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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas. Kenyan forces storm

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a shopping mall in Nairobi where militants have been holding dozens

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of shoppers hostage since Saturday. punctuated this third day of crisis

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- ten to 15 gunmen are thought to people are known to have been killed

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when gunmen stormed the mall on They threw a grenade and it entered

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my hand and leg. The horse trading begins in Germany, who will join the

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Hello and welcome. Heavy gunfire is still being heard in the Kenyan

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capital tonight as a huge cloud still being heard in the Kenyan

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smoke billows from the shopping centre where Islamist militants

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smoke billows from the shopping Saturday. The security forces have

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been trying to clear the gunmen Saturday. The security forces have

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the Westgate mall in Nairobi. These are the live pictures coming into us

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from the scene. The authorities are the live pictures coming into us

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62 people have been killed. In a moment we'll report on those who

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lost their lives and we'll assess the motive of the militant Somali

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group, al-Shabab who've claimed Day three, the siege is starting to

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feel like a waiting game, soldiers and police passing the time of day.

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Suddenly, just afternoon a shot rings out. A series of explosions

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coming from inside the complex. There is a series of shots ring

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coming from inside the complex. now, just outside a shopping centre.

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Lacks smoke we can see coming from the top of the building. -- black

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Lacks smoke we can see coming from happening inside at this is the

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Lacks smoke we can see coming from action we have heard in a number of

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hours. The building where the gunmen including army personnel carriers.

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hours. The building where the gunmen Government forces are in gauge in a

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The attackers are not giving up Government forces are in gauge in a

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The attackers are not giving up al-Shabab which carried out the

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a children's cookery competition when the gunmen struck. Her own

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daughter and son aged 12 and eight were injured. I had 33 kids with

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me, the shooting was going on so we were in the corner and as I told

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everyone to bend down, because the adults were worse than animals,

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climbing on top of the kids to get over the walls and I was trying

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climbing on top of the kids to get stepping on the children. Someone

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carried my daughter out. She could not walk. I said a prayer to look

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after her. . . And then they pushed the kids away, we ran towards each

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other, we heard more firing and the kids away, we ran towards each

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thought they were firing at us but it was the guys who came in and

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thought they were firing at us but were protecting us. Government

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forces say they killed two militants in the assault but the crisis is not

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over. The terrorists will be running and hiding but all floors are under

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our control. I also confirm we have fully controlled the building so

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there is no room for anyone to escape. The army says its concern is

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to get the remaining hostages out alive. People who are now preparing

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to spend a third terrifying night inside. There were thousands of

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shoppers in the Westgate shopping centre when the gunmen struck.

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People of many nationalities were killed and injured. Our reporter was

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one of the first to arrive at the A terrifying experience for those

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who escapes and those still trapped. Over the weekend, as the death toll

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rose, it became clear the victims were from all corners of the globe.

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This is a place where foreigners The thick insulated roof protects

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Among those confirmed dead was a prize-winning academic who joined --

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with British Australian nationality. His company described him as...

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literary royalty in his home nation. His fiancee, pregnant with their

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literary royalty in his home nation. also among the dead. Her husband was

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literary royalty in his home nation. casualties expected to rise, Kenya

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are donating blood. This incident has pulled Kenyans together. We

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are donating blood. This incident The president announced at the

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weekend that his nephew was among the dead. He perished with his

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fiancee. This is an atrocity that has united in grief the whole of

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families who have been affected around the world. The al-Shabab

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group says it carried out the attack because of the presence in Somalia

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of Kenyan troops. They are there as part of African Union forces to

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of Kenyan troops. They are there as fighting between warring factions.

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They were also responsible for driving al-Shabab out from another

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Armed men have always ruled Somalia. These African Union troops are the

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latest. But they have a mandate These African Union troops are the

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the United Nations to be here. Their possible and encourage a Somali

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government to emerge. The terrible Somalis show how difficult these

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ambitions are. This farmer whose identity we have disguised says

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ambitions are. This farmer whose fled to the land after al-Shabab

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took control. If you have a farm they would take half, if you do

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took control. If you have a farm pay half they will arrest you or

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African Union troops do what they can to control the situation but

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they are battling against a long history of unrest. Somalis come

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they are battling against a long this state of affairs because the

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clamp have been fighting each other to years, the is the mists saw the

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confusion and moved into exploit it. -- is the mists. The local Somali

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government forces are disorganised. Most people think the African Union

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situation would get worse. How long British, we are fighting with the

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Somalia and is. The international community is trying to bring a new

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Hammond he says he believes six siege and we are hearing from Philip

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piecing together the information. among those who have died. We are

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piecing together the information. We are pretty clear the claim of

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responsibility rings true, it's al-Shabab. Had you read the motives?

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Twofold, their main mission and al-Shabab. Had you read the motives?

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is to regain control of the sections of Somalia they have lost to Kenya

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military got involved in 2011 and it is not the first such attack. Others

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have taken place but not with this impact or death count. But there's

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also the global element, elements in al-Shabab which have global Jihad

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Western targets outside of Kenya, outside Somalia. And put off these

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countries from further involvement and they believe to prevent the

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American attempt at subjugating publicity, it is easy for me to

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American attempt at subjugating Yes, it was. It hit Kenya and Kenyan

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society and the government and Western involvement and interests.

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It was the perfect target. Even Western involvement and interests.

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we say it is obvious, it is not something that's to stop. These

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we say it is obvious, it is not were trained and know what they

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we say it is obvious, it is not doing and are willing to die. But

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the threat to security wasn't a doing and are willing to die. But

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of the election campaign, it wasn't on the radar. Kenya has lots of

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problems and different social is choose. Terrorism was not top of the

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list, they do have a low scale terror threat that considering there

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was huge ethnic into ethnic staff and wasn't to do with it. There

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was huge ethnic into ethnic staff a concern if there would be a rerun

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different threat and an enormous incident and given what's happening,

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what can Kenya do, can call on more aid from the US and outside or does

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that risk inflaming the situation? The African Union involvement in

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Somalia is getting assisted by the United States but that is the model

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they want to stick with. They want involvement or avert involvement,

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the AAU model does that, assisted by involvement or avert involvement,

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America. What I would say in Kenya is they will continue to be resolute

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have to ask why they are there and forces are so involved. Yes, but you

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have to ask why they are there and for a long time. It was something

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external trainers from the US and for a long time. It was something

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external trainers from the US and about Somalis in Kenya or Muslims.

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emphasising them standing together about Somalis in Kenya or Muslims.

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but it is causing tension. I hope that the president will speak and

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there was an attack last bit at low-level, aged hardest attack in

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Nairobi and there were reprisals anti-Muslim riots. I hope that

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doesn't happen this time. It is likely something will happen but we

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can only hope it is contained. Finally, what is driving al-Shabab,

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how much steer are they getting Finally, what is driving al-Shabab,

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outside and how much Al-Qaeda help are they getting? Is this part of a

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They are self-sufficient, fairly independent. There are elements

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They are self-sufficient, fairly are allied with Al-Qaeda, they have

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Al-Qaeda, they consider themselves Al-Qaeda in East Africa. Whether or

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not they are getting any direction, Al-Qaeda Central is not the case, it

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evidence of any direct operational control from external Al-Qaeda.

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Now to Germany and now we get back to work, said Angela Merkel after

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her resounding victory in the German elections. It is not that simple.

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Parliamentary system means the Conservatives will need to form

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Parliamentary system means the coalition with partners who may

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In the shadow of the new Bundestag offices and election poster flaps in

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the wind. A new day of work after the excitement of the night before.

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With a hint of a jig, she rejoiced with party workers. She starts her

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third term as leader of Germany Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we

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get back to work. This is a big victory, no doubt about that, a

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campaign was so closely focused victory, no doubt about that, a

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negotiations start with her party, Social Democrats. The SPD will talk

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to Angela Merkel's CDU to see if they can work together but her party

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centre-left SPD came second with just 4.8%, leaving them with no

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centre-left SPD came second with seats in the new parliament. So

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centre-left SPD came second with She got 42%, critics have no say any

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longer. She can say in Europe to David Cameron and other heads of

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longer. She can say in Europe to It is all about who wins this Place,

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the Bundestag to find a coalition that can be sustained but throughout

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That wheeling and dealing can take it did for the current coalition

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government. It could be a very different story in Berlin, we could

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be talking about quite a lot of Absolutely. Do Brace yourself. The

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first big headline in Germany is that this is being billed as a

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victory for mummy, as she is known by so many Germans, she scored the

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best result for her party since by so many Germans, she scored the

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reunification of Germany, and it is absolutely a personal triumph. The

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CDU's election campaign was centred around her and not really around the

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issues and across-the-board use around her and not really around the

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voters flocking to her side looking for stability in unstable economic

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times will stop the young, old, for stability in unstable economic

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and women. She hasn't been able for stability in unstable economic

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put up her feet and enjoy this, for stability in unstable economic

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relish this victory for a minute. She didn't get an absolute majority

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as is very typical German politics, coalition partner to form the much

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desired stable government. If you asked Germans they would want the

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ground coalition, between her and Democrats. They are hoping that

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might inject a bit more social introduction of a national minimum

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wage. The international market also favours a grand coalition, the

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Social Democrats might be more left-leaning, but it is thought

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Social Democrats might be more pairing between the CDU and the

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Social Democrats might be more open-minded approach to the eurozone

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periphery and ease the eventual What is decided, matters not just to

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German voters, but potentially to the citizens of Greece, Spain and

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the rest of the European Union? mutterings in the corridors of

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Brussels in the lead up to Germany's election. It is the biggest economy

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in Europe, countries, politicians, the people of the eurozone looked to

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Germany to lead in solving the European crisis and everything was

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put on hold in the lead up to the election, ranking union, more money

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for Greece, or Ireland. If you look at the muted reaction of the markets

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this morning you can see there is phase in the eurozone crisis, there

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had been a hope Germany would emerge re-NNI -- reenergised, no more

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slowly, slowly approach, but let's go and at once and for role, but

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instead days and weeks of political go and at once and for role, but

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instead days and weeks of political negotiations between fellow leaders,

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David Cameron might feel that she would be sympathetic to not as much

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power in Brussels but more to the He shouldn't underestimate her,

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nobody should. Even though she is her mental she has had to coalition

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known as mummy she is also known as her mental she has had to coalition

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and look what has happened to the liberal FTP, they didn't even make

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it into Parliament. David Cameron should not underestimate her. If you

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remember when she was talking about an agreement between governments on

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fiscal union David Cameron said an agreement between governments on

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shrugged her shoulders and turned her back. They are open to more

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shrugged her shoulders and turned more integrated and federal Europe

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but if you look at her attitude towards bank in Europe she is in

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We will now get back to our top story in Nairobi, and get the very

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We have heard the government saying we are in control, we have got it

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sorted, and yet there has been the smoke still coming out and you have

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been reporting on quite a lot of lot of comings and goings. This

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gives no impression of having been resolved. Having control of the

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building does not mean that the situation is over. We can only wait

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for an official announcement. Then we will know it is done. As is so

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often in these situations there we will know it is done. As is so

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scarcity of information. What we have been told is that three of

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scarcity of information. What we militants have been killed, what we

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have seen is there has been a fire inside the building, we know there

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have been some arrests at Nairobi airport, that are linked to the

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Saturday. But in terms of what is going on now, what is the fate of

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the hostages, the hostage-takers, the Al-Shabab Islamist, we simply

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activity, the ambulances, fire trucks, huge numbers of troops

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situation is still far from done and The sound is going in and out and

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out little bit, but to get a little bit more from you, you have scares,

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people think there is gunfire, a lot It is hard to overstate the fear of

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local people and the look of shock on their face every time there is

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For the most part, I think people would say actually the fire...

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Rather than fire coming out. Of people 's faces, and not surprising

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Rather than fire coming out. Of Kenyans and other nationalities

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Rather than fire coming out. Of through on Saturday, there is a

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profound and deep unease around through on Saturday, there is a

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rest of the day, suddenly there through on Saturday, there is a

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is a wider crackdown by the military The former captain of the Costa

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Concordia cruise liner has appeared in court in Italy. He is facing

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manslaughter causing shipwreck and abandoning ship. 32 people died

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manslaughter causing shipwreck and the liner hit rocks last year and

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defence lawyers have asked for permission to search the wreck for

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evidence after savage cruise raised Protesters are street in cities

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across Pakistan demanding that Christian minority after a double

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suicide at the church in bourgeois on Sunday the 81 people died in

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suicide at the church in bourgeois leaving at the end of the mass.

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gunfire and explosions have been heard and smoke billowing from the

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Islamist gunmen still hold over heard and smoke billowing from the

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hostages stop some have been rescued and a number of militants killed.

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movement has said it carried out the operation in Somalia though it is

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not known how many militants are still in the Centre for stop that is

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