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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.

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We're just hours from finding out who will meet Germany in the

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In Brazil, fans are still reeling after the

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host nation's humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of the German team.

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It was a devastating night for the hosts. The second semifinal is about

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to kick off. At least 41 people have been killed

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in Gaza as Israel and Palestinian militants fire missiles and rockets

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at each other for another day. Mobile devices in hand luggage

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will have to be charged or And we'll be asking what makes

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a good national anthem - as Switzerland decides theirs isn't

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good enough. They're calling it the disgrace

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of all disgraces. The people of Brazil are still

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in shock over their humiliating exit from the World Cup

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at the hands of the German team. And in just a few hours time we'll

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know who Germany is to meet in Sunday's World Cup final - as

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the other semi-final pits Argentina You can see the Dutch team training

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here - the big question for their match is whether star

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striker Robin Van Persie will be joining them on the pitch, as he's

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been struggling with a stomach bug. But can it be as dramatic

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as Tuesday's game in which Germany knocked out hosts Brazil with that

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massive 7-1 win? It's probably no surprise that

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swiftly became the most discussed football match

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EVER on social media-there were 35.6 And provoking headlines like "Shame,

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sadness, humiliation" on newspapers My colleague Peter Okwoche is in Rio

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for more on that reaction. Peter, the home fans must have woken

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up with the most awful hangover? The coach has just had a press

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conference and they ask about his future after that humiliating

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defeat. He did not eat much about it and said there was still one match

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left to be played, the third-place match. After that they will sit down

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and look ahead to their future. That is what the coach said. But

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basically this is a nation in shock. Numbed. You mentioned how crazy

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social media went during the game. People sending messages furiously. I

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just gave up after 35 minutes, I could not keep up! That is what it

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was like last night. Later this evening, the second semifinal. It is

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between Holland and Argentina. My colleague looks ahead to that.

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It was a historic humiliation. They night that will haunt the country

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for generations. Brazil is defined by its football team so losing in

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this manner was more than a defeat, it left the nation in shock. The

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Germany team ran riot, Brazil with some were blown away. Every goal

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leaving another dent in the national pride.

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I will be remembered for this, the worst defeat in Brazilian history.

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The postmortem began this morning. Life goes on but memories will leave

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a scar. Part of what makes this nation special has been washed away.

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It was meant to be the ultimate showcase for a country presenting an

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image of a Morgan and confident football nation. After that game,

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many are now wondering if the most expensive World Cup ever was really

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worth it, and wondering where to go from here. For generations, children

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like this have grown up and dreamt of playing for the best team in the

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world. Not any more. The game was a very sad, this boy told me. Another

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said that he was so upset he cried himself to sleep.

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Brazil need to train more. Concentrate more.

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One of the legendary World Cup team of 1970s inspired a generation told

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me that the decline of the current team was down to players chasing

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lucrative contracts in Europe. They need to stay here? Yes, yes.

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Something has been lost? It is the money, money, money.

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Despite the result it remains a country in love with the sport.

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Brazil got hurt last night, picking itself could take years. -- picking

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itself up. The question now is whether we will

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get a spectacle matching last night. But at the end of the semifinal we

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will at least know who is facing Germany in the final.

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Surely it cannot be another game like we watched last night!

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As we've been hearing, we'll find out in just a few hours who will

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Now going into the tournament, the expectations of the Dutch

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So the Netherlands' remarkable unbeaten run has been met with

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Much of the team's unexpected success is being attributed to the

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The Dutch reject opposition claims that the substitute goalkeeper did

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anything wrong with his techniques prior to the penalty shoot out. The

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team appear to have adopted a win at all costs mentality and are

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surpassing expectations. Prior to the competition only 5% in Holland

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thought they could make the final. Many attribute this to the Louis van

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health factor -- van Gaal factor. As a coach he is a disciplinarian and

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an astute tactician. His philosophy has enabled the

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players to show that they believe in themselves. Everybody can win at

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this stage of the tournament. It depends on the team spirit, dealing

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with mistakes, you win with the referee, all kinds of distractions.

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The team who handles that best will win the cup.

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Some former Holland internationals have been critical of the approach,

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others see the manager as a revolutionary.

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We want to play good football and win. The main difference between

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what we did in the past and what we are doing now, she wants to win. --

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he. The Dutch have courage, and van Gaal

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in their corner. Well we can speak to Anna Holligan

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now - she's with fans at a bar in The

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Hague - Anna, what are they saying? They believe that they can win this

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after expectations were at an all-time low. Argentina are the

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favourites but that has not dented the faith of these supporters.

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Although Argentina have magical players nobody should underestimate

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the Dutch strikeforce. One of the fastest in the competition. Going

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into the game, both Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie are expected to

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start. The last time these two sides met it was a 0-0 result. Holland

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have never won the trophy before. And Argentina have never lost a

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semifinal. Less than two hours to go. This place will soon be filled

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with orange. We will speak to you later on.

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And don't forget there is all the world cup action and analysis

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on our website - including a piece by our South

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American football expert in Rio, Tim Vickery, on the lessons Brazil

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You can also join the discussion on Twitter -

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Israel has vowed to "further intensify attacks on the militant

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group Hamas", which it says has fired at least 75 rockets today.

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Israel has so far attacked 550 sites in Gaza, where at least 41 people

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have been killed since the Israeli military began operations on

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Tuesday. Hamas says Israel must stop its blockade of Gaza and release

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prisoners. But Israel says it wants to eliminate the threat of rocket

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attacks from Gaza for good. Tensions rose last week when the bodies of

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three young Israelis were discovered in the occupied West Bank and a

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Palestinian teenager was murdered in Jerusalem. We have two reports

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tonight. In a moment, James Reynolds in Sderot on the Israeli side. But

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first Yolande Knell has spent the day in Gaza.

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The full impact of an Israeli air strike. The family lived here were

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given a 15 minute warning. Some militants have been killed at home.

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The civilian death toll is rising. It is the third war against Gazza

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since 2008. They target the civilians and they are in the eye of

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the storm. But Israel is being targeted also and high -- Hamas run

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television showed this clip of rockets. They can reach far away

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cities they have never been reaching before. But this evening, conditions

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laid down for a cease fire. Israel must stop occupying Palestinian land

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said the Hamas leader. Israel is unlikely to agree and continued with

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air strikes whilst the speech was being made.

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Rocket science interrupts an Israeli wedding. -- sirens. Everybody runs

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for cover and Israel fires this defence system, but it does not stop

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everything. From this hill, the Gaza Strip is just a few miles away. We

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are right on the border of the free world and the terrorist world. We

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will win. From the Hayes, we can make out

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white smoke. Militants in the Gaza Strip have just fired a rocket.

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Seconds later, smoke in a field. We go to have a look. Israel was very

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lucky with this rocket striking a field. It shows that Palestinian

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militants can continue to hit Israel despite all of the Israeli air

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strikes. In Tel Aviv, the police cleared debris.

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Nearly a week after new security measures were introduced at UK

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airports, the advice to passengers is changing again.

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Now any passengers flying in and out of the UK - not just those flying to

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the United States - could face checks to see if electronic devices

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in their hand luggage like mobile phones and laptops are charged.

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The summer getaway is nearly here with new advice for passengers. What

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ever gadget you have, make sure it is charged and switched on before

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you fly. It seems not everyone has got a message. Do you why you have

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got to do that? Turn it on? If it is not fully charged, you cannot fly.

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The advice is, it just has to be switched on. They should make it a

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more clear. It is safe travel we want. Stuff that needs to be charged

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anyway, why bring it not charged? This new advice does not just cover

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mobile phones, includes portable music players, laptops and anything

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that has electrical and has a removable battery. The chances are

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you won't have your device checked, but government advice is clear,

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whether you are flying to make sure it is charged because anyone on any

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flight may be asked to prove it turns on. What happens if it won't?

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Passengers could charge it on the spot or leave it at the airport. It

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can be posted to your home address and some airlines say some

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passengers could rebook their flights. It all means potential for

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disruption, but at Liverpool airport, so far, so good. No queues

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as we would have expected at this time of the day. Hopefully it will

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stay that way and will not impact passengers. What if the terror

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threat changes. The summer peak is not here yet when millions will want

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to travel. The worst case it will be something we saw in 2006 where we

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saw huge chaos in the airports because of the liquid ban and so on.

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But that is the worst case scenario. To stop that happening, and advice

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to passengers - charge your device and there will be no delays.

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Ukraine's future has been the subject of calls today between

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its new president Petro Poroshenko and Germany's Angela Merkel and the

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Ukraine wants more international money to help rebuild infrastructure

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The focus of that fighting was for months the town of Sloviansk, home

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It's just been brought back under the Ukrainian government's control,

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The road to Sloviansk, is a reminder there is a war now in Europe.

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Pro-Russian new militants had called this town their fortress, but under

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heavy fire they have forced to retreat. In town, the Ukrainian flag

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is back. Separatist symbols are being scraped away, but a collective

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trauma will take longer to raise. After weeks of fighting there is

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widespread damage. Many accuse the Ukrainian army of indiscriminate

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shelling. This lady tells me how she came under fire and heard explosions

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nearby. I don't know who were shooting, she says, but my nerves

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could not take this any more. This was the most feared Golding in

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Sloviansk, when the insurgents were in control. Their headquarters and

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prison. They took hostages and locked them in the cellar. Some of

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their prisoners are still missing. These are the conditions the

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prisoners were held in underground. Some of them were here under -- for

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three months. The food was basic, the masterpieces were filthy and the

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washing facilities was just a plastic apple on the wall. After

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retaking Sloviansk, the Ukrainian army feels it has the momentum to

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crush the insurgency. We saw this large convoy of weaponry heading

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south. The militants are trying to slow the advance by lowing of

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bridges. Many of the fighters have retreated to the regional capital,

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Don yet scared. There are more pro-Russian insurgency than before.

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There is no sign of any police, they are the ones patrolling the city. We

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will fight to the end, he says. We don't recognise the Kiev

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government, they came to power in a coup. Fearing violence here, many of

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the shops have shot and cleared their shelves. It may not look like

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it, but this is a car showroom. People are leaving Don yet scared.

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This lady, her son and her mother have tickets for the Moscow train,

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but they have nowhere to stay and no plan for the future. We are going to

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nowhere with nothing. I don't know what we will have tomorrow. We

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simply want to leave, that is all. The baby was born in Don yet. She

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does not want to leave her home town or her country, but this war she

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says, has left her no choice. We've heard many a national anthem,

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especially in the past few weeks. And if you, like me have been

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watching the World Cup, perhaps you haven't heard enough of your

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national anthem. It turns out though that the Swiss have heard enough of

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theirs. And so there's a competition underway to write a new one. See

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what you think of their old national anthem, which many think is frankly

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That wasn't the full anthem of course but it does give you a

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flavour of the mood it sets. With me is the journalist Alex Marshall

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who's writing a book about national anthems.

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You have listened to hundreds of them? Far too many. What are we

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looking for when people choose anthems? An anthem should, the most

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successful are the quickest, you think of the French and the

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Americans. Think of the ones in Latin America. Switzerland has

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realised its anthem is too slow and it is too obsessed with God and the

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weather to make anyone excited. The strange thing is, they want a new

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anthem that is about Swiss values, diversity, respect for nature,

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sustainable development. Personally, it seems very hard to write an

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exciting song about such subjects. Let's remind our viewers of the

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American national anthem. That is where everybody stands up

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with hand on heart and makes them feel patriotic. That is an obvious

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one. What is your favourite? Watching this World Cup, the wombat

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has stood out for me is Uruguay. Probably be only one back could

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stand up as a piece of classical music. It is like a mini opera and

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the fact it was written by a failed opera composer, says it all. It has

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crescendos, quiet passages of music, it is fantastic. There is

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some orchestral vigour going through it. So that is what you have been

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reminded of watching the World Cup. We did not hear very much of the UK

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in the World Cup, what do you think of the British national anthem? We

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can hear even less of it. If anyone should take an example from

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Switzerland is the British. God Save The Queen, I know it is well-known

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around the world, but it is slow and how that can incite any full dollars

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into playing well, I don't know. Which probably explains the poor

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performance in the World Cup. I suppose that is an issue as well

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because many of the anthems have been with us for so long, and trying

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to reinvent a modern anthem? There is a danger of overfamiliarity and

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there is a danger of novelty. Bosnia tried to write a new anthem after

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the war. But non-Abhi ethnic groups in the country can agree on the

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words. So they have this wordless tune which nobody can stand there

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with their hands on their heart to because they just all look confused.

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There is a danger of trying to reinvent things as well. But some of

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the best are the oldest. The French anthem is one everybody knows. You

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can go anywhere in the world and people know it means France. The

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people who wrote it should be celebrated. For a piece of classical

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music, it is almost as strong as a pop song. It has got to be very

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memorable and catchy. But it also has that sense of importance and

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grandeur about it. Congratulations to Switzerland for trying it. The

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200 people who have entered the competition, the best of luck. How

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are they going to choose? They will spend the next year working through

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different entries to work out which is the best. They have four

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languages in Sweetland, so they have got to try and make everyone's

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entries at work in those four languages. They have to check it has

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the right elliptical values and it is almost impossible. It is almost

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designing an anthem by committee. Yes, and that is a recipe for

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disaster. The ones who have chosen an anthem by committee are the worst

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songs. Alex, it has been a pleasure talking to you.

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Thanks for being with us. You have been watching World News Today.

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