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This is BBC World News Today with me Zeinab Badawi.

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News that's been confirmed within the last half hour... The bodies of

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three Israeli teenagers who went missing more than two weeks ago have

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been found in a pit near the West Bank city of Hebron.

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The teenagers had been hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank.

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The Israeli army has now sealed off the Palestinian town of Halhul.

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Iraqi forces say they are gaining ground in their efforts continue to

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retake the northern city of Tikrit from the ISIS-led rebels.

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Battles rage on in Iraq as government forces try to push

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back Jihadi militants - who've declared their own Islamic state

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The veteran television presenter Rolf Harris has been found guilty

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And Oscar Pistorius leaves court after the resumption

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A report concluded he didn?t have a mental disorder when he killed

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And France are through to the quarter finals of the World Cup

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Hello and welcome. We start with some breaking news.

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A spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces has confirmed reports in the

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past hour that the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who went missing

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more than two weeks ago have been found in a pit near the West Bank

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city of Hebron. The Israeli Cabinet has been meeting in emergency

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session and the army has sealed off the Palestinian town of Halhul.

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Tensions are high and there've already been reports of clashes

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between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

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The Israeli military has set up blockades and closed down whole

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areas around Halhul, a Palestinian town next to Hebron, just a few

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miles from where the missing teenagers were last seen. The

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turnoff for Halhul is off Route 60, the busy road used by settlers where

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the young Israelis were hitch-hiking.

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These are live pictures that we have got coming in now. This is the

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scene, lots of security out in force after the Israeli defence forces

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have confirmed that in the last 30 minutes, the bodies of those three

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Israeli teenagers have been found in a pit in that West Bank city of

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Hebron. This has been a huge matter that the Israeli police have been

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keeping a great healer focus and attention on. The Israeli

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government, the official view from them is that it is how mass that are

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responsible for this, but they have denied any involvement in this

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kidnapping, and it would now seem, the subsequent deaths of the three

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Israeli teenagers. We will bring you more on this story live from the

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region as soon as we can, but in the meantime, letters continued with

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another major story today. That's the message from Iraqi forces

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as they battle Jihadist-led Sunni Tikrit,

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the hometown of Saddam Hussein, it's only 200km from the capital

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Baghdad and the Iraqi military is trying to regain ground it has lost

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to the militant group ISIS. The latest bout of clashes come

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as ISIS declares the creation of an Islamic state, in the territory

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it says it controls, stretching from Diyala Province in eastern Iraq

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to Aleppo in northern Syria. We have the latest now from Baghdad.

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The start of Ramadan, and for the Sunni militants, a gesture of

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defiance, a decoration for independence, rebranding themselves

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as a new Islamic State. This is the promise of God, a spokesperson says,

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from the mouth of the profit, orders are being replaced by a caliphate,

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God willing. Wild celebrations in this Syrian town under ISIS control

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for the past year. And close to Aleppo, the fighters pledge

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allegiance to the new Caliph, the elusive ISIS leader. They believe

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they have upset the entire order of the modern Middle East. 11 years ago

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in this very square, Saddam Hussein?s statue was knocked off

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that pedestal by an invading army. ISIS believes that they have done

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something just as dramatic, and needless to say, there has been no

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mention on Iraqi state television, but thanks to Iraqi state TV, it is

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reverberating across the Middle East. It has served them very well

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in recruiting people to support their jihad drive. Where are they in

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Iraq? They are gradually increasing their grip on northern and western

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areas. They have already taking control of the Lodz, and recently,

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Mosul and Tikrit, the government is trying take back. Their Islamic

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State now travels across to Aleppo and across to an Iraqi province.

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They are old orders in their path. In this video, a fighter, apparently

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from Chile, he takes viewers on a guided tour of a border post

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abandoned by the Iraqi army. The message is clear. This is the map of

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the border, this is a sham. It is now one country. All around the

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edges of the new Celtic did Islamic State, refugees do all that they can

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to survive in the brutal height of summer. -- around the edges of the

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newly setup Islamic State. Tensions are rising the time.

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We will return to that story a little bit later on. In the

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meantime, let us return to the top story, News in the last half hour

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that the Israeli defence forces say the bodies of three teenagers,

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Israeli teenagers that have been missing, they have been found in a

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pit near Hebron. Our correspondent as injuries along, tell us what we

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know about this so far? Just a brief statement has come through from the

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Israeli military, they have said that three bodies were located, its

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name is the three missing Israeli teenagers that they have been

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searching for over the last two weeks, and it says that they were

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found in an area to the north-west of Hebron. Earlier, we heard the

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crash is between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the village of

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Halhul, that is right next to Hebron. It is just a few amateurs

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from the Israelis were seen. While the military surge has gone into

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towns and cities, Palestinian areas across the West Bank, really, the

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search has still been concentrated very much on this large city in the

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southern West Bank, the city of Hebron. We know that the Israeli

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security cabinet is meeting very soon, so we're expecting further

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details after that. In the meantime, we're being told by the Israeli

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military that they are carrying out frantic examinations of these bodies

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and that indeed, the families of these three teenagers have been

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notified that they are dead. Since the teenagers went missing, Israel,

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the authorities, they have conducted intensive searches for them,

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door-to-door searches, that kind of thing, and they had accused others

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of being behind the kidnappings and their death. They had consistently

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accused Hamas of being behind these kidnappings, a sworn enemy of

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Israel, and they have carried out kidnappings before, but leaders of

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Hamas said they had no information on this, but they did praise whoever

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was behind the teenagers disappearance. There were two

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suspects that were named by the Israelis as being their main

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suspects. To this operation, it is happening in the West Bank, this

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military surge, it had huge political imprecations. More than

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400 Palestinians have been arrested during this operation. Many of them

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are members of Hamas, and there had been five young Palestinians that

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had been shot and killed by Israeli troops. The consequences of the

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deaths of these three teenagers, both in terms of the political

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impact that it may have on that issue between Hamas and the Fatah

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amongst the Palestinians, but also the attitude of the Israeli

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government to this Palestinian garment of national unity, it would

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be quite, quite significant? , you are right. It comes two monster

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stuck to the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke

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down. -- it comes two months. There has been a reconciliation agreement

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that was signed between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and

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fatter, that is headed by Mahmud Abbas Khan and in the last few

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weeks, since the new unity, a technocrat government was set up,

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and the Israeli prime minister has called for Mr Urbas to get rid of

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the new unity cabinet and really, too, and say that this was an

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obstacle to war as any renewal of talks with the Israelis, and we have

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had no developments on that. The Palestinians have continued with the

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unity cabinet saying that they will not give in to pressure, but there

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has been lots of personal pressure on the president. He condemned what

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he called the kidnapping of the young Israelis, but there have

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actually been protests by Palestinians against him, because

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his security forces have been trying to help with the search operations

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to try and find the missing teenagers. Thank you. Our

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correspondent injuries and unfair. Let us return to our other story,

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the battles between the ISIS led rebels in Iraq, and the Iraqi

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army?s attempt to try and regain ground that the jihad as have gained

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in this past couple of weeks. Can you tell us what we know about that

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battle by Iraqi forces to try and regain the Creed, the hometown of

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the late Saddam Hussein? -- regain the town of Tikrit. It is the first

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major counteroffensive by the Iraqi troops to retake a major city, the

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city of Tikrit, the hometown of the former Iraqi president, Saddam

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Hussein. They are hoping that this might be the launch pad for them to

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push back against the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and

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Syria, who of course, made significant advantages and

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advantages and advances and occupied major cities in the last week. There

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has been no significant advance for the Iraqi troops so far into the

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town of Tikrit, the reports from anti-government, local sources,

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saying that the insurgents are pushing back while the government

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statement saying that they are actually in control, and this is

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actually a multi-faith operation. So, as we have said, the second day

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is over in this ongoing operation in the town of Tikrit. Meanwhile, ISIS

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have declared an Islamic state in parts of Iraq and Syria that they

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say that they are controlling and have made their leader the new

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Caliph? That is correct. This was condemned, hobbies he condemned by

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the Iraqi government which is now saying that ISIS is clearly a threat

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to Iraq and other countries. -- this is no condemned. They want to see

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how the local Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria will deal with this

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declaration, will they recognise that it will not be easy? Well other

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Sunni organisations recognise that ISIS is the ultimate ruler of those

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areas? Thank you very much indeed. Amid the uncertainty of those

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battles, one thing is clear, there will be death and suffering during

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this conflict. Apart from the loss of life, archaeologists and

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historians are also worried that the historical monuments and artefacts

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in Iraq are in danger of becoming a casualty of this conflict. To talk

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about this, live from Leeds in the North of England, the executive

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director and founder of Iraq Heritage, firstly, what is there of

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historical significance in these areas of conflict? Hello, firstly,

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ISIS have taken over Mosul and the antiquities Ridge province in the

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area. At the moment, ISIS have declared that they will destroy a

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the monuments, they will destroy graves, shrines, any thing that will

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go in place or in front of their extremist Islamic beliefs. Secondly,

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we have the museum in Mosul that has been locked up by themselves, and

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they are still awaiting the ruling from the Islamic leaders to see if

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they will destroy or allowed these statues and monuments to stay in

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existence. We have seen this before with Islamist militants in Mali. Is

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he thinking that they do not want to see any remnants of Iraq's

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idolatrous past? It is the fact that it is finance for them. Groups are

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aiming to prevent, by working together with organisations and the

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Iraqi people, to prevent our heritage and monuments from being

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exported to tacky, Iran and other countries -- Turkey. UNESCO, from

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its headquarters in Paris, has condemned any such move and has

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appealed for steps to ensure the safety of what is a UNESCO world

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Heritage site. Two sites have been taken and are now under the power of

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ISIS. All that can happen now is for organisations to work together

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regardless of belief and get the cradle of civilisation a better

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future. Thank you for speaking to us about fears about the loss of

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Iraq's Heritage sites, and in fact the United States has said the

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declaration by the militants of an Islamic caliphate has no meaning.

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That is the State Department spokesperson.

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The veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 charges

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of indecent assault against four girls between the 1960s and 1980s.

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The jury at a court in London had been deliberating

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One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter.

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During Rolf Harris's seven-week trial, prosecutors portrayed

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the 84-year-old as a Jekyll and Hyde character with

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Amidst the bedlam as a Rolf Harris left court, it was hard to fathom.

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Part of our childhood for 60 years and now this. Predatory,

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opportunistic, not the cuddly grandfather type that people

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thought. I do not know how he lives his life day-to-day and I do not

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know how he sleeps at night. His gaze was fixed, the only sign of a

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motion a slight reddening and a hint of a tremble as the verdicts were

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read out. A children's and 13 are found guilty of sexually abusing

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children in the heart of this case goes back to the 1970s. At the time

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he lived in South London, years later, a woman came forward saying

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during those years Rolf Harris sexually assaulted her repeatedly.

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She had been a friend of his daughter and he had known her ever

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since she was a little girl and the abuse began when she was 13 years

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old. It was back in the late 1960s when his daughter became friends

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with the girl. It was this letter written to her father that was proof

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of our relationship. He said she was -- he was sickened by his behaviour

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towards her. She was told the BBC she was just glad it was over. This

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was a man who fronted the campaign about child abuse, about what was

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and what was not acceptable. He went on television to promote the

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campaign but just weeks before that he had met a 15-year-old girl in a

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pub. 20 years later she spoke out on Australian television. I was

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absolutely petrified and I wanted to scream but I did not. I knew that

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what he had done was wrong and I was embarrassed, but I thought, I did

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not want to tell anybody that he touched me. There was a pattern.

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Women have come forward across Britain and the world. One woman

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said she was seven when she was assaulted asking for an autograph.

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In Cambridge, a TV show in the 1970s, he denied even setting foot

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in Cambridge and then this footage emerged. The list goes on, Malta,

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New Zealand, Australia, one person said they had a name for him, the

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octopus. Others are now coming forward. This, a BBC reporter. He

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grabbed my face in his hands like that and told my face towards them

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and forced his tongue into my mouth. Fame insulated him from suspicion.

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Each victim described a similar pattern of behaviour unbeknown to

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the others, that the man acting without fear the consequences. A TV

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star since the 1950s but it seems we only saw the public Rolf Harris. A

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little bit of childhood sheared innocence is gone. This is the

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police mugshot of a man tonight facing prison. Let's go back to our

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top story and the news in the past though from Israeli defence forces

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that the bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing for a week have

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been found in a pet near Hebron. -- pit. We can see the scene behind

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you. As you can imagine, there is a huge security operation underway and

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the security forces have it sealed off and then the darkness, and

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special, delicate search is going on far evidence not just us to Foley

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died but when they died, the cause may have been missing for more than

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two weeks. We are still piecing together what we can of what

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happened today from the limited amount we're being told the moment.

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It is a pretty tense scene and across is people will be united in

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grief as they had been united in hope. This just ahead of me in the

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darkness, there's a small protest by right-wing Israelis beginning to

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gather because they will be huge anger as well as grief at this

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outcome. Indeed, and apart from the operation to find out more about the

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circumstances, there will also be security operations to try to ensure

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the tension does not get out of hand. Of course. The last two and a

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half weeks have been very tense and defence forces have mounted huge

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security suites in Palestinian areas looking for evidence, looking of

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course for the three boys. There have been hundreds of arrests and

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deaths or palate is that Palestinians who came to protest.

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Tensions have been ratcheting up and this is the news of the Israeli

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government, what they feared. It was never likely there would be a good

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outcome and Israel was facing either the hostage crisis or the better

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news on the three boys had met their death. Tonight, they have, but that

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is really for now all we know for sure.

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The disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has apologised for the bike

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that saw him expelled from the World Cup. In a statement he said, I

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apologise to him and the entire football family. He goes on to admit

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the Italian had suffered the physical result of the bike and

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finishes by saying, I voted the public they will never again be

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another incident like it. It seems to be Europe versus Africa

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in the World Cup today. It is France versus Nigeria

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and Germany versus Algeria. Something of a grudge match later

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on. The man following all developments

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for us is Peter Okwoche. Tell us what the results are, in

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case you do not want to spoil the fun for anyone not watching! The

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Nigerian team have been knocked out of this tournament, beaten 2-0 by

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the French national team. A great game to watch, end to end stuff. The

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Nigerians came strongly in the first-half but fizzled out and

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conceded late goal in the second half and then won a minute before

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the end, an own goal was scored by the Nigerian captain. One of

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Africa's two remaining sides in the World Cup has been knocked out. A

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lot of the Brazilians got behind the Nigerian squad and unfortunately

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they could not do it. If you just look down on the beach at

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Copacabana, loads of French fans chanting for the team. We can call

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down and talk to my colleague on the beach with some French fans. The

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atmosphere was even more festive at the group stages, but in the

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knockout stage everyone is very concentrated. Unfortunately for the

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Nigerian cities the French celebrating. This father and son

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have been travelling together. The match was great but very hard. We

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are going to celebrate and we'll get into the water now. What has been

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your highlight? The stadium, amazing. France will keep on

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fighting to play that World Cup final in the iconic stadium and

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later on we will see who they will play, Germany or Algeria. Like she

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said, they will be waiting to find out who the play between Algeria and

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Germany, that kicks off in just over an hour. That's it from the

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programme, goodbye. For some of us it is warmer but for

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others, when they are. Most will see a dry day. -- when they are. Cloud

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and patchy rain and low pressure to the

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