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At least 15 people are killed including United Nations staff.

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The Secretary General condemns the attack, but falls short of laying

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Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, tells the BBC what it would take for

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We want a cease-fire as soon as possible.

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An Algerian passenger plane with more than 100 passengers and crew

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on board is believed to have crashed in the Sahara desert.

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A week since flight MH17 was shot down, the

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site in Ukraine is still not secure because of fighting in the area.

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And the epic journey from the middle of the Atlantic to Scotland.

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We follow the team of St Helena who are competing

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Officials in Gaza say 15 people have been killed, more than 200 injured,

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after a strike on a school which had been turned into a

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It was being used by Gazans forced by

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The head of the UN Relief Agency on the ground said it was

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the fourth time in four days that Israel had hit a UN compound and UN

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So far at least 736 Palestinians have died since the start

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During that time, 34 Israelis have been killed - among

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The Gaza Strip is 30 miles long and just seven miles wide.

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The UN says Israel's military has designated nearly half

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of it a "no-go zone" and told residents to leave.

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Today's strike on the compound happened in Beit Hanoun.

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In a moment, we will hear from one of the Hamas leaders and a spokesman

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for the Israeli government, but first our correspondent sent

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Angry, distraught and beyond consolation. These women and the

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little children had fled the fighting from their homes in

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northern Gaza and taking shelter in a UN school. It's too was caught up

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in the bloody violence. TRANSLATION: The Israelis hit us in the school.

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The dead and wounded were brought here to hospital. 100 are entered.

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Many people have been killed. They are children, young children. Then,

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while we are filming, an Israeli tank shell explodes just outside the

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hospital gates. Once again, that is panic. The front line of the

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conflict reaches even hear. Nearby, this school is deserted. As

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conflict reaches even hear. Nearby, away, people left their belongings

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behind. There are bloodstains and pieces of shrapnel. This was

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supposed to be a place of safety. But nowhere in Gaza is safe

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nowadays. The school took a direct hit. This is how the same school

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that when the BBC visited a few days hit. This is how the same school

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ago. It was full of families. Know hit. This is how the same school

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to be fired upon. That was a designated emergency shelter. It was

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well-known. It is outrageous and shocking. Survivors of the school

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explosion now find themselves displaced yet to get on. We find

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many here in a corridor in the hospital. They are small fraction of

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the tens of thousands left homeless by the ongoing conflict.

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What would it take for how Mars to sign onto a cease-fire now?

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TRANSLATION: We want a cease-fire as soon as possible. That includes a

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listing of the siege on Gaza. I call on the United Nations to go to Gaza

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and ask them what they want. I am prepared to accept 100% the answer

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of the people in Gaza. What the Americans seem to be working on is a

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two stage deal, where there will be a close and the violence will stop.

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Then there will be a serious negotiation about how to boost the

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garrison economy -- the economy of Gaza. Are you prepared to accept

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that? TRANSLATION: Irrespective of the mechanism, we must lift the

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siege on Gaza. We have had promises in the past, but nothing was done.

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Gaza is a part of the Palestinian land. 1.8 million people live there.

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They need to live without a blockade. They need a port and an

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airport. The need to open up to the world. This is the biggest prison in

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the world. They cannot get medical treatment. Why are the people being

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punished? This is a crime. We want an end to this siege. We will accept

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clear up clause is about a cease-fire. We are eager that the

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bloodshed should stop. You talk of resistance. How can any idea of

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resistance justify putting rockets in a school building? TRANSLATION:

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This is a lie, frankly. With respect, this is not something which

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has come from Israel. This is the UN aid relief agency who are saying

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that up to 20 rockets were deposited in a school building inside Gaza.

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They are furious. The Secretary-General of the United

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Nations has expressed his outrage. He has said those responsible are

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turning schools into potential military targets and endangering the

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lives of innocent children. TRANSLATION: This is not true.

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Rocket launches belong to the resistance. They are underground.

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Israel is hitting hospitals, mosques, towers and buildings. It

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committed massacre. The world has witnessed another massacre. This is

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a butchery in Gaza. The world is sitting idle and it blames how Mars.

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-- Hamas. More now on the deaths of

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at least 15 people after One of the UN's spokesman in Gaza

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said the Israeli military were aware that civilians were sheltering

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in the UN run school that was hit. The Israelis were formally passed

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the precise coordinates of the school, just as they have the

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precise coordinates of all of our installations in Gaza. We have spent

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the day trying to arrange a window of opportunity so that civilians,

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women and children, men who are not part of the conflict, could be

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evacuated. We're joined now from Jerusalem

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by the Israeli government Thank you for joining us. Firstly,

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the question must be, would you accept or perhaps deny that this

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strike was an Israeli strike? Well, to be brutally honest, we don't know

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yet. Their investigation is still ongoing. We will get to the bottom

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of it. It is a difficult conflict situation. Earlier on Twitter it

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said that Hamas rockets were following in that area, so we cannot

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rule that out, but we also cannot rule out that it was errant Israeli

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fire. Given the degree to which you can talk about precision targeting,

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you must surely know where your rockets are following? Yes, but in a

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conflict situation the make the -- there might be an exchange of fire.

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Original reports are saying that there was an exchange of fire. We

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have been urging people to leave. There was a special humanitarian

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corridor established to allow people to leave. We have information to

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suggest that Hamas forced people to stay. It is possible there was a

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situation of some sort of firefight with our forces. It could have been

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Israeli fire. It would be a grave mistake and something which we do

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not want to see. Robert Turner is saying four Israeli hits on four UN

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site in four days. One is bound to come to the suspicion that you know

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what you're doing and you know what you're getting. The head of Hamas

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was denying that rockets were being placed on these buildings, would you

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consider that a legitimate military target if they were using rocket

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launchers on those sites? The Secretary-General himself says, when

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they put rockets and their war machine inside UN facilities, they

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are endangering the lives of innocent civilians. That has to be

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condemned. It has been condemned by the Secretary-General and he has

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ordered an investigation as to how it is that UN institutions are being

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turned into war zones. You would accept those as military targets?

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That is not correct. In this situation, we ask people to leave.

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It could have been errant fire, we are not sure. We do not target

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civilians, I want to be clear on that. There is a public message that

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Hamas wants to accuse us of terrible things. If the UN had not itself

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said there was Hamas fire falling on that area, I would be accused of

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issuing propaganda. But when the UN says there is Hamas fire following

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on this area, let's be clear. Points taken. Thank you.

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Aviation officials in Algeria say an Air Algeria flight has crashed.

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150 people were on board, 50 of them French citizens.

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The plane was flying from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso

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But the French Government said the plane disappeared from radar

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over eastern Mali, in an area to the north of the city of Gao.

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Our correspondent Alex Duval Smith joins us from the capital Bamako.

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Do we have any clear indication of precisely through this plane is? For

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the first time, we have reports of wreckage having been spotted. What

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is confusing is that they are coming from different sources and giving

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different locations. The president of Mali has called for a minutes

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silence. A group of editors were informed that wreckage had been

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found near the town of Gao. There are reports that wreckage has been

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found much further north. So not possible that it could be the same

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explosion. Very far north. So, yes, I think it is beginning to look like

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wreckage has been found, it is just that we need to know where the

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location is. Thank you. More than 50 French citizens were

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on board the Algerian Plane. French jet fighters are helping

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to search for the plane. Hugh Schofield joins us now

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from Paris. Obviously, traumatic for France,

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given the numbers of passengers involved. Do we have a clear idea of

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who these people were? Well, we know there were 51 French nationals on

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board. there were 51 French nationals on

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They could be nationals with relatives from Burkina Faso. They

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could be people who are working out there. People on holiday. We really

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don't know. Many other people who were not French nationals but were

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coming to France as this flight was to connect in Algiers with other

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flights on to France. Was here in Paris and in other French cities,

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there are psychological units to help and comfort worried families.

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Connecting flights were to have arrived this afternoon. Thank you.

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The European Union has agreed to increase its sanctions

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against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

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The EU says it will now hit people and companies that support

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Two more military aircraft carrying the remains of victims of

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Malaysia Airlines flight 17 have landed in the Netherlands.

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The Australian and Dutch planes arrived in Eindhoven.

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298 people were killed in last week's crash, 194 of them Dutch.

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Meanwhile, it's emerged that the crash site of

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Flight MH17 has yet to be secured a week after the plane was shot down.

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Tim Willcox is in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine for us.

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A week to the day since the flight was shot out of the sky and still

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the crash site has not been sealed. Anyone can walk through there and

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wreckage could be tampered with. Growing international concerns about

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that. 50 Australian police officers have been dispatched to London, with

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they hope an international force can be created.

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When we arrived, there were no guards, no workers, the wreckage

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still spread from miles. The smell of human remains. These left behind

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by emergency workers, civilian volunteers

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of human remains. These left behind by emergency and the militia. A

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place open to any who passed by. For all the outrage expressed by the

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international community, it has seemed powerless to ensure this site

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is properly detected or due respect is shown to the remains of the dead.

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With the war escalating, it becomes ever more difficult to ensure that

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as a credible investigation. Australia has offered to send police

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to protect investigators, who are waiting

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in government-held territory. And then, at mid-morning,

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a sight so familiar in war zones, those who will cross any front line

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for the sake of humanity. The International Red Cross

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arrived with a clear mission. Our role here is to just,

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as I mentioned, to ensure the dignity of

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the dead, the dignified management of the dead and the fulfilment

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of the rights of the families. But fighting is still going

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on nearby. Just 35 kilometres away,

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rebels used missiles to bring down All talk of investigations

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and recovery efforts must be seen A major challenge for European

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observers who have been the most Is anybody in control?

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I can't comment on this. It speaks for itself, doesn't it?

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It looks like that, doesn't it? In the capital, Donetsk,

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where observers are based, Here, looking for help from rebel

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officials to escape the fighting. We heard a whistling noise

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and then someone said get down, I lay on my child to protect him,

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and the blast lifted us In the hands pressed to windows

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of buses taking refugees to Russia Tim, as if all this isn't chaotic

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enough, the government in Kiev is resigning, what impact will this

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have? It will create even more uncertainty. The prime minister

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resigned today, there have been scuffles in Parliament, brawls over

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the last few weeks and months, but he resigned because he asked the

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parliament to approve certain green laws to improve energy supplies to

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try and fix this financial mess the country is in, and you wanted extra

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funding for the Army, given the fighting in the east of the country.

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Parliament refused to do this, the coalition fell apart and it means

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that there would have to be a new election. It could be a ploy to get

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rid of some of the people in the parliament, the people he does not

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ready what on his side, but it is a risk for the country and for the

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president also, and it adds to the chaos here. Thank you.

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Now a look at some of the days other news.

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The Sudanese woman sentenced to death on contested charges

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of renouncing Islam has arrived in Rome with her family.

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim has since met Pope Francis,

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who said her perseverance had been a testimony of her Christian faith.

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A Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways, has said bad weather caused

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the crash of a domestic flight on Wednesday, despite claims by the

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48 people died when the plane crashed

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as it tried to land for the second time in heavy rain on the island of

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A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for

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the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.

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Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland violated

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the human rights of two Al Qaeda suspects by allowing

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the CIA to detain, interrogate and torture them on Polish territory.

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The Saudi-born Palestinian and Saudi national, who are now being held

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in Guantanamo Bay, will each get 135,000 dollars in compensation.

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The Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city

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of Glasgow are well underway now, with some 4,000 sportsmen

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and women from 71 countries and territories competing.

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BBC Sport's Nick Marshall McCormack is in Glasgow, he joins us now,

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what are the highlights of day one?

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The sunshine is shining for another day in Glasgow and those medals are

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glimmering around the neck of those victorious. It started a Strathclyde

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park this morning with the women's triathlon and that was won by Jodie

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Stimpson. She beat the Canadian athlete. Vicky Holland from England

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took bronze. In the men's triathlon, it was the Bramley brothers and

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their battle from the 2012 Olympics. It was the Alistair Brownlee and

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Jonny Brownlee battle. He beat Johnny who took silver. In the

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velodrome, all of the action on Thursday afternoon, it has been loud

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and raucous and Anna Mears, the Australian, she broke the

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Commonwealth records to take the gold medal. She has won that event

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at the last Commonwealth Games. Stefanie Morton from Australia took

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silver, Jessica Boenisch from England took the bronze. -- Jessica

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varnish. In the women's para sport, Sophie Thornhill took the gold medal

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from Scotland. Brandy O'Connor took the bronze model. That is the medal

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tally so far today on Thursday, David. The bad news for the

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organisers is that Mo Farah, the Olympic and world champion in the

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5000 metres and 10,000 metres, he pulled out because of injury. That

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was bad news for the organisers who were touting him as one of the big

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draws in these games. But there are so many more inspiring stories that

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will bring us highlights during these games, including the team from

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St Helena, whose journey to get to Glasgow is like no other, as Alex

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South reports. Getting from St Helena to Glasgow

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isn't simple. We leave the island on the 11th

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of July, we get to Cape Town on the 16th and then from there we

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fly from Cape Town to Amsterdam, A Royal Mail ship, two flights,

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8,500 miles An incredible journey

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and one not for the faint of heart. It's the only way to fulfil

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the team's Commonwealth Games dream, will not be completed for another

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two years. Is this your first trip away from

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St Helena? No, I've been away a few times,

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two previous games The party of eight did all

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they could to stave off the boredom by

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making a video documentary, playing games and even having a night out,

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or should that be a night in?! Not the best preparation

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for a major sporting event, In a few hours time, we will dock in

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Cape Town, so we will see you all in Finally, on dry land,

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and a typical Scottish welcome It is horrible to think it,

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but in less than two week's time, they will have to start that

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lengthy journey all over again. The team are now safely inside the

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athletes village, it is the sixth time that St Helena have actually

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been to the Commonwealth Games and they haven't yet won a medal, but

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surely, everyone agrees, after their epic journey,

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they definitely deserve one now. One of so many lovely stories to

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bring from the Commonwealth Games, but it helps when the host nation

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has a moment to savour, what are they got to look forward to? Michael

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Jamieson, he is about to dive off the blocks into the water for the

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200 meter breaststroke final, he wasn't the fastest in the heats this

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morning, and in the semifinals, he was beaten by Ross Murdock, its

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compatriots. He is worried about him. Michael Jamieson has been

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second to him a few times, and murder occurs been faster. Alan Tate

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came third. It is a big night for the Scottish tonight, it would be

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raucous and loud. Some breaking news, Hannah Miley from Scotland,

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she has won the gold medal in the 400 metres individual medley and she

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just came ahead of Amy Wilmott England in that race. Back the

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studio. Thank you. That is it from us this evening, the weather coming

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up shortly, but from me and the team, goodbye.

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Hello, from the heat of the new Forest to the mountains of

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Sutherland, temperatures reaching the high 20s once again today. It

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will happen again tomorrow. Similar areas with similar temperatures.

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Nothing much to shift the pattern at the moment. Low pressure in the

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Atlantic will have

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