

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20 people. -- there was also a credible threat to the US

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consulate. All US personnel have been evacuated

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from their embassy following a credible threat. With the diplomats

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now out of the building, no date has been set for their retirement. US

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officials declined to elaborate on the net but the country's

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relationship with Pakistan is now very fraught. With US drone attacks

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continuing to infuriate many Pakistanis, including government

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politicians. Visiting last week, the US Secretary of State John Kerry

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said the attacks would stop soon but State Department officials refused

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to endorse that phrase. The US says several militant groups exist posing

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a threat to the citizens. More often, Pakistanis are hit by

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extremists and promises by the new Prime Minister to name their men

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have so far come to nothing. In the western city of Quetta, four

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unidentified men shot dead nine others. On Thursday, there people

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were killed by a suicide bomber in the same city. With so many attacks

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around the country, the capital remains in a state of high alert but

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Britain is not advising its citizens to avoid Pakistan as America are.

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They are merely warning people to avoid visiting certain places. A

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fugitive mafia boss found hiding in a London suburb has been remanded in

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custody. " and facing deportation, and then

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casually dressed, he has escaped justice for a year of living quietly

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in this house under the name of Mark Skinner. Neighbours say he was a

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quiet man and security conscious. He always seemed quiet and friendly.

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Thinking now, when he moved them, he built up the bushes at the front of

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the garden. Domenico Rancadore, a former teacher, was reputedly known

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as the Professor. He was cleared of mafia allegations at the end of a

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three-year trial in 1993, after which he moved to the UK, but he was

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convicted in his absence in a second trial. He was wanted by the Italian

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authorities ever since. It was very hard for the Italian authorities to

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seek extradition from England. Italian prosecutors say the Cosa

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Nostra is one of the most powerful mafia organisations in Sicily. The

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official RS warrant contains defects and is today another one was the

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lovebirds. With his wife and daughter looking on anxiously,

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Domenico Rancadore refused to give his asset to being extradited.

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Despite being told that he had no travel documents and was prepared to

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be put under a strict curfew, Beale was the night and he was remanded in

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custody. -- bail was denied. The Italian authorities are now a

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step closer to bringing one of the most wanted to justice. 218-year-old

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British girls entered in an acid attack in Zanzibar have arrived

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home. Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup were working as volunteer teachers.

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Zanzibar police have offered a reward of $6,000 leading to

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information -- for information leading to arrests.

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A top economic official in China has been expelled from the Communist

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Party for alleged corruption. Liu Tienan accepted huge bribes when he

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was one of the country's top economic officials. The case is

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being seen as a rare victory for public efforts to expose official

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corruption. More than 1500 people have been

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forced to flee their homes as wildfires continue to spread across

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Southern California. They have spread over the desert range of

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about 145 kilometres from Los Angeles. Six people have been

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injured since the fire started on Wednesday.

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In Egypt, pro-Mohamed Morsi demonstrators have again turned out

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to demonstrate in the tens of thousands. The military have banned

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such gatherings threatening to forcefully remove them. The head of

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the Coptic Orthodox Church is so worried about attacks that he has

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publicly suspended weekly meetings. There has been a heightening of

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tension between groups since the president was ousted from power.

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These attacks against the Christian population are not unprecedented but

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there is concern the tensions and escalating? This has been escalating

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over the course of the year with several attacks in April and it

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again began to increase after July three when President Mohamed Morsi

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was posted. There was some groups thinking that the Christians

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colluded to have him taken out of power. It is. Several Coptic

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Christians within Egypt have been killed since July and there are

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things like graffiti on the walls and an atmosphere of fear for the

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Coptic Christians, who are a minority here and around 10% of the

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population. The Coptic Pope said he would no longer be giving his weekly

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sermon here out of worries about wider safety for Christians in

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Egypt. The pro Mohamed Morsi is demonstrators are out once again in

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protest against his posting. ousting. They have been at the

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camps, and the number one camp outside of Cairo was around 8000

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people. It is not the scale of the demonstrations but what might happen

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next. The government may engage its security forces at sometime after

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Eid, and people here think it's good, bad -- think it could come

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soon. If people are made to be scapegoats it will raise pensions

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and the spectre of more sectarian violence here then Egypt.

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Zimbabwe's opposition movement for Democratic change has launched a

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legal challenge against last week's presidential election.

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The election was won by Robert Mugabe by an overwhelming margin.

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They say this legal challenge is on 15 grounds and they are alleging

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massive fraud, intimidation and bravery, with many items from food

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to Cech and were given to every village leader in order to persuade

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people to vote. They say 1.2 million people were disenfranchised, 900,000

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current away from polling stations and 300,000 call were asked into

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being assessed and voters. They were helped into the voting booth and

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influenced in their choice. The appeal has been lodged in the

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international court, where there are nine judges, many of whom are

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supporters of Robert Mugabe, so they have made this appeal public and

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have bowed to produce some of the items they say were given as bribes.

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-- vowed. Robert Mugabe and his party said it was a fair and square

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refectory but the opposition have said they are determined to appeal.

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Russia is being asked how it will implement a law banning homosexual

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propaganda. An online petition is gaining ground in opposition to the

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law. Thousands of people are calling for aid boycott of the Winter

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Olympics in Sochi. We understand the law, we are

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prepared to abide by the Olympic charter and it is very clear. Sport

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is a human right and it should be available to all regardless of

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race, sex and sexual orientation. To discuss this I am joined by gay

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rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. Jacques Rogge making a point that

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they think this is about translation rather than being a fundamental

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issue. The first thing to say is that I find Jacques Rogge's

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statement hard to take seriously. Last summer the Russian government

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announced it was banning the hosting of a gay pride march at the Sochi

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Olympics. They said a gay pride house was banned. Jacques Rogge and

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the Olympic Committee did and said nothing. So if they are now claiming

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to be opposed to discrimination, why did they allow the Russians to ban

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the pride house in the first place? There was a pride house in the

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London Olympics for example? Yes, and in other previous games, so the

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Russians are taking a hard line stand that they discriminate against

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gay competitors and athletes. This gay pride house in Sochi was for

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athletes and spectators and they have said it will not be happening.

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What do you make of this petition to boycott the games? Do you think this

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would benefit the games? In my heart I support a boycott. I think any

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country that discriminate against anybody is not fit to host the

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Olympics but I am mindful that Russian gay competitors say they

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believe a ban could be counter-productive, that it would be

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used against them, they would get all of the vilification and it could

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intensify the homophobic persecution they are suffering. Whatever the

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final decision, one thing that is important is that those who do go to

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the games where rainbow T-shirts, hats, scarves on a wave rainbow

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flags during the competition, and I know that already people are talking

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about plans for massive gay rights protests in the city of Sochi during

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the Winter Olympics. That will be a test of how sincere the Russians

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are. I do not believe they are because I have experienced them

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myself, I participated in a lawful gay rights protest in Moscow in 2007

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and I was almost eaten unconscious why neo-Nazis in the full view of

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the city police and the riot officers. They allowed me to be

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beaten and when I was almost unconscious they dragged in and

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arrested me and allowed my assailants to walk free. Russia is

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not a safe place for gay people, it is not a country governed by the

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rule of law. These attacks on gay rights are part of a broader attack

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on the civil rights of all Russian people. The Russians say they will

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respect the participants of the games. Are you not in the position

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of now politicising what essentially should be something about sport?

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have not done anything, it is the Russians, by their discrimination. I

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don't believe for one minute there see rinses. A young gay man the

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other day held up a sign saying, homosexual is normal. He has been

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arrested under the anti-gay law and faces prosecution. Other people held

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up signs saying, I support gay equality, and they get arrested. Any

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attempt by any gay or straight person to say that they support gay

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equality in a public place, they will get immediately arrested and

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probably beaten up. That is the state of dire homophobic cross --

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persecution in Russia. It is not just gay people, lawyers, fume and

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right defenders, journalists are also being targeted. -- human rights

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defenders. The Russian people need to stand together and say they

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reject tyranny, that gay people and all Russians have the right to

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freedom of expression guaranteed under the Russian constitution.

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Peter, thank you so much for describing your experiences.

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When one of the world's richest women goes shopping you would think

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she would be able to fight -- to buy anything she wanted but when Oprah

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Winfrey was in zero she expressed interest in the 35 that -- 30 $5,000

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handbag only to be told by a shop assistant that it was too expensive

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for her. -- 3500 a la handbag. -- $35,000 handbag.

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Oprah Winfrey was in town for Tina Turner's wedding and she wanted to

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buy a handbag to take to the big day.

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She refused to get it and she started the show me these are the

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little bags and I said, one more time, I tried to say, I really do

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just want to see that one. She said, I don't want to hurt your feelings.

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I said, thank you so much, you are probably right, I can't afford it.

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Why would she do that? Today the shop owner told the BBC this was not

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racism and she has a message for Oprah Winfrey. I would take you in

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my arms and kiss you and apologise and tell you, really, it was a

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misunderstanding and please forgive me and give Switzerland the chance.

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Oprah Winfrey has a personal estimated wealth of $2.8 billion.

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Her talk show ended in 2011 but her TV network and her $77 million last

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year. She could have bought the entire shop, not just the bag she

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had her eye on. But her story, already being dubbed handbag gate in

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the Swiss media, comes at a bad time. Immigration is a hot potato,

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new rules are being introduced for asylum seekers which human rights

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activists say are close to apartheid. They are banned from

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using public swimming pools in zero. Switzerland has a tradition of

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welcoming immigrants but 25% of its 8 million people are now foreign and

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discrimination is becoming a problem. The debate over immigration

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and discrimination in Switzerland will continue. Meanwhile, one

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embarrassed shop owner in is your it is hoping that Oprah Winfrey might

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just pop by for a hug. When the new head of the Miss

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Iceland beauty pageant attempted to deflect criticism by saying there is

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no Miss Iceland stereotype, he could not have imagined the response. 1300

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people including an 80-year-old pensioner, feminists and even some

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men have entered the contest. The winner will compete in Miss world

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next year. They say it is to prove a point, to make fun of the pageant

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that is becoming increasingly unpopular in the Nordic country.

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Joining us is a member of the Social Democratic Alliance who signed up to

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compete. Why have you done that? started as a spontaneous personal

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thing but I did not imagine the political impact. My political views

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are shared by a lot of people, both men and women and all ages, and I am

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sending the message to teenagers and young women that they should not

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allow society to judge them by their looks but by their capabilities.

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When we look at previous Miss worlds and Miss Icelands, how do you

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think that would make them feel, when you give this impression that

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you don't agree with what they have one? -- one. Won. These conditions

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have become absurd and this is a mainstream opinion in Iceland and I

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was glad to get support from one of the former competitors in Miss

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Iceland, advising young women not to come -- to compete. Many of them

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found it humiliating and many of them agree with all of these people

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who are signing up to the protest. We should also remember that most

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contests are being held because somebody is gaining by objectifying

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women and thereby these humanising them. In many countries people do

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not agree with that. -- dehumanising.

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Thank you very much. From all of us a cool start to the weekend. Most

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places will have a few showers and there will be a cool breeze by

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Sunday. The isobars are fairly well spaced. This weather front brought

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the rain last night. There are weather fronts waiting to bring some

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showery rain later on in the weekend. The showers will scatter on

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Saturday, a few more by the afternoon, particularly in Scotland

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and across northern England. Some perhaps affecting the test match in

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Chester-le-Street. In the southern half of the country showers will be

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few and far between. Places generally cooler than on Friday but

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temperatures getting into the low 20s. Clouding over a cross

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south-west England and southern Wales. -- across. Some sunshine in

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Northern Ireland between the showers and temperatures in the high teens.

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A mixture of sunshine and showers across most of Scotland,

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