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This is BBC World News Today with me Kasia Madera.

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Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq say they are ready to work

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with the new prime minister Haider al-Abadi and fight against

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Islamic State jihadists IF his government restores Sunni rights.

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The development comes as foreign ministers meet

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in Brussels to discuss the situation in Iraq, but they've stopped short

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of an EU-wide decision to provide military aid to Kurdish forces.

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The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has been vastly underestimated

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according to the World Health Organisation.

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They say it may take six months to bring it under control.

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Ukraine says its forces have destroyed most of a Russian armoured

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column, after it crossed the border last night under cover of darkness.

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CCTV footage is released by Ferguson police of an incident at a

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convenience store on the day unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was

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Sunni tribal leaders say they're ready to work with Iraq's new

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as long as the government protects

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It comes as ministers from across Europe have been in emergency talks

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trying to work out a coordinated response to the Iraq crisis.

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The British government said it would consider favourably any request

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from the Kurds for arms to push back Islamic State fighters who've

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Britain would join France and the United States in supplying arms to

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the Kurds, who are also struggling with a massive influx of refugees.

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It's thought 200,000 people are now in refugee camps

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in Kurdish-controlled Iraq and in parts of Syria.

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Our Correspondent Paul Wood has travelled to Syria

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This camp in Syria is the first place of century for thousands of

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years ED refugees. People walked 40 miles in 50 degrees heat to get

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here, across mountain and desert. -- Yazidis refugees. This camp has

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swollen to 15,000 people. Patriotic music drifts across the camp. We

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have heard our women screaming, says the song. Do not be afraid, we will

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defend this land and for get -- defend our honour. The song is an

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attempt to recruit among the Yazidis refugees. I know

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attempt to recruit among the Yazidis because I grew up in the mountains.

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I will go to my village and where ever I find the Islamic state I will

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kill them. They have captured our women and they are selling them, I

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will go to free my people, I will go to protect my land. The Kurdish

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forces will find a lot of volunteers in refugee camps like this. Any new

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recruits will be going up against battle hardened veterans and the jet

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had these are very well equipped and they have weapons and ammunition

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they captured from the Iraqi forces. Even with air support from

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the West the Kurdish forces will have a long and difficult task to

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recapture the towns and villages that these people came from. The

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Kurdish military have begun a training programme to get a army

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capable of defeating the jet had these. We did not choose this war,

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he says, but we have no choice to fight. The Yazidis people our our

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people and if we had not confronted the Islamic State there would have

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been a genocide. Just over the border into Iran a brand-new camp is

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being built for displaced Yazidis. The camp is better than what greeted

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them when they first fled into Syria but it is another depressing sign

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that there will be no quick end to this crisis. Thank you very much for

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I am joined by Dr Salah Al-Shaikhly, coming to speak to us.

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the former Iraqi ambassador to Britain.

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What are these people calling for? For a couple of years they have been

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demanding to be part of a decision-making process. Their

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complaint was that a decision was taken in Baghdad totally separate

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from the community. We have just had an election and all communities have

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elected their own representative to Parliament. I think number one with

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the new Prime Minister is a very intelligent and pragmatic person and

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he needs to consult the people who have been elected to Parliament and

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who have good representation in parliament of Sunni blocks and I am

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sure he will consult with the appropriate tribal leaders, but I

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must sound a word of caution. We need to be very careful about this,

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the Prime Minister needs to widen his advisories beyond the close

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circles that he is at present dealing with. Put it into context

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for us, how significant is it for these Sunni tribal leaders to say

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they are considering working with Haider al-Abadi. It is significant.

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They are not shying away from participating in the process. They

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are saying they want to participate and unfortunately previously they

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were barred from participating and accused of all sorts of things such

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as harbouring terrorists and being incubators for terrorism. They

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cannot except that because these people had been tried and proven to

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be good nationalists. During the Al-Qaeda surge, they did help in

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restraining Al-Qaeda until they diminished to nothing. These are

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patriots who actually want to work with the government for the national

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interest. Why did Haider al-Abadi when the previous man was in power,

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why did he not try to influence them to be more inclusive? If you follow

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the news you will find that the previous Prime Minister had a close

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circle of people on whom he depended for advice. This is really one of

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the problem is why everybody wanted a change of leadership. Hyder al

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Mahdi was a chairman for another parliamentary committee and

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consequently he was concentrating on his work. -- Haider al-Abadi. I

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think the situation is now very different and the country is facing

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a huge problem with ISIS and then the occupation of one third of

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Iraq. We now have the U repair in union saying that member states can

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help to arm the Kurds. -- the European Union. Are you happy with

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that and the arrival of an autonomous Kurdish military? This is

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good news. I have no fear of an autonomous Kurdish region because

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the Kurds have been good Iraqis. They willing in 2003 came to Baghdad

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and they wanted to participate in the political process. They want to

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be autonomous? Eventually perhaps they do. If we had managed to solve

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the problem in 1918 we would not have this problem now. The problem

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is every single Iraqi government that came to power in Baghdad

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decided to put them down. These are a proud people. Of course they want

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their own national aspirations but nothing to do with whether or not

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they want to acquire arms from the European Union. They want to acquire

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arms to defend the borders that extend from Syria to Iran where

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there are pressuring -- where they are facing huge pressure from ISIS.

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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. A lot more on our website

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as always. Now let us move on. Ukrainian officials are saying their

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artillery destroyed a significant part of a Russian armored column

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that is reported to have crossed Nato has condemned what it said was

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an incursion and Britain has summoned the Russian

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envoy over the reports. Meanwhile Ukrainian border guards

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have begun inspecting a convoy of more than 200 Russian trucks

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carrying aid to eastern Ukraine. The convoy is currently parked south

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of the city of Kamensk-Shakhtinski. David, a discrepancy over this

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armoured column. What is happening there? Well, the armoured column

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apparently moved into Ukraine from Russian territory late on Thursday

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night and this is not the first time we have heard from Western

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officials, from Ukrainian officials, saying that armoured vehicles are

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entering from Russia with Russian troops. It is the first time that

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Western journalists have witnessed and there were two Western

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journalists that saw armed personnel vehicles moving into Ukraine. The

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Ukrainians say they destroyed a significant portion of this column

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and this convoy. The Ukrainian president said this. The Russians

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deny that any column went into Ukraine and as a result they are

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denying that any column was destroyed but in return they are

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saying that the Ukrainians are trying to derail the humanitarian

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effort on purpose by escalating the fighting and this is causing a great

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deal of concern. We are expecting that the Foreign Minister is of

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Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will be meeting in Berlin on Sunday

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to try and de-escalate this situation that seems to be rising in

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another upsurge, as we have seen before. Meanwhile the actual aid

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convoy is still on the border? That is absolutely right. There is some

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progress. The Ukrainian officials have come onto Russian territory,

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border guards and customs officials and they are supposed to start

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looking at the cargo and ultimately giving it approval. This does not

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necessarily mean that when the approval comes the trucks will be

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moving immediately onto Ukrainian territory. It should be said that

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Russian trucks will be moving into Ukraine, this is apparently the

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agreement. This cargo will be taken over by the Red Cross but the Red

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Cross say they need security guarantees for their own people

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before they give the green light. This is a very critical situation,

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the populations in eastern Ukraine are facing a humanitarian crisis and

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we are also seeing humanitarian aid coming from the Ukrainian side which

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will hopefully reach the civilian population soon. Thank you very

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much. The World Health Organisation says

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the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could be vastly

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underestimated. The official death toll has now

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risen to 1,145, however the real WHO says extraordinary measures

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are needed to tackle the epidemic. Our Health Correspondent Branwen

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Jeffreys has more details. Dealing with a health crisis in a

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popular situation like this is a huge challenge for the authorities.

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In bowl is deadly and contagious and there are fears it could spread

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easily from busy hubs like this, especially since that redbrick

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building is a hospital where the first victim was diagnosed and then

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died. The authorities have since introduced stringent measures to

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prevent the pirates from spreading. We have some of our officers who are

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screening and dedicated to reviewing the forms, already completed on

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board. We have somebody doing the observation and walking through the

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passengers and holding a hand-held digital infrared monitor to read the

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temperature. Anything beyond 30 Celsius is maybe indicative of the

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Ebola virus. The government is educating the public as it tries to

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contain the virus and keep it from spreading. One of Nigeria's

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favourite delicacies is this spicy roast meat. Normally this place

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would be teeming with customers but the government is watching the

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public -- warning the public to watch what they touch and eat. Much

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of this is beef and they are concerned it may have come into

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contact with bush meat that could be contaminated with the bowler virus.

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The lack of customers here could mean that the message is getting

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through to some. Nigerians are now changing their habits as the fear of

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the Ebola by risky than alert. I am a pharmacist and previously I did

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not use to work with gloves but in recent times I have had to do that

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because I have two protect myself. I come into contact with all sorts of

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people every day. The main concern is that such a deadly virus if not

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contained could spread easily and lead to a crisis in this densely

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populated city. Police in the US state of Missouri

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have named Darren Wilson as the police officer who shot dead an

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unarmed black teenager last weekend. The shooting of Michael Brown

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triggered several nights Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson

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earlier refused to name the officer, By naming officer Wilson

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the authorities have met demands by protesters and civil liberty

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campaigners to identify him. They have released a surveillance

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video which shows Michael Brown and another man coming into

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confrontation with a man over a box of cigars. He is the prime suspect

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in an alleged robbery that occurred minutes before the shooting,

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describing him as being dressed in khaki shorts and a white T-shirt and

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a red baseball hat. The police have named the officer involved as Darren

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Wilson. Shayan Elahi is

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a civil rights attorney in Dallas. He is a Pakistani American

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and he joins me now through Skype. The release of this that each will

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inflame the situation which is already highly volatile. It may but

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the focus will remain the same, that another black teenager who was

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unarmed was shot by a police officer in broad daylight. It doesn't matter

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what this gentleman was doing beforehand. The whole idea that he

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was on armed and killed in his own neighbourhood. There is a systemic

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problem. A lot of people will distract from the issue to put the

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focus on this young man, just like they tried to do with another young

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man who was killed. But is where America goes wrong. Any to focus on

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the problem itself. What is the problem in your understanding? The

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problem is illustrated by the response in Missouri. Right after

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the death of Michael Brown, of course people will be upset and come

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out onto the street. The paramilitary response is completely

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symbolic of what has happened to the American police force and how it

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overreacts to every given situation. This is a problem that

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President Obama is ignoring in his second term in office. Is this an

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issue that the police are armed? A race issue? What is your

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understanding of it? There is a huge racial undertone to the way the

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police department behave with young black men in America. There is no

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question about that. The statistics back it up completely. Just this

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week, there was an on armed death in Dallas by the hand of a police

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officer, another black man. These things keep happening. Why? There

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was a problem. President Obama has a great opportunity to tie any help he

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gives and we know a lot of paramilitary equipment is given to

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the police by defence and... We have seen some of the problems, we have

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seen some of the riots and the amount of teargas and we have seen

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the situation dissolves somewhat with the way that the state police

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have come in. Is that the way forward? That is a Band-Aid. They

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have brought in this African-American race officer and

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put him in charge. That is really putting a Band-Aid on a deep wound.

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It is essentially even pandering, some would say. Even

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African-American police officers behaved badly with young

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African-American men and that is as distant Mick issue. You don't have

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to believe... Numbers don't lie. There are more on armed black males

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being killed in America by police officers than anyone else. Thank

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you. Clashes have broken out

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in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala after shots were fired

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at the car of Pakistani opposition His spokeswoman says his car was

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hit but Mr Khan was not injured. He was on his way to the capital

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Islamabad with a group of supporters to try and put pressure on Prime

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Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. We can talk to our correspondent

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Shahzeb Jillani in Islamabad. The last thing on the details, the

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circumstances of this attack. I am currently in is a bad on the road

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where Imran Khan is expected next couple of hours. He said off from

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the eastern city of Lahore yesterday for is bad. Earlier today, his

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convoy was passing through the city of Gujurat and did came under attack

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from a mob. There was panic. His supporters sought cover, baby Kelly

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aided and in the clashes, quite a few Biba were injured. -- and in the

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clashes, quite a few people were injured. We have talked to be blunt

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the ground, there was no evidence yet of shots being fired at him but

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after that incident, Imran Khan essentially switched. His convoy had

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been moving slowly, he moved into a bullet-proof vehicle and has been

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speeding his way to Islamabad. He is approaching the outskirts of

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Islamabad. He is expected in the next few hours. The plan is, when he

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gets here, they plan to hold a sit in an demand resignation from the

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Prime Minister Nass was Sheriff. -- as was Sharif. -- the Prime

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Minister. There is a lot of nervousness and uncertainty of what

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might happen in Islamabad today and tomorrow. Thank you.

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The drugs watchdog for the NHS in England is being criticised

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for rejecting a treatment for men with prostate cancer.

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Abiraterone is available after chemotherapy, but

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the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says it's too

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Our health correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.

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For this man, a prostate cancer diagnosis was a shock but the drug

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abiraterone has kept healthy and well enough to continue working.

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Life has not gone dramatically down. I have been able to keep things

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stable, enjoy family and working life and to carry on the way I have

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done before. This drug is already prescribed to some men as an end of

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life treatment when they are dying from prostate cancer treatment. --

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from prostate cancer. Last week, with the breast cancer drug, the NHS

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watchdog says this treatment fails to offer value for money. The

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company is asking for, it simply doesn't match that additional

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benefits that it brings. This is a general problem for mice macro at

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the moment with new cancer treatment. Every year, laboratories

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like this one diagnosed around 40,000 cases of prostate cancer

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across the UK. It is the most common form of the disease in men. As

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tested has improved, the disease has been spotted quicker so survival

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rates have soared in recent decades. But campaign groups say men deserve

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access to the best treatment. This is a fiasco. We have blame giving to

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each other for why this isn't happening. They all say they are

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disappointed but disappointed is not good enough. These are difficult

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judgements, balancing the gift of precious time with families against

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an NHS drugs bill that could soar out of control.

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It seems like these days you can rent just about anything,

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In Germany, a scheme that roughly translates as 'adopt a grandparent'

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This girl goes for a cycle ride with her grandparents, well, sort of.

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Paul and Charlotte are her adopted grandparents, part of a scheme to

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link young families with older couples who want grandchildren. If

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you look at other older people, they are just sitting in front of the

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television. I have this lively relationship. It gives me something

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to do. And when she is drawing a picture and she draws three Hearts

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and my name is on one of them, that really touches me. Paul and his wife

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have helped raise to raise said she was three, as well as psycho, they

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have taught her to swim and taken her on holiday. -- as well as

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cycling. Every Monday, Charlotte meets me after school and we go

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swimming. Then, we go home and have food. After, I can go home or stay

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the night with Charlotte and Paul. The older people who get involved in

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the scheme are often driven by a desire to have in their lives. This

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scheme is allows German pensioners to remain active, contribute and

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feel valued, as well as providing essential support to the young

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families they help. Relationships have broken down and to paedophiles

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have got past the check-in procedures over the 25 year history

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of the scheme. But the project remains popular with good feedback.

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A lot of the grandparents say they feel better, they have something to

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do, it helps them that their health and it helps them understand young

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people. Back at the cycle park, the mother is there. She says they help

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is invaluable. I wanted to have an older couple for to raise because to

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have parents and grandparents and my parents are far away from Berlin. A

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true Bond has developed between these one-time strangers, providing

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both young and old with much-needed friendship and support.

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Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of murdering his wife

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while on honeymoon, has been found fit to stand trial in South Africa

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The 34 year old Bristol businessman is accused of ordering the murder

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of his 28-year-old wife Anni, who was shot in Cape Town in 2010.

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Mr Dewani, who denies murder, was extradited from Britain in April.

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Let's end the programme on the southern coast of France

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where President Hollande has joined anniversary of one

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of the most important operations of World War II.

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On August 15, 1944, 50,000 Allied troops stormed the coast

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near Marseille and Toulon, beginning the liberation

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It came two months after the successful D-Day landings

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in Normandy in northern France, and was aimed at opening up

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More on our website. Goodbye. Clear skies overnight will allow

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temperatures to fall away. This area of low pressure just north of the

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British Isles will control out whether through the weekend. The

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winds will get pretty strong so it will be blustery. Outbreaks

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