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This is BBC World News Today with me Daniela Ritorto.

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A long-term ceasefire is agreed between the Palestinians and Israel.

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Crowds celebrate with gunfire on the streets of Gaza City.

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We will be looking at what has been agreed.

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A stiff handshake between Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian

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counterpart in Minsk, just hours after Kiev released video of Russian

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A new-look government has been unveiled in France,

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but will the new cabinet just be facing the same old problems?

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And she's back! Kate Bush takes to the stage

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at London's Hammersmith Apollo for her first live show since 1979.

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After seven weeks and more than 2,000 deaths, a long-term ceasefire

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has been agreed between the Israelis and Palestinians to end

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It officially came into force two hours ago.

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Despite many earlier temporary ceasefires,

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this time both sides say they're committed to a long-term truce.

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Let's take a look at some of the details.

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The agreement involves the opening of Gaza's border

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crossings with Israel and Egypt for aid and reconstruction supplies,

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as well as a widening of its fishing zone in the Mediterranean.

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The two sides will meet again in a month's time where they're

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expected to talk about other sticking points, including

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the release of 100 Palestinian prisoners recently rearrested

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Let's go live now to Jerusalem and speak to Kevin Connolly.

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I guess my question is why now? What gave?

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This was the unlimited cease-fire that both sides were waiting for.

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Both sides claiming victory, not clear what pushed either side to

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agree. It is clear the biggest force behind the talks were the Egyptians.

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The Palestinian president thanked Qatar for their help and the

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Americans for their help, so it could be right that pressure was put

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on the political leader of Hamas and was a sticking point to the talks.

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Perhaps pressure was put on him by Qatar. It is difficult to know what

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happens behind the scenes. But we know both sides will meet cam with

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calm, they will continue to hold back and not fire and within that

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context you are more likely to see reconstruction following in over the

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borders. -- cam. -- were expecting it to be sooner when

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the Israelis and Palestinians need sooner and start discussing some of

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these infrastructure projects, things like sea ports and airports

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that have been on the table for many years and have not been resolved.

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There is a lots to be seen and it is a huge challenge. In the meantime,

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we are at this stage, like you said, with an unending cease-fire, so

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there is no time limit dependent on any other negotiations and we are

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expecting the cam to carry on. -- calm.

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Here's the moment the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, confirmed

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We have managed to declare our acceptance to the Egyptian

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initiative, with Gaza being provided with foodstuff and supplies and

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reconstruction efforts, desperately needed. We confirm that our full

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appreciation Egypt who have done a lot for a long time to reach a

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formula that all parties could agree to. And also confirm that the state

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of Qatar has also participated in that.

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Mahmoud Abbas there. The Israeli government spokesman

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Mark Regev is in Jerusalem for us. Hamas is claiming this as a victory.

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We saw gunfire in the streets there. Is this an Israeli victory, though?

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First of all, let's hope the cease-fire holds. We have had a

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whole series that have been violated by Hamas and we hope this does well.

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Is it a victory for Israel? Our goal was to end rocket fire on Israeli

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civilians, to end the terra tunnels. --

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Terror. Our Israel is safer than they were 50 days ago? -- are

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Israelis. They are safer as the network of tunnels has been

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eliminated. We have taken out a large part of their missile

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stockpiles, their rocket arsenals, that has been achieved, and I think

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Hamas leadership understands today, probably better than before, that it

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is not in their interest to target Israeli civilians. But the proof of

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the pudding will be in the eating. I hope Hamas honours this commitment

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is to nonviolence. If they do, we can start normalising our

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relationship with Gaza. What with that look like? We impose

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restrictions on Gaza because there was a security threat. They were

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shooting rockets at our people, they were conducting attacks. If that is

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to cease, that allows us to have a more normal relationship regarding

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fishing and border crossings and other issues that are important to

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the people of Gaza. Many thanks for joining us.

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My pleasure. It was an awkward handshake,

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but the presidents of Russia and Ukraine did meet

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for the first time in months today. The meeting came hours after Ukraine

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detained ten Russian soldiers on its soil, claiming they were

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on a special mission 20 kilometres But officials

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in Moscow say the soldiers crossed Our correspondent Steve Rosenberg

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reports from close to Ukrainian tanks on the move. The

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front line is ten miles from here. But it felt much closer. This is the

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town. They have grown used to the sound of water here. -- war. At the

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local hospital, casualties keep arriving. This person lost a leg. It

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is Russia she blames. She believes Moscow is behind the rebellion in

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eastern Ukraine. TRANSLATION: Dear Mr Putin, we are told that fighters

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and weapons are coming from Russia. Take pity on us as we are choking

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from Greece and blood. Please take back your men. -- grief.

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Ukraine released a video of Russian paratroopers who have been captured

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in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies sending troops. A military source

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told a Russian news agency that the men had crossed over by accident.

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Embarrassing for Moscow, but it had not stopped Ukraine's President

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Petro Poroshenko shaking hands with the Russian president at a summit in

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Minsk. Expectations for the meeting were low, it is unlikely to change

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the reality on the ground any time soon.

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were low, it is unlikely to change the reality In recent weeks,

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Ukrainian forces have made some gains in the fight against the

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separatists. But the militants are digging in and there is no end in

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sight to the fighting. This was Donetsk today, the pro-Russian

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fighters that control the city accuse the Ukrainian military of

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indiscriminate shelling. In one underground shelter, Marina says she

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wants her old life back. TRANSLATION: A peaceful life, where

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children can walk outside without fear. For now, it is life in the

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basement that is the safer option. For more on Ukraine,

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you can visit our website. There you'll find background

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and analysis on key figures in the conflict, as well as a

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timeline on the crisis in Ukraine. An independent investigation has

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found evidence of what it calls appalling abuse of at least 1400

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children in a town in northern England. The investigation over a

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period of 16 years as girls as young as 11 were raped many times over and

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that local authorities knew about it.

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For more than a decade, young children face -- faced brutality. We

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know that the police and council both knew. It is hard to describe

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the appalling nature of the abuse the victims suffered. Today the

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failings were revealed. They were traffic to other towns and cities in

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the North of England. They were taken, beaten and intimidated. There

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were examples of children being doused with petrol and been

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threatened to be set alight. They were threatened with guns, maybe to

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witness rates and threatened that they would be next if they told

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anyone. -- made to witness rates. The report reveals that young

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children, many in care, were repeatedly... There are some things

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that I don't remember, but there are things I will never forget. We have

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protected this woman's identity. Speaking to Panorama, she said she

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was 14 when the abuse began. The man that allegedly groomed and raped her

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has never been arrested. The police were aware and they never stopped

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it. I think it encouraged him and it almost became a game to him, he was

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untouchable. The report says the abusers were mainly from Britain's

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Pakistani community. Today's inquiry says their was concern about

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highlighting their ethnicity. The report says it wants to downplay the

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ethnic dimensional. They were more concerned about: -- more concerned

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about community cohesion. There were many people that ought to have been

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better protected. I am deeply sorry for it. Should you consider your

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position? The report makes it plain that services have improved and they

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are improved under my tenure. Can people have confidence in Rotherham

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Council? I think the report indicates they can and that services

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have improved. An apology from the police, too, the force ignorant

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victims. We recognise we failed. From the start, I wanted to offer a

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sincere apology to victims and families. Were told that change is

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here. Council and police say victims were listened to. Too late for the

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childhoods, ruined by years of abuse.

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The first votes in the Scottish independence referendum are close to

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being cast. Postal ballots have been sent out from today. Last night, the

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final debate featured fiery exchanges. Let -- and they clashed

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on the currency, the NHS and Britain's Trident nuclear

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deterrence. A snap poll of Scott says that Alex Salmond was the

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better performer. Now a look at some

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of the days other news. Senior American officials say

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President Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria

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intended to gather intelligence on Defence officials say Mr Obama

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approved reconnaissance flights over The US is already carrying out air

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strikes against Islamic State The World Health Organisation's

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calling for a ban on the use of It also wants sales

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to children to stop. In a report,

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the health body says there must be no more claims that the devices can

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help smokers quit, until there is Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has

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been hit by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, the largest since

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tremors began in the area last week. The country's weather bureau said

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despite the shock - the fourth magnitude five quake

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in 48 hours - there is still no sign The president of Iraq's autonomous

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Kurdish region has said that Iran supplied weapons and ammunition to

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Iraqi Kurds to help them fight President Massoud Barzani made

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the remarks as the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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visited the region's capital, Irbil. Speaking

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at a joint press conference, Mr Zarif said Iran would not be

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sending any soldiers to the region. In The key people require

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assistance, including defence assistance.

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-- the people of Iraq. We do not intend to send soldiers there. We

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believe that the volunteers and intend to send soldiers there. We

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regular army are quite capable of defending their territory.

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The UN says that one of its helicopters has crashed in Sudan.

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Three crewmen were killed and one was injured. They said that the

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cargo helicopter may have been shot down in an area that is contested

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between the government and rebels. The French president,

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Francois Hollande, has unveiled his new government, after it was

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forced to resign on Monday. The ministers who publicly

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criticised the President's economic policies are out, but some familiar

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names have remained in their posts. We'll be live in France

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for some analysis in a moment, but first let's take a look at what

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kind of France will they inherit. We will speak to an expert via web

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link. Bruno Cautres,

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from the Centre for the Study of French Political Life, joins us

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now via web link from Grenoble. The third cabinet this week. Will it

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make a difference? Most of the Cabinet were already

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bad. There has been one significant change, the former adviser of

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Francois Hollande, who is believed to be the right side of his brain.

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It is the most important sign, which is that he will replace him.

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We should talk about Francois Hollande. He has faced open

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rebellion. He is only two years into his presidency. His ratings are

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abysmal, so is the economy. What will it take to turn things around?

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I do not think that there is any choice for him, he has to do go the

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same direction that he has. He said in January that he was going to be a

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social democrat. He wants France to reduce its deficit. There is the

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question of the competitiveness of the French economy. He went so far

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into that direction now that there will be no U-turn to the left.

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We have seen the headlines today about the crisis on the left. But

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the right side is a mess as well, they have no leader and they are

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divided. Yes, the right is divided. The only

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winner is Le Pen. The right is just waiting for the return of Sarkozy,

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which will probably be announced in September.

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I heard some analysis today that was interesting that was put to me that

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there was criticism of the posterity policy being introduced by Francois

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Hollande and the government. But France is not being steered enough

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-- is not being Ostia -- is not cutting costs enough in the eyes of

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the world? Yes, I think that Francois Hollande

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will explain in a few days that he is suffering from the political

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situation in France that actually he needs help from Germany and Angela

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Merkel, and to delays, because it is obvious that France will not be able

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to reduce its deficit in the short time. It is likely that the GDP will

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be more than 4%. So I think that Francois Hollande will try and

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convince the Germans that he has now shown that he is going in the

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direction of competitiveness, but he needs help and he needs to be

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supported by Germany. The enigmatic singer Kate Bush is

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just minutes away from taking to the stage

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for the first time in 35 years. It was in 1979 that she performed

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her one and only live tour And that's where she

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and her fans are right now. I can feel the excitement from here.

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What is happening? Yes, the last time at Kate Bush

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played a gig was 1979, here at the same venue, Hammersmith Apollo. I

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have spoken to people who have come from Australia, Thailand, Los

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Angeles, some without tickets, desperate to get in. This man has

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been standing here with a sign. How happy are you? I am delighted.

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People are coming from all over to see the singer that they thought

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would never play live again. # It is me, Cathy #.

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This is the moment that made Kate Bush a star, in 1978. Wuthering

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Heights was the first song by a woman to top the charts. The next

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year, she went even further. It was an experience that she loved.

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I you really happy? I cannot believe the audience.

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Since then, Kate Bush has released at albums, one at albums, 18 BRIT

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Award and become one of music's most influential artists.

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None of her songs are normal. She is just too she is. She is a

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mystery. What she has never done is play

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another show until tonight. But why? The time has not been right. I think

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that she has spent her time writing and recording these albums and she

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is a perfectionist. I think that is what she felt her time was best

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spent doing, was creating music and also raising her family.

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But now the wait is finally over. I cannot wait. It is some exciting.

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I have waited 35 years that it will happen now. I have no words.

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Just like her life, these shows have been shrouded in mystery. Although

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her concert poster shows her in a life jacket, leading to expectations

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that there could be a watery theme. Tonight, people will find out.

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Yes, so much excitement about a night's gig, mainly because people

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do not know what will be in them. There could be a theme about water.

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He pulled believe that she has been training in a flotation tank. I will

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see if I can speak to someone. You live on the BBC. I have seen some

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people arriving. Frank Skinner, Lily Allen. Here are some more people

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arriving. They are getting their tickets out. You are live on the

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BBC. Where have you come from? Not too far away. What are you

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expecting? It will be incredible.

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Who is the biggest fan. I am. I am expecting to say hello to

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Kate Bush afterwards. You have a secret past. What you

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think that she will be playing? I hope that she will play all the

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hits. It will be really the actual call.

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Why has she not been playing music for so long?

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She has been looking after her little boy.

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It looks like you manage to get here. Did you buy your tickets?

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I did. I know somebody in the band. She has not played for 35 years. How

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much excitement is there? There is quite a lot. Look around.

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There is a buzz in the air. When it starts in 20 minutes time.

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Enjoy meeting her afterwards. There are the fans heading into Kate

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Bush's first gig in more than 20 years.

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Now, we do like to bring you pictures of the weird and wonderful

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here on World News Today and here's a beauty from Australia.

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Two farmers in Tasmania found this sheep, who

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they believe has been wandering wild for six years and never been shorn.

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Peter and Netty Hazel discovered the animal, they nicknamed Shaun,

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wandering on their farm and decided to take him in.

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They estimate his coat weighs 20 kilos.

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They plan to shearing Shaun to see if he can break the record for

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Before we go, here are the main headlines.

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After seven weeks, more than 2000 deaths, a long-term cease-fire has

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been agreed between the Israelis and Palestinians. This is the scene live

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here in Gaza City, where for the two hours, there has been gunfire in the

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street in celebration at the end of the conflict at least for now. Thank

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you for watching the programme. See you again soon.

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Much of the UK on Tuesday had sunshine around. Southern areas had

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sunshine and showers. It will

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