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This is BBC World News Today with me, Zeinab Badawi.

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Its star player Luis Suarez is banned

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from nine international matches and all football for four months.

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Uruguay is to appeal against the ban imposed by FIFA on Suarez

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for biting an Italy defender in a World Cup group match on Tuesday.

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I'm Peter Okwoche, live in Rio with all the latest

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I will also have the latest update on the pitch.

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Iraq's Prime Minister confirms Syrian warplanes targeted ISIS

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jihadist forces on the border with his country.

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He tells the BBC he welcomes the attack.

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The radical preacher, Abu Qatada, is found not guilty of terrorism

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offences by a court in Jordan, but he's not a free man yet.

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And, nearly a century after Europe went to war, its leaders unite to

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But fresh battles lie ahead as they begin to decide who will lead

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He was one of the major attractions of the World Cup, but now Luis

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Suarez finds himself and from playing at the tournament in Brazil

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after receiving the biggest penalty in World Cup history. Uruguay's star

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striker is to be suspended for nine international matches, starting with

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Uruguay's Matt later this week against Colombia. It has sparked a

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huge upset in Uruguay, where the country's Football Association says

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it will oppose the ruling. My colleague joins us now live from

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Rio. A lot of upset fans, I should imagine. Yes, a lot of upset

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Uruguayan fans. It is that third time Luis Suarez has done this and I

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think the punishment tries to take that into consideration. Nine

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matches, he has been banned from playing for the Uruguayan team, and

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he has been banned from all the falling activity for the next four

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months, meaning he cannot play for his club side, Liverpool, or the

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next four months. This is how the spokesperson, Delia Fisher, made the

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announcement. The player Luis Suarez is to be

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suspended for nine official matches. The first match of the suspension is

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to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia

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and Uruguay on 28th June 2014. The remaining match suspensions will

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be served in Uruguay's next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as

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the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team's subsequent

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official matches in accordance with article 38 paragraph 2A of the FIFA

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disciplinary code. The player Luis Suarez is banned

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from taking part in any kind of football-related activity,

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administrative, sport or any other for a period of four months

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in accordance with article 22 Peter, so that is the fate of Luis

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Suarez for the moment, but just tell us about some of the other matches

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going on and I am thinking in particular of the United States

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versus Germany. That game ended one nail in favour of the Germans. Both

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side needed a draw to make it through, but luckily for the

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Americans, they also go through simply because in the other game,

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Garnett needed to win if they were going to progress -- it ended one

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nail. Our gives you a shot of opposite us on the Copacabana beach,

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American fans celebrating the fact they have made it through to round

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16. Thomas Muller scored for the Germans in the first half of their

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game, he has now scored a total of nine goals at the World Cup, and in

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the other game, Donna considered a first-half own goal -- Danner. They

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equalised to become the highest scorning African at the World Cup

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with six goals, but Cristiani Ronaldo put Portugal ahead as that

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game ended 2-1. Ghana have been hit with a lot of problems at this World

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Cup. This morning it was announced two of their star players had been

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expelled from the team, suspended indefinitely from what began a

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Football Association is calling gross abuse of behove -- behaviour.

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They had problems coming into this game and unfortunately it is their

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last game at this World Cup. Tell us, who are the fancied teams for

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those who have gone through to the next age? Quite a few good teams

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have gone through to the next round. Brazil are still in there, Argentina

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are in, Holland or by their as are France, so people will look to see

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which of those teams, who are the big teams left in this competition

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you are still in with a chance to win the World Cup, but my colleague

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now takes a look at the action on the pitch today. Many would agree

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with this sentiment, although not perhaps Portugal after their defeat

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to Germany, organic, who suspended two players. -- or Danner. Portugal

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had most to do. Rinaldo fought the early pace, nearly scoring one of

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the best goals of the tournament. His powerful header produced one of

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the best saves. Portugal took the lead on the half-hour. John boy was

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the unlucky gamma defender slicing into his own net. Both teams needed

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more goals to have a chance of progression, and although Ronaldo

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scored his 50th international goal and secured the win, it was not

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enough. Portugal and Ghana are both out. Meanwhile, Germany secured top

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spot with a narrow win over the US. Juergen Klinsmann, a World Cup

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winner with Germany in 1990, was powerless as Tomas Mejias scored the

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winner. But the Americans do qualify. I was telling you earlier

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about the American fans celebrating on the beach. We can now talk to my

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colleague who was out there. Julia, what is the atmosphere like? I think

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we had, but I can tell you that looking at it from up here it is a

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great atmosphere down there, with the Americans really celebrating

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their passage through to round 16. Later I will be talking about this

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apparent football fever that seems to affect people in the US. For the

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moment, Peter, thank you. Don't forget you can also keep up to

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date with all the news on our website, including all the

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latest on Suarez and those bans. And don't forget

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the actual football - we have all The Iraqi Prime Minister,

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Nouri al-Maliki, has confirmed to the BBC that Syrian

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fighter jets bombed Sunni rebel The attack on the insurgents, who

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are linked to the jihadist group ISIS, was carried out on Tuesday

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in the border town of al-Qaim. Mr al-Maliki says Iraq did not

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request the raid but welcomed He added that Iraq and Syria are now

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co-operating over border security. The aftermath of a Syrian attack

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from the air on a building in the border area between Iraq and

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Syria, according to the commentary Now Iraq's prime Minister,

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Nouri al-Maliki, has confirmed there were some strikes, saying they were

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on the Syrian side of the border. There was no coordination involved

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but we welcome this action, we welcome any serious strike

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against ISIS, because this group They carry out their strikes

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and we carry out ours, and the And against the background of this

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development, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague visiting

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Baghdad, stressing the importance of political unity in Iraq and offering

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British diplomatic, counterterrorism We urge all Iraq's leaders

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and communities to unite. The Iraqi state faces an existential

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threat in the growth and expansion of the area controlled by ISIS with

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huge implications for the future stability and freedom of this

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country and many other countries. Batches

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of recruits have been turning up at this military camp north

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of Baghdad, declaring themselves Today we brought about 1000 men,

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says their chief, we have more than 20,000 people

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willing to join the Army and some They are recruiting

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and training down in the southern city of Basra too - not, they say,

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solely in defence of the Shi'ites but in defence of all Iraqis,

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Shi'ite, Sunni and Christian. Arriving on foot as well as by car,

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these are among the latest Iraqis to flee their homes in the face

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of the Sunni insurgent attacks, Christian families seeking sanctuary

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in Kurdish controlled territory. The checkpoint queues reveal

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the growing tide of the displaced, as the conflict continues with

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the new element of the Syrian involvement, the region's conflicts

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overlapping through ISIS and now Now a look at some

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of the day's other news. The World Health Organisation says

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drastic action is needed to fight the outbreak of the deadly Ebola

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virus in Guinea, The WHO says 399 people have died

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since the start of the outbreak and more than 600 cases have been

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reported, making it An investigation into the former BBC

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radio and TV presenter Jimmy Savile has revealed that he sexually abused

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patients at hospitals around Britain, with victims ranging

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from five to 75 years old. Reports covering nearly 30 hospitals

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found that attacks took place over five decades in wards,

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corridors and offices. Allegations that Savile was

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a prolific sex offender only came to light after his death in 2011,

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at the age of 84. Experts advising the British

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government on nutrition have recommended halving the daily limit

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for added sugar in our diets. They say sugar should make up no

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more than 5% of the daily calories consumed - that's equivalent to

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one can of fizzy drink. They suggest children should drink

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water with meals rather than juice. It looks increasingly likely that

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the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker,

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will be given the post of president of the EU commission.

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That's despite the best efforts of Britain's Prime Minister,

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David Cameron, to try and block the appointment.

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He believes that Mr Juncker might oppose fundamental reform of the EU.

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Today, Mr Cameron and other EU leaders are in the Belgian city

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of Ypres, where earlier they paid tribute to those who died in World

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Europe's leaders came here to remember at the start of World War I

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100 years ago. The leaders arrive in a town that once had been totally

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destroyed by artillery fire. For David Cameron, today's solemn

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ceremony marks the start of a critical summit where he will almost

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certainly be defeated in his opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker

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taking the top job in the U. I am unapologetic about standing up for

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an important principle, which is that elect and heads of government

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should make these choices, and also about the need for people that will

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carry forward badly needed reform in Europe. The German Chancellor Angela

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Merkel knows the focus of the summit will be a split with David Cameron,

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but she was conscious that this date was about the heavyweight of

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Europe's history. A van lead Europe's leaders along the main

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road, which so many troops had marched upon, heading for battle. --

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a ban -- a band led them. The leaders were determined that

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argument to date over who should run Europe would not overshadow this day

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of remembering, but tomorrow David Cameron faces a vote that he is

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expected to lose heavily. Earlier, Jean-Claude Juncker had appeared

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optimistic of victory. Is your job a done deal? Angela Merkel signals

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that after tomorrow's vote she would extend her hand and good compromises

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could be found with Great Britain. Joining me

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from Brussels is the Europe analyst and senior adviser to the European

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Policy Centre, Jacki Davis. Is this snub for David Cameron, or

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does this tell us more about the direction of the European Union?

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David Cameron has described this as a first step in a long campaign. He

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is making it part of the re-negotiation of our membership of

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the European union and the referendum. There are two battles

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going on. One is the principal of who gets to choose who runs the

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European Commission, the EU's executive arm that proposes

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legislation. Is it EU leaders are the European Parliament? That is an

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issue that many people are concerned about, but they feel that the

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bandwagon is rolling so fast bind John Claudette Eurocar, they could

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not backtrack. -- Jean-Claude Juncker. Now that the conditions

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attached, does that mean that any federalist ambitions he might have

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would be contained or limited? I think it is more where you put the

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focus. The focus for many of these European leaders is on the economic

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situation, the need to restore competitive notes --

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competitiveness, jobs. So it is not so much putting a ring fence aren't.

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This is an important and powerful job, but the commission president is

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not decide anything. Decisions are taken by the European leaders and

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the European Parliament. But it does set the direction and tone. It does

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matter, but the reason this is important is what it tells us about

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written's relationship with the European and what might happen

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afterwards. David Cameron is telling us that everything in life has

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consequences, he is not playing down speculation that this will be linked

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to be negotiation and referendum. Is the UK going to get a plum job at

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the commission? David Cameron says this is not about deals and

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sweeteners, but they will be looking for some way to save some face in

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the long run. Thank you. That vote expected tomorrow on the new

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president of the European Commission.

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The radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been found not guilty

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of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.

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But he'll stay in custody until September

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when the court delivers verdicts on further terrorism charges.

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His trial follows a decade-long legal battle

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Our security correspondent Gordon Correra is in Amman.

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Abu Qatada walked into an iron cage in Jordan's state

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security court with a wave and a smile to his family and supporters.

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As the verdict on a charge of being linked to an 1988 bomb plot

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When news came of his acquittal, there were chaotic scenes and Abu

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Qatada himself could be glimpsed through the bars clearly emotional.

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After nearly a decade of legal battles, first in Britain

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are now in Jordan, the controversial preacher Abu Qatada is now one step

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Abu Qatada had been linked to at bomb plot in 1988. For family and

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friends, today's decision shows the evidence was not strong. He is an

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Islamist, but he does not support violence and terror. Abu Qatada fled

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Jordan and received asylum in Britain. He developed a reputation

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as a controversial and radical preacher. That eventually led to an

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eight year legal battle to send him back to Jordan. He was deported last

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July. His family today said they were disappointed that he remained

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in detention. That is because one further charge against him remains.

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For now, this influential preacher remains in custody. But within

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months, he could be free. But officials in London say he will not

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be allowed to return to Britain. It's nearly four months since the

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Malaysian plane MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing

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with 239 passengers on board. The Australian government has now

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announced that the search will no -- now move to an area 1,800km

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off the west coast of Australia. With the details here's

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our Transport correspondent It is the biggest search

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operation in history. Covering millions

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of square kilometres and using Hypersensitive microphones to

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fish for sound, sonar submarines Investigators thought they had heard

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pings from the plane's black boxes, So now there is

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a new underwater search area, hundreds of miles further south,

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but still huge, the size of Norway. This site is the best available

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and most likely place where The search will still be

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painstaking, of course, we could be fortunate and find it in

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the first hour or the first day, but Experts are working

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on the thinnest of clues. Basic satellite pings that were

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never meant for finding aeroplanes and educated

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guesswork on how quickly the Just look at where they think

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the airliner flew. The data suggests that

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for five or more hours, flight MH370 was being flown,

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not by a pilot, but by a computer. It is highly likely that

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the aircraft was on autopilot, otherwise it could not have

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followed the orderly path that has been identified through

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the satellite sightings. That could mean everyone

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on board was unconscious. Even if it is true, it does not rule

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out an accident or a deliberate act. Ships are now mapping

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the seabed before they begin a In the United States, more people

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than ever before were expected to have watched the match which has

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just ended. In fact, so large was the TV

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audience last Sunday that viewing figures were more than for the NBA

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finals or the World Series. So has America finally welcomed

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the so-called beautiful game? One man who should know the answer

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is Chris Harris, the editor and He writes about TV ratings

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and the growth of soccer He joins us via webcam from

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West Palm Beach in Florida. Football mad Americans? A bit of a

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contradiction? Yes, you would think so, but that is the stereotype of

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yesteryear. This support is growing exponentially. For people under the

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age of 24, it is the second most popular sport in the United States.

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For the Hispanic population, it is the most popular sport. It is the

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coming together of several different things. Demographics, age groups, as

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well. Is it different from the figures we had for the World Cup

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four years ago? It is. Four years ago, the United States played Ghana

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and the TV figures were about 19 million. For the game against

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Portugal last Sunday, it was almost 25 million. With this game coming up

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next Tuesday against Belgium or all of Julia, that promises to break

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that number. -- or Algeria. It is going to be absolutely huge. Is it

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going up across the United States fairly evenly across age groups,

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across the demography? I would say so except for middle America. The

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West Coast of the United States and the east coast, that is really

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taking off. Middle America is still rapidly growing, but not at the rate

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of the Coasts. But we have had other games involving Mexico with

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recognised is as well. It is not just United States focused, it is

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across the board. People are watching all the games in recognised

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's. It is interesting because the US Germany match, their coach is

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German. How far is this popularity growing? No matter where people come

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from in the United States, they have ancestors from other countries

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whether it is Latin America or Europe or beyond. There is that

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emotional tie in terms of ancestry. But there is that excitement in

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terms of these matches. It is just one of the most exciting World Cups

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we have seen in many years. There is a combination of factors but it is

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on the way up. And one big factor is it is being held in Brazil which is

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relatively easy for them to get to from the United States? Very much

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so. And it is better TV times. The TV coverage has been better. But for

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those US fans going to Brazil, the supporters groups sent down three

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planes, record numbers. Thank you. Goodbye.

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After seeing a lot of fine and sunny weather across England and Wales so

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far this week, Friday will bring a very different story, heavy,

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thundery rain. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be the driest and

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brightest prospects. But Northern Ireland could get some rain on

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