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This is BBC World News Today with me Daniela Ritorto.

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The atrocities in Syria's war laid bare

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The United Nations accuses government forces and Islamic State

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fighters of massacres and causing immeasurable suffering to civilians.

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Children mostly boys from the age of 14, are recruited and trained to

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fight in the ranks of IIS, along with others.

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Yet more setbacks to settling the disputed Afghan presidential

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We'll look at the consequences of the failure to finalise the result.

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A new rebel front opens up in Ukraine.

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Pro-Russian forces roll into a coastal town in the south

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Most of us would be happy to get to our 80th birthdays but how

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We meet the couple and find out the secret of their success.

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We do love each other. The most useful thing is, as long as I agree

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with her, then I am safe. Graphic details of mass atrocities

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in Syria have been detailed in a damning UN report,

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blaming both Islamic State militants The report says public executions

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are a "common spectacle" in areas under IS control - along

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with amputations and whippings. The UN is also scathing of Syrian

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government forces - saying they drop barrel bombs and chlorine gas

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on civilian neighbourhoods. Attention is now turning to whether

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the US which is targeting Islamic State with airstrikes in Iraq will

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extend their campaign to Syria. We do not know his age, but this

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looks like a boy. Firing and American howitzer captured by

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Islamic State extremists. The exact circumstances of the video cannot be

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verified but the United Nations is clear, Islamic State relies on

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massive recruitment of fighters as young as 15. The group which

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beheaded the American journalist is accused of using a systematic terror

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against civilians, especially children. Among the most disturbing

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findings in this report and accounts of large training camps were

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children, mostly boys from the age of 14, I recruited and trained to

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fight in the ranks of ices along with others. The latest UN report

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documents crimes against you manage to buy both rebels and the Syrian

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government. But it is the increasing abuses by the Islamic State which

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are highlighted this time. In areas they control, executions in public

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are common spectacle. In some cases passers-by are forced to watch. IIS

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also executed several boys, reportedly members of rival armed

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groups. The UN accepts that bodies are placed on crucifixes for up to

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three days to warn residents. Both the Syrian government and the

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Islamic Revolution are abusing children by using them as soldiers

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and spies which particularly troubles the UN. The UN worries that

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US strikes could kill many boys soldiers and kidnap victims, warning

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the US that any decision to bomb must respect the laws of war. The UN

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stresses that President Assad's government forces continue their war

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crimes, among those indiscriminate barrel bombing of civilian areas

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along with chlorine gas attacks. The UN can see no end in sight, all

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sides are engaged in fierce fighting well none appears capable of

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achieving outright military victory. Meanwhile the American journalist

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who spent two years in captivity after being kidnapped in Syria, says

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he's been overwhelmed with emotion after learning of how many people

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helped secure his release. Peter Theo Curtis had been held by the

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militant group the Al-Nusrah Front. He's now returned to his mother's

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home in Cambridge in Massachussets I had no idea when I was imprisoned

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that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. No idea when

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I was imprisoned that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. And

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I am overwhelmed that total strangers have been coming up to me

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in saying, welcome home, we're glad you are safe. Great to see you. I

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suddenly remember how good the American people are and what

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kindness they have in their hearts. To all those people I see a huge

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thank you from the bottom of my heart. That was the free postage

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Peter Theo Curtis. -- Freed hostage. Another US journalist,

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31-year-old Steven Sotloff, is still being held by Islamic militants

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from the group Islamic State. His mother, Shirley, has released

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a video appealing directly to His mother, Shirley, has released

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a video appealing directly to He is a loyal, brother, son and grandson.

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We have not seen Steven for over a year and we miss him very much. We

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want to see him home safe and sound to hug him. Since his capture, I

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have learned a lot about Islam. I have learned that Islam teaches no

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individual should be held responsible for the sins of others.

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Steven has no controls over the actions of the US governments.

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Here's an innocent journalist. The Israeli Prime Minister has gone on

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television to say that Hamas has been hit hard with none of its

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demands are met. He said Israel would respond if there was further

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rocket fire. Hamas meanwhile has been holding a victory rally in

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Gaddy where its leader praised the families of those whose relatives

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died during the conflict. Trucks from the world food programme had

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crossed into Gaza, the first time they have done so from Egypt in

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seven years. Yet another setback

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in resolving the disputed Afghan After one of the candidates,

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah boycotted His supporters allege massive fraud,

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saying that hundreds of thousands of false ballots were

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cast for his rival Ashraf Ghani. The UN are now continuing

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the audit alone. Tensions are high as Afghanistan

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still struggles to find a winner in an election which began back in

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April. Minor fights between rival party workers are daily events in

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the warehouses where the recount is taking place. Now one of the

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candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, has walked out seeing fraud has not been

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dealt with. Our team have decided to boycott the recount process. Whoever

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is for awarding this process, that is their problem, we in our team

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will withdraw ourselves from is their problem, we in our team

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process. The audit will go ahead without workers from the other camp

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either. Ashraf Ghani held a meeting with US forces here. He has agreed

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with the UN request to pull out of the process, they say they want a

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level playing field. Doctor Abdul APPLAUSE

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Was powerful ally is the former warlord working out in a gym at

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home. He is now a successful businessman.

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He is surrounded by mementos from his past. If the fraud goes on, he

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is threatening a wave of protests. An orange movements, effectively a

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revolution. TRANSLATION: If they are not clever enough to listen to the

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voice of the people, we will start an orange movements, we will occupy

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public buildings. Meeting supporters from across the country he promised

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that any action would be peaceful. But in this land where violence

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often breaks out, this may not be possible. This man said if they are

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not listened to, they will do what they did against the Russians and

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the Taliban. They will do the same thing against fraudulent

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governments. The decision by Abdul APPLAUSE

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Team to withdraw from the audit process means many Afghans will not

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accept that it is fear and it makes the prospect of street protests far

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more likely. The breakdown in law and order will

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only encourage the Taliban and make international donors cut funds more

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quickly. Julia to deal with the fraud here could have dire

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consequences. -- failure to deal with.

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Marvin Weinbaum is a former Afghanistan analyst with

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He's now a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute

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This is much more than just a power struggle from two men. He says it

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has dire consequences for Afghanistan, would you agree? But

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yes, of course. If there is a failure to gain a new government to

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come out of this process, with a government which has legitimacy,

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this is going to be a real setback. It is a question as to whether the

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international community would be willing to meet its obligations

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towards Afghanistan without which it is hard to see how Afghanistan will

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be a viable country economically and in its ability to fend off the

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Taliban. There is something deeper here. That is we have to worry about

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the possibility of actual Civil War. When this warlord speaks about

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breaking away, this is the view of many. This is a Preludes to the

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eventual splitting of the country and it is hard to believe that under

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those circumstances, once again this country will be able to survive

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politically and certainly not economically. Can we turn our

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attention to this thought process. How do we know where their doctor

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Abdullah Abdullah has a legitimate great? Does he know he has lost and

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is trying to extract maximum concessions? I think that is

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probably the case. This could well be a bargaining position, he has

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done it before, in which he is not pleased with the rules that have

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been made out by the UN. He sees those rules as leading to

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disqualification of Ashraf Ghani's votes which will not be a sufficient

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size to reverse the initial outcome of the election. This is its way to

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perhaps be able to get a different set of standards which would then

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leave many more votes questionable as to their validity. Most observers

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have a sense now that Ashraf Ghani will emerge. The real question will

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be whether, if that is the case, the two sides can nevertheless agree on

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a unity government in which Doctor Abdullah Abdullah will have

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sufficient authority as a chief executive search that his people

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will not feel they have lost. You're sitting in Washington's, --

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Washington, can John Kerry play anymore in this day you think? He

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has done it twice when he has anymore in this day you think? He

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intervenes, I would not be surprised if he tries again. It seems this

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time you can just play there's so many times. Now that Ashraf Ghani

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has stepped out of the process, many times. Now that Ashraf Ghani

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really is in the hands of the UN. If the UN can make a

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really is in the hands of the UN. If the credible case for the fact that

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it has done as good a job as it cute and then disqualifying various

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candidates, then I believe the and then disqualifying various

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that. Whether the followers of Abdullah Gul will do so is another

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question. I believe he understands the consequences of this coming

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apart and the consequences of this coming

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analysis here on the BBC. Many thanks.

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Here in the UK, there's outcry over the way the authorities failed to

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deal with years of organised sexual abuse by gangs of men in Rotherham

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a sixteen year period - up until last year.

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1400 victims of sexual exploitation in one town.

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Today, the people of Rotherham are trying to understand how such crimes

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could have been committed here, and why those in authority ignored

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I can't believe that's been going on for so long, so many years,

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My friends are on the street at ten o'clock at that.

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I would be terrified, just because of the amount of people out there.

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Seeing it. White girls with them.

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She says she was groomed by men in Rotherham from the age of 12.

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The sexual exploitation began a year later.

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She told police she had been raped several times.

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These perpetrators make you feel like it isn't a crime,

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it is just life, that's how it is, and that you are worthless.

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The police, with their response, just backed that up.

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So you sort of feel like you are overreacting, and maybe that is just

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Most of the perpetrators were men of Pakistani origin, but some staff

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at the council feared speaking up, afraid of being called racist.

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He thinks abusers should be treated like any other criminals,

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whatever their ethnic or religious background.

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It is like a bomb has been dropped in Rotherham.

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There are people who feel it isn't broken yet, and it will break

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further if we don't deal with it in a proper manner.

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Crime has been able to happen because of political correctness.

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The pressure has been mounting on Shaun Wright,

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now the elected Police and Crime Commissioner,

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but for five years, he was the cabinet member for

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the children's services in Rotherham.

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When you are part of the 63-member council you take collective

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Some at the council hoped a detailed report would help clear the air.

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For the victims, all of the many apologies so far will not be enough.

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Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way

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into the coastal town of Novoazovsk after three days of shelling.

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The town lies on the road from Russia to the key port city

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of Mariupol, it's the first significant fighting along the

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Meanwhile, fighting is also continuing further north around

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Our correspondent in Kiev David Stern joins me now.

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And when did the southern coastal part of the come back into play?

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That is the question, it came back this week, many questions raised

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about how this happened, because this really was under control of the

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government forces until now and was fairly quiet for the last month and

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stop but suddenly, rebel forces, or fighters we should say, came into

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this period to launch a major counteroffensive, and making

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headway, and the accusation by the Ukrainians and Western officials

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from the United States, just a few moments ago, is this is an

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encouraging from Russia, and indications from Western reporters

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this is the case, but what will happen with father fighting, with

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three fronts going, and whether this can be counter acted. And the

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significance is this could be a way to get a road into the Crimea?

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Exactly, the southern area is important, the southern coastal

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area, it also can provide a land bridge we are Crimea is attached to

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the Ukraine, but could also provide another supply route for the rebels,

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as well as giving them a larger easier of land. The Ukrainians are

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adamant this is a race in directive, if not actually Russian

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forces, although Russia denies this. We have seen ten Russian

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paratroopers arrested and detained yesterday and overnight. They said

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they took a wrong turn, but they were 25 kilometres within Ukraine,

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Ukrainian officials using this as evidence to sure this is a Russian

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troop invasion of Ukraine. Thank you, as always.

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A nine year-old girl in the US has accidentally killed her shooting

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instructor while being shown how to use a high-powered automatic weapon.

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The child was having a lesson at a firing range in Arizona,

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when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi submachine gun

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Just nine years old, with a loaded machine gun in her hands.

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Turn this leg forward, just like that.

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The little girl is shown how to fire the lethal weapon.

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Moments later, unable to control the gun's recoil,

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she accidentally shoots the instructor.

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Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old former soldier,

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was airlifted to hospital, but died shortly afterwards.

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The shooting range, known as Bullets and Burgers,

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is marketed as a family day out to include lunch

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and the choice of more than 20 automatic weapons to fire.

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It has been defending the policy of allowing children to handle guns.

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A nine-year-old gets an uzi in her hand, within the criteria.

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We instruct kids as young as five and they can handle firearms under

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the supervision of their parents and our professional range masters.

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The tragedy has reignited the controversy

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Many Americans cherish their right to bear arms,

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but the debate over whether that right

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should be shared by the nation's children, is intensifying.

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A couple from the English coastal town of

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Bournemouth are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today.

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Maurice and Helen Kaye, who are both more than 100 years old,

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Duncan Kennedy has been to meet them to find out the secret

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A lifetime spent having the time of their lives.

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Maurice and Helen Kaye believe they have

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Today celebrating eight decades of marriage.

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Did you think then this could last 80 years?

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I didn't think it would last the week.

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Helen 101. Maurice 102.

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After about three hours, my mother said to me,

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They then courted for four years and married on this day in 1934.

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What is the secret of this long happy marriage?

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We are very tolerant of each other and we do love each other.

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The most useful thing is, as long as I agree with her, then I am safe.

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80 years ago, in 1934, bread was tuppence a loaf.

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Helen and Maurice never once forgot their

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And if you have to give in a little bit, so you give in a little bit.

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You have to give in a little bit, as she says, she gives in a little bit.

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Four generations of family have come from 80 years of marriage, known

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Certainly, Maurice and Helen Kaye have the longest of roots, grounded

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Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, in Bournemouth.

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What a beautiful story. Congratulations to them.

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This time yesterday, we told you about British singer

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Kate Bush returning to the stage after 35 years.

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She was back on the same stage she performed on in 1979 at

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We spoke to some of those as they left the concert.

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# When I was a child Running in the night

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Absolutely everybody was on their feet.

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A dream come true. Absolutely amazing.

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# The hounds of love are hunting... #

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It's spectacular. It's worth waiting 35 years for.

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I'm from New Jersey, United States, it was fantastic, spectacular.

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It was like a rock show, a theatre show, everything, it was wonderful.

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It was theatrical, it was just out of this world.

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There was puppetry, video, videos, it was like a piece of theatre it

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We have waited 35 years to see this, so we are very excited.

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We were too young last time. Yeah.

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and she was part of my teenage years, so all of her here and all

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Visual, hearing, taste, your whole body was on a sensation.

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It just shows what an inspiration Kate Bush is.

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To visualise her music and lyrics in that way was outstanding.

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And I need to see that show five more times to see all the

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It was outstanding and it will be a memory that is with

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Some very happy Kate Bush fans there.

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The United Nations has published graphic details of what

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its says are atrocities by both sides in the conflict in Syria.

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The latest UN human rights report says that jihadists of the

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Islamic State group carry out frequent public executions that

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the population, including children, is forced to watch.

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At the same time, the UN says Syrian government forces drop barrel bombs

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and chlorine gas from helicopters. That is it from the programme. Next

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is the weather. Some mixed fortunes across the

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British Isles tomorrow. Some spells of Warren sunshine, but some hefty

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