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We start with Syria, where the chaos of its five-year

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civil war continues to have devastating consequences

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The UN says at least five medical facilities and two schools

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in northern Syria have been hit by missiles,

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killing up to 50 people, including children.

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At least two hospitals were hit in Idlib province,

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both in the town of Maarat al-Numan - which has been facing air strikes

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from Russian and Syrian regime planes after rebels

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A children's hospital was partially destroyed near another rebel-held

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town of Azaz, in Aleppo province, close to the Turkish border.

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MSF has blamed the Syrian regime, while Turkey has blamed Russia.

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But it comes just days after an apparent international

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agreement for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria.

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Our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins has more.

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Rescue workers scramble over the rubble of a hospital hit

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by missiles, to rescue any survivors they can find.

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It has been bombing intensively to try to win the area back

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We have had at least seven deaths among personnel and patients

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and at least eight people have disappeared.

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Further north, missiles hit a children's hospital and a school

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apparently sheltering refugees fleeing the joint Russian

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This is only a few miles from the border with Turkey

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which is opposed to the action.

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All the talk over the weekend in Munich involving Russia

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and the United States was about achieving

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A cessation does not apply to their bombing campaigns.

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Moscow sees pretty much anyone fighting against Syria's President

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Assad as a legitimate target, no distinction is drawn

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in the Kremlin between fighters for so-called Islamic State

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and these anti-Assad rebels who are supported by the West,

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so it is hard to see the five year war being anywhere

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The Russians can end this if they want to.

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They can make this work by scaling back their bombing and redirecting

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it against the real terrorists rather than bombing

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Russia shows no sign of changing course and is embroiled in a hotter

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and hotter war of words with Syria's neighbour Turkey.

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Washington is urging cooler heads but on theground there is nothing

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In the last few hours we've heard that the UN peace envoy

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for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, is making a surprise

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I spoke earlier to BBC Arabic's Lina Sinjab in neighbouring

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Yes, I have spoken to some sources in Damascus and they have confirmed

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that he will be there tomorrow morning it is a short cut 24 hours

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trip to that area. It seems that is only because of the recent

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developments and escalations. We are not sure about the agenda, we know

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that he will meet senior Syrian officials, but we do not yet know

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much detail about what those discussions will be about. We assume

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the special in what will raise the issues of the attacks today about

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hospitals and by mainly the Russian and government warplanes.

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At the moment we do not have anyone accepting responsibility on the

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strikes at the hospital facilities. Yes, there are some details about

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the amount of people that were targeted, we know that at least ten

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people were killed any hospitals in Idlib and another dozen as well and

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another hospital. Neither the Russians nor the Syrian government

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have claimed responsibility for the attack but we know for sure that in

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that area of Syria in Idlib and then Aleppo, it is only the Syrian

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government and the Russian warplanes that are in operation, so there is

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no third-party to blame for these attacks.

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Separately, we are hearing that military exercises have been taking

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place today between the Turkish air force and Saudi Arabia, what extent

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of military involvement do we expect from Saudi Arabia?

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Basically, we heard an announcement from Saudi Arabia that they are

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willing to send in ground troops to Syria. We know that they are sending

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some warplanes as well to operate with the Turkish forces. That is

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another addition to the competition. Saudi Arabia strongly opposes

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President Bashar al-Assad and they do not see a future with him in

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power. Sending troops to Syria now to fight Islamic State might be seen

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as more problematic by the rebels, who are supported by Saudi Arabia,

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so the focus is now shifting to fight Islamic State rather than

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fighting President Assad's forces. My correspondent in Beirut.

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Now to a fascinating glimpse into the world of Pope John Paul II.

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Hundreds of personal letters uncovered by the BBC between him

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and a married woman over a 30-year period reveal a close friendship.

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The documents were hidden away in the National Library of Poland,

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along with dozens of photographs showing the pair together.

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Our religious affairs correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, reports.

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This is the story of the Pope's letters to his closest

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Pope John Paul II was writing to a married woman,

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Professor Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, a philosopher and fellow Pole.

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When you've got a strongly heterosexual man and an attractive

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woman in a very intense relationship that is cultivated and which engages

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mind at a high level of intensity, there's danger everywhere.

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The letters have been hidden away in the national library of Poland.

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Pope John Paul let their friendship grow, writing "God gave you to me

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The future Pope invited Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka to join him

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and others on country walks, skiing holidays, even camping trips.

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Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka invited the then cardinal to stay

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with her family at their country home in New England in 1976.

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After the trip, his letters suggest a man struggling to make sense

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of their friendship in Christian terms.

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One from 1976 says, "my dear Teresa, I have received all three letters.

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You write about being torn apart but I could find no answer

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Later, his letters looked back to that trip to New England

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like this one, saying, "I'm thinking about you and in my thoughts I..."

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Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka's letters are not publicly available.

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I do believe she completely fell in love with him during the first

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I think it's completely reflectd in the correspondence.

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John Paul II died in 2005 and the extent of Anna-Teresa

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Tymieniecka's role in his life has until now remained largely hidden.

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There is no suggestion that the Pope, now Saint John Paul

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II, broke any vow of celebacy, but the letters show the human side

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of a much-loved Pope, doing one of the loneliest

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Reverend James Martin is editor at large of the Jesuit magazine,

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Thank you for joining us, what you make of these revelations?

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It is not uprising in one sense. It has been talked about in another

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book. Celibate males and females have close relationships with people

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of the opposite sex, it is not really that unusual.

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But the start this friendship when he was a cardinal and continued

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whilst he was the Pope, is that not uprising?

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No, I have deep friendships with both women and men. Because you are

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celibate does not been that you stop having friendships with people.

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There might have been a love relationship but it sounds like they

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were both faithful to their files, so it is not uprising to me.

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Did you get any sense about how much was known about it at the time? How

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much freedom Bob John Paul II had private correspondences like this?

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As a cardinal and even as a Pope, I doubt it would be someone --

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something he would tell close friends about. Some people might

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have known about his affection for her, but it is important as someone

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who are celibate to have deep and intimate friendship with people of

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both sexes. Hope John-Paul, he was canonised

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very quickly, if this had emerged quicker, do you think that would

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have affected our process. -- Pope John-Paul.

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There is nothing wrong with having such a friendship, it works for a

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lot of people. Such a famously popular Pope, do you

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think this adds to his appeal, this showing of the human side, as it

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were? Yes, for some people the celibate

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lifestyle appears cold and distant, we have someone and we see someone

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who had deep relationships with people. But that someone like Pope

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Francis, I do not think anyone would accuse him of being a cold person.

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The human ices people and reminds us that celibate friendships, sometimes

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even intense friendships at times are required.

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You do not find this unsurprising or unsettling, but it has fascinated

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the world since it came out today. Yes, people have a total

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misunderstanding of what it means to be celibate, as if we cut ourselves

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off from all friendships. Sometimes people who are celibate fall in

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love, and perhaps the dead, but he was able to do with it and remain

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fearful to his promise of celibacy and hard are those of marriage.

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-- perhaps the dead. Thank you for joining us. My

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pleasure. -- they did.. Meanwhile, the current Pope Francis

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has asked Mexico's indigenous population for forgiveness over

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the social exclusion He led an open-air mass in native

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languages in the country's impoverished Chiapas state,

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where he called for greater appreciation of indigenous cultures

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and issued a warning over the human He told the crowd of around 100,000

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people that the world could learn from them how to interact

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harmoniously with nature. The service comes in the middle

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of a five-day trip that he's already used to speak out against

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crime and corruption. Now a look at some of

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the day's other news. Poland's government is to introduce

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a law making it illegal to assert that the country was responsible

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for Nazi atrocities Some of the most infamous sites

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of the Holocaust are on Polish soil, but Poland objects to the term

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"Polish death camps" to describe death camps set up under

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German occupation. The law would allow the government

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to take legal action against anyone using the phrase, and anyone

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breaking the law could be jailed Police have retaken control

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of a Mexican jail following last week's riot in which 49

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inmates were killed. Officials say officers had put

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an end to the self-government imposed by criminal

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leaders in collusion They've also dismantled

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what they call luxury cells, containing mini-bars,

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aquariums and saunas in the prison in the Topo Chico

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prison in Monterrey. Police in Australia have seized one

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of their biggest hauls They discovered hundreds of millions

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of pounds worth of liquid methamphetamine, concealed

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inside a consignment It was in late April,

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1999 that two teenagers went on a rampage in Columbine High

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School, in the US state of Colorado. They killed 13 people that day -

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shooting classmates and teachers mercilessly - and leaving explosive

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devices behind them. At the same time, they turned

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the name of their town into a byword for the phenomenon

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of school shootings. In the 17 years since,

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we've heard from survivors and the families of victims,

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but the killers' parents Now the mother of one,

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Sue Klebold, has written a book All of her proceeds will be donated

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to research and charitable foundations focusing

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on mental health issues. She's been speaking

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to the BBC's Kirsty Wark. Columbine High School lies 15 miles

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south of Denver in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. On the 20th of

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April 1999 its name became infamous around the world. That was when two

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students can withdraw their cars packed with explosives, guns and

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grenades into the parking lot of the school and set about destroying the

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school. This was not a moment of madness, it was a cold-blooded

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massacre, months and months in the planning.

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And your suburban high school turned into a killing field.

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I was crying and telling them not to shoot me. They shot the girl he shot

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her in the head in front of me. This was clearly the most

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devastating and formatting scene that I have ever seen. I hope never

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to see it again. -- dramatic scene. -- traumatic. I do not think that I

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knew anything until that evening. It was such a day of confusion, we had

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puppies come to our home, we were asked to leave our home and sit

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outside. We sat on the ground all day.

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At that stage, you must have thought it was more likely that your son was

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involved in the shooting as opposed to being shot?

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We could hear through the window, the television had been left on and

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at one point we heard 25 people were dead. At that point I remember

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thinking that Delyn is really doing this, he must stop and that was when

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I prayed for him to die. I thought, something must stop this, whatever

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it is that is going on. It took me a very long time to believe, months to

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believe that my son was actually responsible for killing and hurting

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people. Up until that point, I believe I was living in an extreme

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state of denial. It must have been a very strange

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thing to commute that between them, he and his friends were going to

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blow out that school. That was one of the most difficult

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moments of this entire process because I had to go to so many

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different phrases of accepting this and acknowledging that they were

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present and they had heart people and that it was planned, not

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impulsiveness, and then at the police reports to learn that the

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plan had to been to tell everyone in the school, but that the plan had

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failed, when I thought of that and thought of the magnitude, I've

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really did not think that I would live through it.

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Did you think there were certain signs that you missed?

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I think that there were, in particular, the fact that in his

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junior year, several things happened to him. We had all those issues in a

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row. He got arrested, he got into trouble at school. He had scratched

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a locker at school. I did not recognise that those things meant

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that there was a potential life and death situation. I did not recognise

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that these where possible signs of a mental condition. That is why I

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wrote this book because I wanted people to understand that when

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children act out or shall edit ability or anger, it may not be that

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they are just being difficult or needs to be lectured, it may mean

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that the article. Many people will read this book and

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in different ways because it will mean a lot to different groups, it

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will mean a lot to the victimsand the survivors, and so on. What would

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you say to them? What do you say to them now?

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I have this feeling of wanting to see over and over again, I am sorry,

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I am sorry, I am sorry. And I know that such a thing is so completely

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inadequate. I just so sorry for what my son that.

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That was the mother of one of the Columbine shootings speaking to

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Kirsty Wark. The heads of four central European

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nations want stronger border controls to stem the flow

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of migrants and refugees Hungary, Poland, Slovakia,

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and the Czech Republic - known as the Visegrad Group -

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are working out how to deal with the thousands that cross

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through their countries every day. They have criticised Greece's

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response and could help Macedonia Our correspondent is present there.

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What have we been hearing? We had been led to expect there

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would be a rebellion in Prague today, a major act of defiance

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against the European Union 's and in particular, Angela Merkel of

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Germany. That did not happen. All four leaders appeared on the stage

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behind me and said that the preferred a pan European solution to

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the European problem and for now, they are not willing to introduce

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something on their own. Having said that, one of the words you can

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probably see on the screen behind me is the what trust. That is the

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slogan of the Czech presidency. It is in short supply in Central Europe

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at the moment. These countries do not believe that Turkey and Greece

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are capable of holding back large numbers of refugees and migrants

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that are making their way northwards into Western Europe and they have

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said that it is time for a line be if, in fact, those countries feel.

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If individual countries to take their own measures, I suppose it is

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looking ever less like unified European response to the migrant

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crisis. Very much so. That is quite clear

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that there are differing approaches across Europe and of course the

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countries of Central Europe have long argued for a much more robust

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defence of the European Union's suburban flight and in fact, the

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Slovak Prime Minister said today that if there are huge numbers of

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people are arriving, once again, they wanted to send hundreds of

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policemen to essentially close the border between Macedonia and Greece,

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to stop those flows of migrants and a mouth like that would be very

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unpopular, I think, in Berlin and Brussels because it would isolate

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Greece and perhaps even destabilise that country, which is already

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trying to deal with the flow of migrants.

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Rob Cameron, thank you very much for that. Rob Cameron in Prague.

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Staying with planes, and a Virgin Atlantic flight,

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carrying more than 250 people, had to abort its journey from London

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to New York, after a laser beam was pointed at the cockpit.

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A crew member reported a medical issue involving one of the pilots,

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shortly after take-off from Heathrow.

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It's the first time an airliner has had to abandon a flight

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There are flashing images in this report from Sophie Long.

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at JFK, not Heathrow. should have been resting

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It took off without incident, but shortly after the crew contacted

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air-traffic control and told them one of the pilots

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We have a medical issue with one of the pilots after a laser incident

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after take-off and we are going to return to Heathrow.

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The pilot's union said those targeting aircraft may not know how

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Initially, it is bright flashing and you can get shadows

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and you are obviously distracted, because you are not expecting it.

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These laser attacks are the same as being attacked with

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The distraction these can cause at the critical phase of flight,

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take-off and landing, could potentially lead

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Virgin Atlantic said the flight was brought back to Heathrow

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as a precaution, and the safety of the 252 passengers and crew

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There has been a dramatic rise in the number of such incidents.

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In 2006, eight laser attacks were reported to the Civil

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Balpa say that 50% of the 870 pilot surveyed last year said they had

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One reason for the surge is the greater availability

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Internally if these are used they become far too bright,

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the eyes are upset and people will look away.

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So there really is not an application internally for these.

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Outside, again, other than to try to deliberately blind

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someone if you are targeting people, there is no real application.

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It is an offence to shine a light at an aircraft

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Balpa are calling for it to be made more serious.

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plane is the same as possessing an offensive weapon and they want

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Sophie Long, BBC News, Heathrow.

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Tonight, the greats from the music world will gather in Los Angeles

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for the Grammy Awards, and right now, we have our own musical treat.

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Four-handed piano started as a way to take orchestral music

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into smaller venues, but it has turned into an art form.

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Twin sisters Hourshid and Mehrshid started playing together in Iran

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and currently are in Canada, where the BBC's Sam Farzaneh

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And I was playing a ballad with my sister.

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We started playing piano when we were eight years old,

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We started to play the classical music repertoire.

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Our grandfather played the tar, which is one of the main Iranian

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Our father also, he played the tar and at that time when we were young

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kids, we always listened to him playing and practising.

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On the other side, our mother listened to a lot of opera,

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we watched ballet, and we went also to concerts.

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Some people, they ask us if it is easier to play together

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in terms of communication and in terms of actually

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It is not perhaps a matter of being easier, sometimes we just

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have some special ways of looking or slight motions of the elbow

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If we don't have this fusion, then there will always be two

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persons playing, whereas the whole idea should be as if it is one

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person with two left hands and two right hands.

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You can get in touch with me and some of the team via Twitter -

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But for now, from all the team here, goodbye.

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