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

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The headlines: Cologne tries to restore public trust

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The city's police chief Wolfgang Albers is suspended

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as anger mounts over the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults.

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Belgian police believe this flat's a bomb factory and hideout used

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by one of the jihadists after last November's Paris attacks.

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Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquim Guzman, has been recaptured.

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Also coming up: We investigate the horrific violence in Burundi.

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An eyewitnesses tells us about the brutality meted out

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They say, open, open, if you don't open we will shoot. They hit my

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husband and my little girl cried out, you're going to kill us.

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And no drinks good, one drink bad - Britain issues tough

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After days of public outcry, the head of Cologne's police force,

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Wolfgang Albers, has been forced to step down over his handling

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of attacks on women on New Year's Eve.

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121 women were the victims of sexual assault and robbery in front

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Police have now identified 31 suspects and say almost two-thirds

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It's re-ignited the debate in Germany over how it can cope

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with one million migrants and refugees.

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But the local state minister wants the police investigation

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TRANSLATION: My decision is necessary now because public trust

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in the police needs to be restored and the police needs to regain its

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ability to act efficiently. The Cologne police department now has a

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massive task of fully investigating the New Year's Eve events. The

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public wants to know what happened, who the attackers were and how to

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prevent this in the future. Our Germany correspondent Jenny Hill

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reports from Cologne. Germany is confronting a new reality

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- on New Year's Eve in Cologne nearly 100 women were

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sexually assaulted. Authorities now admit some

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of the men who attacked them Today Cologne's police chief

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was sacked amid allegations TRANSLATION: There are suggestions

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that the wording of a police report was changed for political

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reasons So does this man, Adil,

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a Yazidi from Iraq fears reprisals. Anti-refugee violence

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was already on the increase. New Year's Eve has inflamed

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a sensitive national debate TRANSLATION: I believe

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these were new refugees because people who have been

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here a long time wouldn't do this. These people come to Germany

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and then commit these acts, There are calls for more

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CCTV in public places. A poll today found one in three

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Germans will now TRANSLATION: I don't feel that

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safe after what happened at New Year, but I think if you can

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defend yourself you should be OK. There is a large influx

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of immigrants coming in but I think if you go about with a trusting

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heart and make sure you regard these as single incidents,

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it should be OK. Today in Cologne city authorities

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pledged to rebuild trust But officers have yet to charge

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anyone over the attacks and many wonder what it will cost

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to keep Germany's doors open. The BBC's Damien McGuinness

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joins us from Berlin. Is anything urging about how this

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was organised? That is the real question because although it is

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thought the men came in organised groups, what is not clear is whether

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they came with the intent of the very or sexual assault because what

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seems to have happened is that women were singled out within the crowd,

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surrounded by large groups of men, maybe ten or 20, who ganged up on

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them and post them and robbed them and then in some cases also

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conducted sexual assault, but what is not clear is the initial

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motivation because this area around Cologne Cathedral is known as an

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area rife with pickpockets, so the fact people would lose their mobile

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phones or bags is not surprising, what is shocking is the level of

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sexual assault because we are now seeing, according to latest

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testaments, as many as 200 women have reported some sort of abuse of

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incident, whether loss of desertion or asexual incident. Allegations of

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a conspiracy of silence, not only the police but stayed roared

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casters, national broadcasters, why they were so slow -- state

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broadcasters. It is quite clear that what the police did was out of order

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and this was why the police chief of Cologne, Wolfgang Albers, has been

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pushed today. That is a result of public outrage because people say

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the police didn't protect women sufficiently on site on New Year's

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Eve, there were not enough police officers and allegations that

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reinforcements were not accepted from other neighbouring regions in

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the aftermath was also oddly handled by the lease because they sent out a

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message saying it all past his filly which it clearly did not. There were

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allegations of a cover-up because there are allegations asylum seekers

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may be involved. It is unclear what happened with the media, partly the

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fact there were a few days holiday after New Year's Eve, the country

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effectively closes down so there are a few journalists and it went under

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the radar. Journalists did not pick up on that lease reports because

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they were slow. We also hear that from far right groups there are

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always conspiracy erase that the German state tries to push out far

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right dissent and that is part of the debate now here in Germany.

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Thank you, Damian. Cologne is not the only city

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in Europe to claim to have suffered a spate of sexual attacks

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during New Year's Eve. We can go to another now,

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and Ilkka Koskimaki who is the deputy Police

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Commissioner of Finnish capital You have been talking about

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unprecedented crime levels on New Year's Eve. What in particular? We

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had news in Helsinki that some incident committed by asylum seekers

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on years eve and we had also background last autumn, we had a lot

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of this kind of sexual harassment in Helsinki and even had some

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aggravated, very brutal rape cases and these were committed by asylum

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seekers. The people who have been charged, have you charged anyone

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with these crimes and can you categorically say they were carried

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out by asylum seekers? Yes, I can categorically say these suspects

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were Iraqis. They select did victims, very into cicadas ladies

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and young ladies -- in toxic it'd ladies. You had information about

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this and put extra police on the streets. Tell us how that

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information came about. We got this information from reception centres

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and we had also other information. That they were planning to do this?

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Yes, our information was that some asylum seekers were planning some

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disturbance, even this kind of crime. Thank you. Finland having the

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fourth highest number of asylum seekers and refugees are capita in

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the EU. A man arrested in the United States

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after shooting a police officer had pledged allegiance to

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so-called Islamic State, The unnamed 30-year-old fired

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at least 11 shots at the police officer in Philadelphia,

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leaving him with severe injuries. The man later told the police he had

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carried out the attack The Police Commissioner said

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the injured officer - who will need multiple surgery -

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had been lucky to survive. This is one of the scariest things I

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have seen. This guy tried to execute the police officer, who had no idea

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he was coming, it's amazing he is alive.

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Police in Belgium have found traces of explosives,

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three handmade belts, and the finger print of a key

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The evidence is a direct link to Salah Abdeslam and it was found

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during a raid on a flat in Brussels last month.

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Well, our correspondent in Brussels, Gavin Lee's been telling me

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This came from the federal prosecutor in Belgium who said this

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single anger print was found in the third-floor apartment about three

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miles north of Brussels, there was also traces of explosives and

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manufactured home made belts that were apparently used to transport

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the explosives. The theory the investigators are working on is that

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Brussels attackers link to the Harris attacks, of which we know

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there were at least four attackers, they were using this lace to prepare

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explosives before the attacks. After the attacks, Sala Abdul Salam

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briefly stayed at this place. We know he was dropped off at this

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place, that was the last sighting of him and security experts believe for

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a brief variant he may have stayed in this flat. He hasn't been seen

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since, he is still on the wanted list form els and French police.

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French authorities said weeks ago they believed a significant amount

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of planning for the resin attacks were based in Brussels. Abdul Salaam

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was one of two brothers involved, his older brother was killed in the

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attacks and the morning after he drove from Paris to Brussels, we

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know he was stopped and checked I police, he got through and on the

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morning he was taken into cars to this area. It also emerged that

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friends of him who were now being questioned by Belgian Daugherty 's

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claim he called them on Skype the week after and said she was being

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monitored by French and Belgian officials on one side and I guess

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militants on the other who were unhappy he had not set off his

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suicide belt and he was trying to leave first area, and that is where

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the trace goes cold. The Mexican President,

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Enrique Pena Nieto, has announced that the country's most notorious

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druglord, Joaquim Guzman, known as "El Chapo"

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has been recaptured. Guzman escaped six months ago

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from a high security prison through a tunnel which led

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from his cell to a building around This is quite a coup for the

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president, one of Mexico's most wanted men. Yes, he has had the

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Mexican Marines in the north-west state, and extensive operation ever

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since the escape last July, so he said in his suite -- his tweet,

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mission accomplished, we got him. He is a billionaire, originally

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sentenced to prison in the 1990s and this is the second time he escaped.

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Talk us through how he escaped. Guzman was first arrested in what

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Allah in 1993 and spent a decade in a Mexican jail before escaping with

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the laundry basket and he was on the run fourth 13 years before he was

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held again in 2014. Last time he got through a tunnel out of the prison.

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You might remember those pictures, and air-conditioned tunnel with a

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motor bike to take down the tunnel, a kilometre and a half long haul

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from the shower area inside his self to a building outside the prison. Is

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he still in charge of the cartel, is it still a cartel rolling the drug

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wars of Messaggero? -- Mexico? We do not know where he is captured but it

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is likely it was in that area where he has his henchmen and his

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organisation is based. Thank you. Now to Burundi, where hundreds have

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died in violence since the president announced he would be running

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for a third term last year. The most deadly attack happened

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in December when armed insurgents The government says 87

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of them were killed. But evidence is emerging that

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many of those who died were unarmed, and that they were shot several

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hours after the rebel attack. The BBC spoke to witnesses,

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and found freshly-dug graves TRANSLATION: I saw a lot of soldiers

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and policemen and men without uniforms

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but with big sticks. This mother of three says

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that on December 11th, several hours after

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a rebel attack, security forces showed up at her family home

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in an opposition neighbourhood. TRANSLATION: Then they started

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forcing the door, saying, "Open, open, if you don't

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open we'll shoot!" They whacked my husband with sticks

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and my little girl cried, They went from door to door,

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threatening to kill us, saying we were going to organise

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another protest, another coup. This is what they woke

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up to the next day. Human rights groups say at least 150

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civilians were killed in reprisals This man's ID card

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says he was a teacher. The dogs had eaten

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some of the bodies. The police came hours later

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to take the bodies away. We don't know where

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they were buried. Some of the bodies were first

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collected by residents and then Hours later, reports

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started emerging that We went to look for

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one of them on the outskirts This is where some witnesses

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told us some of those who were killed in the December 11th

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attacks were buried. This is an old cemetery

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that isn't used anymore. You can see the mass graves,

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there are flies flying around. A resident told us he saw policemen

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here the day of the attack He said they shooed locals

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away when they tried The government says 87 people

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were killed and 45 captured. It says they were all rebels

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involved in an attack The army and the police

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in Burundi are professional, Justice in Burundi is interested

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in getting to know what happened. Some people may be killed

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by the attackers but let's wait the results of the

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investigation so we Burundians will struggle

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to erase from their minds the image of these bodies exposed

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for hours in the capital's streets. Emerging rebel movements are a real

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threat to the country's stability but the extreme brutality

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of the security forces' reaction is unlikely to put a stop

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to the cycle of violence. The so-called Islamic State group

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says it carried out a truck bombing which left at least 47 people dead

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in the western Libyan town of Zlitan The blast targeted

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a police training centre. It's the biggest such bombing staged

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by IS since it started to expand its presence

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in Libya in the past year. The militants claimed the attack

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was in revenge for the death The EU Foreign Policy Chief,

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Federica Mogherini, who's in Tunisia discussing

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a proposed unity government for Libya, said Thursday's attack

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was a reminder that Libyans need The best response to terrorism and

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especially to Daesh would be, we agreed that, in Libyan response

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determined I Libyan unity there can be supported in ways Libyan 's will

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determine by the international community and EU, but it has to be

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Libyan lead. And based on Libyan unity.

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Medics working at refugee camps in the Balkans say they're seeing

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a marked increase in the number of refugees falling ill because of

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Temperatures have fallen to as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius

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Our Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar has followed migrants

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making the journey from the Macedonian border,

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through Serbia to the Croatian border.

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She sent this report from the town of Shid.

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This man, Ibrahim, has travelled from Syria.

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He's cold, exhausted and suffering from a painful chest infection.

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One-year-old Arizu is also suffering because of the cold.

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She's given medicine through a machine

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The next morning more people arrive at the border in Macedonia,

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ready to walk across the frozen no-man's-land into Serbia.

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Despite these cold conditions, or maybe because of them,

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Around two kilometres up that way is Serbia,

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to make the journey now, the ground is very icy,

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and the journey is even more treacherous in these conditions.

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This family has already travelled around 2000 kilometres from Syria.

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"We are on a journey of death," he tells me.

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"We can endure, but I'm worried about the children.

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determined to get to Germany, where

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and the family have made it safely to the next refugee point.

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Medics wrap him in extra warm clothes

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The kindness of strangers is overwhelming.

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After an overnight bus journey north, the family can finally board

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the train to Croatia, but more people follow

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in their footsteps, the desperate and weak.

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In other news, a cosmetics company in Thailand has apologised for

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promoting skin whitening pills using the slogan, you need to be white to

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win. It features an actress attribute in her fame to her skin.

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The company says it had not meant to convey a discriminatory message.

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Bolivia and Peru have committed money to clean up late to the Qatar,

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-- lake did attack are, which is home to fish and other species

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threatened with extinction, threatened by waste produced by a

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Bolivian city. There is no safe level

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of drinking - that's according to new guidelines on alcohol issued

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by the British government, The latest recommended limits apply

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to both men and women equally People should drink no

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more than the equivalent of seven pints of average strength

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beer or seven standard glasses And people should also have several

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drink-free days a week. Pregnant

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women shouldn't drink at all. Critics say the advice smacks

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of "the nanny state" as our Health Editor Hugh Pym

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reports. It's certainly stirred up a big

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debate over how much it is sensible to drink and whether people need to

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be told to cut act on the alcohol they order at the bar or in shops.

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The official line now is that there is no such thing

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The risk is significant of over drinking to people's

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We are advising a low risk amount which is up to 14 units

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A key question for most drinkers, how much is it reasonable

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There will no longer be any difference between

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the recommended maximum amounts men and women might drink in a week.

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New guidelines for everyone will mean no

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more than 14 units in that time, so what does that look like?

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It is equivalent to seven pints of beer or seven medium sized

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glasses of wine but if you drink higher strength

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brands in both cases, that will mean fewer drinks

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On this basis for beer towards the lower end

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of the strength range, it is three fewer pints for men

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Lucy often drank a bottle of wine a day but after

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drinking three in one night she ended up in hospital

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She believes drinking has been glamorised and tougher

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I grew up in the '90s so I was subjected to the whole

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ladette culture and I think women of my generation have been sold

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wine is a treat, it is good for you, it is a convivial and with friends

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and harms have been played down, even to the extent of promoting red

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The guidelines will apply across the UK.

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We asked drinkers in Swansea whether they thought the government

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People wouldn't take any notice, they will drink what they want.

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It is up to the individual whatever they want to drink.

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People tend to think they are fine, two or three pints is nothing,

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It could be some time before there is any firm evidence

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as to whether these tighter guidelines make any difference

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to people's behaviour or their health.

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A quick reminder of our main story, that the chief of police in the

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German city of Cologne has been suspended and made criticism of the

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way his force handled allegations of violent crime during New Year's Eve

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celebrations, including sexual assault and theft. That's it from

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me. Good night. The weekend is upon us and

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weather-wise if you have plans for out door is take an umbrella because

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there is rain forecast in the form of showers and a noticeable breeze.

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We have low pressure

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