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This is BBC World News Today with me Kasia Madeira.

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The humanitarian situation in northern Iraq is still

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in deep crisis according to the United Nations.

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But President Barack Obama says US air strikes has broken the siege

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of Mount Sinjar and alllow thousands of refugees to escape.

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We broke the siege of Mount Sinjar and help vulnerable people to safety

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and help to save innocent lives. Heavy shelling has hit

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the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, amid a continuing row over

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a controversial Russian aid convoy. Police search musician Sir Cliff

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Richard's home in connection with If you are enjoying your binge-watch

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- stay with as we keep you hyper-connected with new additions

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to the Oxford Online dictionary - definitions available later -

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but will these new words last? Obama says the siege of the Yazidis

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on Mount Sinjar has been broken. But that does not mean that

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the humanitarian crisis in Iraq caused by the advance of Islamic

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State militants has lessened. In fact, it has acquired

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a new official urgency, with the United Nations declaring it to

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be its highest level of emergency. It estimates that 1.2

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million Iraqis have been It HAD thought tens

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of thousands Yazidis were besieged on Mount Sinjar without food or

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water after fleeing the nearby town But the US says a rescue mission

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there is now unlikely to be needed, as there are fewer people than

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thought still on the mountain. The US military conducted airdrops

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every night over the last week, delivering 114,000 meals, and 35,000

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gallons of water. They were joined in the effort by the UK and other

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allies. The military was able to successfully strike targets around

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the mountain which improved conditions for civilians to evacuate

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the mountain safely. Our World Affairs Correspondent Paul

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Wood has also been to Mount Sinjar This is the one road from

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Mount Sinjar not controlled This harsh and barren terrain,

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the only way of escape for tens A few are still making

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their way out on foot. This family hid for days, silent and

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terrified, before sneaking away. There were bodies in the streets

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of the town of Sinjar, he says. A few people remain scattered

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across the mountain. They have cobbled together a camp

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with supplies dropped by the RAF. They have next to nothing but they

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say they have no choice but to flee. One man tells me had had a gun put

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to his head and was told to convert or die. Like everyone here, he says

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he will never abandon his faith. Sheltered courtesy of the British

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taxpayer, they are profoundly grateful for the aid they have

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received by they are also desperate First they came for the Christians,

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and then us, the Yazidis. They have struck all

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of the minorities. If the international community does

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not step in, The only soldiers confronting

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Islamic State in this part of Iraq The US and Britain are

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determined not to send troops. Even with US air support, there is

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not much these armed Kurds can do. They are stuck here

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along with those who fled. By one count, more than 100,000

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terrified Yazidis fled over this mountain, many of them at risk

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of dying from heat or thirst. The humanitarian catastrophe has

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been averted The question remains,

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how are these people and 1 million other displaced Iraqis going to get

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home when the Islamic State controls Most of those Yazidis are now

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in the Dohuk governate, where Kurdish officials say

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the situation is critical - it's being overwhelmed by the arrival

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of 300,000 displaced people. Our World Affairs correspondent

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Caroline Wyatt has spent the day at a hospital where the doctors

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have been treating Yazidi refugees. at a hospital where the doctors

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Volunteer Kurdish medical teams have been risking

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their lives to reach Mount Sinjar to These are

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the images they brought back. Over the past few days,

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the number still stranded there Many

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of the most vulnerable survivors are still arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan

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in urgent need of treatment. In one day alone, hospitals

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treated up to 800 casualties. In the exodus, even

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the old had to walk to survive. He told me he had to go on foot down

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the mountain for over 50 kilometres. The real focus is on how to look

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after the survivors and to treat the sick and injured from the mountains,

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and how to prevent any outbreak of disease, thanks to the conditions

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that many refugees are living in. The Yazidi families who made it to

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safety remain Maybe in a few days we may

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see some endemic diseases. We may have cholera

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because the places where they live Existing refugee camps

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are already full. The province is now home to 400,000

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people fleeing Islamic State fighters,

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doubling the population here. Support from outside is what they

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need here and some of that was visible last night in the form of

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another RAF airdrop of aid to Mount The centre of the rebel-held

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Ukrainian city if Donetsk has come under heavy shelling,

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leaving at least two people dead. The city has been surrounded for

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several weeks by Ukrainian forces, Eyewitnesses say shells landed

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on shopping centres and a university, as well as city-centre

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buildings occupied by the rebels. The latest violence comes

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as a Russian convoy, said by Moscow to be carrying aid,

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makes its way towards a rebel-held The government in Kiev says

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the convoy is a cover to send Our correspondent Steve Rosenberg

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is travelling with the convoy. Those who saw it today

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could only stop and stare. It is one

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of the largest humanitarian convoys Nearly 300 lorries packed, Moscow

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says, with aid for eastern Ukraine. All day it snaked its way to

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southern Russia before stopping in But Ukraine is reluctant to let

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the lorries in. It fears it may be a cover

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for a Russian military operation. The border with Ukraine is just

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a short drive away from here. If Russia decides to take this

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convoy across that border without the permission of Kiev,

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then the Ukrainian government will We asked to see what was in

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the lorries so they opened one up. No secret weapons shipments here,

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just sleeping bags. One of the drivers told me that

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Russia was trying to help Ukrainians and that it was the West who was

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the aggressor. America, he says,

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wants to grab Ukraine for itself. Today, Ukraine dispatched

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a rival humanitarian convoy to The Red Cross is warning that

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the humanitarian situation Thousands are lacking water

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and medicine, and with no sign In Donetsk,

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they were sifting through the rubble I don't have anywhere

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else to run to. Ukraine accuses Russia

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of starting this war. That is why when Russia says it

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wants to help by distributing aid, Joining me now from St Helier in

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Jersey is Sir Andrew Wood, former Do you trust President Putin when he

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says this is purely humanitarian? I think he has lost trust by lying

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about other things. This is a group of 280 lorries, military lorries,

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painted white, they have stopped at military bases along the way and

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they are clearly following an order to prevaricate about what is in the

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lorries. I am not surprised that Ukraine is suspicious. Our

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correspondent got access into one of the lorries, and there were just

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sleeping bags there. I am sorry? One of the lorries, which are

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correspondent saw inside, only had sleeping bags. Surely we can have

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some kind of trust in this? Why would they not cooperate properly

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with the Red Cross in explaining what was in the lorries? Why did

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they stop at the bases and why are they military lorries? All I am

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saying is that Ukraine has every reason to be distrustful of the way

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the Russians have turned to humanitarian aid, as opposed to

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military aides and military personnel. If this convoy crosses at

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a point that is controlled by pro-Russian separatists, what can

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Ukraine do? They originally said they would cross further to the

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north in Ukrainian held territory. They must have a reason for not

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doing that and the obvious supposition is sat they are

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concealing something. A Trojan horse? I did not hear. I apologise,

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the line is not good. You believe that this is a Trojan horse? How

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damaging is this for Russia's reputation? Russia's reputation has

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been severely damaged by what it has done so far. The fact that the

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president and authorities have continuously misled everybody.

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President Putin said he would cooperate instantly and fully into

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the investigation of the destruction of the Malaysian aircraft. No such

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thing happened. The rebel separatists made absolutely sure

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that no investigation was possible. I do not see any reason to see that

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they have changed their general attitude. We saw President Putin had

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been to Crimea. Does that mean Ukraine will never get Crimea back?

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In a paradoxical way, there is some reason to be relatively short that

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the president is just manoeuvring rather than making a definite

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decision. He said that Crimea is now Russian, and this is his desire and

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fate. -- its desire and fate. He did not go on to say that eastern

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Ukraine is also part of the proper Russian sphere. He did not describe

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it as new Russia. So, maybe, but there has been so much manoeuvring

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and so much changing, that it is quite hard to know what it is that

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he wants, and easy to suspect that he is not sure what he can get. We

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have to leave it there. Thank you for joining us.

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The British singer Sir Cliff Richard has had his home in Berkshire

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searched by South Yorkshire Police, in connection with an allegation

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of sexual assault involving a boy who was under 16 at the time.

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The allegation, which Sir Cliff strongly denies, was made recently

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The BBC understands the alleged sexual assault is said to have taken

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place at an event by the Christian evangelist Billy Graham at Bramall

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Our correspondent David Sillito reports.

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A small convoy of unmarked police cars arrived quietly this morning at

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this complex of apartments. From the air, we saw

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this complex of apartments. From the penthouse flat. Inside,

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this complex of apartments. From the the search. The trigger for this: An

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allegation that he the search. The trigger for this: An

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16. It was at a rally in 1985. Today I can confirm that South Yorkshire

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Police have gained entry to a property. Officers are currently

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searching the property, a search warrant was granted after the

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receipt of an allegation relating to a sexual nature. The allegation

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relates to a young boy under the age of 16 years. The owner of the

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property is not present. Sir Cliff Richard, one of Britain's most

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successful and popular performers. A committed Christian. There was a

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hint of rock and roll rebellion, but since then he

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hint of rock and roll rebellion, but clean cut family friendly music. He

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is clean cut family friendly music. He

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Wimbledon. She has clean cut family friendly music. He

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recently pledging his recordings. It is going back to grass roots, the

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album is full of iconic rock is going back to grass roots, the

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roll songs. He released a statement today.

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. It is understood about Sir Cliff is in Portugal at the moment,

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. It is understood about Sir Cliff however there was no sight of him at

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this address. Meanwhile, back at his Berkshire home, we watched as the

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police began to leave the apartment. This venture is a joint operation

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between South Yorkshire Police and Thames Valley Police, as you can

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see, the first of the vehicles are leaving. They have been in there for

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more than five hours, we have already seen items taken from the

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flat packed up in already seen items taken from the

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taken away for examination. It is just a search full stop never rest,

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no charge, one allegation that he has strenuously denied.

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President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm on the streets

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of Ferguson, Missouri, after four nights of violence that followed

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the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police there.

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The President urged all sides to take a step back,

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and called for a transparent enquiry into the shooting last Saturday.

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When something like this happens, the local authorities, including

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the police, have the responsibility to be open and transparent

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about how they are investigating it, and how they are protecting people

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There is never an excuse for violence against police or for

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those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting.

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There is also no excuse for police to use excessive force

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Or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising

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Here in the United States of America, police should not be

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bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs

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and report to the American people about what they see on the ground.

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We all need to hold ourselves to a high standard.

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BBC's Aleem Maqbool is in Ferguson, Missouri for us with the latest.

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Aleem, the President has noted the criticisms over the way the

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He did say that a couple of days as well. The last 204I was haven't been

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calm. Most protests have been like this. There have been occasions

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where looting has taken place, vandals came in last night as police

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tried to move people off the streets of Ferguson. There was

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confrontation, tear gas was fired. These people here by the side of the

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road, there are two main slogans. The first is hands up, don't shoot,

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that refers to what happened to Michael Brown, who was shot dead by

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police on Saturday morning. The police say he was involved in a

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scuffle, eyewitnesses say he approached them with his hand up.

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The other slogan is very telling, no justice no peace. They will

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continue, they say, until they see justice not in this case but in

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society as a whole. Tell us a little bit about how the community is

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broken up? When they say they want justice, it is about a full

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investigation into what happened to 18-year-old Michael Brown and

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punishment for the police officer who shot him. The other things they

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are talking about is the fact that while they are in a predominantly

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black community here in Ferguson, two thirds of the community is

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African American, they have very low representation in the government

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here, there are very few black police officers. They want that to

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change, they say they are being harassed and feel like second-class

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citizens. It has opened up an issue which is very uncomfortable, not

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just here, but in many parts of America. For the time being, thank

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you very much. A new, extended ceasefire is holding

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in Gaza after both sides briefly breached it

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soon after it began early Thursday. Israeli

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and Palestinian negotiators are expected to resume talks on Monday

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after consulting on the terms. They are seeking agreement

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on a lasting truce in Gaza Kenya's national airline will

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continue to fly to west African nations hit by the Ebola virus,

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despite the World Health Organisation's warning that the East

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African nation is "at high risk." British Airways has already

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suspended some services. More than a thousand people

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have now died in four countries. The Uruguay captain Luis Suarez has

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lost his appeal against a four-month game ban after biting an Italian

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defender during the World Cup. But the Court of Arbitration

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for Sport in Switzerland has given him permission to train with

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his new club, Barcelona. If you've no idea what any of that

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means then, like me, you need to check with Oxford Dictionaries,

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who today added all of these words It's not the

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Oxford English Dictionary, but an online offering, run by Oxford

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University Press, that focuses on current English and includes

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the modern meanings of words. Let's take a quick look at some

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of the new words or phrases that First, Amazeballs, meaning very

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impressive, enjoyable, It means

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to make an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement, whose

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actual purpose is to draw attention Second screen has been added, it's

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a mobile device used while watching And YOLO, which is simply

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an acronym for You only live once. Joining me from New York is

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Katherine Connor Martin. She's an editor with

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Oxford University Press. Thank you for joining us, these

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words, they won't reach the final version, the printed version will

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they? They may someday, it is quite possible. Right now, both the

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historical dictionary and the online dictionary are publishing words

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there first. It is faster to get information out that way and it is

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the way that most readers want to get to the information we have.

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These words added now may well be added in a year or two. Some of

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these words I can understand, whinge watch, we watch a lot of box sets.

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Hate watch as well, where you complain about it on twitter. Craig

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for crazy is another one. Shortening our characteristics of words, there

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is also abbreviations of adorable. There is also bullying. What about

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Amazeballs, but increases what you have to say. I think it is the same

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number of syllables, but the use of balls is a funny way to enhance the

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meaning of the word. It is easily recognisable because it has that

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beginning part from amazing. Informal speech uses the techniques

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of neologism, creating new words to make language more fun and

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expressive. I imagine some people are cringing listening to these new

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words. I am sure that is true, I must say that when we did the

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research on Amazeballs and found it qualify for inclusion, we looked at

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each other and thought it was get a response. We don't advocate that

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people use these words, but we just ready how people use these words. If

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new words are rising and we think that our readership will encounter

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them, we add them to the dictionary. How do they qualified them? We need

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to see that they are being used a lot in a broad array of sources. If

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something is just on twitter, we probably wouldn't do it. But if

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something has achieved a certain amount of frequency, when we think

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our readers will encounter it in their daily lives, then. My

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favourite is bro hug, while mine is listicle.

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Well that's all from the programme. Next the weather. But for now from

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me and the rest of the team goodbye.

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Hello again, today's thunderstorms caused flooding and hail. The

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weather has been influenced by

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