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This is BBC World News Today with me, Nuala McGovern.

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A clinical trial in France to test a new painkiller has

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One man is declared brain dead and another three face

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After a week of tough economic news, there's been another sharp fall

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Guys, you can start opening your cuff check list to page seven.

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A spacewalk to repair parts of the International Space Station

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is cut short, after one astronaut reports a water leak in his helmet.

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China says it's planning a space mission - to the dark side

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A clinical trial of a new drug in France has left one person

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brain-dead and another five people in hospital,

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The painkiller was being tested in a government-approved laboratory

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in Rennes in northwest France and was given to 90 people.

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The study has been halted and all the volunteers

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Earlier reports that the drug was a cannabis-based painkiller have

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The chief neuroscientist says there's no known antidote

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to the experimental drug they were testing.

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TRANSLATION: Four of the five other patients have neurological problems

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of different levels of seriousness.

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One patient has no symptoms but is being

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carefully watched because of what happen to other patients that

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Among the four patients, three are already in a condition

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that is sufficiently serious to cause us to fear a handicap

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which could be irreversible in the best possible situation.

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Our Medical Correspondent, Fergus Walsh, is here.

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What else do we know? We heard about the number of people, one brain dead

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and another five in hospital. Are they releasing more information

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about these people? It is important to set this in context. All the six

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men are part of a clinical trial which actually began in July last

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year. 90 healthy volunteers have been given this experimental drug,

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which works on the pain and mood receptors in the brain. They have

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been gradually given escalating doses. It is a phase one safety

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trial. Up to date there have been no apparent serious side effects for

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the last week, the six men were given the highest dose so far. Three

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days later one of them was rushed into hospital with a catastrophic

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brain injury, others then followed. The first man is brain dead. It is

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just a question of time before the life support is switched off. Three

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others may have irreversible brain damage. The doctors are struggling

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because they do not know how to treat this. It is important to

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stress this is not a first in man trial, it has been going on for six

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months. There is always a risk with these safety trials that at some

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months. There is always a risk with point there will be a side-effect.

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It does seem like a very unusual story. It is a rare thing to happen.

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It is. There are strict procedures. Across Europe they were tightened

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considerably after a Across Europe they were tightened

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years ago in London six men, a Across Europe they were tightened

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they all became ill within minutes of receiving

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they all became ill within minutes That was the first time it had been

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given to man. You can see it is That was the first time it had been

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quite different here. We were like, we all rely, on volunteers, who come

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forward. They would have been paid for this debate

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forward. They would have been paid the drugs. Without them, we would

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not have the drugs. Without them, we would

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called a serious accident. Strong words from the health Ministry in

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France. What do you think will happen in the next day or so?

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France. What do you think will inquiries have been setup.

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France. What do you think will Health Minister has been to meet

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France. What do you think will focus is on trying to their

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condition. This lab, it is a Portuguese company which has this

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private land in north-west France. They were inspected two years

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private land in north-west France. and that all went through. The trial

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data, that was approved last year. We await to see whether there were

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any indications in the earlier test result of what might happen. If that

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emerges, result of what might happen. If that

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wrong with the dizzying, then it is not just simply an accident.

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Fascinating story. Thank you for bringing us up with our top story

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this hour. US stocks have fallen

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sharply in morning trading. At times, the Dow Jones has been as

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much as 500 points down. Oil has fallen below $30 about for the

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second time this week. What can you tell us about the

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situation right now? Well, the Dow is down, as you say, over 400

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points. It was at 500 points down early in the day. It is the lowest

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it has been since August when we saw the Chinese turmoil and all the

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panic created in Wall Street in August. Stocks have had the worst

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start to year ever. This is really concerning for investors. As you

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said, the oil price for the second time this week is below $30 about.

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We are now in $29 barrel territory. You also have China today, the stock

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market entered into bearish territory. Declining 20% from their

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eyes. It really caused nervousness there. -- their highs. Another big

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factor is playing into how we have seen the market plunging since this

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morning. It is the fact we have had US economic data at which has been

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really weak. US retail sales were down, which was unexpected in

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December. That shows concern about consumer spending, which was

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supposed to be a bright spot. Manufacturing data has also peaked

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or December. We saw a broad sell-off across all indices. We are seeing

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people moving their money into Treasuries or gold, which are

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considered more say. Traders are saying this is the most fear they

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have experienced in a while. Officials in Sierra Leone have

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confirmed a death from ebola, hours after the World Health

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Organization declared the latest Tests on the person who died

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in northern Sierra Leone earlier this week proved positive

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according to an ebola The country was declared free

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of the virus late last year, and the region as a whole

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was cleared when Liberia was pronounced

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ebola-free on Thursday. The WHO has warned, however,

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that more flare-ups are expected. The BBC's Umaru Fofana sent this

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report from Freetown. There is bewilderment

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all across Sierra Leone today, as people come to the realisation

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that a woman who died some three years ago was in fact

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killed by ebola. The 22-year-old apparently

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got into a district on the border with Guinea but moved

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further into the north where she got She was discharged from hospital

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and died a couple of days Her body was released

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to her family to bury. There was angry reaction from people

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in that town who have been They said they should

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not have allowed the body to be released

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to the family for them to bury, nor should the woman

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have been discharged without first being

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diagnosed with ebola. This comes two months

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after the World Health Organisation declared the end of

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the outbreak in Sierra Leone. But nevertheless it should not

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mean people should worry about it because it can be

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contained, however rapid deployment, medical personnel who are ready

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to contain any eventual situation This is Sierra Leone's

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largest referral hospital. It still operates its ebola

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holding centre, where patients are brought

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in and they are released once they are deemed not to be

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carrying the ebola virus. and the hope is that the ebola virus

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will stop where it has raised its head again in the

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north of the country. Confirms are being expressed

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around that many have gone back to the old ways

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of doing things. I have seen, for example,

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signs of people eating bush meets These are animals deemed to be

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harbouring the virus. Now a look at some of

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the day's other news. The Islamist group Al Shabaab

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says it's taken control of an African Union base in southern

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Somalia near the border Residents in the town of El Adde

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report many Kenyan troops Al Shabaab says its killed more

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than sixty Kenyan soldiers and seized military vehicles,

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arms and ammunition. The United States Coast Guard

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is searching for two military helicopters that reportedly collided

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mid-air near the island of Oahu The Coast Guard says they've found

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debris in the water - There were a total of 12 people

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on board the helicopters. The court in Burundi has sentenced

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ex-generals to life in prison. That failed coup was sparked when the

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president announced his decision to run for a controversial third term.

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Hundreds of people have been killed in the country in subsequent

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arrests. after fellow astronaut Tim Kopra

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"reported a water bubble They had been carrying out repairs

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on the International Space Station. It was the first spacewalk done

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by an astronaut representing the UK. Our Science Editor

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David Shukman reports. The first British citizen

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to walk in space today, A moment of exploration history,

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as Tim Peake prepares to venture Weightless, but jammed

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into a bulky spacesuit, he needs his colleagues to guide him

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into the airlock and hear Make sure the large hook is attached

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to the large hook in the airlock. There have been plenty of space

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walks before but they are always At about one o'clock,

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it was time to float out. A tiny figure against

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the vast space station. Seeing the Union Jack go outside,

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exploring all over the world, And, by hand, Tim Peake

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and a fellow astronaut, Filmed by his American colleagues,

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Tim Peake is perched at the very edge of the space station,

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in position to help carry out But look how hard it is

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managing tools in space. This is the view from

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Tim Peake's own camera. Everything is weightless

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and wants to float away. One hour 22 minutes

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into today's spacewalk... Stepping outside the International

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Space Station is always risky but spacewalks are essential

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to build and fix things. The astronauts emerge

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through an airlock here. If we take a closer look,

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we can see how they had to make their way, about 60 metres,

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to replace what is called That is part of the power supply

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connecting the solar panels. So, how do they stay safe

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while they are out there? Their spacesuits have 14

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layers of material to give protection from the vacuum of space

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and temperatures ranging Backpacks contain oxygen,

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a power supply, and In case the astronauts

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drift away, small thruster jets can manoeuvre

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them back to safety. The main task was to

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replace that power unit. They had to get it down

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within 31 minutes. That is how long night lasts

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on the space station. If sunlight hit the solar panels,

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they could have been electrocuted. or to try to drink it

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and note the taste. China is planning to launch

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a mission to land on the dark side good to have you with us. Let's talk

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a little bit about this. Somewhere good to have you with us. Let's talk

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that he wins have not actually got to experience

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that he wins have not actually got fascination? To begin with, the dark

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side of fascination? To begin with, the dark

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snowman. It is actually the far side of the moon. Because it is on the

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far side of the of the moon. Because it is on the

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our own eyes on it. We have seen photographs but no one has ever

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landed, even robotically, on the far side of the moon. China is about to

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break new ground in terms of landing a probe on the far side of the moon

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and taking some samples, which is the plan. Take some samples and try

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to figure out what the differences, apart from it being a shade darker

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than we are used to looking at. Exactly. There is some evidence that

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the far side of the moon seems to have undergone some different

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effects. Material which has risen to the service may be slightly

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different from the part of the moon we can see and therefore it has

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always been something that many scientists hope to do, to land there

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and take some samples, do chemical and other tests, to see if there is

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a difference. We can show our viewers some of the pictures so far.

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The first is the Soviet spacecraft which happen to take some pictures.

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You can imagine how exciting that was full of it is called the lunar

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spacecraft. The pictures are still impressive, I think, even 55 years

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later. It began to show a little bit of the surface. It did those then

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move on. We got another clearer, better picture, coming back in July.

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That is when Nasa decided to have a satellite that was able to take

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these pictures. When you looked at those pictures, what were you

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thinking? It has been such a long time since we have gone back to the

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moon. Despite the fact it is our nearest celestial neighbour, we

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still actually know relatively limited amounts about it. When I

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heard the news Chinese are interested in doing this, more than

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anything else, it was a feeling of, about time. What would you like them

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to find out? What was the burning question when it comes to the far

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side of the moon? Among other things, the positioning of it, where

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it may have suffered more hits from asteroids and things. It may have

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churned up deeper down some of the soil. What would it look like on the

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far side of the moon? What might we learn from asteroids bits and

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pieces? What has greater exposure to a different set of conditions

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resulted in? Is there water? We have already found there is more water on

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the near side of the Moon. Will it also be the case on the far side?

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Chinese plans are very ambitious. What about the United States? China

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is going to lead this. Is there some competition when it comes to new

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adventures like this, getting to the far side of the moon? Speaking a lot

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about the terminated spacewalk early that this is a whole other area.

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Yes. Basically, in terms of deep space exploration, the United States

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really has been alone. We just had the new Horizons project. There are

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probes currently planned for places like Jupiter and Saturn. Much of the

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outer solar system in particular, certainly nothing has landed on

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those planets and moons. Even the flybys are rare. One can only hope

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this excites a new generation of students around the world to renew

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their interest and go and explore our own solar system. It remains to

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be seen. One person who were very much be watching as China gets that

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under way, and that is deemed sharing. Speaking to bus from the

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United States. That will be taking place in 2018. -- speaking to us.

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The actor Sean Penn has defended his secret trip to Mexico

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to interview the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

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while he was in hiding from authorities.

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"El Chapo" was recaptured last week more than six months

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after his dramatic escape from maximum-security prison.

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It later emerged Sean Penn had boosted the drug lord last October

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and the actor published his account of the visit in Rolling Stone

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magazine. Sean Penn says he is hoping to change the conversation

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around the so-called war on drugs. The discussion around this article

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ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion

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about the policy and war on drugs. Let's go to the big picture of what

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we all want. We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want the

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killings in Chicago to stop. We are the consumer. Whether you agree with

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Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there. If you are in them

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all right or the far left, just as many of your children are doing

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drugs. The Archbishop of Canterbury today

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apologised to the gay and lesbian community for the "hurt and pain"

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caused by the Anglican church. Justin Welby was speaking at the end

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of a meeting of senior bishops The Episcopal Church

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in the United States has been suspended from the Anglican

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communion for three years - because of its support

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for same-sex marriage. Our Religious Affairs correspondent,

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Caroline Wyatt, reports. Gay and lesbian protesters in places

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where being gay is still a crime gathered just outside

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Canterbury Cathedral. Here, Anglican leaders have been

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discussing the issue. Between the minority who approve of

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same-sex marriage and the majority that do not.

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They have reiterated that marriage within the church remained

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between a man and a woman and have had a telling off from the Episcopal

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church in America for allowing same-sex marriage.

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With gay and lesbian, and Anglicans say they feel abandoned.

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They say that in some countries, being homosexual is still

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the Archbishop of Canterbury was flanked by three

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other Anglican leaders, although not the most conservative.

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Justin Welby started with an apology.

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I would like to say how sorry I am for the hurt and pain in the past

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and present that the Church has caused, and that they love

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that we have at times completely failed to show.

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If you condemn homophobic prejudice or have done just now,

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why was it not mentioned in the joint resolution that you put

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out, because the protesters outside have been saying that they feel

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It was not mentioned in the joint resolution that was done yesterday,

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because that was going to be published today.

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It just happened that someone leaked it.

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So what do the more traditionalists think?

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Even if we disagree, we still love each other,

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And sometimes we have to argue, and that is OK, it is not

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The Archbishop of Canterbury says the next conference will come

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in 2020, and by then, the differences between

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the Conservative Churches of the south and the liberal

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treating congregations of the North will not have gone away.

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South African Airways has blacklisted a passenger who could be

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part of a crime syndicate on its long haul flights. There were a

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number of tests last month. $2.5 million of items were taken on

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flights to Hong Kong in 2014. Now, what's the longest number

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of rainy days you've experienced? Well, in the village

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of Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, Wales, it's rained every day

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since October 26th last year. The BBC's Wales correspondent,

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Hywel Griffith, has been there. Spare a thought for the parents

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of Britain's wettest village. It has been too rainy for children

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to play out for 81 days. Endless wet days have

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taken their toll. Very wound up and very

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difficult, I have to admit. Nestled on the edge

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of the mountains, at least Eglwyswrw But since its last village

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pub closed last year, it has had nowhere for people

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to drown their sorrows. But not everyone's spirits

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have been dampened. We sell waterproofs and Wellington

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boots and you could not survive or get about anywhere without a good

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pair of Wellington boots And those wellies have

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been put into action. John Davis is the fourth generation

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of his family to farm this land and he has never known

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it to be so wet. With lambing just a few weeks away,

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his sheep are being kept They say maybe it's

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coming to an end. If that's the case,

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there will be a party It is one record we do not

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want to be famous for. 81 days is enough, that's

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what the villagers are saying. That record of 89 days of rain

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was on the Isle of Isla in 1923. Here, they are keeping their eyes

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on the skies and hoping the record From me and the rest of the team,

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goodbye.

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