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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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'We're pretty sure we got him' - The Islamist militant known

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as Jihadi John is targeted in a US drone strike.

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The Pentagon says the death of Mohammed Emwazi would be

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We are reasonably certain that we killed the target that we intended

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At the same time, Kurdish fighters regain control of

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the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar which had been held by Islamic State

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A rock star style appearance by Indian Prime Minister Narendra

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Modi at London's Wembley Stadium - where thousands have gathered to

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And we meet some of Russia's top athletes who - as

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their country faces allegations of state sponsored doping - are already

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We need to fight doping, but that doesn't mean the whole team should

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suffer. I don't think all athletes should be banned.

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He became the face of a gruesome propaganda campaign by the Islamic

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State group - today US sources say there is a "high degree of

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certainty" that Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, has been

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killed in an airstrike. The Kuwaiti-born British militant had

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appeared in several videos of the beheadings of hostages. British

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Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK had been working with the US

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over the strike. Here's our Security Correspondent Frank Gardner.

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Tucker 's officials said suspected associate had been detained in

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Turkey. Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi

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John. He has appeared in numerous Islamic state videos, threatening

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the West. I'm back, Obama. appeared to show him murdering

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his Western hostages in cold blood. Alan Henning a taxi driver from

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Salford, David Haynes, an aid worker from Perth, James Foley, a US

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journalist. Another American journalist, Steven Sotloff and

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a US aid worker who Today, David Cameron announced a

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joint operation involving British and American drones had probably

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killed This was a

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combined effort and the contribution

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of both our forces was essential. He is a barbaric murder and he was

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shown in the sickening videos with the beheading of British aid

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workers. He posed an ongoing series on to innocent civilians, not only

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in Syria, but around the world. The airstrike on rising took place

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a night in Syria. It's believed he was tracked

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from the air. The US unmanned drones a fired a

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precision guided missile at the vehicle is thought to contain

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Mohammed Emwazi, and another than a year trying to pin down his

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location. Verifying his death has been taking some time. We are

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reasonably certain we killed the target that we intended to kill,

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Jihadi John. It will take some time to be able to finally say we have

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had success. the Kurdish offensive has

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begun pushing an Islamic state forces out of the town of Sinjar

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captured last year. Mohammed Emwazi, was never a front-line soldier. His

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job was killing prisoners. Now, if the former London student's death

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is confirmed, there will be some who regret can never be

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brought to trial. The White House says families of

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victims were contacted before the dawn straight. The mother of victim

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James Foley gave her reaction. It saddens me that here in America

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here we are celebrating and the killing of this deranged,

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pathetic young man. Had

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the circumstances been different, Jim probably would have befriended

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him and tried to help him. It is just so sad that

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our precious resources have been concentrated to seek revenge if you

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will, or kill this man when if a bit of them had been utilised to save

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our young Americans, that's what our Protecting our citizens

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and the vulnerable, Not trying to seek revenge

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and bomb and... Jim would have been devastated

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that with the whole thing. He wanted to know how

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he could figure a why. For you there was no sense

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of justice in this strike? And I think we have to be careful

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as an American media not to glorify David Cameron said it was an act of

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self-defence, but how much of a blow with his death be too Islamic

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state? As a battlefield, and, he was

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utterly irrelevant, but as the public face, the recruiting

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Sergeant, the celebrity, even, of Islamic state he was very important.

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His appearance in those grotesque videos were we saw those hostages

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murdered is what changed American policy towards Islamic state. The

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other striking thing is how closely they had been monitoring him for the

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past few days. We have also learnt that a British drone was also

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involved in the operation, there were three drones, it was an

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American drawl that fired but the British were also involved. Barack

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Obama said a year ago the mission was to degrade and destroy Islamic

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state. Destroy? Not yet, but it seems to be underway.

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There's been another set-back for Islamic State, this time across the

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border in northern Iraq. Kurdish officials say their forces have

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taken the strategic town of Sinjar from the militant group. It was

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seized by Islamic State fighters 15 months ago. Local televison has

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shown pictures of a giant Kurdish flag being raised to mark the

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recapture of the town, and celebratory gunfire has been heard.

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The head of Kurdistan Regional Security Council says the battle

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would pave the way for future successes.

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Without doubt, any victory in any area will have a big impact on

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achieving victory in the remaining areas. The liberation of Sinjar will

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have a big impact on liberating morsel to stop -- Mosul.

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Our correspondent Jim Muir is travelling with the Kurdish forces,

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and we'll be bringing you his first-hand report

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in the coming hours. Tens of thousands of people, mainly

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British Indians or Indians resident in the UK, are at Wembley stadium in

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London for a speech by the visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra

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Modi. A massive fireworks display is planned for the rally which many are

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comparing to a rock concert. At the stadium, security is tight; all the

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food is vegetarian. Wembley today was a family day out

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and a political rally all rolled into one. Narendra Modi is a

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controversial figure back home, but listening to this audience you would

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not know it. Why are you here today? Too sure how important it is

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to me as a young person in Britain to be Indian and what it means to be

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Indian and understand a bit more about our nation and culture. I want

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to support Modi because he is doing a good job. He has raised the entire

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national image of India to a high degree. It is an honour to see

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someone from my background come to the UK and embrace diversity. With

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the air are heavy with feel-good factor, you warm up act 's went down

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well. The biggest roar of the afternoon was inevitably preserved

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for Narendra Modi himself. His British counterpart, with whom ?10

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billion of trade deals have been done, played host. But it was

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Narendra Modi who stole the show. This is a historic day. You are the

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heartbeat. Earlier ended day, a more sedate encounter, as Modi had lunch

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with the Queen. For a man who in the last decade was banned from the UK

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it is quite a turnaround in fortunes. Some of the controversy

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still sticks to him. Protests have dogged his visit. Critics say he

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only chapping is quite a turnaround in fortunes. Some of the controversy

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still sticks to him. Protests have dogged his visit. Critics say he

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only chapping the basically Hindu and passion to. This is not what

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India stands for FP came here to milk it, he certainly succeeded. It

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rocks that setting for the leader of an emerging power. He could have

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wished for nothing more. Africa's most populous nation -

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Nigeria - has sworn in a new cabinet - more than six months

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after its presidential election. One of the biggest challenges facing

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President Mohammudu Buhari is defeating the Islamic insurgency

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in the north east of the country. Boko Haram militants have killed

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thousands and more than two million Our correspondent -

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Martin Patience - has gained rare access to the city of Maiduguri

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at the heart of the insurgency. The children grab what

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respite they can. Maiduguri is traumatised

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by a brutal insurgency. It markets bombed so frequently that

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people shop late to avoid attacks. Every so often,

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you catch a military convoy heading out to the countryside where

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the insurgency is at its strongest. These young men know that

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violence first-hand. They are the sons

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of Baker's killed by Boko Haram. There village was attacked

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by the insurgents and they fled with Now,

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they have turned to their fathers' They have been taken in by this man,

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a baker in the city. TRANSLATION:

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I had to help, he said. What happened to them

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could happen to me. Among his recruits, Mohammed,

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who can't forget the morning TRANSLATION:

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We were woken up by gunshots. At first,

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I thought it was the military. But then I realised it was

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an attack. We all ran from the house

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in different directions. It was only

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when I reached the city that I It is just past dawn,

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and the curfew has ended in the city and, outside the bakery, crowds Stat

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of children have gathered, among int Then they along with their families

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at risk are going hungry. This is what desperation does. You fight to

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be fed. They have bought the death and destruction and its pursuit of

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an Islamic state. It gained international notoriety after

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kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls, shown here after they

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were forced to convert to Islam. The insurgents killed or kidnapped

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anyone they consider an unbeliever. That includes this woman and her

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three daughters who fled their village before they could be

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captain. We were sitting -- this lot are you, when you're eating food

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they it away. For her, it is a miserable life and until she feels

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safe to return to normal this insurgency will not be over.

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Dozens of judges in Ghana are being investigated following the release

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of a documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

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of a documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw

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The film captured the judges on tape allegedly taking bribes.

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Over 30 judges and 170 judicial officers were

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implicated in the country's biggest corruption scandal.

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Today the undercover reporter Anas has been speaking to the

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BBC's Sammy Darko for the first time since the judicial scandal broke.

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I must put on record that I have triggered the necessary

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constitutional processes that would ensure that if these judges are

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guilty they are properly dealt with in accordance with the law. I have

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triggered the process. My commitment is to the Constitution. My second

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commitment, and perhaps most important commitment is to the

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people of Ghana. The work I did it for the people of Ghana. I trust in

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what I did and I felt it would be unfair to keep that information to

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myself and that's why I made it public. I am confident of the

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investigations I have done. The judges on the gods in the guise of

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men. If anything happens, everybody was Mac last resort is in the court.

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I have done a lot of investigation across the African continent and I

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think Africa has been, the problems in Africa, are a result of the

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problems you have with our judiciary and if we will be courageous enough

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to stand toe to toe and investigate some of these issues in our

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judiciary am sure Africans can only have a better life. This mask your

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wedding all the time has become symbolic. You will find many people

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and Ghana winning this mask. Why can't we see your face? Over the

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years, I have had this symbol on. I don't take it off because it helps

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when it comes to my anonymity. Are you ready to sit my face? We really

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want to see your face. And going to do it gradually. This is my hat. And

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then... I paid off... Bash -- I take off my hat, my beads, and. For those

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who want to see my face, this is my face. You said you wanted to see my

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face, so I have given you my face. So, you see, you never know what you

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will find. For me the important thing is focus. It is not about a

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mask, it is about all of us putting our hands together and ensuring we

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have a better continent. I think that anonymity has always been my

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secret weapon and I have always used it to the benefit of society.

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Police in Germany say they have found the remains of at least eight

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babies in an apartment in the southern state of Bavaria.

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The remains were discovered in the small town of Wallenfels,

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near the Czech border, in what could be one of the country's worst

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Forensic investigators are trying to establish whether

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Police are trying to interview the previous occupant of the apartment -

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a 45 year old woman - as the possible mother of the dead babies.

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Well, the BBC's Jenny Hill is in Wallenfels.

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She says local people have reacted with shock and sadness to the news

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that discovery. In a small town like this there is

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considerable shock, and sadness, too, you can probably see behind me

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that people who live here have come out this evening and placed lit

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candles on the windowsill of the apartment block where, last night,

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police were called by a member They found the bodies

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of eight babies. In such a poor state of

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decomposition that forensic experts who examined them today say it will

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be several days before they are able to determine when and, more

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importantly, how the children died. The police say that they are still

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searching for a 45-year-old woman. She is believed to be the mother

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of the infants. She is believed, too, to have

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lived at the property behind me. The police say they have no idea

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where she is but they are desperately trying to find her,

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as they try to build a picture All day, forensic teams have been

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in and out of the house, Medical experts have been examining

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the babies' bodies but, at the moment, they haven't got any

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conclusive results. Germany has, in recent years,

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been shocked as a country, by a series of multiple

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infanticides. We don't know what happened here

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but some people fear that this could Just last year,

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a German woman was convicted of killing two of her own babies

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and hiding their bodies in freezer. In another case,

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and there have been at least ten over the last ten years, perhaps one

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of the worst of its kind, a woman killed nine of her own infants

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and hid their bodies in flowerpots. The TV producer punched by

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Jeremy Clarkson is suing the former Top Gear host - and the

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BBC - for racial discrimination. The case brought by Oisin Tymon -

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who is Irish - centres on "verbal abuse" that accompanied Clarkson's

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physical attack in March. Clarkson was dropped by the BBC

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following an internal inquiry. Clarkson lashed out after being told

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there was no hot food available The BBC motoring show he presented

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has millions of worldwide fans. World athletics chiefs are in talks

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right now to decide whether Russia should be banned from all

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international competition, which accused Russia of widespread

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state sponsored doping, and Russia's elite athletes are

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already training But it is a dream that is now

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in doubt. Everyone I spoke to denied

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using drugs to boost But claims of a doping culture

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could still see them banned. Maxim's trainer says he was tested

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constantly as soon as he began throwing well

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and he was always clean. We need to fight doping, maybe,

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but that doesn't mean I don't think all athletes

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should be banned. And yet, in this German documentary,

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it was former team-mates who claimed that athletes

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and coaches were using drugs The investigation by the anti-doping

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agency, Wada, that followed found a culture of winning at all

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costs. Here, people question the word

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of whistle-blowers and deny that any For every one of the athletes

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training here, competing And the fear that that could be

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snatched from them has upset Many people here say that they don't

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believe this is all about sport, President Putin has avoided talk

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of a Western plot He has pledged to cooperate with

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Wada and ensure that sport is Some senior figures have

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already been removed. Russia is clearly battling to

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stay in the running for Rio. Here, they say a ban could be

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as devastating as the Olympic What happened through the 1980s was

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a tragedy for all the athletes. I really don't want

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to see that again. It was bad for the team,

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the country and for sport. So I hope that common

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sense will prevail. In the meantime, for the athletes,

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it is a nervous wait. You may remember

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the film, Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese's award-winning

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story of the life and times A real-life crime that helped

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inspire the film was a robbery Now a man who was accused

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of being involved in that raid Reputed mobster,

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charged with murder, extortion and the armed robbery

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that inspired the film, Goodfellas. I would like to thank my two

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lawyers. Without my two lawyers

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I would not be here now. And I thank you

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for treating me great. He intends to go home

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and spend Thanksgiving... I have got two years

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and I am dying to get home. He was arrested three decades

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after one of America's Armed robbers stole $6 million worth

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of money and jewels from Members of the mob testified against

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him, painting a picture of revenge Mafia-style murders, bodies buried

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in cement, racketeering and robbery. His lawyers raised doubts about

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the witnesses and their credibility, Martin Scorsese's mafia classic,

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Goodfellas, Robert De Niro played the man long

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believed to be the mastermind, most of the other suspects

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disappeared, died, or were killed. But for now from me

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and the rest of the team, goodbye. As storm Abigail news away all eyes

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are on the next weather system coming to the UK for the weekend.

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And look how far this area of rain trills across the Atlantic. It

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includes some tropical

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