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This is BBC World News Today with me, Philippa Thomas.

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The number of Palestinians killed passes 100 on day four of Israel's

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More rubble in Gaza, more Palestinian casualties today,

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but Israel's Prime Minister says the military offensive will

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continue until the militants' rocket fire stops for good.

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John Kerry meets with Afghanistan's presidential rivals in Kabul

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as the US tries to stop the dispute over who won from escalating.

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They may be out of the World Cup finals, but this Brazil fan show us

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why his countrymen still have footballing spirit.

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And did you prefer StreetFighter or Pacman?

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We'll look at a one man's bid to save the video

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More than 100 Palestinians have now died as a result of Israeli

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airstrikes according to officials in Gaza.

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Today, militants in Gaza have continued to

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No Israelis have died in the exchanges.

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These are some of the latest images taken a few hours ago of Israel's

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ongoing military operation, called Protective Edge, which has attacked

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And these are pictures of some of the destruction,

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a three story building in the southern town of Rafah completely

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The Israel Defence Forces say 490 Hamas rockets have been launched

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Around 130 more have been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome

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You can see here just how widespread the targets across Israel have been.

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The first serious Israeli casualty came today when a rocket hit

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And we've heard reports that rockets have also been fired into Israel

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With more on the day's events here's our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen.

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The streets are silent in Gaza, but they're not peaceful. It looks as if

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there's a curfew here, and there is, in a way. In forced by the Israeli

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military. Israel's air raid continue, they say they are after

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her Hamas and its fighters. But there was a child among the nine

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Palestinians killed overnight who were buried in the town of Rafah.

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More than half of over 100 people killed in Gaza by Israeli raids were

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women and children. That is according to the health minister. In

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Israel, a petrol station exploded when it was hit by a rocket from

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Gaza. One man was critically injured. Israel's Prime Minister

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defended the military campaign he ordered. TRANSLATION: The difference

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between us is simple. We are using missiles to protect our people, and

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they are using people to protect their missiles. And that is the

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difference. We are hurting their militants, and sometimes,

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unintentionally, we are hurting civilians. The doctors in the

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intensive care unit at Gaza's main hospital view things differently.

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This eight-year-old has had brain surgery. She was helping her mother

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at home and she was hit by shrapnel that invaded itself in her brain. --

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embedded itself. Her neurosurgeon says she will survive but it is too

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soon to talk about a full recovery. You know that most difficult thing

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is that ideal here, it is when I deal with the kids. Sometimes, I

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can... Put my heart away, but when something to do with the kids, it's

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something difficult. I am a father. I don't care if fat at all Hamas is

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right, I want to feel that my kids are safe inside my house. She is

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alive -- she is an only child born after three rounds of IVF. Outside

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in the corridor, her father waits. He said, my message to Israeli

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parents is, look at our children as if they are yours. Look at their

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human rights, and treat them like human beings. There is a terrible

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familiarity, a sameness, about what has been happening in the last few

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days and that is because it has happened before. The underlying

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political realities of the conflict have not been tackled. Many Israelis

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would say that is because Palestinians will not accept the

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existence of their state. Palestinians and plenty of others

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say the problem is that they do not have independence. That if they had

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their own state, things might be very different. The latest peace

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talks collapsed recently. In the past, death, destruction and human

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pain have filled the gap left by failed negotiations. It's happened

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again. Yigal Palmor is a spokesman for the

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Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thank you for being on the

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programme. Benjamin Netanyahu said today that the rocket fire from Gaza

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must stop for good. How do you achieve that? Of course, I am not

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going to go into military plans. But you achieve that with determination,

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careful planning and with patients. This is not something that can be

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achieved overnight. This is something that is going to be

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inevitably painful, because rocket firing into Israel must stop. It is

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inadmissible and intolerable that millions of Israelis should come

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under a rain of rockets every time Hamas fancies it. We have been

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through this. In 2009 and then again in 2012, this is the time when we

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want to put this behind us, we want to stop all the capacity from Hamas,

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to remove the threat once and for all. If you want to remove that

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capacity, Israel will keep going despite the human cost in Gaza and

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the destruction of infrastructure, that is how you see it? If we do not

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remove the threat, they will be at it again and again and again. This

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is their declared purpose, to destroy Israel. They have no other

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project, they have no other purpose. This is what their plans are and

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this is how they expose them. They don't have any projects for the

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Palestinians in Gaza or elsewhere. Other than fight Israel until the

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bitter end and destroy Israel. There is no other perspective for the

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Palestinians. And therefore, this threat is not only a threat on

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Israel, it is a threat to Palestinians as well, the same

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Palestinian civilians who suffer from Hamas hiding behind them,

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firing rockets from within civilian neighbourhoods, hiding rockets in

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the basements of schools and homes and making them legitimate military

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targets. Calling on civilians to go on rooftops in order to serve as

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human shields. I am referring to public calls by Hamas leaders over

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the last few days. This is something that must stop. The Palestinian

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health minister, we have heard in that piece there, more than half of

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the 100 people killed have been women and children. Is that an axe

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at the level of risk? -- acceptable level? There is no axe at the level

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of civilian losses. In terms of human value, every human life is

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worse as the whole world. There is their question. The question is, how

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are you going to react to rockets being fired in big cities? The only

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reason there are not casualties in Israel is we have developed a very

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efficient anti-missile defence system and we are not going to

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apologise for having developed that system. It is efficient and

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protecting Israeli civilians. When you do the body count, excuse

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rejoices in and praises debt and causes Palestinians to die for its

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cause. And we can now go to Beirut

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and speak to Osama Hamdan, First, your reaction to Mr Netanyahu

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saying that the offensive will continue, it will continue until the

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rocket fire stops coming into Israel? Well, I think several prime

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ministers said the same before and they failed. Because they were

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ignoring the main problem. The main problem is the occupation itself. I

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believe without that, the Israeli will be the same -- the situation

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will be the same. The Israelis think they will take over and kill

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Palestinians, unable -- and then we will have a cease-fire and that is

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it. People have done that before, and now he is trying to do that

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same. I think what Netanyahu is ignoring is, he has destroyed the

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peace process. He has destroyed any chance is to have a two state

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solution, and now he is trying to destroy the Palestinian people

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themselves. Yet by the rocket fire continuing, those who are being hurt

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by the reprisals are Palestinians, they are civilians. There are so

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many women and children in this 100 who have now died. What you are

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continuing to do is self-destructive, isn't it? It is

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not, indeed it is not. I have to say, more than 70% of the people who

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were killed were civilians, women and children mostly. And I have to

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say, we are not using their houses or the civilian places to use

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rockets. At every house bombed, there was no militants. I dare any

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one to say there was militants in that house. Maybe there were

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families of some leaders of the jihad but there were no militant

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targets there. And you never send civilians after the rooftops to act

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as human shields? No one is using civilians as human shields. This is

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the propaganda from Israel, and when you hear this from the Israelis,

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your member what Hitler said, he tried to defend what he was doing by

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talking about the same issue. We are now talking about the Palestinians

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in the same way, committing the Holocaust. Can I ask you what you

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think you are achieving? With the rocket continuing to go into Israel,

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doesn't it play into the hands of the Israel government to say that

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you are attacking civilians? This will be a very important question if

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Hamas was firing is against Israeli, but the Israelis started the fight

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and they bombed house killing 11 civilians, injuring more than 40,

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and then there was a reaction from the resistance. All the

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Palestinians are doing is resisting the occupation and being killed. It

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was a collective punishment against the Palestinians, four weeks ago. No

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one knows the real story about those three settlers who disappeared and

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they were found killed, no one had any story except Netanyahu. We

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believe it is a corrupt story and no one is buying it from the

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Palestinians. The important issue here is to end the occupation and I

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believe the suffering will be ended for the Palestinians at that moment.

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Thank you for your time. The US secretary of State John Kerry

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says the legitimacy of Afghanistan's presidential election hangs in

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the balance, as do the chances for In a sign of American concern Mr

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Kerry has travelled to Kabul to meet the outgoing president Hamid Karzai

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and urge both candidates to succeed him, to cooperate with a wide

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ranging audit of the vote count. This report from Karen Allen

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contains flash photography. John Kerry is no stranger

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to crises in Afghanistan. The battle to elect

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a successor to Hamid Karzai leaves a smooth transition hanging

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in the balance, just as foreign So when he met presidential hopeful

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Ashraf Ghani, who is leading in provisional polls,

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he expressed optimism. We obviously have high hopes that

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the questions about the election will be solved quickly,

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can be resolved, and the way forward can take place which can give

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Afghans confidence that they have a presidency and a government that is

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capable of unifying all Afghans In the other political camp is

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Abdullah Abdullah, who has seen his fortunes reversed after he was

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the frontrunner in the first round. He wants his concerns

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about foul play addressed more comprehensively and he's counting

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on the US to help fix the fraud. The tearing down of

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a presidential portrait by Abdullah supporters earlier this week gave

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a flavour of what might be to come. Many of his supporters have tried to

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push him to set up a parallel government but he stopped short

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of that, warned by the US of dire For John Kerry, this is more than

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simply crisis talks or This is about ensuring

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the future stability here after more than a decade of international

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military and financial support. And it comes

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as the world is drawing parallels I'm now joined from Washington

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by Ali Jalali, he's a former Afghan Interior Minister, a professor

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at the National Defense University. Good afternoon to you. It is quite

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an impasse between these two both determined to succeed Hamid Karzai,

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how do you think it will be all can be resolved? I believe that looking

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at the experience of the country in the past, in the challenges that

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face is the country, and also, the responsibility that both candidates

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feel for the stability of the country, I do believe that they will

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eventually reach a settlement. Do you think they will do that between

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themselves or do you think international mediation is

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absolutely necessary here? I think international mediation is necessary

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since there is a trust deficit now between them. And the dispute should

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be resolved through a legal process in Afghanistan. And both candidates

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should avoid doing things beyond the legal process of election in the

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country. Is John Kerry the right man to do this? Is he credible in Kabul?

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He is trusted by both candidates I believe, and he was there in 20 --

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2009 and he succeeded in resolving the dispute that was there in the

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presidential election in 2009. So I am not surprised to see him again in

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Kabul, both candidates are trusting him and also, president Hamid Karzai

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said he approves of his mediation. We are now in something of a

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political vacuum, what are your concerns about national security? I

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think the Afghan National Security forces with the cooperation of the

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eye are capable of providing security in these challenges. The

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country has faced challenges in the past, during the two rounds of

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elections the security forces were able to provide the security of the

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vote. So I do believe that they are in the position to be able to

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respond to any threats that emerge links to the disputes that we have

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seen in Afghanistan. Isn't there a danger that the same could happen in

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Afghanistan as has happened in Iraq, after the withdrawal of

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international forces? I think they are two different countries with two

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different histories. And also, to different kind of societies.

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Afghanistan proved that going in the last 13 years, it has transformed a

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lot. The tribal and ethnic alliances are now replaced by political

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alliances and you can see it very clearly in the two camps that the

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competing in the action. Iraqi Kurds have taken over two

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oil fields amid a growing dispute They've taken control

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of two key oilfields Fighters from Iraq's Kurdish region

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moved into Kirkuk last month after government troops pulled out

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in the face of the advance by Sunni Kurdish ministers are now saying

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they have suspended their involvement

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in the national government. What you can see is the remnants of

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a building that has collapsed and in the middle you might be up to make

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out the head of a baby that is trapped inside the rubble. If you

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listen, you can hear the baby crying. The BBC has not been able to

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independently verify the sources of systematic video but the baby was

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two months old, reportedly trapped in the rubble after a barrel bombs

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was dropped in this area of Syria. It took 16 hours of digging to reach

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this stage before the baby was rescued. You can see the baby alive.

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Thousands of people have been killed by barrel bombs in the first half of

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this year. In Cambodia, the remains

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of the former King, Sihanouk, have been paraded

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through the streets of Phnom Penh. Thousands lined the streets of

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the capital to pay their respects. The king, who died two years ago,

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led the country through decades of conflict and finally to peace

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following Cambodia's independence The German foreign minister has said

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it was the right decision by his government to expel the senior

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representative of US intelligence He said it was

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a fitting reaction to the breach of trust that had occurred with

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recent revelations of espionage. Relations were already under strain

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following news last year that the NSA had monitored

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. The Indonesian presidential

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candidate, Prabowo Subianto, says will accept the result

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of this week's election and return The official result is not due

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until July 22 and both candidates are claiming victory based

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on unofficial tallies. The former governor of Jakarta,

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Joko Widodo, had a slight lead The World Cup is nearly over -

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the final is staged on Sunday - and today we want to take you to a

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street in Rio that's been decorated in Brazil's national colours

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for every World Cup since 1986. Alexandre dos Santos has been

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putting up the yellow and green, and the big screen set up

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at the end of his street also serves The BBC's Franz Strasser visited

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the street to ask dos Santos how his neighbours are dealing with

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Brazil's defeat. And even though there's no action

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on the pitch at the moment - you can follow events on the

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BBC Sport website. There's full analysis

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and background. And you can take part in the

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conversation in Twitter - look out Staying with football and Liverpool

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football club are selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona

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for close to $128 million, making him the 3rd most expensive

:23:41.:23:43.

player in football history.The Uruguayan superstar was idolised

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by Liverpool fans despite several on-field

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indiscretions and lengthy bans. Suarez of course is currently banned

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for 4 months and 9 international games for biting

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Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini Video-game arcades used to be quite

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a common sight around the world. But in the last two decades many

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of them have closed down. Now, one British man is on

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a mission to save the arcade. Mark Starkey has rebuilt one

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from scratch here in London And it's building up quite

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a fan base. It is the last of its kind, the

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last arcade of the 20th century. I think the generation of kids

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growing up now, most of them started Social gaming is something that

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everybody should experience. I think it offers a lot of things to

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the player that you simply don't get Instead of playing online

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at home alone, you get to come down here and play with people who

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are passionate about the game and What really happened was a lot

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of the old timers who used to run the arcades back in the 1980s

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and 90s they dissolve their idea Nostalgia is something that

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generally just hits you, it isn't something you are

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physically immersed in. But here for people who haven't seen

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games that are over 20 years old, We will show you these pictures of

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an outsider flying home in a photo finish at Brighton racecourse. This

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seagull was caught on camera soaring past the horses and cause they

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flap. It is thought to be the first birds to feature in a photo finish

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for a horse race. The main news, and Minette in Yahoos says he won't cave

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in to pressure to end error attacks in the Gaza Strip. He said despite

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calls from world leaders, Israel will continue its offensive until

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the rockets stopped. -- Benjamin Netanyahu. That

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It has been a mixed day in terms of the weather today, sunshine across

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