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This is BBC World News Today with me, Tim Willcox.

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President Putin stops all Russian flights to Egypt.

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They'll remain suspended until it's known what Saturday's plane crash.

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As caused ends in Myanmar - President campaigning Sein says

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his government the Thein army will respect the

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As campaigning ends in Myanmar - President Thein Sein says his

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government and the army will respect the outcome of Sunday's election.

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Rescuers in Brazil search for survivors after a village is

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In training with Tim Peake, as he prepares to become the first

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official British astronaut to go to the International Space Station.

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A week after a Russian jet crashed after taking off from the Egyptian

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resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Moscow has halted all flights to

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bring home around 45,000 Russian tourists.

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Meanwhile, there's been confusion for British holidaymakers in Sharm

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The first two British planes to leave the resort

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since the government suspended flights have landed in the UK,

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but hundreds of passengers have had their flights cancelled

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Our Middle East Correspondent Orla Guerin has spent the day with

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Well, the number of Britons who managed to

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leave here today and get back to the UK was far less than expected.

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One airline, easyJet, was blaming the Egyptian

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authorities, claiming that they were blocking flights from landing.

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Officials here, for their part, said many of those flights never

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had permission to come here in the 1st place.

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They have also been complaining about the mountains of luggage being

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left behind by the holiday-makers, saying this is interfering with

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Some of those we met here today said that in spite of the enhanced

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security measures, they were still nervous about flying out of Sharm

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el-Sheikh, and many who are unsuccessful will have to come back

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Checking under the hood at the entrance to a report,

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Local tell us it is not always like this.

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Homeward bound, Michaela from London, who came to celebrate her

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18th birthday in Egypt with her mum,

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Mia, facing long queues for a thorough security check,

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unlike the flight they took just days ago.

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Today is very, very different, because last time,

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we just rushed through and it was a domestic flight so I

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don't think the security was very good.

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Well, there are tight security measures here today.

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Passengers and aircrew are being patted down.

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Bags are being carefully screened and the staff are very happy

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Those returning to the UK are travelling light.

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There are no suitcases going in the hold for security reasons.

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That is because of concerns that a bomb could be

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smuggled on board with the luggage, as may have happened last Saturday.

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Russia is still burying those killed in the skies here.

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Now, it too has suspended flights, to any airport

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in Egypt, a devastating blow by a staunch ally.

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Amidst all the security measures today, we saw a local company

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In theory, that gets passengers to the top of the queue for screening,

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but we saw some walking away, perhaps to be checked elsewhere.

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The British Embassy are a waste of time.

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The British ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, was being pursued

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by the media and some irate passengers at the airport.

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He blamed complicated logistics, not Egyptian obstructions,

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Are the flights going out today, then?

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Our aim is to get as many people home as soon as possible.

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And of course our priority is to get home...Give people a chance to get

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home who have been waiting since the flights were cancelled

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It will take a little bit of time and I know

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how frustrating it is to not know exactly how long it is going to take

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For Mia and her daughter, it could take another day.

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We've just been told there are no planes to take us home.

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They're waiting for some planes to come over

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from England and I just spoke to them just now and they have said

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they thought it was very doubtful we would be flying home today.

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We were really geared up for going home.

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Some did manage to make that journey, on two easyJet flights.

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These photos were sent to us by Sarah Cotterell,

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She, her sister, and their five teenage children, had been trying

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And the first flight stranded Britons has now arrived back in the

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Some were overcome with emotion when they touched down on home soil.

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We were at Sharm airport on Wednesday night and they announced

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there was bad weather and we were hearing from home that it was

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because of a terror threat or a bomb threat or something.

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The first flight of stranded Britons has now arrived back

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in the UK, but long after all the holiday-makers come home, there will

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be lasting damage to Egypt's tourist industry and its reputation.

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Well, the airport terminal is a lot calmer now.

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The crowds have disappeared for the moment.

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There was a great deal of chaos and anger here today.

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Things certainly didn't go according to plan.

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We believe that by the end of the day, only eight flights will

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We saw holiday-makers turning up, many with young children,

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spending hours inside the terminal, herded into departures.

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In some cases, to be herded back out into the departure area and

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And then, of course, for the authorities in Cairo,

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that massive blow during the course of the day, the decision by

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the Russians to halt their flights not only here to the Red Sea resort

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airport in this country. Now, the Russians are the mainstay of tourism

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here. Many business owners have said to me, without them, there is no

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tourism here, so there is vitally needed revenue at stake but

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this is also a massive dent to Egypt's international reputation and

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of course the authorities in Cairo will be worrying out how many more

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countries might decide to follow suit and effectively make travel to

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Our Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg, says the suspension

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of flights represents a change of heart from the Russians.

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The Kremlin doesn't normally do U-turns,

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Around lunchtime today, I spoke to President Putin's press secretary.

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He said that the UK hadn't shared any intelligence with Moscow.

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He said he didn't know what the UK was basing its intelligence on.

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And it seemed at that time that Russia was quite happy to allow

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its planes to carry on flying to Egypt.

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What's more, yesterday, a Russian official accused Britain

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of trying to put psychological pressure on Moscow by suspending

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Well, tonight, Russia too has suspended flights, all flights,

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to Egypt, and although the Kremlin is insisting that it is still

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keeping an open mind about the causes of this disaster, it does

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seem as if Moscow now believes it may have been a bomb that caused

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The US says it's to boost security for US-bound flights

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from some airports in the Middle East as a precaution, following

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The move was announced by the Homeland Security Secretary,

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Jeh Johnson, who said the US would review its assessments

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of foreign airports and introduce tougher screening of luggage

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Two people are confirmed to have been killed after a dam burst

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in Southeastern Brazil - flooding a large area with toxic sludge.

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Officials near the town of Mariana say dozens more people are missing.

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Efforts to find survivors are being hampered because of fears

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For the very latest, I spoke to our correspondent in Rio

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Our correspondent Julia Carneiro joins us from Rio de Janeiro.

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What is the latest? The pictures look truly dreadful. Yes, the

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situation on the ground is very daunting. It is hard to get there.

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Helicopters have been flying over the area for the whole day, looking

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for people stranded in the middle of all that mugs. Since morning, many

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people have been evacuated and taken to the city of Mariana. It is an old

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colonial town but it is about 23 kilometres away from the area that

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was hit. The areas hit are all rural districts and there was a press

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conference with authorities there they said that a total of 5

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different districts where hips, that this river of sludge that stream

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from the dam that burst its as far as about 60 kilometres away from the

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area, so it really extended through a huge area, leaving a trail of

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devastation, ruined houses and the environmental impact that it may

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have caused is still unclear and still being assessed. And what about

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the number of dead and injured? Are there any preliminary figures about

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that? Yes, there is 1 death confirmed and there was 1 body that

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was found in a river around 100 kilometres away, so authorities have

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still not confirmed that is related to this or not. It seems that many

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people managed to escape, because the area is so great that there was

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a little bit of time from the moment that it became clear that the dam

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had burst until people... So many people managed to flee, managed to

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find safe points in higher areas and many people who were stranded in

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these higher areas for hours until they were rescued by helicopter is,

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but there are still at least 13 people that are unaccounted for,

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that are missing, and rescue operations continue even in these

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very difficult conditions to try to find them. And what actually

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happened with the dam? Was it being repaired or was there some sort of

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fault? What happened? It came out now that it was actually 2 dams that

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burst. The higher 1 burst 1st and cause the 2nd 1 at a lower level to

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give in. These were dams that stored residue from Ireland or -- ire ore

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mining operations in the area and it is not clear what happened but 1

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thing that is being considered is there was moderate seismic activity

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in the area just an hour or so before the 1st dam bursts of that is

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1 of the possibilities that is being investigated here by the

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authorities. OK. Thank you very much.

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President Obama has rejected plans to build

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a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the United States.

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He said the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't in the national interest -

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it wouldn't boost the US economy or the country's energy security.

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The oil industry has been lobbying for the pipeline,

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and contenders for the Republican presidential candidacy have

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A strike at Lufthansa has forced the cancellation of 290 flights

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in Germany and left nearly 40,000 passengers grounded.

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Lufthansa's main cabin crew union called a week-long strike starting

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from Friday, after last-minute talks between staff

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and management over early retirement benefits and pensions broke down.

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A spokesman for Sepp Blatter has told the BBC that the suspended Fifa

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president is recovering following a medical incident.

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Doctors have placed him under evaluation with

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his spokesman explaining that the pressure he is currently under

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The 79-year-old was provisionally suspended for 90 days in October

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amid the worst corruption scandal in the history

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Myanmar's President, Thein Sein, has promised his government

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and the Burmese army will respect the result of the general election.

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Speaking on television, the President said he believed that the

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vote, to be held on Sunday, would be free and fair and would reflect

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The opposition National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu

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Kyi, is expected to make big gains, against the governing Union

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Solidarity Development Party, which has just held its last big rally.

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Our Myanmar correspondent Jonah Fisher was at that rally in Yangon.

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Myanmar's ruling party knows it is going to lose this election.

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Back in 2010, it won nearly 60% of the vote and nearly 60%

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This time round, Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for

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The question is how many seats can the USDP hold onto?

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Why will you be voting for the USDP?

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The president has brought many changes in Myanmar.

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He makes things happen and we like it.

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He has brought lots of improvements in many areas, like new roads.

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So this leaflet is being handed out at the rally.

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It doesn't say it is from the USDP, but it is

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religious in its content and it specifically says the general's

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daughter - that is a reference to Aung San Suu Kyi - may allow Muslim

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our country, a reference to one of the hottest topics in this election,

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the treatment of Muslims and specifically the Rohinge Muslims

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in the western part of this country and the suggestion that has been

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made throughout this campaign by the Buddhist nationalists that

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Aung San Suu Kyi would be a pro-Muslim choice.

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Do you think it is inevitable that the USDP is going to lose a lot

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It might not be the largest party, but we hope to form the Government

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Do you think the Burmese people would accept

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your party staying in power if they have lost the election?

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Even if it is not what the people have voted for?

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But we cannot change democracy overnight.

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All the USDP needs is respectability, perhaps just 20% of

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the seats could see Thein Sein return as president, but if the NLD

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wins a landslide and the USDP are routed, the Army may well feel

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that it has lost control and that may be one scenario where

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where this experiment with democracy comes to a

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With me now is Robert Cooper, Special Advisor at the European

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Did you ever expect to see what we are going to see this Sunday? No. It

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is remarkable. Is she going to be able to do it? The bar is very

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high. Well, 25% of the parliament are appointed by the

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commander-in-chief, so if she wants to get a simple majority in the

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parliament, she has got to win 67% of the remaining seats. Not many

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countries where any single party does that. And what sort of momentum

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do you think she has at the moment? Do you think she will get passed 50%

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if she does not get to 67% and think there is a very good chance she will

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get passed 50%. If you see any of her rallies, there are people as far

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as the eye can see. She has enormous power across the country. All kinds

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of people. Once, a taxi driver took me to her house, a very poor taxi

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driver, and refused to take any money for it. Do you think they will

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be as free and fair as any election in me and Mark can be? I think there

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is a very good chance. There will be 1000 international observers and

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10,000 local observers. -- Myanmar. If you want to fix an election, that

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is not a smart thing to do. So even though there is lots of skulduggery

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in the campaign and lots of money flowing around and people being

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banned from travelling to certain places and so on, but by the

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standards of Myanmar, this is still pretty good. And just explain why

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constitutionally, she is unable to become president even if she were to

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get that 67% of the vote. When the constitution was invented in 2008,

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and on the face of it, the purpose of the Constitution looks as if it

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is to keep the military in power for ever, they invented a special clause

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which said nobody who had children with foreign passports can become

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president. Or Vice President, actually. This was clearly designed

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to stop her. What sort of numbers are we expecting to be voting on

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Sunday? And are all Burnley 's -- Bernie 's people voting -- Burmese

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people voting? Well, there is a real problem where the Rohinges have been

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excluded. There are also difficulties with registration.

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Nevertheless, for a country which hasn't had an election, a really

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election, for 50 years, this is something which the country must be

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massively excited about. Me too. Thank you very much indeed.

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The challenges facing the crew of the International Space Station

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were brought home again today when two astronauts on a space walk

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had to contend with a toxic leak and minor damage to a glove.

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Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly were a couple

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of hours into a six-hour outing to do repairs to the station's cooling

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system when ammonia flakes escaped from a cooling line.

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Kelly reported that the forefinger of his right glove

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However, Mission Control insisted the two men were in no danger.

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Next month, the first British astronaut to be

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selected by the European Space Agency to go to the International

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Our Science Editor David Shukman has this report.

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Tim Peake makes it all look rather easy - going through a long

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and tough training programme to venture into space.

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One way to get ready is to practise under water.

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And here he's being put through the drills that will prepare him

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His final news conference before lift-off.

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REPORTER: Will you just admit to us a tiny little bit of fear

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Um, the only fear I have is of forgetting something at this stage.

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I'm in transit from Houston on my way to Russia.

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I'm rapidly wracking my brain as to what I might have possibly

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In terms of the mission, I honestly don't have any fears at all.

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That's partly because the training's been so thorough.

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He's had to use skills he first learned as a scout and after the

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dark confines of a cave, it'll be easier to endure a tiny spaceship.

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Here at the Science Museum in London,

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this is the kind of Soyuz capsule Tim Peake will be climbing into,

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It looks old-fashioned but it is tried and tested and it is the most

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After a six-hour flight, he'll reach the International Space

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Station, orbiting high above Earth and he'll live here with five others

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The first British astronaut on board.

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But right now he is just trying to stay safe.

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I'm trying to always watch where I step and not twist an ankle, fall

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So what advice from a fellow astronaut, Helen Sharman, who flew

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Sometimes it is important to do a little bit for yourself at the end.

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And that part of looking out at the Earth and then other

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In a matter of weeks, Tim Peake will be leaving Earth

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It's the stuff football dreams are made of.

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The English side Salford City will be hoping for a bit of FA Cup magic

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on Friday when they take on Notts County in the first round

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Now it's likely you you've never heard of Salford City.

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But, if you love football, you'll know their owners who are

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some of Manchester United's most celebrated players.

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Our Sports Correspondent David Ornstein reports.

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The rise of non- league Salford City is a story of graft and glamour.

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Less than 2 years ago, this was a club in the 8th tier of English

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football, with little hope for the future. Now part owned by some of

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the game's biggest names and promoted this season, their moment

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in the spotlight has arrived. Salford City came through for

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qualifying rounds to reach the FA Cup qualifying round for the 1st

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time and they got there in spectacular fashion. Tonight, they

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host league to Notts County, 3 divisions above them, the world's

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oldest professional football club and winners of this competition in

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1894. Salford City's journey owes much to the so-called class of 92.

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The club was taken over last year by former Manchester United players

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Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Bartz, and other players who have never

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forgotten the roots. It would be nice, the links that we have got

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with Salford, to give the people of Salford something to be proud of. It

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is a great city and for me personally so many great memories

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growing up. So now they are all taking a back-seat. Their biggest

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test has yet to come and if they're going to pass that they will have to

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do so without their top scorer. I have been lucky enough to be in this

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position before and I just know the excitement that all the lads will be

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feeling. They will be nervous but chomping at the bit. Because it is a

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winnable game. It is not against Liverpool or Man United. We have got

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a good chance. And if they beat Notts County, they will be 1 win

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away from a potential meeting with a Premier League club. That would put

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Salford City into a class of their own.

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Before we go, take a look at this stunning timelapse shot

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Here, enormous clouds looking much like a towering tsunami were

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captured rolling in over the city's eastern suburbs.

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Clear blue skies gave way to the sudden storm front,

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bringing with it strong winds and hailstorms across much of Sydney.

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Beach goers were also put on high alert after a severe weather

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warning was issued across parts of the city's coastline.

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Russia has suspended all flights to Egypt until because of Saturday's

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plane crash has been discovered. The Kremlin says it will try to bring

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security up to what it called a proper level and just before we go,

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we just received these images from Russia, where the funeral of 1 of

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the pilots of the aeroplane has been taking place.

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the pilots of the aeroplane has been taking place.

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Good evening to you. It is an improving picture but some places

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still cloudy, spots of rain. The weather has cleared up nicely for

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Northern Ireland

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