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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The Headlines: Britain's Prime Minister sets the date

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for a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union.

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David Cameron tells voters they're making the biggest decision

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The choice is in your hands, but my recommendation is clear. I think

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that Britain will be safer, stronger and better off in a reformed

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European Union. Round three of the race

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for the White House and the front runners are facing tough

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challenges from their rivals. I'm Nick Bryant in Columbia South

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Carolina, where Donald Trump's hoping to see off a challenge

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from his closest rival Ted Cruz And I'm Kim Ghattas

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in Las Vegas Nevada where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

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are neck and neck in Plus Fiji takes a battering as it's

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hit by the worst storm Britain's Prime Minister has fired

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the starting-gun in a referendum campaign which will decide

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whether the UK remains David Cameron has announced

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that the vote will be held It'll be Britain's second referendum

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on European membership in just In June 1975, voters backed

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membership of the then European Economic Community

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by two thirds. Mr Cameron was speaking

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in Downing Street after a special cabinet meeting, where he outlined

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the deal he secured at marathon That includes the power to limit

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some EU migrants' benefits for four years and an exemption

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from "ever closer union". But five members in his cabinet -

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including the Justice Secretary Michael Gove - have already joined

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the Vote Leave campaign. Here's our political

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editor Laura Kuennsberg: Just what has the Prime

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Minister opened up? An argument that not

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all of his colleagues Why didn't this deal

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convince your colleagues? As the Cabinet gathered to tell

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each other, at last, Was it a difficult

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decision, Mr Gove? An awkward entrance for one

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of the Prime Minister's closest While ministers met,

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a crowd gathered. It's no secret how big

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a decision this is for us all. But what the Prime Minister

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would recommend was never really With the deal from Brussels

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in his back pocket, here it was. We are approaching one

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of the biggest decisions this Whether to remain in a reformed

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European Union, or to leave. Our plan for Europe gives us

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the best of both worlds. It underlines our special status,

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through which families across Britain get all the benefits

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of being in the European Union, including more jobs,

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lower prices and greater security. But our special status also means

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we are out of those parts of Europe I will go to Parliament and propose

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that the British people decide our future in Europe

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through an in-out referendum I believe that Britain will be

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safer, stronger and better off Don't be in any doubt,

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this is one of the biggest political He has finally confirmed you will be

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asked the biggest political question in decades and he is putting

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at stake our membership of the European Union,

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the unity of his party and, I think everybody thinks

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this is a good deal. The question is whether it is a good

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enough for everybody to think And it's a great deal

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for Scotland as well. Those who will fight him

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slipped out the back door. I'm a member of the Cabinet,

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I'm the Secretary of State Yes, I am actually ringing

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you from the Vote Leave campaign. Going straight to the headquarters

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of one of the out campaigns. The first Cabinet minister

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to speak for out told me. There are things that we could

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and should be doing in the interests of this country that we simply

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cannot do as members of the EU. I want to be able to

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control our borders, to limit the number of people

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who come and live and work here, but, above all, I just do not

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believe we can take decisions in our national interest when we are

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part of the European Union, when we have given up so much

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control over what this country does. How dangerous a moment do you think

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this is for the Conservative Party? For the next few months,

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we are going to have senior figures, from top to bottom, publicly

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disagreeing with each other over I'm not going to attack

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the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has worked

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immensely hard to deliver change for our relationship

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with the European Union. The debate is whether that change

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is sufficient to enable us to stay, Britain to stay in

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the European Union. The campaign to stay

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will have the backing of most Tory, Lib Dem, Labour and SNP MPs,

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even if for different reasons. Our position is quite simply

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that we want to be in government in 2020 to deliver a much

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stronger social Europe, better workers' protection,

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better environmental That is the agenda that Cameron

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should have been following. Number 10 hopes a new and improved

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relationship with the EU can But the referendum will ask if this

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place, if all of us, Deputy Director of Britain

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Stronger in Europe. And Neil Hamilton -

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Deputy Chairman of the UK Independence Party -

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is in our Bristol studio. Lucy, if we come to you first, the

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EU is far from perfect, costing the UK taxpayer billions of pounds. What

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is going to be your main argument in order to convince them to stay in? I

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would agree with you that the EU is not perfect. But that is why you

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Reform Act, as the Prime Minister has just done, and as British prime

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ministers over history have done successfully and will continue to

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do. We will be arguing that Britain is stronger, safer and better off in

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Europe than we would be on our own, and that means we are safer working

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together with 27 other countries to fight terrorism and other global

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threats, we are stronger as part of one of the biggest organisations in

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the world, dealing with big problems, and we are better off as

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part of the largest free-trade single market in the world, allowing

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businesses to trade freely, creating jobs and meaning lower prices in the

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shops. Neil Hamilton, Lucy makes that argument, the Prime Minister

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says we are economically and in terms of national security better

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and more secure. I think that is a load of rubbish. There is no reform

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of the European Union. David Cameron asked for next to nothing and got

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even less. Just restricting migrant benefits in work for a short period

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of time is no reform at all. He has not brought back any treaty change,

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we have not repatriated any powers to Parliament, we have not reduced

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the powers of the European Court, we have not cut budget contributions,

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we have no control over large areas of national life. Parliament at

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Westminster has been reduced to a eunuch. Thousands of jobs were lost

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at Port Talbot in the steel industry, because of huge energy

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prices imposed by EU environmental legislation, and because we cannot

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protect our jobs in this country because the EU has our place on the

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World Trade Organisation board, so that we cannot apply ourselves for

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anti-dumping duty is to be applied on Chinese imports. Britain is in a

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position where it cannot take any of the major decisions it needs to do

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to be a successful economy in the world. It is amazingly the fifth

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largest economy in the world. The doom monger is on the other side of

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the argument are saying we cannot survive. This is absurd. It seems to

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me that nobody really knows what a Brexit would mean, and uncertainty

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is really dangerous for the British economy? It's quite easy to see what

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it will mean. There are 100 countries in the world that trade

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perfectly well with the EU without being members of it. We trade with

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the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India, but we are

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not part of their political unions. You don't have to be in a political

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union to trade with them. We have a massive trade deficit with the EU, a

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surplus with the rest of the world. We will be able to have a free trade

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arrangement with the other countries in the EU. The EU already has

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free-trade agreements with 60 countries in the world, why were

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they not want to have a free-trade agreement with us when they are

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massively the beneficiaries of British trade? The people that want

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to push for a British exit from the European Union, they say you are

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going to be running a really negative campaign, fear mongering. I

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would like to pick up on a couple of points there, he has failed to think

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about the successful reforms which have been achieved that Britain's

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parliament will be able to block EU regulation, we will not be dragged

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into the ever closer union, political integration, and were we

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to leave, it would be far worse, we would still have to apply many EU

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rules, but we would have no say over them and we would continue to pay

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into the EU budget as we would continue to accept free movement of

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people. I think Neil and his colleagues have to be clear about

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what leaving really means, which they have not done to date. We talk

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about our campaign, we will be honest about both the benefits and

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the risks of leaving, because that is the choice on the ballot paper.

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It is the benefits of being stronger, safer and better off,

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within the largest free-trade market in the world, or leaving, which is a

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leap into the unknown. Lucy Thomas, Anthony Hamilton from the UK

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Independence Party, thank you both very much for being with us.

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Republican and Democratic candidates for the US presidential nomination

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are facing their third big electoral test this weekend.

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Voting is underway in the South Carolina Republican

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primary - which is likely to be a tight contest between Donald Trump

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Meanwhile, in the past few hours, Democrats have begun voting

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Well our correspondents are here to give us more analysis.

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Nick Bryant is in South Carolina and Kim Ghattas in Nevada.

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It seems that Donald Trump was on the march, but he is facing some

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stumbling blocks? Yes, ever since he declared his candidacy last summer,

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he has been in the lead in South Carolina. There has only been one

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poll that has not shown him out of the top of the pack. In the last few

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days, the race has tightened. It has been an eventful few days for the

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billionaire, even by his remarkable standards. There was a spat with

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Pope Francis, although it is worth remembering there are not that many

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Catholic voters, proportionately, in South Carolina, and many people

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support his desire and goal to build a wall between America and Mexico,

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which was what the row was about. He has also picked a fight with former

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President George W Bush, in South Carolina campaigning for his

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brother. He has called him a liar for going to war in Iraq on flimsy

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evidence about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, which

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Donald Trump claims George Bush knew was false. In the past few days, he

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has had a rocky time. What has damaged in most is a barrage of

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negative television and adverts put up by Ted Cruz, his Texan rival,

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questioning whether he is a Republican at all, reminding voters

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that Donald Trump used to support the woman's right to abortion, an

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anathema to many Republican voters in South Carolina who are

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evangelical Christians. Who comes third and fourth is very important,

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it could be a crucial test for Jeb Bush? It really could be. He needs a

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strong third-place finish today. He really needs to beat his Florida

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rival Marco Rubio, who used to be his protege, but has emerged as the

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stronger candidate. Jeb Bush has had his brother in town. He has had his

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mother in town as well. They have really highlighted his weaknesses as

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a candidate. They are much better on the stump than he is. He has fought

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a fairly lacklustre campaign and has not broken through. He hoped to be

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the standard-bearer of the Republican establishment, that

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position looks like it will be occupied by Marco Rubio. If he does

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not do well enough tonight, I think many supporters will come up to him

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and say, it is time to put your ambition of following your father

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and following your elder brother into the White House to one side.

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Kim, in Nevada, a crucial test for Jeb Bush, but also for Hillary

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Clinton, who lost out in New Hampshire? Yes, absolutely. There is

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a lot at stake in Nevada, for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

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Some key questions that both candidates will be trying to answer

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today, or hoping to be able to answer. One of the questions is if

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Bernie Sanders can show he has support beyond the very whitest

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states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where he did very well? Certainly

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from the results we are seeing right now in Nevada, it looks like he's

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going to have a strong showing. Remember, this is a state where

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Hillary Clinton was leading by quite a few points until recently. The

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question for Hillary Clinton today, here in Nevada, is Will she be able

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to have a whim, perhaps even a decisive win or enough of a win,

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that she can put behind the narrative that her campaign is

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struggling. Hillary Clinton has accused her arrival of making

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promises of an unachievable revolution, but Bernie Sanders is

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gathering a lot of enthusiasm. What do his supporters think of his

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promise for universal health care and affordable, or rather free,

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tuition for college? My colleague went to a Bernie Sanders rally, just

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outside Las Vegas, to find out. You can't really get

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results if you don't try. Wanting to try free tuition

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in public universities, I feel like, you know,

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it's not unrealistic. There are plenty of times

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for compromise if we don't get He has put more amendments

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on bills than I believe So he knows how to compromise

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when that is necessary. But we need to start

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out with bold ideas. As a mom of two biracial children

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and one Native American daughter, we are very impressed

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with Bernie standing up and saying our lives

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are important and black lives As a cancer survivor,

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I appreciate his stand on improving I'm OK with him not

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being so realistic. I think sometimes you

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have to dream bigger than where you are in order to make

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the place you are better. We are allowed to

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believe in a dream. The dream that Bernie

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stands for may not be real, in my generation,

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I believe that it's going to be If there are people in Congress not

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pushing through bills that we want to see put through,

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they need to find new bills and we need to elect people

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who are going to help us out. We have to go out there,

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we have to vote for more liberal people from the House,

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the representative houses, the Senate, get more

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left-wingers in there. There you have it, a lot of support

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for Bernie Sanders in Nevada, a state that Hillary Clinton thought

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she could easily win. The results we are getting so far show it is a very

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tight race. We will have more in the next few hours, as the results

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continue to come in. We are standing right here at the location where

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Hilary Clinton will give her speech in a few hours. Will it be a victory

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speech? Will she be able to show that she has a campaign that can

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move forward, all will she have to concede defeat to Bernie Sanders? Or

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will it be such a small win for her that she will continue whatever aids

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are calling a long, hard slog into the month of March. We will have all

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of that for you later on. Thank you very much.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:

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30 years in office and counting - Uganda's Yoweri Museveni wins

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Nine years and 15,000 deaths after going into Afghanistan, the final

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troops were coming home. A withdrawal completed in good order,

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but the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform. And has an

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effect on the morale of the people, recognitions in the streets. --

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repercussions. As the airlift got underway, there

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was no letup in the eruption itself. Lava streams from a vent low in the

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crater flowed down to the sea on the east of the island, away from the

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town for the time being. It could start flowing again at any time. The

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Russians heralded the station with a spectacular night launch.

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The latest headlines: Britain's Prime Minister,

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David Cameron, announces that a referendum on whether to remain

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in the European Union will be held on the 23rd of June

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Republican and Democratic candidates for the US presidential nomination

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are facing their third big electoral test in the race for the White

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Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of Uganda's presidential

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election, giving him a fifth term in office.

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The country's electoral commission said that Mr Museveni won 61%

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But the main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye - who was placed under

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house arrest on Friday- described the election as a sham

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and has called on the international community to reject the result.

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The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga has more.

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There is a heavy police presence outside the home of Kizza Besigye,

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the main opposition leader in Uganda.

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He hasn't been allowed to leave his home today.

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He is disputing the announcement that

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the President won the election in Uganda.

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He has called it the most fraudulent election in Uganda's

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There has also been criticism from international

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observers, for example, the Commonwealth Observer Group says

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this election fell short of democratic benchmarks.

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The United States ambassador to Uganda also

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told us she was concerned about the fact that there has been

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restrictions on social media and certain parts of the internet

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It remains to be seen whether Kizza Besigye will challenge

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The most powerful storm ever to hit Fiji is clearing away

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As it made landfall, Tropical Cyclone Winston,

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brought strong winds and waves of up to 12 metres.

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Flights were cancelled and hundreds of evacuation centres set up -

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though there are no reports of casualties so far.

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The Fijian government has declared a state of natural disaster,

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with the Prime Minister calling the cyclone an ordeal

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A curfew is in place across the nation.

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Well here's Ben Rich from the BBC Weather Centre

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Severe tropical cyclone Winston is clearing away from Fiji, but it

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certainly made its mark. It is the strongest tropical cyclone to have

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made landfall in Fiji since records began. The storm has been on an

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incredible journey. About a week ago, it was sitting to the

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south-west of Fiji, then it lost some of its strength as it died down

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to the south. It moved eastwards into warmer waters. The warmth of

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them enhanced by the current El Nino. That caused it to spring back

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to life and strength. You can see on the satellite picture, a clearly

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defined eye to the storm as it moved across Fiji. A short time ago, the

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centre of the storm was sitting to the west of Fiji, continuing to

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clear away. But it has caused some significant impacts. In fact, some

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real destruction in places. The gusts got up to 320 kilometres per

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hour. 200 mph wind. We saw wave heights up to 12 metres. That caused

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some significant coastal flooding. There was flooding elsewhere as

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well. We recorded more than 200 millimetres of rain in places. It is

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no surprise this storm has caused such huge destruction and so many

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problems. What happens with the storm next? As I mentioned, it moved

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away to the west of Fiji. There is some disagreement between computer

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weather models about exactly where it will go next. It looks like it

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will pass perilously close, and might not make landfall, but you

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will feel the impact, some strong wind, potentially rainfall. Then it

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looks like the centre of the storm is then going to dive away to the

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south. As the story continues to develop to the next few days, we

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will keep you up to date. Serbia says two of its nationals

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have been killed in a US air strike on so-called Islamic State

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militants in Libya. Serbian authorities say

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they were trying to secure their release and are now demanding

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an explanation from Washington. It seems the kidnapped Serbs

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were being held near The strike killed

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more than 40 people. Here's what the Prime Minister

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of Serbia said a little earlier. TRANSLATION: This is the first major

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hostage crisis that the Republic Our state security acted very

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professionally, very seriously. If they had not been killed

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in allied bombing, our people would have been freed,

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as we have said so many times before Earlier I spoke to our correspondent

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in Tunis, Rana Jawad. They condemned the move, saying that

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the US did not coordinate with them, the Libyan government. That it was a

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flagrant violation of sovereignty and national conventions. The

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Serbian Prime Minister also said they would be seeking an explanation

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from US authorities, at some point he said that apparently the

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Americans did not know that there were foreigners held in the building

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that was struck. Have there been any responses from the United States? We

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have not seen any official response so far. I think overall the fact

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that these two Serbian nationals were held in that building that was

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struck poses a worrying development. It was never entirely clear who

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exactly abducted them. The fact that the Serbian government was, as they

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put it, negotiating their release, even the Foreign Minister said that

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the kidnappers were asking for a very high sum of money that the

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government and their families could not meet, it poses a worrying

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development because if they were kidnapped by a criminal group that

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sold them to the Islamic State, that is certainly a new thing for Libya.

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If you want to get in touch, you can. That is it for now.

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Most of us will have seen rain at some stage, otherwise there is huge

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variety up and down the UK at the moment. It hinges on

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