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

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EU leaders choose the next president of the European Commission,

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but Britain still insists they've chosen the wrong person for the job.

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Looks on the former Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker is the nominee

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for the new European Commission president. It is seen as a

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diplomatic humiliation for Britain. This is a bad day for written. It

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will undermine the position of national parliaments and it hands

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new power to the European Parliament.

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Has the EU set itself on a collision course with Moscow

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after three of Russia's neighbours - including Ukraine - sign landmark

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Moscow say there will be grave consequences.

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Freed from a Sudanese prison - the mother who was sentenced to

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death for renouncing Islam talks exclusively to the BBC.

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And the Glastonbury Music Festival kicks off under cloudy skies

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EU leaders have approved the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker

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as the President of the European Commission, in spite of objections

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He had just one ally in the vote - Hungary - which means

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the decision was approved by 26 leaders and opposed by only two.

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Let's go now to the BBC's Lucy Hockings in Brussels.

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This was not an unexpected outcome. Nevertheless, a snub for David

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Cameron. It is difficult to see it any other

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way. After months of talks and deals, the decision that Jean-Claude

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Juncker will be denomination fought the new president felt inevitable.

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But David Cameron it did take a stand. He had one ally, as you said.

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David Cameron insisted on a vote, but the final result was 26 votes to

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two. It is difficult to see it as anything else than a diplomatic

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humiliation. David Cameron was not happy about how this process worked,

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but also not happy about what he believes Jean-Claude Juncker

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represents, an old style federalist who wants more power in Brussels. He

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said that this was a sad day for Europe.

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This is a bad day for Europe. It risks undermining the position of

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national governments, the power of national parliaments, and it hands

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new power to the European Parliament. It is therefore

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important that the European Council has agreed today to review what has

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happened and to consider how we handle the next appointment of the

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Presidents next time around. The man at the centre of the

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controversy is Jean-Claude Juncker. He is the former Prime Minister of

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Luxembourg and one of the architects of the euro. Now that he has been

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nominated for the top job, how will the European Union work under him

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Chris Mark how will you work with him?

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Even as the leaders were having dinner last night, the judgement had

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started. One newspaper described David Cameron as the loneliest man

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in your report. Others were said to be accused of going to regret their

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decision, but they were unmoved. I think that the decision for

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Jean-Claude Juncker will allow us to have a president who has got

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experience and he will allow the feelings of the individual states as

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well as the European Parliament. Throughout the summer, the German

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Chancellor has appeared to reach out to the UK. She specifically said

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that she shares some of Britain's concerns about what a modern Europe

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should look like. The message that Mr Juncker is open to reform is

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being pressed. He is saying that he is open to

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proposals about how to reform, how to cut red tape, how to make the

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European Union more efficient. None of these can disguise the

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bitter divide over Jean-Claude Juncker. David Cameron sees someone

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who undermines the parliament, but the German Chancellor sees a

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committed European. There was anxiety that this defeat

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could hasten the accident of the UK from the youth. There was a note of

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frustration from the French president who said that Britain has

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two play by the same rules. -- the X said of the UK from the European

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Union. We need to learn to live together in

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a framework of rules and treaties. There is no other way out.

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There is a lot of talk here about a humiliated David Cameron. But the

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leaders added a paragraph to the final communication, that Britain's

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concerns need to be addressed. We will return to Lucy. Britain's

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objections to Jean-Claude Juncker are because he is seen as a

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federalist by London. To what extent is his appointment to giving an idea

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of what direction the European Union is heading?

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What's David Cameron will be hoping when he addresses the House of

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Commons is that he can convince people that those concerns of these

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are not as real as he thought. That he will be able to renegotiate

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Britain's relationship with the European Union and that we will see

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a Brussels that is not as changed as people fear. David Cameron has

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promised that the fight will continue, but he has to convince the

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voters if they re-elect him. There will be a referendum about whether

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written will be part of the European Union in 2017. -- Britain.

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Well, there was another big development

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at the EU summit, which provoked an angry reaction from Russia.

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Moscow says there would be grave consequences for three

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of its neighbours - Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia - after they

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signed trade and political agreements with the European Union.

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Particularly important is the deal with Ukraine - it's the

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biggest pact of its kind the EU has ever agreed with any other country.

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It is the deal which Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych

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refused to sign late last year , which led to the current crisis.

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It was first business at the summit today. The signing of the trade and

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economic deals, with nonmember countries Ukraine, and Moldova.

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Ukraine's president was unrestrained when he talked about what this deal

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could mean for his country. What a great day. Most important day

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for my country after the Independence Day. A moment that is

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historical and future orientated. It shows how dramatically things can

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change in a short time if the people 's will is strong enough.

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Moscow's warnings about the European Union doing business with Ukraine

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were supported by a personal attack on the president.

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This government is the largest region of Ukraine.

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You saying that he is a Nazi? He supported the Nazis. He supported

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the right sector. And in Kiev after the signing,

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people gathered to celebrate the event.

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It was all so different here last winter when the very deals signed

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today was the trigger for deadly protests. The pro-Russian leader at

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the time, Viktor Yanukovych, had decided not to go ahead with the

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deal. That led to his ousting and the conflict between the Ukrainian

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government and the pro-Russian separatists. One of Ukraine's most

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experienced politicians has now called for the introduction of

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martial law in parts of the Donetsk and the eastern regions.

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As she did so, thousands of Ukrainians were lining up to cross

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into Russia to escape an uncertain future. President Vladimir Putin

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called for a long-term cease-fire, but he also said that Ukrainian

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society was splits, after being forced to choose between Europe and

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Russia. The president said that it was a

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great day for Ukraine. How is the deal going?

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As you say, a historic day and a momentous day for many Ukrainians in

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the capital, because this is where the revolution took place. This is

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where the street protests broke out at the original cancellation of the

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signing of the agreements. And then ultimately Viktor Yanukovych was

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driven from power. You can believe that many people here are satisfied

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at the turn of events with the successor signing this deal. But

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there are a number of other emotions mixed with that, one of them concern

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about what will happen in the east, especially with the cease-fire and

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if that is not extended. And also concerns about what Russia's next

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move might be, as they say that they could take action against Ukraine,

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at least economically. Georgia is one of those countries

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that has signed one of those agreements.

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With me here in the studio is the former Georgian

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Are you concerned about the serious consequences that Russia is

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threatening? We have been living with these

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consequences for years. There was the Rose Revolution, we raised the

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European flag. Then a Brussels started to pay attention. They were

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lukewarm, then they warmed up. After Russia acted, there was the

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response. Yes, there was a rush it -- a war in

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2008. We tried to live differently, change the system. We ran into

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problems with Russia. It was also connected.

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We are also looking at where we are today. Are you worried that Russia

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could threaten serious consequences? These three countries

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have strong trade ties with Russia. We are lucky that we managed to get

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energy independence. We managed to get the independents. Ukraine is

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still strongly dependent, but Georgia is a good example. Moldova

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is very vulnerable and Russia will act, but President Putin was going

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to do it anyway. I was about to ask you, you said

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that Russia cannot touch you, but all three of you have some kind of

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land dispute with Russia. You have the breakaway republics. The

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international communities say that they are part of Georgia, Russia say

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that they are independent, they have Russian troops there. Why you not

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concerned about these territories? The idea is that Russia is now only

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ten or 15,000 people living there. It is the neighbour, it is a very

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bad job. As well as it is very similar situation to Crimea. It is

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what they had in Donetsk. Are you concerned? We are very

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worried. The West and Russia is quite weak, but there is a strong

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will. The West is much stronger, but it lacks the will to come forward.

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Eventually, Europeans can stop Russia. It is in their hands now.

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There can be sanctions. This is not going away. Things will get worse

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before they get better. At a certain moment, the Europeans will have two

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act. They will pay a higher price. There are already sanctions.

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Yes, but we have the experience. If it takes those politicians to bring

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about the action. You are a university friend of the

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President of Ukraine. Won't this deal make the resolve of the

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separatists more strong? Right now, there are directed by

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President Putin. But some of them are pro-Russian?

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We are ending a risk. We will get millions of internally displaced

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people who will go to Europe, because Ukraine cannot receive them.

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There will be the traffic to Europe because that is where the money is.

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I am not of the opinion that Europe will do something just for the sake

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of Ukraine and Georgia, but it should do something for its own

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interest. President Putin is talking about peace cos he wants to fight

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away, but the more that he talks about this, that is our experience.

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There is the communication, he is a liar.

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I am sure that he sees himself as having a valid case. Can I asked

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your -- you about your position? There was talk of criminal

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misreading is being launched against you for a whole host of

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allegations. You have denied them. You are not going back to Georgia

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because you might be apprehended. According to the European Union,

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Georgia was the least corrupt country in Europe. Nobody can accuse

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my government of corruption. There were allegations put forward but

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because the European union and Brussels knew there were not true,

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they warned them not to go that way. I stayed away because I did not

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want to spoil it until it is done. Of course I am going to go to

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Georgia at a certain point. When? Sooner than people think. I stayed

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away because I did not want to spoil this. You can go back now, you are

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not worried about being arrested and put on trial? We have created a

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modern state which few politicians can do. We are proud of it. Our

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people have progressed. The reality is we are under tremendous strain

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from Russia, both the government and opposition should unite to fight

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away. It is not time for internal fighting, when facing the bear

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knocking on the door with one leg inside your house. Thank you very

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much for coming in to talk to us. Now the other news in brief.

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The most senior Shia cleric in Iraq has urged the country's leaders to

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agree on the appointment of a prime minister, president and

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parliamentary speaker before the first session of the newly-elected

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The intervention by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

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suggests that both he and perhaps Iran believe the level of threat

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requires immediate action and probably the removal of the current

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Serbs in Bosnia have unveiled a statue to Gavrilo Princip,

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a Serbian nationalist whose assassination of Archduke Franz

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Ferdinand led to the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago.

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The local Serb mayor in eastern Sarajevo described Princip

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The Italian defender who was bitten by the Uruguayan footballer Luis

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Suarez in a World Cup match has criticised FIFA's subsequent

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punishment of the striker. Giorgio Chiellini said the ban imposed -

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four months and nine international games - was excessive. There have

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been no games at the World Cup today, but tomorrow the first of the

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At least 15 people have died after a gas pipeline exploded

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in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, destroying homes

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and forcing the evacuation of neighbouring villages.

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Residents of the village of Nagaram said they had complained that

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the pipelines had become rusty and were not being properly maintained.

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A massive fire, after a state-owned gas pipeline exploded near the

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village. It happened at dawn. The blast was powerful. The fire it

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calls so ferocious that nearby villages had to be evacuated. It

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took three hours to get the flames under control. In a local hospital,

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doctors treated people that had been injured. 15 died in the explosion.

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In the afternoon, local men gathered in the village, angry it took so

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long for rescue teams to arrive. Everyone wanted to know why the

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explosion happened and what was being done to prevent another. So

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far, there are not many answers. Authorities in Andhra Pradesh say

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they are investigating the blast. The Sudanese Christian woman whose

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death sentence was quashed this week, but then found herself

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detained by police, has now been freed and given sanctuary in the US

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Embassy in the capital Khartoum. Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth in

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prison, was convicted of renouncing The Glastonbury festival has long

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been one of the main fixtures in She has been talking exclusively to

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the BBC. Philippa Thomas has the From detention to a place of

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temporary safety. Meriam Ibrahim held onto the baby bore -- the baby

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girl she had borne in jail. Her husband with the baby boy. The baby

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boy. 27-year-old gave this world exclusive interview to the BBC.

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TRANSLATION: I would like to thank the Sudanese

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people and the Sudanese police. I am really grateful to all of them. I

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would like to thank all those who stood beside me. Do you consider

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yourself a Christian? TRANSLATION:

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Not only was it me, but also the court that released me. What is your

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plan now? TRANSLATION:

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I will leave it to God. I didn't have the chance to see my family

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after I got out of prison. Their ordeal began when Meriam worried

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Daniel Wani, a Christian from South Sudan and a US citizen. She was

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jailed because some Muslim members of her family were outraged,

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accusing her of apostasy, which a court sentenced her to hang after

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receiving 100 lashes for adultery. After widespread opposition, the

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Sudanese Supreme Court in Khartoum let Meriam go free, but on Tuesday

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she was detained at the airport, refused permission to travel on

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papers issued by South Sudan. She has gone to the embassy of the

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United States, which is ready to welcome her, but she is not yet

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allowed to leave. There may have been no World Cup

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action today but the Queen's grandson, Prince Harry, has been

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in action in Brazil - he visited There he learned

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about a government project to cut His visit to a neighbourhood known

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as crackle and attracted a lot of attention and needed heavy security.

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-- crack land. It is not often a member of the Royal family drops in

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on a no-go part of Sao Paulo, when product -- Greg Dyke -- drug addicts

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and dealers converge. He was here to learn about a new government

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project, where addicts are given food, health care and shelter and

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don't insist they give up the drug either. Harry was mobbed as he

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walked through the neighbourhood and met crack addicts employed as street

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sweepers. The prince wanted to see for himself how authorities are

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dealing with the problem of crack cocaine and it has thrown the

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spotlight on an issue that some experts have called an epidemic.

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Brazil has more than 1 million crack cocaine users. Meters from the

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Prince, people were using the drug in the open air. One person

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threatened us when we tried to film openly, despite the heavy police

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presence. I met one of the people on the government programme. The Clown

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used to work in the circus, but he has been an addict for 20 years.

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When the World Cup is over, he told me, he wants to rebuild his

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relationship with his family and children. When I smoke I feel

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relaxed and good, he tells me, but crack is like AIDS, it has no cure

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he says. The problem is that the broadest cheap. One gram can cost

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just 20 cents. A rock, little over four dollars. Rising wealth has seen

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the problems saw in the past few decades. It used to be homeless

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people but now the drug has spread to all social classes, middle-class

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people, high-class people. It is a problem for the whole society now. A

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scene that was clear as Prince Harry walked the streets, not an average

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day in cracolandia, or for the Prince.

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The Glastonbury festival has long been one of the main fixtures in

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But it's also become a huge international event,

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attracting performers as diverse as Dolly Parton, Metallica

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Despite a gloomy and wet forecast, the start of the festival turned out

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unexpectedly sunny, with thousands flocking to acts across the site.

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Glastonbury's continuing success depends on fans trusting that

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the line-up, particularly the headliners, play the kind of

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music they expect to see and hear, especially as they spend more than

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?200 on a ticket before it's even announced who is playing. And many

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expressed their unhappiness when Glastonbury's choice for Saturday

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Metallica are the first big metal band to be given

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Their reputation as one of music's most spectacular acts is one reason

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Glastonbury's founder thinks the pessimists will be proved wrong.

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I think they're going to go down really well because

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the enthusiasm to play this event has been second to none, you know.

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There is no other band in the world that was

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To many, the festival's image is one of

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One of Glastonbury's biggest performers disagrees.

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She never goes anywhere that doesn't have a seat, and she's here.

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If my mum can go here, it is for everyone.

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You think it is an inclusive festival?

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Yes, if you ignore the mud and focus on the music it's good.

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Blondie were having hits long before Ed Sheeran was even born.

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They believe their inclusion on one of the main stages is recognition

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Music is what I do and what I love to do.

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I think I do it better than I did before, so why shouldn't we

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And the thousands in an audience of all age groups gave every

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impression that this was exactly the kind of start to

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What is it, goodbye, enjoy your weekend.

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More thunderstorms tomorrow, but they should not be as widespread.

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Further south, rather than through Wales and Midlands. That is because

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at times this activity is moving

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