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This is BBC World News Today with And exclusive interview with one of

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the world's most wanted man dashed the leader of the Pakistan Taliban.

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Hakimullah Mehsud is accused of attacks on thousands of people.

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Hakimullah Mehsud is accused of tells the BBC has campaign against

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American targets won't stop but tells the BBC has campaign against

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militants are ready for talks with the Pakistan government. We believe

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in serious talks but the government has taken no start -- steps to

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approach us. The government needs to sit with us and then we will present

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Should the United Nations be immune from prosecution? Haiti victims

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Should the United Nations be immune the UN to court for the cholera

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epidemic that killed 8000 people. Also coming up dashed the passenger

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who is excessively brought down Also coming up dashed the passenger

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aeroplane after the pilot fell ill and collapsed at the controls.

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And a recipe for disaster - why choosing of Russia diplomatically

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can lead to lucrative trade deals The FBI described him as one of

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their most wanted terrorists dashed the US has a $5 million bounty on

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his head. Hakimullah Mehsud is head accused of being behind dozens of

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deadly attacks, including one in Afghanistan in 2009 which killed

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seven CIA operatives. And although he says he doesn't target Muslims

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opposed to any government in power. there have been many Pakistani

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opposed to any government in power. It is said to have carried out the

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teenager who was shot for supporting It is said to have carried out the

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teenager who was shot for supporting And the group, which has close ties

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teenager who was shot for supporting to Al-Qaeda, is linked to attacks

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bomb New York's Times Square in which he says he is ready for talk

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talk, it has to come to him. We believe in toxic and the government

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approach us. -- in discussions. believe in toxic and the government

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government needs to set with us believe in toxic and the government

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discussions. This is how we are believe in toxic and the government

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to seeing Hakimullah Mehsud and propaganda videos. Here on the left

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next to the man who blew himself up Afghanistan. It is why there is

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next to the man who blew himself up million bounty on his head. Praise

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be to God, we have targeted those who are at the infidels, America. We

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will continue to do that. As to who are at the infidels, America. We

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attacks against Muslims, we deny would believe him? In most recent in

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a series of horrific attacks, a would believe him? In most recent in

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packed with explosives went off would believe him? In most recent in

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storytellers market. The results were devastating. Especially for

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this man. 20 members of his family were in a minibus passing by the

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bomb. 15 died, including his wife, three daughters, his son and his

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grandchildren. What should I say about the people who did this? It

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makes no difference now. My home was like a garden of roses. Now it is

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all gone. Well either the Taliban did carry out those attacks that

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brought such misery here, also he claims he did not have control over

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the militants that did this. In either case, the crucial question is

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including Hakimullah Mehsud at play. The men responsible for killing

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thousands. Whether it is coalition troops leading Afghanistan or the

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dialogue, it is becoming clearer it Pakistani government agreeing to

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dialogue, it is becoming clearer it is the militants in this reason

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dialogue, it is becoming clearer it feel more and more that they are

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I have been joined in the studio by Simpson. I know you know this neck

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I have been joined in the studio by have met members of the Pakistani

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to work out. This kind of thing Taliban. Why do you assume Mehsud

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to work out. This kind of thing who did the interview said that

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to work out. This kind of thing the time there were drones buzzing

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man who is cleared of drones, he has been involved in many attacks. The

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possibility is he can see some real advantage in starting to talk, are

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starting to look as though it is worth talking. That is the one thing

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that I think is a possibility. Is he and control of all the Pakistan

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Taliban or are there some elements that do not answer to him? He is a

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tough character, widely agreed. that do not answer to him? He is a

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lot of people would do what he said. But he maintains, for instance,

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lot of people would do what he said. the attack on Malala Yousafzai,

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lot of people would do what he said. young schoolgirl who spoke out so

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bravely against attacks on her school, that that was done, he did

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not deny was done by people from his crew, but he has then saying it

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not deny was done by people from his not on his orders. His spokesman has

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said that if they got another of virginity to kill her, they would.

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another chance to kill her. We are not talking about an army here,

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another chance to kill her. We are are talking about a very traditional

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group with one powerful, strong figure at its centre. Suppose the

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Pakistani government were to accept this offer of talks. Where would

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this leave the United States to this offer of talks. Where would

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this $5 million bounty on his head? That would be some steps down the

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road. The first thing is can be Hakimullah Mehsud is demanding the

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introduced across Pakistan. I cannot believe that anything remotely like

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that would happen. But it can be the start of a process when people start

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to talk to each other. I think the Americans would be rather pleased to

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be involved in something like that. Whether they would feel able to

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be involved in something like that. the drone attacks, after all, that

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has been so much a part of what the drone attacks, after all, that

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perceive to be their success in the drone attacks, after all, that

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whole region. Nevertheless, it is a step-by-step business. I just think

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the one thing that has to be cleared why precisely Hakimullah Mehsud

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wants to do this. Thank you very promoting the advancement of safety

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of humanity, well now it finds itself in the top in a landmark

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court case against it. Victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, in the

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wake of the Earth cake in 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti, in the

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earthquake in 2010, to develop a claim in New York. They blamed UN

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three years on from the earthquake. claim in New York. They blamed UN

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people still drink from it -- unsafe water. Cholera kills quickly unless

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the race to restore lost body fluids is one. This is the UN camp which

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several scientific studies say is disease got into the river. A year

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ago I spoke to a scientist in the United States who had earlier been

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employed by the United Nations as a top expert on cholera. The most

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likely source of the introduction of cholera was someone who was infected

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with the Nepal strain of cholera and who was associated with the UN

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facility. The UN has refused to who was associated with the UN

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serve on the case against that. who was associated with the UN

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says it has immunity and therefore the compensation claim in legal

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terms is not receivable. The lawyers for these cholera patients say they

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have strong arguments to counteract -- counter the UN argument. The

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have strong arguments to counteract has this time made a terrible,

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deadly mistake and it should now am joined by Geoffrey Robertson

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deadly mistake and it should now He is our human rights lawyer and

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former UN judge. Can the United prosecution? It can and does. This

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case will go nowhere. The UN has absolute immunity given to it by

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convention to which all countries are signed up. Which exclude any

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action of this kind. This is mere flag-waving. And of course the

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Convention protects the UN against are absolutely right to say that

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Convention protects the UN against allegations are made that thousands

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just system in order to hear the negligence, then it is about time

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there is evidence that emerges in will ask you that in a moment. If

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there is evidence that emerges in sanitation risk to people in Haiti,

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would that not make the peacekeeping peacekeeping unit knew about this,

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would that not make the peacekeeping evidence will emerge. The case will

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first said there is no liability with the UN. Then they did after

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the prospect, and I think it is with the UN. Then they did after

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lightly, that it was in fact the Nepalese troops who came in and

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lightly, that it was in fact the infected many of the populace. At

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one level, obviously, where there is so much cholera in Nepal, the UN

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should have tested these men. Did it test them effectively? That is a

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very serious question. On the other hand, there were such chaos and

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Italy has said it will be holding the Lampedusa boat tragedy in which

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nearly 300 died. The Italian prime- Commission President Jose Manuel

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Barosso who said that Italy would receive an extra 40 million dollars

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in funds to help with migrants coming to its shores from Africa

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and the Middle East. Alan Johnston Italy.Met with contempt and anger.

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The EU Commission President cheered Italy.Met with contempt and anger.

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The EU Commission President cheered by locals. They say not enough

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The EU Commission President cheered being done to prevent the deaths at

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the flow of migrants. Migrants being done to prevent the deaths at

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been turned into a huge more tree. presence of the many dead. The

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smaller coffins of four children. The image of hundreds of coffins

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will never get out of my mind. It is something I think one cannot

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forget. The coffins of babies, coffins with a mother and a child

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born just at that moment. It is something that profoundly shocked

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me. Mr Barroso said the EU now had to respond. The European Union

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cannot accept that thousands of people die at its borders. The

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challenges that Azra and Italy face Commission President talked of

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plans for more patrols to intercept migrant boat that might get in

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trouble and more money to tackle the wider issues. Italy would get

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another $40 million to help that handled the stream of refugees.

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Wilde Mr Barroso talked, out at handled the stream of refugees.

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on the sunken wreck of the boat that brought the migrants, more

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bodies were being found. It has been announced that all but dead

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will be on edge from the disaster with a state funeral. -- will be

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honoured. Now to a mid-air drama in the skies over Britain. A passenger

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experience landed a small aircraft after the pilot collapsed. The

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passenger was talked through the procedures to land by two local

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police said the pilot had died. procedures to land by two local

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Thomas reports. On the tarmac, a services after it had just been

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landed by a man who had never had a flying lesson in his life. 77 year-

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old John White was at the control. His friend the pilot had collapsed

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old John White was at the control. thousands of feet in the air. At

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mouth was so dry I would have given a million pounds for a drink of

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was asked to bring the aircraft a million pounds for a drink of

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Humberside airport. I just did not was the uncertainty of it all. And

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Humberside airport. I just did not flight instructor has brought in

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Humberside airport. I just did not was going off. I cannot describe it.

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me. Not only was this the first plane, it was also in complete

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this which was to light up the instruments in the cockpit. After

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three failed attempts, next came the landing. We touched and it was

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a right few bumps. I suppose it the landing. We touched and it was

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a controlled crash, really. What And amazingly John has said that he

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will fly again. Our top story, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan

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has said he is prepared to hold talks with the Pakistani government.

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With me is the chair of the Islamic Studies at the American University

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in Washington. His new book takes a look at the issue of the Taliban.

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His Hakimullah Mehsud opening peace talks from a position of strength

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or weakness? I feel he is a shrewd toughest tried in the entire region.

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inaccessible part of these tribal areas. He has seen the mood changed

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in Pakistan. People really want areas. He has seen the mood changed

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get at the Taliban. The red lines have been crossed. The attack on

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the Church, the attack on Malala Yousafzai. That is forcing him to

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search for alternative ways of settling these issues. So he is

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reaching out. And considering the suffering of that region, any hope

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or any initiative towards dialogue must be explored. It seems you're

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Pakistan? It is a controversial entirely happy, they have lost

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time this issue has to be resolved, there is no other way. The army

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time this issue has to be resolved, tried force and it has failed.

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Perhaps this may work. The Pakistan tried force and it has failed.

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Perhaps this may work. The Pakistan imposition of Sharia law. There

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Perhaps this may work. The Pakistan opening gambit from Hakimullah

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government start negotiating with him? I think they will because both

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government start negotiating with committed to dialogue with the

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Pakistan. I think that Taliban are realising that unless they climb on

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to this peace train, they will miss it. What do you think will happen

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now? The government Priscilla bleed know where he is and can start

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talks. What will happen now? I think that will already have begun.

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The Prime Minister was in New York recently when there was the attack

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on the church. That was one of the worst attacks on the Christian

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community in Pakistan. That would all have had their impact on the

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Prime Minister and he is committed Taliban and the borders. Here is

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the agency would have dawned on Taliban and the borders. Here is

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So I think negotiations through alternative channels would already

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have begun. So can he deliver the Pakistani Taliban? If he cannot

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have begun. So can he deliver the are in trouble because he has that

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popular support. Sorry, I'm meant lassoed. He can but remember the

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Taliban is fragmented. At the same time Hakimullah Mehsud it is a

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charismatic figure. He is based time Hakimullah Mehsud it is a

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the heart of the tribal areas. He has a lot of backing. That gives

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Pakistan and he has that kind of credibility. Now, what do American

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Well, they're all food products which at one time or other have

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been banned by Russia, raising suspicions that Moscow has been

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using food imports to play politics. This week Moscow suspended imports

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of dairy products from Lithuania, which sparked an angry response

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from the European Union. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has

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spent his lunchtime exploring the the kitchen. If you like cooking

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and Europe in Russia let me give you some advice. Make sure you swot

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choosing your recipe because that you some advice. Make sure you swot

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choosing your recipe because that available to you. Whenever Russia

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has a political row with another available to you. Whenever Russia

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has a political row with another country it often ends with Moscow

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has a political row with another slapping a ban on food imports

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has a political row with another the country she has fallen out

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has a political row with another government a few years ago, Russia

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declared that Georgian wine and government a few years ago, Russia

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and refused to import any more. That resulted in big losses to the

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got cheesed off with Ukraine. There banned. And the latest food feud is

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over dairy products from Live the mania. This week Moscow suspended

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imports, again citing concerns over quality. But the Lithuanians smelt

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politics. Next month they host the European Union summit aimed at

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forging closer ties with countries traditionally in Russia's sphere of

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influence. That is a recipe to make Moscow angry. This is the man with

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the bans. Russia's chief sanitary inspector. The official will always

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seems to announce the suspensions. He claims they have nothing at all

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to do with politics. It is simply about protecting the health of

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Russian citizens. I should say these suspensions are normally

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Ukrainian cheese are now back on the shelves. Personally I hope

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everybody because if that happens, dinner could be a bit of a problem.

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That's all from the programme. Next the weather. Today we have some

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changes in the weather and tomorrow is going to be a really chilly day.

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There is a strong northerly wind. We have high pressure to the west

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and low pressure to the east. Those tightly squeezed isobars indicating

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a strong northerly wind. The wind is lighter further west throat

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tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures just around 11 or 12 degrees. There

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is a rash of heavy showers across the east coast of England. And

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That could cause some disruption the east coast of England. And

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and localised flooding. In Scotland and Northern Ireland the wind is

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struggling even to get into double figures. This area of low pressure

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