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This is BBC World News Today with me, Kasia Madera.

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Thousands of mourners have carried the body of a murdered

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Palestinian teenager through East Jerusalem for his funeral.

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Mohammad Abu Khdair's family believe he was killed in a revenge attack

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for the kidnapping and killing of three young Israelis last month.

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At the same time, the Palestinian group Hamas is poised to halt rocket

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attacks against Israel in return for an end to Israeli air raids on Gaza.

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Coming up, America celebrate Independence Day, but is it still

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about patriotism or has it become an excuse to party?

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Germany has something to cheer about after beating France in the World

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Cup quarterfinals. And I am alive in Rio de Janeiro.

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The host nation Brazil take on Colombia for the second of the

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quarterfinals. Violence has escalated again today

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on the street of East Jerusalem as you can see there were

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clashes between police This comes after the funeral of the

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murdered Palestinian teenager the 17-year-old who was kidnapped

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and killed on Wednesday. All this comes two days

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after the bodies of three abducted Israeli youths

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were found. Israeli and Palestinian militants

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in the Gaza Strip continued to trade fire into

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each other's territory, though with less intensity

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than in recent days. Our correspondent James Reynolds

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was with the funeral procession. This is the funeral possession for

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Mohammad Abu Khdair. His body is being taken along this road, the

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women are towards the end of the procession. If we take a look around

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here... The men are in front, about 400 metres in front, heading right

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towards here. I do not know it you can hear in the background,

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explosions. We can see some people throwing stones just over there,

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that gives us an indication there may be clashes at the moment between

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protesters and people mourning. We are just ring to stay here for

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safety's seek to keep an eye on what is going on down the hill. There is

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a real sense of anger among these Palestinians here. They say they

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want justice for Mohammad Abu Khdair. They want those who

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kidnapped and abducted him to be brought to trial.

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Let's crossover like to Jerusalem. It has been an incredibly tense day.

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It has, not just in East Jerusalem, also in the old city. Also in the

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neighbourhood where James and I spent much of the day. In the old

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city, many worshippers wanting to go to the mosque were prevented from

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doing so because of age restrictions imposed by Israel police expecting

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trouble. That caused a lot of tensions on this, the first Friday

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of Ramadan. The first clashes we saw in the area close to the home of my

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book -- Mohammad Abu Kadir, started after the procession had passed

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through the streets when young Palestinians started throwing stones

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at Israeli police, and they responded with stun grenades. These

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were not quite the riotous scenes we have seen in the past couple of days

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because the Israeli police pulled back to the edge of the

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neighbourhood. If you look around that area, there is so much evidence

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of destruction. The Israeli tram system that runs through the area

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has been badly smashed up. Road signs and traffic lights have also

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been attacked. Young Palestinians have really vented their reach for

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what happened to this 16-year-old, who lived next to the mosque where

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today his family gathered with mourners for the service to be said

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to him. He was last seen their alive early on Wednesday morning heading

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to the mosque for dawn prayers. There is security camera footage and

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neighbours saw him, too late, being bundled into a car and driven off. I

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was later his badly burned body which had been stabbed multiple

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times was found in woodland here in Jerusalem. And what more do we know

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about the cease-fire that is hoped to relieve some of that attention?

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It was hoped that an announcement of a cease-fire from the Gaza Strip

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would come during the day. But that has not transpired to be the case.

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We saw a few rockets and mortars fired by militants in Gaza into

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southern Israel. Fewer than we have seen on previous days this week. The

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Israeli response did not come until just a few minutes ago. We have just

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heard from the Israeli military that it is launched air strikes targeting

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three sites belonging to the Palestinian group Hamas. Egypt,

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which traditionally act as a go-between, is continuing its work

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trying to restore some kind of calm. But at the moment, no official

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announcement of a cease-fire. For the time being, thank you very much,

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reporting live from Jerusalem. When we get more information on that

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cease-fire we will bring that to you. Let us move on.

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While some Sunni Muslims have joined the insurgency, others have rejected

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it. Many are still horrified by what ISIS is doing. Our correspondent has

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been to a Sunni mosque in a mixed neighbourhood of Baghdad to hear the

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views of worshippers at Friday prayers.

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It is not exactly a city under lockdown, but at Baghdad there are

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checkpoints everywhere. This mosque is Sunni but in a mixed

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neighbourhood. They are praying for coexistence, while Sunni militants

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elsewhere claim to wage Jihad in their name. TRANSLATION: Those

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people enjoy freedom. Everybody knows what religion is. Ours is a

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religion of forgiveness. We do not have hatred for non-believers. We

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all want to stop the bloodbath among Muslims. I think Sadam was wrong,

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because Sadam to us in Iraq, the president, the government, not to

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speak is Sunni or Shia right. I am Shi'ite. I pre-here every Friday.

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Most people are locals. There are those here who have fled the

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fighting elsewhere, worried the war could follow them. Like this man, a

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refugee in the capital since the fall of Fallujah in January.

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TRANSLATION: Yes, it could definitely happen here. Security

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forces have taken precautions. We ran away from the fighting in

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Fallujah. The bombing, which to be honest, was the government's doing.

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To be clear, there was no ISIS there. Just tribesmen demanding

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their rights. The mosque is named for a Sufi

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leader 1000 years ago. The mystic tradition continues. Sunni Muslims

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in Baghdad feel vulnerable at the moment. Here in the mosque's

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interior, they can perhaps forget it all.

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Sunni and Shia leaders here in Britain along with leaders

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from other Muslim groups, have issued a joint message

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calling on young British Muslims not to travel to Syria or Iraq.

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More than 100 Imams have signed the letter, saying they've

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come together as a unified voice to urge Muslim communities

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But what difference do they think their call will make?

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Our correspondent June Kelly reports.

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It is the conflict thousands of miles away which is drying in

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hundreds of men, some only teenagers, from the UK. 500 British

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Muslims are estimated to have travelled to Syria to take up arms

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against the regime of President Assad. And some, like those in this

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video, have joined the militant group ISIS. Its name has become

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synonymous with appalling act of barbarity. Religious leaders in

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Muslim communities here are urging Britons not to travel. More than 100

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imams have signed an open letter which is, in essence, an appeal. It

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sees: We as British imams are doing

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everything in our capability to disseminate that message, and Oscars

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only one of those platforms. We are using all sorts of others to make

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sure the message goes out to everyone who might be inclined to

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take part and go on travel to Syria. One Briton who says he has been out

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there for a year has spoken to the BBC. His claim that he is fighting

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with the Al-Nusra Front can not be verified. I do not want to come back

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to what I left behind, there is nothing in Britain but pure evil.

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When I come back to Britain it will be when the Islamic state comes to

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conquer Britain. I will come to raise the black flag of Islam over

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Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and Tower Bridge. As Muslims gather

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for Friday prayers, their leaders are stressing that there are around

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3 million Muslims in this country, and only a tiny number have chosen

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to follow the jihadi pack. Now a look at some of

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the day's other news: The former editor of the British

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News of the World newspaper, Andy Coulson, has been

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sentenced to 18 months in prison Mr Coulson, who also served as the

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Communications Director for British Prime Minister David Cameron,

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will definitely serve nine months and will then be

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eligible for parole. Four others were also given

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jail time ranging from two months to six months,

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some of them suspended sentences. The veteran Australian entertainer,

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Rolf Harris, has been jailed for

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five years and nine months for a string of indecent assaults

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on four girls. The judge in London said

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Harris had shown no remorse The Queen has named the British

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Royal Navy's largest ever warship at a ceremony in Scotland. The HMS

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Queen Elizabeth is the first of two aircraft carriers being built at a

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cost of more than ?6 billion. The Queen smashed a bottle of single

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malt whiskey on the helm -- on the whole, as opposed to the usual

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bottle of champagne. I name this ship Queen Elizabeth. May God bless

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and all who sail in her. For Americans, the 4th of July is

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hailed as a day of national pride. Celebrating the United States'

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declaration of independence from Britain, it is traditionally marked

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with parades, fireworks and barbecues. But is it a genuine

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display of Pat Richards or an excuse for a party? We take a look at

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America's shifting patriotically landscape.

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Americans love themselves on the 4th of July. Those fireworks,

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barbecues... But is this more of an excuse to party and a celebration of

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Pat Richards -- patriotism? According to the pew research

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Centre, over half of the US say they are often proud to be an American.

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If we break it down by age, there is a difference in which generations

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see themselves as patriotically that is patriotism. But how do Americans

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think the US is doing over all? Less than half think America's best years

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are still to come. But there is a generational difference again.

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Millennial 's are optimistic about the future than baby boomers. No

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doubt there is some nostalgia going on for earlier days here. In just

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three years, the number of people who think the US stands above all

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other countries has fallen by 10%. Perhaps some of this has to do with

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the rise of China. If we look at pure research data from January.

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Here is the growing percentage of Americans who think China is the

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world's leading economic power. That does not think America does not

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deserve to celebrate beating the British. People may think the

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international stage is shifting, but most still believe America is one of

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the greatest countries. Just not the only greatest country.

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For more on this we can talk to an American political commentator who

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has written a book about anti-American ism around the world.

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Thank you for coming to speak to us. It seems to be a generational

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divide about how Americans see their country. It is, although I would say

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I am on the cusp of being a baby boomer having been born in the

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1950s. People think of baby boomers being born after the war to GIs.

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Right now, America is in a difficult state because young people feel a

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bit insecure about Edward Snowden, about e-mails, their Twitter and

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Facebook being hacked. Older Americans are concerned about the

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fact there are still is not an NHS. There is a lot of division in the

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United States. And 70 million ever jealous or Christian -- evangelical

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Christians. The 70 million Republicans on the right and the tea

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party. It is not so much a generational situation, but a

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feeling that social care is pure, there is no NHS, local care is not

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good, so I think there is optimism in some areas of the young, and

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pessimism. I do not think it is straight down the line. It is very

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divided amongst different generations. The study found that

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the millennial 's, the younger generation, they are more optimistic

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about the direction America is going in. Maybe because the baby boomers

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have seen better times and are concerned about the future? Yes,

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young people are healthier. Older people start to worry about their

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health. I go back to the situation that whenever I talk to family,

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friends, colleagues, one thing that exercises them is this situation

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with health care. Even if you good salary you can use -- lose your home

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if you end up in a hospital with long-term care. That tends to affect

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older people. But... Yet we sell so much, Obamacare, many people were so

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against it. Yes, that is right, there were fisticuffs about it.

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There was a town meeting in my hometown, Philadelphia, people tried

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to hit the man and he was a Republican. He became a Democrat

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because he was so annoyed about the Republicans being against all these

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good social programmes. Sadly, he passed away last year. But there is

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so much anger and hatred in the United States about an NHS. They

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think it is a form of "socialism". God forbid they would think it was a

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form of commenters on. But it is very depressing. Remember, Obama

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doesn't have a Congress, he has a Republican congress and everyone

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thought in 2012 on his coat-tails the Congress would be returned to

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the Democrats. It is still Republican and I am sure you know

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that he lost his seat, who was right wing, the head of the Republicans in

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the Congress, to a tea party candidate and some people say the

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art of the right of UKIP. So the United States is divided about many

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things. People are not happy. It is one of the unhappiest times I know

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in my country. A sad thought to leave it on but we have to, Carol

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Gould, commentator and author, thank you for joining us.

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which sank in Italy

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in 2012 is set to be re-floated within ten days.

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It's been more than two years since the luxury cruiseliner sank off the

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In September last year the Concordia was hauled upright

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Now, ahead of the removal of the 100,000 ton vessel, divers

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have taken us on a tour of the underwater wreck, where two people

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More than two years on and still the Costa Concordia sits where she came

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to rest, on the night she sank. Now the police diver has taken us down

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into her file and blue world, where everything is frozen in the moment

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of the disaster. An orange deflated life Fest hangs in the wreckage --

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life vest. And some holiday reading, perhaps, a book that a

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passenger never finished on this luxury cruise that ended so

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terribly. What looks like a reception area next to a bar or a

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lounge. The drinking and the chatter here would have stopped suddenly

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when the slip -- the ship slammed against the rocks. But in some

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places there is almost no damage at all. There are plans to refloat her

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in the weeks ahead, then she would make her final voyage, a journey to

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the port of Genoa, where she will be scrapped. But environmentalists say

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they are worried. Among their concerns are what will happen to

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pollutants that may still be trapped in the wreck.

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TRANSLATION: We are here with the rainbow Warrior

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because we want all the dismantling operations to happen publicly and in

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daylight and above all choosing the solutions with the lowest

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environmental risks. But all along those running this salvage operation

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have insisted that they are doing everything possible to keep any echo

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optical -- ecological damage to a minimum.

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Let's turn to the World Cup. The French have been sent packing by

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Germany. And iconic setting for this

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quarterfinal between two old rivals. French fans reminding their German

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counterparts they have won the World Cup more recently, but plenty of

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confidence in the German camp as well. That buoyancy was justified as

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early as the 12th minute, as this free kick was headed in by Matt

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samples, his second goal of the tournament after scoring against

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Portugal. The game did not have any real flow, with chances few and far

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between. France had a good chance in the first half, saved. The keeper

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was proving a tough obstacle for the French to get past, saving this

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header. At the other end, he could not get his angles right to wrap up

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the match. Andre Schurrle was similarly wasteful. In the end, it

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did not matter. Germany edged a scrappy game to reach the

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semifinals. Either Brazil or Colombia await. I disappointed

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France. Let's cross life to Rio and Peter Okwoche has been watching

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Forrest. Was it a good game? -- watching for us. It was a scrappy

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affair. Once the goal was scored, none of the sides really created any

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chances. France could have nicked a goal in the end and probably drawn

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into extra time, but I think overall you would say that probably the

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Germans deserved this win. Of course, looking forward to the game

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tonight and we expect lots of cheering on the beach behind you

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because there is always a great party on Copacabana beach when

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Brazil play. Absolutely. Let's give you an idea of what it looks like

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down there now. A sea of yellow and green. This place, the number of

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people there, seems to have multiplied by two since the end of

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the game between France and Germany. All the people there are expecting

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that Brazil will win, the neutrals as well of course, because they want

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this party to continue. The talking point has been a state of mind of

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the Brazilian team. We saw them crying while the national anthem was

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played in the game against Chile and they were even crying before they

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took their penalty kicks in that game as well. The coach has called

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on a psychologist. He says he hopes that will get the team to the final.

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The game kicks off in just under two hours. The weight of expectation is

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very heavy indeed. On the Brazilians. For the time being,

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thank you. I know you will be watching the game for us, Peter

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Okwoche in Rio with the best view in the world, I think, at the moment.

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Quite a lot has changed in the UK since the end of the Second World

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War - but for one man who lives in Cambridgeshire, every day is

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That's because Ben Sansum is such an enthusiast of the wartime era,

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that he has filled his entire house with 1940s artefacts.

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I guess I was the funny boy at school who had a strange interest.

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As I grew over I loved the cars, the music and the fashion. My name is

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Ben Sampson and for years I have been fascinated with history,

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particularly the 40s -- Ben Sansum. I decided to recreate the 40s as

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much as I could in my own home. I am 35 now. My parents probably thought

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I would grow out of it but I will always live like this now. I will

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never grow out of it and I will probably die living like this! The

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heart of the house merely is the Victorian range. 1890s, fully

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restored, every nut and bolt, working perfectly. Even after 120

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years. It is marvellous. I use it all the time in winter. It is

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fantastic. This is the master bedroom. Being a Victorian house

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that is more Victorian up here because in the 30s, visitors use the

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best room, the front room, so that is where you had your art deco,

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modern stuff, but the older part of the house where visitors would not

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see, you would have the hand-me-downs, the Victorian

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furniture. I don't do microwaves or dishwashers, but I do have a fridge,

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I am afraid. Meet savers are not so great these days. So I have a

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fridge. It is scary today. We are more isolated and we have lost such

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a lot but I am just trying to hold onto some of the old world charms of

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that period. As long as I can. Gosh, that is dedication, but he is

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cheating with a fridge. Let's bring you some remarkable images from this

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the US state of Arizona where AJ dust storm has struck the city of

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Phoenix, accompanied by up to 80 mile an hour winds. They knocked

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down trees and power lines. Thousands of without electricity and

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planes were diverted. Phoenix is used to these dust storms and this

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was apparently only the first of the season. So brace yourselves, all of

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those in Phoenix. Lots more on the website. You can get in touch with

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me on Twitter. You can get in a conversation about the World Cup.

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Lots more on the website. Thanks for watching, goodbye.

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Good evening. This weekend I think a lot of us will have a bit of both.

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There will be some sunshine but also a bit of rain and one thing that we

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will notice is just how much fresher it is going to be across the

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south-east and East Anglia, where today, Friday, highs

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