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me, Philippa Thomas. The first victims' bodies arrive in the

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Netherlands, six days after flight MH17 came down in eastern Ukraine.

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Tens of thousands of people line the roads to pay their respects, as 40

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coffins are transported to a military barracks to begin the

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process of identifying the dead. Authorities in Ukraine say

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pro-Russian rebels have today shot down two war planes - close to the

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point where the Malaysian airliner crashed.

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Also coming up: The UN's human rights chief says Israel's actions

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in Gaza could amount to war crimes. Navi Pillay also condemned rocket

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attacks by Hamas. And the Man Booker literary prize

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goes global - but is that a problem if you're not American?

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The first two flights carrying coffins from the Malaysia Airlines

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flight MH17 landed today in Eindhoven in the Netherlands - where

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they were met by members of the Dutch Royal family and the Dutch

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Prime Minister, as church bells were rung across the

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nation. Of the 298 victims of the flight, believed to have been shot

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down by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, the majority were Dutch.

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Today begins the process of repatriation, and has been

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an official day of mourning in the Netherlands - where we can

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As they are further Netherlands, idea of national mourning, the first

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in more than half a century. From the moment that the 40 coffins were

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taken from the plane, they were given a ceremony that was dignified

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and afforded them the sort of dignity that families felt was

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missing when they lay uncovered in eastern Ukraine. We will hear from

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our Europe correspondent about the latest developments here in the

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Netherlands. They died when the flight was shot out of the sky.

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Today, in simple wooden coffins, the first 40 victims left Ukraine after

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a brief, poignant ceremony. It is an attempt by the Ukrainians to give

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some dignity to the passengers on this flight whose lives were

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brutally cut short on a flight to a war which had nothing to do with

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them. First, there was a minutes silence. Nobody yet knows whose

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relatives are in these coffins. They could be from several countries.

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They could be passengers or crew. We need to remember that for each of

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those bodies, there are grieving families and grieving friends and

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for each of those bodies, there is a life that has been needlessly lost.

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As international investigators cautiously examined the scene of the

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tragedy this afternoon at the shooting down of two Ukrainian

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fighter jets just a few miles away was a reminder of the dangers of

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working here. As the first bodies left for the Netherlands, it is

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worth remembering that dozens are still missing in the charter fields

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of eastern Ukraine. People here are waiting to see the heresies.

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There is a long way to go. 40 bodies would turn today that many more are

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to be brought back and, indeed, still to be recovered from the crash

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site. This was a national day of mourning, led by the Dutch king and

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queen and Prime Minister who were here for the ceremony earlier. Out

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of a sweltering sky, they fleet back in.

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This was not the return that anybody imagined. A country fell silent.

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They brought them out one by one, yet to be identified. Here perhaps a

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holiday-maker, once excited about their trip to distant shores. Here,

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maybe somebody on a business trip. A student on a gap year. 40 coffins

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and 40 body bags and so many more get to fly out of the Ukraine.

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It is a very black day for people from this part of the country. So

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many innocent people have been killed by political idiots. It makes

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us very very angry. Then the convoy set off with full military honours.

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Some may be identified quickly but with others, it could take months.

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Outside the airfield, hundreds watched. Soon the grim task of going

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through the remains will begin. This brings no closure, it only makes

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each and every death all the more real. The depth of feeling for these

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victims, whether they are Dutch or any other nationality was so evident

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today, right from the time that the coffins war brought onto the tarmac

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to the entrance of the airfield. We can show you the latest pictures of

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the route from Eindhoven to help us with the bodies have been taken for

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the remains to be identified. They arrived there just a few minutes ago

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and on the route along the motorway, we saw people lining the bridges to

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pay their respects and as the Hassey 's carrying the coffins, we saw

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people applauding wanting to show respects.

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Here in Britain, the Prime Minister, David Cameron,

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has said the government will look carefully at all outstanding arms

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export licences to Russia, to make sure they comply with

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There have been mounting questions over why more than 250 licences are

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still in place, given concerns that Moscow is supplying weapons to

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From Westminster, James Landale reports.

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David Cameron has said the government will look carefully

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at all outstanding arms export licences to Russia,

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to make sure they comply with an arms embargo announced in March.

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Today David Cameron was asked why Britain is still selling arms to

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and the Tories are taking cash from Russian businessmen.

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Back in March the policy on selling arms was clear.

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The UK will now suspend all licenses and applications for licences

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Today a committee of MPs said military kit was still

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More than 280 licences in things like rifles, even missiles.

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The government said some was for civilian use, others for Brazilian

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We have been consistent with the terms of

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the arms embargo we set up, to aid Russian armed forces and the use of

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But we will look carefully at all outstanding licences

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But MPs said it was not good enough and have written to the

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Prime Minister asking who the weapons of war.

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They cannot be brushed off just for the Russian merchant navy or played

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shooting and all these ridiculous things that came out this morning.

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Anyone looking at that list that we publish today can come to one

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conclusion only, this includes a significant amount

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But David Cameron is also pressing questions about donations to

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his party by wealthy Russians especially some who attended a

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fundraiser here at his private club in West London earlier this month.

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Top of the auction list was the chance to play tennis with

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A prize won by a wealthy Russian who paid more

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Her husband was once a minister in the government of President Putin

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Since 2010 Russian-born businessman have given more

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But Labour said Mr Cameron had questions to answer.

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He had to explain what he thinks that is the right thing to do and

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Otherwise people will conclude that when he attacks prison Putin he

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And now to Taiwan, where a domestic plane has crashed after failing to

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58 passengers and crew were onboard - emergency services are

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reporting that at least 40 people have been confirmed dead, around

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10 have been found alive, leaving others still unaccounted for.

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The TransAsia Airways flight crashed near Magong airport

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Aviation officials said flight GE-222 had aborted

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The plane took off at 5.42pm, local time, from a city in southern

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It was supposd to be a short 35-minute flight to

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Magong City on the outlying Penghu archipelago, northwest of Taiwan.

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The pilot aborted the landing and asked for a go-around about 7.16pm.

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We know that shortly after that, the plane lost contact with the control

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tower and shortly after that local residents said they saw the plane

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As of late Wednesday, local authorities say theyhave confirmed

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at least 40 people have died and only about 10 people have survived.

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They are still searching through the wreckage for survivors

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but it is believed that other the ten people who are injured

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and taken to hospital, there are no other survivors.

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Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza by not doing enough to

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protect civilians, according to the UN Human Rights Commissioner.

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Navi Pillay also condemned Hamas for indiscriminate attacks on Israel.

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A UN investigation into violations in Gaza has now been announced.

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At least two people were killed and many injured including children

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TRANSLATION: God protect us, we are dying and no one is checking on us.

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In Israel, the funeral of another soldier.

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He was killed in an assault against Hamas.

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Israel is united in its support for the war.

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Tens of thousands came to pay their respects.

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And his sister remembered her brother.

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I always thought the world of you and never thought I would be

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standing here with this many people who understood how strong you are.

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Words cannot express how proud I am of the man you became.

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And Israel is counting the cost in other ways.

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In the main airport there was a lot of waiting and plenty of worry.

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Dozens of flights were cancelled here after a rocket attack by Hamas.

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It did not hit the airport but the militants scored a huge victory.

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Israel says the world is submitting to terrorism and it should be the

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rockets that are grounded rather than passenger aircraft.

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John Kerry's plane did manage to land in Israel to stop pushing

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for a cease-fire, he is trying to unite the Arab world

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In the occupied West Bank he met the Palestinian president.

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We will continue to push for this cease-fire.

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We will continue to work with Mahmoud Abbas and others

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We have in the last 24 hours made some progress

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But it seems progress to a truce is not moving fast.

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The offensive in Gaza continues with terrifying force.

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That was Quentin Somerville reporting from Israel,

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let's listen now to what to the UN Human Rights Commissioner

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147 children have been killed in Gaza in the past 16 days.

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They had a right to life, just like children in any other country.

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Their killings raised concerns about respect for the principles

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of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack.

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Israeli children and their parents and other civilians also have a

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right to live without the constant fear that a rocket fired from Gaza

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may land on their homes or their schools, killing or injuring them.

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Joining me via webcam from Geneva is Rupert Colville.

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Thank you for joining us, I want to address your concerns about both

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sides of the conflict, but first, the use of the phrase war crimes,

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very strong language that you are choosing. Yes, very serious offence

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have taken place. At the end of the day, it is only a judge that can say

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that war crimes have been committed, so this is terminology

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that should end up in court, but the human rights Council has set up an

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independent international investigation and they will look

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very carefully at many incidents as they can to try and find out if war

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crimes have been committed or even crimes you manatee. -- crimes

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against humanity. What could have been done to protect civilians? An

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example out of the seven little boys playing on the beach in Gaza, the

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office in Gaza has done the best to investigate what happened, it seems

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was an air strike that killed several of the young boys, and the

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others were running away and there was a second air strike from a

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ship. There was absolutely no way that these were military targets,

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they were children. They were nine, ten, 11 years old. That episode

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happened in front of the hotel that was filled with international

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journalists. There is a lot of information, children playing on the

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roofs of their houses were killed, women, disabled women in wheelchairs

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killed. What went wrong? White? Words are sufficient precautions

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taken? It appears not in some cases. -- where there are sufficient

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precautions taken? From the Israeli side, the BBC has had some anger of

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a perception of bias, and they point out that Hamas?s rockets are firing

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primarily at civilians on the Israeli side. The High Commissioner

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is very clear about Hamas and their rockets and she said there has been

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war crimes on several occasions including today and firing in

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accurate rockets in the general direction of areas filled with

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civilians is most probably a war crime. It depends on the

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circumstances, but when you have got 2900 rockets in the last few weeks,

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that is very probably that most of those would also have been war

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crimes. In northern Nigeria, the second

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explosion this week in Kaduna city has hit

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a crowded market. It comes two days after a suicide

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bomber targeted a convoy of a prominent cleric in the same

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city, killing at least 25 people. In Sierra Leone, the doctor leading

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the fight against the Ebola epidemic Sheik Umar Khan was hailed as

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a national hero for his efforts to control the outbreak that has killed

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at least 200 people there. The biggest marine salvage operation

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of all time is coming to an end. The wreck of the Costa Concordia

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cruise ship is being towed away from the island of Giglio,

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to be scrapped. She hit the rocks and capsized

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in 2012, with the loss of 32 lives. It may be

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the most important literary award in the English speaking world,

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and this year, the Man Booker Prize has gone global for the first time

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in its 46 year history. The ?50,000 prize is

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now open not only to English language novels from the UK

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and Commonwealth countries, but also Today the "longlist" was announced

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and of the 13 novelists recognised, six are British, four are American,

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one Irish-American, one Irish, With me is Rick Gekoski, writer,

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bookseller Was a lot of anticipation, how many

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people will be American, will it dominate the list? There was a fear

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that there would be a tide of Americans, that has not happened. It

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is a bit disappointing, there are no African writers. There were some

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from Zimbabwe the last time. I have a fear that there might be some

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problems for Commonwealth writers if the rules are changed. It might be

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less diverse. It is famous for having brand-new voices from

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different directions. Yes, it is famous for that. This is the first

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year. I am pleased they opened it to Americans because there is no such

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thing as the Commonwealth novel. Have you ever gone to a dinner party

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and somebody said, can you recommend a Commonwealth novel? Did you not

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say that, they say, did you read a good novel recently? It is not like

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Americans can enter this prize, but other writers in English can enter

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their prize. Maybe this open-mindedness will turn people

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around. What is interesting is the divergence of judgement and taste.

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The Pulitzer prize for fiction was won by a very interesting book which

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did not even make the long list here. Why not? It was a very long

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novel, so was the Booker prize winner last year. Is probably needed

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some editing, but it was a very good writer, a lot of good writers are

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left out. Do think that some people think a book again have to much

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recognition. No, Abe good book can never have too much recognition. It

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just did not make it. A lot of good writers are on the list as always.

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Some say that this is about tapping into the US commercial market,

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perhaps the biggest market for selling books. I hope that more

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British writers and Commonwealth writers will be read in the US

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because of the bubbly city, but the American writers coming into this

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are published in the UK, it is not like they're published elsewhere, to

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be eligible, the books have to be published in the UK. Thank you very

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much for coming into talk to us. the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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are here. In about an hour and a half's time,

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the opening ceremony will begin with the Queen reading out

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a message which has been The BBC's Kevin Keane is

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at the Glasgow Green Live Zone, where the ceremony will be relayed

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to fans on giant screens. Give us a taste of what is to come,

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how excited as Glasgow? It is hot here, which is quite unusual, and it

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has been quite hot for the last week. People are here in short

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sleeves, T-shirts, they are soaking up the atmosphere provided for

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them. 10,000 people here at Glasgow Green, a number of fan zones that

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have been set up across the city. This is for people that are not

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lucky enough to be at the 40,000 people at Celtic Park. -- with the

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40,000 people. There is music on the stage. This is a group of local

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children from the Glasgow East End supported by Unicef, we had lots of

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music and the star act tonight in the next half an hour will be the

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Scottish superstar Lulu, and she will perform on the stage behind me.

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Lots to get the crowd going, then a 15 minute countdown to the Opening

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Ceremony itself and then when that begins at 9pm, it will be be laid on

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to the big screens for people to enjoy. When we get to the athletics,

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what are some of the big names competing? Quite a few names that

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people will remember from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Mo Farah,

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of course, he was competing for Team GB, he will be competing here for

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team England this time. Also, various others in different

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competitions for the Scottish team, Michael Jamieson in the pool, here's

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a medal hopeful and in the pool tomorrow, that gets underway

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tomorrow, he could be one of the first medal hopefuls for the

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Scottish team. And on the international stage, we anticipate

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you same bolt competing in the four x 100 metre relay. -- we anticipate

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you same bolt -- Usain Bolt. The bodies of some of the victims

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of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight have been flown home to

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the Netherlands. After a ceremony at

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Eindhoven Airbase, 40 hearses left for Hilversum, where the

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identification process will begin. Thank you very much for joining us

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on the programme. Hello, today Scotland, Wales and

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Northern Ireland all recorded their highest temperatures of the year so

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